Event Equipment for loan at your Library!

The San Juan Island Library is pleased to add a new collection to our already wide range of borrowable items: Event Equipment. You can now borrow a digital projector and Windows laptop to for your meetings and presentations. In addition, the event equipment collections includes a portable screen, portable easel, Bluetooth audio speakers, and even a tiny sports video camera to document your adventures or to make movies.

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History Lives Here at the Library in May

History Lives Here is celebrated in the islands throughout the month of May, and the San Juan Island Library has a full schedule of local history programs. We start off the month with a Know Your Islanders Talk featuring Boyd Pratt and Sandy Strehlou, who will be describing some very local travel: “Know Your Island Barns” featuring Barn Watching 101 via the interactive maps on the Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands website.

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Providing undergraduate students with the thrill of discovery: FHL Blinks/NSF REU/BEACON Summer Internships

The young students finished their talks in the FHL Commons, and the room cheered. Another successful conclusion of the FHL Blinks/NSF REU/BEACON Summer Internships, ending with polished presentations of their mentored research experiences. Tomorrow the students will take a ferry, a bus, or a plane and head back to another year of academic studies, but their lives are changed. They have spent the summer here at Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, doing 8 weeks of research with a caring mentor and they are ready to change the world. 

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Real Estate Update: Buying Property in the San Juans

1. Select an Agent to Represent You

As you may be aware, all of the brokerage firms on San Juan Island are members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service; therefore, any of the agents can assist you with any of the properties listed with Coldwell Banker or other brokerage firms. One of the first steps in purchasing real estate on San Juan is to select an agent to represent you. Ideally you should select ONE agent that you feel will provide you with the level of customer service that you require.

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Real Estate Update: 2017 1st quarter up 31% over 2016

The first quarter results for San Juan Island were pretty exciting as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of 31% as compared to the same three month period in 2016; darn nice production for the start of the year. The number of transactions reflected an increase of 30%. Overall, the County had a 23% increase in volume and 28% increase in the number of transactions.

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Hughes: Supports OPALCO Board Candidates Dauciunas and Madsen

I am writing to voice my support for both Vince Dauciunas and Mark Madsen as candidates for the OPALCO board. In the past several years, OPALCO and Rock Island have made much progress delivering broadband to our county, and leading the way on local renewable energy. Both are critical for the future of our county and its economy. Vince and Mark bring deep technical expertise to the board and strong financial and management skills. I am happy to endorse their re-election to the OPALCO board.

Rick Hughes

Orcas Island

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Get Involved in Solving Vacation Rental Problems

Short-term vacation rentals have become a subject of increasing concern, both due to their impact on nearby residents and because they exacerbate affordable housing problems. San Juan County is considering changing the rules for these rentals and has scheduled a hearing before the planning commission.

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