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Tide Bites: Celebrating 2 Friday Harbor Labs staff teams

If you haven’t spent time at FHL you may not realize that it is a miniature university campus, with its own housing (dorms, cottages, and other units), full-service dining hall, library, and lecture spaces in addition to the lab buildings, research equipment, seawater system, and dock operations.  Over 60 buildings, from large dormitories and labs to one-person huts, are scattered over the roughly 30-acre campus that comprises the “developed” part of the 476-acre FHL preserve.  

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EDITORIAL: Here's hoping August is a bit calmer; how we can all help

It's been an unusually stressful summer in the San Juan Islands. In addition to the usual call, first responders have been extra busy, especially in the last two weeks. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue had to handle three simultaneous calls that each needed medevac services. Friday Harbor Fire and Rescue extinguished  two fires on Mt Dallas in three days. DNR helped on one, with its helicopter dumping water from Trout Lake (photo above by Brad Pillow). EMS crews have been responding to numerous calls including a few where CPR wasn't successful. Deputies have been assaulted by an unruly passenger on the ferry, threatened by a knife-holding trespasser, kept busy with 15 responses to an intoxicated screaming man in downtown Friday Harbor.  The most recent Sheriff's log is posted here.

Horoscope By Triana J. Elan August 1 - 7, 2022 Saturn in Aquarius Squares Uranus in Taurus (Again!); Mars in Taurus Squares Saturn in Aquarius, Sun in Leo Trines Jupiter in Aries

Let’s go back to the beginning of 2020…remember? 2020 was a rough year and it was under the shadow of the great Saturn/Uranus square. Well, due to retrogrades, this square is visiting us again hence the ratcheting up of political strife and nasty tempers in general. For a while, everything will once again be under this umbrella.

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Horoscope By Triana J. Elan July 18 - 24, 2022   Mercury Enters Leo on Tuesday, Trines Jupiter in Aries, Squares Mars in Taurus on Thursday; Venus in Cancer Squares Jupiter; Sun Enters Leo on Friday, Trines Jupiter


This week will be a mixed bag due to Mercury and Venus…Mercury enters Leo on Tuesday and forms a fine alignment to expansive Jupiter in Aries. This makes for noble and lofty ideals, fun ideas for many and communication regarding the intellectual side of spirituality. On Thursday, Mercury will form a hard angle to Mars in Taurus. This is a difficult alignment that will display extreme stubbornness and an unyielding mindset, along with the frustration of having to deal with it.

Real Estate Update: San Juan County Real Estate Market Summary

The second quarter results, which complete the first half of the year, in San Juan County and on San Juan Island reflected the market change. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume in San Juan County was $205,893,608 with a total of 205 transactions. The numbers reflect a 22.5% decrease in dollar volume and a 39% decrease in the number of transactions as compared to the same period in 2021.For San Juan Island the transaction volume was $90,737,383 with a total of 93 transactions. This was a 19% decrease in volume and a 42% decrease in number of transactions.

Fleming: Vote Alex Ramel for 40th District State Representative

Alex Ramel has proven himself to be an effective, thoughtful, and strategic leader for the 40th district in Washington. He is a progressive democrat who champions climate action, affordable housing, healthcare for all, fully funded schools, equal pay for women, and gun violence prevention. Alex is also a listener and strong collaborator. I highly endorse and trust him.

Alex Ramel with Friday Harbor High School Eco Club Students in Olympia

Horoscope By Triana J. Elan July 11 - 17, 2022 Wednesday Brings Four Events: Full Moon in Capricorn Sextile Neptune in Pisces, Mercury in Cancer Sextile Neptune, Venus in Gemini Trine Saturn in Aquarius, Venus Square Neptune

This week all centers around Wednesday due to the Full Moon in Capricorn and its nice alignment to Neptune in Pisces being accompanied by three other astrological events all in the same day. Big stuff! The Full Moon’s alignment with Neptune brings about a dreaminess to reality; a sort of otherworldliness that we feel both part of and apart from at the same time.

Becki Day: Chamber grateful for memorable Friday Harbor 4th of July parade

On behalf of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank all who helped to make this a memorable 4th of July!

The 2022 Parade theme was United we Stand…Saluting heroes, helpers and essential workers. We had 50 outstanding entries, many decorated to match the theme, the parade route was packed, the red, white and blue bunting was hung and there was an unbelievable effort made by the community of our island and the businesses to pull off another patriotic 4th of July.