Pick up a Passport into the History of the San Juan Islands

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am by

King House at the Historical Museum - Contributed photo

King House at the Historical Museum – Contributed photo

Whether you are a visitor or longtime islander, be sure to include some island history time travel in your adventures this year!  Each of the historical museums on San Juan Island, Lopez Island and Orcas Island have combined to offer an opportunity for you to do some island hopping and enter for a chance to win a prize package. Prize packages include overnight lodging, gift cards for a meal and an activity for two. The lucky winner will have the choice to redeem the prize package on either Lopez, Orcas or San Juan.

You need to visit all three historical museums to be eligible for the drawing for a prize package on the island of your choice. After your passport has been validated at each museum, you may tear out the raffle ticket in the passport book and leave it at the last museum you visit.

Passports can be picked up and validated at any of the three museums:

San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price St.

Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village on Weeks Rd.

Orcas Island Pioneer Museum, 181 North Beach Rd.

Orcas Crow Valley School Museum, Crow Valley Rd.

Drawing will be held December 31, 2016, and the winner will have one year to redeem their prize. Certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Inquire at each museum for specific prize packages.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Trio at SJCT Saturday

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 5:37 am by

San Juan Community Theatre presents Cajun Grammy winners…

BeauSoleil Trio - Contributed Photo

BeauSoleil Trio – Contributed Photo

San Juan Island gets to experience the musical magic of a group proclaimed “the best Cajun band in the world” by A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor,  THIS Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 pm.

The BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Trio takes the Whittier stage for one concert only – a show that takes the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe.

Created and driven by Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil became the first Cajun band to win a Grammy with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The BeauSoleil Trio recreates the excitement of the early years of the Cajun revival, by focusing on the traditional twin fiddle and fiddle/accordion pairings, backed by acoustic guitar. Joining Michael Doucet in the Trio are two of his long-time BeauSoleil colleagues: fiddler Mitch Reed, a master Cajun musician and instructor who has been performing with some of the greatest names in Cajun music since he was a teenager; and Michael’s brother David Doucet, a soulful singer and an exceptional guitarist who is credited with making the acoustic guitar central to modern Cajun music. Together they have performed all over the globe.

A Wednesday Afternoon Performance with Cap’n Arrr

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 5:36 am by

The San Juan Island Library Presents…

Cap'n Arrr - Contributed Photo

Cap’n Arrr – Contributed Photo

Come see The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr, held Wednesday, July 27 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Showtime begins at 1:30 PM.

Cap’n Arrr is back with his interactive comedy performance that will have kids (and grown-ups) rolling on the floor! Cap’n Arrr’s program is packed full of audience participation and includes basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate too!

Please bring blankets and chairs for seating and watch for parking signs due to construction at the school. Friday Harbor Elementary School is located at 95

Grover Street. Call the Library at 378-2798 for more information, or visit www.sjlib.org.

Wednesday Afternoon Performances are part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. All performances are free and open to the public thanks to funding from the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.

Voter’s Pamphlet For August 2 Primary Available Online

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 5:19 am by

A message from County Auditor F. Milene Henley… 

2016primaryThis year’s primary is long and confusing, with many candidates for several of the state-wide elections. For that reason, the San Juan County Elections Office has received an unusually large number of calls about the availability of a Voters’ Pamphlet for the election. Election information is available online as an “Online Voters’ Guide.” The guide is available for viewing in three different formats.

The most generic guide is available from the County Elections page (sanjuanco.com/elections – click on “Online Voters’ Guide”). This has all federal, state and local candidate information, as well as information about measures. Click on the pluses to open up more information at each page.

For a more personalized online guide, and one which is a little easier to read, go to “My Vote” at myvote.wa.gov. You’ll need to log in with your first name, last name and date of birth. One of your options, once logged in, is to view the Online Voters’ Guide. Click on the category of race you’re looking for (federal, state, local), then scroll down the list on the right to select a candidate. Or scroll to the bottom of the list and select “Show all contests in plain text” to see a continuous document with all candidates for that group of races.

Alternatively, elections staff has extracted all of the measure and candidate information and put it into a single pdf document. That document is available on the County’s Elections website. Under “Voters’ Guide,” click on “Voters’ Guide PDF”. This is a single long document, which may be viewed online or printed, at your convenience.

In most primary elections, there are only one or two candidates on the ballot. In such a case, a printed voters’ pamphlet makes little sense. For the 2016 primary, however, a printed guide would have made a lot of sense, and we apologize for not anticipating the need. San Juan County has always partnered with the State on a printed voters’ pamphlet for the November general election, and will continue to do so.

Please call Auditor Milene Henley at (360) 370-7558 or Elections staff at (360) 378-3357 if you need assistance finding voter pamphlet information.

Link to: Voters’ Guide PDF

Braving It: Book Launch Features Father Daughter Adventure

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 5:18 am by

The San Juan Island Library in collaboration with Griffin Bay Bookstore invite you to a book launch and reading at the library with James and Aiden Campbell…Braving It

Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—home to only a handful of people—is a stark and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth (featured on The Last Alaskans on Discovery Channel and in Campbell’s book The Final Frontiersman, which New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson called “inspiring, unnerving, and never less than wholly absorbing”) asked him to spend a summer building a cabin on the remote Alaskan tundra, Campbell hesitated to extend the invitation to his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan. She was a good student and athlete, but he felt she lacked the life skills she would need once she left home.

The trip would not be easy: Heimo and his wife, Edna, a Siberian Yupik Eskimo, spend ten months of every year in the refuge, where they survive on their skills as hunter-trapper-gatherers, eighty miles from the nearest neighbor and three hundred from the closest hospital. There would be twelve-hour days, mosquitoes, bears, and only an ice-cold creek to wash in. But, as Campbell reminded his daughter, there would also be beauty: rivers with crystal-clear water, rugged mountains, and meadows filled with blueberries. Aidan decided she was up for the challenge and for the time with her father, and so began a unique father-daughter adventure. Read More »

Tim Dustrude: Healing And In Good Humor After Surgery

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm by

Tim Dustrude

Tim Dustrude

Just got this report from former Update editor Ian Byington:

As most of you know, Tim found out a couple of weeks ago that he needed surgery to fix a blood flow problem he had in his head & brain…yesterday (Monday) he was in surgery and I just got the word (today, Tuesday) from his wife Shannon that things went well:

What a long journey yesterday was. What a choreographed surgery with at least 3 teams working on Tim. Everybody here has been so exceptional. We are in the very best hands and that’s our miracle.

I am so thrilled that he has his sense of humor. He was a crack up coming out of anesthesia. And almost as hysterical today. I wished I’d videotaped him. But I’ve been taking notes.

We just visited with Louise and John, Jan and Eric before they all took off for home.

Thank you and we’ll keep you up to date. Today is one more day in ICU. All day they’ve been removing lines and he even got up and walked a little ways. Progress!!!

And then another ward for the rest of the week. Lots of healing in store for us.

xoxoxox  Shannon                                                                          

He’ll remain in the hospital for this week recuperating, and sends his thanks for all the good wishes from friends & family & the island. As Peggy Sue & I hear more, we’ll let you know, but in the meantime, it’s time for our friend to rest & heal.

Stream Corridor and Salmon Spawning Habitat Protected

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 5:30 am by

Coho Preserve Cascade Creek - Kurt Thorson Photo

Coho Preserve Cascade Creek – Kurt Thorson Photo

A message from Tanja Williamson at the Land Bank…

The San Juan County Land Bank recently acquired 24 acres on the lower reaches of Cascade Creek near Olga on Orcas Island. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funds made the purchase possible, ensuring the preservation of a unique 2,100’ stretch of riparian corridor with adjacent upland forest.

“Coho and chum salmon utilize the lower 300 feet of the Creek for spawning and Chinook juveniles forage there as well,” explains Land Bank Director, Lincoln Bormann. “It is arguably the most important freshwater salmon habitat in the islands at this time, and we are very pleased to play a role in protecting such a significant resource for the people of San Juan County.”

The Cascade Creek watershed originates at the top of Mt. Constitution and includes Mountain Lake in Moran State Park. Conservation of this property builds on Washington Water Trust’s and other partners’ efforts to secure adequate year-round water flow to the Creek and salmon recovery funding to rebuild Buck Bay bridge to allow passage for salmon.

While preserving ecological integrity of the site for the benefit of salmonids is a first priority, the acquisition also provides opportunities for public education and enjoyment. Though the creek itself will be off limits, a pedestrian trail will follow the riparian corridor, loop through stunning forest habitat, and provide views of a hidden gorge fringed with maidenhair fern. The Land Bank anticipates opening the preserve for public access in the spring of 2017. Interpretive signage will tell the story of salmon and other wildlife that utilize the rich environment.

For more information, contact the Land Bank at 378-4402.

San Juan County Fair Photography Department Seeks Volunteers

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 5:20 am by

Budding Photographer - Tim Dustrude photo

Budding Photographer – Tim Dustrude photo

San Juan County Fair Photography Department Superintendent Miles Crossen sent us a request for volunteers…

It’s almost time for the San Juan County Fair. And if anyone out there would like to volunteer to help out with the Photography Department display, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and possibly a bit later depending on how quickly the team is able to hang all of the photographs submitted for judging and viewing) I could easily use a dozen or so volunteers. Realistically if you can stop by for an hour or so (maybe three hours?) that would be great. I can use two or three folks to assist participants in filling out the registration forms, and a couple of others separating the photographs by category, age, and professional or non-professional status.

Equally important, I could use six to eight volunteers to judge the photographs. Last year there were two, three person teams of judges. I’d like to have a similar setup this year as well. If the setup goes well, the judging should start by no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday and finish up by 9 p.m.

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Time to Get Ready for the Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale

Written on July 26, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

We hear from the Mullis Community Senior Center that its time to start planning for the annual Parking Lot Sale Saturday August 13…


Letters About Primary Election

Written on July 26, 2016 at 4:20 am, by

You can see a list of letters from individuals at the link below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Click here

Lady Washington - Aaron Shepard Photo

The Lady Washington

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Many thanks to Aaron Shepard for sending us this photo of The Lady Washington.

Preserved Foods for the San Juan County Fair

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

Minnie Knych reminds us that its time to get our preserved food ready for the fair… Only 24 days until the fair! Have you started harvesting and preserving the tastes of summer yet? If you have a back yard garden plan to enter some of your preserved foods in the fair.   The Food Preservation Department  Continue Reading

Domino - Contributed Photo

Pet of the Week: Domino

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Domino here, coming to you from the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor. They’ve asked me to keep track of how many tickets have been sold for this weekend’s “Wags to Riches” Luau on The Lawn. By my calculations it looks like you’d better hurry up and get yours if you haven’t already. They’re going fast,  Continue Reading

Kevin Roth - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Artist Profile: Kevin Roth

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

I stopped by Kevin Roth’s on Friday to check out his latest project and found him hard at work on his magnificent new Fish House. He aims to get it finished in time for the county fair. Surrounded by the materials of his craft Kevin’s workspace resembles a cross between a curiosity shop and a  Continue Reading

Bee with Lavender - John Miller Photo

Bees in Lavender

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

This photo comes to us from John Miller who says, “It is impossible to visit Lavender farm without being amazed at the number of bees in attendance!”   

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Sunset Showing of Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Island Rec will be showing fun, family films for free on summer Saturdays in Sunken Park at Sunset…  Island Rec’s Free Movies in the Park series for 2016 begins July 30th. The series begins with Robin Hood: Men in Tights, a comedy about Nobleman Robin of Loxley who escapes from prison and returns home to find that  Continue Reading

Summer!! - Cady Mountain Seiler

Summer Fun!!

Written on July 23, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Thanks to Cady Mountain Seiler for this great photo of summer fun!

Bench for Town Art Project - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Town Seeks Proposals For Bench Art

Written on July 23, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

A Request from the Town of Friday Harbor… The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street. The  Continue Reading


Hunger Games on Saturday

Written on July 23, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

The Capitol Calls All Eligible Tributes to The Hunger Games – The Second Hunger Games of San Juan Island Library will be held on Saturday, July 23 at the SJI Fairgrounds from 1:30 – 3:00 PM* Prepare for battle with your friends and train for an epic afternoon of games. The day starts with The Reaping, training  Continue Reading


Striping County Roads Begins July 25

Written on July 23, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

A head’s up from the County… Public Works crews will be striping County roads from July 25, 2016 through August 4, 2016. We will be working through the Islands in the following order: San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez. We appreciate your cooperation while this project is underway. Please direct any questions you may have to  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve - Liza Michaelson Photo

Special Sundays on Mount Grant

Written on July 22, 2016 at 9:16 am, by

If you have not ventured up Mount Grant yet, or even if you are familiar with the amazing beauty of this local treasure, summer Sundays at the Summit have some special offerings in store. This Sunday, July 24, is Plein Air Art Day on Mount Grant. Some of our Island’s most beloved artists will be  Continue Reading

Fiesta! - Nancy DeVaux Photo

Home Trust Fiesta: Fun and Successful!

Written on July 22, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

A successful event for the Home Trust… With music by Los Hermanos, dancing, a delicious meal and a fabulous live and silent auction, the San Juan Community Home Trust’s 4th Annual Fiesta was deemed a great success! Nearly $35,000 was raised to support the group’s program of creating permanently affordable housing on San Juan Island.  Continue Reading

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