Remembering 9/11

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am by

Mayor Carrie Lacher shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001…

Mayor-Carrie-LacherThis year our Nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication, and patriotism we witnessed and experienced on that day and in its aftermath.

9/11 is a day that is carved into my heart. For me, it is a day that changed our Nation utterly and the impacts of that day continue to reverberate down through history. While we may not all agree on the whys and hows and repercussions of 9/11, we probably can agree that we are a different country 15 years later – in some ways better and in other ways not.

On this 9/11 Day of Remembrance, I mourn the innocent lives lost in that cataclysmic attack but also celebrate the bravery and heroism of first responders everywhere and the everyday heroism of the ordinary person called in the moment to respond in selfless ways.

This year, we also grieve the loss of Chief Steve Marler who passed away earlier this year. Chief Marler was especially dedicated to the poignancy and importance of remembering 9/11. In his memory and in honor of all those our Nation lost on 9/11, I call on residents and visitors of the Town of Friday Harbor to pause on Sunday, September 11th to mark the historical importance of this day. To take a moment to remember those innocent lives lost. To be inspired by those first responders who ran towards the horror and stood up for all that is good in Americans. To recommit to the unity and patriotism we experienced on that day and in its aftermath. Read More »

EMS – SJI Fire District

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:43 am by

sjiems-sjifr-logos-Because of a good deal of conversation during and since the recent EMS levy vote, the public hospital district board has asked a committee to study integration of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) with the San Juan Island Fire District.

The EMS was a part of the Fire District until a few years ago, and before it was known whether the August levy would pass EMS Chief Jerry Martin and then-Acting Fire Chief Brad Creesy discussed re-integration of the two agencies.

Karin Agosta will chair the committee, whose other members are John Hinchcliffe and board member Mark Schwinge.

They plan to consider how emergency services are handled elsewhere in the state and the U.S. and what might be any advantages or disadvantages of merging the two.

Agosta told the board at its regular meeting on Wednesday that “An important goal is to present validated information,” and “We don’t intend to direct the conclusion.”

The board considered the need to formalize the subcommittee with a resolution and decided that wasn’t necessary. Because the recent levy vote provides funding for the agency for six years there is ample time for the board and public to consider possibilities.

By Louise Dustrude

Construction Update: Week of August 29th, 2016

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am by


Town of Friday Harbor – Waterline Replacement Project

Locations of work:

  • Underground construction is complete except for tie-in locations
  • This week, Contractor is scheduled to tie-in the new waterline at the following locations:
    • Douglas and San Juan Valley Rd.
    • Spring St. at the Water Maintenance Facility
    • San Juan Valley Rd. near the EMS/Hospital

Work Days/Hours

  • Monday – Friday; 7AM-7PM
  • Monday Night 9PM – 9AM shift to make waterline tie-ins

What to expect:

  • As we get close to completing the water main installation; there will be an impact on traffic heading into Town from San Juan Valley Rd. There will be several active work areas between the EMS/Hospital to Water Storage Tank on Spring St. 20 minute delays will be likely in this area
  • Please avoid if possible; however traffic control representatives will be on-site at all times to assist commuters.


You can bypass our construction by using the following alternative routes to detour in or out of Town.

  • Beaverton valley Road
  • No. 2 School House Road
  • Douglas Road
  • Bailer Hill Road

Any questions or concerns please feel free to call (360) 378-0360

8.8k Run Results

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 5:39 am by

Sam and Chauncy Cox - Photo by Lowell Jons

Sam and Chauncy Cox – Photo by Lowell Jons

Island Rec has posted complete 8.8k Run results if you want to see them – They are at

Also, in the photo above is 14-year-old overall winner Chauncey Cox (Right, with 2 medals), and 11-year-old Sam Cox, who took second in his age group.

Mayor Lacher Receives AWC’s Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 10:09 am by

Mayor-Carrie-LacherMayor Carrie Lacher was recently awarded the Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership (CML) by the Association of Washington Cities.

Mayor Lacher earned the certificate by completing over 60 learning credits through several workshops and meetings offered by the AWC to mayors and council members of Washington cities and towns. The CML program includes training on subjects such as municipal fiscal management, land use and economic development. The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected officials to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster community and staff relationships.

“The courses and seminars presented by AWC are useful and well-done,” said Mayor Carrie Lacher. “The association is a great resource, especially for small towns like Friday Harbor, and I look forward to continued participation in the program by Town officials.”

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the State legislature. Membership is voluntary, however AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the State.

SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am by


Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

An e-version of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s August 2016 Island Dispatch newsletter is now live on the web. Click here to view it.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll find:

  • Guardians Forever: Monitoring SJPT’s 226 (and counting) conservation easements is a big job that we take very seriously. Plus,
    What Is a Conservation Easement?
  • Views From the Top: Mount Grant Preserve gets rave reviews during Sundays at the Summit.
  • A Visionary Tradition: Bob and Pat Jester’s legacy of conservation.

Read all about it right here!

You did it again! Thank you!

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 5:49 am by


sjicf-logoThe Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2016 San Juan County Fair when over $28,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!

The Foundation, in turn, will match those donations 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal is met, thereby allowing $40,000 to be granted to the following projects:

  • Animal Protection Society’s New Animal Shelter
  • SJICF Women’s Fund Membership Drive
  • Family Resource Center’s Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Family Resource Center’s Island Neighbors
  • Friday Harbor Elementary School’s Inquisitive Children Succeed
  • Island Oil Spill Association’s Improved Oil Spill Response Time
  • San Juan Historical Museum’s Protection for Vintage Thresher
  • San Juan County’s Derelict Vessel Prevention

At the conclusion of the 2016 San Juan County Fair, seven-year-old, Ava Bennett from Lopez Island, reached into the glass jar that held names of all 98 contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Louise Dustrude. That gave Louise the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation. She chose the Family Resource Center’s Emergency Rental Assistance Project to be the lucky recipient.

The Community Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this annual event so enjoyable – and so successful. Thank you!

The San Juan Island Community Foundation serves as a non-profit philanthropic umbrella organization helping donors, non-profits and public organizations to achieve their goals through direct grants, organizational assistance and philanthropic resource management. For further information about the Community Foundation, call 378-1001, write to PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or, visit the office located at 640 Mullis St., Suite 104, Friday Harbor, WA.

Back To Ballet Event August 28

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm by

salish_sea_ballet_logoSalish Sea Ballet invites dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend our Back To Ballet Event on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Stop by to register for fall classes, enjoy refreshments, and take a free trial class! Meet the studio owner and faculty, and find out what makes our classes so popular among island dancers.

Free trial classes (no experience necessary!) will be offered at the following times:

  • Pre-Ballet/Ballet Basics (Ages 3-5): 2:30pm-3:00pm
  • Ballet 1 (Ages 6-10): 3:30pm-4:00pm
  • Ballet 2 & up (Ages 8-12): 4:30pm-5:00pm
  • Adult Contemporary Dance (Ages 12+): 5:15pm-5:45pm

The Salish Sea Ballet Boutique is stocked with logo T-shirts, leotards, tights, shoes, tutus, and more. Enjoy a 20% discount on your Boutique purchase at our Back To Ballet Event. Enter your name in the raffle to win free classes or Salish Sea Ballet gear!

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Historic Sailing Vessel Visiting Friday Harbor

Written on August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

You’re invited to celebrate the arrival of the ketch, Golden Rule, in Friday Harbor. She will be stopping over on her way from the Vancouver Wooden Boat Show to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Purchased by the Quakers in 1958, she gained international recognition for her attempt to sail into the nuclear test zone in  Continue Reading


Sonic Sea at the Whale Museum

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm, by

The NRDC invites you to The Whale Museum next Tuesday for this screening of Sonic Sea… Please join us at The Whale Museum on August 30 for a special kickoff screening of NRDC’s new documentary film “Sonic Sea.” Once quiet, our seas are now filled with a cacophony of noise unleashed by oil prospectors, freight  Continue Reading

Photo by Dave Ellifrit Center for Whale Research

J14 Considered Missing, Possibly Deceased

Written on August 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm, by

Sad news from the Center for Whale Research… J14, a 42-year old female in J pod, is considered missing. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research last saw her on July 31. Center for Whale Research staff members have since had three on-the-water encounters with the rest of her matriline but she was not  Continue Reading

Rosa Blair at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico - Photo Rosa Blair

Rosa Blair Opens Private Practice, Wise Self Counseling

Written on August 26, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

There is a new counselor in town. But wait, many of you probably know Rosa Blair. Rosa grew up here. You may know her as a gardener or as an artist but did you know that she has earned her Master of Science degree in counseling specializing in clinical mental health? Or that she has  Continue Reading

Summer Summit of Mount Grant - Artwork by Lisa Lawrence

Online Art Auction For Mount Grant

Written on August 26, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Alice Hurd of the San Juan Preservation Trust tells us about an online art auction going on now until Labor Day… There are now 12 paintings ( watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and pen/ink!) each depicting some of the wonderful views from the summit of Mount Grant.   Nearly all were done within in the  last five weeks, and  Continue Reading

Cutting the Ribbon at Blackfish Bistro - Photo Tamara Weaver

Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar Opens For Business

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

Becky Day at the Chamber sends word of the new Blackfish Bistro… Today the Mayor, Carrie Lacher, and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed the Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar to the Town of Friday Harbor with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The restaurant features farm-to-fork and tide-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine with a  Continue Reading

Sunny Deck at San Juan Center - Photo Cathy Degnan

New Classes at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center

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

Cathy Degnan at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center let’s us know about some new classes being offered fall quarter… Start or continue your education and join your class at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College. The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is now open for fall advising and registration.  Fall quarter begins Sept.  Continue Reading

Stephanie Prima Movement - Contributed Photo

Movement Into Mindfulness New Classes Starting

Written on August 25, 2016 at 5:14 am, by

Stephanie Prima offers new classes… If you know you need to get started with preventative self-care but don’t know where to start, and ‘exercise’ doesn’t appeal to you … OR If you have limited mobility, chronic aches and pains, and would like to feel fluid again… OR If you want to calm the mind and connect with  Continue Reading

Fitness Class at The Studio - Contributed Photo

The Studio and Island Rec Partner to Expand Adult Fitness Offerings

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

We hear from Amanda Smith at The Studio that fall fitness classes start soon… The Studio and Island Rec partnered up almost 1 year ago to offer an Adult Fitness class for the community. The 20/20/20 class at The Studio has been taught by co-owner and instructor Jacquelyn Reiff, and combines 20 minutes of a low  Continue Reading

Damaris Webb - Contributed Photo

Community Theatre Presents Damaris Webb’s The Box Marked Black

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre presents Damaris Webb on Friday followed by her two-day workshop this weekend… Portland’s Damaris Webb brings her solo theater piece, The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American Growing Up Mulatto, With Sock Puppets! to the Gubelman THIS Friday, August 26 at 7:30 pm.  It traces the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era  Continue Reading

Tamara Weaver photo

Bill and Rita Ament Share the Magic of Dance

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Bill and Rita Ament of Dance Happy will be offering free demonstration classes on Saturday, August 27th starting at 3:00 pm at Dance Workshop 2. Here’s the schedule… CREATIVE (Ages 2.5-4), 3:00-3:20pm    Creative & Pre-Ballet L’IL STARZ (Ages 4-5), 3:30-3:50pm    Tap, Pre-Ballet, Jazz BIG STARZ (Ages 6-8), 4:00-4:20pm    Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop & Lyrical SUPER  Continue Reading


Overdose Awareness Day Next Wednesday

Written on August 24, 2016 at 5:14 am, by

From the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition… International Overdose Awareness Day is next Wednesday, August 31.  Please join the effort to raise awareness about overdoses. An informational event will be held in Friday Harbor from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at San Juan Island Public Library.  Presenters will be; Compass Health, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, SAFE San Juans, and  Continue Reading

Lotus Elise at the 2015 Concours - Contributed photo

10th Annual Concours d’Elegance

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands and the Rotary Club of San Juan Island invite everyone to attend the tenth annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Concours is an exhibition of vintage and classic motor vehicles and will have  Continue Reading

The "Bike and Build" team after they stained the fence at Sunrise Neighborhood - Contributed photo

Bike and Build

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Community Potluck at 6pm on Friday, August 26th for “Bike and Build” at the Fairgrounds All islanders are invited to a potluck at the Fairgrounds to welcome about 30 young people who will be here for a day of service for San Juan Community Home Trust. The group’s mission statement says: “Through service-oriented cycling trips,  Continue Reading

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