Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 am by

Geology on Mount Grant - Contributed photo

Geology on Mount Grant – Contributed photo

Explore the geology of Mount Grant Preserve! Local geologist, Julia Turney, will lead an interpretive walk up the Mount Grant access road, stopping to look at rock exposures and geologic features. Over the course of the walk, Julia will unearth the general geology of the San Juan Islands, the geologic history of Mount Grant Preserve, and the most recent glacial geology that shaped the terrain seen today.

Note: the mile walk to the summit includes a 500’ elevation gain.

This free event is presented by San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust.

The Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve is not yet completed. Approximately $380,000 remains to be raised for completion of the property acquisition and a dedicated stewardship fund to care for the preserve into the future. For anyone who has not participated in the Campaign, please visit to donate online, or phone the Preservation Trust at 360-378-2461.

  • Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • 10 am – Noon

Limited space available; RSVP to Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or email tanjaw [@]

Council Congratulates NPS

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:49 am by

County-LogoThe San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its August 25, 2016 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961 which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding.

We recognize the National Park Service’s dedication to the stewardship of our islands’ natural, cultural and historic resources. And, as members of the Historic Landmark community, we express our sincere thanks for your tireless efforts to make our parks a beautiful and accessible destination for residents and visitors alike.

No one can turn at the path by the laundress’s cabin at American Camp and catch the first sight of the golden grasses and blue sea against the backdrop of the Olympic peaks without feeling a small rush of elation. Likewise, a few moments spent in the herb garden at English Camp brings a sense of what life might have been like for the British Royal Marines who established a garrison there so long ago in 1859.

Thank you for your commitment to our treasured landmarks and Happy 100th!

County Council
San Juan County, Washington

Opalco Receives $1,000,000

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:43 am by

Opalco Awarded $1 Million Grant For Grid Modernization From WA Clean Energy Fund

opalco-logoOPALCO’s spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the Co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund (CEF). OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Energy Northwest.

The award was announced Monday, by Gov. Jay Inslee, with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, at the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop hosted by the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Lab.

The grant will help fund integration of a 5 MW (or 2 mWh) vanadium flow battery into OPALCO’s grid, to condition and time-shift community solar array output, improve load shape, absorb sudden spikes in energy demand, and backup critical substation and fiber optic systems. This will help the co-op save money and improve grid reliability. Read More »

Summer Film Series

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:56 am by

summer-film-seriesLarry Soll shares this about the Summer Film Series at SJCT…

Fellow Film Buffs,

The home stretch, only two weeks left to our inaugural season. I am happy to report that the Theatre has agreed to host the Summer Film Series again next year. So please make a point of thanking Bobby Ryan, Mary Blevins, Megan Boe Kilpatrick and the front and back of the house volunteers for making it all possible. I will be sending an email at the end of series to determine which films you enjoyed the most and what else we can do to improve the series in the future.

Single admissions are $8 and $5 for anyone under 25. Our popcorn maven has perfected his recipe and our “bottomless box for only $2” is the bargain of the year. 10% discounts on food at both Vinny’s and The Bluff will apply to those with a ticket or a punch card. Special pre-theatre pricing is also available at Coho restaurant.

Here are descriptions of the last two films:

landfill-harmonicAugust 30 Landfill Harmonic (2015) NR (but definitely PG) 84 minutes Subtitled
In Cateura, just outside the Paraguayan capital, 40,000 people live in a desperately poor neighborhood. Music resonates throughout the community from cheap plastic radios, yet for most residents a musical instrument is an unattainable treasure. Favio Chávez, an environmental consultant, and Nicolás “Cola” Gómez, a rubbish picker, began to wonder if they could create instruments from scraps they found on the tip face. “People in Cateura use trash as a resource,” says Chávez. “It was a natural approach in Cateura to look for an answer and resolve the need for instruments using recyclable materials.”

The film itself has played a role in stretching the reality beyond even the wildest dreams of its subjects. The link below was a YouTube sensation and led to the group being invited to play with Megadeth, a heavy metal group. This, in turn, lead to a world tour and this video which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. I urge everyone to see this happy inspiring documentary and bring the kids.

See the Trailer on You Tube.

September 6 Marguerite Read More »

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:52 am by

Leno is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Leno is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

Bond. James Bond. Nah, just fooling. But, I am an international man of mystery.

My name is Leno. I can’t tell you my last name because that would be indiscreet. I’m a Russian Blue cat, but I defected when an informant told me about Fancy Feast.

I currently reside at the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor where I await your instructions.

Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor
111 Shelter Road
(360) 378-2158

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

Sam and Chauncy Cox - Photo by Lowell Jons

8.8k Run Results

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

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

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

Mayor 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  Continue Reading


SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Written 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  Continue Reading


You did it again! Thank you!

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

The 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  Continue Reading


Back To Ballet Event August 28

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

Salish 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  Continue Reading


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

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