Windy Ferry Ride

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 12:52 am by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

We rode the ferry Samish to the mainland on Saturday during the windstorm and had quite a ride. Here’s a quick bit of video I shot in Rosario Strait…

Return to Tajikistan

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 5:30 am by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

Tajik Village Group - Contributed photo

Tajik Village Group – Contributed photo

Bruce Howe-Gregory shares this note about his upcoming return to Tajikistan for the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Nov. 1st through 28th…

Last year, at the end of my ACDI / VOCA volunteer assignment to Tajikistan I was asked if I would consider returning in 2015. I have recently agreed to return to Central Asia and the country of Tajikistan this next November to assist 12 different groups of farmers in the Khatlon Province near the city of Qurghon-Teppa in the southwestern part of Tajikistan. My host will be the Shirin Dehkan Farm owned by Ms. Azizmo Makhmadieva and her family in Buston village, A.Jomi District, Khatlan Province.

All of my expenses getting to and from Kyrgyzstan are paid for by VOCA/ACDI. My time in Tajikistan is volunteer time given by me.

The host family in Buston village is a family group of six females and ten males that collectively manage a 3 hectare (7.4 acre) orchard of apples, pears, plums, cherry, apricots, peaches, persimmons and almonds. I will also be working with farmers in 12 other districts of the Khatlon Province throughout my three week stay. There are another 200 indirect beneficiaries in the group, men, women and children.

The work I will be doing is to help the growers in identify and start implementing improvements in their orchard management practices. There is little money for orchard technologies that we in the U.S. take for granted. I will be helping them improve their pruning methods, work on fertility and integrated pest management using mostly organic methods and providing them feedback on how they can take their limited resources and improve their quality of life through their farming and farms.

Here are blog entries and photos posted last January (16 and 23) upon my return:  Read More »

America’s Boating Course

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 5:23 am by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

ABC-PosterGet your boater education card. It’s required to operate any boat with an engine of 15 hp or more.

Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up beginning in September. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course materials.

What will you need?
Comprehensive Boating Information Manual & 2 companion CD’s with Coastal Navigator Electronic Charting

What’s the cost?
$45.00. Couples can share. 50% Student Discount
Instruction is FREE by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron


When is it?
Tuesday evenings starting on Sept. 22nd from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Skagit Valley College San Juan Campus:

  • Sept. 22
  • Sept 29
  • Oct. 6
  • Oct. 13
  • Oct. 20
  • Oct. 27

This course is suitable for all types of boating, inland and coastal. It’s fun for the whole family and you will:

  • Gain confidence
  • Make friends
  • Build skills
  • Save money

This may entitle you to marine insurance discounts.

To register, call 378-3288 or email:
ein [@] rockisland [.] com

Get Out on the Water!

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 5:24 am by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

Boats moored at the Port of Friday Harbor Marina - Update file photo

Boats moored at the Port of Friday Harbor Marina – Update file photo

Celina Wright of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club shares this invitation with you…

Join the Friday Harbor Sailing Club in 2015!

Would you like to join a fun and friendly boating social and activities club here in Friday Harbor? The Friday Harbor Sailing Club is a mixed group of both sail and powerboat enthusiasts that organizes, promotes and encourages amateur sailing, sailboat racing and powerboat activities. All boating enthusiasts are welcome.

Consider coming to the next meeting and get a feel for the club and its members. The monthly potluck dinner meetings are held on every second Tuesday of the month and begin at 5:45 pm at the Grange Hall – 152 1st St N, Friday Harbor. Please call Don at (360) 378-4590 if you would like to attend as a guest and to get details.

At this month’s meeting on September 8th, the speaker is Billie Swalla, Director of the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.

If you like boating and having fun, you will be glad you looked up Friday Harbor Sailing Club

Back To Ballet Event August 29

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

salish_sea_ballet_logoSalish Sea Ballet invites dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend our Back To Ballet Event at 689 Airport Center Road, Suite F in Friday Harbor. The event takes place on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00am-2:30pm. Stop by to register for fall classes and enjoy refreshments or take a free trial class while you’re there! Meet the studio owner and ballet teacher Jeanne Marie Peihl, 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): 10:30am-11:00am
  • Ballet 1 (Ages 6-10): 11:30am-12:00pm
  • Ballet 2 & 3 (Ages 7-12): 12:30pm-1:00pm
  • Adult Beginning/Intermediate Ballet (Ages 12+): 1:30pm-2:00pm

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 when you register & pay for September classes at our Back To Ballet Event. Enter your name in the drawing to win free classes or Salish Sea Ballet gear!

About Salish Sea Ballet
Salish Sea Ballet is the pre-professional ballet school of the San Juan Islands. Our studio is located at 689 Airport Center Road, Suite F in Friday Harbor. Our mission is to engage and inspire dancers of all ages while providing high quality technical and artistic instruction in classical and contemporary ballet for ages 3-adult.

Studio Owner and Artistic Director Jeanne Marie Peihl is dedicated to fostering a love of music and movement in dancers of all ages. She has been dancing her entire life and has focused exclusively on classical ballet training for the last 11 years. Jeanne’s true passion is teaching ballet, with a particular specialty in ballet beginners of all ages. She underwent extensive teacher training at a top pre-professional ballet school in southern California, where she learned how to ensure that dancers are using correct technique and incorporating artistry into their movement.

Jeanne moved to San Juan Island in 2013 and is thrilled to bring her years of experience to the ballet students on the island. She is looking forward to building a comprehensive pre-professional ballet program serving the San Juan Islands.

Jeanne Marie Peihl, Studio Owner & Artistic Director
dance [@] salishseaballet [.] com

Our State’s Worst Fire Season on Record

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

Washington State forest fire - Contributed photo

Washington State forest fire – Contributed photo

This note just came in from the San Juan Islands Conservation District…

Dear San Juan Islands Community,

We received a request from the Okanogan Conservation District today for support for firefighters and residents in Eastern Washington that are affected by the wildfires.

As you have probably heard, this is the state’s worst fire season on record. An estimated 732,608 acres have burned, with 13 uncontained fires still burning. The Okanogan Complex fire is the largest wildfire the state has ever seen, nearing 300,000 acres.

If you would like to help firefighters, please drop off any of the following supplies at the San Juan Islands Conservation District, 530 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, by Tuesday morning of next week:

  • Leather gloves
  • Socks
  • Boot laces
  • Hygiene supplies

To assist residents that have been impacted by the fire, you can contribute funds to the following organizations:

  • Okanogan County Community Action Council has a Paypal link on their website, or you can mail a check to OCCAC, PO Box 1067, Okanogan, WA 98840
  • Community Foundation of North Central Washington has a donation button on their website, or you can mail a check to CFNCW, 9 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Thank you.

Sold Out!

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

Terry Ogle - Contributed photo

Terry Ogle – Contributed photo

Event organizers are very happy to say, Terry Ogle’s Benefit event is sold out!!

This shows how a community comes together to help out one of their own. There are no more tickets left for Terry’s benefit on Saturday.

However – Your kind gift$ can be given at Islanders Bank or Wells Fargo bank, or online at the benefit website at

Thank you Friday Harbor!!!

Welcome to the new school year!

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 11:30 am by

Email this posting to a friend! Email this posting to a friend!

Here’s a message from the new SJISD Superintendent…

Dr. Danna Diaz - Contributed photo

Dr. Danna Diaz – Contributed photo

As the new superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, I am excited about Thursday, September 3. It is the first day of school!

There is nothing like a fresh beginning – and the start of each school year gives us the opportunity to recommit to those things which brought us into this profession in the first place. Whether we are in the classroom or leading a bunch of classrooms, driving the bus, providing maintenance to our buildings, serving as a crossing guard, food service professional, budget manager, office personnel, or a paraprofessional in the classroom… and especially as a parent…we are teachers. Teachers who make a difference in the lives of students.

We are teachers who recommit to the joy of our profession. Kids are funny – they make us laugh (even when we shouldn’t). They are weird. They are afraid. They make noises. They come from every imaginable circumstance. Yet, they all seek out our love and respect and approval (one way or another). We are teachers. We smile. We laugh. We take breaks to tell stories and celebrate the mystery called learning.

We are teachers who recommit to slowing down yet keeping an engaging pace, to checking in more often, and to going deeper with our best resources rather than working too hard to find more stuff. Students respond to the rhythm of our learning organization. They crave community and friends and want to participate but only do so when they trust that it is safe. We celebrate the mistakes and learn from them for isn’t that the very definition of learning after all!

We are teachers who recommit to learning from our students and from each other. Every year we have new puzzles to solve: why is some content just plain hard for students? – How else could I teach this? – How do I give students choices but hold them accountable for the same high standards? We are teachers. We are at our best when we share our best and learn from the best. We are exhausted when we try to go it on our own.

This week marks the beginning a new year. Let the fireworks go off! We are teachers. We make a difference!

Danna Diaz, PhD

A different vantage point for studying whales - Contributed photo

Taking Whale Research to New Heights

Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Using a Small Unmanned Hexacopter to Non-invasively Monitor the Health of Resident Killer Whales. Presented by John Durban The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Durban as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Durban will give an overview of his research and collaborations using photogrammetry to  Continue Reading

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer - Contributed photo

Salish Sea Benefit Concert

Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Upcoming Salish Sea Benefit Concert with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer on September 17 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor Join Friends of the San Juans for an evening of music on September 17 with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer while supporting environmental protection and preservation in the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea. Proceeds will  Continue Reading

"Multiplicity" by Maria Michaelson


Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Sculpture Sale to Benefit Mount Grant Campaign San Juan Island artist Maria Michaelson will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her sculpture “Multiplicity” to the Campaign to Save Mount Grant. The artist will consider all offers of $1,500 or more and will sell the work to the person offering the highest purchase  Continue Reading


Team Trivia Begins September 1st

Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s a note from Minnie Knych about Trivia at the Legion… On Tuesday, September 1st, we will begin a new season of monthly team trivia games at Post 163. All questions are multiple choice. Stacy Smith will be cooking dinner to be served during the game. Dinner is served starting at 5:30 PM. The trivia  Continue Reading

Artist Terry Ogle with his  work, "Tiger Striped Humpback", a carving of Quilted Western Maple local to the island - Tim Dustrude photo

For Terry’s Benefit…

Written on August 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm, by

UPDATED Friday afternoon, Aug. 28th – This event is now sold out. Way to go Friday Harbor! There are no more tickets left, however you can still help Terry out by contributing to his medical fund at Islanders Bank, or Wells Fargo Bank, or online at his website linked below… * * * * * Hello  Continue Reading

Brad Creesy, Assistant Chief/Training Officer -  Sheila Harley photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter’s Training Officer

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Sheila Harley checks in again with this month’s firefighter column… After watching his next door neighbor’s house burn to the ground just days before their wedding, now Assistant Chief Brad Creesy wished that he had been able to help them. So along with the groom and several other neighbors, he joined Station 5 the Roche Harbor/  Continue Reading


It’s the Light, Always the Light

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Three artists capture the uniquely muted Pacific Northwest light to create gems for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) shows opening August 29. Michael Dailey’s show is Early Dawn to Late Twilight. Called “one of the best painters the Northwest has ever seen,” Dailey’s fifteen oil paintings include large-scale color fields meditating on  Continue Reading

The San Juan Singers 2015 - Contributed photo

SJ Singers Winter Concert Prep Coming Up

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Singers, a San Juan Island based community chorus, begins preparation for the Winter 2015 concert on September 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Community Room of Skagit Valley College. This chorus is open to all singers from age 12- ** with the director’s approval. This is not an entry-level chorus; participants  Continue Reading

SVC's San Juan Center - Contributed photo

Fall Registration Open at SVC

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College has opened its doors for Fall registration. Come on in, have a cup of coffee and discuss your education future with our student advisor. Classes beginning on September 21 are available at the Center and online. The San Juan Center is located near the airport terminal at  Continue Reading

Glenna Hall - Contributed photo

Glenna Hall Stepping Down

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Health Issues Cause OPALCO Board Member to Step Down OPALCO Board Member Glenna Hall has announced her resignation due to health issues. Hall represents District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands). The Board will appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy until Hall’s term is up in 2017, in accordance  Continue Reading


FHHS Community Service-Learning Class call for projects

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Summer has flown by! The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin September 3rd. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement – both locally and globally. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations.  Continue Reading

View of Haro Strait from the property - Contributed photo

30-acre Donation to Land Bank

Written on August 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm, by

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size! The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” say donors, Paul  Continue Reading

Click to enlarge poster

Farm Film Fest

Written on August 26, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Islands Ag Guild is proud to present a cooperative film collection exploring the future of farming compiled by young farmer advocates, the Greenhorns! The average age of farmers in the US is 57. Five years ago it was 55. In San Juan County it is 60. At this rate, who will our  Continue Reading


Island Rec – Movies in the Park

Written on August 26, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Island Rec kicked off their third season of Movies in the Park last weekend and there are still 5 weeks to go. For August 29th, we will be showing Robin Hood: Men in Tights. The movie should begin at about 8:45 pm but come early for fun trivia, prizes, and to claim your spot! FANs  Continue Reading

Page 1 of 36712345...102030...Last »