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Islands of Hope

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm by

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IslandsOfHopeIslands of Hope – 2015 Relay for Life – Cancer Fundraiser

Mark your calendar right now.  San Juan County Relay for Life is gearing up for a fun-filled event.

  • When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Brickworks, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
  • What: A fundraiser to help find a cure for cancer and benefit those fighting it
  • Cost: $20 per person
  • Who: Everyone is invited, this is a family friendly event
  • Tickets: please contact Gretchen Staelin or Colleen Johansen

This is what the $20 ticket includes: home-style Lasagna dinner (vegetarian available), fresh green salad, bread and soft drinks. Beer and Wine will be available for sale for an addition fee. Also live music by the Wild Rabbit band, a silent auction – with goods and services such as gift baskets to cruises ranging from $10 to $2000.

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3 for 4

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm by

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Scott Hale over at Islands’ Inn would love it if you would click to vote them Best Luxury Hotel in the Northwest. Here he is with the details…

Hello Tim,

Can you help spread the word?! - Vote: Best INN the Northwest!

The Island Inn at 123 West is nominated once again for BEST Luxury Hotel in Evening Magazine’s 2015 edition of BEST Northwest Escapes! The Inn placed first in 2012, third in 2013 and won again last year, 2014, so we’re 2 for 3 and want to make it 3 for 4! You can help the Inn win again by following these three easy steps:

  1. Click this link
  2. Vote for the Inn
  3. Spread the word! (and repeat for other Island neighbor nominees, too!)

Remember, every vote counts and voting is only open Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 24th!!!

We sure appreciate your help!

The Island Inn Experience Ambassadors

Ferry Tacoma returns to service on March 28

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm by

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M/V Tacoma - WSF photo

M/V Tacoma – WSF photo

Here’s the latest from WSF…

Following two weeks of sea trials, and approval from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Tacoma returns to work on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route starting early in the morning of March 28.

In late-July 2014, the Tacoma lost power and suffered significant damage to its electrical switchboard system transiting from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Ferry maintenance workers, engineers and contractors spent eight months inspecting and rebuilding the system. In mid-March, crews conducted a battery of tests at the dock and at sea to ensure the electrical system is fully operational.

“Safety of our customers and crew is our top priority. I’m confident the repairs made to the Tacoma and the lessons learned from this incident ensure the vessel’s readiness to safely operate and carry passengers,” said Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division Lynne Griffith. “I commend the crew for their swift actions when this incident occurred.”

The initial incident occurred when a protective device in the circuit breaker control failed, which led to a chain of events that caused a full loss of power. A Board of Inquiry was appointed to investigate the incident, identify the causes and contributing factors, recommend corrective action and capture lessons learned.

The WSF Board of Inquiry’s recently completed investigation confirmed the failure was a characteristic of the manufacturer’s design. WSF modified the electrical switchboard systems on the other Jumbo Mark II Class vessels, Puyallup and Wenatchee. Crews will replace the circuit breakers during regular maintenance periods to ensure this type of failure does not happen again.

Built in 1997, the Tacoma is one of three Jumbo Mark II Class ferries, the largest class in the Washington State Ferries fleet.

“Every 15 Minutes” Program Returns

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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e15m-poster1One person dies nationally, every fifteen minutes, in a drug or alcohol related auto crash. Every 15 Minutes is a nationally recognized program that creates increased community awareness and action to reduce alcohol and drug related incidents and deaths.

On April 21 and 22 , the fourth Every 15 Minutes program will be held in Friday Harbor. This two day event will include simulated death announcements every fifteen minutes during local High School classes, a catastrophic auto accident demonstration, transport of multiple patients to the ER at PIMC, the arrest and trial of a student for DUI, reactions from the student victims and their parents and a mock funeral with a heartfelt speaker.

San Juan Island’s emergency responders have joined forces to create a “real life” experience intended to impact this community and youth. “The “Every 15 Minutes” program is amazing.

As a 911 Dispatcher, I see the results of bad decisions and meet people who are having, for some, their worst day.“ said Michael McElrath, San Juan Sheriff’s Dispatcher. ”I also compile statistics for cases so I see, firsthand, that there has been a decline in teenage alcohol related incidents and accidents in the San Juans. I feel very strongly that the Prevention Coalition and ‘Every 15 Minutes’ have a direct role in that decline.

This event is sponsored every three years by San Juan Island EMS and is funded through generous donations and grants from the community.

IMA Artist Workshop: 3-D Design With Gourds with Dona Reed

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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gourdIn this workshop, we will begin by discussing the elements of art that make a good 3-D design. Each student will learn how to make a template to create repetition around the gourd.

Techniques of wood burning, engraving, staining, painting and embellishment will be discussed to will help each student complete their finished piece.

Dona lives on San Juan Island and has been working with gourds for more than 20 years. Her gourd vessels and lamps can be found in many galleries and art festivals in the Northwest. She is also an accomplished printmaker.

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Students should bring:

  • Old bath towel
  • Leather gloves
  • Paper, pencil, eraser
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Hair dryer
  • Images/idea for design*
  • Dremel and engraving tip
    (if you have one)

Writing Our History

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:40 am by

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land-bank-logoCongratulations Elizabeth Anderson and the Writing Our History Project for this fabulous essay on the history of the San Juan County Land Bank.

More people, events and county institutions need to be documented and their stories told.

Contact sstrehlou [@] fridayharbor [.] org to find out how you can support the Writing Our History Project.

Deadman Bay Preserve, one of several properties of the SJC Land Bank - Steve Horn photo

Deadman Bay Preserve, one of several properties of the SJC Land Bank – Steve Horn photo

Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:31 am by

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Easter Eggs hide in the grass - Contributed photo

Easter Eggs hide in the grass – Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Firefighters Association is pleased to announce they will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Jackson Beach.

The engine horn will blow at 1:00 pm to start the hunt. Children ages 0-12 are welcome to participate. There are prizes for everyone and tons of eggs to be eaten. The Easter Bunny will be there!

The Firefighters Association will be collecting donations for the food bank at that time.

The eggs will be dyed on Friday, April 3, at 5:00 pm at the old town fire station across from King’s parking lot. Families are welcome to come help.

Fairytale Fun in Middle School Play

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:12 am by

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Luke Waite as the Wolf, Joely Loucks as Red Riding Hood and Lucy Urbach as Goldilocks - Contributed photo

Luke Waite as the Wolf, Joely Loucks as Red Riding Hood and Lucy Urbach as Goldilocks – Contributed photo

Island teens bring to life a delightful and humorous blending of favorite children’s stories in A Walk in the Woods, performed at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Ayla Ridwan as Gypsy and Alex McIntire as Jack Horner - Contributed photo

Ayla Ridwan as Gypsy and Alex McIntire as Jack Horner – Contributed photo

Written by Debbie Metzler and directed by Jenni Merritt, the play makes some twists to such tales as Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel while staying true to the original stories.

Goldilocks, forest-savvy from having to survive in the woods without a family, is on the run from the Three Bears but takes time to help Red Riding Hood. Along the way, they are saved by the Woodsman (who also happens to be Hansel and Gretel’s father) and from the zany Wolf (the same canine who plagues the Three Pigs). Then it’s encounters with the citizens of Mother Goose’s village, including Jack Horner, the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker.

Ryker Mattox as Baby Bear, Luke Erickson as Papa Bear and Annemarie Ryan as Mama Bear - Contributed photo

Ryker Mattox as Baby Bear, Luke Erickson as Papa Bear and Annemarie Ryan as Mama Bear – Contributed photo

There’s a lot of tongue in cheek humor that all ages will enjoy, especially younger children, “said Merritt. “It has been a great play for the actors to learn about comedic timing.

Tickets ($11 each, with $5 student RUSH at door only) are available at or the box office (378-3210).

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Griffin Bay Author Event

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

Griffin Bay Bookstore is excited to present the authors Audrey DeLella Benedict & Joseph K. Gaydos and their new book about our inland waters: The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, The authors will talk about their book, and show many stunning slides of our local fauna, geology, and watery surroundings. Don’t miss this  Continue Reading

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Inventor’s Workshop

Written on March 26, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

EDC offers inventors’ workshop in partnership with the NWIRC Entrepreneurs with inventions in all stages of product development are invited to a dynamic full-day workshop on getting products from idea to market. The workshop will be presented by the San Juan County Economic Development Council in partnership with the Northwest Innovation Resource Center, on Wednesday,  Continue Reading


County Cooperates on Broadband Deployment in Eastsound

Written on March 26, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County is allowing Rock Island Communications to install fiber optic cable in the conduit associated with the County’s Eastsound Village streetlight project. “Co-locating our fiber optic cable in the streetlight conduit will save businesses located in Eastsound Village a great deal on connection costs,” said Gerry Lawlor, Rock Island’s Executive Vice President. “And,  Continue Reading


2015 Community Needs Task Force

Written on March 26, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Don’t forget – this is happening on Monday… Many of you will remember the major undertaking of the Community Foundation back in 2008-2009 when our island was hit so hard by the economic downturn of those couple years. At that time, we convened a multitude of organizations and individuals to determine what the most critical  Continue Reading


Frogs, Newts and Salamanders

Written on March 26, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Not a recipe for a witch’s potion, but tiny amphibians that might be living in your garden!! We are lucky to live in an area where these amazing little animals are still relatively abundant, but they are very sensitive and face many threats. Come learn why they are important and what we can do to  Continue Reading

A “Thank You collage” from the 7th grade is presented to the San Juan Pilots Association and the San Juan Public Schools Foundation. Left to right:  Bob Tauscher, San Juan Pilots Association; Gavin Flaum, student; Levi Doenges, student; Mike Taylor, San Juan Public Schools Foundation. (Gavin and Levi currently engage in "ground school" private pilot training and hope to earn pilot licenses eventually.) - Contributed photo

Pilots Donate $500 for Field Trip

Written on March 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm, by

San Juan Island Pilot’s Association donates $500.00 for public school Museum of flight field trip The San Juan Pilots Association was pleased to donate $500 to the San Juan Public Schools Foundation to help fund the 7th grade field trip to the Museum of Flight. This donation provided assistance with transportation to the museum, located  Continue Reading

Kathleen Foley and Tanja Williamson - Contributed photo

Know Your Island Walk

Written on March 25, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

Meet Kathleen Foley of the San Juan Preservation Trust and Tanja Williamson of the San Juan County Land Bank for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at an exciting land acquisition project being undertaken for future public use. Learn about the Mount Grant Preserve (formerly known as Lawson Ridge) and get a peek at its spectacular  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on March 25, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

Oh good. I’m glad you’re up. I’ve been waiting for someone to come over to the animal shelter to admire me, and you’ll do just fine. You do think I’m pretty, right? Well, just wait until you meet me! I’m a doll! My name is Lucy, but my friends call me, “Lu”. My owner brought  Continue Reading

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Artists’ Workshop at IMA

Written on March 25, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Jan Murphy will be teaching an artists’ workshop on Mixed Media Assemblage using found objects and thrift store treasures. This will be held at the Islands Museum of Art on April 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is open to adults at all levels. Class fee is $95.00 and Materials fee is $20.00.  Continue Reading


Poetry Trails

Written on March 25, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

San Juan County Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, The Land Bank, with help from its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), will display nature poems submitted and  Continue Reading


Island of Hope

Written on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

2015 Relay for Life at the San Juan County Fairgrounds September 26, 2015 Theme for 2015 event: Island of Hope Mark your calendar now – you will not want to miss this! 11 am to 12 pm: Survivors Luncheon 12 pm to 9 pm: Relay Event – FREE all are welcome. You do not need  Continue Reading

Kids having fun at a previous Children's Festival - Tim Dustrude photo

Call for Children’s Festival Volunteers

Written on March 25, 2015 at 12:51 am, by

Island Rec is currently seeking volunteers to help out with the 25th Annual Children’s Festival! We’ve got a great line-up of entertainment and activity providers to reflect this year’s festival theme: Aloha! Escape to Paradise! Still needed are lots of volunteers to help this event run smoothly. Many hands make light work and there are  Continue Reading

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Hide and Shriek

Written on March 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm, by

The Library is pleased to premiere a short film made by island teens participating in a filmmaking workshop last summer at the library. Teens spent the day with local actor/director Conrad Wrobel learning about script writing, acting, directing, make-up. Join us for this screening of their results. This free event is open to the public,  Continue Reading


Letters for Island Rec

Written on March 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm, by

Several islanders have written letters in support of Island Rec, and asking you to vote YES for renewing the Island Rec levy in the upcoming April election. This post will be updated as new letters come in. Click below to see what they have to say: Brad Fincher Ron Krebs Gordy Waite Rita Weisbrod Tom  Continue Reading

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