Star Party on the Summit

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park are teaming up to bring you our first ever Star Party on Mount Grant Preserve! The preserve is a perfect spot for experiencing the wonders of the night sky due to its location far from city lights and its expansive night views.

Weather permitting, telescopes will be available for observing the celestial night sky, and kiddos will have the opportunity to become Junior Ranger Night Explorers!

Saturday, August 8, 2015 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm at Mount Grant Preserve, San Juan Island

Meet and Park at English Camp Parking Lot. Free round-trip shuttle service to the top of Mount Grant Preserve will be provided. There will be NO public parking or driving to the top at Mount Grant Preserve. The shuttle will pick up visitors at English Camp at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 10:30 pm. Return shuttle only at 11:30 pm from Mount Grant Preserve summit.

The public is welcome. No fee or advance reservations are necessary. Flashlights with red lens are recommended and please dress for the weather.

Please call Tanja at the Land Bank (360-370-7655) for more information.

SJC Fair Baking Dept Needs Volunteers

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 5:40 am by

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If you’d like the tastiest volunteering position at the fair, join us in the Baking Department at this year’s fair.

Two-hour slots are available from check-in and judging on Tuesday to staffing the booth Wednesday through Saturday.

No experience needed for any of the positions–instructions will be provided to all participants by e-mail or a hard copy is available at Printonyx.

To sign up, go to or call Superintendent Kristine Brown at 378-3432.

County Parks Office on Limited Service during Fair Week

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 11:12 am by

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County Parks & Fair office - Contributed photo

County Parks & Fair office – Contributed photo

During County Fair week, August 10-14, (the Fair itself is Aug. 12-15) the County Parks Administration office will have very limited walk-in access by appointment only. With the Parks office now situated on the Fairgrounds, parking and access to the office will be difficult while the County Fair is underway. Your inquiries by email and phone are encouraged during regular business hours. Please call us at 378-8420 or e-mail parks [@] sanjuanco [.] com. The Parks office will be back in full swing on Monday, August 17.

This year, all Fair-related business will still be handled at the Fair office trailer near the South Gate on Dougherty Lane.

Parks & Fair invites everyone to visit the County Fair, August 12-15!

Missing: Cosmo

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 11:03 am by

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Have you seen me?

Have you seen me?

Cosmo has been missing for over 30 days from his new home, shortly after being adopted at the animal shelter.

He was last seen near Tucker Street and Guard in Friday Harbor.

If you have seen him, please contact:

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

FHES Student Dexter Prescott Designs Super Heroes for Library

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 5:52 am by

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Get your photo taken as one of Dexter's Super Heroes - Contributed photo

Get your photo taken as one of Dexter’s Super Heroes – Contributed photo

Visit the Library to become a super hero. The San Juan Island Library commissioned Dexter Prescott, a Friday Harbor Elementary School 6th grader, to design two super hero characters as part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

The designs created by Prescott were enlarged to life-size and are currently on display at the Library for the public to view and photograph. Prescott’s super heroes also will be on display during the Fair at the Library’s booth.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” As part of the theme and in addition to Prescott’s creations, Library staff invented super hero alter egos and have been hosting super hero storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers.

Dexter’s designs far exceeded any expectations we had for the commissioned work,” said Melina Lagios, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library. “We were thrilled to work with him. He is exceptionally creative and his ideas matched very well with our super hero theme.

For more information about the San Juan Island Library, call 378-2798 or visit

Cymbeline – Final Week at Roche

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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Island Stage Left presents "Cymbeline" - Contributed photo

Island Stage Left presents “Cymbeline” – Contributed photo

Here’s a note from Helen with Island Stage Left about their current show Cymbeline…

This is the last week of “Cymbeline” at Roche Harbor (Thurs – Sun at 8:00). Next week we open at 1062 Wold Rd (8:00 Fri – Sun)

Audience members’ comments tell it better than we can, although we have to boast that on one night after the show, I was met by a 93 year old, a five year old and a seven year old all of whom were apparently transported – the two younger ones seeing their first Shakespeare ever!

Here are some culled comments:

I wanted to congratulate you on the production of “Cymbeline” which I saw this past Saturday night.  We enjoyed it so much.

This little-performed play benefited from wonderful performances by the cast and crew along with the expert editing.

Thank you for providing entertainment options in isolated places.  It was completely enjoyable, and I will definitely return for other productions. Read More »

Snails, Stars, and Sea Cucumbers: An Intertidal Walk

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Marine life in a tide pool - Contributed photo

Marine life in a tide pool – Contributed photo

There’s more to the West Side of San Juan Island than orcas! Here’s a chance to seek out an amazing diversity of spineless animals (invertebrates) and learn how they feed, reproduce, and interact with each other.

Dr. Erika Iyengar, of Muhlenberg College and long-time researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, will lead our explorations. Wear some old sneakers or come prepared to get wet up to your knees. If you have a plastic magnifying glass, bring it! Kids welcome with adult supervision.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
10:00 am to Noon
Deadman Bay Preserve, San Juan Island

Meet and park at the Lime Kiln Point State Park main lot – Discovery Pass or parking fee required – and we will walk to the Land Bank’s Deadman Bay Preserve.

This event is presented by San Juan County Land Bank and is free to the public. For more information please visit or phone Tanja at 370-7655.

New at IMA

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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Michael Dailey - "Yellow Landscape By The Sea" - Photo courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery

Michael Dailey – “Yellow Landscape By The Sea” – Photo courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery

Editor’s note – the date for the Venter show has been corrected –
New at IMA: sculpture by Kathy Venter from Salt Spring Island, BC; paintings by Michael Dailey from Seattle, WA; and watercolors by Joe Miller from San Juan Island. August 29–November 9, 2015. Opening reception, Friday, August 28, 5-8 p.m. (Venter until December 14). San Juan island Museum of Art in Friday Harbor, WA. For details visit:


Classic Film Series – Child Stars

Written on July 29, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

Join local singer, actress, educator and director Thérèse Finn for 3 films featuring child stars from the last century. The lineup is: Friday – Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple and James Dunn Saturday – National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney Sunday – To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck and Mary Badham. Learn  Continue Reading

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Animal Shelter Volunteers of the Month

Written on July 28, 2015 at 5:54 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Gene and Kathy Krattli, owners of Paws in the Water, a Friday Harbor business providing warm water therapy for dogs are the Volunteers of the Month for July. Gene and Kathy have been avid supporters of the animal shelter since they opened the business a  Continue Reading

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A Reading by Poet Laynie Browne

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

Poet Laynie Browne will share her latest work at the Library, while she is staying at the UW labs this summer. She embarked this year on an international reading tour, including appearances in NYC, Boston, Providence, LA, Paris, Cambridge, London, and at the UA Poetry Center/Tucson in September 2015 to promote her book Scorpyn Odes.  Continue Reading

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Cap’n Arrrr Pirate Show

Written on July 28, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

  Cap’n Arrr is a comedy show that includes lots of surprises and “how to be a pirate” instructions that will have kids (and grown-ups) laughing. Kids are welcome to wear pirate or superhero costumes for this final party in celebration of the 2015 Summer Reading Program “Every Hero Has a Story.” Drinks and treats  Continue Reading


1st Arthroscopy at PIMC

Written on July 28, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

First arthroscopy performed this week at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., July 24, 2015 – Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Krusniak, MD, on Monday performed arthroscopic surgery to repair a patient’s rotator cuff, the first surgery of its kind performed at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. An anesthesiologist from PeaceHealth St.  Continue Reading

Through a Looking Glass or Microscope

Written on July 28, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Diane Martindale shares this heads-up with you… Library art show on August 29 from 10-noon at the San Juan Island Library. Through a Looking Glass or Microscope. Bring art of scenes through a looking glass or from the magical world of the microscope to share with the community. All media, all ages and all talents  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on July 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm, by

That’s me, Misty above, but I’m often mistaken for Zsa Zsa Gabor. I’m sure you see the resemblance. I’m about five years old and fabulous in every way, dahhling. I prefer to be the only cat in your world because I’m clearly entitled to all of your attention, but if necessary, I can be persuaded  Continue Reading


Chipsealing at Fairgrounds Parking Lot

Written on July 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm, by

Chip Seal of Family/Skate Park parking lot San Juan County Public Works will be completing phase two of the paving project beginning Monday, July 27th at the SJC Fairgrounds Skate & Family Park parking lot. Please Note: The work will require the parks to be closed while construction equipment is in use. Auxiliary parking is  Continue Reading


Lee Taylor Moving On

Written on July 27, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

We posted the news about Lee Taylor leaving, in her own words, just the other day. Now here is the official press release from NPS… Lee Taylor is Selected as Olympic’s New Deputy Superintendent Lee Taylor, a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, has been selected to serve as Olympic National Park’s next  Continue Reading


Library Wins National Award

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

Just heard this about our library… The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award honors a public library that demonstrates excellence in service to a community of 10,000 people or fewer. This year’s $1,000 award recognizes the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor, Washington, for the impressive quality of its digital communications, as well as  Continue Reading

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The Sea Floor Around Us

Written on July 27, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: “The Sea Floor Around Us” Presented by Gary Greene The Whale Museum and San Juan Nature Institute are pleased to host Gary Greene for a lecture on July 30.  Professor Greene will discuss “The Sea Floor Around Us” on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

The Hiyu leaves Friday Harbor on a sunny day in 2009 - Ian Byington photo

Hiyu Retiring

Written on July 27, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Just heard that the Hiyu is about to be retired and put on standby status by the ferry system. Here’s a an excerpt from Washington State Ferries Weekly Update by Lynne Griffith… With the Tillikum filling in on the Edmonds/Kingston run, 34-car Hiyu stepped up to help move people on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route this week. This could be the  Continue Reading


Special 3 Day Filing Period

Written on July 26, 2015 at 11:24 pm, by

MacKaye Harbor Water District Special Three-day Candidate Filing Period July 29, 30, and 31 The San Juan County Elections Office announces a special three day filing period July 29 at 8 a.m. through July 31 at 4:30 p.m. for three MacKaye Harbor Water District commissioner positions. The special filing period is needed because no one  Continue Reading

Calendar and Poster Board

Written on July 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm, by

Thinking it looks a little different over there on the top left side of this page? That’s because we’re making a small change and adding a new feature – Introducing: The Poster Board page, a new free service for you. The Calendar Feed (what used to be at left) will now reside on this new page.  Continue Reading

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