Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for Cattle Point Road Realignment Project Scheduled for October 15

Posted on October 4, 2015 at 6:52 am by

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Here’s a press release from the National Park Service…

A view of the bluff from South Beach - Contributed photo

A view of the bluff from South Beach – Contributed photo

FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington– More than 14 years of planning, one and half years of design and six months of heavy construction will culminate in a ribbon cutting and celebration of the Cattle Point Road Realignment Project scheduled at 11 a.m., Thursday October 15 at the American Camp visitor center, 4668 Cattle Point Road.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony—which will take place, weather permitting, at the Jackson Scenic Overlook—will include remarks by representatives of the agencies involved in the project, in addition to members of the state’s Congressional delegation, if possible, according to Jerald Weaver, acting park superintendent and Shannon Wilbur, senior project engineer for the San Juan County Public Works department.

Because of limited parking at the overlook, attendees will be shuttled from the American Camp visitor center parking area beginning at 10 a.m. Overflow parking also will be available at the Redoubt parking area, as well as along the Redoubt Road. A reception will follow the ceremony in a pavilion to be erected adjacent to the American Camp visitor center. Read More »

EDC to offer workshop on Disaster Preparedness for Business

Posted on October 4, 2015 at 6:19 am by

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disaster-preparednessWhat would happen to your business as a result of a major disaster in the San Juan Islands?  Are you, your property and your data prepared?  Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on Disaster Preparedness for Business, October 28th from 9-11 a.m., videoconferenced at the Lopez and San Juan Island Public Libraries.

In this course, participants will learn to prepare their businesses for disasters, and to recover from them.  The course will help business owners and managers to review insurance coverage, to prepare for utility disruptions, secure facilities, buildings and plans, back up financial records, prepare employees for emergencies, and to create effective emergency communication plans.

Dave Halloran from the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, Barbara Marrett from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, and Gigi Zakula from Islanders Insurance will lead the workshop.

Details:  This free workshop will be videoconferenced live on Wednesday, October 28th from 9-11 at the Lopez and San Juan Island Libraries.  Refreshments will be served and printed materials will be available to take away.   Advance registration is requested; please call 360-378-2906 to reserve your space, or email:  info [@] sanjuansedc [.] org.

The EDC thanks Islanders Bank, Heritage Bank, San Juan County government, the Town of Friday Harbor, the Ports of Friday Harbor, Lopez and Orcas, and Island Market for supporting our Business Education Series.   This workshop is not sponsored by the Lopez Island or San Juan Island Library.

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) strives to strengthen and diversify the economy of San Juan County.  We believe a strong economy builds a strong community.   The EDC works to build an environment that helps business owners create jobs.  We serve business:  linking organizations and resources, providing valuable information, rendering assistance and advocating for an improved island business environment.    

Fall Farm Parade and Chili Cook-Off

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm by

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Fall Farm Parade on Argyle Avenue - Tim Dustrude photo

Fall Farm Parade coming down Argyle Avenue – Tim Dustrude photo

It was a beautiful day for the 2015 Fall Farm Parade, and especially after Friday’s rain, it was nice to see blue skies for this fun Fall event. And after the parade everyone met at Brickworks for the Chili Cook-off, to enjoy some good food, good music by the Rocky Bay Boys and visit with friends and neighbors. Click below to see the image gallery of these 2 events. Read More »

Internet Service now Restored

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 9:29 am by

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10:40 AM Update – Service has been restored


Just got a call from CenturyLink this morning. They are aware of an internet outage in the San Juan Islands and they are working to get things fixed. At the time of the call, there was no ETA for when it would be back online, but they did say that Phones and 911 service are not affected.

San Juan Islands Fall Boat Trip

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 5:55 am by

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Birds at Little Sucia – Tim Dustrude photo

Fall is here and it is time to get out on the water to see returning wintering birds and some hard to see marine birds. Great flocks of wintering ducks, loons, and grebes are arriving, whales are here along with other marine mammals. If you want to meet other birders this is a wonderful opportunity. We are going with Eclipse Charters this year. Check out their website to get a feel for the boat. It has comfortable inside seating and decks on the bow, sides and top for great viewing.

We sail on Sunday, October 11th. The boat will be leave Friday Harbor at 11:30 and return at 3:30. There will also be a drop off at Orcas. The price is $85 . Your check holds your spot. Contact Barbara Jensen by email at  skylark [@] rockisland [.] com for information. Space is limited. Dress for the weather! Be sure to have warm layers, including a warm coat and raincoat, gloves, hat, warm footwear, pants and so on. You can always take off layers but cannot put on clothing you don’t have. Bring binoculars, a camera if you like, a small pack for your stuff, water, sunscreen, and a small lunch.

We have done several boat trips and they are always fun. There are always other birders who will help people spot birds and other great things, maybe a whale or two. The natural history of our area is wonderful to experience on the water and I hope you will join us!

Spinning Ball

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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"Twirling Ball" - Aaron Shepard photo

“Twirling Ball” – Aaron Shepard photo

Nathan Clarke spins a ball on his finger while crossing Spring Street on Thursday, and roving Update photographer-on-the-spot Aaron Shepard was there to capture the moment. Thanks for sharing Aaron!

Rock Island VP Mike Greene Steps Down as Start-Up Operations Solidify

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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rock-island-opalcoRock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as Vice President of Technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of October 15.

When OPALCO purchased Rock Island in February, Greene stayed on to help with the transition, merging staff and operations to keep the business humming while a huge infrastructure expansion began. With that transition solidifying, Greene has taken the opportunity to step down. Company operations will continue to be directed by Gerry Lawlor, Executive Vice President of Rock Island.

“Rock Island is revolutionizing Internet services for our communities,” said Lawlor. “We are taking a local ISP to the next level, delivering modern services by building on the foundation of OPALCO’s backbone.”

It’s not unusual for founding leaders to step down in the year following an acquisition, but Mike Greene’s expertise and institutional knowledge will surely be missed. “We wouldn’t be here today without the significant investment that Mike has made in our communities,” said Foster Hildreth, President of Rock Island and General Manager of OPALCO. “Rock Island Communications is the product of his passion, foresight and skillful entrepreneurship in San Juan County.”

Rock Island continues to build out its staff in both the Friday Harbor and Eastsound offices. In August, the company hired Chief Financial Officer Chad Bailey to lead the accounting team, and hiring will continue as the business grows. Rick Lysen, who has been the architect and manager of the OPALCO fiber backbone for the past 14 years, will continue to oversee network operations. Read More »

Follow San Juan County on Twitter

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 5:40 am by

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County-LogoSan Juan County is formally adding Twitter as a means of communicating with citizens. County Manager Mike Thomas said that the County’s Tweets will include urgent bulletins as well as links to news releases and items of common interest. Twitter users can receive the messages by following @SanJuanCountyWA.

San Juan County’s Department of Emergency Management also provides announcements via Twitter to users who follow @sjcdem.

The County continues to post current news items and notices on its main web page http://sanjuanco.com and maintain special interest email lists. People interested in receiving emails on specific issues, or from County departments, can subscribe to those lists at the on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/mail/optin.aspx

Tap Happy

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Bill Ament wants you to know about this tap dancing class that starts next Monday… Dance Happy presents Beginning Tap Dancing with Bill Ament.  For your dream of being Fred & Ginger!  No experience necessary. Fabulous & Fun class.  Mondays 1:15-2:15pm, starts October 5. Register by calling 378-9628.

Students sampling coastal marsh - Image courtesy of Kwiaht

A Quick SJI Survey

Written on October 2, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Rainah Sandstrom would like to know your thoughts on 2 marine environment questions. Here she is with the skinny… Hello! I am a project coordinator for Kwiaht, the marine health observatory that encourages and focuses the growth of community scientists. Kwiaht is a non-profit organization that does work on all the islands. I am looking  Continue Reading


Fish Tacos for Lunch Today

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Today is the day!  The Fish for Teeth Taco Team is setting up shop at the San Juan Island Community Theater, from 11-2. The “tacos,” which are actually burritos, are stuffed with wild Alaskan rockfish (harvested from healthy stocks), fresh salsa from Pablito’s Taqueria, and other wholesome ingredients. The tacos are a $7.00 suggested donation  Continue Reading

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Lions EYEland Fest

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The San Juan Lions Club will be presenting a FREE community party, LIONS EYELAND FEST, on October 17th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Here are some hEYElights of the event: 2 bands: The Argyle Street Jazz Band and the J-Bots Auction and any donations are for eye health for the underserved and uninsured population the  Continue Reading


SJI Community Foundation

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Here’s a note from Susan Matthews, Executive Director of the San Juan Island Community Foundation… Were you at the County Fair this year? If so, you probably saw the Community Foundation’s booth inside the main building where we posted pictures of some islanders you may have recognized. Each person was quoted as saying something like:  Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor Last week the County Council announced that they will not be putting the proposed greenhouse regulations on the Council agenda. While it doesn’t mean the Council has dropped the issue for good, this is still good news. I choose to see it as an indication that the Council listened to islanders’  Continue Reading

Fiona Small Appointed to FH Arts Commission

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Mayor appoints Small as youth representative on arts commission. One position remains open. Mayor Carrie Lacher is pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Small to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Small, a recent graduate of Spring Street International School, was selected to fill the youth representative position on the commission. She brings experience  Continue Reading

Moonlit Clouds - This is what the sky looked like on our quiet street last night - Tim Dustrude photo

Evening Clouds

Written on October 1, 2015 at 9:23 am, by

Did you happen to see the sky last night? We walked home from visiting with friends and were treated to this beautiful moonlit display. Just had to share it with you…


Tom Small ​Sculpture ​at WaterWorks

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Ruth at WaterWorks Gallery shares this invitation with you… Deriving his inspirations from organic forms, Tom’s works soar in their spaces and speak in quiet tones. Having worked in stone, wood and cast glass, he allows each particular medium to have a unique presence. Tom’s juxtapositions of glass and basalt, water and granite, wood and  Continue Reading


On Book Readers Theatre

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San Juan Community Theatre’s FREE On Book Readers Theatre series returns after its summer break with a comedy from one ofAmerica’s most successful playwrights. Neil Simon’s Fools will be read by island actors THIS Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 pm in the Gubelman. Set in the small village of  Kulyenchikov, Ukraine during the late 19th century, the story follows a schoolteacher, Leon  Continue Reading


ICOM Public Safety Dispatch Interconnect

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The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department and County Council will celebrate a new level of security for County residents as it completes the Sheriff’s dispatch center’s connection with the Island County Emergency Services Command Center (ICOM). With the completion of extensive equipment and communication systems updates the two systems will be completely compatible and capable  Continue Reading

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Marianne Binetti to Open Gardening Workshop

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Marianne Binetti, northwest horticultural expert, author of many gardening books, and host of KJOE-TV’s popular gardening and cooking show “Dig in Seattle”, will open the San Juan County Master Gardeners’ Fall Gardening Workshop on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, with a keynote presentation on “The Renovated Garden and Rejuvenated Gardener.”  This all-day workshop, from 9:00 a.m.  Continue Reading

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Boy’s Basketball League Registration

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It is time to register for Island Rec’s Boy’s Basketball League, open to all boys in 3rd through 8th grades. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills. Previous basketball experience is not required. All games are played on San Juan Island on Sunday afternoons in Turnbull Gym. Participants practice  Continue Reading

Blood Moon and M/V Samish - Aaron Shepard photo

Blood Moon

Written on September 30, 2015 at 5:54 am, by

Just in case you’ve not seen enough photos yet of last Sunday’s Blood Moon (Lunar Eclipse), here’s one more – but we doubt you’ve seen one like this… This one was shot by Aaron Shepard down at the harbor while the WSF Samish was at the dock. Thanks Aaron!

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