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Hawk Photo by John Miller

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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John Miller has done it again, and shares this awesome photo with Update readers…

"Sun going down, moon coming up, hawk taking flight" - John Miller photo

“Sun going down, moon coming up, hawk taking flight” – John Miller photo


There is an old tree on our property and this hawk is a sometime visitor – I call it ” Sun going down, moon coming up, hawk taking flight”


History Column: Women’s Study Club, Still Inspiring

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San Juan Historical Museum checks in with this month’s History Column…


Florence Guard Douglas – SJ Historical Society photo

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we salute the long history of the Women’s Study Club, active on the island for 95 years.

Prior to disbanding in 2008, its members’ dedication to community service and lifelong learning contributed much to a growing town – and inspired countless future civic leaders, male and female.

One such dedicated member was Florence Guard Douglas, pictured here, who was president of the club in 1936. We know from her daughter Jackie Hubbard (90 years young now) that Florence loved her role in the club and its varied educational programs. Here’s to you, Women’s Study Club and past members! If your family has a photo of a club member to share, please contact the San Juan Historical Museum.

PTSA Rummage Sale

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The PTSA is sponsoring a Rummage Sale at the high school on Saturday, March 14th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of some things you don’t want anymore, or to pick up some things you didn’t know you needed. Also, it benefits the wonderful kids in the class of 2015, as well as helping to provide a safe and fun grad night for them. Click here for the full poster with more info.

Vote for Best Coastal Town

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Barbara Marrett from the Visitor’s Bureau shares this request…

Hi Tim,

Would you help us get the word out regarding voting for Friday Harbor as Best Small Coastal Town on 10Best USA TODAY?

The folks at 10Best USAToday told me that they keep specific voting numbers proprietary, but gave me the current percentages of the total vote for each of the top 5 nominees and Friday Harbor. They have agreed to update me periodically. Friday Harbor is not doing poorly, in the 11th spot, considering our population base of around 2,000 versus towns of up to 20,000! We just need to get more people to vote more often. I know we can do better!

There’s still plenty of time to rock the vote to secure Friday Harbor’s top spot by sending voters to or the shortened link for TwitterAnyone can vote once a day per device, and voting is open until Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 8:59 PST.  Winners will be revealed Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 8:59 EDT.

Today’s standings:

  • Saugatuck, Michigan – 33% (they are a lake town!)
  • Ogunquit, Maine – 30.6%
  • Gulf Shores, Alabama – 9.8%
  • Rockport, Texas – 5.5%
  • Mystic, Connecticut – 4%
  • Friday Harbor, Washington – 1.6% (Currently in 11th place)

Thanks for helping us get the word out!


Nominate a Good Steward

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm by

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Do you have a friend or neighbor who takes exceptional care of their land? A teacher who inspires students to understand and care for the environment? A business that has been a leader in sustainable business practices? Here is an opportunity to recognize exemplary members of our community who have shown their commitment to preserving and protecting the San Juan Islands.

Each year the Stewardship Network of the San Juans presents Good Steward Awards to islanders, and we need your nominations. If you know someone who deserves this award, please submit your nomination by April 3, 2015. Nominations will be accepted in the following eight categories:

  • Shoreline Stewardship
  • Farmland Stewardship
  • Woodland Stewardship
  • Village Stewardship
  • Business Stewardship
  • Individual Stewardship
  • Youth Stewardship
  • Educator Stewardship

To see previous years’ winners, nomination forms and award guidelines, go to Results will be announced in the media in June. Award recipients will be presented with “Finnies”—fish handcrafted by Crow Valley Pottery— on Saturday, June 20 as part of the Solstice Celebration on Orcas Island.

To submit nominations, fill out the form on You can also mail your nomination to Julia Vouri, Stewardship Network Coordinator, C/O San Juan Islands Conservation District, 530 Guard St., Friday Harbor 98250. Questions? Email: stewardshipnetwork [@] gmail [.] com.

Baseball Night Thursday

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Baseball/Softball night Thursday – Tinatruelove photo

The Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association will be holding a Back to Baseball night on Thursday March 5th at 5:30, at the Middle School Commons, where parents can get their kids signed up and take advantage of an early registration discount.

The Association will be discussing some needs of the program as well as discussing the tryout schedule and answering any questions parents may have at this time.

Our new website with all the info will soon be up and running and will be constantly updated throughout the season. This new website is at

We will be holding Boys and girls tryouts on March 15th. Additional information for this event will be announced soon.

SJISD Superintendent Finalists

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This story has been updated in order to make a correction…

The San Juan Island School District announced today the three finalists for the position of Superintendent. The final interviews will stretch over three days as each candidate spends a full day on the island on either March 9, 10 or 11.

Much of the day will be spent meeting and speaking with school district staff, administration and school board. Any island citizen wishing to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board can do so between 4:30 and 5:30 each day in the middle school commons.

  • March 9: Mr. Eric Nerison
    Currently the Langley Middle School Principal, Mr. Nieson has been a Director of Technology and C.T.E. (Career and Technical Education) Director at South Whidbey Langley. Mr. Nerison has a range of leadership experiences including technical education and administration, special education, curriculum and professional development and as a Middle School Principal. He received his Superintendent Certification from Seattle Pacific University completing the Executive Leadership Program.
  • March 10: Dr. Danna Diaz
    Currently Assistant Superintendent for the El Paso Independent School District in Texas, Dr. Diaz has also served as Director of Student Engagement for Fort Worth Independent School District and as Regional Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. She also served as an elementary principal, education specialist and resource coordinator. She received her PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas.
  • March 11: Dr. Gregory McMann
    Most recently the Superintendent of Springer Municipal Schools in New Mexico, Dr. McMann has also served as Curriculum Director for Sweetwater School District #2 in Green River Wyoming and principal in Albuquerque. He received his PhD in Curriculum from the University of New Mexico.

Where Were You in ’62?

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How It Really Started: An Anecdotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass

Fritz Dreisbach, The Johnny Appleseed of Glass, to speak at San Juan Community Theatre - Contributed photo

Fritz Dreisbach, The Johnny Appleseed of Glass, to speak at San Juan Community Theatre – Contributed photo

Called the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass,” Fritz Dreisbach is one of America’s glass royalty. The effervescent Dreisbach will spin stories of the studio glass movement in the U.S. on 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the San Juan Community Theatre.

Presented by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) as part of the Art As A Voice lecture series and arranged by its exhibition committee, the talk broadens the discussion of the art of glass. The evening is open to all interested in the art of glass-the curious, beginners, the expert and students are welcome.

Dreisbach’s Where Were You in ’62? How It Really Started: An Anecdotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass is a playful and joyous take on glass blowing and a unique perspective on modern glass in the Pacific Northwest.

Tickets are available at IMA and the San Juan Community Theatre for $16 general admission, $13 for IMA members and $8 for students. Read More »

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Bruce Gregory: His Farmer-to-Farmer exchanges experience in Tajikistan

Written on March 3, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Mitchell Bay Farm co-owner Bruce Gregory will talk about his 3-week trip to Tajikistan in the fall 2014 as part of the Farmer-to-Farmer exchange program. This government program puts farmers from the U.S. face to face with farmers in foreign countries to share tools and techniques. Bruce has lots of pictures to share. Refreshments are  Continue Reading


San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

Written on March 3, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting.  The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and consolidate its prior held debt. According to County Manager Mike Thomas, early  Continue Reading


Community Education Spring Classes

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At the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College, it’s more than a college; it’s a community! The San Juan Center is a place where you can easily discover a new passion or continue your lifelong learning through our Community Education workshops on interesting topics lead by informed and interesting instructors. Our Spring Quarter begins  Continue Reading


Rock Island Communications: Why It Makes Good Sense For Opalco

Written on March 2, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s an update from OPALCO on the Rock Island acquisition… The news last week that Orcas Power & Light Co-op and Rock Island have joined forces to deliver Internet services to islanders in San Juan County is the latest in a long chain of thoughtful decisions and deliberate action on the part of the OPALCO  Continue Reading


Aftershock: Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

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Philip Donlay is at it again. His just-released thriller, Aftershock, finds the intrepid Donovan Nash on another heart stopping adventure. If you’ve followed Donlay’s Donovan Nash series, be sure to stop in Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday afternoon, March 7, from 2:00—4:00 pm to meet the former pilot and pick up a signed copy of  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on March 2, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Hello, I’m Otis and I have excellent news.  This week is “National Adopt an Orange Cat” week.  Really.  Does this look like a face that would kid? Stop by the animal shelter and spend some time getting to know all the orange cats here, waiting for their forever homes. In the interest of full disclosure, I  Continue Reading


Get Familiar With Your Tablet/Smart Phone

Written on March 2, 2015 at 5:27 am, by

Get some hands-on help with a new iPad, iPhone, Kindle or Android tablet or smartphone. Learn how to download applications, close apps, toggle between apps or multitask, mark favorites, and conserve your battery. Library staff will instruct in an informal setting with other newbies. Remember to bring your charged-up tablet or phone, Apple password or  Continue Reading


Native Plant Workshop

Written on March 1, 2015 at 10:23 am, by

Join Us for the Native Plant Workshop! Come join us for a workshop all about native plants! Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at San Juan Grange. 152 North 1st Street, Friday Harbor. This workshop is free and open to everyone! Come learn about: Planting Techniques Site Selection Rain Gardens Pollinator Habitat, and… Our  Continue Reading


Garden Club Excursion

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And speaking of gardens and plant sales, Dot wants you to know about the Garden Club’s upcoming excursion. Here she is with more… Tim, will you please post on the Update that the San Juan Island Garden Club has three places left for our March 28th Excursion to La Conner, Christianson’s Nursery (a personal tour  Continue Reading

Tot in Tow - John Miller photo

Tot in Tow

Written on February 27, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

John Miller was driving home from town yesterday and caught this picture he would like to share with you.


Progress at the Museum

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

You know that the San Juan Historical Society and Museum is working on their new project, the Museum of History and Industry, right? Click here (and here) if you need a refresher on that. Well, it’s coming along with significant progress being made, most recently a new floor, and finished walls with insulation and a heat pump in  Continue Reading


Athletics News

Written on February 27, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

San Juan Island School District and Island Rec seek to continue their Partnership to Fund School Athletics Programs  For the last five years San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) and the San Juan Island School District have maintained an effective partnership to fully fund the high school sports program.  Under this partnership  Continue Reading

Washington State Ferry M/V Hyak loads up with travelers in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

Thousands of Ferry Riders Reserving Spots to San Juan Islands

Written on February 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm, by

Here’s a new press release from Washington State Ferries… Passengers looking to secure a spot aboard Washington State Ferries vessels in 2015 are sailing to success using WSF’s new vehicle reservation program, launched earlier this year. Between Jan. 5 and Feb. 22, about half of all drivers departing from Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Orcas Island took the  Continue Reading


Win and They’re In

Written on February 26, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Mike Martin shares this Wolverines update… Already this year Friday Harbor High School has sent the Boys and Girls Soccer teams as well as wrestlers James Guard and Haley Pile to the WIAA State Championship tournaments. Now the girls and boys basketball teams are one win from qualifying for the Washington State 2B Basketball Championships. After  Continue Reading

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