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Mrs. Santa Claus visited the kids at Stillpoint School - Contributed photo

Mrs. Santa Claus Seen in Town

Written on December 22, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

This just in from SJ Update correspondent Minnie Knych… Mrs. Santa Claus stopped in at Stillpoint School to see the children. She brought candy canes and chocolate chip cookies and read a story before leaving to report to Santa that all the children were nice.

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Solar for Our Schools!

Written on December 22, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

To the San Juan Islands Community: Thanks to support from islanders, we have raised over $120,000 in community contributions and grants, and are well on our way to meeting our goal of $200,000! By spring of next year, most students in the islands will have hands-on learning opportunities in creating renewable energy. This is our future.  Continue Reading

The Lucky Strikes, L-R: Reuben LaLoata, Gary Weybright, Mary Hicks, Richard Pederseon and Kelly Keranen - Tim Dustrude photo

League Champions

Written on December 19, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

This week marked the end of Fall bowling leagues at Paradise Lanes, and that means awards & fun night for both the Wednesday night “Merchant’s League” and the Thursday night “Rockin’ Bowlers” league. The Lucky Strikes took the championship for Wednesdays and the Frame Killers won Thursdays, and there were a lot of other awards  Continue Reading

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Town contributes $10,000 to Athletic Association

Written on December 19, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Town Council has authorized a $10,000 contribution to the Friday Harbor Athletic Association to defray a portion of the cost to construct a public sidewalk on Carter Avenue. Completion of the sidewalk located on the west side of Carter Avenue is a condition of the Friday Harbor Ball Field’s conditional use permit.  Continue Reading

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How Are We Doing?

Written on December 19, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

A quarterly review of County finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2014 This is a very late third quarter financial report. It’s been a tough one to write, in part because I’ve been busy with the 2015 budget. But more than that, this report has been tough because it conveys a mixed  Continue Reading

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New Years Eve Community Celebration

Written on December 19, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Island Rec is offering its annual New Years Eve Community Celebration, a FREE event to count down to the New Year with family, neighbors, and friends! It is an all ages affair filled with games, Wii station, crafts, dancing, wild hat making/parade/contest, bingo, twister, snazzy photo ‘booth’, outdoor fire pit, and much, much more. Bring  Continue Reading

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Lighted Boat Parade & Santa’s Arrival

Written on December 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm, by

Update - Since there’s construction going on over at Spring Street Landing, Santa will land over at the Port’s Loading Dock (first ramp on the right from the Main Pier) instead of the traditional location over at the Spring Street pier. There will also be complimentary hot cider, cookies and Christmas Carolers at the Port’s Waterfront  Continue Reading

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Preliminary Sunshine Alley Plans

Written on December 18, 2014 at 8:33 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has unveiled preliminary plans for urban improvements to the Sunshine Alley area and they are now available for review on the Town’s website.This is the result of months of research and collaboration by Town staff, the Public, Sunshine Alley stakeholders, and the Beckwith Consulting Group.  The process included interviews with property and  Continue Reading

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The Nutcracker in HD December 22 & 28

Written on December 18, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s partnership with Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas gets a holiday start with screenings of The Nutcracker on Monday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. Considered one of the greatest classics in the world with iconic music by Tchaikovsky, this choreographic version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s  Continue Reading

L-R:  Pete Dawson, Tia’s Tacos; Project Contractor Mike Carlson, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Mayor Carrie Lacher; Town Councilman Steve Hushebeck; TIB Project Engineer Greg Armstrong; Town Public Works Director Wayne Haefele; Foreman Brandon Baney, Mike Carlson Enterprises; Project Engineer Tamara Nack, Gray & Osborne; Town Administrator Duncan Wilson - Matt Pranger photo

Blair Avenue Ribbon Cutting

Written on December 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher was joined by those involved in and affected by the Blair Avenue improvement project as she cut the ribbon to officially mark the substantial completion of the street renovation. Pictured at right, the Mayor also accepted a plaque from Greg Armstrong, Project Engineer with the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board memorializing the  Continue Reading

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Holiday Film and Sing-along December 21

Written on December 17, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

A Sunday afternoon of holiday family fun is on tap at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. The festivities start with free popcorn and soda from concessions and then move into the Whittier for a screening of the 1994 Disney classic, The Santa Clause, featuring comedian Tim Allen. Allen plays  Continue Reading

Left to right:  Brittney Muir, Darcy Ayers, Coach Mark Fleming, Allison Fleming, Rachel Starr, Fallon Taylor, Ayla Ridwan, Raylee Miniken, Olivia Meenan, Olivia Brown and Presley Clark - Contributed photo

First Place Trophy!

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Great news sent over by Travis Ayers… The Friday Harbor Tigers 6th grade girls SWISH basketball team won their end of season tournament this past weekend. They only lost one game the entire season and scored decisive victories on Saturday to take home the 1st place trophy! Best regards, Travis

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Drive-In Survey

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The Drive-In Movie folks at the Fairgrounds would like your input on movies for next year. Click the link below and tell them what you think… Hey there, We are conducting a survey to choose the final 4 movies that will be added to the 2015 Drive in at the Fairgrounds Movie line-up. Our Fair  Continue Reading

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KWIT Players Return for Holiday Radio Play

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

The Witsend Productions’ group of island actors and comedians are back for the holidays with a beloved American classic with a KWIT twist! It’s a Wonderful Life comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday and Saturday, December 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. With the help of  Continue Reading

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Co-Op Member Capital Credit Checks Are In The Mail

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Were you a member of OPALCO in 1989? If so, you may be among the 4,158 people who will get a check from OPALCO later this month as capital credits are distributed. This is one of the distinctions that make an electric co-op unique: it is truly member owned and operated and we each have  Continue Reading

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Resurrection Derby Results

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Bellingham man earns bragging rights and $10,000 in the 5th annual Resurrection Derby at Friday Harbor Over 300 anglers battled in this year’s “Best of the Best” bragging rights salmon derby in the Pacific Northwest! 2014 marked the 5th anniversary for this year’s Resurrection Derby, drawing anglers from Oregon to Canada which had its first  Continue Reading

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Town Receives $500K Energy Grant

Written on December 16, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives $500,000 Energy Grant from Washington State Department of Commerce The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has received a grant award in the amount of $500,000 from the State Department of Commerce for Energy Efficiency Projects on Town owned real properties. The Town made application for  Continue Reading

New sidewalks, plantings, artistic tree grates, railings and lighting on Blair Avenue - Tim Dustrude photo

Blair Just About Done

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm, by

Blair Avenue improvements substantially complete – Ribbon cutting to take place Wednesday, December 17th. The Mayor, council members and Town staff invite you to join them as they celebrate the official completion of the Blair Avenue improvement project on Wednesday, December 17 at 11:30 a.m. “We appreciate the community’s patience throughout this project,” said Duncan  Continue Reading

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WPZ Meeting Tuesday

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

To jump-start the Whale Protection Zone (WPZ) creation process, Orca Relief has developed its own ideas, with input from external experts in marine ecology and regulation, on how a WPZ would best be designed, managed, and enforced. To hear about these ideas and help us take the next steps toward establishing a WPZ, please join  Continue Reading

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Town Receives 14th Consecutive Clean Audit

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives Clean Audit from State for 14th consecutive year The Washington State Auditor’s office has completed the 2013 review of Friday Harbor’s financial records and has given the Town a clean audit report. This is the 14th consecutive year the Town has received a clean audit. The State auditors conduct annual  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

I know what you’re thinking. What’s a fine dog like me doing in an animal shelter two weeks before Christmas, right? Well, to be honest with you, I’m wondering the same thing! My name is Radar, and I’m turning one this month. Yep. Spending my first birthday in The Big House. The Clink. The Lock-Up.  Continue Reading

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SJI Grange Winter Solstice Celebration

Written on December 15, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Holiday potluck (5:30pm) and Contra Dance (7pm) with caller Betsey Mullen from Everett and the hometown band, “The Spuds” with Val White, fiddle; Malcolm Suttles, guitar; Jim and Katy Nollman, Mandolin and Piano. Bring a favorite potluck dish and recipe with its story to share. All are welcome. Donation $10. For more info, call 378-7172.  Continue Reading

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