Topic: Around Here


Community Pet Food Drive To Start Soon

Written on February 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is asking that people help support local pets and families by donating pet food during its annual Valentine’s Day Community Pet Food Drive. By providing pet food for families in need the animal shelter is able to help pets stay in their homes – where they belong! If  Continue Reading

Merry Ann Keane - Contributed photo

New CAO for PIMC

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Merry-Ann Keane named chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Merry-Ann Keane, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named interim chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, following the retirement last month of Jim Barnhart. Prior to joining PeaceHealth in 2012 as nurse manager of the Childbirth Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor! My name is Elliott. I’m about 3 months old and I already have my own tennis ball and a personal trainer. I’ve actually been compared to Andre Agassi. I’m looking for a doubles partner – do you play? The ball is in your court, my friend. Let’s start with Love-Love. Stop by  Continue Reading


Fair Vendors, Apply Now!

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is now accepting vendor booth registration for the 2016 Fair. Are you an island artisan selling handmade goods? Is your local business looking to advertise? The Fair is the place to do it! If you are interested, please visit our website for more information on becoming a vendor. Don’t miss  Continue Reading


OPALCO Programs Help Low-Income Households

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

OPALCO’s Energy Assist Credit and Project PAL Step Up to Help Low-Income Households Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month (average residential bill) to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit to help qualified low-income households pay their electric bills.  Continue Reading


Rock Island Working With T-Mobile

Written on February 7, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

Here’s the latest press release from OPALCO and Rock Island… Rock Island Working With T-Mobile To Accelerate Wireless Internet Services T-Mobile To Offer Cellular Service In San Juan County Rock Island will deliver on its promise to bring wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by  Continue Reading

Lady Wolverines - Brook Ashcraft photo

White-Out Senior Night Basketball Series

Written on February 6, 2016 at 6:05 am, by

Brook Ashcraft of Friday Harbor High School shares this story and photos… At our White-Out Senior Night basketball series, our fans came pumped and our players came ready. The varsity Lady Wolverines started the night off with an intense game. Neck and neck throughout all four quarters, these marvelous ladies came out with a victory  Continue Reading

What Aaron's reading - Aaron Shepard photo

What We’re Reading

Written on February 6, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

One of the pet projects of Update photographer Aaron Shepard is to take candid shots of people reading downtown and around the harbor. Later, when he zooms into the cover, he can sometimes easily identify the book being read. Other times, he might see only bits of the title or author’s name, and then identifying  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Spring Quarter Registration

Written on February 6, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Registration for Skagit Valley College Spring Quarter begins February 9th. Registration for Returning Students begins February 9th Registration for New Advised Students begins Feb. 25th. Open Enrollment begins March 10th. Classes begin April 5th. For students who want to begin a new career or upgrade their job skills, Professional/Technical programs are aligned with local and  Continue Reading

Grace Willows - Contributed photo

Grace Wins Clarinet Competition

Written on February 5, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Just heard that Grace Willows of Friday Harbor entered the high school regional classical music competition and won in her division. Here she is at the San Juan Music Educators Association woodwind solo competition, on January 30, 2016. This performance of the Weber Clarinet Concertino accompanied by Dorothy Baker (piano), won first place and advanced  Continue Reading

Peter Cavanagh photo

How Birds Fly: Photographs and Stories

Written on February 5, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Barbara Jensen, president of SJI Audubon invites you to this lecture on bird flight this weekend… Join us for “How Birds Fly: Photographs and Stories” with Peter Cavanagh.  Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m., Brickworks (150 Nichols St.) in Friday Harbor Sunday, Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m., Orcas Center (917 Mt. Baker Road) in Eastsound Birds fly through our lives every day, their  Continue Reading


Wolverine Winter Playoff Update

Written on February 5, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at FHHS shares these sports updates with you… The ferry system will be able to accommodate an unscheduled stop at Orcas for the 7:30 ferry leaving Friday Harbor on February 10th. So we will host both Orcas boys and girls on Wednesday, February 10th for the first round of the District playoffs.  Our  Continue Reading


New Street Crossings

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

You may have noticed some new crosswalks around town lately. These are all part of the Town’s commitment to safer walking routes. The most obvious ones are on Guard Street at the intersection with Marguerite, and on Spring Street at the intersection of Mullis Street – these 2 new crosswalks include lighted signs that blink  Continue Reading


America’s Boating Course

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up in March. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course materials. Get your Boater Education Card (required to operate any boat with an engine of 15hp or more.) What is  Continue Reading

The 8th Grade Team at last year's Knowledge Bowl - Contributed photo

Knowledge Bowl 2016

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mark your calendar – the 22nd annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Monday, February 8, at the San Juan Community Theatre. Our fabulous Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:30 and the FH Middle School PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event. There will be  Continue Reading


The Oak Team

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Work Party II on Cady Mountain Preserve Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so it’s official – early spring! Good thing The Oak Team got an early start a couple weeks ago. The momentum continues THIS Sunday and Thom (and the rest of the Oakies) are looking forward to working with you to make space  Continue Reading

Letter About School Levy

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

Schoolboard chair June Arnold shares this letter… Over the past week I was asked a question regarding the pending Levy which seemed important enough to share with the community:  there seems to be a belief the school district never hires local contractors for any of their construction projects, and therefore island residents should not support  Continue Reading

Snow on Lopez 100 years ago this month - SJ Historical Museum photo

The Big Snow

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… We wish we had a photo of San Juan Island in The Big Snow of 1916, but featuring this one taken on Lopez Island may jog someone’s memory that they have a photo we can digitize and preserve in the San Juan  Continue Reading

Andy Holman - Contributed photo

New Business in the County

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

There’s a new business in San Juan County: Holman Land Surveying, Inc. Andy Holman, a third-generation land surveyor, is pleased to announce the formation of his new business, Holman Land Surveying, Inc. Andy is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Washington and specializes in all aspects of land surveying, from initial research and field data  Continue Reading


Men at Work Department

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

On First Street, in front of Pelindaba and The Golden Triangle, the Town of Friday Harbor is installing a storm water vault under the sidewalk and a new LA style storm drain (curb opening rather than street grate). These are in response to local business requests, as this is the low point for storm events that  Continue Reading

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Upcoming Hospice Training

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Hospice of San Juan honors the end of life by offering ‘care and comfort’ services to people with chronic, debilitating or terminal illness so that they may remain at home and live with comfort and dignity. Our volunteers provide planned respite for family caregiver. We are offering a Core Training on Saturday, February 20th and  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

Thinking about selling your property?

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with these tips on selling your property… Thinking about selling your property? You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that  Continue Reading

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