Topic: Around Here

Tajik Village Group - Contributed photo

Return to Tajikistan

Written on August 30, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Bruce Howe-Gregory shares this note about his upcoming return to Tajikistan for the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Nov. 1st through 28th… Last year, at the end of my ACDI / VOCA volunteer assignment to Tajikistan I was asked if I would consider returning in 2015. I have recently agreed to return to Central Asia and the country of Tajikistan this next November to  Continue Reading


America’s Boating Course

Written on August 30, 2015 at 5:23 am, by

Get your boater education card. It’s required to operate any boat with an engine of 15 hp or more. Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up beginning in September. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course  Continue Reading

Windy Ferry Ride

Written on August 30, 2015 at 12:52 am, by

We rode the ferry Samish to the mainland on Saturday during the windstorm and had quite a ride. Here’s a quick bit of video I shot in Rosario Strait…

Boats moored at the Port of Friday Harbor Marina - Update file photo

Get Out on the Water!

Written on August 29, 2015 at 5:24 am, by

Celina Wright of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club shares this invitation with you… Join the Friday Harbor Sailing Club in 2015! Would you like to join a fun and friendly boating social and activities club here in Friday Harbor? The Friday Harbor Sailing Club is a mixed group of both sail and powerboat enthusiasts that organizes,  Continue Reading


Back To Ballet Event August 29

Written on August 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm, by

Salish Sea Ballet invites dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend our Back To Ballet Event at 689 Airport Center Road, Suite F in Friday Harbor. The event takes place on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00am-2:30pm. Stop by to register for fall classes and enjoy refreshments or take a free trial class while you’re  Continue Reading

Washington State forest fire - Contributed photo

Our State’s Worst Fire Season on Record

Written on August 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm, by

This note just came in from the San Juan Islands Conservation District… Dear San Juan Islands Community, We received a request from the Okanogan Conservation District today for support for firefighters and residents in Eastern Washington that are affected by the wildfires. As you have probably heard, this is the state’s worst fire season on  Continue Reading

Terry Ogle - Contributed photo

Sold Out!

Written on August 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm, by

Event organizers are very happy to say, Terry Ogle’s Benefit event is sold out!! This shows how a community comes together to help out one of their own. There are no more tickets left for Terry’s benefit on Saturday. However – Your kind gift$ can be given at Islanders Bank or Wells Fargo bank, or online at  Continue Reading

Dr. Danna Diaz - Contributed photo

Welcome to the new school year!

Written on August 28, 2015 at 11:30 am, by

Here’s a message from the new SJISD Superintendent… As the new superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, I am excited about Thursday, September 3. It is the first day of school! There is nothing like a fresh beginning – and the start of each school year gives us the opportunity to recommit to  Continue Reading

A different vantage point for studying whales - Contributed photo

Taking Whale Research to New Heights

Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Using a Small Unmanned Hexacopter to Non-invasively Monitor the Health of Resident Killer Whales. Presented by John Durban The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Durban as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Durban will give an overview of his research and collaborations using photogrammetry to  Continue Reading

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer - Contributed photo

Salish Sea Benefit Concert

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

Upcoming Salish Sea Benefit Concert with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer on September 17 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor Join Friends of the San Juans for an evening of music on September 17 with Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer while supporting environmental protection and preservation in the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea. Proceeds will  Continue Reading

"Multiplicity" by Maria Michaelson


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

Sculpture Sale to Benefit Mount Grant Campaign San Juan Island artist Maria Michaelson will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of her sculpture “Multiplicity” to the Campaign to Save Mount Grant. The artist will consider all offers of $1,500 or more and will sell the work to the person offering the highest purchase  Continue Reading


Team Trivia Begins September 1st

Written on August 28, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s a note from Minnie Knych about Trivia at the Legion… On Tuesday, September 1st, we will begin a new season of monthly team trivia games at Post 163. All questions are multiple choice. Stacy Smith will be cooking dinner to be served during the game. Dinner is served starting at 5:30 PM. The trivia  Continue Reading

Artist Terry Ogle with his  work, "Tiger Striped Humpback", a carving of Quilted Western Maple local to the island - Tim Dustrude photo

For Terry’s Benefit…

Written on August 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm, by

UPDATED Friday afternoon, Aug. 28th – This event is now sold out. Way to go Friday Harbor! There are no more tickets left, however you can still help Terry out by contributing to his medical fund at Islanders Bank, or Wells Fargo Bank, or online at his website linked below… * * * * * Hello  Continue Reading

Brad Creesy, Assistant Chief/Training Officer -  Sheila Harley photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter’s Training Officer

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

Sheila Harley checks in again with this month’s firefighter column… After watching his next door neighbor’s house burn to the ground just days before their wedding, now Assistant Chief Brad Creesy wished that he had been able to help them. So along with the groom and several other neighbors, he joined Station 5 the Roche Harbor/  Continue Reading


It’s the Light, Always the Light

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

Three artists capture the uniquely muted Pacific Northwest light to create gems for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) shows opening August 29. Michael Dailey’s show is Early Dawn to Late Twilight. Called “one of the best painters the Northwest has ever seen,” Dailey’s fifteen oil paintings include large-scale color fields meditating on  Continue Reading

The San Juan Singers 2015 - Contributed photo

SJ Singers Winter Concert Prep Coming Up

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Singers, a San Juan Island based community chorus, begins preparation for the Winter 2015 concert on September 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Community Room of Skagit Valley College. This chorus is open to all singers from age 12- ** with the director’s approval. This is not an entry-level chorus; participants  Continue Reading

SVC's San Juan Center - Contributed photo

Fall Registration Open at SVC

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College has opened its doors for Fall registration. Come on in, have a cup of coffee and discuss your education future with our student advisor. Classes beginning on September 21 are available at the Center and online. The San Juan Center is located near the airport terminal at  Continue Reading

Glenna Hall - Contributed photo

Glenna Hall Stepping Down

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Health Issues Cause OPALCO Board Member to Step Down OPALCO Board Member Glenna Hall has announced her resignation due to health issues. Hall represents District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands). The Board will appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy until Hall’s term is up in 2017, in accordance  Continue Reading


FHHS Community Service-Learning Class call for projects

Written on August 27, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Summer has flown by! The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin September 3rd. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement – both locally and globally. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations.  Continue Reading

View of Haro Strait from the property - Contributed photo

30-acre Donation to Land Bank

Written on August 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm, by

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size! The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” say donors, Paul  Continue Reading

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Farm Film Fest

Written on August 26, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Islands Ag Guild is proud to present a cooperative film collection exploring the future of farming compiled by young farmer advocates, the Greenhorns! The average age of farmers in the US is 57. Five years ago it was 55. In San Juan County it is 60. At this rate, who will our  Continue Reading


Island Rec – Movies in the Park

Written on August 26, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Island Rec kicked off their third season of Movies in the Park last weekend and there are still 5 weeks to go. For August 29th, we will be showing Robin Hood: Men in Tights. The movie should begin at about 8:45 pm but come early for fun trivia, prizes, and to claim your spot! FANs  Continue Reading

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