Topic: Around Here

The view toward Friday Harbor from Mount Grant - Tim Dustrude photo

Sunday is All Islander’s Day at Mt Grant

Written on July 30, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Preservation Trust invites you to join them for All Islanders Day at Mt Grant Preserve this Sunday, July 31, noon – 4:00 pm… Mount Grant Preserve isn’t just for San Juan Island folks—it’s for residents and visitors from ALL the islands! Come experience some of the best 360-degree views in the San  Continue Reading

Petty Fever - Contributed Photo

Line Up of Music for the Fair

Written on July 30, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Ashley King, Program Coordinator for San Juan County Parks and Fair, sent us this news about the headlining acts set to preform at the County Fair…  This year’s headline entertainment will be one for the books! Sponsored by King’s Market, the Main Stage comes to life this year at the Fair August 17-20. The Fair is excited to  Continue Reading


Letters About Primary Election

Written on July 30, 2016 at 4:20 am, by

You can see a list of letters from individuals at the link below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Click here

For the Love of an Island - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Origins of the Drugstore Mural “For Love of an Island”

Written on July 29, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

A little while ago we posted a photo of the Drugstore Mural asking if anyone had information on it’s origins. Many thanks to Lori Stokes for following up with the answer… The Story of the Mural on the Side Wall of the Drug Store by Lori Stokes As a member of the Friday Harbor Arts Commission, I’ve been  Continue Reading

Encampment at English Camp - Anita Barreca Photo

2016 Encampment at English Camp

Written on July 28, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

From the National Parks: Here is the schedule of events for this weekend’s Encampment at English Camp. You are invited to bring the family and join in these fun and informative family activities! July 29 10:00 am – Camp opens. Flag raising 12:00 Noon – Noon gun 2:00 pm – Folkways living and cooking with Janet Oakly 5:00  Continue Reading

U.S. Coast Survey Ship Active - James McMurtry Artwork

Local Author and Historian Mike Vouri on HistoryLink

Written on July 28, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Many of you know Mike Vouri from his work with the Island’s National Historical Parks if not from his books on local history or his dramatic portrayal of Captain George Pickett. Vouri now has an essay about the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Active up on HistoryLink, a free online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. Says Vouri, “The painting by James  Continue Reading

King House at the Historical Museum - Contributed photo

Pick up a Passport into the History of the San Juan Islands

Written on July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Whether you are a visitor or longtime islander, be sure to include some island history time travel in your adventures this year!  Each of the historical museums on San Juan Island, Lopez Island and Orcas Island have combined to offer an opportunity for you to do some island hopping and enter for a chance to  Continue Reading

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Trio at SJCT Saturday

Written on July 27, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre presents Cajun Grammy winners… San Juan Island gets to experience the musical magic of a group proclaimed “the best Cajun band in the world” by A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor,  THIS Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 pm. The BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Trio takes the Whittier stage for one concert only – a show that  Continue Reading

Cap'n Arrr - Contributed Photo

A Wednesday Afternoon Performance with Cap’n Arrr

Written on July 27, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

The San Juan Island Library Presents… Come see The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr, held Wednesday, July 27 on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Showtime begins at 1:30 PM. Cap’n Arrr is back with his interactive comedy performance that will have kids (and grown-ups) rolling on the floor! Cap’n Arrr’s program is packed full  Continue Reading


Voter’s Pamphlet For August 2 Primary Available Online

Written on July 27, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

A message from County Auditor F. Milene Henley…  This year’s primary is long and confusing, with many candidates for several of the state-wide elections. For that reason, the San Juan County Elections Office has received an unusually large number of calls about the availability of a Voters’ Pamphlet for the election. Election information is available  Continue Reading

Braving It

Braving It: Book Launch Features Father Daughter Adventure

Written on July 27, 2016 at 5:18 am, by

The San Juan Island Library in collaboration with Griffin Bay Bookstore invite you to a book launch and reading August 3rd at 7:00 pm at the library with James and Aiden Campbell… Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—home to only a handful of people—is a stark and lonely place. So when James Campbell’s cousin Heimo Korth (featured  Continue Reading

Tim Dustrude

Tim Dustrude: Healing And In Good Humor After Surgery

Written on July 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm, by

Just got this report from former Update editor Ian Byington: As most of you know, Tim found out a couple of weeks ago that he needed surgery to fix a blood flow problem he had in his head & brain…yesterday (Monday) he was in surgery and I just got the word (today, Tuesday) from his  Continue Reading

Coho Preserve Cascade Creek - Kurt Thorson Photo

Stream Corridor and Salmon Spawning Habitat Protected

Written on July 26, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

A message from Tanja Williamson at the Land Bank… The San Juan County Land Bank recently acquired 24 acres on the lower reaches of Cascade Creek near Olga on Orcas Island. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funds made the purchase possible, ensuring the preservation of a unique 2,100’ stretch of riparian corridor with adjacent upland forest.  Continue Reading

Budding Photographer - Tim Dustrude photo

San Juan County Fair Photography Department Seeks Volunteers

Written on July 26, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

San Juan County Fair Photography Department Superintendent Miles Crossen sent us a request for volunteers… It’s almost time for the San Juan County Fair. And if anyone out there would like to volunteer to help out with the Photography Department display, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Beginning on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to  Continue Reading


Time to Get Ready for the Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale

Written on July 26, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

  We hear from the Mullis Community Senior Center that its time to start planning for the annual Parking Lot Sale Saturday August 13…

Lady Washington - Aaron Shepard Photo

The Lady Washington

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Many thanks to Aaron Shepard for sending us this photo of The Lady Washington.

Vintage Canning Label

Preserved Foods for the San Juan County Fair

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

Minnie Knych reminds us that its time to get our preserved food ready for the fair… Only 24 days until the fair! Have you started harvesting and preserving the tastes of summer yet? If you have a back yard garden plan to enter some of your preserved foods in the fair.   The Food Preservation Department  Continue Reading

Domino - Contributed Photo

Pet of the Week: Domino

Written on July 25, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Domino here, coming to you from the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor. They’ve asked me to keep track of how many tickets have been sold for this weekend’s “Wags to Riches” Luau on The Lawn. By my calculations it looks like you’d better hurry up and get yours if you haven’t already. They’re going fast,  Continue Reading

Kevin Roth - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Artist Profile: Kevin Roth

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

I stopped by Kevin Roth’s on Friday to check out his latest project and found him hard at work on his magnificent new Fish House. He aims to get it finished in time for the county fair. Surrounded by the materials of his craft Kevin’s workspace resembles a cross between a curiosity shop and a  Continue Reading

Bee with Lavender - John Miller Photo

Bees in Lavender

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

This photo comes to us from John Miller who says, “It is impossible to visit Lavender farm without being amazed at the number of bees in attendance!”   

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Sunset Showing of Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Written on July 24, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Island Rec will be showing fun, family films for free on summer Saturdays in Sunken Park at Sunset…  Island Rec’s Free Movies in the Park series for 2016 begins July 30th. The series begins with Robin Hood: Men in Tights, a comedy about Nobleman Robin of Loxley who escapes from prison and returns home to find that  Continue Reading

Summer!! - Cady Mountain Seiler

Summer Fun!!

Written on July 23, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Thanks to Cady Mountain Seiler for this great photo of summer fun!

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