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Grange members (right) welcoming community musicians (left) to the Hall,   (left to right): Mike Cohen, Lee McEnery, Ken Arzarian, Valerie White, Roger Ellison, and Alice Deane - Click for larger version - Contributed photo

Grange Open House

Written on April 19, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

April is Grange Month, and San Juan Island Grange #966 is opening its doors to show off our Hall and welcome new membership and rentals! View the entries for the Grange Arts and Crafts Contest, check out the beginnings of the Makers Guild Tool Library, and scope out the plans for a new waterview deck!  Continue Reading

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Sunshine Alley Design Workshop Open House

Written on April 19, 2014 at 5:04 am, by

Don’t forget, this is coming up next Tuesday evening… A public open house will be conducted as a drop-in event from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday April 22nd in Brickworks located at 150 Nichols Street for all interested parties to review and comment on the results of the Sunshine Alley Design Workshops. The Sunshine  Continue Reading


A Four-Year Degree from Skagit?

Written on April 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm, by

Yes, that’s right… Skagit Valley College approved for first-ever Bachelor of Applied Science degree Students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation degree in Mount Vernon when Skagit Valley College (SVC) offers its first-ever four-year program in September. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved the degree in  Continue Reading


Real Estate Market Summary

Written on April 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with the quarterly Real Estate Market Summary… The first quarter results for San Juan Island were very exciting, as the real estate dollar volume was up 133% from the same three month period in 2013. The number of transactions was up 125%. Overall, the County had a 46% increase. This year  Continue Reading

Beginning work on sewer line replacement - Update staff photo

What’s Happening on Blair Avenue?

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm, by

More utility work going on. But it’s only for a short time. I popped in to ask Town Administrator Duncan Wilson what’s happening and he said they are doing a small preliminary project before the big Blair Avenue Improvement Project which will take place this summer. Right now, they’re going to replace a sewer line  Continue Reading

Mike, Susan, Mark and Erin in the Easter Bunny's kitchen helping prepare for Sunday

Easter Eggs

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Did you ever wonder where all those Easter Eggs come from that the kids hunt for on the beach? They come from the Easter Bunny of course – but sometimes he needs help, and these volunteers were there this week to help him prepare for Sunday.


Meerkerk Gardens Trip a “Grand Success”

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Just got this good news story from Vonnie Harold of the garden club. Sounds like they had a really good time! A trip to Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens was the first in a series of San Juan Island Garden Club hosted excursions. The ‘peaceful woodland garden’ is located on Whidbey Island near Greenbank. The travelers walked  Continue Reading

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Whales & Wildlife Update

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s Captain Hobbes with this week’s report… K pod (19 orcas) stayed in our waters until mid week, then we think they went back out to sea.  Transient orcas are all over the place, and have been seen a lot this week.  Two male orcas, T77a & T49c, even cruised around Friday Harbor last Saturday!  Continue Reading


Waterworks Open Again

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Just got this note from Ruth at Waterworks… Happy Spring to all! I wanted to give you a shout out, that WaterWorks Gallery has reopened for it’s 29th season. In the wearables/jewelry section, recent arrivals are contemporary oxidized silver jewelry by Micki Lippe and glass earrings by James Minson. The gallery’s first showing of the  Continue Reading


Annual Bake Sale for SJCT

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:12 am, by

Don’t forget – Celebrate Spring at “Elegant Edibles”, for the Annual Bake Sale benefitting San Juan Community Theater, sponsored by CATS. Tomorrow – Saturday, April 19th, 9:00 am to noon.  


Interested in a Career in Education?

Written on April 18, 2014 at 5:05 am, by

Skagit Valley College to host Celebrating Diversity in Education conference Skagit Valley College will host the 3rd Annual Celebrating Diversity in Education Conference on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 9:00 to 2:00 in McIntyre Hall. Co-sponsors for the conference are Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University, Burlington-Edison School District Recruiting Washington Teachers,  Continue Reading

Vinny's new Executive Chef Donald Cobb Jr. - Contributed photo

New Chef at Vinny’s Ristorante

Written on April 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm, by

Becki Day sends over this announcement from Vinny’s… Vinny’s Ristorante would like to welcome and introduce their new Executive Chef, Donald Cobb Jr., who has just moved here from Vermont with his wife and daughter. Donald is a New England Culinary Institute graduate who has spent time working in Las Vegas, Montreal and Vermont. Donald  Continue Reading


Great News from Island Stage Left!

Written on April 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm, by

Just heard this from Helen, they are home and Dan is resting and doing well. Here it is in Helen’s words… Update and thanks to all for your positive thoughts and prayers. Dan and I are home! The operation went very well. I was told to be prepared for 2 – 6 hour wait, but  Continue Reading

Laura Flaum behind the counter, who, along with husband David, are the proprietors of Spring Street Deli and Spring Street General Store - Update photo

Spring Street Deli

Written on April 17, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

People have been talking around town about where they’re moving. Some said here; some said there; some said they were going to open up down at Cannery Landing by the ferry dock. I popped in to talk to them and get the scoop and here it is, straight from Laura. Wanna know where they’re moving?  Continue Reading

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“Momenta” at the Library, Saturday

Written on April 17, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Tragedy of the Commons Documentaries screens “Momenta.” Saturday, April 19 at 7pm Join host Ken Crawbuck for another topical film, this time produced locally. It examines increased coal transport in Puget Sound and the consequences. “That coal has to stay in the ground. You can’t make the math of climate change work if you get  Continue Reading


Good Time to Fly Kenmore Air

Written on April 17, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Just got the info from Kenmore on their Spring Seat Sale. If you’re traveling to/from Seattle in the next month, check this out… Spring Seat Sale for travel through June 16 Kenmore Air, a local Seattle-area seaplane and wheel-plane airline announced their annual Spring Seat Sale on flights between Seattle and the San Juan Islands,  Continue Reading


Island Inn Hiring

Written on April 17, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

I heard that they’ve got some positions open and they’re looking to hire some people over at the Island Inn at 123 West St. (that’s the building on the bluff overlooking Spring Street Landing and the harbor). Here’s their official announcement: While many of us think that the modern complex of buildings spanning from Front  Continue Reading


Measles Update #10

Written on April 17, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

Currently there are a total of six (6) cases of measles on San Juan Island, a Kitsap County resident diagnosed with measles was contagious during his stay in Friday Harbor, and one additional case is under investigation. Current information indicates that exposures in Friday Harbor took place as late as April 8th at numerous locations. This means local  Continue Reading


Holy Week

Written on April 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm, by

It’s the week leading up to Easter and here are some events from local churches that you may be interested in: Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church: Maundy Thursday, April 17th – Remembering Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, we will gather at 5:00 PM to join in a soup supper. At 6:00 PM we will celebrate  Continue Reading

Marine Education; Hands-on and Feet Wet! - Contributed photo

Hands on with Wet Feet

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

Spring Street International School Inland Ocean Studies Program It was just over a year ago that President Obama proclaimed Washington State’s San Juan Islands “a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.” In line with these educational ideals, Spring Street International School (SSIS) in Friday Harbor has launched Inland  Continue Reading


Clean and Green Project

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

Here’s a note from our local food Co-op… Volunteers Needed at the Co-op The first phase of the expansion announced by the Board at the San Juan Food Co-op’s Annual Membership Meeting last month will begin in mid-May when we start preparing the space at the back of the building which used to be a  Continue Reading

The bluff below Cattle Point Road at American Camp with South Beach beyond. Note the location of the guard rail at upper right - NPS Photo

Cattle Point Road Realignment Open House scheduled April 21

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

San Juan Islanders can view the latest design, ask questions and provide comments for the Cattle Point Road Realignment project during an open house scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday April 21 at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash St., in Friday Harbor. The open house, conducted by San Juan County, will also include representatives  Continue Reading

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