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Dr. Vincent Shu - SJ Update photo

New Use for Old Building?

Written on August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm, by

This is Dr. Vincent Shu and he would like your opinions on a project he is working on. He would like to bring a natural science college to Friday Harbor: The Washington Institute of Natural Sciences School of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine and a Community Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. And he would like to  Continue Reading

LUSH Seattle employees volunteer with FRIENDS of San Juans to do a drift card drop to track the effects of an oil spill in the Salish Sea. - Contributed Photo

Drift Card Drop to Study Oil Spill Impacts

Written on August 30, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

This summer’s drift card drop will study oil spill impacts in the Salish Sea. Plywood drift cards stamped with “this could be oil” were released this week in an experiment to simulate the dispersion of an oil spill from Kinder Morgan’s planned $5.4 billion pipeline expansion project that would increase tanker traffic from 5 ships  Continue Reading

Poster submitted by Amy Hull - Click to enlarge

Notes from the SJEA

Written on August 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm, by

Here is a statement from the San Juan Education Association… San Juan Education Association members are hopeful they can come to a fair and reasonable contract settlement with San Juan Island School District Sunday at their next scheduled bargaining session. The contract expires Aug. 31 and teachers and other school specialists voted last Monday to  Continue Reading


Letter to the San Juan Island School District Community

Written on August 29, 2014 at 10:12 am, by

This just in from Rick Thompson, SJI School District… For the past several months, the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association, (the teacher’s union) have been meeting to collaboratively negotiate a new contract to replace the agreement that expires on August 31, 2014. As of the end of our last  Continue Reading

Bat Walk 2014 - Contributed photo

A Batty Evening on the Westside

Written on August 29, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

With the help of the San Juan County Land Bank, the San Juan Preservation Trust, State and National Parks, and local landowners, Rochelle Kelly of the UW has been able to study bats in the San Juan Islands this summer. In appreciation of all this support, she is sharing her experience with the public. Rochelle  Continue Reading

Final Approach to Friday Harbor Airport - Port of Friday Harbor photo

Public Hearing on Airport Master Plan

Written on August 29, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5pm at Ernie’s Cafe at 744 Airport Circle Drive, Friday Harbor, WA. The purpose of this meeting is for the Commission to conduct a Public Hearing on the proposed Airport Master Plan Update. For questions please contact Deanna Eltinge  Continue Reading


Salmon Recovery Supporting Orca Recovery

Written on August 29, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Lynne Barre and Scott Rumsey as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series.  The talk entitled “Salmon Recovery Supporting Orca Recovery” will take place at The Whale Museum on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. Lynne Barre and Scott Rumsey from NOAA Fisheries will give a presentation that  Continue Reading

The Totem Pole Journey visits the Yakama Nation on August 27 - Coal-Free Washington photo

Totem Pole Journey at English Camp Tonight

Written on August 29, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

FRIENDS of the San Juans is honored and excited to host a public introduction and benefit in support of “Our Shared Responsibility: A Totem Pole Journey” at English Camp this evening, August 29th at 7 p.m. The totem pole will be shared with our island community at the ceremony. The House of Tears Carvers would  Continue Reading



Written on August 29, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

Bitumen Chip Brownies at the San Juan County Fair San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping says thank you to all of you who stopped by to buy a brownie, spin the oil tanker Wheel of Fortune, and/or sign the petition at our booth at the County Fair. All of your signatures will be attached to  Continue Reading


Season finale of Friday Harbor Art Market

Written on August 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm, by

The Friday Art Market winds up its 2014 season this Friday, 3:00-7:00pm, at Brickworks Plaza. There will be local artisans from San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Waldron Islands, selling their hand-crafted works of art. Cynthia’s of Course will provide a variety of sweet and savory dishes and music will be provided by Teddy Deane from  Continue Reading

Tanja Williamson is working at the Land Bank now - Tim Dustrude photo

Land Bank News

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

The SJC Land Bank has a new Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator and she sends over this letter of introduction… Hello! Just a quick note to introduce myself, Tanja Williamson, the new Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator for San Juan County Land Bank. I live in Friday Harbor, along with my two sons (Miles, 13 and Jasper, 9), my husband (Steve),  Continue Reading


Early Learning Lab Coming Sept. 11

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Early Learning Lab for Children Coming to San Juan Island on Thursday, September 11. Thrive by Five Washington’s Early Learning Lab is coming to San Juan Island in partnership with the San Juan Island Library and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center. The Lab will be available to explore Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10:00  Continue Reading

Dragonfly on Louise's Hat - David Bentley photo


Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Here’s a fun email that came in the other day from David Bentley; Thanks David! Tim, Your Ace Reporter/Photographer, Louise Dustrude, was taking photos at the Know Your Island walk on Saturday at the Peach Health Peace Island Medical Center “Peace Path”. This is a photo of what she couldn’t see on the top of  Continue Reading


FH Song Circle

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Gail wants you to know they’re meeting again to sing next week… If you love to sing, join us – we are the Friday Harbor Song Circle. We meet to sing together twice a month. You will need to have a copy of Rise Up Singing or 10 copies of your favorite song to share.  Continue Reading

A good home for a barn cat or 2 - John Dustrude photo

Looking for Good Home(s)

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

The animal shelter is looking for a few good barns… or more specifically, people who have barns in need of a cat or two. If you are interested in acquiring semi-feral barn cats, please call the shelter at 378-2158.


Openings at St. David’s Day School

Written on August 28, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Do you have a Kindergartner? There are still a few spots open in St. David’s Day School Kindergarten Enrichment Program. This class is specially designed for kids enrolled in Kindergarten, and meets Monday-Thursday from 11:15 – 3:00. Tuition is $300 a month. In addition to the outstanding academic curriculum (including Handwriting Without Tears) there are  Continue Reading

Island Rec’s 30th Anniversary Party is coming up on Sept. 6th - Contributed photo

Island Rec Celebrates 30 Years

Written on August 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm, by

Island Rec is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and its promotion of People, Parks, Programs, and Trails. Come early to ‘Movies in the Park’ for free cake, chuckle at the photo display from 30 years worth of programming, and talk with friends, neighbors, volunteers, current and former staff/commissioners, and FANS. September 6, at 7:00 pm, in  Continue Reading

Rose with Raindrops - Tim Dustrude photo

Garden Club Meeting Rescheduled

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:57 am, by

I just heard from Dot at the garden club about a rescheduled meeting. Here she is with the news… The SJI Garden Club meeting for September will be on September 9th instead of our regularly scheduled September 2nd meeting.  It’s at 1:00 pm at the Mullis Center. We look forward to all who can join  Continue Reading

Josh Boland, (you may know him from Whidbey Island Bank) scored this cool Glass Rooster for his wife Micah at the Rummage Sale last Saturday - Jan Murphy photo

Rummage Sale: The Sequel

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

I heard that the rummage sale last week was so successful, the Animal Shelter is doing another one. Here’s Jan Murphy with the details… The animal shelter rummage sale Saturday was a huge success – so much that the shelter has announced another rummage sale for September 13th at the same location – 994 Cattle  Continue Reading

Romeo et Juliette - Contributed photo

Final Met Summer Encore August 31

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love completes The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores series at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. Originally transmitted on December 15, 2007, Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare, Roméo et Juliette, is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko and the remarkable tenor Roberto  Continue Reading


OPALCO Survey Results Are In

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative survey results are in showing 91% of members are satisfied, more hope to gain through energy savings, and Internet services are a hot topic. OPLCO is listening to its members. A web-based member satisfaction survey was recently offered to all 11,281 members in exchange for a $5 bill credit. Participation  Continue Reading


Request for Service Projects

Written on August 27, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Here’s a note from Jenny and Maude at the School District… Hello – Here is our fall request to community members for service projects: The 2014-2015 school year has arrived! The first semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin August 28th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of  Continue Reading

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