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Orcas in the Channel - Click for larger view - Hobbes Buchanan photo

Whale & Wildlife Update

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm, by

Here’s Captain Hobbes with this week’s update… As I write this on Friday morning, there are transients on the west side and the Gray’s are coming! Like clockwork, #53 — nicknamed “Little Patch” — is the first gray whale to show up in the northern part of Puget Sound for the second year in a  Continue Reading


Port News

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm, by

Insurance Settlement for the SSL Building The Friday Harbor Port Commissioners are pleased to announce that they have arrived at a settlement with the Port’s insurance companies regarding losses from the fire that destroyed the Spring Street Landing building and Downrigger’s Restaurant. The settlement is in the amount of $2.635 million. The Port is insured  Continue Reading

Small Town Survey 10

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:37 am, by

Daylight Saving Time – some people love it – some people hate it. Twice a year, every year we all change our clocks. Sometimes it’s lighter later, or darker earlier. Sometimes we get to sleep an extra hour, or we have more trouble getting up for work on Monday. What do you think? Do you  Continue Reading


Win a Hawaii Vacation

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:03 am, by

Soroptimists Raffle Kaua’i Condo Stay “E komo mai!” (Hawaiian for “welcome”), will be heard by the winner of the raffle for a 7-night stay in an ocean-front Kaua`i condo for two. Soroptimists of Friday Harbor is holding this raffle as part of their biggest yearly fund-raiser, the St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza, March 15th at the  Continue Reading


KO’s Grand Opening Celebration

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:53 am, by

Just got this note in from Lisa, the new owner of KO’s Subs about their event on Saturday… KO’s Subs is celebrating its Grand Re-Opening under the direction of its new owner and  new manager. Lisa Finelli and Don Adams will be serving samples of our three most popular sub sandwiches. There will also be  Continue Reading


Port Commission Meeting

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:50 am, by

Port Commission Meeting at San Juan Island Yacht Club Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7pm Meeting Agenda 1. Citizen comments/requests: For items not on the agenda citizens can make a brief presentation and ask the Commission to schedule a topic for discussion at a future meeting. 2. Regular Business A. Approve minutes for February 26, 2014  Continue Reading

Left to right - Guthrie Burnett-Tison, Grace Willows, and Nelson Wynn - Contributed photo

FHHS Jazz Soloists Recognized

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

In February the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band participated in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Both the Friday Harbor High School full jazz band and a six-member jazz combo performed for adjudication. 130 schools attended the 4-day event. Over two thousand students participated and 200 soloists were recognized. Among  Continue Reading

New Dental Associate joins Dr. Horn's team at Friday Harbor Dentistry

New Associate at FH Dentistry

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

I just heard from Peg over at Friday Harbor Dentistry that they have a new dental associate. Here she is with the story… We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Horn has added a new dental associate to his team: Dr. Greg Fisher. As you’ll see in the attached backgrounder/press release, Dr. Fisher is a very  Continue Reading


FHHS Senior Rummage Sale

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

The FHHS Senior Class 2014 Rummage Sale needs your good, usable donations! Drop offs at FHHS Commons Friday, March 14, 12:00 to 5:00. The Rummage Sale and Bake Sale takes place on Saturday, March 15, 8:00 to 1:00. Please come and find some treasures, while supporting our 2014 Seniors. All proceeds go to support Graduation Night activities.

Four Women - Click to enlarge - Keith Busha photo

Bargain Night Thursday!

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

The final shows of San Juan Community Theatre’s winter play showcasing Britain’s unsung heroes of WWII, Lilies on the Land, start off with a “Bargain Night” THIS Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 pm in the Whittier. Tickets are $5 off the regular $19 for adults and $3 off the regular $10 for student reserved. Directed  Continue Reading

Turn of the century, at the bottom of Spring Street.

Waterfront History Presentation and Pie Potluck

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

On Thursday, March 20th the Port of Friday Harbor will host a Waterfront History presentation with local architectural historian Boyd Pratt. Old photographs and maps will be shown to explain the development of the Friday Harbor Waterfront. The presentation will begin at 7pm at the San Juan Island Grange. Hot beverages plus homemade cookies will  Continue Reading


Help with Affordable Care Act

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:19 am, by

Are you confused about the new Affordable Care Act? Many people have been reading about the frustrations of trying to enroll in a healthcare plan through Washington State’s new Healthplanfinder website. But here’s a piece of good news: according to the Washington State Health Care Authority, San Juan County leads the entire state in not  Continue Reading


FAA Mandated Airport Tree Management

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:05 am, by

Friday Harbor residents may notice some limited tree removal operations on or near the airport over the next couple of weeks. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that any objects including trees, buildings, antennas, etc. that penetrate “approach surfaces” must be lighted, marked or removed. In a recent safety inspection, certain trees were identified as  Continue Reading

BLM San Juan Islands National Monument Manager Marcia deChadenedes - BLM photo

Meet & Greet with New BLM Nat’l Monument Manager

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

The Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Monument will be hosting a Meet and Greet for the new Manager of the National Monument, Marcia deChadenedes. BLM’s Spokane District Manager, Daniel Picard, will also be at the event which is being held at the San Juan Preservation Trust office, 468 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor from on March  Continue Reading


Friends before Facebook

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:53 am, by

Here’s this month’s little bit of history, Part VII in our series from the San Juan Historical Museum… International Women’s Day is observed by the United Nations each year on March 8, and so our subject this month is island women. We think of this image as “Friends before Facebook” and invite you to note  Continue Reading


Trails Committee Potluck

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 6:29 am, by

8th Annual San Juan Island Trails Committee Potluck Evening Please join us for this annual community event. Hear about the adventure of two local couples cycling from one end of Britain to the other, with some background on how it came to be possible. Bring your own table setting with beverage of choice, and a dish to share. Learn a little  Continue Reading

Last year's 1st Place winner, Erich Atwell - Contributed photo

Children’s Festival Poster Contest

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Attention, young artists! Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival! Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme: Wild Wild West! Artworks must be submitted on an official entry form, which can be obtained at Island Rec’s office or at  Continue Reading

Jimmy Moe and the One More Time Band at last year's Sock Hop at the Mullis Center - Tim Dustrude photo

March for Meals at Mullis Center

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

On March 12th The Senior Center is having an extra special lunch to help raise funds for the Nutrition Program which is part of the nationwide program March for Meals and brings awareness about senior hunger and the fact that food costs have gone up and the government subsidy has gone down. Mullis Community Senior  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:08 am, by

It’s March 7 & 8, 2014, on Orcas Island The 2014 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will offer a two-day program packed with information and inspiration, including a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and session leaders. March 7, Hands-On Friday – will include three workshops, 1:30-5:00 p.m., covering biochar production, farm-to-school programs, and farmstead butchering.  Continue Reading


Starr Excavation Expands

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:57 am, by

Craig Starr, owner of Starr Excavation here on San Juan Island, and Orcas Septic Service, is expanding operations to include portable toilet rentals which are great for large outdoor events and weddings, etc. He will also be doing septic inspection and pumping. Previously the owner of another local septic service company, Craig brings his experience  Continue Reading


John Kulseth Announces Candidacy for Assessor

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

John Kulseth, Chief Appraiser for the Assessor’s office, shares this announcement of his candidacy for Assessor… “I’ve had the privilege of working in the Assessor’s office for 10 years and am now seeking the opportunity to lead the next four years of the assessment process in San Juan County. As an appraiser, manager, and database  Continue Reading

Dizzy is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

This beautiful girl goes by the name of, “Dizzy”. She recently arrived here at our shelter when her owner died unexpectedly. She is about six years old and came in with another female kitty, named Pumpkin, who is also in need of a new home. We are told she shared her home with three other  Continue Reading

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