Volunteers Needed!

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is looking for volunteers. Preparations for this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival, to be held on November 4-5-6, are well underway. The Festival will feature a very exciting line-up of documentary films, as well as many special events that celebrate the art of filmmaking. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to  Continue Reading


Business Planning & Financing Workshop

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

EDC offers FREE workshop on business planning and financing The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Monday, October 17th from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by Tony Salas of the  Continue Reading

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Halloween Litter Pick-Up

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Halloween litter pick-up on San Juan Island! Some participants in our annual spring Great Islands Clean-Up have suggested that we do another litter pick-up in the fall to spruce up our roadsides and beaches after summer’s outdoor activities have ended. Everyone can help. On Saturday, October 29, simply go outside and take a little walk,  Continue Reading


United Way Seeks Grant Applicants

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

United Way of San Juan County is inviting 501(c)(3) nonprofits working in Health, Education, and Income Stability to apply for a 2017 grant to make a difference in our island communities. Please go to our website, http://www.unitedway-sanjuancounty.org/ for more information, or email us at unitedwaysjc [@] rockisland.com for more information. Together we can make a  Continue Reading


Posted on October 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm, by

Just heard some sad news from Marie DiCristina –  Ron Vincellette passed away at his Friday Harbor home Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016. Obituary and more information will follow soon.  Please respect family while they process arrangements.

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Alex Ashley

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Rumor Mill welcomes Alex Ashley this coming Friday, October 14th. A rare, triple-threat singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Alex creates an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence. At just 26 years old, he has been described as “that of a well-seasoned musician  Continue Reading

A green crab and numerous staghorn sculpins from the catch of a Fukui-type trap. Photo credit: C. Staude.

First European Green Crab in Washington’s Salish Sea

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Sylvia Yamada and Craig Staude “Sylvia, I think we caught one!” Craig Staude shouted excitedly as he and his team of volunteers opened a baited trap in a tidal channel near the sculpture park at Roche Harbor on August 30th. Sure enough, the 74-millimeter-wide male was the first live European green crab ever caught  Continue Reading


Mindfulness for Business

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

EDC offers workshop on mindfulness for business The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on the topic of mindfulness in business, on Monday, October 17th from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan Island. Advance registration is required. Mindfulness was once considered a fringe movement in the Western world, but is now being  Continue Reading

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Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This month’s SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month is San Juan Wireless, Inc. San Juan Wireless began as San Juan Cellular in 1998.  At that time, they were located at the Technology Center and were exclusive AT&T and DirecTV dealers.  Since then, they have moved to the Guard Electric Building on Mullis Street and  Continue Reading


The Woman in Black

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Bobby Ryan at the SJ Community Theatre created this teaser video to promote the upcoming production “The Woman in Black”. Atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror take center stage in this spine tingler that has been taking the London stage by storm for some 27 years. Steven Mallatratt’s play-within-a-play highlights a lawyer (Floyd Bourne) obsessed with  Continue Reading

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Cyber Security Seminar

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Islanders Bank is pleased to offer a FREE Community Seminar on Cyber Security. Date & Time: October 28th, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Location: Gubelman Room, SJI Community Theatre Topics covered will include: Cyber Threats Cyber Security Computer & Mobile Device security Safe internet browsing and social media use Tips for parents & kids This  Continue Reading

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MyVote.wa.gov – Your online access to elections

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This is the the tenth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County… Hey, Millennials! This one’s for you. Everything you ever wanted to know about elections is online, in an easy to use,  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

This, my friends, is the face of an honest dog. Yessiree. I may occasionally stretch the truth or exaggerate a little, but I will never lie to you. My name is Wally and I’m a heeler mix with lots of energy and loads of spunk. I’m patiently waiting here at the animal shelter for you  Continue Reading

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Frightmare at the Fairgrounds

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Alison Caruso is looking for volunteers to help put on this fun event… Transform a 10,000 square foot space into a haunted walk through in one weeks time… The actual event will be: Friday October 28th 5-10pm (note this will be for ages 10 & up as we will have people scaring people) $10 per  Continue Reading

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Sherrie Willows

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Sherrie Willows, 75, of Manchester, Washington, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Malvern, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Richard Stratton of Deland, Florida. Sherrie began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and clinics before  Continue Reading


Letter from Frank Penwell

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag… Dear Editor, Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities.  I can attest to the fact that over the last 4 years, Bob Jarman has been the only Council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues,  Continue Reading


Hip Hop Hooray!

Posted on October 8, 2016 at 11:06 am, by

Just got this note from Chloe Klein… I am teaching a family friendly Hip Hop class to benefit Beyond Type1, to help my amazing friend Henry Jensen raise money toward his goal! Sunday, October 16th at 2pm at the Grange. Come dance with us and if you are unable to join in person, PLEASE donate  Continue Reading

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Aging with Confidence

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Two San Juan Islanders Featured in Seattle-Based Magazine Congratulations to Mark Gardner and Stephanie Prima. Their work is featured in the Fall 2016 edition of 3rd Act Magazine™: Aging with Confidence. Stephanie’s article on her mother’s Italian bread legacy will have your mouth watering, and Mark’s photography brings the kitchen bread-making session to life –  Continue Reading

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Crossing Borders

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Crossing Borders Presentations will Feature Obstruction Island Visual Artist and NYC Poet Visual artist Dianne Kornberg and poet, Elisabeth Frost, will be presenting a series of Art As A Voice talks on Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas Islands during October. Kornberg’s work with Frost is featured in the exhibition, For All We Know on display  Continue Reading


And Then There Were Four…

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Jan at the animal shelter says these cuddle-bugs are the last four babies from the summer kitten season. The shelter is having a special until the end of the month… two kittens for the price of one. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with a couple of these adorable guys on a blustery fall day? Stop  Continue Reading

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Green Home Open House & Tour

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Join us this Saturday for the San Juan Island Green Home Open House and Tour  at the San Juan Grange 11:00 Open House: Booths and Speakers Everything you always wanted to know about making your home more energy efficient. 1:00 Green Home Tour If you are planning to come on the tour, please let us know. We are carpooling  Continue Reading


Dental Van, YES – Fish, Tacos NO

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Hello Fish Taco Eaters: Fish for Teeth is sponsoring the MTI Mobile Dental Van on San Juan Island October 7 – 8, this Friday and Saturday. The ToothMobile’s arrival is usually paired with the Taco Team making fabulous fish tacos, but due to scheduling conflicts the Taco Team is sitting this one out; we’ll all  Continue Reading

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