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Petra turning rocks to collect Northern Clingfish at Cattle Point Beach - C. Linkem photo

Tide Bites

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s an excerpt from this month’s University of Washington Labs Tide Bites newsletter, written by Petra Ditsche… Years ago when I stepped into a river and experienced the strong forces of the current, I wondered how animals are able to live in such a challenging environment. This experience stayed with me, and the interplay of  Continue Reading

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Cancer Caregivers Support Circle

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

The Preregistration deadline for this event has been extended until this Friday, March 13th! If you or someone you love could benefit from these monthly gatherings, please contact Deb by this Friday so you can participate starting next Wednesday, March 18th. There’s a new support group being offered for caregivers supporting loved ones with cancer.  Continue Reading


This week at the Library…

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Borrow eBooks for Your Tablet/Smartphone Bring your device to this free workshop where you’ll learn how to use the free eBooks and eAudiobooks available at the San Juan Island Library. Remember to bring your charged-up device, password (for example: Apple ID or the password to, and please ensure your San Juan Island Library account  Continue Reading

The entryway Atrium at the new Museum of History and Industry - Contributed photo

Preview the Museum of History and Industry

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm, by

A preview opening of the San Juan Island Museum of History and Industry (MHI) at the San Juan Historical Museum, Wednesday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The San Juan Historical Society cordially invites you to a preview of the San Juan Island Museum of History and Industry (MHI). The MHI is a developing  Continue Reading

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Rotary Club Spelling Bee

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 11:49 am, by

The 10th annual Rotary Club Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, March 12th at the San Juan Community Theatre. The contest is open to all island students in 4th through 8th grades. The 1st place winners will be awarded a $300 cash prize for their school, $200 for their class, and $100 for the speller.  Continue Reading

Mayor Carrie Lacher with newly appointed student Arts Commissioner Audrey Sable and Arts Commissioner Lori Stokes - John Sable photo

Student appointed to Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher has appointed the final member of the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC), an advisory panel formed to assist the Town Council with the cultivation, acquisition and placement of public art. The Council confirmed the appointment of student Commissioner Audrey Sable at a meeting on March 5th. The Friday Harbor High School senior  Continue Reading

Governor Jay Inslee and SJC Council Member Jaime Stephens - Contributed photo

SJC Council Members Take County Interests to Olympia

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Since the State Legislature convened in mid-January, San Juan County Council Member Jamie Stephens has traveled to the state capital at least once every other week to lobby for the County’s interests in issues ranging from capital projects to jet noise. With budget shortfalls at all levels of government, and large and small counties jostling  Continue Reading


Get your… FREE Philosophy

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Does philosophy have any relevance in a technologically-advanced society? That’s the question asked during San Juan Community Theatre’s FREE On Book! Readers Theatre series in the Gubelman THIS Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm. Jeff Fraser’s comedy, Philosophy on Trial, turns a series of luminaries in the history of Western thought—from  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office  Continue Reading

Flowers and Buds at the Land Bank's Driggs Park on Argyle Avenue - Kathy Daniels photo

Master Gardeners Roses Workshop

Posted on March 8, 2015 at 5:28 am, by

Forsythia is blooming, which signals pruning time for certain types of roses. But not all roses benefit from annual pruning. And there are different methods for some specific types of roses. Join San Juan Island Master Gardener volunteers on Sunday afternoon March 15 from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm to learn more about how to  Continue Reading


Spring Ahead

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 9:50 am, by

Spring is almost here and the days are getting longer, yay! Don’t forget – tomorrow morning at 2:00 am – Daylight Saving Time begins. Set your clock forward one hour – so at 2:00 it will really be 3:00.


Special Addition

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks: A Special Addition Meet Lee Taylor, Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, to hear about the accomplishments of our park in 2014 and the plans for 2015. This is a special addition to the Know Your Islanders Talks, just as Lee has become a special addition to our island.  Continue Reading

"Dude" is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 5:24 am, by

Hello there. My name is Dude. Not to be confused with “The Dude” of Big Lebowski fame. I’m just Dude. Although, my friends here at the shelter also call me “Old Blue Eyes” because I have these gorgeous peepers. I just arrived here at the animal shelter and find the accommodations very nice, and I’ve  Continue Reading

Park Interns doing field work - SJINHP photo

Park to Hire 3 Paid Interns this Summer

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park will hire three paid, full-time intern positions through the Youth Conservation Corps this summer, according to Jerald Weaver, park chief of Integrated Resources. The Resource management positions will start June 29 and run through August 21 and pay $9.47 an hour (Washington State minimum wage) for 40 hours per  Continue Reading


Update on Superintendent Search

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a revised press release from the School District regarding the search for a new Superintendent… Please note that the candidate visitation formally scheduled for Wednesday March 11, has been changed to Monday March 16. Our final dates for three candidate visitations are Monday March 9, Tuesday March 10, and the FOLLOWING Monday March 16.  Community  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

Real Estate Market News

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with another Real Estate News story… IRS Section 1031 – Tax Deferred Exchange Another positive sign of real estate market recovery for our County is an increase in buyers and sellers utilizing a 1031 exchange. During the recession when appreciation was non-existant there were no gains for buyers and sellers to  Continue Reading

Ferry at dock in Friday Harbor - San Juan Update photo

FAC Meeting on Ferry Reservations

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

County Council member Rick Hughes, along with members of the Ferry Advisory Committee will be holding a Public Outreach Meeting to discuss the Ferry Reservation System. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Lundeen Room of the Orcas Senior Center. The purpose of the meeting is  Continue Reading


Community Dinner

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm, by

The next Community Dinner is Wednesday, March 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and will feature a Southern Style Menu prepared by the Food for Thought Program and Mr. Hendrick’s Baking Class: Buttermilk Fried Chicken – sustainably grown Draper Valley Farms boneless skinless chicken breast (vegetarian option available) Mashed Potatoes – Chef Andy’s famous creamy mashed potatoes  Continue Reading


Software Update at the Library

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island Library contracts with Innovative Interfaces to use Polaris ILS The San Juan Island Library is switching the software used to manage Library services (books, movies, and patron records) to help Library staff serve users better. The Library announced the upgrade along with notice that it has been awarded the 2015 EBSCO Excellence  Continue Reading


San Juan Community Blood Drive

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Wednesday, March 18, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm in the Mullis Community Senior Center at 589 Nash Street, it’s the San Juan Community Blood Drive. For information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Curt Van Hyning by phone at: 317-8399 or by email at: cvanhyning [@] gmail [.] com The blood drive is sponsored  Continue Reading


Easter Baskets at PIMC

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Peace Island Volunteers will again be selling Easter baskets filled with goodies, both edible and nonedible, on Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the main lobby of Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring Street. The baskets are wonderfully creative, unique, and personal, as each item in every basket was carefully selected, and  Continue Reading


San Juan County and Union Strike New 3 Year Contract Deal

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County and Local 1849 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) have settled on a collective bargaining agreement for the years 2015-2017. Union membership overwhelmingly ratified the contract on Friday, February 27th, and the County Council promptly followed suit by accepting the contract at its March 2nd meeting. The contract, five months  Continue Reading

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