Parade Dignitaries Announced

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

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshals and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme “America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!”, the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National  Continue Reading

Praise for The Addams Family

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

They’re scary and they’re ghastly, but also weirdly classy, They’ve come to San Juan Island, The Addams Family. For your own entertainment and to support the San Juan Community Theatre, I hope you will not miss THE ADDAMS FAMILY, on stage from May 6-21. This is a fantastic production full of bizarre touches. Last night’s  Continue Reading


Pollinators in the Park

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

In honor of this month’s “History Lives Here” celebration the Land Bank and SJI National Historic Park are hosting an afternoon of fun and learning for kids, centered around the heritage fruit trees in historic Driggs Park (adjacent to the Land Bank office) and pollinators. There will be games and art projects, as well as  Continue Reading

Pictured above:  Islanders Bank E-Banking and Treasury Support Services Manager Michelle Morton, Teri Gentry, Chamber Executive Director Becki Day and Islanders Bank President Brad Williamson - Contributed photo

So Where Was Becki, Anyway?

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Answer: Becki was visiting chamber member businesses all month. If you hadn’t heard… The Chamber of Commerce, along with Islanders Bank, sponsored a “Scavenger Hunt” of sorts, where Chamber Executive Director Becki Day would visit chamber member businesses and snap a “selfie” photo of herself, once each day all month, and post them to the Chamber’s  Continue Reading

The concrete at Sunken Park - Tim Dustrude photo

Sunken Park Mural

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Artist to commence mural installation at Sunken Park beginning May 13th The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to view the installation of a mural in Sunken Park beginning May 13th. A celebration of the completed work will be held at 2 pm Sunday, May 22nd, and will include chamber music courtesy of Sue  Continue Reading

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Turn Point / Pear Point Connector Road

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Public Works will build a connector road between Turn Point and Pear Point Roads, using local funds and the county road crew, and they hope to start in the fall of this year. It is anticipated that this road will funnel traffic, especially trucks, off Warbass Way and away from the ferry lanes in town.  Continue Reading


$19 million in Economic Benefits

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Tourism to San Juan Island National Historical Park creates Over $19 million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 198 jobs in local economy A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 258,668 visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park (NHP) in 2015 spent $14,811,700 in communities near the park. That spending  Continue Reading

Photo credit: Jenn Furber of Neon Tide

Be Glad Your Dad…

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s some press for the new book by local author and creative director Sara Jensen… On May 3, Sara Jensen read her newly released book “Be Glad Your Dad…” aloud at Friday Harbor Elementary School to grades K-4. The book is available locally at Pebble and Griffin Bay Bookstore, both located on Friday Harbor’s Spring  Continue Reading

Poppies Under Whale Tail - Aaron Shepard photo

Poppies Under the Whale Tail

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Aaron Shepard shares this recent photo of poppies under the Whale Tail sculpture in town. Thanks for sharing Aaron!


Out of the dark… FRIDAY!

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s spring musical, The Addams Family, opens in the Whittier this Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm, with 10 performances through May 21. Directed by Carol Hooper, with musical direction by Jim Collado, this latest translation of the iconic unique and monstrous characters brings the issue of “normal” versus “weird” families to the forefront.  The  Continue Reading


Mother’s Day Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Sure, a tasty Mother’s Day brunch is nice, but just that word, nice… Get adventurous. Get outdoors. Get atop Cady Mountain Preserve with the Oak Team. The mountainside is bursting with wildflowers – no bouquets needed! When? Sunday, May 8 10:00am to 2:00pm Where? Base of Cady Mountain Preserve – turn on to Cady Mountain  Continue Reading


On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island Library Bookmark Contest Underway for Grades K-6th Students in grades K-6th are invited to participate in the Library’s Bookmark Contest. The Bookmark Contest is held annually to promote reading, illustration, and to help kick off the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! How does the Contest  Continue Reading


Primary Election Notes

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Attention Voters, The May 24, 2016, Presidential Primary ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters on April 8th. The remainder of ballots was mailed Tuesday, May 3rd. Voting a Presidential Primary ballot is a bit different than other elections so be sure to read all instructions before marking your ballot. You can learn when  Continue Reading



Posted on May 5, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Lineman Okay After Electrical Arc Caused Power Outage In Eastsound Wednesday’s outage in the Eastsound area was caused when an arc occurred during a system maintenance project in the Eastsound Village area. Journeyman Lineman Roger Sandwith was working on energized equipment with a hot stick and received minor burns to three knuckles of his hand.  Continue Reading


History Lives Here

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

It’s time for the May 2016 edition of the SJ Historical Society’s monthly history column… From Adeline to 50th Anniversary, History Lives Here This month, the San Juan Historical Society celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Museum. This photo from about 1904 shows what is assumed to be Adeline Verrier King, wife of James King, probably with their youngest daughter  Continue Reading

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Cinco de Mayo at the Rumor Mill

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Skylark Musica will be performing at the Rumor Mill on Thursday as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special south of the border menu. The fun starts at 4:00 pm with live music from Mexico, Central and South America beginning at 6:30. Click the poster at right for more info. And remember, reservations are recommended at 360-378-5555. Ole!

Music on Saturday

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Kerry Andrews invites you to a night of live music this Saturday at Brickworks… Hi Tim! We’re throwing a concert this Saturday at Brickworks! It’s meant to celebrate my dear friends 40th birthday, but it’s open to the public! And we need to sell more tickets – we have several bands coming. Would you please  Continue Reading

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SJ Museum’s 50th

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Marks 50 years as a Museum for San Juan Historical Society The San Juan Historical Society and Museum will celebrate their 50th year of the Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11am to 3pm. The public is cordially invited to an admission-free day filled with exhibits, music, stories, and the  Continue Reading

Cruise Into History: Smugglers' Blues

Cruise Into History: Smugglers’ Blues

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Smuggling, murder and fast boats in the San Juan Islands If you love a leisurely cruise around the San Juan Islands and are curious about the smugglers of olde that haunted our shores, the Orcas Island Historical Society invites you to climb aboard the “Cruise Into History” yacht that leaves from the Orcas ferry landing  Continue Reading


Shoreline Landowner Workshop

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

Shoreline erosion management focus of free workshop Shoreline landowners of San Juan County communities are invited to attend a free workshop on shoreline erosion management from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at The Orcas Fire & Rescue Meeting Room, 45 Lavender Ln., Eastsound. The workshop is free but registration is requested by  Continue Reading

Thank You United Way

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Teresa Tilton of FHES shares this thank you letter… Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of United Way of San Juan County. The Special Pal Program (P.I.P) is one of the programs available at Friday Harbor Elementary School designed to help each student have the most successful learning experience possible. P.I.P staff  Continue Reading


Corrected Numbers from OPALCO

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm, by

Member-Initiated Bylaw Amendment Failed; Results Were Announced In Error At Annual Meeting May 2, 2016 – OPALCO’s Tally Chairman, Doug Pearson, made his first-ever mistake in about 30 years of serving our Co-op as the official vote counter on the ferry for OPALCO’s election finale at the annual meeting. “The official SBS election results were  Continue Reading

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