The Power of Song

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Spring Street International School shares a sneak peek to their play “Tumbleweed People in No Mans Land…” Come and hear us wish Woody Guthrie a happy 101 years Says Lucy Ramirez, played by Stormy Hildreth: “I was raised up by my grandpa and he knew how to laugh his way through anything at all. He  Continue Reading


Call for Volunteers

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The Primary Intervention Program (PIP), also known as the Special Pal Program at Friday Harbor Elementary School, is looking for Volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year.  The PIP program works with students K-3rd grade.  Volunteers work with one or two students through the school year in the “Special Pal” room for 40 minutes once a week. This  Continue Reading

May 22 volunteer crew -  Robin Donnelly photo

Cady Mountain Preserve Work Party

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

No Sharp-tailed snakes were spotted at the last Oak Team work party, but we did see some new faces, and a great and informative day was had by all thanks to volunteer leader Thom Pence. Sunshine is predicted for Sunday – imagine the photo opportunities! When? Sunday, June 5 10:00am to 2:00pm RSVP required (e-mail tanjaw [@]  Continue Reading


Getting a Head with Regeneration

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm, by

Invertebrates, or animals without a spine, are the masters of regeneration. Many animals are able to regrow missing or damaged body parts and some can even regrow an entirely new animal from just a small segment of tissue. If you cut sponges, planarian worms, and hydra into pieces, they will regrow complete and normal animals  Continue Reading

The Sunset Suite at Roche Harbor's Hotel de Haro, circa 1900 - SJ Museum photo

Hotel de Haro

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society… This month’s peek into the past shows us a relatively rare interior photograph from about 1900. This scene shows two people relaxing in what is now the Sunset Suite of the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. We  Continue Reading

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Retro Rocket at the Rumor Mill

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Rob Simpson of Retro Rocket shares this invitation with you… Hi Islanders, In case you’d like a little fun on Thursday night, Retro Rocket is making its 2nd appearance at the Rumor Mill at 7:00  (June 2nd). Retro Rocket is guitarist Jonathan Piff and myself performing some fun R’n’B, classic rock, and Motown hits along with a couple original tunes.  Continue Reading


Christianity & Climate Change

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Upcoming Event: Christianity & Climate Change – Pope Francis and the Call for Climate Action Islands Climate Resilience is pleased to host Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power & Light to speak on the topic of creation care and climate change, Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading


Town Seeks Grant Proposals

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2017 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2017.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow photo

Trapped Bald Eagle is Gradually Recovering

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm, by

Wolf Hollow shares this update on that bald eagle… A Bald Eagle that was found at False Bay with a leg-hold trap attached to its foot is recovering at Wolf Hollow. The eagle, which was spotted by several people who live in the False Bay area, was having trouble taking off because a heavy metal  Continue Reading

Location of the new mural - Contributed photo

Painting Begins on The Whale Museum

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

Here’s the latest news from the Whale Museum… The Whale Museum is open daily 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. even though there is a lot of construction & painting going on outside! Thanks to Stegman Painting and Select Structural LLC, work has begun on our historic building. First used as an Odd Fellows Hall, the  Continue Reading

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Romeo and Juliet

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 9:26 am, by

Here’s a note from Helen at Island Stage Left regarding their upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet… Star-crossed lovers and civil brawls will grace the Island Stage Left stages on this, its eighteenth year of “Shakespeare Under the Stars”. The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is a timeless tale of young love, hot blood  Continue Reading


Dodie Gann Dog Walk Winners

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

While Saturday’s weather wasn’t ideal for walking dogs, several supporters of the animal shelter showed up to participate in the Third Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk at the site of the future animal shelter on Cattle Point Road. Three grand prizes were awarded to those who raised the most money in sponsorships. Marilyn Corrie was  Continue Reading


Getting Dusty and Talkin’ Back to The Man

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 9:55 am, by

Spring Street International School shares this story about their upcoming play Tumbleweed People in No Mans Land… Tom Edgar Hobbs: “My father sold bibles door to door. They were so beautiful, with their gold edges and whisper-thin paper like angel wings. But I could see poor folks buying them because they thought we must’ve done  Continue Reading


SJCT Summer Film Series

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 9:54 am, by

Note: Start time has been corrected to 7:30 on this series – Larry Soll shares this with us… Well fellow islanders, The curtain is going up for the Tuesday Night Film Series at San Juan Community Theatre. Beginning June 21st and for ten Tuesdays, we will screen a special movie beginning at 7:30 pm in the  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

My name is Patches, and I’m here to speak on behalf of fluffy cats everywhere. There is a common misconception that fluffy cats, like myself, are fat. Or Tubby, obese, husky, rotund, beefy, stout, roly-poly, portly, plump, corpulent, yes – and even jelly-bellied. I’ve heard them all. What people fail to recognize is that fluffy  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Chamber Music Festival

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Cellist Sasha von Dassow – a former member of the Florida Orchestra and music director and conductor of the North Port Symphony – returns with his second annual festival and a goal “to provide a traditional chamber music experience that brings full length, professional performances of great works to San Juan Island.” Each of the  Continue Reading

Polecat rocks the Rumor Mill Sunday night

Polecat at the Rumor Mill

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm, by

It’s always a good time at the Rumor Mill! Join us to cap off a glorious weekend – 8:00 pm Sunday, May 29th.

The view looking southwest from the top of Mt. Young - Tim Dustrude photo

Hike Young Hill on National Trails Day

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

June 4th is National Trails Day, a Saturday to celebrate being outdoors on a trail. The American Hiking Society started this annual celebration to honor the many ways trails connect Americans to the land and to each other. Whether one is on foot, on a bicycle, on horseback, or in a kayak or canoe, June  Continue Reading


San Juan County Parks Drone Policy In Effect

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

San Juan County has adopted an Unmanned Aircraft System (“drone”) policy for County parks and the fairgrounds. Beginning on February 2, 2016, the launching, landing, or operating of unmanned aircraft systems from or on all San Juan County Parks & Fairgrounds property is prohibited, unless authorized by special permit issued by the Parks & Fair  Continue Reading

Sheila Harley photo

The First Wildland Fire of the Year

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer for SJI Fire/Rescue shares this announcment… At approximately 1:43 PM the afternoon of May 27, 2016 the first wildland fire of the year on San Juan Island was reported burning near #2 School House Road. Responding units included a Type 3 brush truck, three command units, two water tenders, a  Continue Reading


Footprint Review

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

The County invites you to play along and contribute to the accuracy of their maps… For hundreds of years, humans have used maps for navigating to new worlds, charting unknown locations and recording histories. Today, the county uses building footprints in maps for dispatching emergency responders, planning land use designations, appraising property values and designing  Continue Reading

Construction Sales 2008-2015

How Are We Doing?

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley First quarter 2016 If you’ve ever wanted to be a plumber, now’s the time. Judging from the number of radio ads I’ve heard recently for plumbers, HVAC technicians, and other tradesmen, business is booming. That’s good news, and it’s evident in retail sales  Continue Reading

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