M/V Samish enters the harbor with "Sentinel" escorting - Tim Dustrude photo

M/V Samish

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm, by

Updated – Click the link below to see more photos submitted by Aaron Shepard… The newest Washington State Ferry M/V Samish made it’s inaugural run from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on Sunday morning, June 14th, and was greeted by the SJC Sheriff/Fire boat “Sentinel” for an escort into the harbor complete with water cannons. On hand  Continue Reading


Bikers4Orcas Fundraiser

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 11:19 am, by

Bikers4Orcas San Juan Island Fundraiser Poker Run – June 28, 2015 Bikers4Orcas (B4O) is an international group of motorcyclists who will be riding to heighten awareness of the plight of orcas in captivity around the globe on June 28, 2015. B4O San Juan Island will ride that day for Tokitae aka Lolita, a member of  Continue Reading


Volunteer for Triathlon/Marathon

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 11:11 am, by

As beneficiary of the San Juan Island Triathlon and Marathon, Purple and Gold of Friday Harbor High School is organizing volunteers for the events June 20 and 21st. If you’ve volunteered in the past you know what fun it is to be at aid stations or course directional markers. Plus, all volunteers receive an event t-shirt and are  Continue Reading


A sense of place: 2015 San Juan Island Garden Tour

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm, by

Here’s a Garden Tour invitation for you from Fiona Norris and Linda Thompson… Two gardens on the shoreline, one vintage home set in an oak grove, one whimsical house and garden, and a garden literally on the rocks. These are the treats in store in the 2015 Garden Tour, coordinated by the San Juan Island Garden Consortium,  Continue Reading


Birth Announcement: Kelly Ann Schoultz

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Vera and Olsen Schoultz are excited to announce the birth of their little sister, Kelly Ann. Kelly was born at Island Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm. She weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21.1 inches long. Kelly is the daughter of Scott and Alisa Schoultz and granddaughter to Mike and  Continue Reading

FRIENDS of the San Juans’ staff and board proudly accept the $100,000 grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation - Contributed photo

$100K for Friends

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Washington Women’s Foundation Awards Friends Of The San Juans $100,000 To Increase Shipping Safety Standards In The Salish Sea Washington Women’s Foundation has awarded a grant of $100,000 to the FRIENDS of the San Juans to increase shipping safety standards in the Salish Sea, which will reduce oil spill risks and other impacts to wildlife,  Continue Reading

Chipper available - Contributed photo

Firewise Chipper Available on San Juan Island

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Fire Rescue and the Firefighters Association are sponsoring a chipper rental assistance program for active Firewise Communities and communities that are in the process of joining the program on San Juan Island. Firewise is a national project designed to help communities that are located in fire hazard areas in the United States.  Continue Reading

The ferry Samish at the auxiliary dock in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

Welcome the New Ferry M/V Samish

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan County Council and the Town of Friday Harbor will be welcoming the M/V Samish on her official maiden voyage to the San Juan Islands. The Welcome begins at 9:45 AM on Sunday, June 14th at the Friday Harbor ferry terminal. Musical entertainment will be provided by the San Juan Jazz Quintet followed by  Continue Reading


Letter From the County Council

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Dear Editor, Eight months ago the County Council passed a resolution making San Juan County a voluntary Leave No Trace Area to facilitate the protection and preservation of our natural environment for all people- current and future generations. San Juan County is the first and only county in the nation to adopt these principles. We are  Continue Reading

"Dinner" - John Miller photo

Swallow with Dinner

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

John Miller shares this photo he captured of a swallow with dinner in his mouth. Here’s John with more… Tim – Don’t often see what the swallow’s that cruise our pond eat. That said, this fellow has captured a dragonfly and is ready to bring it to the nest. John


Chamber Chat

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s the June edition of Chamber Chat, by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. By the looks of last weekend in town, the summer crowds are already arriving on our beautiful island. The summer months are always such a crazy and tiring time period for the business  Continue Reading


Island Rec CPR and First Aid

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Just a few more days to register… Get Certified for the Summer! Upon successful completion of First Aid and CPR you will walk away with life-saving skills and have a first aid certification from the American Heart Association and/or a CPR certification, which are valid for two years. This is an ideal class for parents, babysitters, volunteer coaches  Continue Reading

Roadriggers is Back! - SJ Update photo


Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Roadriggers is back! They’ve been open down there at the Front Street location since Memorial Day weekend. But they’re up on top on what used to be the front parking area. They will be open 7 days a week from 11:00 am until late afternoon (closing time depends on how busy they are).


SJCT Seeks Directors for 2016 Plays

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:31 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Artistic Director Bobby Ryan is calling for proposals from islanders interested in directing a play at SJCT during 2016. Ryan is scheduling the Theatre’s winter and fall plays and the popular Spring Musical and would like to hear from folks excited about directing a particular production. Potential directors are asked  Continue Reading

Windermere San Juan Island Community Service Day 2015, Mullis Center beautification project - Contributed photo

Windermere SJI Community Service Day

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

Here’s a note to the community from Tamara over at Windermere… Hi, Tim! Every year since 1984, Windermere associates have dedicated a day of work to complete neighborhood improvement projects as part of Windermere’s Community Service Day. Creating vibrant communities is one of the things that inspire all of us at Windermere to be involved  Continue Reading


Family Art Days This Summer at IMA

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Family Art Days are Back! And now they’re in town, in the orchard beside the new IMA building. A longtime tradition, Family Art Days give kids and families a fun and free creative outdoor project each Saturday throughout the summer, starting July 4th. Each Family Art Day is led by an island artist. Drop in  Continue Reading

LCPL Michael Vargas - Contributed photo

Michael Vargas – Marine R.I.P.

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this sad news… I received a very sad phone call yesterday. Michael Vargas who served his country with honor and disctintion in Afghanistan, returned home and began raising a family. He was killed in a motorcycle accident and leaves behind a wife and 8 month old daughter. LCPL Michael Vargas is the  Continue Reading


Save Ferris!

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Time: 9:50pm, Parking and Concessions open at 8:30pm. Admission: $5/person, family of 5/$20, ages 5 and under FREE. Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara,  Continue Reading

The Mausolem - Aaron Shepard photo


Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Local photographer Aaron Shepard was out at the Mausoleum out by Roche recently and shot this cool photo to share with SJ Update readers. Great shot Aaron – Thanks for sharing!

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

Pet of the Week

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

Move over, Brad Pitt, there’s a new heart throb in town….ME! I’m Skippy, aka “Skippy the Wonder Dog”. I may be small, and yes, now that you mention it, I may only have three of the legs I originally came with – but trust, me – that hasn’t slowed me down a bit. I’m only  Continue Reading


Chosen: Stephanie’s Story

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Editor’s note – This post covers material that is not your happy, good news type of stuff that you usually read on the Update. Stephanie’s story is disturbing, and it illustrates why this upcoming community education event on June 24th at SJCT is so important. More on that at the end of the post… Stephanie’s Story On my  Continue Reading


Service Scholarship Awards

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

With graduation ceremonies behind us, we close the books on a big year for the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Program. The program is designed to inspire young men and women to become active volunteers and give back to our community. This year we awarded twenty-three (yes, that number is correct) $1,000 scholarships to graduating  Continue Reading

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