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Posted on May 13, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Did you notice that the dates this week up until the 19th are all the same both forwards and backwards? (if you don’t slash and dash). Check this out: 5/12/15 5/13/15 5/14/15 5/15/15 5/16/15 5/17/15 5/18/15 5/19/15 51215 51315 51415 51515 51615 51715 51815 51915 Amaze your friends with this great fun brought to you by  Continue Reading


Videos from SJI Prevention Coalition

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s Rock Solid Youth Group recently published some Public Safety Announcement videos on YouTube. Fun stuff with important messages that the kids did themselves (with a little bit of help from some grownups). One is about wearing helmets (above) and the other is all about being sure to wear a  Continue Reading


Advantage Horsemanship with Scott Purdum

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

Does the name Scott Purdum ring a bell? If you are an avid horse-lover, or have ever watched RFDTV, then you have heard of Scott Purdum’s amazing show, Advantage Horsemanship! The San Juan County Fairgrounds is excited to have Scott himself come all the way from Maryland to lend his horsemanship skills in a two-day  Continue Reading

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PIMC Fireside Chats: Advance Directives

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

Advance directives for health care topic of free community education program Ross Fewing, director of the Center for Mission at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, will discuss “Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care” on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in a free, public community education program hosted by PeaceHealth Peace Island  Continue Reading

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 5:33 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has named Ed Sawyer, “Volunteer of the Month” for May. Ed is a favorite among dogs at the animal shelter because he shows up every day, rain or shine, to walk them – and always with treats in his pockets! The board of directors and staff of the  Continue Reading

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FHFF Tuesday Films: Return of the River

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

Return of the River, the capstone film of the Friday Harbor Film Festival’s 2015 Winter Film Series, is on tap to be screened at the San Juan Island Grange on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Friday Harbor Film Festival’s 2014 Audience Choice Award Winner for Favorite Film, Return of the River tells the  Continue Reading


Hanging Basket Class

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Island Rec has cancelled their hanging basket class previously scheduled for May 16th at 10:00 am. The San Juan Island Garden Club, to make use of the supplies purchased for the class, will have an alternative class. Date:   May 16, 2015 Place: 1785 Douglas Road #42 – The Oaks Time:   10:00 AM Instructor: Theresa Hill, Master  Continue Reading

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School District Thanks IMA for Support

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan Island School District is grateful for San Juan Islands Museum of Art annual support for the middle school art program According to SJISD Superintendent Rick Thompson, “The San Juan Island School District is very grateful and would like to formally thank the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) for their annual and  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

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

Believe me, girls – I’m just as shocked as you are that I’m still here at the animal shelter. It’s been months! Cray-cray, right?   I’m by far the prettiest girl here, and I absolutely adore greeting people in the lobby! If I have to watch another, less-attractive cat get adopted I think I’ll just scream.  Continue Reading


Island Rec Commissioners say “Thanks!”

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Dear Editor, On behalf of Island Rec, San Juan Island School District, the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, and the other groups, organizations, and individuals who have worked so hard to fund and develop the new community park on Carter Avenue, we want to thank our island voters for a fantastic turnout and a strong positive  Continue Reading

Volunteer Mounted Posse Formation Meeting

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a letter from Amy Herdy… Dear San Juan Update, Could you help me get the word out about the following… Sheriff Ron Krebs has given the official green light for a San Juan County volunteer sheriff’s mounted posse. The purpose of the posse (say that fast ten times!) is to help with community outreach  Continue Reading

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Lynn Danaher Checks in from Polynesia

Posted on May 10, 2015 at 11:29 am, by

Lynn Danaher of the Friday Harbor Film Festival sends this update from half way across the Pacific Ocean… Raivavae Research Program May 2015 One of the ways funds are generated to assist with the Friday Harbor Film Festival is by leading expeditions for an adventurous few to remote Polynesia. I took a small group to  Continue Reading

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Little Spotted Fawns

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

Here’s a note from Shona over at Wolf Hollow about all the little fawns out and about these days… Hello I was wondering if you could post this article about fawns. We are receiving calls from people who are worried because they have seen fawns “all on their own”, and we would like to remind people  Continue Reading


“Town Hall” meeting on Ferry Reservations

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

The Ferry Advisory Committee and San Juan County Council invite the public to a Reservations “Town Hall” meeting on Lopez Island, Tuesday May 19 from 4pm to 6pm at the Lopez Community Center. WSF representatives will be on hand, along with FAC and County Council members, to present an update on reservations, answer questions, and listen  Continue Reading

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Moonlight Sinatra

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm, by

Jimmy Moe is back  for more “Moonlight Sinatra” crooning – ‘Old Blue Eyes’ this Saturday afternoon from at San Juan Vineyards out on Roche Harbor Road, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and then again on Sunday at the Rumor Mill, 175 First Street, starting at 6:30 pm. Maybe it’s his bright blue eyes, or maybe it’s  Continue Reading


Town seeks proposals from graphic artists and videographers to complete two projects.

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals to design a new Town logo and to create an informational video. According to Administrator Duncan Wilson, the Town is seeking an updated logo design that better reflects the creative and vital personality of the community. Over the past several months a committee has been working to  Continue Reading

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Bill Williams Running for Hospital District Commissioner

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:56 am, by

I am announcing my candidacy for the San Juan County Public Hospital District Board election this November. I have been an island resident for fifteen years. Prior to coming to SJI, I spent thirty years managing hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and medical insurance companies, in civilian and military settings. I earned my BS degree  Continue Reading

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Bald Eagle

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here are a couple of beautiful photos of a Bald Eagle that Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Charters photographed the other day. What a beautiful bird – thanks for sharing Jim!

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New Laundromat in Town

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

There’s a new laundromat in Town. Actually it’s a rebirth of the old laundromat. Sunshine Laundries has moved into the place right by Brickworks where the old laundromat was. The space has been cleaned up and has all Brand-New equipment – it looks very nice inside. They are not offering dry cleaning as they had before, but rather  Continue Reading

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FHHS Sailing Team Fundraiser

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Nigel Oswald inviting you to the Sailing Team fundraiser… I was wondering if you could put a notice on the Update for the High School Sailing team fundraiser next week? I have attached the flyer but the details are as follows: Date: Thursday May 14th, 5.30 PM Location: San Juan Island  Continue Reading


Barbara Sharp Running for Hospital District Commissioner

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

I have been a full-time island resident since October 2002, and a property owner since 1978. Like many islanders, I came here to visit and was instantly smitten with this special place and fine community.   Accordingly, I wish to serve as a Commissioner on the San Juan County Public Hospital District Board to ensure our  Continue Reading

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Seriously Funny: Humor, Film & Philosophy with Mike Van Quickenborne

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Mike Van Quickenborne is a Philosophy instructor at Everett Community College, and organizer of the world’s first philosophical film festival, “Philosophy in the Dark.” Can films teach us about philosophy? Is what we feel while watching a film linked to what we learn? Film holds tremendous power to shape the thoughts of audience members. Audience  Continue Reading

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