Mmmmmmm!!! Delicious homemade Blueberry Pie! - Photo courtesy of Janelle Bendycki Photography:

The FHES PTO raises $6200 in Pie Booth at County Fair!

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Over 60 volunteers served up approximately 1,200 slices of donated pies for the first fundraiser of the newly established FHES PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). A very big THANK YOU from the FHES PTO Board and Pie Booth Committee! “We are so grateful to the community and the outpouring of support, from pie bakers and servers,  Continue Reading


Nicole Harling Cancer Fund

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Just heard that Nikkie Harling is fighting cancer. She’s a 43 year old single mother of 2. You can donate to help them out financially through an account set up for her at Islander’s Bank or through this online GoFundMe Account.


Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Gifts for NPS on it’s 100th Birthday

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Honored guests on Thursday at the English Camp celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service were members of the Lummi and Saanich Nations from Washington and British Columbia. Their families had lived on San Juan Island or visited here for centuries before the Pig War of 1859-72. At least 200 persons, including many children,  Continue Reading

The view toward Friday Harbor from Mount Grant - Tim Dustrude photo

Reach the Top!

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

Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers 360-degree views of valleys, lakes, straits, mountains, soaring raptors and wind-gnarled Douglas firs. It’s a  Continue Reading

Steven Warren photo

“Antarctic Ice & Climate” Public Lecture

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Join the UW Program on Climate Change and Friday Harbor Laboratories for this two-part public lecture followed by refreshments and conversation featuring Stephen Warren and Kyle Armour on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Labs Dining Hall. Climate of the Antarctic Ice Sheet presented by Stephen Warren, UW Most  Continue Reading


Fire Danger “High”

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Fire Risk Status “HIGH” – Only Recreational Fires Allowed Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has changed its fire risk status from “EXTREME” to “HIGH. This will limit burning to recreational fires only.


Call For Sculptures

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park has an open call (year round) for new works. The process is simple. Send us an email with a photo of an existing work that you offer for exhibition. Our jury will review and respond within 1 week. You need not include any biographical information. Our selections are made based  Continue Reading

Geology on Mount Grant - Contributed photo

Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Explore the geology of Mount Grant Preserve! Local geologist, Julia Turney, will lead an interpretive walk up the Mount Grant access road, stopping to look at rock exposures and geologic features. Over the course of the walk, Julia will unearth the general geology of the San Juan Islands, the geologic history of Mount Grant Preserve,  Continue Reading


Council Congratulates NPS

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its August 25, 2016 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961 which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding. We recognize the National Park Service’s dedication to  Continue Reading


Opalco Receives $1,000,000

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Opalco Awarded $1 Million Grant For Grid Modernization From WA Clean Energy Fund OPALCO’s spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the Co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund (CEF). OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle  Continue Reading


Summer Film Series

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Larry Soll shares this about the Summer Film Series at SJCT… Fellow Film Buffs, The home stretch, only two weeks left to our inaugural season. I am happy to report that the Theatre has agreed to host the Summer Film Series again next year. So please make a point of thanking Bobby Ryan, Mary Blevins,  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Bond. James Bond. Nah, just fooling. But, I am an international man of mystery. My name is Leno. I can’t tell you my last name because that would be indiscreet. I’m a Russian Blue cat, but I defected when an informant told me about Fancy Feast. I currently reside at the Animal Protection Society of  Continue Reading


Remembering 9/11

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001… This year our Nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication,  Continue Reading


EMS – SJI Fire District

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Because of a good deal of conversation during and since the recent EMS levy vote, the public hospital district board has asked a committee to study integration of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) with the San Juan Island Fire District. The EMS was a part of the Fire District until a few years ago, and  Continue Reading


Construction Update: Week of August 29th, 2016

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor – Waterline Replacement Project Locations of work: Underground construction is complete except for tie-in locations This week, Contractor is scheduled to tie-in the new waterline at the following locations: Douglas and San Juan Valley Rd. Spring St. at the Water Maintenance Facility San Juan Valley Rd. near the EMS/Hospital Work Days/Hours  Continue Reading

Sam and Chauncy Cox - Photo by Lowell Jons

8.8k Run Results

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Island Rec has posted complete 8.8k Run results if you want to see them – They are at Also, in the photo above is 14-year-old overall winner Chauncey Cox (Right, with 2 medals), and 11-year-old Sam Cox, who took second in his age group.


Mayor Lacher Receives AWC’s Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 10:09 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher was recently awarded the Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership (CML) by the Association of Washington Cities. Mayor Lacher earned the certificate by completing over 60 learning credits through several workshops and meetings offered by the AWC to mayors and council members of Washington cities and towns. The CML program includes training on  Continue Reading


SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am, by

Extra, Extra! Read All About It! An e-version of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s August 2016 Island Dispatch newsletter is now live on the web. Click here to view it. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find: Guardians Forever: Monitoring SJPT’s 226 (and counting) conservation easements is a big job that we take very seriously. Plus, What Is a  Continue Reading


You did it again! Thank you!

Posted on August 27, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2016 San Juan County Fair when over $28,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foundation, in turn, will match those  Continue Reading


Back To Ballet Event August 28

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm, by

Salish Sea Ballet invites dancers of all ages, and their families, to attend our Back To Ballet Event on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Stop by to register for fall classes, enjoy refreshments, and take a free trial class! Meet the studio owner and faculty, and find out what makes our classes so popular among island dancers. Free  Continue Reading


Historic Sailing Vessel Visiting Friday Harbor

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

You’re invited to celebrate the arrival of the ketch, Golden Rule, in Friday Harbor. She will be stopping over on her way from the Vancouver Wooden Boat Show to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Purchased by the Quakers in 1958, she gained international recognition for her attempt to sail into the nuclear test zone in  Continue Reading

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