Road Construction on Tucker - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

What to Expect on Tucker Ave This Week

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 5:24 am, by

Thanks to Town Clerk Amy Taylor for this Update on Tucker… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 Construction Update – Week of August 8th Project task(s): The crew will complete preparing the roadway for pavement and will commence paving. Paving is scheduled to last three days starting Tuesday and concluding Thursday. Street Closure: Tucker Avenue & Guard St  Continue Reading


Waterline Replacement on Wold and San Juan Valley Roads

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 5:17 am, by

Town Clerk Amy Taylor tells us what to expect this coming week on Wold and San Juan Valley Roads…  Town of Friday Harbor Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update: Week of August 8th, 2016 Location(s) of work: San Juan County is scheduled to begin chip seal restoration on Monday. They will begin at Wold Rd. and  Continue Reading

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Baking Department at Fair Needs Judges and Volunteers

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 5:12 am, by

Superintendent Kris Brown sends out a request… There’s no tastier place to be than the Baking Department at the upcoming San Juan County Fair. Superintendent Kris Brown has made it easier to lend a hand (or your tastebuds) by keeping shifts short, the responsibilities to a minimum and putting sign up on-line. Judges are still needed  Continue Reading

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Music in the Parks Friday

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

From our National Historical Parks… San Juan Island National Historical Park is proud to host Music in the American Wild, August 5, during their Pacific Northwest National Park Tour. Friday, August 5 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – American Camp Parade Grounds 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – English Camp Barracks

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Weaving Weekend at English Camp

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

From our National Historical Parks… Are you interested in learning how raw wool becomes a sweater or blanket? Join us Saturday and Sunday for Weaving Weekend! Join San Juan Island National Historical Park for a weekend of spinning and weaving! Cowlitz tribe member Judy Bridges and her husband Bill will demonstrate cattail basket weaving throughout  Continue Reading


Washington State Ferries to Host Community Meetings

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Public Meetings from August 9 -11 will be hosted by the office of Washington State Ferries.  The purpose of the meetings are to discuss topics of interest regarding the Washington State Ferry system with WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith. Griffith will speak to attendees on current topics of interest regarding the Washington State ferry system. The  Continue Reading

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Artist’s Reception for Michael Dickter, Robin & John Gumaelius

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Ruth Often tells us about an art opening at Waterworks Gallery…   Meet the artists at a reception Saturday, August 6 from 4 – 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. Robin & John’s ceramic sculptures marry themes & techniques to tell stories. Using Elizabethan collars, large heads, movable madrona arms, and richly colored glazes, the  Continue Reading


Saturday’s Movie in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

We hear about this fun event from Morgan Johnston at Island Rec… Island Rec features FREE Movies in Sunken Park on Saturday evenings in July & August beginning at dusk. Island Rec’s Free Movies in the Park series for 2016 is in full swing. For week two, we are showing How to Train Your Dragon  Continue Reading


Letters About Primary Election

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 4:20 am, by

You can see a list of letters from individuals at the link below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Click here


Update Editor Tim Dustrude is Home

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Update editor Tim Dustrude is resting at home following all-day surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on July 25 for an anomaly in his carotid artery. He’s not quite ready to tackle the editorial responsibilities of the San Juan Update, and wants to thank and praise Peggy Sue McRae for jumping in and taking  Continue Reading

Ferry Sing - Nancy DeVaux Photo

Ferry Sing Happening This Evening

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

Nancy DeVaux of Sound Vibrations invites you to enjoy a musical ferry ride this evening Thursday, August 4th… Walk aboard the inter-island ferry, bring a picnic dinner, and appreciate a free, scenic cruise aboard the Washington State ferry while enjoying the harmonies of two island acapella singing groups this Thursday evening for their annual “Ferry sing”.  The groups,  Continue Reading

Alejandra Zacci - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Aqua Zumba With Alejandra Zacci

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Alejandra Zacci, has a loyal following for her Aqua Zumba class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the San Juan Fitness Club pool. Many of us came at first for the fitness benefits but we keep coming back for the fun and camaraderie. For a person like me who generally hates to exercise there is something about  Continue Reading

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Bat Chat by Moonlight with UW PhD Candidate, Rochelle Kelly

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

We hear from Tanja Williamson at the Land Bank about this unique opportunity to learn about our local bats on Sunday, August 14 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Zylsatra Lake… This special evening field trip, led by biologist Rochelle Kelly, is an opportunity to learn about the island’s local bat species and how they fit  Continue Reading

Drugstore Mural 1972 - Tom Brudenell Photo

How the Drugstore Mural Looked in 1972

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

If you follow the Update you may remember the recent post, Origins of the Drugstore Mural “For Love of an Island” with a story by Lori Stokes about how she discovered the story behind the mural. Lori now sends us photographs from 1972 that show the entire mural… From Lori Stokes… Here are two photos of the original drug  Continue Reading

Pie - Margaret Bell Photo

Calling All Pie Bakers!

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Tanja Williamson puts out a call for pies… Bake your favorite fruit pie!   Not a baker?   Help serve slices at the Fair! The FHES PTO Pie Booth is open for business at the Fair this year August 17 – 20th…. But we need Island volunteer power to pull it off! There are two ways you can help: bake pies at  Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Rebates Available From OPALCO

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

A message from Suzanne Olson, Public Relations Administrator at Orcas Power & Light Cooperative… Summer is a great time to take on efficiency projects and rebates for appliances (heat pump water heaters, clothes washers) and heat pumps (ductless and ducted) are still available. Rebate funding is expected to run out by September and additional funding may  Continue Reading

Tiger Football and Cheer - Mark Gardener Photo

Tiger Football and Cheer Practice Begins

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

A message from Shannon Wilson…  FHAA would like Islanders to know that Tiger Football and Cheer practice starts this week.  If you have not registered yet that’s ok!  Contact Shannon Wilson at wilsons (@) rock island (.) com with questions and to find out practice times.  GO TIGERS!!!!!!

Dr. Eugene Kozloff, 2006 - Courtesy of Kathleen Ballard Photography

Dr. Eugene Kozloff, A Man of Science and Inspiration

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 5:24 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society… In a year of 50th anniversaries on the island, the San Juan Historical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary of the opening of its Museum in 1966, and crowds cheered for the 50 year old San Juan Island National Historical Park in this year’s 4th of July parade. Did you  Continue Reading

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San Juan Island Conservation Corp Takes on the Mighty Thistle

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 5:16 am, by

Our thanks to Theresa Simendinger for this tale of the San Juan Island Conservation Corp Thistle Slayers… First mighty crew of thistle slayers; Luke Erickson, Erik Ryan, Matt Wickey:crew leader, Joshua May, Luke Fincher, Zach Fincher,high school crew leader in training,who has been in SJICC all 5 years of its existence. Our Own SJI CC Thistle Slayers by Theresa Simendinger  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week: Bear

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Thanks to Jan Murphy at the Animal Shelter for this message… C’mon in! The water is just fine! I’m Bear and I’m a new arrival here at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. I’m about ¾ Golden Retriever, so that explains my good looks. My favorite pastimes include, but are not limited to, playing fetch, swimming, playing fetch,  Continue Reading

Flagger Vicki Hebert - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

More Construction on Tucker Avenue

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

I come into town via the Roche Harbor Road and Tucker Avenue so have become accustomed to taking the Larson Street detour or driving through the dust and heavy equipment to get to Guard Street. Every single time I’ve been greeted with a friendly wave and smile from flagger Vicki Hebert. It never fails to lift my  Continue Reading

Road Work Ahead - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Road Work Ahead on Spring Street and San Juan Valley Rd.

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Traffic was a little slow this afternoon heading out of town on Spring Street. We heard from Town Clerk Amy Taylor about what we can expect this week… Town of Friday Harbor Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update. What to expect week of August 1st. Location(s) of work: The new waterline has been installed from the WTP on Wold Rd.  Continue Reading

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