Laurie Orton

New Library Director

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 11:50 am, by

Good news from Beth Helstien at the library: The Board of Trustees of the San Juan Island Library has announced the selection of Laurie Orton as its new library director. She was selected from nearly forty candidates who applied for the position during a regional and nationwide search. Orton most recently served as branch manager  Continue Reading

Into the Wood Cast

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Who’s Cinderella?  Who’s Jack in the Beanstalk?  Who’s the wretched witch? Director Margaret Hall and musical director Jim Collado now have a cast for this April and May’s spring musical at San Juan Community Theatre: Into the Woods (written by Stephen Sondheim). If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s an interesting take on fairytales and how  Continue Reading

It’s at The Bean

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Political Speed Dating at The Bean Cafe! On Wednesday January 23rd from 2:30-5:00 The Bean Cafe will host the event “Political Speed Dating”. At this event the majority of the current County Council candidates will be seated at separate tables. Members of the community are invited to come and spend a little time with each  Continue Reading


What’s going on….

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 5:09 am, by

Jan Murphy over at Wolf Hollow has this tidbit for you: Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center plans to start sending out e-updates about “Happenings at the Hollow” and invite those who would like to receive these updates to email: Jmurphy [@] wolfhollowwildlife [.] org. Once we have your email address on file you’ll receive photos  Continue Reading

There is still time to comment on the proposed coal terminal, but not much

There’s still time

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm, by

The deadline for scoping comments on the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal is Tuesday, January 22, at 5:00 PM. Also, there was an email issue that has now been resolved according to the website, but they are now requesting comments be submitted via the Comment Form on their website.

John Bostrom applies the new colors

Painting the theater red…

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 5:59 am, by

… or Caliente… Did you get over to the Community Theater this week? Diana Mancel tells us that John Bostrom has been very busy over there with ladders, drop cloths, buckets and paint brushes. Here she is with her take on it all… The new colors are Raisin and Caliente – a deep purple and  Continue Reading


Posted on January 17, 2013 at 5:58 am, by

Island Rec wants to know… are you interested in Snowshoeing? Morgan Johnston has more… It looks like our snowshoeing program might get cancelled if we can’t get 6 more people to sign up. The info is as follows: Snowshoeing -Ages 18 and up -Fee: $71.00, includes transportation, equipment, and instruction -2 Trip Dates: January 27th and  Continue Reading

Sylvia with her grandchildren

Sylvia checks in

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 5:57 am, by

Sylvia Chesley Smith, Life Coach and Counselor, would like to introduce herself to you and offer her services. And for those of you on San Juan, don’t let the Lopez phone number throw you, she does have an office in Friday Harbor. Here’s Sylvia with more… Greetings and Happy New Year! The New Year is  Continue Reading

DVSAS training coming up

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 5:56 am, by

Domestic violence and sexual assault are important but difficult issues to face. The non-profit agency, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) will be facilitating a series of trainings to help broaden community awareness and to help people prepare for careers working with survivors of abuse or volunteering to assist with crisis line work. You as a community  Continue Reading


Job opening at the Library

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 5:55 am, by

The San Juan Island Library is seeking a Program Associate to design and implement innovative programming for adult library patrons based on priorities established with the Library Director.

Friday Harbor High School's production of Studs Terkel's "Working", opens this week at the Community Theater

Working really works

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm, by

There is still time to get tickets for this new play Thursday night. Diana Mancel attended a rehearsal last Wednesday at the Community Theater and she has this to report: Studs Terkel once said he was “celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated.”  That is certainly an apt description of his play, Working, being presented by Jane  Continue Reading

L - R: Jill Johnson, Ann Jarrell and Louisa Nishitani - John Dustrude Photo

Disseminating the Information

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 5:07 am, by

Roving Update reporter Louise Dustrude got a chance to catch up with Jill, Ann and Louisa to find out what they were up to, and she turns in this report: Wearing orange safety vests, Louisa Nishitani, Ann Jarrell, and Jill Johnson were working the ferry lanes on Monday, handing out information about the proposed Cherry  Continue Reading

Supply Chain Management Training Available

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:57 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council, in partnership with the Island County EDC and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, for APICS training in supply chain management. The grant covers full scholarships for Island, San Juan and Skagit County residents to attend  Continue Reading


Please pass the Sea Salt…

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm, by

San Juan Island sea salt, that is. You know Brady Ryan, right? Captain of FHHS Soccer team, in what was it… 2003? He’s created a new business on the island called Ryan Farm, LLC and his first product has just arrived at the Co-op… Sea Salt! Right out of Griffin Bay, dried on his farm  Continue Reading


Last Chance Art Sale

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm, by

Have you seen Vivien Burnett’s artwork? She has some really fun and beautiful stuff and this weekend she’s opening her studio for refreshments and offering great prices on selected prints. Here’s Vivien with more: Come Join Artist Vivien Burnett at her studio 24 Hubbard Lane, Friday Harbor this Saturday and Sunday January 19th & 20th,  Continue Reading

The SJCB alums gather at Jackson's Beach last August: L to R: Ramona Jones, Joyce Buffum (Lopez), Jan Champlin, Brian Brown, Linda Begnal, Maya Corrie (seated), Carma Avey, Leslie Brennan, Diane Buganski (hidden), Judy Cornell, Marlene Crosby, Marilyn Corrie

Remember San Juan County Bank?

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:51 am, by

The island’s oldest bank merged with Key Bank twenty years ago, but it’s been a custom of the former employees to have periodic reunions to stay in touch. Here’s the scoop from Marilyn Corrie: We thought your readers might enjoy this little bit of community trivia. Many will remember San Juan County Bank (SJCB), which  Continue Reading

"Voices from our Youth"  Please join the Spring Street Middle School Students for 25 minutes this Thursday for a sweet experience.

Voices From Our Youth

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 5:06 am, by

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This Saturday: Contra Dance at the Grange!

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 1:29 am, by

A train carrying coal passes through Bellingham's Fairhaven district on its way to the Westshore coal terminal in BC. With a proposed new coal terminal in Bellingham, train shipments through Washington State are set to increase dramatically. (Photo by Paul K. Anderson) And thanks to and for the information.

Coal Terminal Letter Writing Party

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm, by

Katie Fleming over at the Friends of the San Juans wanted me to pass along this invitation to attend their “Last Chance Coal Comment Party” for the Gateway Pacific Terminal: The San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea will be at the center of the marine impacts resulting from increased shipping of coal exports. Concerned  Continue Reading

"Fluke" sculpture by Micajah Bienvenu - Tim Dustrude photo


Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Check out the beautiful new sculpture in town when you can. “Fluke” by local artist Micajah Bienvenu, was just installed Thursday morning on the rock outcropping just across from the ferry lanes. If you can’t get down there anytime soon, click on these photos. And be sure to read the Press Release from the Town below:  Continue Reading

MIke and Ike - This week's pets of the Week

Pet of the Week x2

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:27 am, by

Jan Murphy over at the Animal Shelter sent over this notice about this week’s pets of the week: One look at Mike and Ike and you have to agree – these are handsome boys.  These guys are the best!  They are quiet, have perfect manners and are extremely good-natured, happy dogs.  They greet everyone with  Continue Reading

Suzie Thomas is offering a Free Workshop on how to choose not to Suffer

Choose Not to Suffer

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm, by

How to choose to suffer (or not) in day to day life Suzie Thomas, who recently returned to Friday Harbor after 30 years away, will be offering a free 3-evening workshop at Griffin Bay Bookstore. Suzie will teach three simple keys which, if practiced, will immediately lessen much of the emotional and mental suffering inherent  Continue Reading

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