Fly and Shop!

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

Check out what Westwind Aviation is offering this holiday season… A Day to shop in Downtown Seattle via Westwind Aviation! Take in Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Westlake Center. Maybe hop over to Pike’s Place or the Seattle Center. Your own personal charter flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle’s Boeing Field including town car service to/from Boeing Field  Continue Reading


If These Walls Could Talk….

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Historic Tour of the Whale Museum (Originally known as the Odd Fellows Hall) Join Robin Jacobson on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6pm for an insightful “if these walls could talk … and sometimes they do” presentation and tour of the historic Odd Fellow Hall Building, today known as The Whale Museum. Hear about the murder trial of  Continue Reading

Photo taken on December 10, 2010 - Capt. Jim Maya

December Orca

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:55 am, by

Another beautiful day – another beautiful photo from Captain Jim. And here’s his message for you today… Just a reminder that we do see Orcas in every month of the year. And we have a covered boat with a heater. And I love to take folks out to see our amazing wildlife all year long!  Continue Reading


Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:50 am, by

Shop local and support our library! The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale is December 14, 10 am to 2 pm, in the San Juan Island Library conference room. There will be a selection of specialty books, individually priced and suitable for gifts, including a number of history books focusing on World War II.  Continue Reading


SJI Rotary Helps Philippines

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Island Rotary Club helps Philippine relief effort to provide safe drinking water Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful cyclones in history, struck Southeast Asia last month, wreaking havoc on the Philippines. This Category 5 storm caused more than 5,000 fatalities and left devastation in its wake. Survivors faced immediate threats from lack  Continue Reading


Raffle Winners

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:40 am, by

Stacey Brown and Elizabeth Halsey were the lucky winners of Katherine Close’s raffle for her Community Project to benefit Head Start. Here’s Katherine with more…   Thank you so much for what you have done I really enjoyed letting you add my article in teh update it also got me a scholarship so i am  Continue Reading


OPALCO Rate Increase

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:36 am, by

Opalco Board Takes Action: Balanced Budget = Rate Increase At their November meeting, the OPALCO Board approved the 2014 budget for a total of $30,665,000, which includes a rate increase of 6%. The increase is necessary to meet the 2014 budget’s operating expenses including a 9% Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) rate increase, significant construction projects  Continue Reading

Wait, what was that flight number again?

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 10:27 am, by

Ever wonder where your relatives are at “this very moment” when they’re flying here for the holidays? Ever wonder about how many commercial flights are in the air worldwide at any given time? Or, maybe you miss your tropical fish aquarium and need some other visual stress relieving diversion to stare at for a while.  Continue Reading


Moon and Venus

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a beautiful photo of the evening sky this week, shot by Bob Stavers. Thanks for sharing Bob!

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Omnium Gatherum

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a couple of things from Island Stage Left’s Helen Machin-Smith… First – a reminder that we have just 2 weeks left for “Other Desert Cities” (Thurs – Sun) and that the Sat 7th performance is at 2:00, not 7:30. Second – On another note: we have been told we are now a “tradition”, and  Continue Reading


Seeking Executive Director for Wolf Hollow

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

[Editor’s note – this post has been updated] Wolf Hollow is seeking applicants for Executive Director. This is a ¾ time position. Non-profit and fund raising skills needed. For a full Job Description visit our web site:- www.wolfhollowwildlife.org/employment To apply, please email a current resume and cover letter to: wolfhollow [@] wolfhollowwildlife [.] org noting  Continue Reading


County Council Adopts “Hold-the-Line” 2014 Budget

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:25 am, by

At its December 3, 2013 meeting on Lopez Island, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved a “hold-the-line” 2014 County budget. At $15.5 million, the County’s 2014 Current Expense Fund Budget, which covers the County’s core operations, is virtually identical to the previous year’s budget. The overall County budget, which includes the road fund and  Continue Reading

Christmas Fresh Food Boxes

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:18 am, by

John Boyd over at the Presbyterian Church wants to get the word out on this… Every year, the Presbyterian Deacons put together food boxes to help those who need them in time for Christmas. Each box has a turkey, fresh fruit and veggies, and other goodies. This is open to anyone on San Juan Island.  Continue Reading


Cap’t Cook’s Rabbit Transit

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s this month’s little bit of history, Part IV in our series from the San Juan Historical Museum… December brings memories of winter driving and snowy island roads. Here’s a Friday Harbor taxi photo from the 1970’s, when rabbit hunting was still more popular than whale watching — and rabbit logos pre-dated orca key chains.  Continue Reading


Theater FUN This Weekend

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

Preparations are underway… They are getting things all decorated over at the Theatre for the big event this weekend… There are still a few tickets left for San Juan Community Theatre’s Holiday Festival: A Night of Stars… THIS Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 pm. Volunteers are busy this week getting the Theatre ready for the big  Continue Reading


Gingerbread House Competition

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:21 am, by

Get out your gumdrops and let your creativity go… We’re having a Gingerbread House Competition. Saturday, December 7th in the Main Building of the San Juan County Fairgrounds during the Craft and Flea Market from 9:00am – 1:00pm. All entries are due by this Friday. If you aren’t able to enter the contest, consider stopping  Continue Reading

State Public Hearing on CenturyLink Outage

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm, by

State regulators have scheduled a public hearing as part of an investigation into CenturyLink’s 10-day voice and data service outage in the San Juan Islands last month. The state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) announced Nov. 15 that it would open the investigation to look into the cause of the outage, the company’s emergency preparedness  Continue Reading

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Barns, Buildings and Bridges

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:46 am, by

Barns, Buildings and Bridges is the theme for the new show at the San Juan Island Library. We know you all like to render buildings and bridges old and new. Please bring your ready-to-hang art to the library on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. All media are welcome and all levels of  Continue Reading


Matt Gano: “Do it, imagine!”

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

Come to Brickworks, at 5:30 pm Thursday for free poetry by Matt Gano and music by local musicians Nickie Davis and Forrest Marowitz! Light food will be on sale to help raise funds for more programs like this one. Author of the collection, Suits for the Swarm, Matt Gano has performed as a feature poet  Continue Reading


Changes at CT

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:40 am, by

Consignment Treasures, with the trade name of CT Recycling, has changed its name to Community Treasures, and is retaining its trade name of CT Recycling. The name change was initiated because Community Treasures only accepts donated items now that it is a 501 C 3 public charity. It no longer takes in consigned items. Community  Continue Reading


Basketball Coaches Needed

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:33 am, by

Volunteer Coaches Needed for Island Rec Girls Basketball Island Rec is seeking Volunteers for the 4-8th Grade Recreational Girls Basketball League. The league focuses on fundamentals, team building and fun. Coaching is a great way to get involved in the community and share a passion for a sport you love. There will be coaches meetings January 7 &  Continue Reading

Francis and Rebecca Smith cut a rug during contra dancing at a recent Holiday Social

Holiday Social at English Camp

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:55 am, by

This year’s annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, tree trimming and cookie potluck, scheduled noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at English Camp, will have a decidedly international flavor. Visitors are invited to bring holiday cookies and ornaments that reflect yuletide and winter solstice celebrations throughout the world. As always, a tree will be erected in  Continue Reading

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