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It was 43 years ago today…walking on the moon

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 9:17 am, by

Some of us are old enough to remember – sitting up into the middle of the night to watch the astronauts walk, for the first time, on the moon. Some of us can only look at the black & white pictures & hear the stories from older folks. But it was the beginning of a  Continue Reading

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Rock Solid’s Choice and Consequences…new tactics for drug awareness & prevention

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:12 am, by

It started as three young kids from Spring Street International School going to Yakima for a Washington State Preventative Health Summit. It has since become a group of five called Rock Solid, with representatives from SSIS,  Lopez, and one home schooler. These five people have committed to stay drug-free and help their community make healthy  Continue Reading


Around the island…

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:50 am, by

Let’s see what else is going on: • Georgia tells me this will be useful – drop by!  Accountant Don Cooper will be giving a talk about handling estates at the Mullis Center at 2:30pm on Thursday, July 19.  The CPA will be giving an overview of state and federal taxation upon the estate holder’s  Continue Reading

Cover your cough…

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:11 am, by

Pertussis is rearing its ugly head once more; the San Juan County Health Department has confirmed separate case on Orcas and San Juan. My hardworking mom, or officially the Personal Health Services (Nursing) Manager, Susan Leff  has all the answers… Not sure if that nasty cough is Pertussis?  “Trust your instincts” is the recommendation from one  Continue Reading

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Check out the Lavender Festival…

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:48 am, by

Hope you like the color purple, because it’s going to be everywhere! With 25,000 plants flowering, Pelindaba Lavender is excited about their biggest event of the year (and a favorite San Juan Island tradition!) Amelia has more: The 11th Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival is happening Saturday – Sunday of July 21-22, 2012 from  Continue Reading

We do love to see Mt. Baker across the water...

A little Island Friendly Spirit…

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm, by

The Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce along with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, San Juan County Economic Development Council, Northwest Workforce Development Council and Scenic Byways have jointly developed and embraced a concept called the “Island Friendly Spirit”.  Let’s dig a little deeper… It all started with an online survey  Continue Reading

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“Old Goats” – a fundraiser for the Community Theatre, and fun….

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:43 am, by

I looked at the trailer for the movie “Old Goats” above, and I think you’ll get the idea – this is going to be fun. Check it out…here’s more from Jan Bollwinkel-Smith and the theatre: Star Struck in Friday Harbor: A SJCT FUNdraiser What do you get when you combine a beautiful Northwest ocean-view property, island  Continue Reading

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Around the island…

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:30 am, by

• There may be quiet before a thunderstorm, but it definitely wasn’t quiet after! Calvary San Juan hosted “Joy for Jesus” in Sunken Park, which attracted locals and tourists as they swing danced to live music, enjoyed facepainting, and all sorts of other games. +++++++++++++++ • Splash of Summer Color Weekend is fast approaching, and  Continue Reading

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Music on the Lawn features Ravin Wolf this week…

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:15 am, by

Past opening concerts for Island Rec’s Music on the Lawn have been considered great successes with 375 attendees. Last week, there were over 500! What made it so appealing?  Oh right, they played Beatles music. The weather wasn’t too shabby either. There was dancing, singing, and family fun for everyone as the audience rocked out  Continue Reading

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From our island to the Dominican Republic…

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am, by

A big group of Friday Harbor folks just came back from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic! Now that the jet lag is wearing off, it’s time to approach and welcome everyone home.  The trip was led by Vic and Monique Woodard and lasted around two weeks for most participants. Friday Harbor Middle/High School Principal  Continue Reading

Mark Florenza throws hat in ring for council run

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:16 am, by

Long time islander Mark Florenza is running for the District 3 County Council Seat…here’s his campaign statement announcing his candidacy: In my approximately ten years of living on San Juan Island, I cannot imagine a more crucial time to be running for office.  We are economically challenged but we are also in the middle of  Continue Reading

Thank you to the Port of Friday Harbor, the Friday Harbor Airport, many volunteers, and numerous friends for putting together this event...

Third Friday Harbor Airport Fly In & Open House

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:43 am, by

It may not be Superman, but yes; it is a plane. Come to the Friday Harbor Airport Fly In & Open House on Saturday, July 21st from 10 to 3pm. Why? One, because it’s free! Two, because there are actual planes on display, from war birds to antiques to home-built aircraft! Three: because there are  Continue Reading


The fireworks show, part 2…

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 9:23 am, by

Friday was pretty amazing, with thunder & lightning early & late….here’s a lightning strike at Brown Island (across from the harbor from Friday Harbor) taken on Friday evening. Wow.


Another new islander….

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:55 am, by

Look around & you’ll see the deer….

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Radiation from the earthquake last year…and what you can do…

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:53 am, by

Shelly VanSkyHawk tells me Nicholas and Katrina are putting on this workshop at the end of next month (see below) – and they have a free presentation this Wednesday at 6pm at the library – here’s a bit about Nicholas and here’s the link to Nicholas’ radiation remedies website. ++++++++

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The orca update…

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:50 am, by

There are lots of things happening with killer whales here on San Juan Island – here are the stories: +++++++++++++++++++++++ We all know the budget cuts for Washington State Parks have been very tough. But for Erin Corra, my 6th grade soccer coach and the former Interpretive Specialist at Lime Kiln, they have only redirected  Continue Reading

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Here doggie doggie…new dog park at Roche Harbor!

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:42 am, by

Roche Harbor just put in a brand new dog park called Pup Town!  The park itself was modeled after the one in Friday Harbor and has areas for large and small dogs. Located east of the gas station and to the back of the parking area, it will be a safe place for dogs to  Continue Reading

Roy Rogers, the Grammy winner himself...

Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings – tonight at the Community Theatre!

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:29 am, by

Straight from the Community Theatre… He’s a favorite who is back on the island today — Jan Bollwinkel-Smith has more: Roy Rogers, the Grammy winner himself… Rolling Stone magazine calls him “One of the rare guitar heroes who values feeling over flash.” The San Francisco Chronicle notes, “Rogers is both a sensational and a sensitive  Continue Reading

Pet Photo Contest Winners…

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:01 am, by

Kids in grades K through 6 entered the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor’s Kennel Kids APS Companion Pet Photo Contest for 2012. There were three categories: Dogs/Puppies, Cats/Kittens, and People’s Choice for participants to choose from; and each 1st place winner received something to take home and enhance their love of pets and photography  Continue Reading

The story on tsunami debris…

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 5:51 am, by

The Japanese tsunami has created a significant amount of debris floating onto the shores of many Washington beaches. Here’s some information from Brendan Cowan about what to do with what you find, who to contact about it, and some answers to important questions.  As of July 2, the federal agency had received 569 total reports  Continue Reading


Big visitors to the island, on both sides….

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm, by

Western Prince captain Ivan Reiff reported the humpback above yesterday, and caught it with his camera…he says they have had quite a few humpback sightings this season…last week he says there were three, up in the Strait of Georgia. Meanwhile, the monster cruise ship, the World, steamed into Griffin Bay, where Traci Walter & Chris  Continue Reading

The fog rose beautifully off the water early this morning...even if the ferry horn disrupted a few people's beauty sleep!

Music & flowers more on the island…

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm, by

++++++++++++ • Remember to see Steve James, the famous roots & blues guitar player/singer/songwriter at Isle Be Jammin’ on Thursday the 12th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and the past 11 shows have sold out, so don’t dilly-dally! His website is here for more info. ++++++++++++ • Have you heard about M.E.L.A.? Extremely talented musicians  Continue Reading

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