FANS Say “Thanks!”

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

Here’s a note of thanks from FANS President Kyle Loring regarding last week’s Carnival fundraiser… What a FANtastic outpouring of community support we had for our annual FANS Carnival on November 19 at the fairgrounds! The board of Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec would like to thank all of the families who attended the  Continue Reading

The ER entrance at PIMC - Tim Dustrude photo

Hospital Contract Is Amended

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

An agreement negotiated a few weeks ago by representatives of PeaceHealth Peace Island Hospital and the Public Health District on San Juan to reduce the annual subsidy paid to the hospital by the district by $50,000 was approved last Wednesday evening by a vote of 3-2. The agreement amends the contract between the district and  Continue Reading


SJIMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show 2016 “Spirit Taking Form”

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 10:51 am, by

Please join us for the opening reception celebrating this new exhibition on Friday, December 9th 5 – 8 pm. The exhibit will show from December 10, 2016 through February 18th, 2017. This year’s show, themed as “Spirit Taking Form,” features emerging and established local artists expressing the beauty, identity, authenticity and connectedness of our community. SJIMA champions  Continue Reading

LEOs Advisers BJ Brandli & John Bostrom, Susan Mazzarella (for the SJ Schools Foundations), and Griffin Cuomo, president of the LEOs Club - Contributed photo

LEOs Give to Schools

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 10:36 am, by

This week, the high school LEOs Club presented San Juan Schools Foundation with a $500 check towards the school arts program. The LEOs Club of San Juan Island works all year to earn money to give to worthy community causes. They also donate time to community projects like building the Island Rec Playground at Carter  Continue Reading


New Physician for PIMC

Posted on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Family Medicine physician joins PeaceHealth Medical Group in Friday Harbor Shawn Vainio, MD, recently joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. He is available two weeks a month to provide clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized. Dr. Vainio has provided  Continue Reading


The Power of Community

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 6:04 am, by

Anniversary Inspires a Look Back – by Dona Wuthnow, SJC Parks & Fair Director Ten years ago, a bit of magic happened on the Eastsound Village Green – the Stage on the Green was brought to life. A stirring synergy of community talent and creativity came together in a 20-person group that used a consensus-based process  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Hosts ‘Fireside Chats’ - 
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Fireside Chat

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Fireside Chats discussion focuses on feelings and emotions during the holidays PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s fall series of Fireside Chats continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, with the topic “The holidays are crazy: A discussion of feelings and emotions.” The chat, led by Gary Waters, MSW, Ed.S., DBH, is from 4 to 5 p.m. in  Continue Reading

Bob Anderson, Canaan and Kira Sable - Contributed photo

First License of 2017

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Canaan, a five-year old border collie, received the first 2017 dog license of the season at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office. Canaan is a champion agility dog, and has won many awards along with his owner Bob Anderson. Dog tags will be sold beginning Monday, November 28. All dogs, three months of age or  Continue Reading


Molbak’s Nursery Hosted Excursion 

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Molbak’s Nursery and Country Village Shops  Twinkling lights and ducks along wandering paths. Boutique shops, chickens, carolers and a poinsettia tree. Sparkling décor, antiques, ornaments galore and a Santa Claus photo op. Plants and more plants both inside and out. Lunch amid unique foliage, tea with dessert samplers and pastry shops galore. Join us for  Continue Reading

GOES-R rocket ready for launch - NASA photo

Luxel Sends Products into Space

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Travis Ayers, the president of Luxel Corporation shares this news with you… Dear Editor, I had the privilege of seeing the launch of the GOES-R satellite in person this past weekend! More products made in Friday Harbor are headed for geostationary orbit approximately 22,000 miles away from earth. From NOAA’s Next Generation of Geostationary  Continue Reading

FHHS Girl's Soccer says Thanks! - Contributed photo

FHHS Girls Soccer Thanks Donors

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Paul Hopkins shares this note of thanks… It was a year of change. The Friday Harbor High School Wolverine Girls Soccer team enjoyed another successful season that included several changes. The biggest of which was a brand new field at the new John O. Linde Community Park (Carter Avenue ball fields). The field is much  Continue Reading


Historical Museum Archive Project

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Kevin Loftus from the SJI Historical Museum shares this heads up and call for volunteers… As we celebrated our 50th year anniversary in 2016, we began to look around at the archival collection we are so honored to care for, and realized it was time for a serious renovation project to prepare the Museum for  Continue Reading


Holiday Gathering at English Camp

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Once again, San Juan Island National Historical Park will be holding a Holiday Social at the English Camp Barracks on December 10th from noon until 2:00 pm. All park friends, volunteers and the public are invited to gather to celebrate the holiday season and coming new year. Please bring some of your favorite cookies or  Continue Reading


Shop San Juan Island

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm, by

During the off-peak season, shopping on-island during the holidays is a powerful way for residents to invest in our local economy. The San Juan Islands Insider app and Instagram are great tools that help our local businesses engage and reward their customers throughout the entire year. Friday, November 25th is the start of the San  Continue Reading


Movies at Mike’s

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 11:22 am, by

Movies at Mike’s Cafe & Wine bar Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Taming Wild and Lime Kiln Park & the Killer Whales Movies are FREE and donations are welcome. Plan to come early to enjoy Mike’s great vegan meals and wine. Mike’s Cafe & Wine Bar, 135 2nd Street, Friday Harbor.


Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

On November 21, Friday Harbor Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) launches their Second Annual Deposit a Gift Fundraiser! The FHES PTO provides all elementary school field trip bus services and serves as the fill-in-funding that our SJI School District and the SJ Public Schools Foundation monies don’t cover. This online fundraiser through Deposit a Gift raised just  Continue Reading


Omnium Gatherum

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Island Stage Left will be performing another collection of seasonal stories, poetry and music under the title “Omnium Gatherum” – meaning “a gathering of all”. Join us in our warm and cozy venue for a celebration of the season! This year we hope, once again, to nurture “hygge” – the traditional Danish concept of “coziness  Continue Reading

American Camp Visitor Center - Contributed photo

American Camp Visitor Center to Close for Part of Winter Season

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Staffing shortages and mandatory furloughs will force the park to temporarily close the American Camp visitor center this winter for about six and one half weeks, from December 17, 2016 until February 1, 2017. The English Camp visitor center is also currently closed for the season. However, the park grounds at both the American Camp  Continue Reading


Don’t Dine Alone on Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm, by

Wait! Before you open that can of chicken noodle soup…  Consider this, you are invited to join us for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mullis Center.   It’s like Thanksgiving dinner with the family, a big giant community family.  Enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner menu plus connect with old friends and make new friends at the  Continue Reading

Steve Ulvi, Dick Coffey, Dave Zeretzke, and Allen Rosenberg with Gus-Gus, Mike Lazzari's dog (Photo by Mike Lazzari)

New Steps for American Camp Trail

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm, by

The six-mile American Camp Trail (ACT) connecting Friday Harbor with the national park’s visitor center is a relatively easy walk for most people, but as it goes through a gully on airport property it has been difficult for some. So last Saturday, November 18, a crew of Trails volunteers led by Steve Ulvi built steps  Continue Reading


Flea & Craft Market

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 8:21 am, by

Mark your calendars, the last Flea Market of 2016 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds is coming up on Saturday, December 10th from 9am-Noon. From jewelry and handmade goods to yard tools and… This is the place to find it! Got some items you’d like to sell? Booth space is just $15 with application available on  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

“Heyyyy….” I’m Arthur Fonzarelli, but my friends here at the animal shelter call me, “The Fonz”, because I’m such a smooth operator. I’m still just a kitten, but that doesn’t mean I’m not the coolest cat around. Wait til you meet me… it’s gonna be love at first sight. Capiche? Animal Protection Society of Friday  Continue Reading

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