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Dr. Nicholas Bond will discuss Impacts on Weather July 31 at San Juan Island Grange - Contributed photo

Climate Change Speaker Series

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:26 am, by

Learn how climate change is affecting weather in the San Juan Islands and throughout the region today and tomorrow in a presentation by University of Washington Research Meteorologist and Washington State Climatologist Dr. Nicholas Bond, Ph.D. at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 31 at the San Juan Island Grange. Dr. Bond will discuss the basic science  Continue Reading


Pros and Cons

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm, by

Apologies for the last-minute nature of this post, but hey – better late than never… Friday Harbor Transportation Benefit District Seeks Pro & Con Committee Members for Voters’ Pamphlet statements concerning ballot measure The Town is looking for volunteers to create pro and con statements for the Voter’s Pamphlet for a two tenths of one  Continue Reading

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Harbor Seal Pup Alert

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm, by

Here’s a Note From Wolf Hollow… Please remind your friends and neighbors that if they see a Harbor Seal pup on its own on the shore and it appears to be injured or weak, they shouldn’t touch it, move it or try to get it into the water. They should keep people and dogs away  Continue Reading

Soul Purpose is at Concert #4 in Music on the Lawn, Island Rec’s 14th Annual Free Summer Concert Series - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Music on the Lawn – Soul Purpose

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:57 am, by

Soul Purpose is remembered for their dynamic female lead singer, a blazing 5 piece horn section and a thumping 4 piece rhythm section. They play hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies.  Get ready to boogie with the Northwest’s top classic rock/soul band. July 30 6:30-8:15 pm at  Continue Reading


New at the Art Market

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:30 am, by

The Friday Harbor Art Market is excited about the project its “Creation Station” is offering Friday, July 25., from 3-6pm. Sharon Maya and friends will work with participants as they get creative, making a button bracelet. The bracelet consists of a nice quality felt band onto which the crafter sews a variety of buttons. The  Continue Reading

Plain, white ceramic blanks wait to receive your creativity - Click to enlarge - SJ Update photo

The Clay Cafe is Back

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Megan Yelle, original owner of the original Clay Cafe which started out up there by the Whale Museum back in 1995-1997, has re-opened, and she’s now at 185 First Street, next door to the Rumor Mill – right where the Blue Dolphin was. The idea to re-open popped into her head a little over a  Continue Reading

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Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

Here’s Sheila Harley with this month’s Volunteer Firefighter… Jason is a lieutenant in the San Juan Island Fire Rescue assigned to Roche Harbor Station 35.  He has been with the department since 2005, giving him nine years of service. His first firefighting experience was at UC Davis for a restoration ecology class where he helped  Continue Reading


San Juan Island Garden Club is Having Fun (Again)

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Here’s a note from Dot Vandaveer about the Garden Club’s recent excursion… The San Juan Island Garden Club sponsored an excursion on July 12 to visit four of the six gardens on the Whatcom Horticultural Society Annual Garden Tour. We enjoyed a terrific day on a comfortable bus with featured gardens all over the Bellingham  Continue Reading

Fairgoers enjoy the photo exhibit at the 2012 fair -  Kevin Holmes photo

Help the Photo Exhibit

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm, by

Miles Crossen is overseeing the photo exhibit at the fair this year, and he could use your help. Probably all you need to offer is a couple hours of your time. I’m in – I’ll be helping out. If you would like more info, get in touch with him at: superfairphoto [@] gmail [.] com


Music on the Lawn Moved Indoors Tonight

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm, by

How about: “Music On the Mullis  Center Floor”. Here’s a note from Heidi White at Island Rec… Hi Tim, We’re just putting the word out there that tonight’s Music on the Lawn concert, featuring the Seattle Chamber Brass, has been moved indoors to the Mullis Center at 6:30pm, due to the rain! We hope everyone will  Continue Reading

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Fly-In This Weekend!

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Users Guide to The Friday Harbor Fly-In & Community Open House What: Friday Harbor Fly-In and Open House When: Saturday, July 26, 2014. Pancake Breakfast 8-10am, Fly-In 10am-3pm. Admission: Free. Just come to the gate next to the airport tower. Parking and Shuttle: Free. Parking at Airport Terminal lot, Airport Circle Drive (near Ernie’s Café)  Continue Reading

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“Cutting-Edge” A Cappella on July 26

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

Proclaiming themselves the “original band without instruments,” The Bobs bring their new wave, old school and cutting-edge style to San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. The group got its bob-bob-bobbin’ start more than 30 years ago when two singing telegram deliverers lost their jobs and teamed up with a bass  Continue Reading


Democrats Special Meeting

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

The San Juan County Democrats (SJCDs) invite all Democrats to its special meeting at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Grange hall in Friday Harbor. The only item on the agenda is to vote to decide whom to endorse, if anyone, for Congressional District No. 2 in the primary election on August  Continue Reading

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EMS Replacement Levy on November Ballot

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:23 am, by

This note just came in from San Juan Island EMS and MedEvac to share with you… San Juan Island EMS will seek a replacement 6 year levy on the November 2014 general election ballot. Property values have dropped since the existing levy was passed. By the end of 2016, the estimated revenue loss to EMS  Continue Reading

Baking Booth Needs Volunteers & Judges

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm, by

Here’s a note from Kris at the SJC Baking Booth… Can you help me get the word out that we need judges and volunteers for the baking booth at the San Juan County Fair. Two hour commitments – lot’s of fun, really! Here’s the link for the on-line sign-up:

The new to-scale relief map of San Juan Island at the SJ Historical Museum - San Juan Update photo

A Map at the Museum

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:23 am, by

There is some cool stuff going on over at the San Juan Historical Museum – they’ve just added a major part of their new exhibit within their developing Museum of History and Industry (MHI). It’s a relief map of San Juan Island, and it’s completely to scale (meaning that the heights of mountains and the  Continue Reading


Bloom San Juan

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

You know Brady Ryan, right? From San Juan Island Sea Salt. Well his girlfriend, Leah Wymer has started a new cut flower business here on the island called Bloom San Juan. It’s about 1 acre this year, and will be 2 or 3 next year. She sells at the Farmer’s Market, does weddings, has a  Continue Reading

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Encampment 2014 this Weekend

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 16th Annual Encampment scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 on the English Camp parade ground. Encampment 2014 is free. Disabled persons should call the park at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2226, or 378-4409 for special access information. The  Continue Reading

Sun Rise Neighborhood - Contributed photo

$300K Challenge Grant for Sun Rise

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

$300,000 Matching Grant Means More Roofs to be Raised at Sun Rise! The construction of Phase II of Sun Rise will begin soon. The San Juan Community Home Trust, an organization devoted to building permanently affordable housing on San Juan Island, has already developed the Salal neighborhood, off of Carter Road in 2006, and Phase  Continue Reading


Know Your Island Walk

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

This coming Saturday, meet Mike Buettell, Roche Harbor resident, world class hiker and volunteer trail builder, to return and further explore the Briggs Lake Trail in the Roche Harbor Highlands. The trail is open again after work on the lake and the dam, and we will learn about this construction and what was done and  Continue Reading

Super Moon over Roche Harbor - Sherrie Stahl photo

Super Moon over Roche Harbor

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

Just in case you didn’t see enough photos of that super moon last week, here’s one more which was shot out at Roche Harbor, by part-time island resident, Sherrie Stahl. Sherrie and her husband spend most of their time living in Portland, OR, but they like to spend their summers here on the island, with  Continue Reading


Ferry Reservation System Coming this Winter

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

In January 2015, the WSF Save A Spot online reservation system will be available for vehicle travel to and from the San Juan Islands. Currently, reservations are offered on international sailings to Sidney, B.C., and on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route. Starting on December 2, 2014, vehicle reservations will be accepted for winter season travel to  Continue Reading

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