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San Juan Island EMS has a new (used) ambulance - Contributed photo

EMS has a New-Used Ambulance

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 5:33 am, by

You may have noticed a new red ambulance in front of the aid station on Spring Street. Two years ago an ambulance search team formed to identify new ambulance specifications to replace the current 22 year ambulance, an old Ford E350. It was determined by researching industry standards, Emergency Vehicle Technicians recommendations, and operational cost  Continue Reading


Beyond the Hive: the Surprising Lives of Native Bees

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

What are native bees?  They’re not honeybees, and they’re not wasps or other pesky, stinging insects.  In fact, they are a diverse collection of beautiful, beneficial creatures easily seen and found throughout the islands. Dr. Chris Looney from the Washington State Department of Agriculture will introduce us to the lives and habits of these fascinating  Continue Reading


APSFH Says Thanks!

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

What a night…. I’m still trying to catch my breath! So many people to thank, if I leave anyone out, please add to the list! Thank you to everyone who attended the Wags to Riches Event this year. It definitely was a night to remember! This community is so giving… thank you for helping us  Continue Reading

Belle Vue Sheep Farm in October 1959 at the height of the Pig War crisis. Whatcom County Sheriff Henry Crosby and Vancouver island Magistrate John de Courcy are at far left and right respectively - Contributed photo

Belle Vue Sheep Farm

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Belle Vue Sheep Farm’s legacy to be explored in Boyd Pratt lecture Join historian Boyd Pratt as he explores how agricultural techniques employed by Belle Vue Sheep Farm in the 1850s have had a lasting impact on San Juan Island during a PowerPoint lecture scheduled at 7 p.m., Wednesday July 8 in the San Juan  Continue Reading

Cynthia's new restaurant on Nichols Street - Contributed photo


Posted on June 30, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

You probably already know this but if not – Cynthia (of XYZ Movement Arts, Red Checkered Picnics and “Cynthia’s Of Course”) has opened a new restaurant at 65 Nichols across from the Barking Bird. It’s called… “Cynthia’s“! Breakfast and lunch are the offerings for now, with open hours from 7 am (8 am on Sundays) to 3  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

High Speed Internet

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

High Speed Internet Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? by Merri Ann Simonson Congratulations to Mineral Heights, Mineral Point and The Highlands at Mineral Point for moving forward with the installation of fiber to their neighborhood. Many subdivisions and neighborhoods are in the process of considering the installation and are interested in the process. I  Continue Reading

Did you smell smoke in town today? Goose Island in Cattle Pass continues to smolder after the fire last Thursday, and the smoke is blowing across the bay toward town - Tim Dustrude photo

Campfires Banned At County Parks

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm, by

Here’s a note just in this afternoon from San Juan County Parks, Recreation and Fair Department… Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban is now in effect at all San Juan County parks and campgrounds. At this time briquettes may be used in designated fire rings and propane cook stoves are allowed for cooking. County Parks  Continue Reading

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Get Help with Technology on Tech Tuesdays

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm, by

San Juan Island Library announced today a new program offering individual help with technology problems. Help is available for technology issues such as downloading apps and data, changing smartphone and tablet settings and using their features, using eReaders, and borrowing library eBooks and eAudiobooks. Trained library volunteers, called tech-xperts, will be on hand on Tuesday mornings  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

What’s up? My name is Coulee, but I should have been named “Sinatra” what with my gorgeous blue peepers. I’m told that I’m a flame point Siamese fellow, but to be honest with you, I’m really just a terrific cat. I’m only about six months old, but I already know a lot about life. I  Continue Reading

Rock the Dock! - Contributed photo

Rock the Dock!

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to Rotary Club’s 14th annual Rock the Dock street party at the Port of Friday Harbor. Local band, the J-Bots, will keep things lively from 6:00 pm until fireworks begin at dusk. Food and drinks available. Tickets available at the gate. $10 for adults (no price increase in 10 years!)  Continue Reading

The Sentinel - Tim Dustrude photo

The Sentinel – More Than Just a Pretty Boat

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Sheila Harley from SJI Fire Rescue shares this note about the boat Sentinel… Dear Editor, Since the sentinel has been in the news lately, we thought you might want to know a little bit more about her. And we would like to take the opportunity to emphasize the ban on personal fireworks with the Fourth  Continue Reading

Cascade Falls in Moran State Park - Aaron Shepard photo

Cascade Falls

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Aaron Shepard shares this photo from Moran State Park of Cascade Falls. Thanks Aaron!


Open Burning Season Suspended Immediately

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm, by

All Residential and Commercial burn permits have been suspended because of the unusually dry weather.  There have already been a number of grass and brush fires throughout San Juan County.  Recreational fires (two feet in diameter or less) are still allowed as long as they’re contained within a suitable fire ring.  However, the State Parks System has banned  Continue Reading

Fire on Goose Island - Contributed photo

Fire on Goose Island

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 10:43 am, by

Sheila Harley of SJI Fire Rescue sends over this notice… Smoked filled the air at Cape San Juan as some time just before 6 PM on Friday evening, June 26, neighbors of Cape San Juan heard a “boom” from the direction of Goose Island, then saw flames coming from the Lopez side of the island.  Continue Reading

One of the still images of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the San Juan Islands, June 23, 2015 - Chris Teren photo

Northern Lights!

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Local photographer Chris Teren caught some awe inspiring photos and made a video comprised of over 600 still images of the Northern Lights the other night. “How awe-inspiring was it?” you ask – so much that he made the front page of USA Today’s website on Wednesday. If you click over there you can search  Continue Reading

One of the slick looking rides that you can rent - Tim Dustrude photo

Get-cha Motor Runnin’…

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

There’s a new motorcycle rental place in town. Actually they’re the ONLY motorcycle rental place in town. It’s U-Ride Motorcycle Rentals and it’s at 25 Nichols Street, right there on the corner of A Street by Roy’s Espresso. You may know of Beast Powersports, over on Carter Avenue? Well owners Larry (Captain) Phillips and his daughter Sierra  Continue Reading

New digs for County Parks & Fair office - Contributed photo

County Parks Administration Office is moving to the Fairgrounds

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

On Monday, June 29th the County Parks Department will open its doors at the new office located on the southwest corner of fairgrounds main building, near the fairgrounds front gate entrance. During the move from the County Legislative Building on Thursday afternoon and Friday, 6/25 & 26, the Parks office will be closed to walk  Continue Reading

Fireworks over the harbor - Contributed photo


Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Thanks to a generous matching grant of $35,000 from Kings Market and the lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has put together the biggest and best fireworks display ever! Make your donation, small or large. If you can’t put a donation in the jar then  Continue Reading

A Doug McIntosh painting - Contributed photo

Cheese and Art!

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Richard from the Cheese Shop sends this invitation for their event tonight… Another fun thing to do this weekend! San Juan Island Cheese and WaterWorks Gallery are working together to provide an exciting array of flavors for your palate and colors for your visual delight over the next couple of months. You’re invited to an art and cheese  Continue Reading

At the Rumor Mill on Saturday - Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson - Contributed photo

Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

To celebrate her recently released CD, bilingual vocalist Heather Keizur makes a debut appearance at The Rumor Mill in Friday Harbor. Steve Christofferson joins Keizur to share their passion for beautiful music. Keizur and Christofferson have performed together for over six years. According to Keizur, “Someone else was supposed to be playing with me on  Continue Reading

Father Leche - Contributed photo

Father Leche Celebrates 60 Years as Priest

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

The Rev. Edward D. Leche, III, Vicar Emeritus of Saint David’s Episcopal Church, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination as an Episcopal Priest. A drop-by “Meet & Greet” event will be held in the Activity Room of The Village at the Harbour from 1-2 pm on Sunday, June 28. Friends, neighbors, and colleagues  Continue Reading

Dianna Down and Sydney Exton with commemorative paddle - Photo by Nancy Way, The Watership Company, West Beach Creek project contractor

This Beautiful Place is Even More Special Today

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

A renewed marine legacy-in-the-making for all of Orcas Island was celebrated on Thursday, June 18, at the site of a recently completed restoration project on West Beach Creek, just above where it empties into President Channel. Members of the Trudy Erwin family, representatives of the Northwest Straits Foundation and project partners gathered to commemorate removal  Continue Reading

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