Peggie Duffle Wearing Her Lavender Crown - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Fun at the Lavender Festival!

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

This weekend was Pelindaba Lavender Farm’s 15th annual Lavender Festival. The event, Co-Sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, showcases a multitude of ways to use the aromatic herb. Among the culinary uses is lavender ice cream. Sunday also happened to be national ice cream day (yep, since 1984 the third Sunday in July is  Continue Reading

Pet of the Month, Max - Contributed Photo

Pet of the Month: Max

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Ahhh, pardon me good sirs and madams….would you care to engage in a delightful pastime in which you toss a round object and I run off and fetch it and return it to you….. for recreation and merriment? If so, please contact me here at the Animal Shelter in Friday Harbor. I think we’ll have  Continue Reading


No-Cost Well-Child and Children’s Sports Physicals at PeaceHealth

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering no-cost immunizations, well-child checks and sports physicals on an appointment basis to children ages 5 to 18 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at the medical center, 1117 Spring St. Call 360-378-2141 to schedule an  Continue Reading

Sunrise at the Lavender Farm - John Miller Photo

15th Annual Lavender Festival This Weekend

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm, by

John Miller’s photograph of morning mist and lavender serves as a timely reminder that the 15th annual Lavender Festival is happening this weekend. The Festival today and Sunday includes tours of the farm, a cutting field for visitors to harvest their own lavender, demonstrations of the many uses of lavender in crafts and cooking, and more. Parking and  Continue Reading

Island Trails - Contributed Photograph

Know Your Island Walk: Roche Harbor Trails

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The Roche Harbor Trails are now part of the National Recreation Trail system.   Join the Roche Harbor stewards and trail builders for hike starting at the parking lot at the “Y” intersection of Roche Harbor Road and West Valley Road.   The hike will be in woodlands and meadows.    Families are welcome but  Continue Reading

Inside: One Woman's Kayak Journey Through the Inside Passage

Book Launch and Reading with Susan Conrad

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Kayakers, sailors, adventurers, and those who’ve journeyed along the Inside Passage to Alaska should make sure to attend Susan Conrad’s book talk and slide show at the Library on Wednesday night, July 27, 7:00 pm. You’re sure to be inspired. INSIDE: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage is a plucky adventure memoir about a  Continue Reading


From the Mailbag:

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:22 am, by

In the mailbag today we found a timely reminder from Lee Sturdivant to become informed voters before the August 2 primary… Dear Islanders, Don’t forget: We all get to vote. Ballots for the August 2nd primary election just landed in our mail boxes. Every San Juan County voter has the right to vote for a candidate in  Continue Reading

Camas Designs

Camas Designs: The Chamber’s Featured Member of the Month

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Have you seen a bright purple wildflower on the side of a yellow truck roaming the streets of Friday Harbor lately? Erin & Robert Shackelford own Camas Designs, a floral design and artwork company. Their delivery truck “little miss sunshine” is bringing fresh flowers and what they call “locally sourced happiness” to SJI and beyond.  Continue Reading


Chamber Chat: News From the Chamber of Commerce

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President keeps us up to date with the Chamber of Commerce… As July flies by it looks like we are having our usual crazy, crowded summer on the Island. All of us on the Chamber of Commerce Board and staff hope that all  Continue Reading

A Section of San Juan Valley Road where the water line has been laid but the road still needs to be finished - SJ Update photo

Water Line Replacement Project Construction Update

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 10:38 am, by

Here’s what to expect for the week of July 18th… Location(s) of work: Water line has been installed from the water treatment plant on Wold Road to approximately Strawberry Lane, between No. 2 Schoolhouse and Douglas Roads. This week ICI will be performing work in various locations along the entire completed section of waterline to install  Continue Reading

Susan Williams - Contributed photo

Roseblade Studio

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 10:25 am, by

Beginning July 16th Susan Williams’ Roseblade Studio will be open weekly Saturdays only 11:00 am to 3:00 pm thru September 10, 2016. The studio is located at 233 False Bay Drive. Susan’s eclectic art includes sculpture, painting and fiber art with a strong emphasis on rabbits! Beading and fabric embellishment enhance her sculptures which include hand  Continue Reading


Fall Thriller Auditions July 24

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Auditions are being held Sunday, July 24 for San Juan Community Theatre’s fall play that promises to ask Friday Harbor audiences: “Do you believe in ghosts?” Director Bobby Ryan will be casting the thriller, The Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, from the book by Susan Hill.  This play within a play highlights a  Continue Reading


Summer Film Series

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, Next Tuesday we are presenting a special showing of “Everything is Copy” a biography of Nora Ephron by her son Jacob Bernstein. We hope to see all of you at the Theatre Tuesday at 7:30 pm. If you haven’t already purchased one, punch cards are available at the Theatre Box Office. Punch  Continue Reading



Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

This story submitted by Louise Dustrude… OPALCO board president Vince Dauciunas told a handful of co-op members about some of the swift changes occurring in the electrical industry on Tuesday evening at the Grange. Of greatest significance is the possibility that by 2025 it may be cheaper for us to produce a portion of our  Continue Reading

Sailboats racing in the 2013 Shaw Island Classic - Contributed photo

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 6. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction arriving back in Friday Harbor for a  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson - Contributed photo

Rental Property Options

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this detailed information for rental properties… San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County. The information below is meant for informational purposes only, and does not incorporate all of the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about  Continue Reading

The Crow Valley String Band and Brothers for Sale!

Music on the Lawn

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Tonight, it’s the Crow Valley String Band and Brothers for Sale! – an inspiring family of four musicians: Rachel, Jim, Tashi and Kaj. Grounded in the family’s Celtic and Nordic roots, the Crow Valley String Band performs a remarkable variety of original and traditional tunes and songs from North America and the British Isles. This lively  Continue Reading

SSIS science students planting trees and shrubs earlier this spring - Contributed photo

Farm and Habitat Improvements on False Bay Creek Preserve

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Summer on San Juan Island isn’t just beach barbeques and whale sightings, it’s also the best time of year for outdoor improvement projects! From July 18 – 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the  Continue Reading

Steve Wehrly

Steve Wehrly is Running for County Council

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Wehrly for Council Campaign Plan and Election Platform To the Voters of San Juan County, Washington: Thanks for the opportunity to ask for your vote to elect me to the San Juan County Council, Position One, San Juan Island Residency District. My resume is attached with this Plan and Platform.  A separate Position Paper on issues  Continue Reading


Guard Street to be Closed at Tucker

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor shares this late-breaking announcement… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 Construction Update Be advised that early Wednesday morning, July 13, a portion of Guard Street will be closed to traffic. Project task(s): The Contractor will be trenching for installation of fiber-optic cable by OPALCO/Rock Island Communications. Street Closure:  Guard Street  Continue Reading

A River of Migration by Gu Xiong - Contributed photo

A River of Migration to Open at SJIMA

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Comparing his own journey from China to Canada, with that of the migration of the salmon, Canadian multi-media artist Gu Xiong will install “A River of Migration” in the San Juan Island Museum of Art’s Atrium Gallery. The community is invited to observe the installation which will take place August 1 – August 5. The  Continue Reading

Dahlias on display at the 2015 SJC Fair Flower Hall - Tim Dustrude photo

The Flower Hall

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Fiona Norris invites you to join the San Juan Island Garden Club at the San Juan County Fair Flower Hall… The Flower Hall is organized by the San Juan Island Garden Club and Horticultural Society with able assistance from WSU Master Gardener volunteers particularly on intake day. In 2015 we were assigned a new location in the  Continue Reading

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