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Pet of the Week

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm, by

Sweet Rusty defines the word, “Serenity”. She’s a big gentle girl; about 4-years old. We think she is part Maine Coon, and part Torti. She’s very affectionate and has beautiful lady-like manners. She’d do great with an elderly person, or in a quiet household. She gets along well with other cats and would probably be  Continue Reading


Mid-Winter Break School’s Out Camp

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Kids and Parents! Are you looking for a fun and convenient childcare option during mid-winter break? Island Rec will be offering a fun-filled day-camp for K-6th graders. Our staff is designing an enriching camp experience including fun games & activities, crafts, swimming, bowling, field trips, and lots more! School’s Out Camp will run Tuesday through  Continue Reading

Park volunteers install a puncheon on the Bell Point-Westcott Bay trail - SJINHP photo

Trails Planning with Pizza!

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Islanders will have the opportunity to talk about trails and enjoy freshly baked pizza during a Mitchell Hill and Westcott Bay Trails Workshop scheduled 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday January 22 at the Mullis Senior Center. San Juan Island National Historical Park is in the process of drafting a Development Concept Plan for  Continue Reading


CenturyLink Bill Credits

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:27 am, by

Here’s a note from CenturyLink about bill credits for the interruption in service from the broken optical cable last fall… As a customer-focused company, CenturyLink has issued bill credits to impacted customers on the islands. Unfortunately, in order to ensure that each customer received the proper credits, it took a little longer to process the  Continue Reading

Louie XV - 1705 - 1775

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

We touched on this last week, but here is some more detailed information about this coming Wednesday’s performance at the Grange: Louis XV The Elegant, Florid Melody of the Rococo in France featuring: • Jeffery Cohan – baroque flute • John Lenti – theorbo & baroque guitar Experience the transformation through which musical taste evolved  Continue Reading


Good News for Sports Fans

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm, by

San Juan Island School District is excited to announce that an agreement has been reached with Friday Harbor Athletic Association’s newly formed Friday Harbor Fields Board to amend an existing lease for the development of the community fields located on Carter Street. At a special school board meeting on Friday, January 17th, 2014 the San  Continue Reading

Co-managers Debi and Todd at the Hard Drive Cafe

Hard Drive Cafe

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:54 am, by

Under new management, the place formerly known as The Menu Bar inside The Computer Place at 327 Argyle… As of January 6th it is now The Hard Drive Cafe and has new Co-Managers: Debi Taylor, who you may know from Vinnie’s (yes, she still works at Vinnie’s) and Todd Nasman who you may know from  Continue Reading

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Whale & Wildlife Update

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

You know Chef Hobbes from all the awesome recipes he shares with Update readers – well you may also know that he runs San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours & Water Taxi Services. Today is the first of hopefully many weekly updates from Captain Hobbes on what’s going on with the marine wildlife around  Continue Reading


FHFF Double Feature on Tuesday

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Tuesday movie series at the grange is showing not one, but TWO movies this coming Tuesday. Here’s the FHFF with more… “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom“ (55 minutes). Filmmaker Lucy Walker set out to make “a visual haiku about cherry blossoms” in Japan, but changed her plans radically following  Continue Reading


Playwrights “On the Fringe”

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

Think “anything goes” — well, almost anything in this new creation that takes out the judging of past island playwrights festivals and offers new opportunities for writers of all ages. “We want more writers doing what they like to do,” said coordinator Julie Laidlaw. Julie’s strategy paid off, with submissions of 14 short plays and  Continue Reading

Local Kids Make Good Video

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm, by

Do you recognize any kids and landmarks in this video? I heard that this was done with the help of local kids to raise money for the public school’s art program. Way to go kids! Good looking vid! The band Kris Orlowski is one of the bands mentioned in yesterday’s post about the upcoming concert  Continue Reading

Small Town Survey III

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm, by

Note, this is not the Sunshine Alley Survey (in case you came to the Update looking for that). That survey can be found HERE. But for today’s Small Town Survey, just for fun we’re tossing this out there for you to chime in on it. Was talking about this in a conversation last week and  Continue Reading


Special School District Meeting

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm, by

This just in from Maude over at the School District office… The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the District Office. The purpose of the meeting is to review the lease between the San Juan Island School District and  Continue Reading

Motopony - Forrest Mauvais, Micah Simler, Daniel Blue, Mike Notter, Andrew Butler - Contributed photo

Howard Homestead Barn Concert

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

It’s a concert here on San Juan featuring Seattle artists Motopony and Kris Orlowski. February 8th at 7pm Held at the Historic Howard Homestead Barn off of Cattle Point Rd. This Barn show is in celebration of Kris Orlowski’s Believer album, and the collaborative efforts of Motopony’s Daniel Blue’s co-direction of The Believer video. The  Continue Reading


Downrigger Building Demolition

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm, by

The Port of Friday Harbor’s insurance company recently concluded their analysis of the Spring Street Landing Building. The Port Commission unanimously voted to approve the Notice to Proceed on the demolition of the building, as soon as possible. The Port’s contractor, MEM Enterprises, is tentatively scheduled to begin demolition on Tuesday, Jan. 21st. This date  Continue Reading


Roadway Signs Being Upgraded

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm, by

Upgraded Traffic Signs Being Installed on San Juan Island In mid-January, San Juan County Public Works will begin installing new Regulatory and Warning signs on San Juan Island’s county roads. Regulatory signs include Stop, Yield, and Speed Limit signs. Warning signs include Turn/Curve, Pedestrian Warning, School Bus Stop Ahead, and Chevron signs. Why do we  Continue Reading

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Sunshine Alley Urban Design Project

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:13 am, by

Here is some news from the Town of Friday Harbor’s Website. The Town would like your input on this. Please check out the survey when you have some time and try to complete it within the next week if you can. Lots of questions there, but your input is vital to the success of this  Continue Reading


Alice! Alice! and Alice!

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 6:00 am, by

Friday Harbor High School Drama Group Presents: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland A play in two acts by Anne Coulter Martens Directed by Jane Maxwell Campbell Alice! Alice! And Alice! When The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group brings this slightly more cartoon-like version of the adventures of Alice and the looking glass to the  Continue Reading


It’s all happening at the library, this week…

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

First, it’s “Literary Salon with Laurie Orton” – Better than a book club, it’s a chance to talk with friends old and new about books and authors, themes and ideas. Join us for refreshments and refreshing talk! Thursday, January 16th, at 7pm ++++++++++ Then, “Moving with Intention Pays Off!” with Mariya Masters. Learn and practice  Continue Reading

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Early Music at the Grange

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

This note just came in from Jeffery Cohen who will be performing next week at the grange… Dear Friends, Please join us very soon on Wednesday evening, January 22 when works from the reign of Louis XV (yes, the fifteenth this time) and our first of four 2014 Salish Sea Early Music Festival programs will  Continue Reading


Flood Insurance in the San Juans

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Most of the waterfront home owners in the County went through the process of determining if flood insurance is a necessity for their property when they purchased or refinanced. As you may be aware, the majority of our waterfront properties are designated as being in the flood plain as determined by the current Federal Emergency  Continue Reading


The Native Plant Sale is Taking Orders

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

With the New Year rolled over and the seed catalogues arriving daily in the mailboxes, gardeners are making their to do list for the perfect dream garden. The Master Gardeners of San Juan County have a suggestion: The Annual Native Plant Sale. Nothing is better for the garden, for your environment and the community, or  Continue Reading

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