Griffin Bay Author Event: Geology of the San Juan Islands

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Rock hounds, pebble gatherers, and anyone who finds the island’s rocky outcroppings beautiful and fascinating should plan on attending an author event hosted by Griffin Bay Bookstore for Geology of the San Juan Islands by Ned Brown on Friday night, May 8th at 7:00 pm. The San Juan Islands are an archipelago molded by eons  Continue Reading


OPALCO Honors Linemen for National Lineman Appreciation Day

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 5:21 am, by

  The core strength of our Cooperative come from our linemen, those dedicated guys in the bright safety gear who drive the trucks, string the lines, monitor and repair our electrical grid to keep it safely running and the lights on in our homes and businesses. On Friday, April 17th, OPALCO GM Foster Hildreth visited  Continue Reading


DVSAS Guest Article

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm, by

From DVSAS: This article was submitted by one of our Male Board Members, Juan Lopez who has a passion to get the word out there to all of the other men in our islands! Dear friends: Did you know that the largest number of calls to the sheriff department are domestic violence related? Or that the majority  Continue Reading

Isabel Gabriel - Ashley King photo

Isabel Wins Scholarship

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm, by

Friday Harbor Teen Earns Scholarship from Association of Washington Cities The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that their nominee for a Quality Communities Scholarship has been selected for that honor. Friday Harbor High School senior Isabel Gabriel is one of six students from around the state of Washington to receive a scholarship  Continue Reading

Blue Eyes, Oil - 36 x 48

Pop-Up Show at WaterWorks

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm, by

WaterWorks Gallery is pleased to present as the first show of the year, the recent collection of new oil paintings from Friday Harbor resident, Debbie Daniels. This painter of portraits, has a very detailed almost photo-realistic feel to the paintings. In this collection of work, Debbie is intently looking, examining creatures that live in our  Continue Reading


New Leadership at Island Rec

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:54 am, by

After fifteen very successful years as the Director of Island Rec, Sally Thomsen has announced that she is resigning her position effective June 5, 2015. While acknowledging that her decision to resign was very difficult, Sally has expressed that she is delighted and excited to join her husband, Tim Thomsen, in the operations of his  Continue Reading

Eagle in Flight - Kevin Holmes photo

Eagle U-Turn

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this awesome photo he shot this past week.  Great shot Kevin, thanks for sharing!

Three Perspectives from the Redoubt - by Nancy Spaulding

Community Arts in the Park

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park, in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank, is once again hosting the Community Arts in the Park competition with entries accepted between May 11th and 15th, announced project coordinator Park Ranger Raena Parsons. This year’s theme is Wildflowers & Birds of the San Juan Islands. Entries may be  Continue Reading

Part-Time Help Needed

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Paideia school is looking for some help – maybe it’s you? Are you a retired teacher who misses interacting with young, inquiring minds? Are you a history or Latin enthusiast with a gift for connecting with youth? Paideia Classical School may have a position for you. We seek to hire part-time and/or a full-time middle  Continue Reading


Agnetta Wilhelmina Felthous

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 12:18 am, by

Agnetta Wilhelmina Felthous passed away from natural causes on April 17, 2015 at the age of 94. She was born on March 26, 1921 in Seattle, Washington to Ole and Anna Blindheim. She was raised in north Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School. Talented in piano and accordion, she and her brother Alvin were  Continue Reading

Doug and Birder - Contributed photo

NPS Tourism Report

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Tourism to San Juan Island NHP creates more than $15 million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 204 jobs in local economy A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 268,946 visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2014 spent $15, 083,000.40 in communities near the park. That spending supported  Continue Reading

Before the move: Colorful, thriving communities in the Fernald touch tank - Pema Kitaeff photo

FHL Tide Bites: “Touch Tank Moved”

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

We moved the ‘touch tank’ from under the stairs in the Fernald building at Friday Harbor Labs! Story by Pema Kitaeff Most visitors to FHL – whether they’re here for a year or an hour – are enamored with what we often call the “touch” or “pet” tank under the stairs in the Fernald building.  Continue Reading

Jason Gunter - Angie Upchurch photo

Speak Up on Mitchell Hill Management Plan

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s an invitation for you from Jason Gunter to make your voice heard with regard to Mitchell Hill trails… Hey Tim, Just wanted to pass along there is a public meeting on April 28th for user groups to make comments on the Mitchell Hill management plan. This is important for many reasons. Firstly there is  Continue Reading

Team Mudsharks, Left to right: Morgan Johnston, Missy Martin, Noah, Steve Cutting, John Roberson, Tracy Roberson, Rob Penwell, Jeff Roberson, Kim Ryan, Kelby Anderson, Tracy Anderson, and Amanda Rennick - Contributed photo

Island Rec Adult Co-Ed Softball

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

The crack of the bat, the pop of a mitt, the Umpire calling “YOU’RE OUT!” Summer Softball is just around the corner. Register your team now for the Island Rec adult co-ed softball league. This slow pitch league plays games on Tuesdays from June through August. Register your team by May 7, $433.00. Mandatory Captains  Continue Reading

Sharp Tailed Snake - Contributed photo

Have you seen the Sharp-tailed Snake?

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm, by

This very rare snake was only recently discovered on Orcas Island, with a FIRST SIGHTING EVER last year on San Juan Island! Now, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the SJC Land Bank, and SJI National Historical Park invite YOU to help us search for this docile and elusive little snake as landowners and  Continue Reading


BioBlitz Bird Fair for Kids

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm, by

Join Park Education Specialist Raena Parsons, San Juan County Land Bank Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Tanja Williamson, and Wolf Hollow Education Coordinator Shona Aitken for bird-filled fun! Check out bird specimens from Seattle’s Burke Museum, make bird related crafts, and play bird games! Games Art Projects Bird Specimens Photo Booth Refreshments Friday, April 24, 2015 11:00  Continue Reading


Reservations Update

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm, by

WSF improves technology to handle summer ferry reservations San Juan Island reservations will be made available starting April 28 A team of information technology specialists determined the Washington State Ferries’ online vehicle reservations system stopped working last Tuesday, April 14, because it was unable handle the large volume of customers that attempted to make summer  Continue Reading


Letters on Island Rec Levy

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm, by

Several islanders have written letters about Island Rec, and asking you to vote YES or NO for renewing the Island Rec levy in the upcoming April election. This post will be updated as new letters come in. Click below to see what they have to say: Asking for “Yes” votes: Shannon Plummer Victoria Compton Carrie Lacher  Continue Reading

Dr. John Geyman, Ph. D. - Contributed photo

Griffin Bay Books Author Event: John Geyman

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm, by

If you follow the news about the Affordable Care Act, and are anxious to hear what a well-known local doctor has to say about providing Americans with comprehensive health care, come and join us at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, April 25, 7:00 pm for a reading and discussion of Dr. John Geyman’s latest book:  Continue Reading

Jesus Chairez and Cory Ochoa - Contributed photo

Recycle Those Old Electronics

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Got any old cell phones laying around unused in a drawer somewhere? Jesus Chairez and Cory Ochoa are recycling old cell phones and other electronics for their FHHS Community Service Project as a way to help keep them out of land fills and also to help the Jane Goodall Institute save Chimpanzee habitat. Here’s the  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Hi, I’m Danny the Poodle. This is me – on a really good hair day, showing off some of my awesome dance moves. That’s right, I’m an excellent dancer! I’m also pretty good at being a best friend and a snuggly bed-mate. I’m here at the animal shelter in Friday Harbor, waiting for my special  Continue Reading

Erin Graham, FF2/WF2 is this month's Volunteer Firefighter - Contributed photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Sheila Harley is back with this month’s “Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter”… Erin Graham is a native of San Juan Island who moved off island when she was a toddler. She moved back at the age of 37! She was raised in Sequim, went to high school there then received her degree in Early Childhood Education  Continue Reading

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