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Write Doe Bay – Small Workshop, Big Talent

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 5:17 am, by

Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island is known for its rustic charm, world class farm-to-table café and its annual music festival, Doe Bay Fest. For the past two and a half years, something else has grown on the resort’s pristine 38-acres: a boutique writing workshop drawing first-class talent to aspiring and seasoned writers. And, like  Continue Reading

Erin Braybrook of Arlington, formerly of San Juan Island, accepts her prize from museum director Charlie Bodenstab - Contributed photo

1000th Visitor a Winner!

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, which opened December 5 in Friday Harbor, surprised its 1000th visitor on Friday with a $200 Charter Membership. Erin Braybrook of Arlington, formerly of San Juan Island, is shown accepting her prize from museum director Charlie Bodenstab. Benefits included with Braybrook’s $200 Supporting Membership include the opportunity to preview  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

O.K. Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up now… I arrived here at the Animal Shelter a few weeks ago, but I’ve been laying kind of low to prevent a stampede, because, well – look at me! I’m fabulous, if I don’t mind saying so. (And I don’t.) I’m a seal point Siamese, but I  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

REALTORS in 2015

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:10 am, by

Here’s a new article written by Merri Ann Simonson… The REALTORS on San Juan and Lopez islands voted to dissolve the San Juan County Association of REALTORs in 2015 and become REALTOR members at large of the State Association. The decision to dissolve was due, in large part, to new core standards established by the  Continue Reading


Get Familiar With Your Tablet/Smart Phone

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm, by

Get some hands-on help with a new iPad, iPhone, Kindle or Android tablet or smartphone. Learn how to download applications, close apps, toggle between apps or multitask, mark favorites, and conserve your battery. Library staff will instruct in an informal setting with other newbies. Remember to bring your charged-up tablet or phone, Apple password or  Continue Reading


Board and Commission Vacancies

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or contact the council office at:  Continue Reading


Opalco Rates to Increase

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

Submarine Cables & Revenue Shortfall Drive Rates Up OPALCO leadership has approved a new rate structure and 2015 budget that include rate increases for all members. There is no getting around it: we are facing expensive submarine cable replacements beginning in 2015 and continuing for the foreseeable future. In addition, we have to make up  Continue Reading

The new IMA Building opened on Friday, December 5th - Tim Dustrude photo

IMA Letter

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a letter to the community from Emily Reed Geyman about the new art museum… The Islands Museum of Art on Spring Street in Friday Harbor is a significant new landmark in the cultural life of our islands thanks to the generosity of individuals and the hard work of many many volunteers. The museum’s architecture  Continue Reading

Pet photographer wanted - Photo by Elizabeth and Jane photography

Call for Photographers

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The animal shelter is looking for a volunteer with experience photographing pets for a new public relations campaign. If you are good with a camera, are creative and have some time to spare, call Jan Murphy at the animal shelter at 378-2158.


Fish for Teeth

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:26 am, by

The Tooth Mobile is coming back to the Mullis Center, on Friday, Jaunuary 23rd and Saturday, January 24th. Fish For Teeth is sponsoring this clinic to provide dental care for anyone who is financially unable to afford it. Applications can be downloaded from our website at and dropped off at the Health Department or  Continue Reading

How to Be a Good Neighbor

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 4:18 am, by

Alison Longley shares some neighborly thoughts… How to be a Good Neighbor A number of events occurring on our islands as I was reading “Six Degrees” by Mark Lynas has me thinking – how can we be a better community in this new year and beyond? Here are a few thoughts: Remember the Jazz Festival?  Continue Reading


Start Your New Year with Trails

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 11:22 pm, by

Eileen Drath of the Trails Committee wanted to make sure you heard – here she is with a reminder about their changed meeting times… Hey everybody – We are trying something new! We are changing our time so perhaps YOU can join us at our meeting. The new time is Tuesday, January 6 at noon.  Continue Reading


Officials to be Sworn into Office

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm, by

County Officials to be Sworn into Office Monday, January 5 Newly elected and re-elected San Juan County Officials will be sworn into office at 1:00 P.M. Monday afternoon at the County Courthouse in Friday Harbor. Sheriff Ron Krebs, Treasurer Rhonda Pederson, and Assessor John Kulseth will be sworn to their first terms in office. Re-elected  Continue Reading


FHFF Tuesday Film Series

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 5:59 am, by

Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, ‘Following The Ninth’ is the story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the message in Beethoven’s 9th symphony: Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Connected). At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students played the 9th over loudspeakers as the army came  Continue Reading


Audition on Sunday

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Audition Sunday, January 4 San Juan Community Theatre is casting actors to participate in the new Play Development Project. Meet with directors and writers in the Gubelman Theatre THIS Sunday, January 4 at 6:30 pm and support our Island Playwrights and the annual Playwrights Festival. For more information, contact Festival administrator Julie Laidlaw at jeztjulz  Continue Reading

Commitment Ride 2015 - Contributed photo

New Year’s Day Bikers

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s John Stimpson with a note about this year’s Commitment Ride… Dear fellow San Juan Cyclists, Given the crisp cold air and frosty roads 31 brave souls ventured into town for our annual commitment ride. Good conversation, food and drink were consumed after a spin around pear point. Some riders even ventured out to Cape  Continue Reading


OMWBE Certification Workshop offered through the EDC

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 5:25 am, by

The Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE), in partnership with the San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer their OMWBE Certification Workshop on Wednesday, January 14th, from 9 a.m. until noon at the San Juan Island Library, and videoconferenced at both the Lopez Library and the Orcas Island Library. The OMWBE Certification  Continue Reading

Corner of Lampard Road and Ross Lane - Tim Dustrude photo

Holiday Lights

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 9:49 am, by

Just in case you haven’t seen enough holiday lights, here are a few more as we say goodbye the holiday season and welcome the new year. There are many more out there – these are just a few outstanding ones that I had time to get out and photograph this year. Happy New Year and  Continue Reading

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Downriggers Offering Whole 30 Menu

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 9:34 am, by

You may have seen The Studio’s ad for their January Fitness program, which includes the option to purchase whole complete meals which follow the program’s guidelines. Well I just heard from Debbie at Downriggers that they are offering the menu to the community as well. Here’s Debbie with more… We are offering Paleo dinners based  Continue Reading

J-16 Slick is likely the mother of the new Orca Calf -

New Southern Resident Orca Calf

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm, by

Great news, and a great way to ring in the New Year! It’s confirmed… the Southern Residents have a new member. A calf probably belonging to J-16 “Slick”. The photo above was shot by Miles Ritter on August 6, 2013. Check out more of Miles’ work on his Flickr page.

Friday Harbor from the Air on December 28, 2014 - Chris Teren photo

Friday Harbor from the Air

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

Here’s an awesome photo of Friday Harbor that Chris Teren of Teren Photography shot from his airplane on Sunday. Thanks for sharing Chris!

No-quarter Binoculars - SJ Update photo


Posted on December 30, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

The Town just recently installed a new binocular scope thing like you see in… uh, well like in tourist places… But this one doesn’t cost you a quarter to use. Go check it out. It’s up there on the bluff overlooking the harbor by Vinny’s Ristorante and Friday Harbor House.

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