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Blessing the Hands that Feed Us

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:43 am, by

Thrive San Juan Islands welcomes best-selling South Whidbey author, Vicki Robin to San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands in mid-June. Vicki will speak about her new book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; what eating closer to home can teach us about food, community and our place on earth. She will share how her experiment  Continue Reading

Artist Pamela Hoke - Tim Dustrude photo

Friday Art Market Opens Friday

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

The Friday Art Market’s Artisans on the Plaza opens its 2014 season this Friday, June 20, 3:00-7:00 pm, at Brickworks Plaza. The artisan line-up includes a variety of arts and crafts created by a talented group of artists, many new to the market this year. Music for the opening is provided by the amazing classical  Continue Reading

Christine Langley of Lopez Island; winner of the Farmland Stewardship award - Contributed photo

7 to be Honored for Environmental Stewardship

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Seven to be honored for environmental stewardship Seven Good Steward awards will be presented to islanders and local organizations in recognition of exceptional environmental stewardship on Saturday, June 21 at the Orcas Island Solstice Celebration. At 11 a.m., winners will be presented with a “Finee” award—a glazed ceramic salmon made by Crow Valley Pottery—at the  Continue Reading

The Archduke's assassin, Gavrilo Princip, is apprehended - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Park Historian to Give Talk on 100th Anniversary of World War One

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

On the morning of June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary was assassinated along with his wife in Sarajevo, Bosnia, triggering World War I, a catastrophe that killed 15 million people and destroyed three empires. Learn how diplomacy failed that summer and the result in “August 1914: The Year Diplomacy  Continue Reading

Lopez Household Hazardous Waste Round-up -  Contributed photo

Lopez Hazardous Waste Round-Up June 21

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:27 am, by

San Juan County’s final Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up of 2014 will be held on Lopez on June 21 from 11:  am to 2:00 pm at the County shop lot next to the Lopez Island Dump. Signs will be posted by the entrance off Fisherman Bay Road. Household and business hazardous (or moderate risk) waste will  Continue Reading

SJ Islands Farm - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Current Use Farm and Agriculture Taxation Program

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:22 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 concludes its 2014 Spring Lecture Series with a program on the Current Use Farm and Agriculture Taxation Program on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 6:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Everything you wanted  Continue Reading

Dignitaries and current and past County officials join Council Member Jamie Stephens and Parks Director Dona Wuthnow in cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the "Rediscover Odlin" Celebration - Click to enlarge - SJCounty Staff photo

County Parks Celebrates Odlin Park Project Completion

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:11 am, by

County Parks celebrated the completion of Odlin Park renovation projects that spanned more than a decade with an event titled “Rediscover Odlin” last Wednesday at the park on Lopez Island. The weather cooperated, providing a perfect sunny afternoon for the more than sixty park supporters and officials who attended and enjoyed music by Kate Czaja  Continue Reading


OPALCO Improves Grid Control Network

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:03 am, by

OPALCO Adds 700 Mhz Licensed Frequency to Grid Control Network On Friday, OPALCO announced the purchase of a partitioned portion of the Vulcan Wireless LLC 700 MHz FCC license to add to the OPALCO grid control network, as well as a collaboration agreement with Vulcan Wireless to learn from the Co-op’s deployment for the benefit  Continue Reading

Stillpoint Elementary School graduates - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Stillpoint Grads

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 1:54 am, by

Congratulations to Stillpoint School’s Class of 2014! On June 10, 2014, 6th graders Danica Islam, Jersie Angel, and Caeden O’Prussack earned their diplomas and graduated from Stillpoint School. The Graduation and Promotion Ceremony was followed by an outdoor reception. Stillpoint’s 2014 Graduates have left a lasting legacy with many wonderful memories, and will be missed  Continue Reading

Nancy Fusare, Kiwanis Secretary, hands Connie her award along with Kiwanis President, Stephanie Johnson-O'day and memberLisa Anderson - Contributed photo

Everyday Hero Award for Conni

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a good news announcement from the Kiwanis Club… The Kiwanis Club is happy to announce that their annual Everyday Hero Award has been awarded to Ms. Conni Goff who volunteers tirelessly at Friday Harbor Elementary School for 40 hours per week. This is her 51st year of teaching and volunteering in the classroom and  Continue Reading

Story Poles simulate the new proposed buildings at Spring Street Landing - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Story Poles

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

This story has been updated since it was first published: (see below) Have you seen those new structures the Port put up down at Spring Street Landing where Downriggers was? They’re called Story Poles, and they simulate the size and shape of the new building which is proposed to be built in Downriggers’ place. They  Continue Reading

Mike Martin assists Duncan Wilson while Rebecca Parks (hidden) and Cynthia Burke stand by at the ribbon cutting launch of Whale Tale Cookies at the San Juan Island Whale Museum - Contributed photo

It’s Crunch Time!

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

A new island company launched with a splash in Friday Harbor at the Whale Museum on Tuesday. Whale Tale Cookies makes treats for kids with an educational twist. Each package of whale tail shaped cookies contains a trading card with a fun photo by a local photographer of an orca whale engaged in one of  Continue Reading

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Islanders Bank Shred Event

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

Today, the Islander’s Bank Friday Harbor Branch is providing a free Shred Event in the bank’s parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or until the shred truck is full. This is a great chance for islanders to get their paper documents destroyed for free from the bank’s secure vendor, Recall. Islander’s Bank –  Continue Reading


Art Show and Opening

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Gallery 9 is pleased to have Orcas Island artist James Hardman show his new original watercolors from June 14- July 13, with the Opening this Saturday, June 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Gallery 9 – 60 First Street, Friday Harbor.

The Sentinel  - Contributed photo

Sheriff Takes Delivery of New Public Safety Boat

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has officially taken delivery of the Sentinel, a new 38’ X 12’ Munson catamaran equipped as a patrol/rescue and fire-fighting boat. The new craft is equipped with a pump capable of directing 1500 gallons of water per minute on marine, marina or waterfront fires and serving as a floating  Continue Reading

Announcing the 2014 Garden Tour,  Saturday June 14. Pictured here is the Pearson Garden last year - Click to enlarge - Tori Benz Hillstrom photo

Garden Tour is this Weekend

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Don’t forget this on Saturday – the 2014 Garden Tour… WSU Master Gardeners, Garden Club and Horticultural Society members are gearing up to show guests three wonderful San Juan island gardens on display on Saturday June 14. Tickets at $15 per person ($6.00 for children 12 and under) are on sale now at Ace Hardware,  Continue Reading


Triathlon and Marathon Volunteers Needed

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Island Marathon at Lakedale Resort and it’s sister events (half marathon and 10K) will join the Three Lakes Triathlon creating the Three Lakes Sports Weekend on June 21st and 22nd. Purple & Gold Club, beneficiary of proceeds from the events, is coordinating volunteers for shifts on both days and invites you to participate.  Continue Reading


Soccer Signups

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Here’s a note from SJ Soccer President, Travis Ayers… Hello Soccer Fans, This Sunday, June 15th at midnight, the lowest soccer fees disappear! Please sign up before then at The following additional fees kick in after this weekend: U6 $10 U8-U10 $25 U11 and up $50 Let me know if you have any questions  Continue Reading

Opening night of Shakespeare Under the Stars - Click to enlarge poster

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Summer is here and it’s time for you and your guests’ annual treat – Island Stage Left’s magical “Shakespeare Under the Stars”. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s production is our favorite romantic comedy, “Twelfth Night”. Written just after “Hamlet”, “Twelfth Night” reveals a more mature Shakespeare, writing about miracles of reconciliation, of  Continue Reading

Meet the Artists at WaterWorks Gallery this Saturday - Click for larger poster

New Artists at WaterWorks Gallery

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Janis Miltenberger, Lampworked Glass Sculpture Michael Dickter, Mixed media paintings Janis Miltenberger – Story telling using her iconic glass sculptures that are occupied with birds, flowers, everyday objects and chairs, creating sculptures that are filled with analogies of art that may be myth or biblical based. Michael Dickter paints a vocabulary of images, marks and  Continue Reading


Charity & Nonprofit Education Symposium

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

The Washington State Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division, partnering with the San Juan County Economic Development Council, will present a full-day symposium for nonprofits and charities. The event will be held at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, June 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Advance registration is required and space  Continue Reading


Orca Sing 2014

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:23 am, by

June 21 is the date for the annual Orca Sing event at Lime Kiln Point State Park Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. Typically held on a Saturday near the Solstice, this year’s event is  Continue Reading

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