2016 San Juan County Fair Poster art by Jill Bliss

2016 Fair Update

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

The Fair is getting near, about 40 days away! Planning is well underway with vendors, entertainers, and exhibitors all excited to showcase at the Fairgrounds from August 17th through the 20th (Wednesday-Saturday). This year’s Fair theme is “Barn and Raised in the Islands” with beautiful poster art by the talented Jill Bliss of San Juan Island.  Continue Reading


Trunk Show at Surina Business Park

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Erin Heydenreich shares this invitation with you… Come shopping at Heather B Munro Yoga Studio in the Surina Business Park on Saturday, July 9th! We have tons of beautiful handcrafted items from Oaxaca, Mexico and Betina Roza Jewelry! Baskets, hammocks, clothing, textiles, bags, jewelry and more! This is also a great time to come check  Continue Reading

Edward R. Weed in 1942

Edward R. Weed

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

On his passing, we now celebrate the life of Edward Richard Weed, devoted husband and dedicated father. Ed was born in Vancouver, BC to American parents in 1923. He was the eighth generation of his family born and raised in North America, his forbearers having arrived in the year 1630. He joined the US Army  Continue Reading

The waterfront side of the new Downriggers building - SJ Update photo

They’re Moving In Already

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm, by

It seems it will be near the end of August before Downriggers Restaurant opens in their new location at Spring Street Landing, however there are 3 businesses downstairs that are open already and have been for about a week or so. San Juan Safaris / San Juan Outfitters is moved in and has added a coffee & snack  Continue Reading


Ferry Tail LLC

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm, by

This just popped into the SJ Update mailbag today. Take a look… Hello San Juan Update, I thought you might be interested in FerryTail.com, our new website that allows owners of expiring ferry passes to post them online for sale. We were featured on the channel 7 Kiro news last week, and are on the front  Continue Reading

Amanda Smith teaches acting - Contributed photo

The Actor’s Toolbox

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 9:32 am, by

Spots are still available for The Actor’s Toolbox, a two-week Theatre Arts for Kids workshop led by Amanda Smith at San Juan Community Theatre. It starts Monday, July 11 with classes Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm at the Theatre. Youth ages 12 to 18 will discover the tools of the actor; namely  Continue Reading

Aiyanna O’Prussack, winner of the youth play pack - Contributed photo

Large Changes Begin with Small Actions

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

How can Islanders save 77 Million Gallons of Water this Year? By Lauren Platman, Friends of the San Juans With summer underway, some islanders are already feeling the heat – and the drought. Some wells are already being starved of fresh water, which makes the rainy autumn season seem a long way off. As climate  Continue Reading


Letter from Family Resource Center

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

From the San Juan Update mailbag… Dear Editor, We all look forward to summer, but it’s easy to forget that it can be a time of stress for young families. Many parents are working long hours while school is out and their childcare options may be limited. United Way of San Juan County recognizes the  Continue Reading


Cultural Access Washington

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

You are invited to listen to a presentation by D. David Brown Interim Executive Director of Cultural Access Washington on July 8th. The meeting will be held from noon – 1:30 in the Legislative Hearing Room of the County Council Offices (55 Second Street across from the County Court House). The time has been picked  Continue Reading


Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update What to expect during the week of July 4th: Location(s) of work: Road still needs to be restored between the Water Treatment Plant on Wold Road and San Juan County Road. Pipeline installation will continue on San Juan County Road between Boyce and Valley Farms Road. Work Days/Hours:  Continue Reading


Bait Shop Open

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm, by

There’s a new Fish & Chips bar in town. It’s that place next door to Haley’s on Spring Street. It’s called The Bait Shop and it’s owned by Bobby and Stacie Tangney – owners of Haley’s. They just opened about 3 weeks ago and had their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2 weeks ago. It has an  Continue Reading

Cecil, Roger, Tom and James will rock it up Wednesday night - Contributed photo

Music on the Lawn with the Henry James Band

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm, by

The opening of the Music on the Lawn series begins tonight WEDNESDAY JULY 6 at 6:30 PM on the lawn at the Historical Museum, 405 Price Street. Brought to you by Island Rec! Come on out and support this wonderful event! Tonight it’s the Henry James Band – Old school and way cool. Blistering slide work  Continue Reading


Winning Parade Entries Announced

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm, by

Here are the winners in various categories for this year’s parade: $600 Best Use of Theme, Float – winner Islanders Bank $400 Best Use of Theme, Non-Float – Building Blocks Preschool $300 Best Use of Theme, Children/Youth – Julie and Gianni, “Animals of American Camp” $300 Judges Special Choice – Cutthroat Pirates $200 Best Costumed Group  Continue Reading

Night Music Thursday

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm, by

  One trio and two individual singer/songwriters make up the next Night Music concert at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 pm. Palace Guard’s unique sounds combine shades of Seattle musical backgrounds, Post-Post Grunge, with maybe a dash of 70s rock swagger. All singers and songwriters who also sprinkle in some  Continue Reading


An Iconic Whale and a Film

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from the SJI Historical Museum… Before there was Free Willy… there was Namu, the Killer Whale. How many reading this today were involved in the production of that first film 50 years ago? The Journal reported that locations here included the Friday Harbor Cannery, Friday Harbor School (anyone  Continue Reading


Drive-In at the Fairgrounds

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Head on over to the Fairgrounds, this Friday July 8th for the final Drive-In of the season—Dirty Dancing! Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Parking is first come, first served and will start at 8:00 pm, taller vehicles and/or vehicles  Continue Reading


Opalco Tea and Talk

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Tea and Talk with OPALCO Board Members Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen &Winnie Adams Tuesday July 12th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Grange Please join us for some tea and decaf, and time to talk about OPALCO and Rock Island. We will talk about changes affecting our future energy supply, and What OPALCO is doing  Continue Reading

Rene Bibaud - Contributed photo

Rene Bibaud of Ropeworks

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

This Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 PM, the San Juan Island Library Presents Rene Bibaud’s Ropeworks Show, held on the grounds of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Rene is a performance artist and former coach with the world-famous Cirque Du Soleil Troupe. She combines her skills as a professional rope jumper, educator, entertainer and athlete to create  Continue Reading

Loren Johnson photo

Signs Vandalized

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

Loren Johnson reports on vandalism… On July 3, fourteen “Save EMS” signs were pulled from their privately approved locations and left on the grounds of Friday Harbor High School. Candidate signs in nearby locations were undisturbed. Fortunately, most of the signs have been salvaged and returned to their previous locations. We are saddened that this  Continue Reading



Posted on July 4, 2016 at 11:39 pm, by

In case you missed it, here are some shots of the fireworks over Friday Harbor this July 4th. Click any thumbnail below to enlarge.

2016 parade-045

2016 July 4th Parade Photos

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm, by

What a great day for a parade. The weather turned out great and then just about whole island showed up to line the street and watch the parade go by. (click any thumbnail to enlarge)


SJCT Summer Film Series

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 7:18 am, by

Well Fellow Film Buffs, The second week of our film series confirmed that there are a lot of people here who appreciate independent films. The audience of over 100 laughed out loud (LOL for your hipper folks) at “Meet the Patels”. We hope to see all of you at the Community Theatre this coming Tuesday  Continue Reading

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