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Support for your Local Candidates

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

A number of people have sent letters to the Update email inbox in support of their favorite candidates in the upcoming election. You can see their letters at the link below. The page will be updated as more letters come in so you might want to check back frequently… Read their letters here.


Lighthouse Preschool Fundraiser

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

October 9th – October 23rd Just in time for the holidays, the preschool is selling Butter Braids, Break & Bake Cookies and Puff Pastries. These delicious treats keep well in your freezer until you are ready to bake them. There are many flavors to choose from. $12 each Contact your favorite preschooler or Alisa Schoultz  Continue Reading


EDC Supports OPALCO Broadband

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County EDC Commends OPALCO for Progress on Broadband Initiative The San Juan County Economic Development Council commends OPALCO for its rapid progress on the broadband initiative, particularly its work on the completed broadband plan and development of “Neighborhood Connections” for broadband deployment in the county. The EDC has worked for many years on  Continue Reading

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Reminder: Chili Cook-Off

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Don’t forget – it’s this Saturday… Island Harvest Chili Cook-Off and Art Market Local chefs compete for prizes as they present their best vegetarian and non-vegetarian chili recipes. Tasting tickets cost $10 – $16 and include cornbread, fresh pressed cider and homemade S’mores. Cook-Off winners will be announced at 6:00 pm. Admission is FREE to  Continue Reading

Vincent W. Shu, MD, FCCP, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Cardiovascular Diseases - Tim Dustrude photo

Inspire Medical Clinic

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Dr. Vincent Shu has opened a new clinic over on Price Street next to the historical museum and has this to share with you… INSPIRE Medical Clinic is committed to helping individuals find solutions to the health issues they are experiencing. Our goal is to educate and empower our patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing  Continue Reading


Town Announces Improvements to Evergreen Park

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Town Council welcomes the public to enjoy the new walking path, picnic area and greenery recently added to Evergreen Park. The park is one of five parks within the Town, and is located off of Spruce Street on Green Way in the Greenway neighborhood. The public is invited to suggest additional enhancements. “Sarena  Continue Reading


Ferry Reservations

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Are you unsure about the upcoming ferry reservations? Some people have asked if I would put up a link to this petition site which is gathering signatures to Revoke the Reservation System and saying “the issue was not brought to our attention until the ‘solution’ was etched in stone.” Or do you simply have questions  Continue Reading


Girls’ Basketball Parent Meeting

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a note from Denyse Davis for all you basketball parents out there… We are having a mandatory meeting for all parents of girls 5th through 8th grade that have signed up or have the desire to play in this off-island basketball league. It will be Monday, October 13 at 5:00 at the FHAA Clubhouse  Continue Reading


Medicare Workshops

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan Island Library, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), Life Care of San Juan Islands, and San Juan Senior Services are working together to sponsor two community workshops in Friday Harbor presenting an overview of Medicare information for seniors and Medicare Part D, or the prescription drug insurance program. The Medicare workshops  Continue Reading

Yakima arriving in fog - Aaron Shepard photo

M/V Yakima in Fog

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

Seen any fog lately? If you’re anywhere near the water, or in town, we’re guessing that’s a big huge “YES”. Fog slowed the ferries yesterday morning and they ran late for the better part of the day because of it, and last night Aaron Shepard caught this great image of the Yakima arriving at the  Continue Reading


Timeless Boyhood Threesomes

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

It’s that time again for this month’s column from the Historical Museum… Clothing styles change but buddy pictures are always popular with boys. In these two photos from the collection of the San Juan Historical Museum, taken about 50 years apart, all six of the boys have been identified. But their life stories can always  Continue Reading



Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Come see the Fairgrounds building transformed into a Bavarian wonderland. In its 20th year, San Juan’s Oktoberfest is organized by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary and Soroptimists. All proceeds go to charity. Bratwurst, excellent beers, Felicitations desserts and San Juan’s own Blaskapelle Oompah Orchestra! Eat, drink, do the chicken dance, sing-a-long, and  Continue Reading


FHFF Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

The Volunteer Sign-up web page is ready for all of you who are interested in volunteering to sign-up for your choice venue positions. Simply go to our Volunteer web page at, and: Look over the job descriptions Select the position you want Fill out the information required and *SNAP* – you’re done!! Or stop  Continue Reading


Lopezians Recognized For Lifesaving Efforts

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

On October 3, 2014, more than 50 people gathered at OPALCO’s Lopez Crew Station to celebrate Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb’s return to work and to recognize the community members who helped save his life. On September 20, 2013, Zoerb was injured when he came into contact with a high voltage line. General Manager Foster Hildreth  Continue Reading


Do You Like to Hike or Bike?

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Volunteer to make a difference! Help make San Juan Island an even better hiking and biking community. The San Juan Island Trails Committee of Island Rec is offering two informational sessions for island residents who want to volunteer a few hours a month. Each meeting will last one hour and refreshments will be served. Come  Continue Reading


Social Media Workshop

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

The Arts and Social Media: Success is in Your Hands (and Keyboard) The San Juan County Arts Council presents a new workshop using social media to promote your art, arts organization or arts facility, expand your audience, and enjoy doing it in less time than you thought possible. The workshop will be held at the  Continue Reading


Municipal Broadband event in Mount Vernon

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon is hosting an event on Thursday about the benefits of  publicly owned broadband infrastructure. Click here to register and view the agenda.


Crowdfunding Workshop offered by the San Juan County EDC

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to use online communities like Kickstarter to ask for monetary pledges from individuals. Crowdfunding has significantly expanded the way that small U.S. companies can raise growth funds, launch new products and find new customers. But do you know the legal requirements for seeking crowdfunding? What about the type  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

Know Your Water Source

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with a report on water sources for your real estate needs… When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the  Continue Reading


Fire Station Open House

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s an invitation from Sheila at SJ Fire/Rescue… Open House at Fire Station 33, 3189 Bailer Hill Road, will take place October 11, 2014 from Noon To 3:00 PM. Come see our beautifully renovated building, and the brand new Fire Engine – the first of six, and join us for hot dogs and snacks. We  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:21 am, 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

Lyle and Joanie Mann celebrate 25 years - Shannon Dean photo

Silver Anniversary

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Next time you see Lyle or Joanie Mann, wish them Happy Anniversary! They just celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Friday out at their house. A steady stream of family, friends and guests trickled in and out during the afternoon and at one point, Marc Franklin of Aeronautical Services (that’s where Joanie works full-time and  Continue Reading

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