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L120, 7-week-old Southern Resident orca has died - Photo credit: Carrie Sapp

Baby Orca Did Not Survive

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

This sad story was forwarded to the Update on behalf of the Orca Network… The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other  Continue Reading


Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon’s shadow misses the Earth. San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party, Thursday, October 23, in Driggs Park, adjacent to the Land Bank’s office, at  Continue Reading

Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet by Todd Wilkinson

Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Two Talking Wolves tour sponsored by Cascadia Wildlands is coming to Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday October 25, 1:30—3:00 pm. Nationally-known environmental author Todd Wilkinson will be on hand and so will Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director, both to talk about Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Todd Wilkinson has  Continue Reading


Diane and the LWV Say “Thanks”

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

Dear Editor, On behalf of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans, I would like to thank the citizens, press and candidates for office who attended our recent Voters’ Forums. I also want to thank the workers at the County Elections Office for diligently providing timely information. More than 200 people from San  Continue Reading


Free Song with Tips for DVSAS

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Orcas Island singer songwriter Mandy Troxel has released a new original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song is available for free download, with the option to “tip” the music, with 100% of the proceeds designated towards the San Juan County’s DVSAS office. The song developed from an incident that unfolded  Continue Reading

Just another pollinator - Tim Dustrude photo

Garden Club Pollinator Program with Colleen

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

Colleen Howe-Gregory of Mitchell Bay Farms will be our featured speaker at the San Juan Island Garden Club on November 4, 2014. Colleen will be presenting a visual program that will highlight pollinator issues and she will also address the use of color in the landscape environment. She will comment on why we make poor  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Caesar is a gorgeous big boy, about 9 years old. He’s a big teddy bear of a dog who loves to swim, play ball and be in the company of people. He has shown aggression toward some dogs, so we think he’ll be happiest as the only dog in the home. He cannot live in  Continue Reading


Opalco Broadband Unveiled: $95/Month

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:39 am, by

Separate Entity To Deliver Internet Services To Co-Op Members At Thursday’s meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors, a motion was unanimously approved that includes a $7.5 million acceleration of our efforts to provide member Internet connections to as many members as possible – and, eventually, serve the entire membership. A new organization will be  Continue Reading

Kon-Tiki at FHFF Tuesday

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Kon-Tiki will be the last Tuesday night film at the Grange before the Friday Harbor Film Festival – It will be shown at 7:00 pm, October 21st at the Grange hall. Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by  Continue Reading


Racing News from FH Sailing Club

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 5:53 am, by

Friday Harbor Sailing Club’s eighth annual Fred Hoeppner International Regatta was held October 4 and 5 out on the west side of San Juan Island. This year, it was an exciting two day race that involved several sailboats, skippers and crews who competed in different races over the weekend under varying conditions. Congratulations to the  Continue Reading


Stillpoint School ShakesOut

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 11:14 am, by

Here’s a note from Dori and Kate about their participation in the Great ShakeOut the other day… Stillpoint School students were excited to join more than 20 million people worldwide by participating in the world’s largest earthquake drill on Thursday. Stillpoint students participated in the earthquake drill at exactly 10:16 on October 16, and enjoyed  Continue Reading

M/V Tokitae, a 144 car Olympic Class ferry as it looked in March of 2013 - Photo by Stuart Isett/Vigor

Name the New Ferry

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

(Editor’s note – This is an updated post with the link corrected below) The Voice of Washington Survey would like to know your preference of 4 possible names for the new 144-car Olympic Class ferry currently being built for Washington State Ferries. The choices are: Chimacum Cowlitz Sammamish Suquamish Click this link to sign up  Continue Reading

Pacific White Sided Dolphin - Jim Maya photo

Pacific White Sided Dolphin

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Charters says they continue to see whales every day, though not always Orcas – lots of humpbacks recently. And, he says he’s seen more Pacific White-Sided Dolphins this year than any other year.  Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo Jim!

Island Mushroom - Contributed photo

Nature Institute Field Workshop

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Explore Island Mushrooms with Fred Rhoades Saturday October 25,2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Meet at UW Labs Register online at or call 378-3646 $55 per person (Eight registered participants required to ensure class)

DVSAS Local Harvest Dinner

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:26 am, by

Thanks to our generous local farmers and fishermen, there will be a Local Harvest Dinner to support a local non-profit, on Thursday October 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church on Spring Street. Guests will be able to place to-go orders to take home or will be able to sit down for  Continue Reading


SJIPSF Says Thanks!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:57 am, by

The Phone-a-Thon, held on October 7th and 8th, brought in $42,000 in pledges. As they say, “It takes a village”. Thank you to this amazing community! Volunteer students, parents, and educators spent hours at our call center this year. A big thanks to them as well. The generous support of islanders has enabled the organization  Continue Reading


WSF Reservations

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a note from Brian Churchwell at WSF about the upcoming reservations system… I’m sure many of you saw the King 5 News piece yesterday or heard about it. There were a couple errors that we have requested they correct. It would be great if we could get this out on the local blogs so  Continue Reading


Island Stage Left Presents: Red

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

The Tony Award winning and Electrifying “RED” by John Logan is back by popular demand! SJ County Fairgrounds Marie Boe Building October 24th through November 16th Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00 (show opens on Friday October 24th)


Friday Harbor Transportation Benefit District

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s a note from the Town of Friday Harbor about the new item on the ballot next month… The November 4th General Election is a few weeks away and Town Voters will be asked to consider Proposition 1 regarding the two tenths of one percent sales and use tax within Friday Harbor. Informational documents, including  Continue Reading


Election 2014

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

There are some new letters on the Election Page. Click here to see them…


Roche Harbor Salmon Derby

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Here’s Debbie with a head’s up about the upcoming derby… YES ~ it is time to think about getting your boat team registered for the upcoming 12th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Derby! To be held February 5th – 7th, 2015 ~ which DOES NOT conflict with our Seattle Boat Show or the Super Bowl ~!  Continue Reading


Energy Pie Social

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

You are invited to a fun, informative, and most of all delicious event for the entire community to talk about the energy future of the San Juans. Provide your input on San Juan Islands energy planning. Celebrate the Community Solar for our Schools program and recognize our outstanding contributors! Drop by, exchange ideas, and enjoy  Continue Reading

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