Richard and Sherri Daly of SJI Cheese - Contributed photo

Bite of the San Juan Islands

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Come and celebrate the gourmet archipelago at the 3rd Annual Bite of the San Juan Islands. This Friday evening, at San Juan Island Cheese, experience the bounty of island harvests and amazing quality of island-grown food, wine, cider and beer.. all under one roof. Chef Molly Prima has created delicious bites from fresh, local, organic ingredients from San Juan, Lopez,  Continue Reading

L95 breaching in Haro Strait- October 24, 2015. Photo by Dave Ellifrit

L95 Died From Fungal Infection

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Click the link below to see the Center for Whale Research comment on death of L95, a 20 year old male Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) that died from fungal infection following a NOAA dart-tagging this year (2016). Center for Whale Research


Seniors Holiday Wreath Sale

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2017/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale.   Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25.00! These wreaths make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors and  Continue Reading


Phone-a-Thon Next Week

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Just a reminder – this is coming up next week… The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is holding its annual Phone-A-Thon to raise money for our local public schools, on Monday and Tuesday, October 17th and 18th, from 4-8pm. “Our children deserve better than what the state offers in school funding,” says Rich Meenan, President  Continue Reading


From the Mailbag

Posted on October 13, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, Nancy Ballman writes… I would like to thank islanders bank and Alexandra Sherlock for setting up the table for the new barn at the fairgrounds. I am so happy with the pledges we got and thank everyone who pledged. Every penny counts!


Trio Of Major Storms Headed To WA, Prepare Now!

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm, by

This just in from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of very powerful storms is headed our way, starting with heavy rain on Wednesday night. The NWS models forecast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for  Continue Reading


Roche Salmon Derby

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Last year, the available entries for the Roche Harbor Salmon Derby sold out by Thanksgiving, and for this year, they are already close to selling out again. Find all the info you need including entry forms at the derby website. They accept entry forms 4 ways: CALL in to the Market , (360) 378-5562 FAX  Continue Reading


County and Climate Change

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Islands Climate Resilience (ICR) is a group of islanders working to improve our resilience to climate change through a combination of outreach/education and strategic planning. We believe that climate change is happening, and that it needs to be addressed both locally and globally. To ensure that climate change issues are addressed in the 2016 County Council campaign, we asked each of  Continue Reading


Volunteers Needed!

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is looking for volunteers. Preparations for this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival, to be held on November 4-5-6, are well underway. The Festival will feature a very exciting line-up of documentary films, as well as many special events that celebrate the art of filmmaking. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to  Continue Reading


Business Planning & Financing Workshop

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

EDC offers FREE workshop on business planning and financing The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Monday, October 17th from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business and financing workshop course material will be presented by Tony Salas of the  Continue Reading

The Spring Street International School litter team earlier this year - Contributed photo

Halloween Litter Pick-Up

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Halloween litter pick-up on San Juan Island! Some participants in our annual spring Great Islands Clean-Up have suggested that we do another litter pick-up in the fall to spruce up our roadsides and beaches after summer’s outdoor activities have ended. Everyone can help. On Saturday, October 29, simply go outside and take a little walk,  Continue Reading


United Way Seeks Grant Applicants

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

United Way of San Juan County is inviting 501(c)(3) nonprofits working in Health, Education, and Income Stability to apply for a 2017 grant to make a difference in our island communities. Please go to our website, for more information, or email us at unitedwaysjc [@] for more information. Together we can make a  Continue Reading


Posted on October 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm, by

Just heard some sad news from Marie DiCristina –  Ron Vincellette passed away at his Friday Harbor home Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016. Obituary and more information will follow soon.  Please respect family while they process arrangements.

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Alex Ashley

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Rumor Mill welcomes Alex Ashley this coming Friday, October 14th. A rare, triple-threat singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Alex creates an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence. At just 26 years old, he has been described as “that of a well-seasoned musician  Continue Reading

A green crab and numerous staghorn sculpins from the catch of a Fukui-type trap. Photo credit: C. Staude.

First European Green Crab in Washington’s Salish Sea

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Sylvia Yamada and Craig Staude “Sylvia, I think we caught one!” Craig Staude shouted excitedly as he and his team of volunteers opened a baited trap in a tidal channel near the sculpture park at Roche Harbor on August 30th. Sure enough, the 74-millimeter-wide male was the first live European green crab ever caught  Continue Reading


Mindfulness for Business

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

EDC offers workshop on mindfulness for business The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on the topic of mindfulness in business, on Monday, October 17th from 1-2:00 p.m. on San Juan Island. Advance registration is required. Mindfulness was once considered a fringe movement in the Western world, but is now being  Continue Reading

Joy and Dennis Sevier of San Juan Wireless - Contributed photo

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This month’s SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month is San Juan Wireless, Inc. San Juan Wireless began as San Juan Cellular in 1998.  At that time, they were located at the Technology Center and were exclusive AT&T and DirecTV dealers.  Since then, they have moved to the Guard Electric Building on Mullis Street and  Continue Reading


The Woman in Black

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Bobby Ryan at the SJ Community Theatre created this teaser video to promote the upcoming production “The Woman in Black”. Atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror take center stage in this spine tingler that has been taking the London stage by storm for some 27 years. Steven Mallatratt’s play-within-a-play highlights a lawyer (Floyd Bourne) obsessed with  Continue Reading

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Cyber Security Seminar

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Islanders Bank is pleased to offer a FREE Community Seminar on Cyber Security. Date & Time: October 28th, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Location: Gubelman Room, SJI Community Theatre Topics covered will include: Cyber Threats Cyber Security Computer & Mobile Device security Safe internet browsing and social media use Tips for parents & kids This  Continue Reading

Milene Henley - Contributed photo – Your online access to elections

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This is the the tenth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County… Hey, Millennials! This one’s for you. Everything you ever wanted to know about elections is online, in an easy to use,  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

This, my friends, is the face of an honest dog. Yessiree. I may occasionally stretch the truth or exaggerate a little, but I will never lie to you. My name is Wally and I’m a heeler mix with lots of energy and loads of spunk. I’m patiently waiting here at the animal shelter for you  Continue Reading

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Frightmare at the Fairgrounds

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Alison Caruso is looking for volunteers to help put on this fun event… Transform a 10,000 square foot space into a haunted walk through in one weeks time… The actual event will be: Friday October 28th 5-10pm (note this will be for ages 10 & up as we will have people scaring people) $10 per  Continue Reading

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