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

Pet of the Week

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Believe me, girls – I’m just as shocked as you are that I’m still here at the animal shelter. It’s been months! Cray-cray, right?   I’m by far the prettiest girl here, and I absolutely adore greeting people in the lobby! If I have to watch another, less-attractive cat get adopted I think I’ll just scream.  Continue Reading


Island Rec Commissioners say “Thanks!”

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Dear Editor, On behalf of Island Rec, San Juan Island School District, the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, and the other groups, organizations, and individuals who have worked so hard to fund and develop the new community park on Carter Avenue, we want to thank our island voters for a fantastic turnout and a strong positive  Continue Reading

Volunteer Mounted Posse Formation Meeting

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a letter from Amy Herdy… Dear San Juan Update, Could you help me get the word out about the following… Sheriff Ron Krebs has given the official green light for a San Juan County volunteer sheriff’s mounted posse. The purpose of the posse (say that fast ten times!) is to help with community outreach  Continue Reading

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Lynn Danaher Checks in from Polynesia

Posted on May 10, 2015 at 11:29 am, by

Lynn Danaher of the Friday Harbor Film Festival sends this update from half way across the Pacific Ocean… Raivavae Research Program May 2015 One of the ways funds are generated to assist with the Friday Harbor Film Festival is by leading expeditions for an adventurous few to remote Polynesia. I took a small group to  Continue Reading

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Little Spotted Fawns

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Shona over at Wolf Hollow about all the little fawns out and about these days… Hello I was wondering if you could post this article about fawns. We are receiving calls from people who are worried because they have seen fawns “all on their own”, and we would like to remind people  Continue Reading


“Town Hall” meeting on Ferry Reservations

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

The Ferry Advisory Committee and San Juan County Council invite the public to a Reservations “Town Hall” meeting on Lopez Island, Tuesday May 19 from 4pm to 6pm at the Lopez Community Center. WSF representatives will be on hand, along with FAC and County Council members, to present an update on reservations, answer questions, and listen  Continue Reading

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Moonlight Sinatra

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm, by

Jimmy Moe is back  for more “Moonlight Sinatra” crooning – ‘Old Blue Eyes’ this Saturday afternoon from at San Juan Vineyards out on Roche Harbor Road, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and then again on Sunday at the Rumor Mill, 175 First Street, starting at 6:30 pm. Maybe it’s his bright blue eyes, or maybe it’s  Continue Reading


Town seeks proposals from graphic artists and videographers to complete two projects.

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals to design a new Town logo and to create an informational video. According to Administrator Duncan Wilson, the Town is seeking an updated logo design that better reflects the creative and vital personality of the community. Over the past several months a committee has been working to  Continue Reading

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Bill Williams Running for Hospital District Commissioner

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:56 am, by

I am announcing my candidacy for the San Juan County Public Hospital District Board election this November. I have been an island resident for fifteen years. Prior to coming to SJI, I spent thirty years managing hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and medical insurance companies, in civilian and military settings. I earned my BS degree  Continue Reading

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Bald Eagle

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here are a couple of beautiful photos of a Bald Eagle that Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Charters photographed the other day. What a beautiful bird – thanks for sharing Jim!

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New Laundromat in Town

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

There’s a new laundromat in Town. Actually it’s a rebirth of the old laundromat. Sunshine Laundries has moved into the place right by Brickworks where the old laundromat was. The space has been cleaned up and has all Brand-New equipment – it looks very nice inside. They are not offering dry cleaning as they had before, but rather  Continue Reading

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FHHS Sailing Team Fundraiser

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Nigel Oswald inviting you to the Sailing Team fundraiser… I was wondering if you could put a notice on the Update for the High School Sailing team fundraiser next week? I have attached the flyer but the details are as follows: Date: Thursday May 14th, 5.30 PM Location: San Juan Island  Continue Reading


Barbara Sharp Running for Hospital District Commissioner

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

I have been a full-time island resident since October 2002, and a property owner since 1978. Like many islanders, I came here to visit and was instantly smitten with this special place and fine community.   Accordingly, I wish to serve as a Commissioner on the San Juan County Public Hospital District Board to ensure our  Continue Reading

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Seriously Funny: Humor, Film & Philosophy with Mike Van Quickenborne

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Mike Van Quickenborne is a Philosophy instructor at Everett Community College, and organizer of the world’s first philosophical film festival, “Philosophy in the Dark.” Can films teach us about philosophy? Is what we feel while watching a film linked to what we learn? Film holds tremendous power to shape the thoughts of audience members. Audience  Continue Reading

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A Golden Opportunity: Saving one of Washington’s Rarest Plants

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

One of Washington states rarest plants grows right here on San Juan Island! Interested in learning more? Washington’s Rare Plant Botanist Joe Arnett and Ecologist Dr. Peter Dunwiddie will share their knowledge about the beautiful and mysterious golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta). Participants will learn about golden paintbrush ecology, why the plant is so rare, and  Continue Reading


FHL Tide Bites

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

The FHL Marine Science Image Gallery: a New Resource for Students and Teachers at All Levels by Ken Sebens and Tim Dwyer Do you need a quality image of a sponge for your next invertebrate zoology lecture? Maybe one of your students needs an algal photo for a class report? Or, perhaps one of Friday  Continue Reading


Paul Young Reception

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Gallery Bienvenu, one of the newest additions to the Friday Harbor art scene, is having a reception for acclaimed Seattle painter, Paul Young on Saturday May 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Widely exhibited and collected, Paul’s geometric abstract forms excite the eye with bold colors and confident shapes. In addition to Young’s paintings, which will be  Continue Reading


The Triumph of Seeds

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

An Evening with Local Author Thor Hanson Many of us may not realize it, but we live in a world dependent upon seeds. Take for instance, your morning cup of coffee or the cotton pajamas you wear while sipping it. In his newly released book, The Triumph of Seeds, local award-winning author and biologist Thor  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm, 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

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Prom this Weekend

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:30 am, by

Tanja Williamson sends this reminder… Hi Tim! Could you please post a reminder that the Prom for Grown Ups is this Saturday and people can contact me for tickets at (360) 472-0337. They can pay at the door too, but we’re trying to pre-sell as many as possible to get an idea for planning. Thank  Continue Reading

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Monica Harrington Running for Hospital District Commissioner

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

My name is Monica Harrington, and I’m running for public hospital district commissioner here on San Juan Island. My goal is serve the interests of the public.  I believe in accountability, transparency, and ongoing, responsive oversight to ensure our public tax dollars are spent wisely and islanders can access essential health services at reasonable rates.   Continue Reading

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Community Dinner Tonight!

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Community Dinner Tonight! Wednesday May 6th 5:30 – 7:30 in the Friday Harbor High School Commons The Ballet Folklorio de Monarca will dance and there will be an OPEN HOUSE for the new STEM Building (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) between 6:00 – 7:00. Dinner will be amazing: House-Smoked Pork Carnitas : Applewood smoked pork shoulder chopped and  Continue Reading

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