One of the views from the top of Mount Grant - Tim Dustrude photo

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Spring is in bloom and it’s a perfect time to enjoy the wildflowers of Mount Grant with San Juan Preservation Trust’s Kathleen Foley. Kathleen will be pointing out flowers as she leads us on a hike up the mountain. She will also discuss the future trail potential of this spectacular destination. Dogs on leash are  Continue Reading


National Poetry Month with Jessica Gigot

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are proud to be co-sponsoring an evening celebrating National Poetry Month with Skagit Valley poet and farmer, Jessica Gigot, on Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 pm at the Library. Jessica Gigot returns to San Juan Island this spring with her debut collection of poems in ‘Flood Patterns’;  Continue Reading


Fundraiser for the Victims of the Ecuador Earthquakes

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

Drinks & Tapas at San Juan Island Cheese Our hearts go out to our family and friends in Ecuador. Since Saturday, Ecuador has suffered from a series of devastating earthquakes resulting in over 400 casualties and thousands of injuries. Please join us on Friday April 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for a night of drinks and  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm, by

So, here’s what happened. I used my one phone call to call my attorney in Bellevue. Turns out he’s in Tahiti vacationing with his third wife. Now I’m in a bit of a bind here at the animal shelter and the warden refuses to believe me when I tell her I was framed. I’m completely  Continue Reading

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Opalco And Rock Island Offer Retraction, Confirm Election Neutrality

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm, by

April 18, 2016 – Last Friday, OPALCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, sent an email to its customer list referencing a specific slate of candidates for OPALCO’s upcoming board election. Today, Gerry Lawlor, EVP of Rock Island issued a retraction of that email stating, “The opinions stated in that email are my own and were  Continue Reading


Parade Theme Announced

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm, by

2016’s Friday Harbor 4th Of July Parade Theme Announced San Juan Island’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the theme for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor: “America the Beautiful… 100 Years of National Parks!” The National Park Service turns 100 years of age in 2016 and San Juan Island is excited to  Continue Reading

Bob Jarman, Zach Fincher, Jaime Stephens and Rick Hughes - Contributed photo

Not Pot Day

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 7:36 am, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition shares this notice with you… Recently, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed April 20th to be Talk to Your Kids about NOT using Marijuana Day, as you may know, the pro-pot culture has often referred to 4.20 as “Weed Day”. We would like to change that conversation with our young people and give them  Continue Reading


Fragile Waters Opens on Earth Day

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Fragile Waters, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23, Earth Day weekend, and will run through September 5, Labor Day, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Friday Harbor, Washington. Fragile Waters is a powerful aesthetic and environmental statement, blending inspiring black-and- white photography by three renowned photographers; Ansel  Continue Reading

Tiffany Goudey and Ike White of Hemp Seed, LLC - Contributed photo

The Hemp Seed

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

There’s a fundraiser happening at Brickworks tomorrow for a new business on the island: “The Hemp Seed”, and these are a few words about it from Ike and Tiffany… Focused on sustainability, Tiffany Goudey and Ike White aim to serve the community by making healthy hemp-based clothing and goods accessible, right here on the Island.  Continue Reading

Milene Henley - Contributed photo

Accessible Voting

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

– This is the fourth 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. Voting is for everyone. That may seem obvious, but if you’re blind, or have mobility or mental competency issues, it may  Continue Reading


Paideia Open House

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Just heard they’re having an open house at Paideia Classical School today. Here’s what they’re saying… Drop in and see what our wonderful little school is all about! Tour the classrooms, visit with the staff and school families, learn about our curriculum and enjoy a free hot dog and chips!

Chamber Quarterly Luncheon at Brickworks - Contributed photo

Happy Spring from the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce!

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

It’s time for the April 2016 edition of news from your local Chamber of Commerce, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Chamber Quarterly Luncheon On April 11 the Chamber of Commerce held our second quarterly luncheon of the year at Brickworks. It was very well attended with over  Continue Reading

J53 is a Girl - Jill Hein photo

J53 Confirmed Female

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this good news… In light of the recent news of deceased L95 and the unknown SRKW calf, we are happy to have good news from the southern residents for a change. J53, a 2015 calf, has been confirmed female. Photographs of the calf sent to CWR earlier this week  Continue Reading


The Conscientious Projector

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Rob Simpson shares these thoughts as the Conscientious Projector Film Series comes to a close… Hello Discerning Islanders, Today (Monday April 18) brings to a close Conscientious Projector ​as a monthly series. Over the last five years we’ve seen so many pieces of the puzzle, that it is a real challenge to put the pieces together. And even  Continue Reading


Local Author Pens Modern Ghost Story

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Ghosts walk the roads of modern San Juan Island in “Departure”, the latest outing by local author Anne L. Watson. The novella — part ghost story, part historical novel, part fable — features Henry, a worker of the Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Company, and Charlotte, the young daughter of a Friday Harbor merchant, as  Continue Reading


Call for Children’s Festival Activity Providers

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Island Rec is still recruiting for local organizations that would like to participate in the 26th Annual Children’s Festival by hosting an activity. In keeping with this year’s festival theme – Nature’s Wonderland – activity providers will be joined by the likes of The Rotary, Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec, SJI Library, Children’s House Montessori  Continue Reading


Fragile Waters

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Coming up next weekend, Fragile Waters calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting iconic work of three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water. The exhibition was curated  Continue Reading

2016 Speaker Meeting

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting  w/AA participation Is there an alcohol problem in your life? On Saturday there will be a free meeting and potluck at the Presbyterian Church you may want to consider. A couple of speakers will be there, Magdalena E. from Renton to speak about Alcoholics Anonymous and Ernesto, also from Renton to talk  Continue Reading

“A Minister and a Therapist walk into a bar ….”

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 10:23 am, by

So begins the invitation to the wedding of Beth Purdum and Dave Eden. The two met through the Kiwanis Club, where Dave has given himself responsibility for “member retention.” So when he invited her to have a drink with him at the American Legion and a friend asked her, “Is this a date?” her response  Continue Reading

New Website for SJ County

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am, by

New San Juan County Website Goes Live San Juan County’s new website went live on April 11th. The new website makes it easier to navigate and find information, conduct business on-line, and be kept abreast of news and alerts affecting county residents and businesses. Check it out! Visit

Meet the Team!

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

  Friday Harbor High School’s Lady Wolverines Fast Pitch Players and Coaches.

EMS Town Hall Budget Meetings

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Two town hall meetings this week drew a total of perhaps 60 residents to learn about the Emergency Medical Services budget and plans for a possible levy vote in August. The new EMS Chief, Jerry Martin, told those at both meetings that the proposed budget now balances if a property tax levy rate of 50  Continue Reading

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