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911 Update

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm, by

Here’s the latest from CenturyLink: CenturyLink crews restored 911 and local phone service between Lopez and San Juan Island last night at 11:59 P.M. 911 has been rerouted to the San Juan County Sheriff’s office in Friday Harbor. As of 4:00 P.M. this afternoon, CenturyLink crews have restored 911 and local phone service between Orcas  Continue Reading


Update from the County

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm, by

San Juan County Phones Still Don’t Connect to Mainland 911 Service to Orcas Island Still Offline. November 7, 2013 The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that 911 emergency dispatch service is again working for residents of Lopez and Shaw Islands, however residents of Orcas Island must still route emergency calls through the Orcas  Continue Reading

Another Option for Internet Access

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm, by

Kira at the Auditor’s Office sends over this note with another internet access option for you… Hi there. I’m writing to let you know that the conference room next to the council chambers has been set up as a free internet/phone center. Anyone can come in and use the two computers that are set up  Continue Reading

Update on Outage

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:14 am, by

CenturyLink is working with Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) to provide a temporary solution that would restore local voice and 911 services for customers on San Juan Island, Orcas and Lopez. We will use OPALCO’s fiber cable and microwave system to connect our customers with service while we work to repair our severed cable.  Continue Reading

The InterNOT

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:13 am, by

From the Update mailbag:  One observant Update reader says “The InterNOT is working just as the name implies…”

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CSA Forum this Weekend

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm, by

Jane Cable sent this notice over to share with you: Common Sense Alliance is putting on two informative forums this weekend. The first is on San Juan and it is repeated on Orcas the following day. Click on the poster at right to enlarge.


Library Has Internet

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm, by

Beth over at the SJI Library wants you to know they are open for business and they have internet as well…. The San Juan Island Library is a WiFi hotspot. Today we doubled our bandwith to serve islanders who otherwise would not have internet service. You can bring your own laptop or device to the  Continue Reading


Opalco To Aid Centurylink On Service Restoration

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm, by

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is working with CenturyLink to help resolve a county-wide service outage due to a submarine cable break on CenturyLink’s system. Service was disrupted early Tuesday, November 5th. OPALCO has a robust data communications infrastructure installed across the county to serve our electrical distribution system and is making those resources  Continue Reading

The Official Word on the Outage

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm, by

This just came in from the SJ County Sheriff’s Office and the SJ DEM: A 911 and phone service outage is well into the second day in the San Juan Islands as local residents and responders continue to cope with the challenges of the phone outage. Centurylink has reported that there is a break in  Continue Reading


Islanders Bank Open

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm, by

Michelle at Islanders Bank wants you to know they are open and their ATM is working…. Islanders Bank is open during the county wide outage. Customers can conduct normal transactions and their ATM accepts all cards. To ensure your transactions are processed the same day, they will be closing at 4:00pm.


Rock Island Has Your Back

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:38 am, by

The good people at Rock Island Technology Solutions have set up some Free WiFi for people who need it. I just saw this notice on Facebook announcing it: Rock Island has setup 2 additional hotspots at our office building. Great coverage towards the Court House side of the building. This is a FREE service to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fiber Optic Cable Cut

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm, by

This note came in from CenturyLink’s public relations manager: A fiber optic cable has been cut underwater between Lopez and San Juan Islands impacting CenturyLink services, including 911 services, throughout the islands. 911 services on San Juan Island have been rerouted to the local 911 center. In case of an emergency, residents on Lopez Island  Continue Reading

Guest Column – Internet & Phone Services Down

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm, by

San Juan Update guest columnist Mike Martin checks in with this report about today’s phone and internet outage: San Juan Island’s internet and telephone service was interrupted for approximately 4 hours today, [Ed. note: Mike wrote this before we all knew the extent of the outage] forcing many islanders to work an entire morning and  Continue Reading


CANCELLED – Matt Gano “Do It, Imagine” at Brickworks

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am, by

Editor’s note – Just got news that the Wednesday Nov. 6 event at Brickworks has been cancelled due to illness. The tentative reschedule date is Thurs., December 5th. Come to Brickworks for free poetry by Matt Gano and music by local musicians Nickie Davis and Forrest Marowitz! Light food will be on sale to help  Continue Reading

Phone/Internet Outage

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:01 am, by

Here’s the latest from SJ DEM (Posting this at 5:05 pm, Tuesday): Updated info from CenturyLink is that outage is due to problem with the underwater cable between Lopez and San Juan Islands. No ETA for return of service, but this is a significant repair that will require specialized equipment and personnel to fix. Islanders  Continue Reading

Corey Harris will be at SJCT this weekend

Singer/Guitarist Concocts Own Brand of Blues

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 5:55 am, by

He’s toured, recorded and performed with some of the top names in music, including BB King, Taj Mahal and the Dave Matthews Band. At the same time, he’s managed to carve out his own niche in blues. Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Corey Harris shares his unique musicianship during a concert at San Juan Community Theatre  Continue Reading

A Letter from Howard and Rebecca

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 5:45 am, by

Howard and Rebecca have sent this letter to share with you: We, the owners of “Howard’s Sell It Again” Howard Crowell and Rebecca Hughes are sad and sorry to announce that we will be closing the store at the end of December at our current location of First & Spring Streets. Our consignment boutique sub-let  Continue Reading

Missy is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Meet this beautiful girl Missy! She is a 10 year old tabby patch with the most mesmerizing green eyes. She gets along well with the other cats but mostly just stays to herself. She loves when our volunteer s come in to visit her and will never turn down a chance to be loved on.  Continue Reading


Yesterday and Tomorrow

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 am, by

I was invited along with some other members of our local media to a preview presentation at the San Juan Historical Society last week. There, we got to meet with Kevin Loftus, Don Nixon, Fred Yockers, Mary Jean Cahail and Romona Jones. They are in the process of putting together a Museum of History and  Continue Reading


Salmon Pot Pie

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:40 am, by

Chef Hobbes offers up this great sounding salmon pie recipe for you to try out… This is an awesome fish pie. Not really a pot pie because it only has a top crust, but you can make it with a bottom if you like. The crust is puff pastry which you can make or use  Continue Reading


Open House & Annual Sale at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:22 am, by

Anniversary Open House on Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am—6:00 pm 20% off on all books in the store It’s November and time for Griffin Bay Bookstore’s annual Open House and Sale. Bookstore owner Laura Norris and her team are celebrating 34 years of bookselling on Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am—6:00 pm with a storewide sale  Continue Reading


Yappy Hour at SJI Cheese!

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:03 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor presents “Yappy Hour” at San Juan Island Cheese, 155 Nichols Street. Stop by and enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and some delicious appetizers – a generous portion of your bill will be donated to the animal shelter. Raffle Prizes too! Thursday, November 7, 5:00  Continue Reading

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