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L to R: Merritt DeShon, Nash Nolan, Michael Bell, Isaiah Billings, ( Hope Oberreit not pictured) - Contributed photo

San Juan Special Olympics Golf Team Sign Ups

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Islands Special Olympics is excited to announce the addition of golf this summer to its list of local sports. Sign-ups will be 5:30, May 13th at Paradise Lanes Bowling Alley in Friday Harbor. Practices will begin early June at the San Juan Island Golf and Country Club and will run through the  Continue Reading


Fairgrounds Drive-in Movie

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Let’s all go to the movies! The Drive-In at the Fairgrounds will begin its movie series next Friday, May 9th with “The Goonies” – A Spielberg Classic on the Big Screen. An old seaport, caverns, treasure, and a pirate named “One-Eyed Willie” – Goonies serves up all this and more. The 1985 movie, starring Sean  Continue Reading


A BIG Deal!

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

A note from the San Juan Preservation Trust… We believe that the work we accomplish at the San Juan Preservation Trust is a pretty BIG deal. Over 15,000 acres preserved with 40 miles of shoreline on 20 islands is a pretty good track record, and we continue to make BIG deals. Of course, our members  Continue Reading

Thank You, Teachers!

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 5:01 am, by

Jan from the PTA Board sends this note… It bears repeating over and over: “Thank you Friday Harbor teachers!” As we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9, we want to give a HUGE thank you to the dedicated teachers and staff that make our island children thrive. Our schools may be small compared to  Continue Reading

Double Dorsals - Click for larger image - Captain Hobbes photo

Whales & Wildlife Update

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:37 am, by

Captain Hobbes brings us this week’s report… Orca sightings have been a bit sparse this week — transient orcas have only been spotted twice by U.S. boats.  Western Prince Tours found a nice group of very playful Pacific White Sided Dolphins, and we have had lots of reports of active minke whales in the area,  Continue Reading


Measles Update #12

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:23 am, by

Current Measles Surveillance As of this date there are no new confirmed measles cases or any cases under investigation in San Juan County. Since March 28, there have been 6 confirmed cases of measles among San Juan County residents and one case in a Kitsap County resident that was contracted in San Juan County. All  Continue Reading


Community Leadership Award for IMA

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rick Thompson was proud to accompany San Juan Islands Museum of Art’s Peg Gerlock and Charlie Bodenstab to an Honors Banquet to receive a Community Leadership Award for the IMA’s support of art in public schools. This event was sponsored by Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and was  Continue Reading


Meet San Juan Island’s ANNIE

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Jan Bollwinkel-Smith at the SJ Community Theatre has this to share – it’s not tonight, it’s next Friday, so mark your calendars now… Nine-year-old ElseDora Arendt has two exciting things to look forward to on Friday, May 9 – the opening night performance of our spring musical, Annie, in which she is playing the title  Continue Reading

Ron Krebs - Contributed photo

Deputy Ron Krebs is Running for Sheriff

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Here’s a note from Ron Krebs, who is announcing his candidacy for Sheriff… Fellow Islanders: My name is Ron Krebs and I am announcing my candidacy for San Juan County Sheriff. I believe our County deserves the very best in public safety and I am asking you to join me in working together to make  Continue Reading

Enjoying last month's Community Dinner at the HS Commons - Click for larger view - SJ Update photo

Community Dinner Wednesday

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

The Community Dinner is coming up again… It’s on Wednesday, May 7 but it’s in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, so you guessed it – Mexican food! Good food and good company. Smoked pork carnitas- hardwood smoked pork shoulder Grilled chicken tacos- marinated and grilled chicken Chili-lime slaw- cabbage and cilantro in sweet chili and  Continue Reading


Boating time is here!

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:33 am, by

Here’s a note from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club… The start of boating season is just around the corner. Opening festivities are next weekend​ at the Port of Friday Harbor​. What better time to join a wonderful group of ​local ​mariners than now? Are you new to the area? Just bought a boat? ​Consider joining  Continue Reading


Opening Day Yacht Parade

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:19 am, by

It’s this Sunday, the San Juan Island Yacht Club Opening Day Parade. Every boat that participates in the parade will receive one night of free moorage either on Saturday May 3rd or Sunday May 4th! Register at

Friday Harbor from the air - Click to enlarge - Teren Photography photo

Bird’s Eye View

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Can you see yourself in this photo? You’re probably in there somewhere… Beautiful aerial photo of Friday Harbor by Chris Teren for your Thursday morning.


The Invisible Visitor

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Barbara Marrett from the Visitor’s Bureau has some thoughts to share… “The Travel Effect” in the Islands Look around you. What would the Islands be without your favorite restaurant – the one you enjoy on special occasions? Without performing arts centers, museums and gorgeous galleries? Without the lookout at Moran State Park or iconic lighthouse  Continue Reading


Relay for Life

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Keep these dates open on your calendar for the Cancer Relay for Life – Friday Harbor When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 pm – September 28, 8:00 am Where: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA at the Fairgrounds Why: Fundraiser event for the American Cancer Society – money for research and for San Juan community  Continue Reading

FHL “Greens Up”

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:11 am, by

It’s at the Labs this Friday – here’s Billie with the story… Hi Everyone, On Friday, May 2 at 4:00 PM, UW College of the Environment Dean Lisa Graumlich will be on the FHL campus to accept a check for $46,230 from OPALCO (Orcas Power and Light Cooperative). I hope that you will join us  Continue Reading

Postmaster John Smith Jr. - Tim Dustrude photo

Meet Your New Postmaster

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm, by

We have a new Postmaster. John Smith Jr., with 18 years in the Postal Service comes here from the Everett Sorting Facility where he worked with about 1,000 employees, and now he’s down to 16. He’s been here for the last 2 weeks, although not quite moved from Mill Creek yet – his family is  Continue Reading


Cattle Point Beach Cleanup

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:56 am, by

Doug McCutchen of the Land Bank shares this story of beach cleaning… Hi Tim- Thought you might enjoy these photos from Cattle Point National Monument beach cleanup efforts and consider putting them up on the Update. The first shot is during the Great Island Cleanup a few weeks back, showing Steve Ulvi using a big  Continue Reading


Ruthie Foster Comes Back

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Grammy Nominee Returns to Friday Harbor May 2 There is little doubt Ruthie Foster knows how to fire up the stage with her heated blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. And on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., islanders again get a chance to see and feel that heat close up at San  Continue Reading


Hearts to Hearts

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Helen and Dan at Island Stage Left… To all the people who supported us after Dan’s dramatic “event”, in so many ways – from medical help to offering to drive to providing food to mowing the grass, to writing checks, to just expressing your concern – a huge thank you from  Continue Reading

Jason Davis of Island Rec - Contributed photo

Island Rec Community Open House & Farewell

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Island Rec has gained a new program space for many youth & teen recreation programs and would like to invite members of the community to come tour the new “Rec House” at a special open house on Wednesday, May 7th, from 5:00-7:00pm. The Rec House, located at 650 Park St (next to the football field)  Continue Reading


Job Opening at Pelindaba

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

Join the Adventure at Pelindaba Lavender Full-time Manager of Order Fulfillment, Customer Service & Inventory Management Excellent computer and people skills required for highly detail-oriented position. Year-round position with seasonal work load fluctuation. Resumes please to Pelindaba Lavender P.O. Box 2389, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or: admin [@] pelindaba [.] com

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