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Orca Sing 2014

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:23 am, by

June 21 is the date for the annual Orca Sing event at Lime Kiln Point State Park Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. Typically held on a Saturday near the Solstice, this year’s event is  Continue Reading

Sandy Harold at SVC - Contributed photo

Skagit Valley College Hosts Farewell for Sandy Harold

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

After nearly 20 years of service to the Skagit Valley College/San Juan Center, Sandy Harold is moving on to new adventures in Port Townsend. During her tenure at Skagit Valley College, Sandy taught Sociology, College Success Skills, as well as internships & work-related classes, worked as Elderhostel assistant coordinator, provided office support, and finally served  Continue Reading

Professor Adam Summers, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories Interim Director Billie Swalla, OPALCO Energy Savings Specialist Elisa Howard and UW Dean of the College of the Environment and Prentice and Virginia Bloedel Professor Lisa J. Graumlich gather for the award presentation on the deck of the dining hall at the UW Friday Harbor Labs - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Rebates for the Labs

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

OPALCO Passes $46,230 In BPA Rebates onto Friday Harbor Labs OPALCO Energy Savings Specialist Elisa Howard presented University of Washington (UW) Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) Interim Director Billie Swalla and UW Dean of the College of the Environment and Prentice and Virginia Bloedel Professor Lisa J. Graumlich with a check for $46,230. The Friday Harbor  Continue Reading

The 2014 event poster - a Corvette Stingray  painted by local artist Ary Hobbel - Click to enlarge

2014 Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

2014 Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its eighth Annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards (3136 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, WA) on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM until  Continue Reading


Fair Offers Free Admission to Young Participants

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Children and youths between the ages of 5 and 16, will get you a free season pass to this year’s fair when they enter anything in the County Fair. That’s right, kids, FREE! This is your chance to be involved in our Island’s favorite summer event. Get creative! From wool socks to making a winning  Continue Reading


Whale Tale Cookies Launch Party

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Don’t forget, the launch party is tomorrow at the Whale Museum – 3:30 to 5:30 pm. And guess what? They’ve raised enough from pre-launch sales, they’re giving away 3 Orca Adoption kits. Plus, they’ll have food and samples available at the launch too. The initial product, cookies in the shape of whale tails, made with  Continue Reading


“Lost BPA Films” Found

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Ever wonder where all that electricity comes from and how it got there in the first place? This press release about vintage BPA films might interest you. And note – they can be viewed online (see link at the end of this article)… The Bonneville Power Administration Library has released a new collection of six  Continue Reading

Richard Hebda - Contributed photo

Climate Change and Forests

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Practicing good stewardship in forests and even our own gardens may be as critical to adapting and mitigating climate change as reducing greenhouse gases, according to Dr. Richard Hebda, curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. Hebda will discuss these concepts and more in his illustrated talk, “At  Continue Reading

The Dance Happy crew - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Bill & Rita Ament’s Dance Happy Show 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Join Bill & Rita Ament and more than 50 local island performers, children through adults (ages 2 on up) for their 30th annual Dance Happy extravaganza. Be totally touched by the magic and color of the cutest Little Ones on stage for the very first time. Be charmed by the L’il Starz dancers as they  Continue Reading

Mike Cohen entertains the lunch crowd on the deck - Louise Dustrude photo

Free Contra Dance Mondays

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Mike Cohen sends over this announcement to share with you… A free Contra Dance is held every Monday night at English Camp, part of the San Juan Island U.S. National Historical Park. 7:30 – 9:00 pm from June 9 to August 18 2014 and then continuing at the Friday Harbor Grange from August 18- June  Continue Reading


Football and Cheerleading Sign-Ups

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:31 am, by

Do you love football or cheerleading? Do you want to have fun and learn the basics of this American fall sport? Come signup and join the Friday Harbor Tigers football team or cheer squad! Our programs will include Pee-Wee (Pads & Helmets) (6-8 y.o.), Freshman (9-10 y.o.), Junior (11-12 y.o.) and Senior (13-14 y.o.) football  Continue Reading


Island Rec Commission Vacancy

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:29 am, by

San Juan Island Park & Recreation Commission Vacancy San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jeremy Talbott’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2015 election. Persons  Continue Reading


County Vacancies

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:15 am, 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

4th Graders in Court - Contributed photo

4th Graders go to Court

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 11:38 am, by

Here’s a note from Joan White about the goings on at the Courthouse last Thursday… SJC Prosecutor Randy Gaylord’s wife, Marny is the 4th Grade Teacher on Orcas Island. She has come over with her students for several years now to tour the courthouse. It is always the week before Flag Day so I like  Continue Reading

Humpback breach - Click to enlarge - Captain Jim Maya photo

Here be Whales

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm, by

I heard there weren’t too many orcas out there today. Just a couple of Humpbacks… Thanks Jim Maya for the awesome photo! Maya’s Westside Whale Watch Charters. See more of his photos on his Facebook page.

Debbie Daniels - Spike Africa, oil on canvas 36 x 46

Debbie Daniels at WaterWorks Gallery

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:50 am, by

Here’s a note from Ruth over at Waterworks Gallery… WaterWorks Gallery announces the representation of Friday Harbor painter, Debbie Daniels. Painting since she was 9 years old, Debbie was awarded a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design. She has painted pretty much her entire life, when not home-schooling her 4 children, running  Continue Reading

That's a big femur - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Dinosaur Day was a Hit!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Just got this note from Stillpoint about what a wonderful day they had… Stillpoint School’s Dinosaur Day was a tremendous success! Stillpoint School sends a Supersaurus-sized Thank You to Felicitations, the Burke Museum, and Scholastic for creating an amazing Dinosaur Day on May 21st! Felicity’s towering, beautifully-decorated Dinosaur cake was the hit of the party,  Continue Reading

Fishing boats in Friday Harbor - Click to enlarge - SJ Historical Museum photo

A Beloved Fisherwoman and a Loyal Fleet

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

It’s time again for the Historical Museum’s monthly history column… As the San Juan Historical Society and Museum works on the fishing component of its new Museum of History and Industry, the story of Esther Nordland comes back around in this 100th anniversary of her early death at age 22. Esther and her husband Frank  Continue Reading


New SJC Fair Website

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan County Fairgrounds is proud to launch its new website today! It’s been made-over top to bottom with more information, more color, and easier navigation. It’s still located at! Check it out for news, premium book information, and up-to-date information about the Fair and other Fairgrounds Events! Speaking of the Premium book,  Continue Reading

Fireworks over Friday Harbor - Tim Dustrude photo

Long Live the Friday Harbor Fireworks!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from the Chamber of Commerce… Are you a family and/or business who enjoys the annual fireworks? The fireworks are in real danger of demise if we don’t raise enough money. You might not know that your Chamber of Commerce is responsible for raising the money each year to pay for the Friday  Continue Reading

Karate Kid tonight at the Drive-In - Click to enlarge

Karate Kid Tonight at the Drive-In

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The Karate Kid is this week’s feature at the Drive-In tonight at the Fairgrounds. Parking starts at 7:45 pm, movie runs at Dusk (around 9:00 pm).

Kayak Sunset - Click to enlarge - Kevin Holmes photo

Kayak at Sunset

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Kevin Holmes was in the right place at the right time and captured this beautiful image the other night. Makes ya kinda answer that question in your head: “Yep, that’s why we live here…” Thanks for sharing Kevin!

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