Fireboat demonstration - Contributed photo

Boat Safely Fair & Marine Swap Meet

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

On Saturday May 16th from 9am to 4pm, the SJI Recreational Boating Safety Group and the Port of Friday Harbor will host a “Boat Safely Fair” & Marine Swap Meet. This is a great opportunity to get your 2015 boating season off to a CLEAN, FUN, & SAFE start! There will be various water-based demonstrations  Continue Reading

A view of the bluff from South Beach. Not the sturdiest place to build a road - Contributed photo

Cattle Point Road Realignment Construction Begins April 13

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

After more than 14 years of planning, construction will start Monday April 13 on the long-awaited realignment of Cattle Point Road on the slopes of Mount Finlayson above South Beach, announced Lee Taylor, San Juan Island National Historical Park superintendent and Shannon Wilbur, project engineer for the San Juan County Public Works Department. The $6.2  Continue Reading

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Bike Repair Class

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Spring is upon us and now is the time to tune-up your bike. The deadline is fast approaching for Island Rec’s Bike Repair Class. The class is on Saturday, April 18th, from 9-12:30, with the early registration deadline coming up Monday, April 6. You will work on your own bike in the class, learning how  Continue Reading


Travel the World Every Friday Morning

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Here’s a note from Cathy at the college… Everyone is getting excited about this class!! Come join in this highly energetic and exciting 6 week course at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College. Have you ever wanted to stand next to a giant statue on Easter Island? Climb inside a temple in the  Continue Reading


Pet Portrait Time

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Get your dog bathed and groomed – Pet photographer extraordinaire Alan Niles is coming to do pet portraits again. Here he is with the story… Tim, Hi its Alan Niles. I’m going to be doing a pet event up there May 2-8. I donated 13 portrait sessions to Soroptomists during that time as well so  Continue Reading

“Before and after” photos of the Sundstrom Model A Bunny Buggy - Photo courtesy of Guard Sundstrom

A Different Kind of Rabbit

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s the SJ Historical Museum with this month’s History Column… The Easter Bunny may hop around the island this weekend, but the local history of bunny tales has more to do with the rabbit hunting era of the 1930s through 1970s. Before there were Orca Magnets, there were Rabbit Keychains and a fleet of Bunny  Continue Reading


Know Your Islanders Talks

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“A Decade of Living at Windy Corner on the Yukon River in Alaska.” Using slides, Lynette Roberts and Steve Ulvi will share stories and memories of the people and the immense taiga landscape while learning to live a simple life in the bush along the Upper Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska. They lived, worked and  Continue Reading

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CATS Gourmet Bake Sale

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The Community Art Theatre Society’s (CATS) annual Elegant Edibles on Saturday, April 4 gives islanders and guests a chance to find yummy holiday treats, try to win a Spring raffle basket, and help San Juan Community Theatre all at the same time. The annual bake sale is from 10:00 am to 12 noon in the  Continue Reading

Crews remove creosote logs from local beaches - Contributed photo

Removing the Creosote

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Toxic creosote treated wood removed from local beaches Over the past month, restoration crews from the WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have removed over 50 tons of toxic creosote treated wood from public and private beaches on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Special thanks to the Puget Sound Conservation Corps members who did  Continue Reading

A week from today at the Grange, it's Shark Girl, part of the Friday Harbor Film Festival's Tuesday film series

FHFF Tuesday: Shark Girl

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The film tells the remarkable story of 20-year-old Australian, Madison Stewart, to whom nothing feels safer or more natural than diving into shark-infested waters. Growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she’s always treated these predators as family. But they’re vanishing from existence, and because of their bad reputation, few people seem to care. The  Continue Reading


Poetry Trails

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

San Juan County Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, The Land Bank, with help from its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), will display nature poems submitted and  Continue Reading

Washington State Ferry M/V Hyak loads up with travelers in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

WSF Reservations outreach

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 5:18 am, by

Jim Corenman of the ferry advisory committee shares this notice of an upcoming public meeting… Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee invite the public to an Reservations Outreach event for San Juan Island, Thursday April 9 from 5pm to 7pm, in the meeting room at the County Fire Station at 1011 Mullis St,  Continue Reading

Acrobatic Antics - Contributed photo

Acrobatic Antics!

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“High-caliber acrobatics, aerial artistry and moments of absurd clownery” fill San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage THIS Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm. In their first appearance in Friday Harbor, Acrobatic Conundrum shares the mesmerizing production, The Language of Chance, drawing inspiration from a story by Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel. The six  Continue Reading

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

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

My name is Pat and you might say I’m the Barry White of the cat world. You know, “Can’t get enough of your love, baby….?” That’s me. I’ve been here at the animal shelter for over three years. I showed up as a stray and was very frightened of people at first… but as I’ve  Continue Reading


Kindergarten Round Up

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday April 15th and Thursday April 16th. Please call Friday Harbor Elementary at 378-5209 for an appointment. What do you need for Kindergarten registration? One special little boy or girl who is five years old on or before August 31, 2015 Child’s immunization record (note: child cannot start school  Continue Reading


Islands of Hope

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm, by

Islands of Hope – 2015 Relay for Life – Cancer Fundraiser Mark your calendar right now.  San Juan County Relay for Life is gearing up for a fun-filled event. When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM Where: Brickworks, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island What: A fundraiser to help find a cure for cancer and  Continue Reading

3 for 4

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm, by

Scott Hale over at Islands’ Inn would love it if you would click to vote them Best Luxury Hotel in the Northwest. Here he is with the details… Hello Tim, Can you help spread the word?! – Vote: Best INN the Northwest! The Island Inn at 123 West is nominated once again for BEST Luxury Hotel  Continue Reading

M/V Tacoma - WSF photo

Ferry Tacoma returns to service on March 28

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm, by

Here’s the latest from WSF… Following two weeks of sea trials, and approval from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Tacoma returns to work on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route starting early in the morning of March 28. In late-July 2014, the Tacoma lost power and suffered significant damage to its electrical switchboard system transiting from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Ferry  Continue Reading


“Every 15 Minutes” Program Returns

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

One person dies nationally, every fifteen minutes, in a drug or alcohol related auto crash. Every 15 Minutes is a nationally recognized program that creates increased community awareness and action to reduce alcohol and drug related incidents and deaths. On April 21 and 22 , the fourth Every 15 Minutes program will be held in  Continue Reading


IMA Artist Workshop: 3-D Design With Gourds with Dona Reed

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

In this workshop, we will begin by discussing the elements of art that make a good 3-D design. Each student will learn how to make a template to create repetition around the gourd. Techniques of wood burning, engraving, staining, painting and embellishment will be discussed to will help each student complete their finished piece. Dona  Continue Reading

Deadman Bay Preserve, one of several properties of the SJC Land Bank - Steve Horn photo

Writing Our History

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Congratulations Elizabeth Anderson and the Writing Our History Project for this fabulous essay on the history of the San Juan County Land Bank. More people, events and county institutions need to be documented and their stories told. Contact sstrehlou [@] fridayharbor [.] org to find out how you can support the Writing Our History Project.

Easter Eggs hide in the grass - Contributed photo

Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:31 am, by

The San Juan Island Firefighters Association is pleased to announce they will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Jackson Beach. The engine horn will blow at 1:00 pm to start the hunt. Children ages 0-12 are welcome to participate. There are prizes for everyone and tons of  Continue Reading

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