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Measles Update #9

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm, by

Additional Measles Exposure Dates Currently there are a total of six (6) cases of measles on San Juan Island, a Kitsap County resident diagnosed with measles was contagious during his stay in Friday Harbor, and one additional case is under investigation. Current information indicates that exposures in Friday Harbor took place as late as April  Continue Reading


Easter Egg Hunts

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:54 am, by

Here’s the lowdown on the two biggest annual Easter Egg Hunts on the island… Jackson’s Beach – It’s coming; the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson’s Beach sponsored by the San Juan County Fire & Rescue Association. It will be held at 1:00 pm on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. There will be lots of eggs  Continue Reading

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Orcas in the Harbor

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 6:00 am, by

Here’s a great “welcome to Monday morning” photo for you by Captain David Howitt of some orcas in Friday Harbor. Thanks for sharing David!

Soroptimists Awards Presented at Notable Women’s Luncheon

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

Four local women were honored by Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor this week at their Annual Notable Women’s Luncheon. The event highlights the work of the “Best for Women Committee” which begins its process of soliciting applications or nomination in the fall of each year. The Violet Richardson Award (named for the founder of Soroptimists)  Continue Reading


Author Event at Griffin Bay Books: Philip Donlay

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Pilot and author Philip Donlay is making a return engagement to Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday afternoon, April 19, from 2:00 — 4:00 pm to showcase his latest novel, Deadly Echoes, the fourth Donovan Nash thriller. Much of the action-packed story takes place in the San Juan Islands so if you’re in the mood for  Continue Reading


Red Cross ‘Real Heroes’ Dinner May 2

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Andy Wappler, veteran Northwest broadcaster and President of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, will host the American Red Cross Islands Chapter Real Heroes Dinner on Friday, May 2 at the Port of Anacortes “Transit Shed” Event Center on the water in Anacortes. The Islands Chapter is proud to honor eight Real Heroes, including a youth  Continue Reading

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3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:22 am, by

It’s on Saturday, April 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the SJI Grange Hall. Karen Marshall from Seattle calling with The Spuds: Val White, Malcolm Suttles and Jim & Katy Nollman on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano. No partners needed. All dances taught. No experience necessary. $10/person donation (students half price). For more info  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

This gorgeous girl, Puma, was brought to the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s a frisky 3-year old Torti , with personality plus! She gets along well with her shelter cat pals and is very friendly and personable with people. She’d make an excellent addition to just about any kind of family. Puma is  Continue Reading

Cancelled until Further Notice

Cancelled: “Red” by Island Stage Left

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm, by

Just heard that Island Stage Left’s current production of “Red” is cancelled until further notice due to illness. The Update will keep you posted as we hear of any updates.

Free Shrubs for Arbor Day

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm, by

On April 19 Friday Harbor Grange # 225, Lopez Island Grange #1060 and Orcas Grange # 964 will celebrate Arbor Day by giving away free  Flowering Currant shrubs (a favorite of hummingbirds.) On San Juan Island look for the FH Grange outside Marketplace from 10:00 am until the trees are all gone. On Orcas Island  Continue Reading


Measles Update #8

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm, by

Additional Measles Exposures New information confirms that anyone who was in the San Juan County Planning Department (Community Development and Planning) on April 4, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 pm., has been exposed to measles. If you are feeling sick and think you may have the measles DO NOT come to the Health Department or your medical  Continue Reading

Sunshine Alley neighborhood - Click for larger image

Rescheduled – Sunshine Alley Design Workshop Open House

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm, by

This workshop has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 22nd… The results of the Sunshine Alley design workshops will be exhibited for public review and comment during an open house from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, April 22nd at Brickworks. Please come between those hours and provide us your feedback on the possible ideas and improvements.


Whales & Wildlife Update

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm, by

It’s that time of week again for Captain Hobbes’ report… Come see orcas and wildlife in “their world”.  Transient orcas known by whale watch folks as “Biggs” orcas have been seen almost daily this week. Transient orcas are a little bigger than the resident orcas, and have a more pointy dorsal fin, often with nicks,  Continue Reading


Jensen Shipyard Receives Environmental Leadership Award

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 1:09 am, by

Jensen Shipyard is celebrating Earth Day this year with a new designation. The Clean Boating Foundation of Washington has extended their Leadership Clean certification to Albert Jensen and Sons, Inc (aka Jensen Shipyard) in recognition of their outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and their achievements in restoring the health of Puget Sound. Jensen Shipyard is  Continue Reading

Bald eagle enjoys an in-flight meal - Click for larger view - Captain David Howit photo, Legacy Charters

In Flight Meal

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:01 am, by

Captain David Howitt, while skippering for Legacy Charters the other day, snatched these beautiful photos of an eagle eating in flight. Here it is in his words… Amidst a flurry of Transient Orca tail lobs and crying scavenging glaucous gulls an eagle appeared from nowhere, plucked a piece of sealion meat from the surface, dodged  Continue Reading

The sunrise, Mt. Baker, Peavine Pass, Blakely Island... A beautiful start to a gorgeous day - Marie DiCristina photo


Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:53 am, by

It was a beautiful sunrise viewed from the early ferry on Thursday, and many people had their cameras, phones and iPads out, getting shots of it. This image was contributed by Marie DiCristina. Thanks Marie!


SJ Islands Audubon Spring Field Trips

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

Barb from SJI Audubon sends over this invitation… Join SJ Islands Audubon for a field trip on Saturday, April 12th during the first annual Orcas Island Bird and Wildlife Festival. This morning trip takes us exploring great Orcas locations looking for lingering seabirds, swans and ducks and arriving warblers and other songbirds. This is a  Continue Reading

Tim Bair is the new Executive Chef at SJ Pasta Co. - Contributed photo

New Chef for SJ Pasta

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Pasta Company recently hired Tim Bair as their Executive Chef. Bair brings sixteen years of culinary experience to the company including the Seasons of Maine in Bangor, Maine as well as two years at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Tim represents the next phase of our company’s growth,” said Angel Michaels, CEO.  Continue Reading


Free WiFi at Ferry Landings for OPALCO Members

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:11 am, by

Beginning Monday, May 5th, OPALCO members can access Wi-Fi at the interisland ferry landings with their SmartHub (eBill) user name and password. OPALCO is able to offer this public service free of charge in exchange for the savings created by paperless billing. Members must be signed up for SmartHub (eBill) and select paperless billing in  Continue Reading


Historical Preservation Funds Available

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:04 am, by

Notice of Request for Proposals to use SJ County Council’s Historical Preservation Funds The San Juan County Council has discretionary funds, generated by recording fees intended to promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents. The Council is currently seeking proposals for projects to use $6136 in funds to be  Continue Reading

Hailey Loucks (L) and Isabel Gabriel building beehives - Cyndi Brast photo

Beehives Update

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm, by

Here’s an update from Cyndi Brast on the beehive community project being done by FHHS Juniors Isabel Gabriel and Hailey Loucks… Hailey Loucks and Isabel Gabriel have really worked hard on this project. The equipment for their hive was delayed in arrival, so we had to put together a hive from parts I had, and  Continue Reading

Stillpoint School Cleans Up - Contributed photo

Thanks Everyone!

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

As co-organizers of the fourth annual Great Island Clean-Up, David Dehlendorf, Jana Marks, Tom Kirshner, and Lori Stokes would like to thank the 225 islanders who participated on April 5, helping to make San Juan Island “litter free by the sea.” A grand total of 3,500 pounds of litter was collected from our roadsides and  Continue Reading

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