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Keep those noses up! - Click for larger image - Jim Maya photo

Whale and Wildlife Update

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s Hobbes with this week’s update and Jim Maya with the photo… Capt. Jack & Mate Andy and the crew on the inter-island ferry Hiyu reported that the T49A’s (transient orcas) showed up Friday afternoon right outside Friday Harbor!  And they stayed in the area for around 3 hours feeding on seals and porpoise… It’s  Continue Reading

Spring Break School’s Out Camp, April 7th thru 11th - Contributed photo

Spring Break School’s Out Camp

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Kids and Parents! Are you looking for a fun and convenient childcare option during spring break? Island Rec is offering a fun-filled day-camp for K-6th graders. Our staff is designing an enriching camp experience including fun games & activities, crafts, swimming, beach trips, and lots more! School’s Out Camp will run Monday through Friday, April  Continue Reading


Exxon Valdez 25th Anniversary Events

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Watch a Movie: Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Screenings of this award-winning documentary about the Exxon Valdez oil spill Tuesday night at the Grange – • San Juan Island: Tuesday, March 18 • 7:00 pm • San Juan Island Grange Sponsored by Friday Harbor Film Festival. Admission is by donation. Click here  Continue Reading


Readers Theatre at SJCT March 18 and 19

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 4:51 am, by

Readers Theatre at SJCT March 18 and 19 San Juan Community Theatre’s On Book! Readers Theatre series features Christopher Durang’s comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gubelman Theatre. The Tony Award-winning play features middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia who live  Continue Reading


Special Port Commission Meeting

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm, by

Monday afternoon, March 17, 5:30 at the SJI Yacht Club. Meeting agenda as follows: 1. Citizen comments/requests: For items not on the agenda citizens can make a brief presentation and ask the Commission to schedule a topic for discussion at a future meeting. 2. Regular Business A. Approve minutes for March 5, 2014 Special Commission  Continue Reading


Apply Now for Summer Arts Fair

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 6:10 am, by

The San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair is the largest and longest-running art extravaganza on the islands. Held the third weekend in July, we block off Court Street with rows of white tents where talented artists show and sell their wares to the sounds of fun local music wafting over the courthouse lawn. Buy a  Continue Reading

Morgan and Ashton Timmons and Griffin Cuomo use some muscle power - Contributed photo

Leos Volunteer at the Museum

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 6:26 am, by

Kevin from the Historical Museum shares this news about the Leos helping out … Hi Tim, I wanted to pass along a note to recognize the hard work of the San Juan LEO Club. Recently, they helped us at the San Juan Historical Museum to move a portion of our agricultural collection to an offsite  Continue Reading


Relay For Life Planning Meeting

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 5:56 am, by

Please join us at our next meeting March 27, 2014 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in the meeting room at Earth Box Motel and Spa on Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Open to all interested. Music, Food, Games, Family Fun, Art and Cancer? Yes! BIG, fun upcoming event benefiting the fight against cancer; Relay for Life  Continue Reading


School Buses Safe and 100% efficient

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 10:13 am, by

SJISD School Buses are rated Safe and 100% efficient San Juan Island school buses have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Washington State Patrol for outstanding school bus safety inspections and have been rated 100% efficient by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for school year 2012-13, OSPI’s “Efficiency Rating”  Continue Reading

The recently inducted 2014 Officers and Committee Chairs are from left to right, back row: Social Chair Jenny Wilson, Social Chair Ann Jarrell, Rear Commodore Bill Severson, Commodore Don Hendrix, Vice Commodore Don Jarrell and Trustee Terry Lush.  Left to right, front row: Trustee Mark Sternitzke, Trustee Pat Megaw, Treasurer Susan Eberhard and Secretary Laura Jo Severson.  Not pictured are Fleet Captain Howard Lewis and Staff Commodore Rebecca Hughes - Susie Hendrix photo

New Friday Harbor Sailing Club Officers

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Marie DiCristina checks in with this report on the Sailing Club… The Friday Harbor Sailing Club is gearing up for another fun year. FHSC is a friendly group of boating enthusiasts that keep busy all year. There are several boating organizations on San Juan Island with the United States Power Squadron offering extensive boating education  Continue Reading


Exxon Valdez 25th Anniversary Events

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

Where were you in 1989? On March 24 of that year, the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound. 11+ million gallons of crude oil were spilled, covering 1,300 miles of shoreline. 25 years later, the effects of this tragedy are still being felt. Some islanders will remember the news accounts, some islanders  Continue Reading


Public Input Sought on Next Year’s School Calendar

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:10 am, by

DRAFT Academic Calendar 2014-2015 for public input Parents and community members are encouraged to provide input on next year’s academic calendar prior to Board adoption, scheduled for late April. Comments will be taken through Friday March 28th. You can view the calendar at this link (PDF). Send your input to this email address: publicomment [@]  Continue Reading

Notice of CVSC Meeting

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:09 am, by

San Juan County Victim Services sends this announcement about the Crime Victim Service Center Community Planning Process meeting to be held in Bellingham next month: Community Meeting for Region 12, Whatcom, San Juan, and Skagit Counties The Crime Victim Service Center (CVSC) program, including Whatcom, San Juan & Skagit Counties will be holding an open  Continue Reading

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Little League Tryouts Sunday

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm, by

Attention Baseball and Softball Players: Little League tryouts are on Sunday March 16th Minors at 12:00 pm Majors at 1:30 pm If you have not yet registered, do so now at (You have to be registered to try out.) There will be an equipment exchange, bring any cleats, gloves, uniforms, etc. to tryouts. Snack  Continue Reading

Help with Affordable Care Act

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm, by

Sharon over at Safe Harbor Insurance has this to share with you… There is still time to sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment window for the Affordable Care Act. Safe Harbor Insurance in Friday Harbor will be holding special weekend hours on Saturday, March 22, 2014 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) to  Continue Reading


FHHS Seniors vs. Staff Basketball Game

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm, by

The annual Seniors vs Staff basketball game will be held March 21st in Turnbull Gym. Prior to the game a dinner fundraiser will be served at 4:30pm. The cost is $7.00 and includes hamburger or hot dog, salad, chips and a drink. Game time is at 6:00 pm and will include games for prizes as  Continue Reading

Danny proposes to Jamie -  Contributed photo

Jamie and Danny Engagement

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm, by

Sue Nielsen is very proud to announce the engagement of her daughter Jamie Lee Nielsen Thornton to Daniel Murphy Roberts. Jamie and Danny are both graduates of the University of Washington. Jamie is a 2007 graduate of Friday Harbor High School and is a Real Estate Appraiser and Property Manager in Seattle. Danny is the  Continue Reading


Open House at Alphabet Soup

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:10 am, by

Heidi Evans took over ownership of Alphabet Soup preschool on January 1st of this year, and she will be hosting an Open House for everyone to come in and tour the center and meet the teachers. The Open House will be on Saturday, March 22nd from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the preschool, 300  Continue Reading

Left to Right:  Jaime Ellsworth, Jennifer Rigg, Allison Lance, Kim Koon, Jan Murphy - Contributed photo

SJI Animal Task Force

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:56 am, by

Kim Koon, (2nd from right in photo) Director of Investigations and Rescue OPS for Pasado’s Safe Haven in Sultan visited Friday Harbor on Saturday to meet with members of San Juan Island’s ATF, Animal Task Force, to discuss ways in which to effectively intervene and deal with cases of animal neglect and abuse here on  Continue Reading


National Weather Service Spotter Training

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Are you a weather fanatic? Want to help the National Weather Service with observations and data collection? Check out this free training. Lopez Island Saturday, April 5th 11:15am – 1:45pm Lopez Island Fire Station Shaw Island Saturday April 5th 3:30pm – 6:00pm Shaw Community Building The National Weather Service will train new and veteran spotters  Continue Reading


Opalco Board Acts to Protect Member Voting Rights

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The following is a press release from OPALCO: The OPALCO Board voted unanimously to ensure that all co-op members would be granted a vote and a voice in electing and retaining board members. The co-op model relies on the premise of one vote for each member. Article I, Section 10 of OPALCO’s bylaws has been  Continue Reading


Memorial Gathering for Chris DeStaffany

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm, by

In honor of the recently departed Chris DeStaffany, friends are invited to convene at the San Juan Community Theatre around two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, March 22nd for quiet remembrance, progressing from there to the Rumor Mill about three or three-thirty for a properly boisterous wake where beverages will be available and you  Continue Reading

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