Deb Langhans - Contributed photo

More Heart Healing…

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Deb Langhans has these thoughts to share with you… Do you know any healthy person who likes pain? Most people I know, myself included, try their hardest to distance themselves from suffering in all its forms– physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Our coping strategies can include addiction, denial, numbness, suppression, hostility, rage, conformity, relentless busyness & achievement–the  Continue Reading

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and SJ County Auditor Milene Henley - Contributed photo

County Auditor of the Year

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Just heard some good news from the County… Congratulations to San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley, who received the honor of “County Auditor of the Year” at the Washington State Association of County Auditors annual meeting. Milene was presented with this prestigious award by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Congratulations Milene!

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Final Tuesday Film at FHFF

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 9:10 am, by

On Tuesday May 17, Friday Harbor Film Festival wraps up their 2016 Spring Tuesday Film Series with the film No Place on Earth. Directed by Janet Tobias, this film tells the harrowing story of 38 Ukrainian Jews from five families — ranging in age from 2 to 76 — who in 1942 slid down a cold, muddy  Continue Reading


Wine Dinner Benefit for Wolf Hollow

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 7:20 am, by

Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor will be hosting a special wine dinner with Côte Bonneville at 6pm on May 20th, 2016 to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Côte Bonneville produces great wines that begin in the vineyards. They planted Washington’s acclaimed DuBrul Vineyard in 1992 and founded this estate winery in 2001. Coho will  Continue Reading


May Chamber Chat

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 7:19 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. Are you ready? Be sure to let the Chamber of Commerce know if you have any events or specials that you would like us to promote for the quickly approaching visitor season. Also,  Continue Reading


Skagit Valley College Summer & Fall Quarter Registration

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 7:18 am, by

Attention Skagit Valley College Students, both returning and new… Registration for Returning Students for Summer & Fall is going on now. Registration for New Students for Summer and Fall begins June 1st. For students who want to begin a new career or upgrade their job skills, Professional/Technical programs are aligned with local and state economic  Continue Reading

William J. Weissinger - Contributed photo

What You Don’t Want To Do

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm, by

Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission announces poetry contest winner. The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce William J. Weissinger as the winner of the Sunken Park poetry contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. His poem “What You Don’t Want To Do” was selected from 13 poems submitted by 10 San  Continue Reading


County Adds Electric Vehicles to Fleet

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

San Juan County Council approved funding for the purchase of 2 new electric vehicles and charging stations at its May 10th regular meeting. The purchase is part of a concerted County effort to replace older gas or diesel powered vehicles in its fleet with new electric technology. “We purchased 2 electric utility vehicles for our  Continue Reading


Position Available

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Just heard this from Michele at Islanders Bank… Islanders Bank is currently accepting applications for a Teller Position. This position is responsible for daily cash handling, processing customer transactions and customer service. Please submit resume, in person at the Friday Harbor Branch 225 Blair Avenue, Friday Harbor, WA.


Bill & Rita

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

From the SJ Update Mailbag, here’s a letter to the community from Bill and Rita Ament… With a short notice we need a home before June 30th. We need to find this home now. We are even ready to take a house that is available June 1st. We need either a: 2 bedroom + office (den)  Continue Reading

SJCT's production of The Addams Family - Tim Dustrude photo

The Addams Family

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s monstrous spring musical returns this week… starting with a “Pay What You Can” night this Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 pm. No advance tickets are sold for this show; simply show up (doors open at 6:30 pm) and give what you can at the door. The Addams Family, A New Musical  Continue Reading


Chief Marler Receives SAR Award

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Dave Vandaveer shares this story…  Former San Juan Island Fire Chief Steve Marler received the Fire Safety Commendation Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in a presentation at the Mullis Fire Station. The award was presented posthumously to his wife, Karen. Also present at the station were his daughter, Stephanie, and her  Continue Reading


3rd Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk and Pet Lover’s Festival

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced the “3rd Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk and Pet Lover’s Festival” will be held Saturday, May 28. The event takes place Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 to 2:00 at the future location of the new animal shelter; 994 Cattle Point Road. The dog walk portion of  Continue Reading


BioBlitz is Coming to San Juan Island

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in San Juan Island National Historical Park, like never before! On May 20-21, national parks across the country, including San Juan Island, will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more!  Continue Reading


Meet the New Executive Director at Wolf Hollow

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Wolf Hollow welcomes Amy Saxe-Eyler as its new Executive Director. Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for education and observing and preserving natural resources.   She moved to Orcas Island in 2009 after a successful career in banking and was the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO until  Continue Reading


For Sale: Seasonal Picnic Stand at Limekiln Point State Park

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Do you want to own a seasonal business (Memorial Day to Labor Day) in a beautiful setting located on San Juan Island – Limekiln Point State Park? Do you want to meet people from all over the world as they come to visit the Orcas! Do you want to see Orcas on a regular basis?  Continue Reading

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Fish Taco goodness at a recent Fish Taco event - Tim Dustrude photo

Fish Tacos Friday!

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Mark your calendar for Friday’s lunch at the theatre and also check out this note from Matt Marinkovich, president of Fish for Teeth… Hello San Juan Islanders The Fish for Teeth Taco Team will be cranking out fish burritos this Friday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SJI Community Theater ($7.00  Continue Reading

Sunday Evening Rainbow - Shelley Alan photo

Sunday Evening Rainbow

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shelley ran outside just in time to get a photo of this lovely rainbow Sunday evening. Thanks for sharing Shelley!

The ER entrance at PIMC - Tim Dustrude photo

PIMC Receives High Marks

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s the latest press release from PeaceHealth… PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center receives high marks for quality and safety FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., May 10, 2016 – Providing high quality, safe care to the residents of San Juan County is a top priority of every caregiver at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Recent survey results prove  Continue Reading


Letter from Diane Martindale

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Dear Editor, You may be perplexed over what Washington’s May 24 Democratic Presidential Primary means, especially if you participated in the March 26 Democratic precinct caucuses. But I encourage you to vote! The media will report the results of the Washington State Republican primary on May 24, as they use the primary results to assign delegates  Continue Reading

Northern Lights over Boundary Pass - Chris Teren photo

Northern Lights

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

Chris Teren shares this awesome photo from Saturday night up at Stuart Island. Here’s what he has to say about it… Chasing the Northern Lights on Stuart Island Mother Nature put on an AMAZING show last night, kicking off Mother’s Day with some of the best Northern Lights I’ve ever seen in Washington State!! I  Continue Reading

Rebozo won "Best Overall" in the Opening Day Boat parade - Contributed photo

Boat Parade Winners Announced

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The Opening Day Boat Parade, “A Community Afloat” on May 1st was a wonderful, fun community event! Forty boats were involved in the Opening Day festivities. Orca Star with the American Legion Post 163 Color Guard led the parade, saluted by 3 volleys from the American Legion Rifle Salute Squad, and followed by the classic  Continue Reading

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