The Evergreen State Officially Decommissioned -  Tim Dustrude photo

Evergreen State Officially Decommissioned

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

As a kid I remember waiting for the Evergreen State to go by so we could “surf” in its great big wake.  We hear from WSDOT that Washington State’s oldest ferry has been officially decommissioned… SEATTLE – Built in 1954 when “Mr. Sandman” topped AM radio pop charts, the Evergreen State is now set to sail into history and  Continue Reading

Wine Tasting - Photo courtesy Mullis Community Senior Center

Lasagna and Wine Tasting Tonight at the Mullis Center

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

From the Mullis Community Senior Center… The event, “Best Wines With Lasagna” will be held tonight, January 14 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the Mullis Senior Center. Choose your favorite lasagna and taste wines that fit the dish. Contestants for the lasagna cook-off have been drawn in advance. Taste the lasagna in a blind  Continue Reading

"Scary Little Dude" on Mt Grant - John Miller photo

Seen on the Road to Mt Grant

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:31 am, by


The Beauty of Dared Expression

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

From the San Juan Community Theatre… Part lecture (thinkTEdTalk), part demonstration with audience participation (only those who dare), part concert (think intimate cabaret)—this unique event showcases the majesty and mystery of the human voice. Colorado actor, singer, writer and teacher Ethie Friend and pianist/composer Gary Grundei’s concert includes songs from all genres of music, from  Continue Reading


Men at Work Department

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 8:41 am, by


Night Ferry

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 5:30 am, by


Martha Silano Poetry Reading and Workshop

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from the library… Seattle poet Martha Silano, author of four books of poetry and The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, will share new poems from her most recent collection, Reckless Lovely. Audience members will also be invited to participate in a poetry writing exercise. At San Juan Island Library on  Continue Reading


Former Students Weigh in on February 9 School Levy

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

Pablo Lopez, FHHS Class of 2009, and Hannah Snow, FHHS Class of 2010, share their thoughts on the upcoming Capital Projects and Technology Levy… As graduates of San Juan Island public schools and recent college graduates, we’d like to ask you to vote ‘YES’ for the renewal of the school district Capital Projects and Technology  Continue Reading

FHHS Class of 2006 - Kathleen Ballard photo

Calling all Class of 2033 Graduates!

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

On Saturday, February 6th at 12 pm there will be Photo Event for all the babies in town who will graduate in the year 2033. Qualifying babies were born between 8/31/14-8/30/15. The event will be held at the FH Presbyterian Church. Please pre-register to get the details and to help the event run smoothly. Contact  Continue Reading


Which Pod does this one belong to?

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

From the Update Mailbag

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from Jandira McCarthy…  I am looking to relocate my 88 year old Mom and her small poodle from Kentucky to San Juan Island and need to find a cozy, one story, unfurnished 1-2 bedroom long-term rental home/or apartment (in town or close to town) for her as quickly as possible in order to  Continue Reading

Moss - Peggy Sue McRae photo

A Moss Girl’s Guide to Moss Viewing

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

When I heard on BBC radio about the burgeoning phenomena of moss viewing in Japan I thought, I’m in the perfect place for this activity. In Japan treks into the woods to view moss have become very popular especially among young women. In popular forests local guides now offer moss themed tours. You will want  Continue Reading


Shoreline Master Program Teach In

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

San Juan County Council has community meetings scheduled this week to answer questions about the proposed Shoreline Master Program. Meetings will be held Tuesday on San Juan, Wednesday on Orcas, and Thursday on Lopez. See the San Juan Calendar for details. If you wish to participate but feel you could use some preparation there will be a prep session held  Continue Reading

Aerial Fisherman?

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Orca Whales in South Haro Strait - James Maya photo

Orca Whales in Haro Strait

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

A winter scene with Orca from Captain James Maya… January 2, 2016, K26 and a friend, one of the K14s, in South Haro Strait, headed west. The Olympics in the background. We were surprised to find them on the west side of San Juan Island as we headed out on our trip that day. Pleasantly  Continue Reading

Dana Lynn Louis - Photo courtesy San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Artist in Process: Dana Lynn Louise

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

I stopped by the atrium of San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Friday to meet the artist, Dana Lynn Louis. Louis is in the process of creating an installation called As Above, So Below. Her floor to ceiling drawings of abstract patterns on the tall glass walls seem to suggest stands of DNA, prayer beads, or  Continue Reading


Letter About Upcoming School Levy

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Joel Arnold shares this letter with you about the upcoming School Levy… This fall I had the opportunity to chair the SJI School District Capital Facilities Levy Committee.  As the election date is rapidly approaching this February 9th, I wanted to take a moment to share with the community the process by which the final  Continue Reading

Mt Baker From Mt Grant

Mt Baker Seen From Mt Grant

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

This time of year you can come around a bend in the road and suddenly catch a sight of Mt. Baker that takes you breath away. Nancy DeVaux sent us this photo of Mt Baker at its snowy best taken from Mt. Grant.

Terry and Janie Ogle Welcomed Home - Patty Brownlee Photo

Terry and Janie Ogle Welcomed Home

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

Organizers for the Benefit of Terry Ogle bring us this good news… Terry and Janie Ogle arrived home on the afternoon ferry on Friday, January 8, 2016. They have been gone since August 1, 2015. Even though this phone picture is a bit fuzzy, you can see Terry’s wonder and Janie’s smile shining through. They  Continue Reading


Hospice of San Juan Offers Grief Support

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Hospice of San Juan will offer its 2016 Grief Support Group to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. This professionally facilitated group offers participants an opportunity to share their individual experiences and to acquire tools and resources for coping with their personal grief. Registration is open for the  Continue Reading


Conscientious Projector Presents Gaslands 2

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

On Monday, January 11 the Conscientious Projector Documentary Series with Rob Simpson will present Gasland 2, a follow up to the Oscar nominated film Gasland. In Gasland 2, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his “trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas  Continue Reading


Winter Bingo at the Mullis Center

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

From the Soroptimists… Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will have Bingo at the Mullis Center beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016. Games will also be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. January 23, January 30, and February 6, 2016. Bingo books for ten rounds with three cards per round will be sold at  Continue Reading

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