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Announcing the 2014 Garden Tour,  Saturday June 14. Pictured here is the Pearson Garden last year - Click to enlarge - Tori Benz Hillstrom photo

2014 Garden Tour

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

WSU Master Gardeners, Garden Club and Horticultural Society members are gearing up to show guests three wonderful San Juan island gardens on display on Saturday June 14. Tickets at $15 per person ($6.00 for children 12 and under) are on sale now at Ace Hardware, Browne’s Garden Center, Griffin Bay Bookstore and Roche Harbor Store.  Continue Reading

Jim Maya captured this beautiful image over the weekend - Click to enlarge - Jim Maya photo

J Pod

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

J-Pod was back this weekend as were a number of transients. Here’s a great photo and a bit of commentary for your Tuesday morning from Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Whale Watch Charters: It was that kind of a day! J Pod right in front of our dock at Snug Harbor Resort, on the West  Continue Reading


Clean & Green Update

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s some news from the co-op… Clean and Green part 2 is done. A hearty THANK YOU to Arvid, Valdi, Karl, and Rosa. Now the fun begins–painting! Please contact Pamela at sanjuancoop [@] gmail [.] com if you’d like to help us with the final part of the Phase 1 of the the Co-op Expansion  Continue Reading


Featured National Park

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Just heard from Mike Vouri over at the Park Service that San Juan Island National Historical Park (that’s American Camp and English Camp) is the featured park this week on the National Park Service website. Kinda cool, huh? Look at this screenshot of the NPS Website and see if you recognize any island vistas…


SJI Nature Institute Lecture

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Nature Institute present a special lecture by Peter Arcese of The Nature Trust of British Columbia at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 5 at the Grange, Friday Harbor. Dr Arcese will discuss The Indirect Impact of Humans on the Natural Systems of the Salish Sea Ecoregion. The  Continue Reading

Audubon Field Trip

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

Here’s a note from Barbara Jensen, President of San Juan Islands’ Audubon… News about our next field trip: Our next field trip will be on San Juan Island on Saturday, June 7th. Meet at The Whale Museum at 8:30 for carpooling. Ends early afternoon. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and be prepared to have  Continue Reading


Film Festival News

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:27 am, by

Here’s the latest from FHFF… Friday Harbor Film Festival Welcomes New Board Members Three islanders have joined the Board of the Festival’s sponsoring organization, the Pacific Islands Research Institute, to help further the success of the Friday Harbor Film Festival: Lazlo Pal is an accomplished director and producer of several films, as well as Professor  Continue Reading

144 Car, Olympic Class ferry M.V. Tokitae - Click to enlarge - WSF Photo

WSF Welcomes, Tokitae – First Olympic-Class Vessel

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm, by

This just in from Washington State Ferries… New vessel will carry 144 cars on Mukilteo/Clinton route this summer The Olympic class Tokitae officially joins the largest ferry fleet in the nation Monday, June 2. The Tokitae will embark on its maiden public voyage on the Mukilteo/Clinton route this summer. Once Washington State Ferries accepts the Tokitae from builder/contractor Vigor Industrial, crews will begin operational  Continue Reading

Burning Patience by S.S.I.S. - Contributed image

Burning Patience

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

World Premiere of Burning Patience, written and performed by the 5th, 6th and 7th Graders of Spring Street International School 2014 June 8th and 9th, 7:00 pm San Juan Community Theatre Here’s a note from Kate Small about this event… Our Humanities class looks at the lives of teens in a given historical moment. We  Continue Reading

Guided walk with Dr. Julie Stein, Saturday at 10:00 am - Contributed photo

Guided Walks this Weekend at American Camp

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

First, on Saturday – The University of Washington’s Dr. Julie Stein will discuss archaeological investigations of ancient cultures at American Camp and San Juan Island in a guided walk scheduled 10 a.m., Saturday, June 7 at American Camp’s South Beach site. The walk is free and meets at Alaska Packer’s Rock, located at the end  Continue Reading

Nu Nu is Pet of the Week - Click for larger image - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Believe it or not, this handsome boy, “Nu-Nu”, or “Newt” as we call him, is still available with his brother, Mojo. These boys are about 4-years old and such great dogs. They do not need to be adopted together, but wouldn’t mind if they did end up in the same home because they love to  Continue Reading

Are you ready to defend your Island if a Wildland Fire occurs here? Take up the challenge - Take the class - Spend two weekends - Get certified

Wildland Firefighter Class

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s a call to action from SJI Fire/Rescue… San Juan Island Fire Rescue is offering a free class for those who have ever wanted to answer the call to serve their Islands fighting wildland fires. The call is out. The Wildland Firefighter 2 class will be held June 21st/22nd and June 28th/29th at the Mullis  Continue Reading

A portion of the new Peace Path walking trail up by the hospital - Tim Dustrude photo

Trails Work Party

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

Please join us Thursday, June 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and/or Friday, June 6th from 9:00 to 11:00 am, for a final spruce-up of the new Peace Path at the Peace Island Medical Center for its Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 pm. Please bring clippers or loppers, gloves & water.  Continue Reading


San Juan Island Blood Drive

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Don’t forget – it’s this coming Wednesday… Donate blood and save a life! Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. Photo ID required. Contact Curt Van Hyning for appointment 317-8399 Wednesday, June 4, 11:30 – 5:30 pm Mullis Community Senior Center.

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Community Dinner is This Week

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Remember – Its BBQ time! The last Community Dinner of the year is always the best! We will serve in the High School Courtyard behind the Middle School and High School. Tables and chairs will be set up but feel free to grab a blanket and have a picnic on the lawn too. It will be  Continue Reading

Greg Hertel's boat "Bee" tied up at Roger Bennett's  waterfront walk - Click to enlarge - Louise Dustrude photo

Waterfront Walk Open

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:02 am, by

Contributing Update reporter Louise Dustrude covers the waterfront beat today… Roger Bennett wanted a picture of a boat tied up at his Pier 1 building at the foot of Spring Street, and Greg Hertel loves messing about in boats, so the two got together Friday evening just before sunset and Roger got his picture. So  Continue Reading

Happy Saturday to you. Transient orcas - Jim Maya photo

Whales and Wildlife Update

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Here’s a photo from Captain Jim and an update from Captain Hobbes… It’s been an epic week for seeing transient orcas, we even found the T49A’s right outside Friday Harbor, thanks to Capt. Jack, Mate Andy and the crew of the Evergreen State ferry. Humpback whales were also seen this week, this may be the  Continue Reading

L-R: Commissioners Mark Schwinge, Keri Talbot, Michael Edwards, Lenore Bayuk, and Rosanna O'Donnell - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Keri Talbott Resigns

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm, by

On May 28th, 2014 Keri Talbott, SJC Public Hospital District Commissioner, resigned from her elected position for family reasons. Her tenure, 7 years to the month, was with the greatest community insight and dedication to duty. The Hospital District appreciates all that she has done for our community during this time of pivotal change and  Continue Reading

Sunshine alley and the Brickworks building in the 50's - 60's - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

The Mysterious Sunshine Alley

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm, by

Saturday, May 31st, 10am and 12:30pm, Boyd Pratt is doing a guided walking tour of historic Sunshine Alley. Meet at Brickworks. The Town of Friday Harbor’s historic preservation program contracted with Boyd to research the history of the alley–because nothing about the alley had been documented, not even why it is called Sunshine Alley! Boyd  Continue Reading


Daniel Lobue Studios Grand Opening

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Local artist and teacher Daniel LoBue will be opening his studio to the public. Daniel specializes in fine art and functional ceramics. As a special feature Daniel will be holding a Kiln Opening on Saturday morning at 10.30 am, giving people the opportunity to purchase his ceramic work direct from the kiln! Other open studios  Continue Reading

Tie-Dye is fun for the whole family - Contributed photo

Island Rec Tie-Dyes at the Farmer’s Market

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Island Rec will be having a free Tie-Dye Booth at the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, June 7th, from 10:00-1:00 pm. Bring a white t-shirt, or anything else you want to tie-dye for free. We will have a wide selection of shirts, some bags, hats and baby onesies available for purchase at a low cost if you  Continue Reading

Cycling Sojourner by Ellee Thalheimer

Book Review – Cycling Sojourner, Washington

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

The Update received an advance copy of this book directly from the publisher and was asked to review it so here again is guest contributor and avid cyclist Shannon Dean… This is a compact travel guide with bite-sized information for bicyclists wanting to tour in Washington State. It is very easy to navigate to whatever  Continue Reading

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