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Garbage Archaeology Day

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Come and learn about Taxonomy with Dr. Candace Gossen and what is washing ashore at Deadman Bay. Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center Anthropology students, are analyzing beach trash collected over the last year and are offering the chance to learn about Garbage Archaeology. Dr. Candace Gossen is a Professional Registered Archaeologist, specializing in Environmental  Continue Reading

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Chamber Chat

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President shares this month’s Chamber Chat… February Social Great thanks go out to Penny & Don Torkington of Sundries Court, Gail & Randy Schnee of Cotton, Cotton, Cotton and Tracy James of Eagle Mortgage for hosting this month’s Chamber of Commerce social. Sundries Court (formerly  Continue Reading

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Primaries and Caucuses

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the first in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. 2016 is a special year in elections. Not only is it a Presidential election year, it’s also a year in which we  Continue Reading

Apple IPad Stock, LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  In this photo illustration, an Apple ipad tablet displays newspaper and magazine apps on February 17, 2011 in London, England. Apple sold two million ipads in the first two months of their launch in 2010. Worldwide iPad sales are expected to amount to 20 million in 2012.  (Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Get Familiar with your iPad

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Get basic instruction in using an Apple iPad. Learn how to use built-in apps like the camera and Siri and how to connect to WiFi, find websites, and download apps. Bring your iPad and your Apple ID and password. Please register at the Library: limited space available. Thursday, February 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm  Continue Reading


EMS Open House

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

You’re invited to the EMS Open House. Come and Meet our new Chief! Friday February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the EMS Building at 1079 Spring Street. There will be Cookies and Tea, opportunity to talk to an EMT or Medic and you’ll see where all the action starts!

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Animal Shelter Volunteer of the Month

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Suzanne Brynner is the Animal Shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Suzanne is currently pursuing her certification as a professional dog trainer and Canine Nose Work Instructor. Suzanne spends time almost every day working with dogs at the shelter. In doing so, she helps to instill confidence in dogs who have been through a  Continue Reading

Island Chordsmen Plus at the Pool - Cinda Sue Dow photo

Chordsmen at the Pool

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Cinda Sue Dow shares this photo of the Island Chordsmen Plus, who did a surprise performance for the senior water arobic class last Friday.



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

3rd Saturday Grange Dance, at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. Saturday, February 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. From Seattle, Amy Carroll calling with fiddler Laurel Stone, Craig Shaw on flute and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. No partners or experience are needed and all dances are taught. $10 donation. For more information call 378-3836, or find us on Facebook.

17 Year Olds Can Caucus In San Juan County, Too!

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s a Letter to the Editor from Diane Martindale… Mark March 26 th on your calendars now for the Democratic caucuses in San Juan County. Hillary wants your vote that day. Attention 17 year olds! If you are turning 18 on or before November 8 you CAN participate in the Democratic caucuses. Hillary is a  Continue Reading

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Shaw Island Winter Classic

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

John Miller shares several images from Saturdays’ 16th annual Shaw Island Winter Classic. The wide image is part of the 20+ racing fleet heading up SJ channel on the way to Wasp Passage. The last image, shot off the stern of SABRA, is the cutter Fiona from Orcas Island Yacht Club, followed by the Islander 30, Emoyeni,  Continue Reading

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One Blue Tarp

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

“They can have my blue tarp when they pry it out from under my cold, dead butt!” So says David in SJCT’s winter play, One Blue Tarp, opening at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm. While the line might sound serious,  Continue Reading

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Pet of the Week

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Look, I’ll be honest with you. My therapist has suggested I set goals. Mine are as follows: Complete world domination. My own home with a devoted and caring owner before the end of the month. (A fireplace would be nice.) I thought I’d start small and work up to something bigger as time permits. Someday  Continue Reading


Perform at the Fair!

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Calling Local Musicians & Performers! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, the San Juan County Fair is now accepting applications from local artists and performers for the 2016 Fair. The Fair is proud to feature all types of performances… from acappella groups to dance troupes – do you have a hidden talent you’d like to showcase  Continue Reading

Nelda Hastings, October 17, 1933 – February 4, 2016

Nelda Hastings

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Nelda Hastings, longtime Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 4, 2016, following a brief illness. Nelda was born on October 17, 1933, and was raised in Havre, Montana. After graduating high school, she attended a nurse training program at Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. There, she met Frank Hastings, who she later married on September 5,  Continue Reading

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Happy Valentine’s from Yesteryear

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:35 am, by

Happy Valentine’s Day! Mary Jean Cahail shares this collection of Valentines that she found in the Historical Society’s archives. These valentines are dated between 1907 and 1931.

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Expanded Role for Home Trust

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:34 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust Eyes Expanded Role In Affordable Housing On San Juan Island The San Juan Community Home Trust has successfully launched two “permanently affordable” neighborhoods on San Juan Island – the Salal neighborhood on Carter Avenue with 15 individual homes, and the Sun Rise 1 neighborhood on Grover Street with 14 condominium  Continue Reading


Laura Johnston Kohl: Jonestown Survivor

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:33 am, by

When 914 members of the People’s Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived.  She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. In 2010, she published her book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look. Laura will be talking about surviving the tragedy, living with  Continue Reading


Opalco Offices Open For Business As Usual

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm, by

OPALCO offices are open for business today, Friday 2/12/16. All OPALCO offices were closed yesterday following a series of incidents that threatened the safety and security of OPALCO employees. The Sheriff’s office and the FBI are investigating the incidents and report a steady flow of valuable information coming from the community. OPALCO appreciates the cooperation  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Marina - Kevin Holmes photo

Port Plans for Marina Improvements

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners invite the public to attend a hearing on the Port’s Waterfront Master Plan on Wednesday, February 24th at Ernie’s Café.  The public hearing will start at 5:00 pm. The Port adopted the Waterfront Master Plan in 2014 to create a development plan for their upland properties and Jackson Beach.  The  Continue Reading

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From Snapshots to Great Shots

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

From Snapshots to Great Shots: How to Make Better Photographs A Photography Course by Mark Gardner Remember the old adage – a picture is worth a thousand words? Well it’s just not true anymore, even though almost all of us have cameras with fantastic capabilities. A bad picture that you deleted (or should have) is worth nothing,  Continue Reading

FHHS Boys beat Orcas on Wednesday - Brook Ashcraft photo

Wolverine Basketball

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

FHHS Student Brook Ashcraft was at the games and shares this report… The rivalry grows between Orcas and San Juan. On February 10th, both capable basketball teams went head to head. Our Lady Wolverines kicked it off with a win of 52-28, staying in control of the board the entire game. Next our ballin’ basketball  Continue Reading

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Spring Street Pocket Park

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor held a public hearing on Tuesday to show preliminary plans for the new “pocket park” set to be installed on Spring Street this year, possibly to be completed before July 4. It is called a “Pocket” Park because because of its small size and limited facilities. Pocket parks are very popular  Continue Reading

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