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SJC Fair Exhibitor Information

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm, by

Just received a note from an Update reader who suggested putting up a link to the Fair’s exhibitor information pages to make them easy to find today – Tuesday, SJC Fair Entry Day. Good idea! So here’s a link:

SJ Update photo

More 8 Hour Parking

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Amy Taylor at the Town of Friday Harbor administrative office… In response to requests from the business community, the Town of Friday Harbor has temporarily re-designated 22 parking spaces in the downtown core from 2 hour to 8 hour parking. With the busy visitor season upon us, it was becoming increasingly  Continue Reading

The proposed new facility as viewed from Cattle Point Road

New Animal Shelter for SJI

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is very pleased to announce the kickoff of a capital campaign to raise funds for a new animal shelter facility on San Juan Island. The project, “New Home – New Hope” was formally announced to the community at last Sunday’s ‘Wags to Riches’ event, and the initial response  Continue Reading

Rambler's Cafe Menu

Have Breakfast at the Fair

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

Here’s a heads up for you Fair Early Birds from Barbara Bevens, 4-H Leaders Council… The San Juan Ramblers Booth is back in business to serve all the early worker bees at the fair. It is under new management with a new menu to tickle your taste buds. This year Jim O Brian, Quartermaster (boat driver) on the  Continue Reading


Bridging a Gap Between Eastern and Western Medicine

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:23 am, by

Dr. Vincent Shu of the Washington Institute of Natural Studies is collecting signatures on a petition to open a new facility at the old Inter-Island Medical Center building on Spring Street. Here are some of his notes about this… The issues to be addressed: Is complementary alternative medicine through the W.I.N.S. integrative Community Clinic an  Continue Reading

Gabriella Salas, Maria Trujillo and Zeyna DeVer - SJ Update photo

La Authentica Mexicana

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm, by

There’s a new restaurant in town for Take-Out and Catering. It’s “La Authentica Mexicana” and it’s located over at Surina Business Park. They had a grand opening party last Thursday and then officially opened for business on Saturday. Currently they offer a different menu each day of the week (except Mondays when they’re closed): Tue  Continue Reading


After the Day’s Fishing

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Local photographer Aaron Shepard sent over a cool photo with this note. Thanks Aaron!… Hi Tim. Here’s one that might work in the Update. It’s a picture of the New Oregon returning from a day of fishing, taken Saturday night from the end of the Friday Harbor breakwater. (I used a D610 with a 24-120mm  Continue Reading

Just a section of the full plan (see links below for full plan drawing)

Blair Avenue Improvement Project

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

I recently popped in on our Town Administrator, Duncan Wilson, to ask about what’s happening up on Blair Avenue this summer, and the reason for all the construction and road closures. He shared what’s going on along with this cool graphic (which you can also see in the hallway to the public meeting room at  Continue Reading

Jerry and Dede McCormick are glad to be home after being temporarily stranded without a car in Sidney after cancellation of the international ferry run recently.- Louise Dustrude photo

When Ferries are Cancelled

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Remember a couple weeks ago when Washington State Ferries cancelled the Sidney BC run so they could move the Chelan to the Kingston/Edmonds run for a couple days? Louise Dustrude shares this story of how some people were affected by that… How many people do you suppose were inconvenienced — or worse — when the  Continue Reading

Timmy is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Timmy arrived in Friday Harbor last week via Wings of Rescue, an organization based in California that relies on volunteer pilots to fly dogs from high-kill shelters to rescue organizations and shelters like our own to give them a much-needed second chance. Timmy came from Carson, California – emaciated, frightened and very uncertain of his  Continue Reading


Fine Art Superintendent needs HELP!

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 11:04 am, by

Fred Hall has just volunteered to run the Fine Art Display at the SJ County Fair this year. This Fair exhibit needs your help! Call Fred at 298-1180. The Fair is only a few days away and the Fine Art display desperately needs volunteers. If you are bringing in art please consider donating an hour  Continue Reading

Sweet Tastes at the Food Preservation Booth

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 10:42 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this note about the Food Preservation Booth at the fair… The Pomona Grange Food Preservation booth will be a beehive of activity at this year’s Farm-tastic Fair. There will be People’s Choice – Jam and Jelly tastings daily at the Food Preservation booth from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Fairgoers are invited to  Continue Reading


Island Rec Photo Contest

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Island Rec Wants Your Photos – To celebrate 30 years of People, Parks, Programs, and Trails Island Rec will be displaying photos from previous programs, activities, and trails at their September 6 Anniversary Party during Movies in the Park. Bring us your best Island Rec photos from the last 30 years for all to enjoy  Continue Reading


FHFF – AWIM and the Hands of Time

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:24 am, by

Next Tuesday, August 12th, the Friday Harbor Film Festival presents “AWIM and the Hands of Time” for its Tuesday Night Films series at the Grange. This is a short film about the life and culture of the Awim people, who inhabit a remote area of Papua New Guinea in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. In 2008,  Continue Reading


Planned Power Outage

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 5:15 am, by

Planned Power Outage: Shaw, Canoe & Crane Islands August 19th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Power will be off for all of Shaw, Canoe and Crane Islands from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19th while OPALCO conducts maintenance and inspection work in the Shaw Substation. Updates will be posted online at  Continue Reading


Wounded Warriors Ride

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm, by

Sheila Harley of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue shares this note… Again this year, the Wounded Warrior Project will visit Friday Harbor as part of Soldier Ride Seattle this Saturday, August 9th. The cyclists will arrive in Friday Harbor on the 10:05 AM ferry and arrive at the Mullis Street Fire Station at 10:30  Continue Reading

Ron Krebs - Contributed photo

Note from Ron Krebs

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm, by

Here’s a note from Ron Krebs who is running for Sheriff… My name is Ron Krebs. As your next Sheriff of San Juan County, there are a number of goals that I want to achieve. There are a number of issues that I believe directly affect the communities that we serve. My goals are as  Continue Reading

A scene from Twelfth Night - John Sinclair photo

Twelfth Night Starts at Wold Road Tonight

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am, by

Here’s a note from Helen at Island Stage Left. They’re opening tonight at their Wold Road Location (see dates & times below)… The cast and crew have just returned from a wonderfully successful tour of the other islands and a three week run at Roche Harbor. Here are some remarks from audience members who have  Continue Reading


Get Ready for a Great SJC Fair!

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s some information about this year’s Fair sent over from Reve Shannon at the Fair office… Farm-tastic Fun is the name of the game at the San Juan County Fair, Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. This community celebration located within walking distance of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wash., is a  Continue Reading

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: Everything you ever wanted to know about Sea Otters (Enydra lutris) but were afraid to ask, presented by Shawn Larson - Shawn Larson photo

Sea Otter Lecture

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Shawn Larson as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Shawn will discuss “Everything you ever wanted to know about Sea Otters (Enydra lutris) but were afraid to ask” on Monday August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whale Museum, 62 First Street North, Friday Harbor. Shawn Larson,  Continue Reading


“Patterns” Opens this Weekend at WaterWorks

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

As the title of this show suggests, the show Patterns portrays each artist working in a rich color palette with the frequent use of shapes and patterns. Tom’s cast of characters conveyed in his paintings are people doing their work: i.e., farming, driving tractors or just standing around chatting. Tom uses bright colors, repetition of  Continue Reading

Cute, cuddly kittens - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

At long last, kittens have arrived at the shelter.  Each of them adorable, cuddly and in need of a forever home.   Stop by the shelter to meet them and spend some time watching their crazy antics.  APSFH guarantees you’ll leave smiling!

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