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Rescheduled – Sunshine Alley Design Workshop Open House

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm, by

This workshop has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 22nd… The results of the Sunshine Alley design workshops will be exhibited for public review and comment during an open house from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, April 22nd at Brickworks. Please come between those hours and provide us your feedback on the possible ideas and improvements.


Whales & Wildlife Update

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm, by

It’s that time of week again for Captain Hobbes’ report… Come see orcas and wildlife in “their world”.  Transient orcas known by whale watch folks as “Biggs” orcas have been seen almost daily this week. Transient orcas are a little bigger than the resident orcas, and have a more pointy dorsal fin, often with nicks,  Continue Reading


Jensen Shipyard Receives Environmental Leadership Award

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 1:09 am, by

Jensen Shipyard is celebrating Earth Day this year with a new designation. The Clean Boating Foundation of Washington has extended their Leadership Clean certification to Albert Jensen and Sons, Inc (aka Jensen Shipyard) in recognition of their outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and their achievements in restoring the health of Puget Sound. Jensen Shipyard is  Continue Reading

Bald eagle enjoys an in-flight meal - Click for larger view - Captain David Howit photo, Legacy Charters

In Flight Meal

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:01 am, by

Captain David Howitt, while skippering for Legacy Charters the other day, snatched these beautiful photos of an eagle eating in flight. Here it is in his words… Amidst a flurry of Transient Orca tail lobs and crying scavenging glaucous gulls an eagle appeared from nowhere, plucked a piece of sealion meat from the surface, dodged  Continue Reading

The sunrise, Mt. Baker, Peavine Pass, Blakely Island... A beautiful start to a gorgeous day - Marie DiCristina photo


Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:53 am, by

It was a beautiful sunrise viewed from the early ferry on Thursday, and many people had their cameras, phones and iPads out, getting shots of it. This image was contributed by Marie DiCristina. Thanks Marie!


SJ Islands Audubon Spring Field Trips

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

Barb from SJI Audubon sends over this invitation… Join SJ Islands Audubon for a field trip on Saturday, April 12th during the first annual Orcas Island Bird and Wildlife Festival. This morning trip takes us exploring great Orcas locations looking for lingering seabirds, swans and ducks and arriving warblers and other songbirds. This is a  Continue Reading

Tim Bair is the new Executive Chef at SJ Pasta Co. - Contributed photo

New Chef for SJ Pasta

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Pasta Company recently hired Tim Bair as their Executive Chef. Bair brings sixteen years of culinary experience to the company including the Seasons of Maine in Bangor, Maine as well as two years at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Tim represents the next phase of our company’s growth,” said Angel Michaels, CEO.  Continue Reading


Free WiFi at Ferry Landings for OPALCO Members

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:11 am, by

Beginning Monday, May 5th, OPALCO members can access Wi-Fi at the interisland ferry landings with their SmartHub (eBill) user name and password. OPALCO is able to offer this public service free of charge in exchange for the savings created by paperless billing. Members must be signed up for SmartHub (eBill) and select paperless billing in  Continue Reading


Historical Preservation Funds Available

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:04 am, by

Notice of Request for Proposals to use SJ County Council’s Historical Preservation Funds The San Juan County Council has discretionary funds, generated by recording fees intended to promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents. The Council is currently seeking proposals for projects to use $6136 in funds to be  Continue Reading

Hailey Loucks (L) and Isabel Gabriel building beehives - Cyndi Brast photo

Beehives Update

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm, by

Here’s an update from Cyndi Brast on the beehive community project being done by FHHS Juniors Isabel Gabriel and Hailey Loucks… Hailey Loucks and Isabel Gabriel have really worked hard on this project. The equipment for their hive was delayed in arrival, so we had to put together a hive from parts I had, and  Continue Reading

Stillpoint School Cleans Up - Contributed photo

Thanks Everyone!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

As co-organizers of the fourth annual Great Island Clean-Up, David Dehlendorf, Jana Marks, Tom Kirshner, and Lori Stokes would like to thank the 225 islanders who participated on April 5, helping to make San Juan Island “litter free by the sea.” A grand total of 3,500 pounds of litter was collected from our roadsides and  Continue Reading

Lining up to buy ride tickets at the 2013 Fair - Update file photo

Help Out at the Fair

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

The SJC Fair staff is planning a great fair for our community this year, and they’d love to have you be a part of it! They are looking for a few superintendents again this year, for the arts and photo departments. And there are always lots of opportunities for volunteers to help  make the fair  Continue Reading


Measles Update #6

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm, by

The Health Department will be providing additional immunizations in Friday Harbor on Thursday, April 10, 2014 between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. If you do not have a regular health care provider call the Health Department (378-4474) and make an appointment to get immunized now. If you are feeling sick and think you may have  Continue Reading

A trip through the Way-Back machine, Downriggers building, Feb. 27, 2004 - Click for larger view - Tim Dustrude photo

Downriggers Clearance Sale

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:29 am, by

That photo was shot from the ferry 10 years ago. I just came across it the other day when I was looking for something else in my photo library and this morning I have the perfect opportunity to share it with this announcement: Downriggers is having a clearance sale this weekend… Saturday, April 12th from  Continue Reading

(L - R): Deborah Hopkins Buchanan, David Gow, Lee Taylor, Dona Wuthnow, Boyd Pratt, Tom Kirschner, Guard Sundstrom and Stephanie Buffum - Click for larger image - Contributed photo

New Scenic Byway ‘wayshowing’ signs to be posted in April

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Over ninety San Juan Islands Scenic Byway ‘wayshowing’ signs will be posted on Orcas and San Juan islands during April, eight-and-a-half years since undertaking the grassroots Scenic Byway process in the fall of 2005. The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway became Washington’s newest state byway in the spring of 2009. Eighty-five metal, 12”x18” logo signs,  Continue Reading

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Home Canning 101

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

This weekend, it’s the first of two hands-on workshops with WSU Food Safety & Preservation Advisor Terri Brown. Practice canning. Take home jam and pickles. Bring your questions: Water bath or pressure canner? Why did my jar break? Why didn’t my jar seal? How can I tell if my food has spoiled? It’s on Saturday,  Continue Reading

La Boheme, A Scene from Act III - Jonathan Tichler photo

La Bohéme in High Definition

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:28 am, by

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of The Met: Live in HD’s La Bohème, presented at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his Live in HD debut as the passionate poet Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her highly  Continue Reading

The San Juan Singers - Click for larger view - Contributed photo

SJ Singers and Songs of the Silver Screen

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

San Juan Island’s community chorus takes us to the movies during their annual spring concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at 7:30pm. Directed by Angel Michaels with piano accompanist Jenepher Reeves and several musical guests, Silver Screen Serenades-Hollywood’s Hits showcases songs written specifically for movies and songs  Continue Reading

Nina is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

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

Everyone who visits “Kamp Kitty” here at the shelter falls in love with “Nina”. She’s a big girl with a big personality and loads of character. She came to us as a stray several months ago, having been sprayed in the face with a chemical or irritant of some kind. As a result, she has  Continue Reading


Don Galt Sr. Withdraws Candidacy from Opalco Election

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

Don Galt Sr. has withdrawn his candidacy for the OPALCO District 1 board election. “I want to thank the petitioners for inviting me to participate for the OPALCO board,” Galt wrote in an email. “I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.” The OPALCO election is open from Friday, April 11th through noon on  Continue Reading


Hellman’s Classic Drama in Readers Theatre Series

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:33 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s On Book! Readers Theatre series features Lillian Hellman’s 1934 drama, The Children’s Hour, on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gubelman Theatre. Set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, the plot unfolds as an angry student runs away from the school; and  Continue Reading

Dateline Victoria: The ferry to Sidney is running again!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:02 am, by

Victoria, BC – OK, we’ll admit it: it’s been tough not having the easy ride to the island, the last three months. Josie & I think of things to do, plays to see, people to hug, and the Sidney/Anacortes/Friday Harbor ferry hasn’t been scheduled since early January…but now it’s back. One of the parts I  Continue Reading

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