Notable Stories of 2016

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

As things slow down like they usually do in the winter, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and take a look at some of the events that affect us and shape us as we move into 2017. So in no particular order, (other than grouping similar things by category) here are some  Continue Reading

New Years Eve Community Celebration

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

Correction: This event will be held at Mullis Center. Island Rec once again holds their community New Year’s Eve party – This is a free, all-ages community New Years gathering. There will be games, dancing, crafts, and a live video feed of the NY Times Square ball drop. Guaranteed good time! Saturday, December 31st from 7:00 to  Continue Reading

Dinner and a Movie

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival and Mike’s Café and Wine Bar are delighted to announce a collaborative effort this winter and spring… Dinner and a Movie!! Films that were selected by the 2016 Film Festival attendees as their favorites will be shown at the Grange on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, starting  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

What do you mean Christmas is over? It can’t be! My brothers and I didn’t even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap! Maybe that’s why we’re still here at the animal shelter… Santa had no idea that what we want most of all is forever homes! I’m Georgia. My brothers, Clooney, Bogart and  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 9:10 am, by

In the Update Mailbag this morning we find this note from Jim and Minnie Knych… We get annual letters from Santa via our friends, Tom and Stephanie Gonser, that used to live on San Juan Island.  This year we were surprised to learn that everything is not honky dory at the North Pole but, of  Continue Reading

Salute the Compass

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 9:30 am, by

January 1, 2017 – New Year’s Day: Salute the Compass Join the Pintail for the annual Shipyard Cove tradition of saluting the compass, where we will toast to the four cardinal directions. There will be drinks, merriment and celebration of the new year! Meet at the boat at 11:00am (last dock in Shipyard Cove). We’ll  Continue Reading

Project of the Year for NYC’s ASL Crew

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 9:20 am, by

National Park Service and Northwest Youth Corps announce that their American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Conservation Crew has been honored with Corps Network Project of the Year Award. What: San Juan Island National Historical Park and Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) announce that the NYC American Sign Language (ASL) Inclusion Crew is chosen as one of  Continue Reading

And the Winner Is…

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 9:03 am, by

The winner of the “Where’s that Elf”, Shop San Juan Island’s Joey contest is Tanja Williamson!  Starting November 25th, Chamber Executive Director Becki Day began posting a photo of an Elf on the Shelf at a different local business every day. Followers of @SanJuanIslandChamber on Instagram were invited to guess the location by commenting on the Chamber’s daily post. Every correct  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth Dental Van

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 8:48 am, by

The Medical Teams International Dental Van is coming back to the Mullis Center on Friday, January 13th and 14th. Fish For Teeth is sponsoring this clinic to provide dental care for anyone who is financially unable to afford it. Applications may be picked up at: SJ County Health Department, The Family Resource Center The Mullis  Continue Reading

Cool School Challenge

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

San Juan County Students are Saving Energy to Combat Climate Change Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glacier – oh my! While climate change is an overwhelming issue, there is certainly hope, especially in the collective power of individual actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the underlying principle of the Cool School Challenge  Continue Reading

New Playground Open

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm, by

Island Rec is pleased to announce that the new playground at John O. Linde Community Park will open at 1:00pm on Friday, December 23rd. Over 40 community volunteers came together to help build Island Rec’s new playground at the John O. Linde Community Park. The playground features a large play web, swings, slide and even  Continue Reading

J34 Has Died

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Another southern resident killer whale has died! By Kenneth C. Balcomb, Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research We regret having to make a distressing announcement during this holiday season, but we confirm from news photographs and eyepatch photos sent to the Center for Whale Research that the killer whale carcass that was towed to a beach  Continue Reading

Welcome Daniel Schwartz

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this announcement from Loren DeShon at Westwind… Westwind Aviation adds new San Juan resident to staff Westwind is pleased to announce that Daniel Schwartz has joined our staff. Dan and his wife Kathy recently moved to San Juan Island from the Seattle area where he was a flight  Continue Reading

Prepare for Take Off

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:38 am, by

Mark your calendar to explore the world of entrepreneurship! Good news. Here’s a chance to pursue your dream of owning your own business. Worksource is offering a free workshop for entrepreneurial training. Get the answers to these questions at this free workshop: What does it take to become an entrepreneur? How can you secure funding  Continue Reading

Town Holiday Refuse Schedule

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

The 2016 and 2017 Holiday Refuse Schedules available on the Town website at this link. Mark your calendar for these holidays that will affect your refuse collection. For those holidays not listed, solid waste collection will take place as regularly scheduled. The Town reminds Customers that there will be no garbage/recycling pick-up on Monday, December  Continue Reading

December in Friday Harbor

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

If you haven’t yet made it into town on a beautiful December evening to see the lights, you really owe it to yourself to come and check them out. It is quite a dazzling display, especially if you experience it on foot, up close. If you can’t do that, you can at least click on  Continue Reading

16th Straight Clean Audit

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Receives Clean Audit from State for 16th consecutive year. The Washington State Auditor’s Office has completed the review of Friday Harbor’s 2015 financial records and has given the Town a clean audit report. This is the 16th consecutive year the Town has received a clean audit. The State auditors conduct annual reviews of  Continue Reading

Barking Bird Closing

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm, by

Sad news from Judith Carter at Barking Bird… After more than five years, The Barking Bird is leaving the nest! Jack and I have loved meeting people from all over the world, but mostly we treasure our local customers and their animals. We’ve watched puppies grow up, grieved with folks when their dogs and cats  Continue Reading

Meet Your Assistant Fire Chief

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Noel was raised in Sedro-Woolley and after graduating high school, attempted a four-year university and spent several years in production and construction jobs in Skagit and King Counties.  In 1996, while working as a crew member for Washington Conservation Corps, Noel moved to Lime Kiln State Park. While living and working at the Park, the Ranger at the  Continue Reading

Mayor Appoints Richard to Arts Commission

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Richard to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Richard, a Heritage Interpretation trainer and retired educator, brings experience in working with visual art exhibits, shows, and galleries, as well as involvement with local performing arts including volunteering with the San Juan Community Theatre and  Continue Reading

“Art for Fun” Program at SJIMA

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) introduces a new art program called Art for Fun, a “paint and sip” party for adults of all skill levels. The first party is set for December 22 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and the cost is only $35.00. In keeping with the trend that is  Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from J-2 (Granny) and the Whale Museum

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Did you know that Granny’s estimated birth year is 1911? She is believed to be the oldest female in J, K, and L pods at over 105 years! She is still very active and often breaches. Here are some interesting facts about Granny: She is the matriarch of the Southern Resident Community, known as J  Continue Reading

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