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Draft Horses pull a stone boat to move rocks for farmland - SJ Historical Society photo

Stone Boat

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Here is part VIII in our continuing monthly history series from the San Juan Historical Museum… Agriculture on this island is not only about growing crops, but also about moving rocks. In this vintage photo, we see two fine draft horses whose strength was required to pull a “stone boat” full of glacial rocks. Rocks  Continue Reading


Public Hearing on Road Vacation

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:31 am, by

Notice of Public Hearing on Road Vacation – Cattle Point on San Juan Island Notice is hereby given that the San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposal by San Juan County to vacate a portion of the existing Cattle Point Road from approximately MP 7.35 to approximately MP 8.55.  Continue Reading


Introduction to Pilates Mat

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm, by

Jacquelyn over at The Studio announces a class they’ll be offering soon… Just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that Jennifer and I will be teaching an Introduction to Pilates 6 week session at The Studio. Since our opening in December, we have received many questions about what is Pilates?  Continue Reading

The Battlefield Band - Click for larger image - John Slavin photo

Battlefield Hosts FREE Music Workshop Before Concert

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Friday Harbor’s favorite Scottish friends and their “Forward with Scotland’s Past” motto return to San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, April 4—their 15th island visit since the early 1990s. And this time, Battlefield Band will share more of how they work their musical magic. A free workshop for all ages will be held in the  Continue Reading

Spill map graphic - Click for larger version

Drift Cards Update

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

To keep up with the ongoing story of the drift card drops that took place on the 25th anniversary of the nasty spill that we do not ever want in our waters… Listen to the Free Speech Radio News report at this link. See the locator map for those cards already found and reported (keep  Continue Reading


Adult Co-Ed Summer Softball

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

The crack of the bat, the pop of a mitt, the Umpire calling “YOU’RE OUT!” – Summer Softball is just around the corner. Register your team now for the Island Rec adult co-ed softball league. This slow pitch league plays games on Tuesdays, June – August. Register your team by April 17, $433. Mandatory Captains  Continue Reading


Call for Spring Flea Market Vendors

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:13 am, by

Calling all vendors for the Spring Flea Market at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! The market will be held on Saturday, April 26th. This is an opportunity for vendors of all types including: food vendors, crafters and artists, community organizations looking to fundraise, and family and friends cleaning house. The Fairgrounds Flea Markets are always  Continue Reading

Dewey is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:53 am, by

Dewey is a perfect gentleman in every way. He’s about 3-years old and has the sweetest disposition ever. Dewey is declawed on his front paws. Sadly, he is a classic example of what happens when people choose to have a cat declawed. Dewey is very shy and withdrawn at first like the vast majority of  Continue Reading


Measles Alert

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services Issues Measles Health Alert A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles. The dates this person was contagious are from March 21, 2014 to March 29, 2014. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease that spreads easily when the infected person  Continue Reading



Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:05 am, by

Are you on the FROG ? It’s the Ferry Rider’s Opinion Group and it’s one way you can make your voice heard with regards to ferry service. If you’re not and you would like to be, check  out this invitation that came to the Update email box, and  sign up now at the link included  Continue Reading

Rainbow over Roche Harbor - Click for larger view - Kevin Holmes photo

Roche Harbor Rainbow

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 5:21 am, by

Roving Update photographer Kevin Holmes caught this great scene on Friday evening out out Roche Harbor. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

M/V Elwha in Drydock - Click for larger image - Aaron Shepard photo

Ferry in Drydock

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 5:31 am, by

Here’s a cool photo sent in by photographer extraordinaire Aaron Shepard. This is the Elwha in dry dock at Dakota Creek Shipyards in Anacortes. If you wanna see this for yourself, take a left when you get to Commerical Ave. in Anacortes, instead of the right you would normally take to get to Hwy 20.  Continue Reading

The remains of the Remote Terminal Cabinet after a single-car accident - CenturyLink photo

Single-Car Accident Causes Outage

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm, by

CenturyLink sends this press release about the current outage affecting the south end of San Juan Island… A CenturyLink Remote Terminal located near the intersection of Cattle Point Road and Golf Course Road was struck by a vehicle, Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:09 p.m. impacting telephone, Internet and 911 services to approximately 200 customers.  Continue Reading

Beth Helstien, Award-winning Outreach Coordinator for the SJI Library - Tim Dustrude photo

Library Outreach Coordinator Receives Merit Award

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm, by

Washington Library Association recognizes outstanding work in English Language Learning San Juan Island Library outreach coordinator Beth Helstien received the 2014 Merit Award for Advances in Library Services from the Washington Library Association. The award recognizes outstanding work in resurrecting and revitalizing what was a defunct English Language Learning Program into a popular, well-attended, well-staffed,  Continue Reading

Pacific White Sided Dolphin - Traci Walter photo

Whale & Wildlife Update

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s Captain Hobbes with the latest update on whales and wildlife… WHAT A WEEK! On Sunday, transient orcas were found late in the day in our area, and Capt. Nate at Deer Harbor Charters found over 100 harbor porpoise feeding between Flat Top Island and Orcas Island. On Wednesday at least three groups of extremely  Continue Reading

2012 clean up with Bird Rock Hotel and Earthbox Inn& Spa - Contributed photo

Volunteer for the Great Island Cleanup on Public Land

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Land Bank volunteers will clean up local beaches and roadsides on San Juan Island as part of the Great Island Cleanup on Saturday, April 5, 10 am to 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to help at three San Juan locations: Third Lagoon Beach, 10:00 A.M. Meet at the Third Lagoon Preserve trailhead located at the  Continue Reading

Dr. Jerry Whitfield Of Shaw Island To Fill District 4 Board Vacancy - OPALCO photo

Opalco News

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The OPALCO Board has appointed Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island to fill the board vacancy in District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane Islands). Dr. Whitfield began his service to the Co-op in March. Dr. Whitfield and his wife Carol live on Shaw Island and have been OPALCO members since 1999. As a Doctorate  Continue Reading


Reminder from Sammantha

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm, by

Just got this last minute reminder for you to leave your thoughts with NOAA about getting Lolita freed…  Hi Tim, Thank you so much for posting the article about freeing Lolita and my junior year community project. The last day of the comment period is tomorrow, March 28, so I’m wondering if you can post  Continue Reading

Sierra Stratton (L) and Joshua Reedy of Green Owl Gaming - Update Staff photo

New Game in Town

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm, by

…or rather – “New Gaming in Town”… 4th generation islander and 2006 FHHS grad Sierra Stratton is making his dream a reality. He and business partner Joshua Reedy are remodeling a space over on Tucker to create Green Owl Gaming. But why not let him tell you all about it… A few years back I  Continue Reading


Salish Sea Early Music Festival – An Evening with Louis XIV

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:38 am, by

Visit the court of Louis XIV in 1713 on March 30 - A world of tender and brilliant magic. Review Excerpts from last month’s Salish Sea Early Music Festival program in Friday Harbor, repeated for the Music Society of the Islands in Victoria: ” …the reward was as dreamily exquisite as an invitation from Oberon, delivered  Continue Reading

FHHS Alum Michelle Mazzerella teaches Contemporary Dance here this Saturday

Contemporary Dance Master Class

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:58 am, by

Cynthia Burke and XYZ movement arts is excited to bring a young, local talent back to the island. Welcoming Michelle Mazzarella and her Contemporary Dance Master Class on Saturday, March 29th. Michelle has been dancing for over sixteen years. She is currently a first-year student at UCLA, majoring in Psychology and Dance. In addition to  Continue Reading


Local Author Wins 2nd Award

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Nicholas Corrin has won another award for his recently published book, The Power of Letting Go: transforming fear into love. This time it’s second place in the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards in the Spirituality/Inspiration category. A complete list of all winners is available here. A Readers Views reviewer said “I found ‘The Power  Continue Reading

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