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The LC & Pacific RR - Contributed photo

New Railroad on San Juan Island

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

The residents of the Life Care Center on Spring Street in Friday Harbor are building a scale model garden railroad. The LC & Pacific RR, operating since August of last year, has approximately 200 feet of track, four engines, passenger and freight cars and the Red Ball Trolley. Under the guidance of Ron Garner and  Continue Reading

The Friday Harbor Grand, a new B&B in Friday Harbor - Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Grand

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Friday Harbor has a new B&B. Almost a year in the making (or rather, “remodeling”), Farhad Ghatan has just opened the Friday Harbor Grand and he held a “grand” opening celebration on Sunday complete with musical performances in the parlor. It’s up there at 345 Blair Avenue, next door to the Tooth Ferry.  Check out his website  Continue Reading

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Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 presents a summer evening program on Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 6:00 pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Join 100 Friends of Old Island Barns architectural historian  Continue Reading


Chosen: Yvonne’s Story

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Editor’s note – This post covers material that is not your happy, good news type of stuff that you usually read on the Update. Yvonne’s story is very disturbing, but it illustrates why this upcoming community education event on June 24th at SJCT is so important. More on that at the end of the post… Yvonne’s Story My stepdad  Continue Reading

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3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Saturday, June 20 Grange Dance, SJI Grange Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. Seattle contra dance caller Sherry Nevins with Susan Burke on fiddle and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. No partners or experience needed. $10 donation. For more info, call 378-3836, or check out the Facebook page.

Getchell Fire Dept's Brush 68 - Contributed photo

SJI Fire Rescue Helps Out

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire Rescue has sent it’s brand new Brush 332 engine to assist the Getchell Fire Department’s Brush 68 and others to help suppress the wildlands fire raging near Brewster, Washington known as the Cold Springs Fire. The fire started the morning of June 13 and our firefighters and fire truck left to assist on  Continue Reading

Josephine "Jo" Lewis Feldbush

Josephine “Jo” Lewis Feldbush

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm, by

Jo gave the Lord a big “Howdy Do” on Sunday, June 7, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Friday Harbor. She was born on December 8, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio; the eldest of four daughters born to Elwood and Pauline Lewis. Jo retired as the Office Manager at Deft, Inc. In  Continue Reading

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$189,500 in College Scholarships

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:59 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation Awards $189,500 in College Scholarships for 2015/2016 Sixteen graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2015 were awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by a generous donation made  Continue Reading

June 24 Author Talk & Book Signing with Joseph K. Gaydos

Salish Sea – Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

On Wednesday, June 24, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Joseph K. Gaydos will be featured at The Whale Museum for an “Author Talk.” Joe will also be available that evening to sign copies of his new book The Salish Sea – Jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Written by authors Joseph Gaydos and Audrey  Continue Reading

François André Danican Philidor (1726-1795)

Salish Sea Early Music Festival: The Art of Modulation

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Celebrate the art of modulation – the artful transitioning between musical tonalities (and expressive realms!) with us on Monday evening at 7:00 at the San Juan Island Grange. François André Danican Philidor, the son of Louis XIV’s celebrated music librarian who was history’s first great chess master and world chess champion for almost 5 decades,  Continue Reading

Greta is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Hello Party People! Greta here, wondering what you plan to wear to Monte Carlo; this year’s “Wags to Riches” benefit for the animal shelter on June 27th. What’s that? You haven’t bought a ticket yet? Oh my. You’d better get with it – you know it’s going to be the event of the season! Word  Continue Reading


3rd Annual “Fiesta San Juan” July 5th

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Home Trust Fundraiser Get ready to party, with a delicious Mexican dinner, margaritas, an auction and concert with dancing! Coming from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the third year in a row are Los Bambinos. The four Morales Brothers blend vibrant harmonies with easy-listening electro-acoustic guitars for a new sound that enchants long-time fans and new  Continue Reading


Soccer Signups

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Here’s a note from Travis Ayers regarding soccer signups… Hello Soccer Fans, 1.) Don’t spend any more money than you have to! Register by midnight on Sunday, June 21st. Late fees kick in the next day. 2.) Scholarships are available – just email me. Please note: some volunteer hours are expected for scholarship families. Also, scholarships  Continue Reading

M/V Samish enters the harbor with "Sentinel" escorting - Tim Dustrude photo

M/V Samish

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm, by

Updated – Click the link below to see more photos submitted by Aaron Shepard… The newest Washington State Ferry M/V Samish made it’s inaugural run from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on Sunday morning, June 14th, and was greeted by the SJC Sheriff/Fire boat “Sentinel” for an escort into the harbor complete with water cannons. On hand  Continue Reading


Bikers4Orcas Fundraiser

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 11:19 am, by

Bikers4Orcas San Juan Island Fundraiser Poker Run – June 28, 2015 Bikers4Orcas (B4O) is an international group of motorcyclists who will be riding to heighten awareness of the plight of orcas in captivity around the globe on June 28, 2015. B4O San Juan Island will ride that day for Tokitae aka Lolita, a member of  Continue Reading


Volunteer for Triathlon/Marathon

Posted on June 13, 2015 at 11:11 am, by

As beneficiary of the San Juan Island Triathlon and Marathon, Purple and Gold of Friday Harbor High School is organizing volunteers for the events June 20 and 21st. If you’ve volunteered in the past you know what fun it is to be at aid stations or course directional markers. Plus, all volunteers receive an event t-shirt and are  Continue Reading


A sense of place: 2015 San Juan Island Garden Tour

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm, by

Here’s a Garden Tour invitation for you from Fiona Norris and Linda Thompson… Two gardens on the shoreline, one vintage home set in an oak grove, one whimsical house and garden, and a garden literally on the rocks. These are the treats in store in the 2015 Garden Tour, coordinated by the San Juan Island Garden Consortium,  Continue Reading


Birth Announcement: Kelly Ann Schoultz

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Vera and Olsen Schoultz are excited to announce the birth of their little sister, Kelly Ann. Kelly was born at Island Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm. She weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21.1 inches long. Kelly is the daughter of Scott and Alisa Schoultz and granddaughter to Mike and  Continue Reading

FRIENDS of the San Juans’ staff and board proudly accept the $100,000 grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation - Contributed photo

$100K for Friends

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Washington Women’s Foundation Awards Friends Of The San Juans $100,000 To Increase Shipping Safety Standards In The Salish Sea Washington Women’s Foundation has awarded a grant of $100,000 to the FRIENDS of the San Juans to increase shipping safety standards in the Salish Sea, which will reduce oil spill risks and other impacts to wildlife,  Continue Reading

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Firewise Chipper Available on San Juan Island

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Fire Rescue and the Firefighters Association are sponsoring a chipper rental assistance program for active Firewise Communities and communities that are in the process of joining the program on San Juan Island. Firewise is a national project designed to help communities that are located in fire hazard areas in the United States.  Continue Reading

The ferry Samish at the auxiliary dock in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

Welcome the New Ferry M/V Samish

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan County Council and the Town of Friday Harbor will be welcoming the M/V Samish on her official maiden voyage to the San Juan Islands. The Welcome begins at 9:45 AM on Sunday, June 14th at the Friday Harbor ferry terminal. Musical entertainment will be provided by the San Juan Jazz Quintet followed by  Continue Reading


Letter From the County Council

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Dear Editor, Eight months ago the County Council passed a resolution making San Juan County a voluntary Leave No Trace Area to facilitate the protection and preservation of our natural environment for all people- current and future generations. San Juan County is the first and only county in the nation to adopt these principles. We are  Continue Reading

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