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Dave Ryan says goodbye from an office with one of the best views around - Tim Dustrude photo

David Says Farewell

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:16 am, by

David Ryan, Port of Friday Harbor Airport Manager is moving on and he would like to say farewell, and thank you for making his job here so enjoyable. David began working at the airport in October of 2008, replacing the previous manager Pat Mayo. He brought years of experience with him, having been a manager  Continue Reading

Fairgoers enjoy the photo exhibit at the 2012 fair -  Kevin Holmes photo

Photo Exhibit Needs Volunteers

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 6:43 am, by

Year after year, the photography exhibit at the SJC Fair is one of the most popular exhibits – it is also typically one of the largest exhibits and it requires a lot of people-power to produce. Please help this island tradition by volunteering a couple hours of your time. The greatest need is for Tuesday  Continue Reading

She Rides to Fly - SJ Historical Museum photo

She Rides to Fly

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

…at the San Juan County Fair, of course! The first fair was held in 1906 on the Friday Harbor waterfront and drew about 1,200 visitors. Now attendance is around 20,000. But who is this rider from decades ago? Is she still coming to the fair to cheer on today’s 4-H riders? If you can identify  Continue Reading

Billie J. Swalla to Lead Friday Harbor Labs as Director - Contributed photo

Billie is the New Labs Director

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Professor Billie J. Swalla has agreed to serve for a five-year term as Director of the Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Billie has served as Interim Director for the past year, and has been an active researcher and member of the FHL community since first coming to the Labs in 1999. Billie brings 30 years of  Continue Reading


San Juan Conservation Corps

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

Here’s a note from Doug McCutchen at the Land Bank about some recent trail work done by the SJI Conservation Corps… Hi Tim, Had a great time working with the San Juan Island Conservation Corps last week at Limekiln. They helped with several little trail maintenance and minor reroutes to improve the accessibility and sustainability  Continue Reading


Rummage Sale for Animal Shelter

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

The Animal Shelter is accepting donations of gently used household items, clothing, books, toys, and working appliances in preparation for their Rummage Sale, to be held Saturday, August 23 at 994 Cattlepoint Road. The shelter staff ask that you call beforehand to make arrangements for dropping off your donations at 378-2158.


County Positions Available

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

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office  Continue Reading

A Day at the Market

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Here’s a video to introduce you to what the Farmer’s Market is all about. This was mostly shot last summer, with some parts done earlier this year, and most of the post production done in the Spring and early Summer of this year. It was finally debuted Sunday evening at the Brickworks Mortgage Burning party.  Continue Reading

Graduate students from the 2011 fish swimming course at FHL sort through the catch in the seine net at Jackson Beach, San Juan Island - Dominique Roche photo

Friday Harbor Labs’ Tide Bites

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Check out the latest “Tide Bites” from the UofW’s Friday Harbor Labs.

Nancy Maron is showing her Original Acrylic paintings of “Island Scenes” at Gallery 9

“Island Scenes” at Gallery 9

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:31 am, by

Gallery 9 is pleased to have San Juan Island artist, Nancy Maron, show her new original acrylic paintings from August 9th to September 12th, with the Opening this Saturday August 9th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Gallery 9 at 60 First Street, Friday Harbor. WA.

"Rewind" is (L-R) Kate Schuman, Tom Doenges and Tami Doenges - Contributed photo

“Rewind” Finishes out Music on the Lawn

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:54 am, by

Rewind features popular local musicians Kate Schuman, Tami and Tom Doenges who will bring fun songs from the 60’s and 70’s, with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies. Come out and unwind with Rewind for the final concert of the season, Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30 to 8:15pm, at the San Juan Island Historical Museum –  Continue Reading

Patos Island Shoreline - Tim Dustrude photo

Patos Island Shoreline

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a view of Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island from the other side. This was shot from the western tip of Patos Island, right by the lighthouse looking south.

“Get on up!” - The Trashion Fashion Show - SJ Update file photo

Trashion Fashion Show

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

The County Fair’s popular Trashion Fashion Show is alive and well; it will be held this year on the last night of the Fair, Saturday, August 16, at 6 pm, on the Main Stage. The show will feature a Seattle D.J. in gold lamé, as well as a rockin’ runway. A cast of characters have  Continue Reading

Deep sea Whale fall  4.5 yr with mats of chemosynthetic bacteria - Craig Smith photo

Cancelled – Food-rich Oases at the Seafloor

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:10 am, by

Just got word from the Whale Museum that this event has been cancelled. They are going to reschedule and we will let you know as soon as they do. The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: Food-rich oases at the seafloor: The ecology of whale falls Presented by Craig Smith The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome  Continue Reading

Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park Physical Scientist Rebecca Lofgren - Contributed photo

Climate Change and Glaciers

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Physical Scientist from Mount Rainier National Park to Discuss how Climate Change Impacts Glaciers on August 7 at the San Juan Island Library Learn how glaciers in the Pacific Northwest have changed over the last 100-150 years in a presentation by Mount Rainier National Park Physical Scientist Rebecca Lofgren at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 7  Continue Reading


The Fair — Participating is the Name of the Game

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a note from the organizers of the San Juan County Fair… The County Fair is coming soon — August 13-16 — and now is the time to set your sites to get the most out of your experience. For many, that may be purchasing a season ticket and enjoying the fun everyday. For others,  Continue Reading


Live Band Karaoke Rocks the Fair

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Here’s a note from Reve Shannon with the SJC Fair… “So you want to be a rock and roll star,” may just be song lyrics to a 1967 Byrds song, but people all over the world dream about the possibility. And what better way to get a feel for it than to stand up and  Continue Reading


RED Checkered Picnics

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:44 am, by

Cynthia of Cynthia’s, Of Course and RED Checkered Picnics announces the opening of the second Red Checkered Picnic location. After the success of the Limekiln State Park Red Checkered Picnics – now in it’s third year – Cynthia has opened at San Juan County Park in the upper day use area. This Red Checkered Picnics  Continue Reading


Whale Museum Events

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

There’s a lot going on at the Whale Museum this week. Check this out… Food-rich oases at the seafloor: The ecology of whale falls - This event has been cancelled. Whale falls produce remarkable organic- and sulfide-rich habitat islands at the seafloor. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in studies of modern and fossil whale  Continue Reading


National Lighthouse Day

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Join in on the fun with F.O.L.K.S. and be included in a historical aerial photo being taken to celebrate National Lighthouse Day. There will be free lighthouse tours, a musical performance by local musician James Taylor, and picnic foods available from Red Checkered Picnics. Thursday, August 7th at Lime Kiln Point State Park, from 7:00  Continue Reading


Nature Journaling Classes

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Nature Journaling classes from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor. Alice Hibberd will lead explorations in the park and teach young learners 5-8 years old how to record observations in their personal nature journal. Cost is $20.00 per class. Register by calling 378-3646. Limited to 12 participants. Saturday August 2nd  Continue Reading

J-38, "Alki" as seen from Whale Watch Park on Monday - Sherrie Stahl photo

The View From Shore

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:59 am, by

Here’s a beautiful photo by Sherrie Stahl, shot from shore at Whale Watch Park on Monday the 28th. Sherrie went to the park in the morning only to find she had just missed a pod heading South and another heading North, but she hung around and waited and waited and waited, and was finally rewarded  Continue Reading

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