SJCT's production of The Addams Family - Tim Dustrude photo

The Addams Family

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 9:46 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s monstrous spring musical returns this week… starting with a “Pay What You Can” night this Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 pm. No advance tickets are sold for this show; simply show up (doors open at 6:30 pm) and give what you can at the door. The Addams Family, A New Musical  Continue Reading


Chief Marler Receives SAR Award

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Dave Vandaveer shares this story…  Former San Juan Island Fire Chief Steve Marler received the Fire Safety Commendation Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in a presentation at the Mullis Fire Station. The award was presented posthumously to his wife, Karen. Also present at the station were his daughter, Stephanie, and her  Continue Reading


3rd Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk and Pet Lover’s Festival

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced the “3rd Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk and Pet Lover’s Festival” will be held Saturday, May 28. The event takes place Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 to 2:00 at the future location of the new animal shelter; 994 Cattle Point Road. The dog walk portion of  Continue Reading


BioBlitz is Coming to San Juan Island

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in San Juan Island National Historical Park, like never before! On May 20-21, national parks across the country, including San Juan Island, will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more!  Continue Reading


Meet the New Executive Director at Wolf Hollow

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Wolf Hollow welcomes Amy Saxe-Eyler as its new Executive Director. Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for education and observing and preserving natural resources.   She moved to Orcas Island in 2009 after a successful career in banking and was the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO until  Continue Reading


For Sale: Seasonal Picnic Stand at Limekiln Point State Park

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Do you want to own a seasonal business (Memorial Day to Labor Day) in a beautiful setting located on San Juan Island – Limekiln Point State Park? Do you want to meet people from all over the world as they come to visit the Orcas! Do you want to see Orcas on a regular basis?  Continue Reading

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Fish Taco goodness at a recent Fish Taco event - Tim Dustrude photo

Fish Tacos Friday!

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Mark your calendar for Friday’s lunch at the theatre and also check out this note from Matt Marinkovich, president of Fish for Teeth… Hello San Juan Islanders The Fish for Teeth Taco Team will be cranking out fish burritos this Friday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SJI Community Theater ($7.00  Continue Reading

Sunday Evening Rainbow - Shelley Alan photo

Sunday Evening Rainbow

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shelley ran outside just in time to get a photo of this lovely rainbow Sunday evening. Thanks for sharing Shelley!

The ER entrance at PIMC - Tim Dustrude photo

PIMC Receives High Marks

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s the latest press release from PeaceHealth… PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center receives high marks for quality and safety FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., May 10, 2016 – Providing high quality, safe care to the residents of San Juan County is a top priority of every caregiver at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Recent survey results prove  Continue Reading


Letter from Diane Martindale

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Dear Editor, You may be perplexed over what Washington’s May 24 Democratic Presidential Primary means, especially if you participated in the March 26 Democratic precinct caucuses. But I encourage you to vote! The media will report the results of the Washington State Republican primary on May 24, as they use the primary results to assign delegates  Continue Reading

Northern Lights over Boundary Pass - Chris Teren photo

Northern Lights

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

Chris Teren shares this awesome photo from Saturday night up at Stuart Island. Here’s what he has to say about it… Chasing the Northern Lights on Stuart Island Mother Nature put on an AMAZING show last night, kicking off Mother’s Day with some of the best Northern Lights I’ve ever seen in Washington State!! I  Continue Reading

Rebozo won "Best Overall" in the Opening Day Boat parade - Contributed photo

Boat Parade Winners Announced

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The Opening Day Boat Parade, “A Community Afloat” on May 1st was a wonderful, fun community event! Forty boats were involved in the Opening Day festivities. Orca Star with the American Legion Post 163 Color Guard led the parade, saluted by 3 volleys from the American Legion Rifle Salute Squad, and followed by the classic  Continue Reading


At The San Juan Children’s Festival

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Ted Strutz was at the Children’s Festival on Saturday and shares these photos…  I saw lots of cars and kids, so I stopped off at the Fairgrounds and found a Children’s Festival going on.  Here are some snapshots!

Kendra Clifton-Pew - Contributed photo

Kendra’s Going Exploring on the Nautilus

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

FHHS Junior Kendra Clifton-Pew has been selected to explore the ocean on the “Nautilus”, the exploration vessel used by Dr. Robert Ballard when he discovered the Titanic shipwreck. Educators and students participate in groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific Kendra has been selected as a 2016 Honors Research  Continue Reading

Milene Henley - Contributed photo

Voting the Presidential Primary

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the fifth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. Ballots for Washington’s May 24 Presidential Primary will arrive in your mailbox soon. The Presidential Primary is different from every other Washington  Continue Reading

Surina Business Park fire - Sheila Harley photo

Fire at Surina Business Park

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

At approximately 6:30 the morning of May 9, 2016 a fire broke out at Surina Business Park off Malcom Street. The fire was contained to one unit, although there was potential of smoke damage to additional units in the building. Five fire apparatus, including the Rescue and the Ladder trucks were deployed. One can see  Continue Reading

Rachel Dietzman - Tim Dustrude photo

Rachel Dietzman to Retire

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Rachel Dietzman will retire June 3 after 9-1/2 years at County Public Works (five as County Engineer). She worked in the private sector before joining Public Works, and says at that time she “thought government work would be easy. I imagined the job would give me an opportunity for research and training and learning skills  Continue Reading

Tim Dustrude photo

Clearest Drinking Water

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

>> Update – the time has been moved up to 11:00 for this award presentation << Town to receive Department of Health award for top water quality in the state The Town of Friday Harbor is receiving top honors for providing some of the clearest drinking water in the state for three consecutive years. The  Continue Reading

Left to right: John Ellis, Pastor Joe Bettridge, and Frank Penwell - Contributed photo

Community Treasures Supports Local Programs

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Community Treasures is a 501(c)3 public charity thrift shop (dba CT Recycling) and known as “CT”.  CT provides items free of charge to nonprofit and service organizations, as well as some occasional services for organizations and individuals, to the tune of about $2,000 a month.  In addition, CT provides funds for community programs and projects  Continue Reading


Parade Dignitaries Announced

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshals and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme “America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!”, the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National  Continue Reading

Praise for The Addams Family

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

They’re scary and they’re ghastly, but also weirdly classy, They’ve come to San Juan Island, The Addams Family. For your own entertainment and to support the San Juan Community Theatre, I hope you will not miss THE ADDAMS FAMILY, on stage from May 6-21. This is a fantastic production full of bizarre touches. Last night’s  Continue Reading


Pollinators in the Park

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

In honor of this month’s “History Lives Here” celebration the Land Bank and SJI National Historic Park are hosting an afternoon of fun and learning for kids, centered around the heritage fruit trees in historic Driggs Park (adjacent to the Land Bank office) and pollinators. There will be games and art projects, as well as  Continue Reading

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