Considering an Investment Property?

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 4:42 am, by

Written by Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc. Vacation Rental Versus Long Term Rental Now would be a good time to purchase property held for investment and due to market conditions, a rental home in the San Juans would be the most appropriate. We are not like the metropolitan areas nearby with  Continue Reading


Animal Farm

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Spring Street International School students take us into the world of a George Orwell classic THIS Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 pm inside the Gubelman Theatre. Directed by Krista Strutz and adapted by the Shake & Stir Theatre Company, Animal Farm dramatically illustrates how greed and  Continue Reading


OPALCO Energy Assist

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Energy Assist Providing Monthly Bill Credits To 108 Opalco Members Funds Still Available For Low-Income Households OPALCO announced that 108 co-op members have applied for and received a monthly credit on their power bill since the new Energy Assist program began in February. The monthly bill credit ranges from $10/month (one person household) to $25/month  Continue Reading


FHFF Tuesday Films: Tracks

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

Friday Harbor Film Festival Winter film series of audience favorites Tracks (directed by John Curran) tells the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who in 1977 undertook a perilous solo trek across 1,700 miles of stunning Australian outback. Abandoning city life, Robyn arrives in the town of Alice Springs and declares to the  Continue Reading

A Community Afloat

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

Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor Sunday May 1st “A Community Afloat” (visualize a 4th of July parade on the water) is the theme of this year’s Opening Day Boat Parade sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The parade will be held Sunday, May 1st at 2:15 pm, with boats passing by Spring Street Landing  Continue Reading

Homes arrive by barge  for the Hometrust - Aaron Shepard photo

Home Trust Helps Local Economy

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

San Juan Island Home Trust shares this press release… Home Trust infuses $1.26 million (so far) into local economy with construction of Sun Rise Phase II Twelve repurposed/recycled homes from Canada are planned for Sun Rise Phase II, with seven homes now on site at the San Juan Community Home Trust’s newest neighborhood of permanently  Continue Reading


Rock Island Update

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Gerry Lawlor of Rock Island Communications shares this update with you… Rock Island Heads into Spring at Full Stride Thank you to the OPALCO Board for their strong leadership. With just over one year of being in business, Rock Island Communications has overcome numerous challenges, and has connected close to a thousand islanders to fast, stable and  Continue Reading


Yappy Hour on Wednesday

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Mike’s Café and Wine Bar at 135 Second Street will host “Yappy Hour”, a benefit for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor, Wednesday, April 13 from 5:00 – 6:30. Enjoy a glass of award winning wine, or beverage of your choice, plus endless appetizers and help animals at the same time! Grab some friends  Continue Reading


New Home – New Hope

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s an Update from the Animal Shelter on their project to fund and build a new facility… Dear Friends of the Shelter: We’d like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on the progress we are making prior to groundbreaking for the new shelter. Thanks to the changes in building regulations that have been  Continue Reading


Business Startup 101 Workshop

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Entrepreneurs are invited to attend the San Juan County Economic Development Council’s upcoming FREE half-day workshop entitled “Business Startup 101” on Thursday, May 5th. Participants will learn the building blocks of starting a successful business from experts in the legal, accounting and banking fields. The half-day event will be led by local attorneys Peter Goddu  Continue Reading

SJIMA Events Opening on Earth Day

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Opening events on Earth Day weekend in and around Friday Harbor Landscape Photography Walk: “Seeing with the Inner Eye”, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. In her work, Monnelly forays through the marshes to catch the magic of dawn, but also explores coastal landscapes across the continent in all seasons. Saturday, April 23, 10 am, location TBA, Tickets: $30  Continue Reading

EDC Pricing Workshop

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

EDC offers FREE business workshop on pricing products & services The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on pricing of products & services for small business owners and entrepreneurs on Lopez Island, Tuesday, May 3rd from 12-2pm at the Lopez Island Fire Department meeting room. Advance registration is required. Pricing  Continue Reading

Island Marble Butterfly - Photo Courtesy of Keith Van Cleve

Butterfly Almost Reaches Endangered Status

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 9:28 am, by

U.S. ​Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 12-month Finding on a Petition to List the Island Marble Butterfly. ​The Service has determined that the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) is warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act, but precluded by higher priority listing actions. The island marble butterfly will be added to the Service’s  Continue Reading

Team Vinny's, 2015 - Contributed photo

Litter-Free by the Sea

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 6:00 am, by

Mark your calendars! It’s time for the 2016 Great Islands Clean-Up… our annual spring-cleaning! And again this year, both Orcas and Lopez will be joining San Juan in the event! The specific information about San Juan Island’s effort is as follows: When: Saturday, April 23, 9 am – noon Where: All island roadsides and beaches  Continue Reading

All Aboard Sailing is the featured chamber member of the month - Contributed photo

All Aboard Sailing

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month I originate from Lands End, Cornwall England, where on the granite cliff top there is a signpost pointing West that reads ’New York 3147 miles’. I joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as an engineer and photographer, sailing from Cornwall to the far reaches of the  Continue Reading

The Hill of Thrills!

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm, by

Island Rec – Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race Island Rec is very excited to announce a new event we are putting on Saturday, May 21 – The Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race. This is a classic old fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people race their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Park St. from Marguerite to  Continue Reading

Law Firm Changes

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm, by

Peter W. Goddu and Margaret C. Langlie of GodduLanglie, Lawyers-Advisors, are pleased to announce that, effective May 1, 2016, Kathryn (Katie) C. Loring and Thomas D. Sandstrom will join us as partners and the name of our firm will change to Goddu Langlie Loring Sandstrom, PLLC. Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie established their law firm  Continue Reading


Dining for Scholars Thanks You

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm, by

Dear Island Neighbors, On behalf of the San Juan Island Service Scholarship board I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out on March 31st to support our annual Dining for Scholars event. It was wonderful to see so many community minded friends and families dining out to support the  Continue Reading

Luke and Zach Fincher and their Nana - Contributed photo

Hope for the Human Spirit

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

This story was contributed by Debbi Fincher… We lost our son’s nana to a man texting and driving about four years ago. The texting driver was also killed and the crash took the life of a third person, as well. Seven cars were impacted when this person chose to text and drive. No one ever  Continue Reading

Bicycle Repair Workshop

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Island Rec – Bicycle Roadside Repair Workshop Spring is upon us and now is the time to tune-up your bike. The deadline is fast approaching for Island Rec’s Bike Repair Class. The class is on Saturday, April 23rd , from 9:00 to 12:30. This will be held at Spring Street International School in their campus courtyard.  Continue Reading

Farm Day Field Trip

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm, by

San Juan Island preschoolers in the headstart program got to spend time on a farm today for some hands-on education (disguised as fun playtime). Rex and Lisa Guard opened their “Lazy G Ranch” family farm to welcome the kids along with several educational and community groups. The kids got to play on tractors, glue wool  Continue Reading


New Yoga Class and Instructor at The Studio

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 9:33 am, by

Jen and Jacquelyn over at The Studio are introducing a new instructor and yoga class and they want you to know about it. Here they are with what you need to know… The Studio is pleased to introduce Miguele de Quadros and add Yoga with Gyrotonic Principles to our class schedule beginning in May. We  Continue Reading

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