New Southern Resident Killer Whale Calf - NOAA

Orca Baby Boom Continues! Welcome J-55

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Good News! Another Orca calf for J-Pod has been confirmed. With 9 new calves in just over a year the Southern Resident Killer Whale population is now back up to 85. “We’re excited to announce that NOAA Fisheries killer whale researchers documented a new calf during a research survey with J pod yesterday, January 18, 2016, in Puget Sound. Using photos  Continue Reading

Michael Felso and Meaghan McCormick - contributed photos

New Innkeepers at Friday Harbor House

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Friday Harbor House introduces new staff… Friday Harbor House is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Felso and Meaghan McCormick as co-innkeepers. The pair brings a blend of dining and hospitality experience, as well as a local connection, to the property’s helm. For McCormick, a San Juan Island native, the appointment represents a return  Continue Reading

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Softball Clinic on Sunday

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Amy Suiter, Head Coach for Western Washington University, and her husband Dustin Suiter, Assistant Coach, will offer a hitting and pitching clinic this coming Sunday, January 24th from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in the Main Building at the Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required. There are 3, 45-minute clinics, so sign up for your slot now! $35 a clinic  Continue Reading

The Never Ending Story - Courtesy San Juan Community Theatre

FHHS Drama Group Presents: The Never Ending Story

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The Never Ending Story opens on Thursday at San Juan Community Theatre showing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:00 pm… The power of books comes alive in the latest presentation from the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group. The Neverending Story tells the story of young and lonely Bastion who  Continue Reading

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Get Your Fish Tacos On… This Friday!

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 12:02 am, by

Matt Marinkovich is back with his Taco Crew to serve up tasty Rockfish Tacos (actually, they are more like burritos).  This Friday run, don’t walk, to Ace Hardware and get your Taco on to help a worthy cause. Fish for Teeth is starting its fifth year of turning premium Alaskan rockfish into healthy teeth for  Continue Reading

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CenturyLink Upgrade to Disrupt Internet Service

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm, by

A message from Century link… On January 19, 20, 21, at 12:01 a.m. each day, CenturyLink will upgrade switches serving the San Juan Islands. During the upgrade, Internet service will not be accessible for approximately 30 minutes. All phone services, including 911, will remain available in a reduced capacity. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader and Baptist minister sometimes called the conscience of our nation. Dr. King devoted his life to the causes of peace and justice. His voice remains as relevant today as it ever was. To take a closer look at Dr. King I recommend, National Geographic  Continue Reading

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Looking for Something to do Tonight?

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The Wolverines host the Chargers from Shoreline Christian High in the Friday Harbor High School gyms.

Father Leche - Contributed photo

Ted Leche Turns 90

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

An invitation from the Leche family… Ted Leche is celebrating his 90th birthday with a party on Saturday, January 23, at Saint David’s Church. The pie and coffee reception is from 1-3 pm. The church is on the corner of Park and Marguerite. All the Leche children be here celebrating with their father. Please join us  Continue Reading

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Enjoying Optimal Moss Viewing Weather

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 5:27 am, by


Support For February 9 School Levy

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

We hear from Travis and Jennifer Ayers… We encourage all eligible voters to join us and vote YES for our children, schools and community in the upcoming election on February 9th. The renewal of the Capital and Technology levy will help ensure that our students continue to receive a first-rate education in Friday Harbor. Island  Continue Reading


Susan Matthews Retires From San Juan Island Community Foundation

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

A Message From Susan Matthews… I am two weeks into retirement already and am finally getting around to writing the love letter that I meant to compose before leaving the employ of the Community Foundation. Nine years ago a recruitment committee composed of Charles Anderson, Carla Wright, Krista Mattox, and Wendy Wood did me the  Continue Reading


Resident Reservations: Time to Reserve Your Camping Spot

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

SJ County Parks & Fairgrounds is once again offering early camping reservations at any of our County campgrounds for people who reside in our county year ’round. Between Thursday, January 21st, 2016 and Friday, February 26th, 2016, residents of San Juan County can reserve individual campsites for any dates during the season (that’s right—no waiting  Continue Reading

Mitchell Bay Farm - Photo Courtesy San Juan Island Food Co-Op

SJI Food Co-op Newsletter Offers Rare Treats

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

If you are not on the San Juan Island Food Co-Op Newsletter emailing list, I encourage you to sign up. Not only will it tell you what is fresh and available in the Co-Op store, (there is always something new) but this gem of a newsletter features short informative articles like, Eat Weeds, “Always local, always fresh, always  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

Third Saturday Contra Dance at the Grange

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

All are welcome at the Third Saturday Contra Dance this Saturday, January 16, at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. No partners are needed and all dances will be taught. Marlin Prowell will be calling, Brigget LeClaire playing fiddle and piano, and Steve Blum-Anderson playing fiddle. A $10 donation is appreciated. “Let’s Dance!” David Bowie

The Evergreen State Officially Decommissioned -  Tim Dustrude photo

Evergreen State Officially Decommissioned

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

As a kid I remember waiting for the Evergreen State to go by so we could “surf” in its great big wake.  We hear from WSDOT that Washington State’s oldest ferry has been officially decommissioned… SEATTLE – Built in 1954 when “Mr. Sandman” topped AM radio pop charts, the Evergreen State is now set to sail into history and  Continue Reading

Wine Tasting - Photo courtesy Mullis Community Senior Center

Lasagna and Wine Tasting Tonight at the Mullis Center

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

From the Mullis Community Senior Center… The event, “Best Wines With Lasagna” will be held tonight, January 14 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the Mullis Senior Center. Choose your favorite lasagna and taste wines that fit the dish. Contestants for the lasagna cook-off have been drawn in advance. Taste the lasagna in a blind  Continue Reading

"Scary Little Dude" on Mt Grant - John Miller photo

Seen on the Road to Mt Grant

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:31 am, by


The Beauty of Dared Expression

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

From the San Juan Community Theatre… Part lecture (thinkTEdTalk), part demonstration with audience participation (only those who dare), part concert (think intimate cabaret)—this unique event showcases the majesty and mystery of the human voice. Colorado actor, singer, writer and teacher Ethie Friend and pianist/composer Gary Grundei’s concert includes songs from all genres of music, from  Continue Reading


Men at Work Department

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 8:41 am, by


Night Ferry

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Martha Silano Poetry Reading and Workshop

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from the library… Seattle poet Martha Silano, author of four books of poetry and The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, will share new poems from her most recent collection, Reckless Lovely. Audience members will also be invited to participate in a poetry writing exercise. At San Juan Island Library on  Continue Reading

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