Lt. Col. Hank De Jager of the Royal Marines and Park Ranger Mike at the Royal Marine Cemetery during the dedication of the English Camp flagpole in 1998 - Contributed photo

Mike Vouri to retire December 31; Retirement Party set December 15

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

Mike Vouri shares this retirement announcement with you… This is Mike. I’ll be frank. I’m writing about my own retirement coming up December 31. Who else would write it? I’m the one who’s been doing the press releases for the park for 20 years. That’s right, after 20 years, nine months and 26 days I’m  Continue Reading

Snowy Owl - photo courtesy of pe-ha45 at

Owls on SJ Island this Week

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

It’s been a big owl week on SJI – a Burrowing Owl was seen at American Camp and this weekend there was a Snowy in the San Juan Valley. The Burrowing was most likely a bird in migration (good info about them via our libraries and the database “Birds of North America”) and has not  Continue Reading

Bungie receives the first Dog License for 2016 - Contributed photo

2016 Dog Tags Available Monday, November 23

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Bungie, a female golden retriever owned by Roy Kight of Friday Harbor, received honorary license number #0001 to kick off San Juan County’s 2016 dog licensing season. All dogs in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor are required to be licensed annually. The Auditor’s Office and several other vendors around the County  Continue Reading


Rummage Sale Community Project

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Don’t forget to clean out those cupboards and closets to help the animal shelter this Friday! For her Community Project, Friday Harbor High School student, Yesenia Salas-Trujillo is hosting a Rummage Sale this Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in the high school cafeteria and she needs your help with donations of  Continue Reading


Family Carnival at Fairgrounds November 14

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

FANtastic carnival fun returns to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fourth annual FANS Carnival (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) features some 21 activity/game booths, including the popular “cake walk,” inflatable bouncy houses (including a 19-foot tall fire truck slide), a new basketball skills  Continue Reading

Race on Sunday morning - John Miller photo

Round The County Race

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

John Miller shares these notes and photos from this year’s Round the County Sailboat Race… This past weekend saw the largest fleet (113 sailboats) complete in the RTC race, which starts and finishes east of Obstruction Pass, off the southern tip of Orcas. The race is 76 miles long, with a Saturday night overnight in  Continue Reading

Island Haven Horse - Contributed photo

Benefit for Island Haven Sanctuary

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Island Haven Sanctuary will host a Happy Hour Benefit at Mike’s Café and Wine Bar, at 132 Second Street, on Wednesday, November 18, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Julie Duke, Island Haven’s founder, will be on hand to discuss plans for the sanctuary, which hopes to provide safety and shelter for unwanted and homeless animals of all types at  Continue Reading


Sally Knox Winton Bryan

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

In her own words Sally Bryan was born in New Orleans and raised in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Illinois before going to Mt. Holyoke to college. Marrying, she bore children in California, Boston, New York, and Chattanooga before her husband, a metallurgical engineer, moved to Seattle with Boeing. The Northwest fit the family like a cradle,  Continue Reading

Eli is this week’s Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are that I’m still here at the animal shelter waiting for my new people to come get me! My name is “Eli” and I came here with my brother, Peyton several weeks ago. Peyton was adopted two weeks ago and I’m still here, feeling pretty lonely about the  Continue Reading


Two Weekends Left for Youth to Finish Community Service Projects and Apply for $500.00 Towards Future Educational Costs

Posted on November 7, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue had this to share with us… Students between the ages of 13 and 22 who complete a wildland fire community service project and submit an application by Sunday, November 15, could be the recipient of one of twenty opportunities to receive $500 for future educational costs, or as a donation to  Continue Reading

Gordon Steele, 1912 - 2015 - Contributed photo

Gordon Nevins Steele

Posted on November 7, 2015 at 4:58 am, by

Gordon Nevins Steele was born May 1, 1919, in Santa Monica, California. His parents were William Nevins Steele and Ethel Bernice Kenner Steele. He passed away on November 3, 2015, at his home in Friday Harbor, Washington. Gordon was proud to be the grandson of John Corbet Steele, a founder of Santa Monica who arrived  Continue Reading

Gail and Randy Schnee moved inventory from their previous location to their new one using their wheeled display racks - Tim Dustrude photo

New Digs for Cotton Cotton Cotton

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 3:55 pm, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton has moved to their new location on Spring Street. They are now at 260 Spring, aka “Sundries Court” (popularly known as Jeri’s Mall). They are in the front spot, next door to the Drug Store, right where San Juan Jewels was. San Juan Jewels has moved across the hallway, just behind Discovery  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Film Festival

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm, by

Here’s a note from the folks over at the Friday Harbor Film Festival… The Film Festival is this weekend and it’s already started! ‪The Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement award goes this year to Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. Sam is very disappointed that his schedule does not allow him to attend but Katharine Ross  Continue Reading

Mallory Brown, ARNP - Contributed photo

Mallory Brown, ARNP Joins PIMC

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Nurse practitioner joins Family Medicine Department at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., Nov. 5, 2015 – Mallory Brown, ARNP, recently joined the Family Medicine Department at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, where she provides comprehensive care to men, women and children of all ages. She welcomes new patients to her practice. Before coming  Continue Reading


Veteran’s Day

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this invition… On Tuesday, November 10th at noon, there will be a brief ceremony at the courthouse to commemorate Veteran’s Day. Please come if you can and wear your red, white and blue. Thanks, Minnie

Skagit Valley College

SVC Worker Retraining Program

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Skagit Valley College Worker Retraining program helps provide free tuition and books to students who qualify. Current and prospective SVC students at Skagit Valley College (SVC) can qualify for FREE tuition and books through SVC’s Worker Retraining program if they can say YES to one of the following: Were you laid off of work and are  Continue Reading


Michelle Says Thanks

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Thank you for the support I had an amazing time in the recent campaign enjoying many pleasant encounters. Learning about our community needs and walking the streets passing out brochures, candy, apples and pet food can lids allowed me to connect with many. I have a better appreciation of who we are and where our  Continue Reading


Project Grad Night Holiday Wreath Sales

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Friday Harbor High School seniors are now taking orders for the annual Grad Night Holiday Wreath sale. The aromatic, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreathes ($25 each) feature a handmade bow and will be ready for delivery or pickup on Saturday, November 21—just is in time for the holidays. The largest fundraiser for the Class of  Continue Reading


Christmas Bird Count

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

This year’s Christmas Bird Count is set for Saturday, January 2. More info will be coming out for the count but we hope you will put it on your calendar. Volunteers are needed to count and help do logistics for the count. Cheers, Barbara Jensen, President San Juan Islands Audubon skylark [@] rockisland [.] com


OPALCO Releases Low-Income Needs Assessment Findings: Proposes Energy Assistance Program

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

OPALCO led a county-wide work group to identify the needs of our lowest-income residents and to collaborate on effective solutions. The findings show there is a broad spectrum of affordability needs to address and that an effective response will require county-wide agency participation. OPALCO will do its part, proposing new measures in the Co-op’s 2016  Continue Reading

Gordon Steele - John Stimpson photo

Gordon Steele Passes

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm, by

Gordon Steele passed away on November 3rd at his home at the Village at the Harbour. He was born May 1st 1919. An obituary and information on a Celebration of Life will follow.

Orcas Middle School kids plant trees - Contributed photo

FRIENDS Tree & Shrub Planting

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Students, local and regional volunteers support local restoration efforts A cadre of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers helped FRIENDS of the San Juans plant over 500 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the recently restored West Beach Creek on Orcas Island. Participants included 19 students from the middle and high school marine biology classes  Continue Reading

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