Blaine Schmidt, proud new owner of Schmidt's Shoe & Shine - Tim Dustrude photo

New Shoe Repair Business

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm, by

Members of the the SJI Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Carrie Lacher and Town Administrator Duncan Wilson welcomed Blaine Schmidt and his new shoe and leather repair business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 15. Blaine opened the doors to Schmidt’s Shoe & Shine LLC in early October over in the Surina  Continue Reading

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NEW! Outage Map Online

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am, by

Here’s the latest from OPALCO… Access to real-time info and updates as outages occur OPALCO’s outage management system map is now available online for updates and member information about planned – and unplanned – outages. After hours, outage calls and updates are managed by our partner CRC, a cooperative call center that serves rural electric  Continue Reading

Local Liam Corey takes the waves at Eagle Cove, last Sunday - Photo credit:  Dan Burton

Surf’s Up at Eagle Cove!

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:12 am, by

Dan Burton shares this photo. Thanks Dan!


Haida Gwaii

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:05 am, by

Here’s a note from Lynn Danaher over at the Friday Harbor Film Festival after their successful event last weekend… Free Special Screening Due to popular demand, we will be hosting a special screening of Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World at Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar on Tuesday November 15th at 7:00pm. The  Continue Reading

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‘Tis the Season…

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Deb Langhans shares this invitation with you…   ‘Tis the Season… for holiday cheer, lightheartedness and joy, right? Not necessarily. These darker, unpredictable days and longer nights can resurrect and even intensify painful memories of loved ones lost. For at least half of the American electorate, a new, present sense of diminished control, safety and future  Continue Reading

Rio is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Hello There. I’m a good dog. At least that’s what I’m told. Actually, I’m told I’m a perfect dog, but I don’t like to brag. My name is Rio. I’m an international man of mystery, so I can’t tell you my last name. That would be indiscreet. Johnson. My last name is Johnson. (I have  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Salmon Classic

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 9:36 am, by

Debbie Sandwith at Roche Harbor shares this heads up… Passing along for our good neighbors in Friday Harbor another opportunity to Fish competitively for CASH prizes! The FH Salmon Classic takes place in Friday Harbor the first weekend of December 2016. Here is the link for information and signing up: Friday Harbor Salmon Classic Questions & contact person is  Continue Reading

Milene Henley - Contributed photo

Third quarter 2016

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 9:20 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2016 My first year of college I shared a landline (we called it a “phone” then) with 4 other dorm rooms. The phone sat in the hallway with a lock on the rotary dial (remember rotary dials?). We rarely used it,  Continue Reading

Orcas Boy's Choir - Contributed photo

Orcas Boy Choir Performs in Friday Harbor

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Saint David’s Episcopal Church welcomes Orcas Boy Choir under the direction of Mary WillAllen for their first appearance in Friday Harbor on Sunday, November 20, at 4 pm. This fall concert features a handful of boys, aged 10-15, singing music in the English tradition at the close of the day. The program is both restful  Continue Reading

A Makerbot 3D Printer - Photo by Bre Pettis

3-D Printing at the Library

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

In a world where doctors are printing new organs and prosthetics, the impact that 3-D printers are already having in our day-to-day lives is far-reaching. In keeping with the San Juan Island Library’s Mission to “pursue innovation in services and resources to meet the evolving needs of the Library and our patrons,” the Library strives  Continue Reading


Apply to the FHAC

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Town accepting applications for open position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking one new member to fill a three-year position commencing January 1, 2017. The person filling this unpaid, volunteer position is expected to represent the interests of the Town, community and local artists and advise the Town  Continue Reading


Drop-ins Welcome!

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Annie Adams’ Figure Drawing Studio at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art welcomes drop-ins during its 8 week run. The sessions are held on Mondays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through December 12. Drop-in fee is $22 for each session. Participants need to bring their preferred art supplies. Call 360 378-0951 for more information.

Downriggers is Open for Business

And They’re Open!

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm, by

Downriggers Restaurant is open again. 7 days a week (except for this coming Sunday*), from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for lunch and then 5:00 pm to closing for dinner. Closing time may vary depending on how busy they are. *On Sunday, November 13th, Downriggers will be closed to honor Mary Ann Ragsdale. There will  Continue Reading


Holiday Show at WaterWorks

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm, by

Ruth at WaterWorks shares this with you… WaterWorks Gallery a contemporary, light-filled gallery, continues to evolve as it remains dedicated to showing artists from the Islands, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Represented artists, painters, sculptors, and jewelers reflect the area’s beauty through both conventional and unusual representations.   The Holiday Show showcases unique works for gift  Continue Reading


Thanks “Living” Celebration

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

First Annual Thanks “Living” Celebration at Island Haven Animal Sanctuary Island Haven Animal Sanctuary invites you to join them on Sunday, November 20th from 2pm-4pm to honor their rescued turkeys and other retired farm animals. Enjoy plant-based appetizers and learn more about Island Haven and amazing facts about turkeys. Take a guided tour of the sanctuary  Continue Reading


Women’s Fund 4th Quarter Ballot Results

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The Women’s Fund is a Pooled-Donor Advised Fund held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, we are able to award grants to local nonprofit organizations. In October, two proposals were made available for a vote of the full Women’s Fund membership. We voted with a resounding YES (96.36%) to award $3,000 to the  Continue Reading


Bill Watson Says Thanks…

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm, by

From the SJ Update mailbag today… Dear Citizens, I want to thank all of the people who gave me encouragement and support during my campaign for San Juan County Council District 1. I consider myself fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet with and talk with so many fellow citizens of San Juan County  Continue Reading

The Round Towner

Save by Riding the RoundTowner

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 2:15 pm, by

Curt VanHyning shares this note with you… While our county has no public transportation, the non-profit RoundTowner has been providing low-cost ($3) shuttle rides in Friday Harbor since 2013. The charity corporation was established to provide affordable transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the rural general public and has just surpassed the 5,000-ride  Continue Reading


Signs Along the Way

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

A Zine Launch and Reading at the Library with San Juan Writes Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library take special delight in presenting San Juan Writes, a group of 13 of our very own island writers reading from their inaugural anthology, Signs Along the Way, at the Library on Wednesday, November 9th,  Continue Reading

The top of Mount Grant - Jennifer Furber photo

3rd Annual Turkey Walk-not-Trot Trail Event

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Opt outside for a leisurely morning stroll to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve, then savor some cider and 360-degree views before heading back down. Your friends, family, even your dog, will appreciate the opportunity to work off some of that Thanksgiving dinner before settling back into the couch for the afternoon bowl games. Friday,  Continue Reading


Position Available at Home Trust

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 4:37 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust announces the opening of the application period for the position of Executive Director. The Home Trust is a 501(c)3 non profit organization devoted to developing and building homes for ownership by low and moderate income San Juan Islanders in Washington State. The complete job posting can be found at  Continue Reading

Karina and friend - Contributed photo

Benefit Dinner for Karina

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

Community Benefit Dinner for Karina Serna Wednesday, Nov. 9th Mi Casita Restaurant 4:00pm -8:30pm Come join your fellow islanders and friends of the Serna Family and have a dinner to help Karina in her fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from dinners purchased will be donated to Karina’s medical fund.

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