Town Honors SJC Councilman Jarman

Posted on December 17, 2016 at 6:09 am, by

SJC Councilman Bob Jarman was honored with a plaque of appreciation at his final meeting with the Town Council on December 15, 2016. Mayor Carrie Lacher presented the plaque and praised Jarman for his work on key issues affecting the Town. Lacher noted Jarman’s role in working to reduce the speed limit at county transition  Continue Reading

Opponents Needed

Posted on December 17, 2016 at 6:03 am, by

Two Orcas Island Ballot Measures Need Opponents Two local taxing districts have submitted resolutions to the San Juan County Auditor to place measures on the February 2017 ballot. The Orcas Island School District is proposing a general obligation bond in the amount of $8,000,000 for the purpose of renovating or replacing existing buildings and constructing  Continue Reading

Simple Traditions for a Cool Yule

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

This month’s San Juan Island Senior Signal newsletter shared some tips for managing stress throughout the holidays. The article, reprinted from the website She Knows: 5 Tips For Helping Seniors Manage Holiday Stress has good advice and I recommend it. It got me thinking about how observing simple traditions can be a meaningful way to enjoy the  Continue Reading

This Weekend at SJCT

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

This weekend promises three chances to warm up your winter with a variety of entertainment at San Juan Community Theatre. First, it starts off on Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm with the dramatic production shown in HD from London’s National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea. Then on Saturday at 7:00 pm, it’s a chance  Continue Reading

More Than Meets the Eye

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

On display now at the SJI Museum of Art, concurrently with the Artists Registry show, it’s “More Than Meets the Eye: John F. Heric Retrospective” running until February 18, 2017. From a young age, John Heric (1942 – 2011) engaged in art across a wide variety of mediums – sculpture, music, drawing, and painting.  His work, created  Continue Reading

Cady Mountain Preserve Work Party

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a work party invitation for you from Tanja at the Land Bank… Wow – I can’t believe this Sunday is the last Oakie gathering for 2016! This Sunday’s plans include the continuation of cage cleaning, as well as pruning the saplings within them. And perhaps there will be time to throw in a little  Continue Reading

Museum Archival Project

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Diana Mancel has been volunteering at the San Juan Historical Museum for a few years now and she is asking if you would like to join her in an archival project beginning in January 2017, with a completion date of May 1, 2017. Here she is with more… The project involves organizing, examining, recording and photographing the hundreds of  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This Chamber Chat for December, 2016 is written By Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that another full year has passed and the holiday season is upon us once again. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff certainly hope that all  Continue Reading


Posted on December 15, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Co-Op Member Capital Credit Checks Distributed For 1991: Balance Of Last Year’s (1990) Will Be Paid In Full! Were you a member of OPALCO in 1991? Did you get a partial (50%) distribution of your capital credits last year? If so, you may be among the 4,682 OPALCO members (current and past) who will get  Continue Reading

LTAC Positions Open

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Town accepting applications for open positions on Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking individuals to fill two positions on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). Committee members advise the Town Council on distribution of a portion of the funds received from the two percent Hotel Motel excise tax. Three-year terms  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Island Lifestyle Video Series

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s another of Merri Ann Simonson’s San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This one offers tips on installing holiday lights and the marital discussion that accompanies them.

Certificate of Excellence Awards

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual Certificate of Excellence Awards meeting and holiday social on Monday night. The certificate of excellence is awarded to chamber members who are recognized as a Chamber business member that excels in quality service and or/products, upholds the Island Friendly Spirit, practices the highest business ethics and  Continue Reading

Wintery Days and Good Books

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

For those cold indoor months, join a literature class in the warmth of the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College studying three different works and the formal strategies of novels and shorter fictional stories. Books that will be read and discussed are: The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre & If on a Winters Night a  Continue Reading

117th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 31st and will be a wonderful way to celebrate the coming of a new year… From Christmas Bird Hunts to Christmas Bird Counts In 1900 ornithologist Frank Chapman along with other conservationists were troubled at the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called  Continue Reading

Citizens Respond to Call for Food Bank Assistance

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

Town of Friday Harbor utility customers have once again shown their holiday spirit by contributing to the Harbor Life Ring program to benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank. The Town distributed a letter in the October utility billing statement informing customers that any donations they made in November would be contributed to the Food Bank.  Continue Reading

Give to a Neighbor in Need

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s a request from Aaron… A New Computer to Finish My Book Hello, My name is Aaron D’Errico. I’m a Stan Lee Foundation Artist, indie comic book writer, Ability Advocate and fan of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, working to live up to Stan’s encouraging words and altruistic actions after taking a writing workshop from  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The SJI Prevention Coalition is asking for more responses to their community survey. Here they are with more… We need to move our Community Survey response rate up by December 30th! The annual Community Survey provides valuable information to the coalition as we work to prevent and reduce youth substance use and abuse! As a component  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Open Enrollment

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Skagit Valley College Open Enrollment is going on now for Winter Quarter Open Enrollment is going on now for Winter Quarter!  Classes begin January 4th. Step into a new career or upgrade your job skills! Our High demand areas include: Culinary Environmental Conservation Manufacturing Sustainable Agriculture Fire Protection Also SVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in  Continue Reading

Spirit Taking Form

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The SJIMA Artists’ Registry Show runs from December 10, 2016 to February 18, 2017. On Saturday, December 10th the San Juan Island Museum of Art (SJIMA) opened its doors for the 5th Annual Artists’ Registry Show. The artwork created in this much anticipated and popular exhibit centers around the theme, “Spirit Taking Form”. Local artists residing on San Juan,  Continue Reading

Omnium Gatherum

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

Island Stage Left shares this invitation with you… Island Stage Left’s Holiday Production “Omnium Gatherum” Starts this Friday, and reservations are already filling up for Christmas Eve. Helen & Dan, choral director & pianist Carol Hooper and actor/musicians/singers Mark Mazzarella, Beatrice Grauman and Scott Mapstead are bringing the holiday spirit’s good cheer to Friday Harbor this year! Join  Continue Reading

Reaching the Summit, Now the Real Work Begins

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

A group of local teens, their adult team advisors and chaperones made the annual trip to Yakima for the Washington State Prevention Summit. Our youth teams from San Juan Island are sponsored with grants through the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. Our teams are Rock Solid and H.O.T.S., Jr (Helping Out Teens Society at Friday  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

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

My name is Tillie, and I am the winner of the Animal Protection Society Fishing Derby! Get a load out of the fish I caught! It’s not very tasty, but it does squeek when I bite it, which I find very amusing. I just arrived from Mexico and have some concerns about your weather. Other  Continue Reading

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