Hauling logs on Cady Mountain - Contributed photo

A whole lot of limbing going on!

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

Here’s some news from the SJC Land Bank… A small, high school age crew (5 participants, 2 leaders) from the Student Conservation Association spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week working with Oak Team leaders, Shaun Hubbard and Thom Pence, and SJI Preserve Steward, Doug McCutchen, on our Cady Mountain Preserve. The crew, made up  Continue Reading


Fair Feud at the Fair!

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Take the Survey NOW to be part of the audience Poll for Fair Feud Did you know the Fair is creating its own version of Family Feud? Survey says… FAIR FEUD!! Friday Night, August 14th, at 6:00pm Please be a part of our first annual Fair Feud gameshow by participating in our survey to act  Continue Reading

Dixie is this week's Pet of the Week - Traci Walter photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Howdy, Friday Harbor! I’m Dixie and I’m what you might call a “southern belle”… I was rescued from a high-kill animal shelter in Texas and brought here to find my forever home. In Texas they have a saying for girls like me… They say I’m “Prettier than a Pie Supper”. Matter of fact, y’all should  Continue Reading

Praise for Cymbeline

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

To the Editor: How fortunate we are to have Stage Left’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” every summer here for the past 17 years! We saw this year’s production of Cymbeline last weekend, and again we were impressed by the professional quality of acting and production. In this condensed version, Shakespeare seems to have pulled out  Continue Reading


WSF Photo Contest

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm, by

Here’s a note from WSF… Twitter photo contest starts MondayWith the busy summer season in full swing, we’re holding a ferries photo contest on Twitter. Simply follow @wsferries and tweet us your best photographs with the hashtag #WSFcontest from August 10 through August 17. The top five entries will win a behind-the-scenes tour of one  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left performs Cymbeline - Contributed photo

Cymbeline at Wold Road Now

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 10:06 am, by

Here’s the latest from Island Stage Left… Only 8 performances left – and that’s if we don’t get rained out Saturday! Wonderful feedback on this, one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced later plays – a fast-paced adventure with betrayal, love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our favorite moment was when we had a 5 year old (at her first  Continue Reading

Letter from Alice Hurd

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 9:56 am, by

To the Editor, Let’s talk about Mount Grant! For all the mailings, articles, buttons, hats, websites and talks, (don’t forget that fabulous float on the Fourth of July) there still seems to be some confusion about it. It is a new name for an old place; until recently it was known as “Lawson Ridge”. (Although  Continue Reading


Maddie Ovenell New Island Rec Director

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 1:35 am, by

Island Rec’s Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Maddie Ovenell has been selected as the new Director for Island Rec. The hiring committee received many applications from across the country and after conducting interviews the first week of August, the board unanimously agreed that Ovenell was the right person for the job. Ovenell  Continue Reading

Adah Geraldine (Jeri) Lawson

Jeri Lawson, 1924 – 2015

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 11:19 am, by

Adah Geraldine (Jeri) Lawson passed away peacefully August 2, 2015 after a short stay at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham Washington. Jeri was born January 8, 1924, in Friday Harbor, Washington to Gunder and Adah Halvorsen. Jeri lived her entire life on San Juan Island and resided in just 2 homes. As a young girl  Continue Reading

“Butterfly Healing” Mixed Media on paper by Pamela Hoke – breast cancer journey, monarch protecting the artist’s left breast (Click to enlarge)

3rd Time’s a Charm

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Local artist Pam Hoke shares her cancer journey online at SoWeHaveCancer.org and has recently posted a moving entry. Here are a few excerpts… Immense sighs of relief have arrived after long days of butterflies in my stomach: My third lumpectomy was a success! In addition, the oncotype test results came from the original invasive tumor  Continue Reading


Roger Ellison New SJI Grange Rental Agent

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Boyd Pratt shares this news from the SJI Grange… I am delighted to announce that as of August 1, 2015, we have a new Rental Agent for our San Juan Island Grange #966 Hall: Roger Ellison. Roger is taking over from the capable hands of Noreene Ignelzi, who has been managing the Hall rentals for  Continue Reading


All Day Kindergarten at FHES!

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

The staff at Friday Harbor Elementary School is very excited to offer free Full-Day Kindergarten to San Juan Island children. FHES Principal Diane Ball stated that “Thanks to an increase in state funding, we are hiring two new teachers this year to support our new free Full-Day Kindergarten offering and low class size initiative.” FHES  Continue Reading


Back-to-School Health Screening

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Put your child’s health at the top of your back-to-school list To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth and the San Juan County Health Department are hosting a free back-to-school health-screening event on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring St., from 8 a.m. to 5  Continue Reading


Parking Lot Sale

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

It’s time for the annual Mullis Community Senior Center August Flea Market. Plan for it now. If you want to rent a space, give them a call at 378-9102 or 378-2677. Spaces go for $25.00. The sale is this coming Saturday, August 8th from 9:00 am til 2:00 pm in the parking lot at the  Continue Reading


A Note of Thanks

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

Michelle Loftus sends this note to you… I would like to thank the voters of the hospital district for my success in the primary. I know we are all busy this time of year but for those two thirds who did not vote I ask that you find out our hospital district needs and issues  Continue Reading

This Just In…

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 4:51 am, by

I just heard from Mike Vouri with the National Park Service that the program Limey’s on San Juan: The Royal Navy in the Pacific, scheduled for August 12 at the San Juan Island Library has been postponed until October, time and date to be announced. They apologize for any inconvenience.

Camping on Brown Island - SJ Historical Society photo

We’re going on a campout!

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

It’s time for the August edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… What child doesn’t love this? Before Brown Island (pictured here in 1903) was developed for residential use, it was a favorite place for San Juan Island kids to camp out – just kids, no parents. Jackie Douglas Hubbard was one of those  Continue Reading


Twist and Shout

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Shhhhhhh!!! It’s a secret! Don’t tell anyone you heard this on the Update, but we have it on pretty good authority that there will be a Flash Mob, put on by SJI Prevention Coalition’s Rock Solid Youth Group right after the Trashion Fashion Show at the Fair. Watch the video above to get your Twist  Continue Reading

David Bromberg - Contributed photo

Blues/Folk Master Returns to Friday Harbor

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor gets a second chance to spend time with an acoustic blues and guitar icon who has spent plenty of his own time with legends like Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, The Beastie Boys and Jerry Garcia to name a few. David Bromberg brings his quintet back to San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, August  Continue Reading


Beer and Wine Exhibit at the Fair

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Minnie Knych and Jim Dunn have some details to share about the Food Preservation, Beer and Wine Exhibit at this year’s Fair. (Beer and Wine used to be part of the Food Preservation exhibit, then a few years ago it got separated. Now they’re back together again this year.) “I have volunteered to work the Home Brewing  Continue Reading

Washington State Ferry M/V Hyak loads up with travelers in Anacortes - Tim Dustrude photo

Ferry Fares to Increase

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm, by

State acts to increase ferry fares OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission held its final hearing in Seattle on Tuesday on its proposal to increase ferry fares. The proposal is designed to generate $357 million between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, as required in the 2015/17 state transportation budget for Washington State  Continue Reading

A Harbor Seal Pup - Wolf Hollow photo

A Wolf Hollow Wildlife Tip: Harbor Seal Pupping Time

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a wildlife reminder from Wolf Hollow… At this time of year there are lots of Harbor Seal moms and pups lying on rocky islands or swimming in the water nearby.  Sometimes boats or kayaks approaching too close to these haul-out sites can cause the seals to panic and rush into the water, and mothers  Continue Reading

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