Moss - Peggy Sue McRae photo

A Moss Girl’s Guide to Moss Viewing

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

When I heard on BBC radio about the burgeoning phenomena of moss viewing in Japan I thought, I’m in the perfect place for this activity. In Japan treks into the woods to view moss have become very popular especially among young women. In popular forests local guides now offer moss themed tours. You will want  Continue Reading


Shoreline Master Program Teach In

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

San Juan County Council has community meetings scheduled this week to answer questions about the proposed Shoreline Master Program. Meetings will be held Tuesday on San Juan, Wednesday on Orcas, and Thursday on Lopez. See the San Juan Calendar for details. If you wish to participate but feel you could use some preparation there will be a prep session held  Continue Reading

Aerial Fisherman?

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Orca Whales in South Haro Strait - James Maya photo

Orca Whales in Haro Strait

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

A winter scene with Orca from Captain James Maya… January 2, 2016, K26 and a friend, one of the K14s, in South Haro Strait, headed west. The Olympics in the background. We were surprised to find them on the west side of San Juan Island as we headed out on our trip that day. Pleasantly  Continue Reading

Dana Lynn Louis - Photo courtesy San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Artist in Process: Dana Lynn Louise

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

I stopped by the atrium of San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Friday to meet the artist, Dana Lynn Louis. Louis is in the process of creating an installation called As Above, So Below. Her floor to ceiling drawings of abstract patterns on the tall glass walls seem to suggest stands of DNA, prayer beads, or  Continue Reading


Letter About Upcoming School Levy

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Joel Arnold shares this letter with you about the upcoming School Levy… This fall I had the opportunity to chair the SJI School District Capital Facilities Levy Committee.  As the election date is rapidly approaching this February 9th, I wanted to take a moment to share with the community the process by which the final  Continue Reading

Mt Baker From Mt Grant

Mt Baker Seen From Mt Grant

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

This time of year you can come around a bend in the road and suddenly catch a sight of Mt. Baker that takes you breath away. Nancy DeVaux sent us this photo of Mt Baker at its snowy best taken from Mt. Grant.

Terry and Janie Ogle Welcomed Home - Patty Brownlee Photo

Terry and Janie Ogle Welcomed Home

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

Organizers for the Benefit of Terry Ogle bring us this good news… Terry and Janie Ogle arrived home on the afternoon ferry on Friday, January 8, 2016. They have been gone since August 1, 2015. Even though this phone picture is a bit fuzzy, you can see Terry’s wonder and Janie’s smile shining through. They  Continue Reading


Hospice of San Juan Offers Grief Support

Posted on January 9, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Hospice of San Juan will offer its 2016 Grief Support Group to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. This professionally facilitated group offers participants an opportunity to share their individual experiences and to acquire tools and resources for coping with their personal grief. Registration is open for the  Continue Reading


Conscientious Projector Presents Gaslands 2

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

On Monday, January 11 the Conscientious Projector Documentary Series with Rob Simpson will present Gasland 2, a follow up to the Oscar nominated film Gasland. In Gasland 2, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his “trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas  Continue Reading


Winter Bingo at the Mullis Center

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

From the Soroptimists… Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will have Bingo at the Mullis Center beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016. Games will also be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. January 23, January 30, and February 6, 2016. Bingo books for ten rounds with three cards per round will be sold at  Continue Reading

Darkness & Light: Grisha Krivchenia - courtesy Grisha Krivchenia

Grisha Krivchenia Releases Solo Album

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Many Islanders know Grisha Krivchenia through the music program that he founded and ran at the Spring Street International School. I used to hear him regularly when my mother was living at the Village at the Harbour and Grisha would come in and play, sometimes classical piano, sometimes modern, and sometimes with his jazz trio.  Continue Reading


Deadline Looms to Apply For Cash Award

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 5:23 am, by

We hear from the Soroptimists… Are you a female resident of San Juan County who is going to college or vocational school? There is a $2,000 award available to help with expenses, from Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor…. and no one has applied yet! The deadline is January 11th so please help us reach the  Continue Reading

Merganser decoys caught in the ice at West Side Lake - John Dustrude photo

Merganser Decoys on West Side Lake.

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

We hear from Louise Dustrude… West Side Lake on the Land Bank’s Limekiln Preserve attracts a variety of birds, especially ducks, and so Leslie Veirs came up with the idea of a bird blind along the trail next to the lake where people could watch the birds in an unthreatening way. Doug McCutchen, San Juan  Continue Reading

1916 Calendar - Courtesy of the San Juan Historical Society & Museum

Serendipitous Timing

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

This month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society & Museum… While looking randomly in our digital archives for January’s topic, a photograph of a Friday Harbor Drug Co. calendar from January, 1916 popped immediately into view. What better choice for this month, exactly 100 years later, when our same drug store still has its  Continue Reading

January Greek Community Dinner Flyer 15-16

Community Dinner and Student Exhibitions

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

The Food for Thought Program will present the crowd-pleasing Greek Menu. The Community Projects Class will be presenting Student Community Projects in the classrooms. Dinner will start a little earlier to accommodate the evaluators. (We appreciate your understanding as we invite the evaluators to the front of the dinner line so they can get to the presentations by 5:30). Stroll the  Continue Reading

Tracy James

Tracy is Back!

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

You probably remember Tracy James from when she worked here in Friday Harbor as a mortgage lender between 1995 and 2004. We’ll she’s back – and has a new office for Eagle Home Mortgage in the Sundries Court building on Spring Street (better known as the Jeri’s Mall building). Tracy used to visit the islands with friends  Continue Reading

Artist Dana Louis at SJIMA - Contributed photo

Build It And They Will Come—And Watch

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

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art… The community is invited to watch Dana Lynn Louis create her installation As Above, So Below in the glass Atrium Space of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from January 4 to January 15, 2016. SJIMA presents As Above, So Below, a site-specific installation by Portland-based  Continue Reading

Photo used with permission from Paul Vecsei of Fish As Art

Request for Salmon Recovery Proposals

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2016 and 2017-2018 grant funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply for funding through the SRFB Lead Entity process for salmon recovery.  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Winter Film Series Begins Tuesday

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The Friday Harbor FILM Festival is delighted to announce the 2016 Audience Choice Winter Film Series. It will run January through May on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at 7 PM at the Grange. All the films screened this coming winter are audience selected as their favorites. The Winter Film Series will  Continue Reading

Frost on Rose Hips - Margaret Thorson photo

Winter Begins

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

There’s snow on the mountains, swans on the lake, and parking spots in town. It must be winter! Island winter has its own beauty whether sparkling and cold or subdued like a wet Japanese brush painting. Thanks to Margaret Thorson for this photo of frost on rose hips.

Bruce Gregory in Tajikstan - Contributed photo

Know Your Islanders Talk with Bruce Gregory

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington – Bruce Gregory, local farmer and longtime volunteer with the US Aid Farmer to Farmer Volunteer program, will speak on Monday evening, January 4, 2016, at 7pm at the San Juan Library. The San Juan Island Trails Committee, in partnership with the San Juan Library continues its program of  Continue Reading

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