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Do You Like to Hike or Bike?

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Volunteer to make a difference! Help make San Juan Island an even better hiking and biking community. The San Juan Island Trails Committee of Island Rec is offering two informational sessions for island residents who want to volunteer a few hours a month. Each meeting will last one hour and refreshments will be served. Come  Continue Reading


Social Media Workshop

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

The Arts and Social Media: Success is in Your Hands (and Keyboard) The San Juan County Arts Council presents a new workshop using social media to promote your art, arts organization or arts facility, expand your audience, and enjoy doing it in less time than you thought possible. The workshop will be held at the  Continue Reading


Municipal Broadband event in Mount Vernon

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon is hosting an event on Thursday about the benefits of  publicly owned broadband infrastructure. Click here to register and view the agenda.


Crowdfunding Workshop offered by the San Juan County EDC

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:43 am, by

Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to use online communities like Kickstarter to ask for monetary pledges from individuals. Crowdfunding has significantly expanded the way that small U.S. companies can raise growth funds, launch new products and find new customers. But do you know the legal requirements for seeking crowdfunding? What about the type  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

Know Your Water Source

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with a report on water sources for your real estate needs… When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the  Continue Reading


Fire Station Open House

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s an invitation from Sheila at SJ Fire/Rescue… Open House at Fire Station 33, 3189 Bailer Hill Road, will take place October 11, 2014 from Noon To 3:00 PM. Come see our beautifully renovated building, and the brand new Fire Engine – the first of six, and join us for hot dogs and snacks. We  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 5:21 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council Office at:  Continue Reading

Lyle and Joanie Mann celebrate 25 years - Shannon Dean photo

Silver Anniversary

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Next time you see Lyle or Joanie Mann, wish them Happy Anniversary! They just celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Friday out at their house. A steady stream of family, friends and guests trickled in and out during the afternoon and at one point, Marc Franklin of Aeronautical Services (that’s where Joanie works full-time and  Continue Reading


San Juan County EDC Appoints Business Communications Coordinator

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) announced today that Margie Doyle has joined the EDC team to work on economic development projects in the county. Margie Doyle comes with a wealth of experience in the publishing and communications industries, working currently as publisher and editor for Orcas Issues and previously as editor for  Continue Reading


Skagit Valley College Seeks Nominations for Champions of Diversity Awards

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Skagit Valley College is currently seeking nominations of 10th through 12th grade students from Skagit, Island, and San Juan county high schools who have contributed to diversity on their campuses and in their communities. The students will be honored at the Champions of Diversity Awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 7-9pm on SVC’s  Continue Reading


School Health Consortium Meets on Infectious Disease Control and Related Student Health Matters

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

The San Juan Island School District, in partnership with San Juan Island private schools, local health care providers and San Juan County Health and Community Services, met on Sept 23, 2014 to coordinate immunization procedures and to better communicate matters of infectious disease control. There was a useful exchange of both ideas and information with  Continue Reading

Map by Michele Savelle. Closely associated with farming regions, grange halls are clustered in river valleys in western and central Washington, and widely dispersed across the eastern part of the state.

Grange Halls of Washington State

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:38 am, by

SJI Grange #966 is sponsoring a program on Grange Halls of Washington State, Wednesday, October 15, at the Grange Hall Holly Taylor, a historic preservation consultant from Vashon Island and a doctoral student at UW, will talk about her recent research on the history and preservation of grange halls. She has visited and documented over  Continue Reading

Friday morning sunrise in San Juan Channel - Marty Starr photo

Sunrise from San Juan Channel

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:54 am, by

Marty Starr operates the M/V Henry Island, (you know that boat you see down at the marina that runs propane trucks and such to the outer islands), and he captured this beautiful sunrise over Mt. Baker and Shaw & Lopez Islands Friday morning. Thanks for sharing Marty!


Sailing Club Gifts Sailing Foundation

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

On September 9, 2014 Friday Harbor Sailing Club’s Commodore Don Hendrix, was pleased to introduce two special guests from the San Juan Sailing Foundation. Sailing manager Paul LeBaron with high school senior Melanie Cope, were presented as representatives of the Foundation, a $500.00 check from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club for support of the Foundation.  Continue Reading


Are you ready for flu?

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:36 am, by

Here’s a note from Joanne Runyan, RN with SJ County Health… It’s that time of year once again… flu season! Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next. Anyone can get sick with the flu, but certain people are at greater risk for serious complications, causing  Continue Reading


Arts Council Seeks New Board Members

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The San Juan County Arts Council (SJCAC) is seeking 4-5 new members for the Board of Directors to begin in November, 2014 The Council strives for representation from all islands and values individuals who care about the arts. Past or present involvement in allied organizations and enterprises would be a plus. SJCAC’s mission is to  Continue Reading


Earthquake Drill

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Brendan Cowan, Director of SJC Department of Emergency Management wants to share this with you: The world’s Largest Earthquake Drill happens on October 16th. It’s easy to sign up for at this link, and takes little effort to participate in. Please help spread the word to co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family! It’s a simple and  Continue Reading


The Natural World of Stephen McMillan – Aquatint Etchings

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Throughout his life, Stephen McMillan has been inspired and sustained by the natural world spending much of his time outside, whether it’s a bike ride in the San Juan Islands countryside, or a week-long backpacking trip in Asia, he is renewed and invigorated by being in and moving through landscape. It is this sense of  Continue Reading

This photo is from 2012 when all three local Prevention Coalitions traveled to the WA. State Prevention Summit in Yakima. We talked about making a Youth Leadership Conference back at this Summit! We are so excited it’s really happening… Watch for more updates from this group.

Youth Leadership Conference

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a good news note from Debbi Fincher at the the SJI Prevention Coalition… Hi Tim, in a time when good news isn’t always easy to find or perhaps even reported, we’d like to shout out from the mountain top that over 40 youth from San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands will be coming together  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Community Home Trust

San Juan Community Home Trust Annual Meeting

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Everyone is invited to the Home Trust’s Annual Meeting on October 9th at 6:00 pm at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall. Come learn about the planning that is now underway for the next phase homes of Sun Rise! Election of new Board members will take place, there will be updates from the Home Trust, door  Continue Reading


Press Release on Enterovirus in SJ County

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 5:16 am, by

Here’s a note from county Health Officer Frank James: This is not urgent but routine. The following press release provides information about the current infections being seen in our region and in our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have more questions. There has been at least one case of  Continue Reading

Stoyteller, by Tom Small - Photo by Peggy Sue McRae

Storyteller: A Vision in Ancient Stone

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

If the new sculpture in the picnic area in front of San Juan Bakery and San Juan Island Food Co-Op looks a little other-worldly it is with good reason. Local artist, stone sculptor Tom Small, carved the piece Storyteller out columnar basalt from the Columbia basin in Eastern Washington.  The stone, formed out of lava  Continue Reading

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