OPALCO Releases Low-Income Needs Assessment Findings: Proposes Energy Assistance Program

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

OPALCO led a county-wide work group to identify the needs of our lowest-income residents and to collaborate on effective solutions. The findings show there is a broad spectrum of affordability needs to address and that an effective response will require county-wide agency participation. OPALCO will do its part, proposing new measures in the Co-op’s 2016  Continue Reading

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Gordon Steele Passes

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 4:42 pm, by

Gordon Steele passed away on November 3rd at his home at the Village at the Harbour. He was born May 1st 1919. An obituary and information on a Celebration of Life will follow.

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FRIENDS Tree & Shrub Planting

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Students, local and regional volunteers support local restoration efforts A cadre of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers helped FRIENDS of the San Juans plant over 500 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the recently restored West Beach Creek on Orcas Island. Participants included 19 students from the middle and high school marine biology classes  Continue Reading


Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

‘Going Local’ Now Goes Beyond Fruits And Veggies The Toy Box Celebrates The Sixth Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, November 14 Special Activities mean a Fun Day for Families These days, those in the know “shop local” when stocking the kitchen pantry. Restaurants boasting locally sourced ingredients, meanwhile, increasingly draw crowds. But support for local resources  Continue Reading


Griffin Bay Bookstore Annual Sale

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

Anniversary Open House on Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am—6:00 pm 20% off on all books in the store On Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am—6:00 pm Griffin Bay Bookstore is celebrating 36 years of bookselling with the annual Open House and Sale. This annual sale with 20% off on all books on the shelves is Laura Norris’  Continue Reading

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Senator Ranker to Attend STEM Dedication

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island School District is proud to announce that Senator Kevin Ranker will be visiting for a dedication of the new San Juan Island School District STEM facility at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Senator Ranker was influential in his support for the state grant funding needed to remodel the building from  Continue Reading


Turkey Trot

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

The eleventh annual “Turkey Trot”, a 5K (3.1 mile) run, walk, trot or crawl, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, at 9:00 am. Registration will take place beginning at 8:00 am in front of the Friday Harbor Suites, the location of the start and finish, rain or shine… or snow. Registration fees will  Continue Reading


Town Supports Contributions to the Local Food Bank

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

  The Town of Friday Harbor is once again making it easy for residents and business owners to support the local food bank during the holiday season. Utility customers who donate to the Harbor Life Ring program in November will have their contributions forwarded directly to the Friday Harbor Food Bank. In addition, the Town  Continue Reading

L to R:  Jonathan Piff Rotary Club President , Jim Corenman of Car Club,  Mariluz Villa of Hospice, Curt Van Hyning of “RoundTowner. Photo: Ted Strutz

Rotary Club donates $8K to Local Groups

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:57 am, by

The San Juan Island Rotary Club raised $8,200 from the Concours d’ Elegance held at San Juan Vineyards on August 30th. The recipients of the funds were Hospice ($3600) ‘RoundTowner ($3600) and Rotary Polio Plus ($1000). ‘RoundTowner will use their funds to continue providing affordable transportation to islanders. Hospice will use part of their funds  Continue Reading


Disaster Planning & Business Planning Workshop

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:56 am, by

Two separate and exciting workshops on Orcas Island the third week of November: DISASTER PLANNING & RECOVERY What would happen to your business as a result of a major disaster in the San Juan Islands? Are you, your staff, your property and your data prepared? In this course, participants will learn to prepare their businesses  Continue Reading


County Positions Available

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:55 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 at: http://sanjuanco.com/Council/AdvisoryCommittees.aspx Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

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History Column: “In Service to Country and Community”

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Historical Society shares this History Column entry for November… Veterans Day was established in 1954 as a day set aside to thank and honor all who have served in the U.S. military, in any era of war or peacetime. It is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service. And so we will  Continue Reading

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Shining City

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

“A triumph of the human spirit” Do not miss this haunting and finely honed piece of contemporary theatrical magic. It is truly exceptional. John, a recently bereaved sales rep, is haunted by the presence of his dead wife. In a series of confessional encounters with his Dublin therapist, Ian, a former priest, reveals the hoarded  Continue Reading

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Martial Arts in the Park

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

On October 8, the SJ Update posted a photo by Aaron Shepard of two swordfighters in Sunken Park, with the title “The Two Musketeers?”. Aaron had snapped that photo in a hurry on his way to the Farm Parade. But tipped off by a bystander, he went back two weeks later, hoping to meet the fighters and  Continue Reading

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Rainwater Collection Workshop

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Tis the wet weather season—a time to be indoors. Why not take an indoor one-day workshop on rainwater collection, self-watering gardens, eco-roofs and living machines? In this workshop learn how water can be collected from any surface, learn how to build efficient DIY systems to grow food, store in heat ponds, for solar thermal under  Continue Reading

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Fire Truck Slide

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

I just heard that this Fire Truck Slide will be at the FANS Carnival at the fairgrounds on Saturday, November 14th from 11:00 to 2:00 for the  benefit of Island Rec.


Grief and Loss Workshop

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Grief and Loss: Getting through the Holiday Season with Lenore Bayuk Monday, November 9, from 9:00 to 11:00 am San Juan Island Library Community Room Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library The holiday season is often stressful, especially after having lost a loved one. So many rituals and memories are associated with  Continue Reading


Letters About Hospital District Election

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 4:30 am, by

You can see a list of letters from individuals at the link below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Click here

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APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

Many islanders know Jennifer Rigg as the woman behind so many wonderful t-shirt designs for local businesses and the county fair. Did you also know she donates a great deal of her time, creativity and resources to The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor? As a long time animal advocate, Jenn has been an active  Continue Reading

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SJI Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Fall has arrived. That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We are gearing up for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mullis Center. This will be the seventeenth year for this event that has gotten bigger and better every year. The San Juan Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner depends on more than 100 volunteers  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Film Festival

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The 3rd Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival is upon us this week! The FHFF volunteer orientation is scheduled for both Tuesday, November 3rd and Wednesday November 4th at 6:00 pm at the Friday Harbor House. You may choose to attend the orientation that is most convenient for you. We will be relating important information regarding everyone’s responsibilities  Continue Reading

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Kathy Venter: Life-Sized Ceramic Sculpture

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Explore Artist Kathy Venter’s Unique Ceramic Sculptures And Techniques. Upper Spring Street in Friday Harbor has been enlivened by an exhibition of the life-sized ceramic sculptures by the internationally recognized artist Kathy Venter. Driving or walking by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) you can’t help noticing the suspended figures floating in the  Continue Reading

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