Leslie and Val hold up the map showing how far they'll travel

Heading North

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag – just got a note from Leslie and Val Veirs – they’re heading north for the summer on their boat and hoping to make it all the way to Haida Gwai and what’s cool is you can click their link and follow their progress online as they travel. Check it  Continue Reading


Pet of the Week

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Hello, I am Toda. My story is a sad one… When I was younger someone tied firecrackers to me and lit them. Since then I’ve been shy and a bit fearful of people. The good news is that plenty of nice people have come into my life since that horrible day, and I am learning  Continue Reading

Matthew Lawrence Steenkolk, July 10, 1993 – May 26, 2016

Matthew Lawrence Steenkolk

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Matthew Lawrence Steenkolk was born on July 10, 1993 in Corvallis, Oregon to Susie Spores-Steenkolk and Bruce Steenkolk. He attended elementary school in Newport, Oregon and high school in Friday Harbor, Washington. Matthew moved to Independence, Oregon and passed away on May 26, 2016. Matthew loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He especially  Continue Reading


Tumbleweed People in No Man’s Land

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 10:14 am, by

Spring Street International School invites you to… Come enjoy a night of hip-hop, bluegrass tap dancin’ in the original play Tumbleweed People in No Man’s Land; premiering on June 6th at 6:00 pm in the Wittier Theatre at SJ Community Theatre. Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted. This original play written by Spring  Continue Reading


4-H Horse Show

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 10:12 am, by

The Orcas Trailblazers 4-H Horse Show is June 25 & 26 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. Performance will be both days and gaming will happen Saturday night. The forms are on the SJC 4-H website at sanjuan.wsu.edu under leader & member resources or contact Lorena Stankevich at 376-7048 or lstankevich [@] yahoo.com. The summer  Continue Reading


Storage Unit Sale

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

Late breaking news… We’ve just learned there’s a sale at the Storage Place… Saturday June 4th at  9:00 a.m.  Three 10′ x 20′ units full of treasures for you! Camera equipment, military & nautical items. Ship models, sextant, about 400 books, pressure washer, kitchen items & more. At the Storage Place on Argyle across from  Continue Reading

Teresa in Boulder - Contributed photo

Teresa Smith, Featured Artist in SJI Artists’ Studio Tour

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 11:11 am, by

Teresa Smith will be one of the 51 featured artists opening their studios for visitors to view at this year’s San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. On the tour, visitors will learn more about what the artists surround themselves with and where their art is created. It allows art collectors and buyers to purchase pieces  Continue Reading

Lindsay shows the guide drawing she uses as she paints the large mural - Tim Dustrude photo

Whale Museum Mural is Coming Along

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Artist Lindsay Carron is making good progress on the mural painting on the side of the Whale Museum building. When finished, the mural will depict three orcas chasing salmon following forage fish through a bull kelp forest. All who see the mural will know that the Whale Museum not only cares for their building, but are stewards of  Continue Reading

Annie Crawley - Contributed photo

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor on World Oceans Day! Friday Harbor Elementary School would like to invite you to dive in with empowering environmental speaker Annie Crawley and her team on June 8th, World Oceans Day, as they connect with the students for Ocean Annie’s 100 schools 100 days: Our Ocean & You campaign.  Continue Reading


SVC’s 89th Commencement Ceremonies

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Skagit Valley College will conduct the College’s 89th Annual Commencement Ceremonies in June. Family and friends are invited to attend; tickets are not required. The dates, times, and locations are as follows: The San Juan Center commencement ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 15 at 1:00 pm at The Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The Mount Vernon Campus  Continue Reading


Author Event: David Neiwert

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to present author David Neiwert on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Library. Neiwert will talk about his book, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, just released in paperback. If you’ve seen the documentary Blackfish and have followed  Continue Reading


Garden Club Potluck

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

What fun! – The San Juan Island Garden Club is having a potluck on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at noon at the Mullis Community Center (589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor) Please join us for a wonderful lunch. Come enjoy a great potluck with fellow gardeners. We have a good time and share great gardening information and anecdotes. Bring a dish  Continue Reading


Let the adventure begin!

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

It’s the Discover San Juan Island 2016 Kick-Off for National Get Outdoors Day  Get ready to spend your summer on an island-wide exploration. Discover environmentally, culturally, and historically significant sites in your own backyard. The San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Island Library are teaming up to bring you  Continue Reading


Student honored at the State Capitol

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On May 20, 2016, Stillpoint School student Celine Kuru received a certificate at the State Capitol in recognition of her selection as an Honorable Mention letter writer in the Letters About Literature contest! Celine had previously been chosen as a State Semifinalist for the letter she wrote to author Kate Klimo. In the final round  Continue Reading


The Power of Song

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Spring Street International School shares a sneak peek to their play “Tumbleweed People in No Mans Land…” Come and hear us wish Woody Guthrie a happy 101 years Says Lucy Ramirez, played by Stormy Hildreth: “I was raised up by my grandpa and he knew how to laugh his way through anything at all. He  Continue Reading


Call for Volunteers

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

The Primary Intervention Program (PIP), also known as the Special Pal Program at Friday Harbor Elementary School, is looking for Volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year.  The PIP program works with students K-3rd grade.  Volunteers work with one or two students through the school year in the “Special Pal” room for 40 minutes once a week. This  Continue Reading

May 22 volunteer crew -  Robin Donnelly photo

Cady Mountain Preserve Work Party

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

No Sharp-tailed snakes were spotted at the last Oak Team work party, but we did see some new faces, and a great and informative day was had by all thanks to volunteer leader Thom Pence. Sunshine is predicted for Sunday – imagine the photo opportunities! When? Sunday, June 5 10:00am to 2:00pm RSVP required (e-mail tanjaw [@]  Continue Reading


Getting a Head with Regeneration

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm, by

Invertebrates, or animals without a spine, are the masters of regeneration. Many animals are able to regrow missing or damaged body parts and some can even regrow an entirely new animal from just a small segment of tissue. If you cut sponges, planarian worms, and hydra into pieces, they will regrow complete and normal animals  Continue Reading

The Sunset Suite at Roche Harbor's Hotel de Haro, circa 1900 - SJ Museum photo

Hotel de Haro

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society… This month’s peek into the past shows us a relatively rare interior photograph from about 1900. This scene shows two people relaxing in what is now the Sunset Suite of the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. We  Continue Reading

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Retro Rocket at the Rumor Mill

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Rob Simpson of Retro Rocket shares this invitation with you… Hi Islanders, In case you’d like a little fun on Thursday night, Retro Rocket is making its 2nd appearance at the Rumor Mill at 7:00  (June 2nd). Retro Rocket is guitarist Jonathan Piff and myself performing some fun R’n’B, classic rock, and Motown hits along with a couple original tunes.  Continue Reading


Christianity & Climate Change

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Upcoming Event: Christianity & Climate Change – Pope Francis and the Call for Climate Action Islands Climate Resilience is pleased to host Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power & Light to speak on the topic of creation care and climate change, Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading


Town Seeks Grant Proposals

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2017 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2017.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

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