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Special Addition

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks: A Special Addition Meet Lee Taylor, Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, to hear about the accomplishments of our park in 2014 and the plans for 2015. This is a special addition to the Know Your Islanders Talks, just as Lee has become a special addition to our island.  Continue Reading

"Dude" is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 5:24 am, by

Hello there. My name is Dude. Not to be confused with “The Dude” of Big Lebowski fame. I’m just Dude. Although, my friends here at the shelter also call me “Old Blue Eyes” because I have these gorgeous peepers. I just arrived here at the animal shelter and find the accommodations very nice, and I’ve  Continue Reading

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Park to Hire 3 Paid Interns this Summer

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park will hire three paid, full-time intern positions through the Youth Conservation Corps this summer, according to Jerald Weaver, park chief of Integrated Resources. The Resource management positions will start June 29 and run through August 21 and pay $9.47 an hour (Washington State minimum wage) for 40 hours per  Continue Reading


Update on Superintendent Search

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s a revised press release from the School District regarding the search for a new Superintendent… Please note that the candidate visitation formally scheduled for Wednesday March 11, has been changed to Monday March 16. Our final dates for three candidate visitations are Monday March 9, Tuesday March 10, and the FOLLOWING Monday March 16.  Community  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson

Real Estate Market News

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with another Real Estate News story… IRS Section 1031 – Tax Deferred Exchange Another positive sign of real estate market recovery for our County is an increase in buyers and sellers utilizing a 1031 exchange. During the recession when appreciation was non-existant there were no gains for buyers and sellers to  Continue Reading

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FAC Meeting on Ferry Reservations

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

County Council member Rick Hughes, along with members of the Ferry Advisory Committee will be holding a Public Outreach Meeting to discuss the Ferry Reservation System. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 13th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Lundeen Room of the Orcas Senior Center. The purpose of the meeting is  Continue Reading


Community Dinner

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm, by

The next Community Dinner is Wednesday, March 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and will feature a Southern Style Menu prepared by the Food for Thought Program and Mr. Hendrick’s Baking Class: Buttermilk Fried Chicken - sustainably grown Draper Valley Farms boneless skinless chicken breast (vegetarian option available) Mashed Potatoes - Chef Andy’s famous creamy mashed potatoes  Continue Reading


Software Update at the Library

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island Library contracts with Innovative Interfaces to use Polaris ILS The San Juan Island Library is switching the software used to manage Library services (books, movies, and patron records) to help Library staff serve users better. The Library announced the upgrade along with notice that it has been awarded the 2015 EBSCO Excellence  Continue Reading


San Juan Community Blood Drive

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Wednesday, March 18, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm in the Mullis Community Senior Center at 589 Nash Street, it’s the San Juan Community Blood Drive. For information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Curt Van Hyning by phone at: 317-8399 or by email at: cvanhyning [@] gmail [.] com The blood drive is sponsored  Continue Reading


Easter Baskets at PIMC

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Peace Island Volunteers will again be selling Easter baskets filled with goodies, both edible and nonedible, on Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the main lobby of Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring Street. The baskets are wonderfully creative, unique, and personal, as each item in every basket was carefully selected, and  Continue Reading


San Juan County and Union Strike New 3 Year Contract Deal

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

San Juan County and Local 1849 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) have settled on a collective bargaining agreement for the years 2015-2017. Union membership overwhelmingly ratified the contract on Friday, February 27th, and the County Council promptly followed suit by accepting the contract at its March 2nd meeting. The contract, five months  Continue Reading


United States Citizenship class

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

This evening at the Library… Each month we cover ten of the possible questions prospective citizens must answer to become naturalized US Citizens and review the English grammar covered in the citizenship test. Thursday, March 5, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Library. Free.

"Sun going down, moon coming up, hawk taking flight" - John Miller photo

Hawk Photo by John Miller

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

John Miller has done it again, and shares this awesome photo with Update readers… Tim, There is an old tree on our property and this hawk is a sometime visitor – I call it ” Sun going down, moon coming up, hawk taking flight” John


History Column: Women’s Study Club, Still Inspiring

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Historical Museum checks in with this month’s History Column… In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we salute the long history of the Women’s Study Club, active on the island for 95 years. Prior to disbanding in 2008, its members’ dedication to community service and lifelong learning contributed much to a  Continue Reading


PTSA Rummage Sale

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

The PTSA is sponsoring a Rummage Sale at the high school on Saturday, March 14th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some things you don’t want anymore, or to pick up some things you didn’t know you needed. Also, it benefits the wonderful kids in the class  Continue Reading


Vote for Best Coastal Town

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Barbara Marrett from the Visitor’s Bureau shares this request… Hi Tim, Would you help us get the word out regarding voting for Friday Harbor as Best Small Coastal Town on 10Best USA TODAY? The folks at 10Best USAToday told me that they keep specific voting numbers proprietary, but gave me the current percentages of the  Continue Reading

Nominate a Good Steward

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm, by

Do you have a friend or neighbor who takes exceptional care of their land? A teacher who inspires students to understand and care for the environment? A business that has been a leader in sustainable business practices? Here is an opportunity to recognize exemplary members of our community who have shown their commitment to preserving  Continue Reading

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Baseball Night Thursday

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm, by

The Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association will be holding a Back to Baseball night on Thursday March 5th at 5:30, at the Middle School Commons, where parents can get their kids signed up and take advantage of an early registration discount. The Association will be discussing some needs of the program as well as  Continue Reading


SJISD Superintendent Finalists

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

This story has been updated in order to make a correction… The San Juan Island School District announced today the three finalists for the position of Superintendent. The final interviews will stretch over three days as each candidate spends a full day on the island on either March 9, 10 or 11. Much of the  Continue Reading

Fritz Dreisbach, The Johnny Appleseed of Glass, to speak at San Juan Community Theatre - Contributed photo

Where Were You in ’62?

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

How It Really Started: An Anecdotal Account of the Early Years of American Studio Glass Called the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass,” Fritz Dreisbach is one of America’s glass royalty. The effervescent Dreisbach will spin stories of the studio glass movement in the U.S. on 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the San Juan Community Theatre.  Continue Reading

Bruce Gregory in Tajikastan - Contributed photo

Bruce Gregory: His Farmer-to-Farmer exchanges experience in Tajikistan

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Mitchell Bay Farm co-owner Bruce Gregory will talk about his 3-week trip to Tajikistan in the fall 2014 as part of the Farmer-to-Farmer exchange program. This government program puts farmers from the U.S. face to face with farmers in foreign countries to share tools and techniques. Bruce has lots of pictures to share. Refreshments are  Continue Reading


San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting.  The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and consolidate its prior held debt. According to County Manager Mike Thomas, early  Continue Reading

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