Jolly Trolley co-pilots

Posted September 24, 2022 at 9:04 pm by

Letter to the Editor: Vote yes for the Library

Posted September 24, 2022 at 6:31 pm by

Have you seen the blue and white yard signs pop­ping up on San Juan Island that say “Vote Yes Library”?

On Nov. 8 we have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to approve a bond pro­pos­al to build a new pub­lic library on San Juan Island. To learn more about this, look up This is a worth­while project.

Please be sure to give your sup­port for our new library.

Eileen Drath
Fri­day Harbor

Faline is the Animal Protection Society’s pet of the week

Posted September 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares a look at the adopt­able ani­mal of the week — Faline, a five-year-old domes­tic medi­um-hair tab­by with spe­cial needs.

I’ve heard what some peo­ple say — they say I look “a lit­tle rough around the edges”, but I real­ly like the way I look and the scars that I have. I wear them with pride because they are reminders of all the life I have lived despite being only five.

Pri­or to com­ing here, I lived out in the wilder­ness and streets of Moses Lake. Those times were not always easy, but they defined me. Whether it was the absolute joy of being out­side in nature, hav­ing to sur­vive on my own, moth­er­hood, or get­ting sick — these expe­ri­ences are ones I reflect back on warm­ly. My life has been adven­tur­ous thus far and although I’m still look­ing to keep things inter­est­ing, I’m now want­i­ng to slow down some­where I can call home, with a person(s) I can call my own.

I want to find some­one who will let me love them hard, but will also appre­ci­ate and adore my quirks because they are a part of my sto­ry — a part of me! My person(s) must love the way my left eye leers to the side, how my coat doesn’t ever lay just so, and the fact that I am FIV+ and FeLV+. They must val­ue these things in me, because I do. Could you be, would you be my safe space? If so, I’d love to meet you.

Learn more about Faline here.

Alchemy Art Center hosts visiting artist pop-up show on Tuesday

Posted September 24, 2022 at 2:08 pm by

Pottery by Lenore Wan — Contributed photo

Alche­my Art Cen­ter shares news about their upcom­ing art and music performance.

Come see what Alchemy’s tal­ent­ed August/September artist cohort has been up to this sum­mer. This Tues­day, Sept. 27 from 6–9 p.m., Alche­my wel­comes you to their dome exhi­bi­tion space at 1255 Wold Rd. You will be able to pur­chase beau­ti­ful pot­tery, prints, and oth­er orig­i­nal art. This is the cul­mi­nat­ing event for Lenore Wan, Coz­ette Ellis, and Emer­ald VL, all of whom have been liv­ing and work­ing at Alche­my and inter­act­ing with the San Juan Island com­mu­ni­ty through free art activ­i­ties for the past two months.

Emer­ald will also be per­form­ing her orig­i­nal songs at 7 p.m.

Lenore Wan is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist from Seat­tle work­ing in the realms of ceram­ics and illus­tra­tion. She loves to cap­ture play­ful forms and col­or­ful pat­terns in her work. At Alche­my Art Cen­ter, she’s been devel­op­ing hand-build­ing and glaz­ing tech­niques, as well as fab­ric paint­ing. She loves to work spon­ta­neous­ly and loose­ly to cap­ture the explo­rative process of art making.

Coz­ette Ellis is a visu­al artist and illus­tra­tor who has spent her time at Alche­my work­ing with dif­fer­ent forms of print­mak­ing and learn­ing ceram­ics. She is inspired by the human body in all its forms, espe­cial­ly incor­po­rat­ed with col­or and pattern.

Emer­ald VL is a vis­it­ing artist from Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. She has a back­ground in draw­ing and paint­ing, and has spent her time here at Alche­my focus­ing on her music, and learn­ing screen print­ing & ceram­ics. At the show on the 27th Emer­ald will share some art, and a set of music she has writ­ten dur­ing her time on island.

These vis­it­ing artists are part of Alchemy’s Artists in Com­mu­ni­ty Pro­gram, which is made pos­si­ble by sup­port from the Nation­al Endow­ment for the ARts, ArtsWA, Tulalip Char­i­ta­ble Fund, San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, and by the sup­port of the San Juan Island community.

Notes from the Island — Sept. 24

Posted September 24, 2022 at 9:30 am by

  • It was a rough day for Fri­day Har­bor High School sports yes­ter­day. The foot­ball team lost 41–0 at Merid­i­an High School in Belling­ham and boys soc­cer lost 3–1 at Coupeville High School.
  • High school girls soc­cer takes on Mariner High School at noon today at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields. Vol­ley­ball plays Gran­ite Falls in a road game at 2 p.m.
  • For the first time in 24 years, Sweet Retreat is clos­ing for a week so that the staff can take some well-deserved time off. It’ll re-open on Mon­day, Oct. 3.
  • There’s a Grange-spon­sored cider press­ing event hap­pen­ing today at Sweet Earth Farm — 16 Sweet Earth Ln., just off West Side Road — to wel­come new Grange mem­bers. Any­one is wel­come to attend. The press­ing starts at 3:15 p.m., but you can also arrive ear­ly for the 2 p.m. tour of the farm. If you have extra apples of pears, bring them with you.
  • Salt­wa­ter Farm is host­ing an open house tomor­row from 2–6 p.m. for peo­ple inter­est­ed in host­ing an event there, or just curi­ous to see what the prop­er­ty looks like.
  • San Juan Island Food Co-op now has kiwi berries from Mitchell Bay Farms and French fin­ger­ling pota­toes from Glad Acres.
  • Thanks to our adver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the San Juan Update — includ­ing San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Dogs, we need your help

Posted September 23, 2022 at 10:06 pm by

Letter to the Editor: Trim your limbs

Posted September 23, 2022 at 7:42 pm by

I’m well into my “gold­en years,” and I’ve had arthri­tis and joint issues for all of them. Still, I walk just about every­where I go in Fri­day Har­bor, and late­ly sev­er­al of my senior walk­ing bud­dies and I have com­mis­er­at­ed about a prob­lem that I hope mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ty are will­ing to help solve.

There are many trees grow­ing near side­walks that have limbs hang­ing over the side­walks. Often these limbs are so low to the ground that my friends and I, all 5’10” to 6’6”, have to duck under­neath them. Because we are not as lim­ber and agile as we once were, it is dif­fi­cult to duck under the limbs and near­ly as dif­fi­cult to step off the curb into the street and back up in order to pass around them.

I’m sure that a lot of short­er peo­ple can pass under the limbs with­out dif­fi­cul­ty. How­ev­er, it real­ly would be help­ful if home­own­ers and busi­ness­es would trim the limbs over pub­lic side­walks to the height of their stan­dard inte­ri­or home doors, which is 80”. Your taller island neigh­bors would be very grateful.

David Bent­ley
Fri­day Harbor

EDC offering course in woodworking basics

Posted September 23, 2022 at 5:32 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil shares news about the next class in their Trades Train­ing initiative.

Islanders seek­ing new careers are invit­ed to learn wood­work­ing basics in a class offered by the EDC. Jean Shear­er and Nicholas Col­dren, cab­i­net­mak­ers, will be teach­ing an intro­duc­tion to wood­work­ing, on Wednes­day evenings from Oct. 12 to Nov. 2, from 5–9 p.m., at the Fel­low Shop on San Juan Island.

This course is intend­ed to help peo­ple gain job skills and obtain eco­nom­ic sta­bil­i­ty. The course will teach tool use and safe­ty, and oth­er wood­work­ing skills. These skills are foun­da­tion­al for those seek­ing to enter many trades, includ­ing con­struc­tion and fur­ni­ture making.

The pro­gram is free except for a $50 reg­is­tra­tion fee, and is open only to San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents who plan to use wood­work­ing skills for pay­ing work. Pref­er­ence will be giv­en to appli­cants who demon­strate that the course will help them enter a new career or seek employ­ment. Enroll­ment is capped at six stu­dents. Appli­cants must be 18 or over.

Instruc­tors Jean Shear­er and Nicholas Col­dren have BFAs in Wood­work­ing and Fur­ni­ture Design from Rochester Uni­ver­si­ty, and exten­sive pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence as cab­i­net­mak­ers, boat builders, and finishers.

Con­tact the EDC at to reg­is­ter for the class.