Grand Opening of Alchemy Art Center Photo and Print Studio

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:52 am by

Alchemy Art Center is introducing it’s brand new printmaking studio and photography darkroom with an open house on Sunday, January 27th, from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing specialized art equipment for San Juan Islanders in a shared studio setting.  Alchemy has offered a fully-equipped ceramics studio for almost two years, and their team is excited to incorporate print and photo into their programming.

Honored at the Grand Opening event will be legendary island artists Mary Ann Rock and Virginia (Ginger) Van Camp, whose printing presses were generously donated to Alchemy’s print department by their respective families.  Works by both artists will be on display (provided for the evening by Malcolm Suttles and the Van Camp Family), and the printing of an original Mary Ann Rock woodblock will inaugurate them in their new space.

In addition, interactive photography and darkroom activities will be presented by Malcolm Suttles and Danielle Dean, both of whom have been instrumental in organizing Alchemy’s new photo department. Read More »

An Evening with Micaiah Sawyer

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Micaiah Sawyer – Contributed photo

Micaiah Sawyer is coming to SJCT on Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 pm. She hummed her first notes to the melody of Ode to Joy at sixteen months old, wrote her first song at 10, and hasn’t stopped making music since.

She has been recognized by and has worked with many prestigious musicians such as Grammy award winning bassist Garey Shelton and Drummer Ben Smith of Heart.

In 2009, Micaiah won the opportunity to record with drummer and producer Ken Mary, formerly of Alice Cooper. This was her first endeavor into the professional music industry, and it solidified her passion to pursue music as her career.

Shortly after, as a senior in high school, Micaiah received a full scholarship to attend Grammy Camp, a selective music intensive held in LA. Read More »

Firefighter of the Month

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:41 am by

San Juan Island Fire Department Announces January 2019 Firefighters of the Month

L to R: Firefighter Jerry Sears, Fire Chief Norvin Collins, Firefighter Dennis Sears – Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the January 2019 Firefighter of the Month.

In this instance, we actually mean, Firefighters of the month. Please join us in congratulating Firefighters Jerry and Dennis Sears for their consistent and humble service to our community and the Fire Department.

There was considerable effort in picking which of the Sears was most deserving of the acknowledgement. However, since it is frequently difficult to tell them apart, whether they are in full firefighter gear or not, it was a tough selection.

Both of the Sears brothers are equally active in responding to emergency calls, training and their work on behalf of department in our community. As a result of their hard work, the Department selected both of the brothers for recognition.

The Fire Commissioners, Chief and all of the Department is grateful for all Jerry and Dennis Sears do and congratulate them for their service and dedication.

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The San Juan Island Fire & Rescue was established on October 6, 1958. The fire department covers about 55 square miles, includes all of San Juan Island, as well as Brown and Pearl Islands. For more information, please visit

MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 9:54 am by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of pictures taken from the inside looking out- April 5 to June 3, 2019.

The exhibition showcases photographs, poems, and journal entries by twenty-five Vietnam veterans from around the US. Most of the material was previously kept hidden away, even from family and friends. Many veterans destroyed their photographs taken during the war in order to purge painful memories and close a visceral door to the past.

Some servicemen in Vietnam made pictures when they had time. Those lucky enough to afford both a camera and film used their tools with visual acuity, and in many cases, a high degree of skill.

The camera enabled them to create a parallel war experience where they had a modicum of control by choosing what to photograph – simple scenes evoking memories of home, gestures of lighthearted camaraderie, and the endless protocol and efficiency of war.

Taking pictures became a way to engage and remember local strangers. The camera also helped put the soldiers’ war experience into context, such as their understanding of the implications of an F-100 Super Sabre flying off into the dawn sky. Read More »

Master Gardeners Native Plant Sale

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 9:17 am by


Interested in using native plants in your landscape?

There are many wonderful reasons to use PNW natives: they are often long lived and don’t need maintenance, they provide year-round color and garden interest, they can be used to stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion, and some are drought and heat tolerant, helpful in a warming climate. And they’re a “welcome mat” for wildlife, providing food and homes for beneficial insects, amphibians, birds and mammals.

This year’s selections include a dozen species of bare root evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials like the ever-popular Red Flowering Currant and Mock Orange.

Order your plants now. Orders are due March 1st.

Order early for best selection, as quantities are limited and often sell out.

There will be many more plants available in containers at the sale, including a large selection of locally grown plants from Salish Seeds. Read More »

Hospital District Meeting

Posted on January 20, 2019 at 5:44 am by

The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold its Regular Board Meeting of the year on Wednesday January 23.

There will be a work session that is open to the public at 2:00 p.m. followed by the Regular Board Meeting at 3:00 p.m.

The location is the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building.

Help Wanted at SJCT

Posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:45 am by

San Juan Community Theatre has a job opening!

Development Officer Job Description

  • Hourly, up to 20 hours/week 
  • Washington State Mandated Benefits Only 
  • Reports to: Executive Artistic Director

Under the direction of the San Juan Community Theatre’s (SJCT) Executive Artistic Director and working closely with the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the chair of its Development Committee, the Development Officer provides management in all aspects of the organization’s fundraising programs and activities.

See the full description at this link.

Knowledge Worker Meetup

Posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:35 am by

EDC invites San Juan County knowledge workers to informal meetup

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information. We hope this knowledge worker network will help local knowledge workers find off-island clients and local businesses find local talent.

The EDC invites knowledge workers and those who work with them to a meet-and-greet on February 6th at the San Juan Island library at 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Bring a snack or dessert to share.

This is a follow-up to the EDC’s well-attended meetups on San Juan Island on October 24th and Orcas on January 16th.

If you can’t make it, the EDC has also started an online group for San Juan County knowledge workers and other interested people. More information is available on the EDC website at If you would like to join, contact us at

The EDC thanks our funders for their support of this workshop and other EDC initiatives. These events are not affiliated with the Orcas Island Library or the San Juan Island Library.

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) strives to strengthen and diversify the economy of San Juan County. We believe a strong economy builds a strong community.

Adult Night Swim

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Rec is offering Adult Night Swim this February at SJI Fitness! Drop-in for some adult-only pool time to play games or swim laps in the evenings. Sessions are held Thursdays; February 7th – February 28th for ages 18 and up from 7:30-9pm. There is a registration rate of $35.00; or $10.00 per night. For  Continue Reading

Salmon Still Declining

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining: Recovery Projects Funded at Only 16 Percent of Estimated Need OLYMPIA–Despite two decades of efforts to recover them, wild salmon are still declining—and a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office stresses that adequate funding is needed to turn the tide on the iconic species’ future.  Continue Reading

SMP is Compliant

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

WA State determines San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program is compliant with state law On January 8, 2019, the State Growth Management Hearings Board found that San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program including its shoreline management regulations comply with the State’s Shoreline Management Act.  San Juan County adopted Ordinance 21 – 2018 that addressed areas  Continue Reading

Vicky Selected as Kiwanian of the Year

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 10:08 am, by

Long-time Island resident and past Friday Harbor Kiwanis President, Vicky Thalacker was recently selected Kiwanian of the Year by the FH Kiwanis Club. Vicky was recognized for “her distinguished service for the past two years as Kiwanis President and for stepping into her current role as Key Club Coordinator, among many other contributions,” stated current  Continue Reading

Rock Island Accelerates Fiber To Town Of Friday Harbor

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:01 am, by

You May Be Eligible For A Connection With No Installation Fee! OPALCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, announced this week that it will deliver fiber-optic Internet to approximately 35% of the Town of Friday Harbor with no installation fee. “Dozens of businesses in Friday Harbor now have a chance to hook up to fiber,” said  Continue Reading

Temporary Air Quality Sensor Installed in Friday Harbor

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 8:55 am, by

San Juan County partners with Ecology to monitor air quality The Washington State Department of Ecology installed a mobile air quality monitoring station near the County Administration building on January 7th.  This air quality monitoring station will monitor for PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns).   Particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets  Continue Reading

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:54 am, by

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic comedy written by William Shakespeare. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mediterranean Lifestyle For Longevity

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet.  It has long been recognized that a typical, traditional lifestyle from the Mediterranean with a diet rich in olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, fish, and shellfish can  Continue Reading

Fish Taco Fundraiser

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

A Fish for Teeth volunteer-crafted Fish Taco is absolutely delicious. These hefty burrito/tacos are prepared with love, and feature hook-and-line caught Alaskan cod donated by Alaskan Leader Seafoods, with Pablito’s Salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty greens, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Volunteer Opportunities Available (info at the end of article) These delectable fish-focused hunger-satisfying consumption-units always draw a crowd.  Continue Reading

Firefighters Honored for Service in 2018

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

This article written by Carolyn Hudson, SJI Fire and Rescue Administrative Officer Lieutenant Michael Henderson received San Juan Island Fire and Rescue’s highest award Saturday night when the District celebrated the 2018 contributions of its members at Downriggers Restaurant. The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service in 2018 at the annual  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Meeting today (Wednesday, January 16th) of the Friday Harbor Port Commission. It happens at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 1st Street N., Friday Harbor at 4:00 PM. To see the agenda, click here.

Best of the Fest Winter Series

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm, by

Its time again for the local crowd to see all the films they missed during the FH Film Festival because they were busy with all the business brought in! Friday Harbor Film Festival  presents “Given”, a festival big hit with all – especially families. Given is a filmed travel journal as a young boy from  Continue Reading

Free Screening of The IF Project

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

On January 24, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will provide a free screening of The If Project documentary at 7pm at the San Juan Community Theater. Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. The IF Project explores the reasons behind these staggering  Continue Reading

Free Plumbing Basics Training

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

EDC to offer free Plumbing Basics training at Friday Harbor High School [Editor’s note: Please see the corrected dates in Bold type below] The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in plumbing basics this January, sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and by the Washington State Department  Continue Reading