Spring Street says “Thanks!”

Posted on September 23, 2020 at 5:49 am by

New individual desks

Spring Street International School would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation for hosting, coordinating, and including us in the SJICF Fair Matching Grant Program.

The Fair Matching Grant Program helped us raise $4,605 that went towards preparing our school to open up safely this fall and provide our students with an innovative education in the midst of this public health crisis.

With these funds, we have made 114 individual desks with the help of our board members, parent volunteers, and students. We were able to purchase event tents that will be used for outdoor classroom space. We also are improving our online distance learning format to continue to prepare for the unexpected. Read More »

Zylstra Lake Preserve Opens for Public Access

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 8:30 am by

The timing couldn’t be more perfect: This Saturday, September 26, 2020, on National Public Lands Day, Zylstra Lake Preserve officially opens for day-use public access.

National Public Lands Day embodies the same values that inspired your Conservation Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust to form a public-private partnership in 2015 to preserve the 313-acre property. This annual event celebrates connection between people and green space in their community and inspires environmental stewardship, along with encouraging use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefit. Docents from the Land Bank and Preservation Trust will be on site this weekend and look forward to answering any questions.

For a sneak peek on what you’ll find at the Preserve, click the image above for a video tour via the Land Bank’s YouTube channel. Please remember to follow County Covid-19 safety protocol, which includes practicing social distancing and covering your face when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. And above all, stay home if you are feeling sick.

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San Juan Community Theatre Presents: The 2020-21 ‘Snapshot Season’

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:50 am by

Until Public Health regulations allow for audiences to enter theatres again, SJCT is going all-digital with some exciting new programming that will be filmed and distributed FOR FREE. Films will be available on our website, at www.sjctheatre.org.

  • Week of October 5: Melodious Notes Over the Harbor
  • Week of October 26: Desolation Sound
  • Week of November 2: Emily Anton from The Ballet and Movement School
  • Week of November 9: SJCT’s Family Theatre presents Super Happy Awesome News
  • Week of November 23: Pilots in Training
  • Week of December 7: Salish Sea Ballet
  • AND MANY MORE TO COME!*Release dates are approximate to accommodate film editing.

Additionally, SJCT’s new sketch comedy web series Friday Harbor Happenings will be premiering in late October and releasing a new sketch every two weeks!

There are many more performing artists on San Juan Island that we are already speaking with or excited to invite for filming! Stay tuned for more information!


The Salish Seeds Project Fall Native Wildflower Sale

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:45 am by

The San Juan County Land Bank is offering a once-a-year opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. Reserve your plants online September 18 – 27, and pick them up on Saturday, October 3 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced locally by the Salish Seeds Project.

Many of the wildflowers offered are hard to obtain commercially and are uncommon even in the wild. Most are showy, excellent for native pollinators, and drought-tolerant. 20 species will be offered, including broadleaf sedum, common red paintbrush, great camas bulbs, Canada goldenrod, Idaho blue-eyed grass, and farewell-to-spring seed. A complete list of species, descriptions, and prices will be available on the Land Bank’s website starting September 18.

Plant reservations must be made online September 18 – 27 and picked up at the following locations on Saturday, October 3 between 12 – 1 pm:

  • San Juan Island – Salish Seeds Project nursery at Red Mill Farm
  • Lopez Island – Sunset Builder’s Supply
  • Orcas Island – Coffelt Farm

The Salish Seeds Project is dedicated to restoring native wildflowers and grasses in the San Juan Islands. Plants and seeds for habitat restoration are produced at a nursery located at Red Mill Farm in San Juan Valley. In a fruitful partnership, The San Juan Preservation Trust owns the property and the Land Bank runs the nursery.

For more information contact Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, Tanja Williamson at 360-370-7655 or email tanjaw@sjclandbank.org.

Zoom Talk: True Animal Stories with Author Clare Hodgson Meeker

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:40 am by

San Juan Island Library announces that renowned regional author Clare Hodgson Meeker will host a Zoom talk on Friday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. Meeker’s latest book, Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together, is a 2020 Washington State Book Award Finalist for Young Readers.

Meeker will discuss writing Growing Up Gorilla and share information on the gorillas of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The talk will include how she gained access to the gorillas’ behind the scenes life, as well as updates on how they are doing since the zoo’s recent reopening. For more information about Clare Hodgson Meeker visit www.claremeeker.com.

To attend True Animal Stories with Author Clare Hodgson Meeker, please email Melina Lagios, Youth Services Manager, at mlagios@sjlib.org to receive the required Zoom invitation information. All San Juan Island Library Zoom programs are free to attend. Information about upcoming library programs for all ages can be found at www.sjlib.org.

Island Artisans Holiday Market is Moving to Spring

Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:30 am by

$12,000 given in scholarships

Island Artisans is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to raise funds in support of young artists within our community. We have served San Juan County for approximately 40 years by granting scholarships to graduating students and supporting practicing artists.

Island Artisans Holiday Market, our primary fundraiser, has always been held on San Juan Island the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year has been very different with the outbreak of a pandemic. The board of Island Artisans has decided rather than canceling our market, we are moving it to the spring with the possibility of it happening in April.

Proceeds from artisan’s booth fees and a percentage of sales go towards the scholarships we grant annually. There were $12,000 worth of scholarships awarded in June to 7 seniors from 3 different high schools.

Watch for upcoming announcements. Interested parties can email islandartisanssjc@gmail.com.

Burn Ban In San Juan County Lifted

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm by

As of Sunday, September 20th, the Burn Ban in San Juan County is lifted. Please be safe when enjoying recreational campfires. A reminder that campfires are limited to 3’x3’ in size and are for burning only clean split firewood. 

Permitted residential burning is scheduled to reopen on October 5th. Weather permitting. 


Please follow the link to learn more about burning in San Juan County. 

Stay safe.

Community Media New Channel

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 5:49 am by

San Juan Islands Community Network (SJICN) launches online solutions news channel spotlighting island community members and organizations building a more resilient and thriving San Juans

On Monday, September 21, San Juan Islands Community Network (SJICN) launched to the public, publishing its website and initial video news stories created to inform and engage islanders around the community’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.

SJICN is a community storytelling network and digital media channel dedicated to exploring the environmental, economic and social challenges facing the islands—with a focus on opportunities and solutions. By spotlighting individuals and organizations responding to these challenges with innovative, community-centered solutions, SJICN’s mission is to help ensure a healthy, resilient future in the San Juan Islands where all residents, human and non-human, can thrive. Read More »

Town LTAC grant deadline September 28th

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor 2021 Lodging Tax (LTAC) Grant applications will be accepted up until 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 28th. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for funding tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2021. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists  Continue Reading

FHL Tide Bites

Posted on September 20, 2020 at 5:51 am, by

Resource Allocation to Growth and Structure: The Energetic Cost of Mussel Byssal Thread Attachment, by Molly Roberts Dr. Molly Roberts completed her PhD with Dr. Emily Carrington in 2019 in the Biology Department at UW. Her research involved both experimental work at FHL and fieldwork at Penn Cove Shellfish in Coupeville, WA. Prior to her  Continue Reading

Time is Running Out to be Counted

Posted on September 19, 2020 at 5:38 am, by

Now’s the time if you haven’t been counted yet in the 2020 Census. Click here to see what options you have. About the 2020 Census The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine  Continue Reading

Story #2: Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Locally!

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Small businesses are relying more than ever on your support as they creatively cope with COVID.  Here’s the second of a series of stories about their survival. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March, all of us were suddenly navigating uncharted waters. However, San Juan Islands businesses have responded with compassion and ingenuity during these tough times.  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Fall Virtual Lego Camps

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Island Rec has 2 Great LEGO camp options for you this season! The first, tap into your imagination from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO collection – all while connecting virtually with other young LEGO engineers. Students will explore their  Continue Reading

Special Deliveries – Baby Deliveries

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Special Deliveries: On One Morning, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Joins Partner Agencies With Two Baby Deliveries This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers. Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, pagers beeped throughout San Juan Island announcing an urgent need  Continue Reading


Posted on September 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

OPALCO is Prepared for Wildfire Prevention – Are You? Safety is the primary objective at the core of everything OPALCO does. OPALCO continues to use an aggressive Right-of-Way Program (tree and brush trimming along power lines) and the latest technologies to reduce flammable material and mitigate fire risk. The long-term investment is key to the  Continue Reading

Laurie I Wangenheim Brown

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

Loretta (Laurie) Irene Wangenheim-Brown from Friday Harbor Washington passed away on September 6, 2020. Laurie was born on February 11, 1942 and was immediately adopted by Bob and Helen Jones. Growing up surrounded by a loving family and all kinds of farm animals in Riverside Washington began a life-long love of nature and exploring. Laurie  Continue Reading

SJC Grant Deadline Sunday

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm, by

Reminder that the San Juan County Small Business Relief Grant programapplication deadline is this Sunday, 9/20/20. Please start your application early. The application requires documentation that your business and expenses meet requirements. This grant is provided by San Juan County and administered by the EDC (a nonprofit); however, the funds come from the federal government  Continue Reading

Registered Voters Do NOT Need to Request a Mail-in Ballot

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 2:08 pm, by

San Juan County voters have been receiving postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the November 3 General Election. Unfortunately, two of the recommendations included in the postcards are not relevant to Washington voters. One of the recommendations is to request your ballot at least 15 days before Election Day.  Continue Reading

New Assistant Director and Adult Services Manager at the Library

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm, by

San Juan Island Library announced today that it has welcomed its new Assistant Director and Adult Services Manager, Lisa Buckton. Lisa moved to San Juan Island from Vermont and holds over ten years of librarian experience across Vermont and New York State. In the last five years, Lisa co-created and hosted Vermont’s first-ever teen literary  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Simple Home Remedies For Smokey Days

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 5:52 am, by

Its wildfire season in the west and air quality is bad. Everyone, but especially those of us with compromising health issues are recommended to stay indoors with windows closed and avoid breathing the particulates in the smokey air as much as possible. You can check current air quality on the website Purple Air. In my  Continue Reading

New Greenhouse for Canoe Island French Camp

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 11:03 am, by

Canoe Island French Camp is celebrating the erection of a greenhouse to complement their recently established garden. This project was made possible thanks to generous donations from community members as well as support from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The frame for the structure was constructed entirely with wood milled on Canoe Island from  Continue Reading

How to Breathe Easy in Wildfire Smoke

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 11:02 am, by

Deanna from PeaceHealth shares this informative article from their blog with some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor… When wildfires create smoky conditions, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your health. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make it  Continue Reading