Museum Thanks Town and Mayor

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:52 am by

The new museum sign on the corner of Price and Spring Streets – Contributed photo

The Board of Trustees and staff of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Town of Friday Harbor Council and Mayor Farhad Ghatan for the new Historical Museum directional sign at the corner of Spring and Price Streets.

Even though the museum has been located on Price Street since 1966, it can be a little difficult to find us the old-fashioned way. Thankfully, the handsome sign has made an immediate impact in helping to guide visitors our way.


Board of Trustees
San Juan Historical Society and Museum

Kevin Loftus
Executive Director

Holiday Treats & Crafts at The Whale Museum

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:50 am by

The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor is a great place to visit in December!

Join us on Saturday, December 1st for the Island Lights Festival in Friday Harbor. To get everyone warmed up, come to The Whale Museum for our annual Holiday Open House Saturday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Fun for all ages! Enjoy holiday treats & goodies! Sing carols! Make holiday crafts! Attendees will receive a 10% off coupon for merchandise in the gift shop.

The Whale Museum’s exhibit hall and gift shop are open daily from 10 am until 4 pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days). More details can be found on the Whale Museum’s Calendar.

Volunteer Day on Turtleback Mountain

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:47 am by

The SJC Land Bank invites you to to meet your new Orcas Stewardship Staff and throw in a little habitat restoration to boot. Join us in the oak restoration units to help plant plugs grown in the Salish Seeds Project nursery.

We will depart promptly at 9:45 am from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer Harbor Road/Wild Rose Lane) to hike up the mountain. Tools will be provided. Dress for the weather and bring water/snacks.

  • Date: December 1
  • Time: 9:45 am to 1:00 pm

For more information contact Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or email

Non-native Fish Left Belly Up

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:45 am by

Here’s a message from the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office…

OLYMPIA – Earlier this month, a woman reportedly released two large coolers of live tilapia into Sammamish Lake, a popular location for water sports and hiking. A concerned citizen saw the act and reported it to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Upon following up, four fish were found dead, assumedly due to the shock of the cold water.

“People often think they are doing a kindness to animals by releasing them into the wild, but, in many cases, those animals are not adapted for our climate and perish,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Invasive Species Council. “What seems like a humane action often leads to suffering in the end for the animal. In addition, wildlife that can survive may damage Washington’s natural resources and cost thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.”

More than $137 billion is spent each year to manage invasive species in the United States. The costs, both economic and environmental, escalate with every invasive species introduced into the country. Northern pike, for example, are an aggressive, predatory, non-native fish that were introduced illegally for sport fishing and now threaten native salmon and, by extension, orcas. Other introduced species ruin habitat and spread disease.

If you have an animal or plant you cannot take care of, don’t let it loose. Here are a few alternatives: Read More »

Quick Title Service

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 5:52 am by

Ryan Palmateer receives his quick title from San Juan County Auditor employees Oren Combs and Kira Sable – Contributed photo

Ever needed that car or boat license in a hurry, only to be told it would take six to eight weeks to arrive? Now, San Juan County residents can walk away from the licensing counter with a clean, valid, same-day Washington State “Quick Title.” This new service is available at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office to qualifying vehicle and vessel owners.

New or used vehicles and vessels with appropriate title documents may be eligible for quick titling. Records with lienholders do not qualify. Quick titles fees include a $50 convenience fee, in addition to regular title fees.

The first “Quick Title” was issued at the Auditor’s Office on November 7. Ryan Palmateer of Friday Harbor needed a title in order to sell his 2009 Smart Passion. Ryan is the Energy Program Manager at the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and also serves as the president of the San Juan Islands Electric Vehicle Association.

“My goal is to divest myself of gas-powered cars,” Palmateer said of his decision to request a quick title. He is currently waiting for a 2019 Arcimoto, a three-wheeled electric bike with two seats and a 130-mile range, built in Eugene, Oregon. Palmateer and his colleagues at the Conservation District specialize in helping people reduce their carbon footprint and energy output. They offer resources to homeowners to improve home insulation and heating systems in order to minimize pollution and maximize energy savings.

A quick title enabled Palmateer to complete the sale of his vehicle much more quickly than if he had had to wait for a traditional title. To see if your vehicle or vessel title qualifies for quick titling, bring your paperwork in to the licensing office, or call (360) 378-2161. The Auditor’s Office is open for licensing transactions Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm. Credit and debit cards are accepted with a small surcharge.

Island Rec Yoga Class with Katerina Wen

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 5:50 am by

Photo courtesy Terri Oda on Flickr

A new yoga class – Start your day with a joyful practice! Beginners welcome. The poses are easy to learn, and our easy-to-follow morning flows will expand your breath and uplift your spirit!

Katerina Wen – Contributed photo

This class is both uplifting and educational. When you take this class, you will receive priceless tips on how to take care of your health in the most natural, simple ways. Taught by yoga alliance teacher Katerina Wen, who brings the wealth of 20 years of professional teaching knowledge, and a gentle way to guide you into a brighter day!


  • Strengthen and flexibility
  • Tones and releases your spine, torso, legs, and shoulders
  • Oxygenates the whole body, & rejuvenates the vital organs
  • Healthy stimulation for your cardiovascular, metabolic, & respiratory systems
  • Releases tension, tightness, or holding pattens causing physical restrictions or pain
  • Calibrates the right and left hemispheres of the brain & fosters emotional balance
  • Slows down the breath, relaxes the nerves, calms the mind
  • Builds inner joy and self-confidence

Register by November 26th for $38, $5 more thereafter.

  • Beginning December 6
  • Thursday 8:15 – 9:15am
  • Location: Dance Workshop2

For more information or registration call 360-378-4953, visit, or stop by our office at 580 Guard Street, 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday  

Pet of the Week

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 5:49 am by

Frodo is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

My name is Frodo. It looks like I’ll be without my own dysfunctional family to dine with on Thanksgiving again this year.

For the record, I’m still single, I don’t have a job, I’ve been known to drink out of the toilet, and I fart at inappropriate times. If you don’t mind my saying so, I think I might fit right in with your family gathering this year.

Adopt me and let’s put the “Fun” back in dysfunctional! I’m here at the animal shelter, but I’d rather be home with you.

Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor
994 Cattle Point Road
(360) 378-2158

In the Mailbag

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 5:44 am by

Here’s a letter from Kyle Wall and the Pacific Whale Watch Association…

Statement from the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA):

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) is a committed partner focused on efforts to protect the health of the Southern Resident killer whale population. We appreciate the work of our fellow members on the Governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force and support a majority of the bold actions recommended in the Task Force’s report.

As these recommendations move to the Governor’s office, PWWA urges implementation of recommendations that focus on the goal of addressing the critical issue of the lack of Chinook salmon in the waters of the Salish Sea. We encourage Governor Inslee to focus on science-based solutions supported by PWWA’s research community partners, including organizations such as the Center For Whale Research, Orca Conservancy and the Orca Behavior Institute, as he evaluates the recommendations of the Task Force

Specifically, PWWA looks forward to continuing conversations around vessel activity around each of the 74 Southern Resident killer whales. As studies have shown, vessel speed is a primary driver of sound, and we are proud that our boats already maintain a slow zone around the whales and model this behavior for others in the area. Read More »

Extinction is Forever…

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 10:51 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Debbi Fincher… Hi Friends, Family and all around Supporters of J, K & L Pods,    I have to try… I can’t sit idly by when our local orca pods need our help more than ever. I want to be sure  Continue Reading

Shopping Spree Winner to be Drawn Saturday

Posted on November 17, 2018 at 10:36 am, by

Story submitted by Jim Carroll, Chairman – San Juan Lions Annual Shopping Spree… You have seen the Giant Shopping Cart driving around town for the last 3 weeks and today (Saturday) is the day the winning raffle ticket will be drawn for the winner of the San Juan Lions Club 29th Annual Shopping Spree. The  Continue Reading

Stuff: We Become Our Things

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 7:34 am, by

Stuff: We Become Our Things And Retrospective Artist Nicola Wheston’s exhibit on now at SJIMA till December 10, 2018 Our planet is drowning in pollution and plastics and we still worship consumerism… Artist Nicola Wheston is not afraid to talk trash, but her latest exhibit, Stuff: We Become Our Things, does the trash talking for  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Hygge Fridays and This Weekend’s Holiday Fair

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 7:33 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The Mullis Center Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair starts this Friday, November 16, from 4 – 7 pm and continues Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  I’m participating this year, which means I have a lot of cards  Continue Reading

Animal Shelter will Auction Rare Rocking Horse

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 7:32 am, by

Looking for a special gift for that person on your list who is difficult to buy for? The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has just the thing! A beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted rocking horse has been donated to Treasure Hounds, the animal shelter’s upscale retail outlet, located next to the bowling alley. The piece is  Continue Reading

First Aid and CPR

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 7:30 am, by

Added class – If you missed out on the September session of First Aid and CPR, Island Rec and EMS were able to add another class in December. Upon successful completion of this class you will walk away with life-saving skills and a First Aid certification from the American Heart Association that is valid for  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 7:28 am, by

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month Village at the Harbour began its inception as a dream of two Islanders that fostered a passion to build an assisted living community on San Juan Island. With the assistance of local investors, The Village went from a blueprint to a reality and opened  Continue Reading

Wreaths for Grad Night

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 8:51 am, by

Haven’t placed your wreath or pie order yet? Don’t fret – WREATHS HAVE ARRIVED – BUY one THIS FRIDAY and SATURDAY at the Mullis Community Senior Center! And while you’re there, don’t forget to order your Pecan and/or Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. ALL proceeds benefit FHHS Grad Night 2019.

NHP Visitor Center Public Review and Comment

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:57 am, by

Environmental Assessment for the American Camp Visitor Center Replacement Project Available for Public Review and Comment The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed project entails the replacement of the 39 year-old “temporary” visitor center with a  Continue Reading

Library Seeks Owner Representation Services

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Request For Qualifications For Owner Representation Services The San Juan Island Library is requesting Statements of Qualifications from interested owner representation firms to represent the Library in the development of a new library building and other improvements to real property at a site to be determined. It is our desire that the firm see this  Continue Reading

Inspired To Desire

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

WaterWorks Gallery’s 33rd annual Holiday Show. Objects We Desire To Wear Objects That Inspire Us To Feel Objects We Desire For Our Home November 16th – January 5, 2019 WaterWorks Gallery, a contemporary light filled gallery, continues to evolve as it remains dedicated to showing artists from the islands, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Represented  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire. Yvonne was raised on the farm on Mitchell Road in Northport, WA where she would share in the  Continue Reading


Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

EDC presents Datapalooza! – a statistics and demographics event for San Juan County Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader?   Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for their second annual Datapalooza! event, two hours of in-depth data and analysis of  Continue Reading

Dog Licenses

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 9:09 am, by

Charley Goddu, a 10-year old poodle mix, received the first dog license of 2019 at the San Juan County Auditor’s office. Charley, a former rescue dog, was adopted in 2015 by Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie at the Skagit Humane Society. Charley is one of the friendliest dogs in town. He greets everyone with an  Continue Reading