Mount Grant Public Meeting

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:24 pm by

Doug McCutchen from the Land Bank shares this request with you…


If you have interest in Mount Grant, please take a look at the draft management plan (PDF) and provide constructive feedback. 

  • If you see something positive, please let us know. (Often we only hear about the negative responses.) Positive responses help us get a balanced view of public opinion on our plans.
  • If you see something you have questions about, please let us know. 
  • If you see something you think should be reconsidered, please let us know. 

Written comments are best as we can reflect directly on people’s comments as opposed to translating a conversation into notes to be digested at a later time.

Please send your comments to:


March for Our Lives Tomorrow

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 10:08 am by

“Friday Harbor March for Our Lives” will take place Saturday, March 24th, beginning at noon. Islanders will take to the streets to demand that their lives, and safety, become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  The demonstration here in Friday Harbor will join the estimated 821 other marches that will take place nation-wide the same day to make sure our voices are heard.

Spear-headed by freshmen Ayla Ridwan and Emma Mughal, the march will begin at the County Courthouse with introductory remarks by Mayor Farhad Ghatan followed by brief presentations from a number of students.

For those who are not registered to vote, the League of Women Voters will be present at a table on the Courthouse lawn facing Court Street to sign you up.  17-year olds who will be 18 by the time of the November election are eligible to register.

All islanders are welcome to participate! The students will lead the march with adults following closely behind.  Everyone is encouraged to wear orange, and to bring signs with a message they wish to share.

The organizers of this march, all San Juan Islanders, wish to thank Sherri and Richard Daly and Susan and Richard Grout for their support and sponsorship.

For further information and to RSVP for the march, go to the Facebook page, March for Our Lives Friday Harbor.

EMT of the Month

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:52 am by

Dave Stanford is EMT of the Month – Contributed photo

Congratulations to Dave Stanford, our March EMT of the Month. Dave has been a very active EMT with San Juan Island EMS since 2014.

He has been enthusiastic, eager and responsive to every training opportunity offered. He can often be found on the schedule in the evenings and weekends filling in where other EMTs are unable.

Dave brings compassion and humor when needed not only to patients but to fellow EMTs as well. Retired after a career as a construction surveyor for the 302 operating engineers in Seattle, Dave spends most of his free time helping others and enjoying the sun. Dave is certainly a grandpa to be proud of.

Thank you Dave!

EDC presents Mission: Advertising workshop

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Business owners are invited to join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for Mission: Advertising, a free workshop on advertising and marketing for small businesses, on Wednesday, March 28th from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Participants will learn the effective techniques and media they can use to build their businesses using print media, social marketing, blogging, direct marketing, advertising specialties and more. Also taught will be methods to leverage public and press relations to help grow business, and best practices in enterprise reputation management.

Featuring noted advertising experts, Colleen Armstrong, Sound Publishing; Sharon Kivisto, San Juan Islander; Cali Bagby, Sound Publishing; Jack Cory, Island Guardian; Kris Brown, Printonyx; Tim Dustrude, San Juan Update; Chris Reed, San Juan County SCORE counselor; and Victoria Compton, EDC, this workshop is sure to give participants the tools they need to boost their businesses.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 28th, 9 a.m. until noon.  
  • Cost:  Free, advance registration required. 

The class will be held at the Friday Harbor Grange, 152 1st Street, San Juan Island.  For more information and to register:  360-378-2906 or

Letter from David D.

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:44 am by

A view toward Friday Harbor from Mount Grant – Tim Dustrude photo

Hello Hikers, Walkers, Mount Grant Steering members of old, Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) Supporters and friends!

As you may be aware, the Land Bank will be holding a public meeting this coming Monday, March 26, at 5:30pm at Brickworks to present the Mount Grant management plan to the public before it goes to the county council for approval.

This is a culmination of many months of work and previous public input. It will be presented by Doug McCutchen who has worked tirelessly on and for the Preserve, along with many others. We would like to have as many positive voices in the room supporting him and all these efforts.

It would be wonderful to see the substantial community interest in this wonderful preserve we have all worked so hard to attain!  If you have the ability to attend, I look forward to seeing you there.

David Dehlendorf

Adam Says Vote “YES”

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:43 am by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find a letter from Adam Eltinge…

On April 24th, join me in voting Yes for the San Juan Island School District’s levy renewal. This levy represents vital funding that the school district needs in order to continue offering the programs and services that we currently have.

The state still has not fully funded schools, which is why they have authorized local levies. 100% of this levy stays local and it funds mandated programs such as special education, and services which are essential but not fully funded by the state, such as Nursing, Counseling, and additional teachers to reduce our class sizes.

Join me in supporting our schools by voting Yes.

Adam Eltinge

Best B&B Breakfast Tournament

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:39 am by

Hi San Juan Update! 

We need your help! We’re excited to announce that both of our lodging properties, Tuckerhouse Inn B&B and Harrison House Suites, have made it to the Sweet 16 for the annual Best B&B Breakfast Tournament, a nationwide contest. Both will be competing to advance to the Top 8 by receiving the most votes online. Our Breakfast Tacos recipe (pictured above) is the entry for Tucker House Inn. Cast your vote on MONDAY 3/26 to help us advance to the next round! 


Our Breakfast Risotto recipe (pictured below) is the entry for The Harrison House Suites. Cast your vote on WEDNESDAY 3/28 to help us advance to the next round! 

Walk & Talk Presentation

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 8:54 am by

SUBSTRATE underlying Currents

In the spacious Nichols Gallery at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Susan Singleton, Kandis Susol and Hannah Alex-Glasser have created an elegant exhibition, SUBSTRATE: underlying currents. The three artists worked together to bring mature, intelligent work inspired by natural forms to the public. The close association of the artists and their philosophies bring an unmistakable harmony to the exhibition.

The theme for SJIMA’s 2018 is THE FEMALE GAZE, as it focuses on a select group of dedicated, innovative and insightful artists who bring a feminine perspective to their creations and to our experience. These women share a devotion to their craft and an important counterbalancing message of peace, healing and beauty in troubled times.

All expertly use materials and processes indigenous to our lush northwest. Susan’s prints are designed with wax, demar resin and paper whereas Kandis uses wax in an encaustic approach with Japanese Washi paper and paper from Nepal and India. Hannah’s clay works are hand-built, unglazed vessels inspired by nature. Read More »

Community Paramedicine on San Juan Island

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island EMS shares this community paramedicine info with you… In 2014 a group of advocates, firefighters, paramedics, state nurses, home health and hospital associations gathered together to pass a law in Washington state that allows pre-hospital providers to serve patients outside of emergency situations. The law had previously stated EMTs and paramedics could  Continue Reading

FH Grange Talent Contest

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Do you have a talent you want to practice in public, and maybe win a prize?  Friday Harbor Grange #225 and Community Treasures are sponsoring a Talent contest at the Friday Harbor Middle School on April 5th at 6:30 pm. There are 3 categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Variety – Performers using skill, timing, grace, dexterity of  Continue Reading

Early Childfind

Posted on March 22, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Do you have a child who may need special help in speech, motor skills or other developmental areas? San Juan Island School District is having a free screening clinic for children aged three to five years to screen development in motor, communication, or adaptive skills, where there may be a concern. Date: Wednesday, March 28,  Continue Reading

Biggs vs. Stellers

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm, by

Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) shares this video which was shot by member Western Prince Whale Watching. The video was captured this week off of Spieden Island and it shows the T2C family of Bigg’s Killer Whales hunting a Steller Sea Lion. At about 2:54 into the video, a group of 20+ Steller Sea Lions  Continue Reading

Morning Arrival

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 8:49 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo from early this morning. This is the barge arriving at Jackson’s Beach with 2 new homes for the SJ Community Home Trust. High tide at 5:00 AM was the best time for unloading. The homes are now on their way across the Lafarge Open Space (the old gravel pit) to  Continue Reading

High School Sailing Competition

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Friday Harbor Sailors Take 3rd, Orcas Wins The Quartermaster Ranking Regatta While the weekend of March 17 and 18 beckoned many to their gardens, it was a hard-fought weekend of sailing for the Islands’ high school sailing teams. Held at Dockton Regional Park, on Maury Island in lovely Quartermaster Harbor, teams from Bellingham to Hood  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Get to know our National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy as she leads us along the Bell Point and Westcott trails at English Camp.  Elexis will tell us about the new totem pole, our tribal partners, forest health and the new group campsite.  Terrain is moderate, distance is 4 miles and dogs on lease are welcome.   Continue Reading

Local Students Celebrate Poetry Month

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park, along with students from Stillpoint School and Spring Street International School, celebrate the “Year of the Bird” for National Poetry Month. Beginning April 1st, the Land Bank’s Westside Lake trail loop at Limekiln Preserve will feature bird-inspired poems written by students  Continue Reading

Middle School PTA Fundraiser

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor Middle School PTA Spring Fundraiser Kick’s Off Thursday Night! The Friday Harbor Middle School PTA is kicking off its Spring Basket Fundraiser at the this week’s FH Middle School Players’ performances of “The Humor Games,” running Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25 at San Juan Community Theatre. Raffle tickets will be sold  Continue Reading

San Juan County Council Appoints County Clerk

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan County Council appointed Lisa Henderson as County Clerk at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 20, 2018.   Ms. Henderson, who has served as the Chief Deputy Clerk since 2014, will take on immediately the full duties of the Office of County Clerk and serve for the remainder of the year.    Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another entry in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle Video Series. This one is about the San Juan Island Yacht Club Fishing Derby.


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

It’s the Vernal Equinox. At 9:15 AM Pacific time, the sun will cross the equator as it heads back into the northern hemisphere. Daytime and nighttime are equal today, but moving forward, light will conquer darkness and the days will be longer than the nights. Spring time, warmer weather… here it comes!

The Humor Games

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

“Punny” Play from Friday Harbor Middle School Players It’s all about who will have the last laugh when the Friday Harbor Middle School Players present The Humor Games at San Juan Community Theatre on Thursday through Sunday, March 22-25. Dean O’Connell’s slapstick parody of The Hunger Games finds young Katskills Wintergreen taking a pie in the  Continue Reading

Register for SVC

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

It’s not too late to register for Spring Quarter at Skagit Valley College Registration is going on now. Classes begin April 3rd. Trending programs include: Arts Basic Education for Adults Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation Composites Engineering STEM Sustainable Agriculture Also, Business direct transfer (at Whidbey Island Campus) Or, if you would like to  Continue Reading

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