Answering Light

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:54 am by

“Answering Light” – Photo by John Miller

John Miller is back with another beautiful photo of Cattle Point Light. Here he is with the story…

Hello San Juan Update – here is a drone shot from the other night – my wife named it “Answering Light”. It is also a solstice moon!

~ John

FH Middle School Players Present: Stepsisters

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Everybody knows the Brothers Grimm’s most famous fairy tale. But what if they told it from the wrong point of view?

Stepsisters, written by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus and directed by Jenni Merritt, tells the totally-true-and-not-at-all-made-up version of the little cinder girl.

When Drew and Beth are thrown into the dungeon for conspiring against the throne, these stepsisters, who are not wicked, evil and certainly not ugly, are forced to tell their fellow prisoners the real story of what happened with Cinderella.

Part flashback, part story theatre and all high-octane musical comedy, the story unfolds in ways the Grimm tale never did. 

Thursday* through Saturday, March 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 pm


  • *Thursday is “Pay What You Can”
  • Fri.-Sun.: Adults: $18 Students $10
  • Student RUSH (at door only) $5

Buy your tickets now

OPALCO Annual Meeting

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:43 am by

Participants of a recent OPALCO meeting offload at the Orcas ferry landing – Contributed photo

OPALCO Annual Meeting: Saturday, April 13th FREE Lunch, Prizes and Co-op Q&A

If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of the Co-op and this fun-filled annual meeting is all about YOU! OPALCO holds its annual meeting on the inter-island ferry so it’s easy for everyone to come aboard. Lunch will be served at your ferry landing, and prizes handed out during the short cruise around the inter-island route. The main event is a member Q&A session, following a brief “state of the co-op” address. Election results will be announced.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Safety” and we’ll be celebrating National Lineworker Appreciation Day with cupcakes and a chance to meet some of our lineworkers. OPALCO’s partners will be on board with information and give-aways including: San Juan Islands Conservation District, BPA, Rock Island Communications and T-Mobile. How do you get in on the action? Show up at your ferry landing on Saturday morning and register for the meeting. No reservations required. The travel schedule is:

  • San Juan Island
    Register @ 7 am
    Ferry leaves @ 8:30 am
    Return to Friday Harbor @ 11:15 am
  • Orcas Island
    Register @ 7:30 am
    Ferry leaves @ 9:15 am
    Return to Orcas 12:40 pm
  • Shaw Island
    Register on ferry
    Ferry leaves @ 9:30 am
    Return to Shaw @ 12:20
  • Lopez Island 
    Register @ 8:45 am
    Ferry leaves @ 9:55 am
    Return to Lopez @ 1 pm

OPALCO is required by the Rural Utilities Services (RUS) to hold an annual meeting each year.  Members who missed the meeting can read the 2018 Annual Report online ( A limited number of printed copies are available at your local OPALCO office, as long as supplies lasts.

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,400 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 97% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.

BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm by

Griffin Bay Bookstore is proud to announce that San Juan Island author, Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, has won his third Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award, receiving the 2019 PNBA award for BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.

Please join us at the San Juan Island Library when Griffin Bay Bookstore presents the prize to Thor Hanson on Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm. Following the award presentation, Thor will regale us by talking about BUZZ and all things bees.

From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. But for the past decade, resounding alarm about dwindling bee populations has often seemed to drown out the humming of the bees themselves. We know bees are special, but few of us can say much about why. 

In BUZZ: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, conservation biologist and winner of the 2019 PNBA award, Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. Evolving alongside flowers, bees drove the vast array of floral colors, shapes, and scents that populate our landscapes. Read More »

Celebration of Life

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 11:26 am by

Colette Landerville and friends – Contributed photo

This invitation just came in for you…

Please join our family in celebrating the life of Colette Theresa Landerville
At our home:

177 Neil Bay Drive, F.H.
Sunday, March 24th from 2 PM to 6 PM

Dress is Island Casual

PTSD: Making You Whole Again- From Her Heart

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Sarah Blum – Contributed photo

Sarah Blum who has worked with PTSD and trauma resolution in US military veterans will be speaking in Friday Harbor on Sunday, April 7. She will speak from her experience as a nurse in Vietnam, as a psychotherapist, and as a PTSD survivor.

Journey Back to Vietnam will be free to all wanting to learn more about trauma resolution. The talk is from 1:00 to 3:00 at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street in Friday Harbor. Blum’s presentation is part of the Art As A Voice Series at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA).

Sarah is a decorated nurse and Vietnam veteran who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital Cu Chi, at the height of the fighting in 1967.

Of returning home, Blum writes: Read More »

Wolf Hollow Open House

Posted on March 22, 2019 at 5:45 am by

A view of the open house in 2018 – Jill Berger photo

Have you ever wondered where we keep seal pups or what enclosures are needed to rehabilitate eagles? This is your chance to find out.

The animals we care for can’t be on display, but this is our quiet time of year, so we can show people round without disturbing any patients.

Come for a guided tour of our facility, meet staff, board members and volunteers, and learn more about the work we do. It’s on Saturday April 6th 11:00 t0 3:00 pm.

We have very limited parking space at Wolf Hollow, so please walk on the ferry or park in Friday Harbor and take the free shuttle bus generously provided by San Juan Transit. Shuttles leave from outside the Grange Hall (152 N First St.) at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 and from Wolf Hollow at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp for Sophomores and Juniors: Apps Due April 12

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:48 am by

2018 OPALCO Delegates at the College of Idaho (l-r: Arlo Harold, Aida Must, Zach Fincher, Natalie Meenan, Henry Miller – Contributed photo

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households.

Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp at the College of Idaho.

Applications are available online at and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 12th.

The Youth Rally is a week of summer camp fun, personal growth and learning with about 100 students from eight western states. Activities include a day at the water park, volleyball, bowling, social dances, team-building games and educational sessions on leadership, grassroots governance and the power industry. Additional scholarships are awarded at the Rally by the Idaho Consumer Owned Utility Association (ICUA). Read More »

Construction Welding Training

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

EDC and SVC to offer Free Training in Construction Welding this Spring The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is partnering with Skagit Valley College to offer free training in Construction Welding basics at SVC’s Mount Vernon campus this May.  This latest class in the EDC’s Trades Education Initiative is sponsored by the Washington  Continue Reading

Last Call for Children’s Festival Poster Contest and Activity Providers

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

“I am Super” This is our last call to help us out in designing our poster for Children’s Festival! Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s super hero festival theme. Artwork must be submitted on an official entry form which can be obtained at Island Rec’s office or  Continue Reading

Cub Scout Meeting Wednesday

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:44 am, by

Eric Stone shares this invitation with you… Greetings All, This is a reminder that this Wednesday, March 20th at the Friday Harbor Yacht Club, we will be having a Cub Scout parents meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The plan is to talk about the program and see how much interest we have in the  Continue Reading

Fish for Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the Mullis Senior Center, at 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor. The next two Fish for Teeth dental van visits will be six weeks apart to offer a  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Day Passes On Sale Now

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

  Islanders Get Special Discount Until March 22 Day pass tickets go on sale today for the 2nd annual Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF), a celebration of literature and community, April 5-7. With an award-winning lineup of 60 artists, OILF provides an opportunity to engage with local, regional and nationally renowned authors and their work  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Park & Recreation Commission Vacancy

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jacquelyn Reiff’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2019 election. Persons interested in the field of parks and recreation  Continue Reading

Longtime Fishery Science and Policy Manager Hired to Lead Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The following press release is from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office… OLYMPIA – Erik Neatherlin, a scientist and longtime manager in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been selected to lead the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, which coordinates statewide and regional efforts to return salmon from the brink of extinction. The  Continue Reading

“Adventures in Boating” Class

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Need your Washington State Boating Education Card? Take a Free U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Adventures in Boating” Class The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington State Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island. The two-day class will be held on Thursday evenings April 4 and April 11,  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds on April 20

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 5:36 am, by

Mark your calendars, the next Spring Flea & Craft Market will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds!   Booth space for Flea & Craft Market vendors is $27, which includes one 8’x 30” table and two chairs.  An additional table can be  Continue Reading

A Change of Seasons?

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Winter is almost over – Spring is officially only a few days away and it shows. Crocuses are popping all over the place.

Time To Hire Seasoned Citizens!

Posted on March 17, 2019 at 5:55 am, by

Summer season is approaching fast, and with it the annual shortage of workers for the seasonal jobs in the San Juan County tourism economy. Why not consider hiring a seasoned worker for your seasonal job opening?   Did you know that about one third of our population in San Juan County is over 65 years-old That  Continue Reading

Island Senior: New Class Offers Support For Unpaid Caregivers

Posted on March 16, 2019 at 5:57 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you are caring for a loved one, an aging parent, a spouse or child with special needs, a neighbor or a friend and if you are not a paid care provider, the Mullis Center is offering a free,  Continue Reading

SJIMA Family Art Days

Posted on March 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

There is Always Something New Greeting Spring is the new program of Family Art Days (FAD) at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The informal classes start on Saturday, April 6th at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The classes are held in the cozy upstairs workshop area from 1:00 t0 5:00 on  Continue Reading

Congratulations Mark and Christy!

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

Skagit Valley College announces academic Honor Roll for Fall Quarter 2018 In support of student success, Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that the following students were placed on the Academic Honor Roll for Fall Quarter, 2018. Mark Green and Christy McLaglen of Friday Harbor. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 or higher  Continue Reading