Food Bank Receives Town Utility Donations

Posted on October 25, 2020 at 5:30 am by

Town of Friday Harbor to Double Regular Match

By Town of Friday Harbor

All donations made in November to the Town of Friday Harbor’s Life Ring utility assistance fund will be forwarded to the Friday Harbor Food Bank.

The town will match community donations up to a total of $2,000. This is twice the match offered in past years.

Utility customers can donate by marking the Harbor Life Ring line item on their bills that are going out on Nov. 1st. Read More »

Youth Basketball With Island Rec

Posted on October 25, 2020 at 5:00 am by

By Island Rec

Check out the following basketball options for kids.

Youth Basketball Camp

The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills. Think skills, drills and scrimmages.

Previous team experience is not required. Participants practice once per week beginning the week of Nov. 2.

Volunteer coaches and referees are needed! Practice times will be based on volunteer coach availability and will be one day per week for an hour.

Games are played on Sundays for three weeks, and each game is a maximum of 1 hour in length, on Nov. 8, 15 and 22. Join for $25, and register by Oct. 31.

Future Hoopsters

Get ahead of the game with this 3-Class developmental basketball program.

Open to youth in kindergarten and first grade, this program is an excellent opportunity for boys and girls to learn about and enjoy the game of basketball. Read More »

Q&A With San Juan Island’s Mike Cohen

Posted on October 25, 2020 at 4:00 am by

Below is an interview that Janet Thomas of San Juan Island did with Mike Cohen of San Juan Island. For more information on the interview, visit

Mike Cohen. Contributed Photo

By Janet Thomas, San Juan Island

Mike Cohen has decades of educational experience with his Project Nature Connect work.

He is also a widely experienced musician. Due to Covid 19, his Monday night contra-dances are on-hold at the grange, where Mike is a long-time member. The grange sells his books at the farmer’s market.

And because he was a National Park volunteer of the year, the National Park sponsors his weekly contra dances. Mike has played with local musicians at the market, at the grange and in many other venues for 27 years. Read More »

State Asks For Input on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Posted on October 24, 2020 at 5:00 am by

By Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.

Today we posted our interim vaccine distribution plan. Now, as one component of a larger engagement strategy, the department is seeking additional feedback to help us understand the best ways to equitably distribute the vaccine as the department moves forward.

Throughout the month of October, DOH has been reaching out to the communities, workers, partners and business sectors who have been most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to gather feedback for COVID-19 vaccine planning. We are using surveys, interviews, focus groups and community conversations to gather this important feedback from key groups. Read More »

How To Submit County Forms, Payments

Posted on October 24, 2020 at 4:30 am by

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By San Juan County

The most efficient way to submit building applications to San Juan County is online at

You can also use the dropbox at the entrance to the courthouse to submit forms and payments for burn permits, land use, building, right of way, water availability, birth and death certificates, and septic designs and inspection results.

We will no longer be accepting documents and payments from the DCD window. Thank you for your cooperation.

Letters for the November Election

Posted on October 24, 2020 at 4:00 am by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back.

Letters are posted in the order received in support of:

Ryan Palmateer
Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble
Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts
Christopher Minney

Cindy Wolf
Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble
State Representative Debra Lekanoff
Michael Durland
Natalie Menacho
Marc Cohen
Sally O’Brien

Rick Hughes
Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts
Susan Kollet

Christine Minnie
Sandy Strehlou
Chuck Dalldorf
Susan Kollet

San Juan Real Estate Market Reaches All-Time High

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 5:30 am by

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By Merri Ann Simonson, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands

The third-quarter results for San Juan Island and San Juan County were consistent with the first quarter results; very robust.

The second quarter was in COVID shock but that gave way to a strong third quarter.

Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $139,281,708 with a total of 188 transactions. This reflects a 65% increase in the dollar volume and a 38% increase in the number of transactions.

For San Juan County, the total dollar volume was $292,879,941 with a total of 430 transactions. The county also had an increase which was 41% in dollar volume and 34% in the number of transactions.

Based on the active market, we will complete this year above the 2005 dollar volume, which was when the volume and number of transactions reached an all-time high. Read More »

Letter: For-Profit Hospice Bad for County

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 5:00 am by

By Kathryn Clary, RN, BSN, CHPN, Hospice of the Northwest, San Juan Island

Currently, the only Medicare-based hospice in our county is Hospice of the Northwest.

Two years ago this hospice was listed as the No. 1 hospice agency in the United States. HNW provides medical hospice services no matter one’s ability to pay.

Medicare hospice services are provided in this state by owning a Certificate of Need (CON). HNW holds the CON for San Juan County as well as Skagit, Island and Snohomish Counties.

HNW is owned by a joint venture (JV) of Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 and United General District No. 304.

Hospice of the Northwest is not affiliated with our local San Juan Island volunteer hospice, Hospice of the San Juan.

I learned last week of the possible sale of HNW to Bristol Hospice, a for-profit hospice that is a portfolio company of the Massachusetts-based Webster Equity Partners. Read More »

Washington State Ferries New Website, Survey

Posted on October 23, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Washington State Ferries Website Customers will notice that Washington State Ferries’ website has a new look. Not only does it look better, but it is now easier to navigate. Check out the changes at If you have questions or need help finding information on the website, contact our customer call center at 206-464-6400  Continue Reading

Rep. Larsen Visits San Juans On Oct. 23

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 7:04 pm, by

Larsen to Meet with Marine Resource Committee, Friends of the San Juans, County Transportation Staff, Port Leaders By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Friday, Oct. 23, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will meet with the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee at Cattle Point to discuss the MRC’s efforts to reduce vessel traffic on endangered Southern  Continue Reading

Nominations Open For San Juan Monument Advisory Committee

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

By the Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management announced that it is seeking public nominations to the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee. This citizen-based committee assists in the development of recommendations that address public land management issues. The MAC, which is formally chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and  Continue Reading

Peace Island Offers 3D Mammography Screening

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Peace Island Medical Center October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center can utilize the benefits of three-dimensional technology as part of their mammography screening and breast health practices. Digital screening mammography complements the growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging services, which include state-of-the-art CT scanning, X-ray, echocardiography  Continue Reading

Letter: Farewell and Thanks

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Mary Stone, San Juan Island After 40 years practicing law, 30 of them in Friday Harbor, I am retiring, but I am leaving the law practice in the very capable hands of my partner, Bob Bulloch. My husband and I will continue to spend winters in Puerto Rico, but instead of returning to Friday  Continue Reading

Vote For Your Favorite San Juan Scarecrow

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Library are hosting a San Juan Island Scarecrow Contest. Below are the locations of the entered scarecrows and their creators.  Enter your top three favorites on a ballot at the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 165 1st St. South, or email  Continue Reading

Purple Lights Honor Domestic Violence Victims

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SAFE San Juans For the month of October, SAFE San Juans hopes to make the islands glow purple in honor of the victims of domestic violence. The tradition of using Purple Night Lights to honor those who have (or are) suffering from domestic violence began in Covington, Washington in 2006. Since purple is the  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Hughes and Minney

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Susan Kollet, San Juan Island A vote for Rick Hughes for Council Dist. 2 and Christine Minney for Dist. 1 will provide a wonderful balance to the three-member council. At such a critical juncture, the continuity and expertise Rick brings to the office will benefit our community and put the county in a better  Continue Reading

In-Person Classes for San Juan Island Grades K-2

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Island School District At a special school board meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors approved a hybrid return to in-person learning for kindergarten through 2nd grade. At the beginning of the school year, the district stated that after the first nine weeks of teleschool  Continue Reading

Letters: Why I’m Voting Wolf

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Michael Durland, Orcas Island A couple of weeks ago I listed a number of actions by this current San Juan County Council that I said were in violation of their oath of office and the San Juan County Charter. My main concern is why this council instructed or allowed their attorney to argue in  Continue Reading

Island Rec Offers Youth Afternoon Recess, Skate Night

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 8:50 pm, by

By Island Rec Island Rec has great new in-person offerings for youth this fall! Join us, starting Oct. 20 for, afternoon recess, for K-5th grade. Get your wiggles out at Linde Park after a full day of virtual learning.

Artist Combines Technology and Tides at San Juans Art Museum

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By SJIMA Creative people “look at the world differently; it’s part of the job,” observed artist-architect Sam Stubblefield. The glowing lights in the glass windows of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art hint at the mystery of his installation “SPACE, MUSES, ETC.” He aims to blur the boundaries between art, engineering and design. SJIMA  Continue Reading

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Film Q&A at Film Fest

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Friday Harbor Film Festival “Love is the Way” brings together voices speaking in defense of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, highlighting the generations of stewardship by Gwich’in and Iñupiaq people. Inspired in part by footage of the late photographer Michio Hoshino, this film explores the friendships, values, and stories shaped by the place and  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Offers Online, In-Person Classes

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College will be open for the winter quarter. SVC is a leader in providing great online courses, and we are also offering limited hybrid and face-to-face options. Classes start Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Registration for continuing students begins Wednesday, Oct. 21. Registration for new students begins Wednesday, Nov. 4