Park Fire Ban

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm by

San Juan Island National Historical Park Issues Fire Restrictions

Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger on San Juan Island, Superintendent Elexis Fredy has announced fire restrictions in San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Beginning August 21, 2018, fire restrictions prohibit:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, tiki torches, incense burners, candles, propane campfires, or wood burning stoves, including in developed picnic grounds. Devices using pressurized liquid or gas are not exempted
  • Fireworks are prohibited at all times within San Juan Island National Historical Park.

These fire restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Grand Opening Tuesday

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

The Center for Whale Research shares this announcement…

We are excited to announce the official grand opening of the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center. And you’re invited! 

The grand opening will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at the education center which is located at 185 S. First Street in downtown Friday Harbor. A ribbon cutting ceremony will start things off at 11:30 am. Afterward, and throughout the day, there will be demonstrations of all of our exciting exhibits including the latest footage from our drone plus interactive photo ID programs and our new app.

Center for Whale Research staff will be on hand to show you around and answer questions about the whales. We look forward to seeing you there to help us celebrate!

Summer Film Series

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

Fellow Film Buffs,

Here is a description of our next movie…

Dark Money
Tuesday August 21 7:30 pm
Documentary 99 minutes

Dark Money examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

The film takes viewers to Montana – a front line in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide – to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impact of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.

As the movie makes depressingly clear, the war on dark money is a long way from won, but at least there’s still some light in this fight.  If you have any interest in the role special interests in our political system or care about the future of the country, do not miss this film.

Wednesday at Brickworks

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 5:43 am by

The SJC Democrats invite you to this event on Wednesday night…

Please join us at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 22 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor to hear and participate in a discussion of recent developments in U.S. foreign, trade, and immigration policies in the Trump era, followed by Q&A. The discussion will be led by Susan Martin and Necia Quast, both residents of San Juan Island.

The event is sponsored by, and is a fundraiser for, the San Juan County Democrats.

The title of the event is “The Abandonment of U.S. International Leadership”. Discussion will focus on our country’s withdrawal from international agreements and institutions; turning away from democracy and the rule of law; support for authoritarian regimes; attacks on our allies and the press; and other trends. We will tackle changes in refugee and immigration policies that have profound consequences at home and for U.S. international leadership, including responsibility for refugees; the Muslim ban; zero tolerance, family separation and detention; withdrawal of Temporary Protected Status; the ending of DACA; and efforts to limit legal immigration to the U.S.

Susan Martin and Necia Quast are highly-qualified to lead this event, with both having extensive experience and expertise in the subjects to be discussed. Read More »

Mayor seeks youth to fill position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission

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

Mayor Farhad Ghatan is seeking one youth representative for appointment to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). This appointee willl join seven other commissioners in representing the interests of the Town, community, and local artists as they advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a student to pursue their interest in the arts as well as gain experience in local government and strengthen their college credentials,” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson.

The youth will serve a one-year term from October 2018 to August 2019 as a non-voting member of the commission. The FHAC meets at 5 pm the second Tuesday of each month. Commissioners may be asked to attend additional meetings and work sessions as needed. Candidates ages 16 to 19 with experience, background, involvement, or interest in visual, performing, or literary art should provide a letter of interest addressed to the Mayor. Applicants may choose to include examples of their art or experience.

Application review will continue until the position is filled. For specifics on the responsibilities of the commission, applicants are encouraged to read the FHAC ordinance and policies posted on the Town website at

Questions and application letter should be directed to:

Attn: Julie Greene
Town of Friday Harbor
60 Second Street/PO Box 219
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

SJC Fair in Photos 4

Posted on August 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm by

And just like that, the 2018 San Juan County Fair is history. Click below to see images from Day Four. Read More »

Eat Local

Posted on August 18, 2018 at 5:47 am by

Matthew Steed and Greg Conner of Eat Local Foods – SJ Update photo

Some remarkable frozen meals are coming to King’s Market. Eat Local is a 12 year old company out of Seattle that specializes in fine frozen foods. They currently have 3 retail locations, (on Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Burien), and a few stores that sell some of their products, but King’s Market in Friday Harbor is the first to carry their entire selection of foods outside of their own stores.

150 different frozen dinners will be available, and there is a “grand opening” of sorts happening this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from around 11:00 am until 4:00 pm with free samples and the owners on hand to share information and answer questions.

You can learn more about the meals they offer at their website:

Food cases over by the deli at King’s are will soon be filled with Eat Local products – SJ Update photo

Island Senior: An Evening With Local Writers

Posted on August 18, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…

Author Eva L. Elasigue –
Peggy Sue McRae photo

You don’t have to spend much time here to realize that we have a wealth of local talent on our small Island. Our artists, musicians, and thespians are often on display but it is unusual to see a room full of local writers. Last Saturday nineteen writers gathered at the Mullis Center for a Local Author Book Event, an event planned to happen again in November.

If you write or aspire to write there is nothing more inspiring than talking to people who do it. Janet Dann was there with a trilogy of historical fiction begun by her father, an author who passed his literary project on to her when he died. I went home with a copy of The Good Neighbors, the first volume in the trilogy that she not only completed but also illustrated. I also went home with a signed copy of Paul Chadwick’s graphic novel Think Like a Mountain, a tale wherein his popular character Concrete joins up with radical eco-activists. Then just to round out the variety in my own book bag my final acquisition was a set of The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene cards and booklet by Sharon Hooper, a professional certified coach and author of From Dreams to Action: A Proven Method to Achieve Your Goals.

Author Tami Oldham Ashcraft – Peggy Sue McRae photo

Bruce Conway was there to talk self-publishing with a large sampling of books he has helped bring into the world. Others brought art books, works of non-fiction, health, history, and memoir. Tami Oldham Ashcraft brought her suspenseful memoir, Adrift, “Now a Major Motion Picture. Tami was there with both versions of her book. The original book titled Red Sky in Mourning is the one that kept me up all night turning pages. Eva L. Elasigue the author of the fantasy space opera trilogy Bones of Starlight, brought the tools of her trade including an entire manuscript typed on a real typewriter. Adding to the conviviality, Stan the wine man provided wine and sparkling water to purchase.

If you missed it this time watch for the November event. Bring your book club or your writing group. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with authors and pick up signed editions of their work.

SJC Fair in Photos3

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm, by

Click below to see more images from the San Juan County Fair. These are all from Day Three

New Director/Instructor at Dance Workshop 2

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

This Fall, Dance Workshop 2 welcomes Emily Anton as artistic director and ballet teacher. Owner and current director Lina Downes is so excited to be entrusting Emily with the future of the ballet program that she has run continuously since 2006. Following a successful performing career as a professional ballet dancer in New York City  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Art Sale

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

First Ever Sale of Leo Lambiel’s Personal Art Collection to Benefit Orcas Center Leo Lambiel may be the greatest San Juan Islands art collector of all time. After almost 50 years of collecting, the Leo Lambiel Art Sale on 25 & 26 August 2018, held at Lambiel’s waterfront home on the east shore of Eastsound,  Continue Reading

$10,000 Reward

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Explosives Placed on Orcas Island The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing explosives near a trail in the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

SJC Fair in Photos2

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm, by

Click below to see more images from the San Juan County Fair. These are all from Day Two

SJC Fair in Photos

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Did you make it to the Fair on Wednesday? Click below to see some images from the afternoon on Day One.

Randy Hansen Rocks the SJC Fair

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Randy Hansen’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix was a great way to end Day One of the 2018 SJC Fair. Here are some photo highlights of the event:

Fight Fire with Fire

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Notice any smoke in the air this summer? Yeah, how about last summer? Has it always been wildfire season in the summer or is this something new? Check out the video below for some answers…  

Harbor Seal

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of a big male Harbor Seal resting on the dock at Friday Harbor (being watched over by animal folks from Animal Stranding Network) after he had been in a fight… Thanks Kevin!

Calling All Twelves!

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Calling All Twelves! Thursday at the Fair is Seahawks Fan Fest! Or is it Fair Fest? Fan Fest! Bring your Seahawk Spirit, wear your Seahawks gear and meet a Seahawk, a SeaGal and DJ Supa Sam, official DJ for the Seahawks. Be there! Thursday Night from 8:00 to 9:00 on the Main Stage.

Road Construction Will Cause Traffic Disruptions

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Web, “A” and Nichols Street Improvement Project Causing Traffic Disruption On Friday, August 17th Traffic will be disrupted this Friday, August 17, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while specialty contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway on Web and “A” Streets. The Contractor will begin roadwork at the Nichols & A  Continue Reading

Explore The Salish Sea: A Nature Guide For Kids

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to host an evening for both kids and adults. Come out for Joe Gaydos’ lively and inter-active book talk– Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids— at the Library on Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm. This is a book that children and  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

New Vacation Rental Permit Requirements I have reviewed the County’s new Vacation Rental Permit requirements and I found them most reasonable, I think they did a good job. As a REALTOR, working in the field, I only noted two areas that may be difficult for some property owners to adapt to. Management plan on file  Continue Reading

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm, by

Air monitors in our region today are reporting ‘unhealthy’ levels of particulate matter in the air due to wildfire smoke, largely from fires burning in British Columbia. San Juan County Health & Community Services is advising the public to limit time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and  Continue Reading

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