Abbey Road Live!

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Abbey Road LIVE! Celebrating the Abbey Road album’s 50th anniversary!

50 years ago, as Woodstock became the defining moment of the ‘60s generation, the Beatles recorded and released their own crown jewel: Abbey Road, their final and most iconic studio album.

The image of John, Paul George and Ringo walking the London crosswalk is perhaps the most famous album cover of all time.

Come and experience some Beatles magic as Abbey Road LIVE! delivers its signature performance: the entire Abbey Road album, start-to-finish.

Featuring classics such as Come Together, Here Comes The Sun and the epic “side 2 medley”, Abbey Road has been widely recognized as the Fab Four’s finest musical work. And the album performance will be just part of the evening: fans will be treated to a second set of Beatles tunes spanning the band’s 8-year, 200 song career. Read More »

Container, Cargo, and Tanker Ships from 24 Projects in the Salish Sea Threaten Southern Resident Orcas

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Friends of the San Juans identifies an additional 2,044 ocean going vessels making 4,088 transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State from 24 new or expanding proposals.

Vessel traffic from ocean-going oil tankers, container ships, bulk cargo carriers, and liquefied natural gas carriers could increase 34% according to new information which appears in the updated Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections infographic available at

“All these projects have one thing in common; increased air and noise pollution that could affect the Southern Resident orcas ability to communicate, socialize and successfully hunt for scarce prey. More disturbance means these starving animals will work harder to catch food, further depleting their reserves and releasing toxins in their bodies. A major oil spill from propulsion fuel from any one of these vessels could cause the Southern Residents’ extinction and impact our economy,” said Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans. Read More »

Lions Support Beach Plastic Clean Up

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:47 am by

The San Juan Island Lions Club presents a $1,000 check to Lion Stacey Smith to produce multiple weather resistant photo boards to be placed at the new Interpretive Center opening at Jackson Beach this summer.  

The boards will present information relating to the plastic pick up on beaches and how land animals and marine mammals are affected by the plastic.

Travel Photography with Ray Pfortner

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Cesky Krumlov ©RAY Pfortner

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) welcomes Vashon Island photographer Ray Pfortner for a new Travel Photography Workshop:

Photography out on the Road with Ray Pfortner
Sunday June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at SJIMA – 540 Spring Street
Cost is $85 (SJIMA Members – $75)

Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at or at the Museum front desk during regular hours.

This workshop is for all photographers, whether hobbyists making souvenirs, or serious photographers for showing and selling. Also for visual artists working in all mediums using photography for artist reference or elements in collage or mixed media.

All digital cameras are welcome: phone, point & shoot, digital SLR and mirrorless. Read More »

Building Industry Networking Meeting

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Attention All San Juan County Building Industry Company Owners and Managers!

The San Juan Builders Association and The Building Industry Association of Washington is hosting a meeting to gather as many San Juan County Home Building affiliated company owners and managers.

Come network with General Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Suppliers, Engineers, Architects and Consultants. Basically any Owners and/or Managers involved in the San Juan County Building Industry could benefit by attending this event.

Representatives of the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) we be on hand to talk about the benefits of being a member of the San Juan Builders Association and the BIAW.

Membership is especially beneficial for those firms who have employees. Read More »

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:40 am by

Merri Ann Simonson shares the most recent video in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle video series. This one has tips on holding a garage sale.

Rotary Club

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Rotary Officers and Committee Chairs: L to R: outgoing president, Paul Mayer; president Tom Sibert 2019-20; treasurer: Holly Henry; secretary: Jonathan Cain; president-elect: Michel Vedvek 2020-21; Chairs: Mike Griffin, International; Adam Eltinge: Youth Services; Pete Rose: Foundation; Barb Fagan: Literacy (not in photo: Public Relations: Carla Wright; Community Service: Bob Jarman) – Contributed photo

Special award to Barb Fagan for her long standing dedication to literacy, presented by Paul Mayer – Contributed photo

Carla Wright, Public Relations officer for Rotary shares this Rotary Club update with you…

Rotary Club of San Juan Island held their 16th annual Installation Dinner on Monday, June 17th at Vinny’s where District Governor Brad Whittaker (Chilliwack) presided at the Installation Ceremony with Area Governor Connie Milliken (LaConner).

Rotarian of the Year was given to Adam Eltinge and Mike Griffin – Contributed photo

Hailey’s Hot Dog Wagon

Posted on June 22, 2019 at 5:54 am by

There’s a new lunch spot for you in town. And it’s quick. That’s Hailey in the photo, all set up on her 2nd day of business Friday on the corner of Argyle and Nichols Streets (on the edge of the Ace Hardware parking lot).

The official name of her business establishment is “Billy T’s Quick Lunch”, the name her great-grandfather used with this very wagon when he used to sell hot dogs back east in New Hampshire.

She’ll be there slinging hot dogs Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tues & Wed) from 11:00 to 4:00.

The Partial Fix

Posted on June 22, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Well here’s some good news, but sadly, not a whole lot… This is the fourth in the 3-part series that became a 4-part series mid-way through. Part Four: The Solution (to see Parts 1 through 3, click below) Part One: The Problem Part Two: The Cause Part Three: The Solution Problem Continues Perhaps “The Solution”  Continue Reading

Volunteer Naturalists at Westside Preserve

Posted on June 22, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Got a whale of a question? Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve this weekend. Many thanks to this collaboration with local and regional education and research groups to be providing educational opportunities and helping care for the Westside Preserve! 11am-5pm Saturday 6-22-19 depends on weather – (rain  Continue Reading

Tea with the Dames

Posted on June 22, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, On Tuesday June 25th at 7:30 pm we raise the curtain on the 2019 Summer Film Series with “Tea with the Dames”, an intimate conversation with Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright, four of the most celebrated actresses of our time. Tea with the Dames  Continue Reading

Hyak to Be Retired

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Well this was supposed to be the third in a 3-part series of late running ferries, but it just became the third in a FOUR part series… Part 3: The Problem Continues This just in from WSF on June 20th: Summer to Begin With Fewer Vessels in WSF fleet “The past legislative session came with  Continue Reading

Julie’s Nursery

Posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Remember Julie Danrich, the woman who started the nursery at Browne’s about 20 years ago and grew it into what it is today? Well she’s at it again, this time with her own business which officially opened on May 12th. “Julie’s Nursery” is over at 150 Web Street next door to Rex and Lisa Guard’s  Continue Reading

SVC 2019 Graduates

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

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce six local graduates have received specific college degrees and certificates at the June 19th commencement held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.  The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College commencement is always a meaningful and fun community event.  Celebrating and supporting these  Continue Reading

Where’s That Ferry?

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

I’ve always loved the Washington State Ferries (well, almost always*). This is the second in a 3-part series about our late running ferry system. Many thanks to Jim Corenman, Chair of the San Juans Ferry Advisory Committee for his input on this issue. (and yes, we’ll hear from Jim in today’s article)… Part Two –  Continue Reading

Island Rec Summer Sailing Courses

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

  Sailing is an activity that can be pursued and enjoyed for a lifetime! Courses are offered cooperatively between San Juan Sailing Foundation and Island Rec. Join expert instructors on the waters of Percich Pond or Jackson’s Beach. Island Rec has classes for kids and adults available with skills ranging from introductory to advanced. Set  Continue Reading

Summer Play: “For Better”

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In this plugged-in world of email, text-messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married. At least, if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. A romantic comedy  Continue Reading

Fire Danger Status: MODERATE

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Fire Danger Rating has been upgraded to MODERATE within San Juan County. Campfires remain allowed. All other burning is closed for the season. Campfires must be monitored at all times and a charged hose or buckets of water must be on hand to extinguish the fire. 

PIMC Nationally Recognized

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash. was recognized with a  Premier, Inc. QUEST® award for High-Value Healthcare for a third time in four years.  Additionally, the island’s medical center was awarded as the top performer for improvement in 2019.  Both awards were announced at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 18-21,  Continue Reading

Which Ferry Will You Be On?

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

When my wife asks “Which ferry will you be on?” I can pretty reliably say “the late one”, which used to mean the last run of the day. Sadly, these days it can mean almost any one of them. This is the first in a 3-part series about our late running ferry system. Many thanks  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Hello! My name is Berry and I am two and a half years old. Don’t let the name mislead you. I’m actually a lady cat with the given name of ‘Strawberry.’ Who would name a classy cat like me after a fruit, you might ask? Well rumor has it, as I was born into quite  Continue Reading

Survey Says – Fair Feud Needs Your Help!

Posted on June 18, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Fair planning is underway, and we would like your help by answering these important questions to our Fair Feud survey.  During Fair week, you can watch local teams battle it out in the semi-final rounds on the Community Stage at 5:30pm on Thursday, August 15th and again at 5:30pm on Friday, August 16th.  Our semi-final  Continue Reading