Northwest artist creating sculpture of Friday Harbor founder Edward Warbass

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm by


Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss has been selected by the Town of Friday Harbor to complete a life-size bronze sculpture of town founding father Captain Edward D. Warbass. The piece will include Mr. Warbass sitting on a park bench with his dog, Bob, by his side.  

The artwork is scheduled for installation on the sidewalk at the First Street entrance to Sunshine Alley by summer 2019. A model or “maquette” of the piece is available for public viewing at the Town Hall administrative office.

The artist presented his maquette at the August 16, 2018, Town Council meeting where he explained his process and offered to complete a portion of the sculpting at a public venue on a return visit to Friday Harbor. Most of the sculpting will take place at his Shelton, WA, studio, with casting completed at his personal foundry in Montana.

In his 30 years as a professional sculptor, Curtis has completed close to 50 pieces that are displayed throughout the country. Samples of his work may be viewed on his website at Read More »

Love for Creatures Great and Small

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 8:37 am by

Blessing of the Animals – Tamara Weaver photo

Tamara Weaver writes about St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals…

On October 4, people all over the world celebrated the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi.

It’s customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the “Blessing of the Animals.” Saint Francis of Assisi Day.

Here are some photos of this event here in Friday Harbor. All photos by Tamara Weaver… Read More »

A Very British Evening

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Friends of the San Juan Island Library cordially invite you to “A Very British Evening: Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy”.

Please join Heidi Green, a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. This event sponsored by the Friends of the SJI Library is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the publication of “Persuasion”. Scrumptious British tea and refreshments will be provided.

The talk takes place at 7 pm Wednesday October 24, 2018 in the Library Salon, 1010 Guard Street.

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library exists as a patron advocacy group whose activities include fundraising events, bi-annual community newsletters, an annual membership meeting, and financial support for a variety of library programs and purchases. 

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:43 am by

Farrah is this week’s Pet of the Week – Contributed photo

  • Name: Farrah
  • Status: Single. Haven’t found my soulmate. Yet.
  • Sign: Aries. Virgo rising.
  • Likes: Hip Hop, Chinese food, BBC World Radio, belly rubs, chardonnay
  • Dislikes: Plastic wine glasses, opinions that differ from mine, Tibetan throat singing, beady eyes
  • What Intrigues Me: Dogs eating peanut butter, flatulence, I Love Lucy re-runs
  • Favorite Movie: The Swamp Thing (Paul Blart, Mall Cop is a close 2nd)
  • Dream Vacation: 7 days, luxury accommodations – at the Lisbon annual Sardine Festival
  • Hopes and Dreams: To be chosen as someone’s girl.

Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:40 am by

The next Department of Community Development (DCD) community workshop will be held on October 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the fire station at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor to gather community input on the Comprehensive Plan update.  The public is invited to provide input on policy issues that will guide the County through 2036.  Discussion topics will include:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Water Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Rural Character

Activities will begin at the time posted, please make sure to show up at the beginning to share your input on all of the topics.

Note: start times subject to change.  A meeting is tentatively scheduled on Waldron Island during the last week of October, more details will be available soon.

For more information, please visit or contact Adam Zack at the Department of Community Development, (360) 370-7580

Island Rec – Messy Me

Posted on October 14, 2018 at 5:56 am by


Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! We’ll play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish.

Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons filled cornstarch for a squishy, tactile experience that’s sure to entertain.

Held October 19th from 2:30 to 4pm, this activity is free and is meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.

Our Necessary Alliance

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter from Bill Appel…

This will have been a hotly contested election. There have been allegations of errors, omissions and behavior, some of which but for the public stature of the targets, might arguably be libelous, and in the time-honored tradition of one corner of our community, are posted anonymously. I’m not commenting on the allegations themselves, I’m concerned about the tone.

Our community is already economically stratified, itself a major challenge. Do we really want to make our internal barriers higher? As a community, we have serious issues to deal with. You all know them so there’s no point listing them here. 

Whether or not we agree on politics, we’re all in this together. If everyone expects to gain, everyone must contribute. We have to make things work, not just as they are but the way they must. When the smoke of this election clears, opponents must become allies. Simple civility suffices. We could start now.

Bill Appel, Waldron

Letters for Upcoming Election

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back.

For Nick Power:
Colleen Kenimond
Don Hall
Rita Latsinova

For Randy Gaylord: 
Lyn Perry
Don Drozd
Cathy Ferran
Norm Stamper
Jack B. Coe, Esq.
David Dehlendorf, Judy Scott, Learner Limbach, and Mac Langford
Pete Moe
Charles Silverman
Warren Appleton
Bill Cumming
Kathy Morris
Jim Skoog
Wendy E Shepard
Karen Vedder
Art Lange

For Steve Brandli:
Katie Zwilling
Marian Ford
Lauren Franciosi
Tara Wilding

For Affordable Housing:
Steve Ulvi
Louise Dustrude
Gay Graham – Updated
Sarah Crosby
Susan Grout
Lynette Roberts
Jeff Brash

For Ron Krebs:
Hobbes Buchanan
David M. Jenkins

Initiative 1631
Katie Fleming

For Carolyn Jewett
Judith L. Chovan

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 6:31 am, by

It’s coming next weekend: Amy Carroll, well known caller from Seattle, will be our caller, with music provided by “Forrest Carroll and Friends” – Forrest Carroll on fiddle, Frank Blade on guitar, and Jerry Gallagher on banjo, all popular musicians from Seattle. What: 3rd. Saturday contra dance in Friday Harbor Where: San Juan Grange Hall  Continue Reading

Holiday Desserts, Port & Champagne Tasting

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 5:58 am, by

Save the Date! On November 3, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Friday Harbor Chocolates.  The holidays are fast approaching, and you may already be thinking about creating your holiday menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.  With that in mind, the renown San Juan Island master baker, Felicity Milne of Cakes by Felicitations will  Continue Reading


Posted on October 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

It’s that time of year! The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Phone-A-Thon on Tuesday, October 16th, and Wednesday October 17th, from 5 to 8:00 pm. During this time, volunteer students, parents, faculty and members of the community will be calling to ask for your support. The Foundation is a group of volunteer  Continue Reading

Seeing Green: 4 Changes We Can Make for a More Environmentally-Friendly Home

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

The following is a guest post from Neil Stawski with Climate Wise… There are nearly 7 billion humans on the planet, with more being born every day. And each person comes with their own ecological footprint. When you add up the ecological footprints of 7 billion people, you begin to understand the enormous environmental effect  Continue Reading

Art For Fun

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

We’re doing something a little different this month with our Art for Fun art pARTy… we’re painting on a tote bag! Participants will paint their own personalized market or supply bag. This could make a great gift! Art for Fun is a two hour, fun-filled art party set in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere. It is  Continue Reading

2018 Great Washington Shakeout

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

It’s just one week until the 2018 Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill on October 18th. You can join the growing number of islanders who are preparing for “the big one” by signing up online. It’s quick and easy to do at: So far, more than 700 people in the islands are involved. This includes  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Third quarter real estate report from Merri Ann Simonson at Coldwell Banker… The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results.   Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5%  Continue Reading

Wolverine Football

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

After being on the road for two straight weeks the Friday Harbor Wolverines get to stay home tonight to take on the LaConner Braves at 6:30.  Both teams are 0-1 having lost to the Concrete Lions. Friday Harbor faces a familiar foe in the Braves from La Conner consisting of mainly sophomores and all starters  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Health Alert A case of varicella, or “chicken pox,” has been confirmed in a school-aged child in the Lopez Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Lopez School District, preschools and families to investigate  Continue Reading

Fashionistas Go to Africa!

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm, by

Tamara Weaver shares this with you… Thanks to the community’s generous contributions, Debbie Dardanelli, Susan Waters and Francie Hansen are on their way to Nairobi, Africa, bringing with them the cutest clothes to give to orphans in need. Then, they’ll be off to volunteer with an elephant welfare organization! Good Luck ladies!

Winter Visitors

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

From Shona Aitken at Wolf Hollow… When someone mentions visitors to the islands, most of us immediately think of crowds of people streaming off the ferries in the middle of summer. But there are also wild creatures that are only here part time. Ospreys, Turkey Vultures, swallows and many hummingbirds and warblers spend the summer  Continue Reading

Soil need some help? Landscape a little bare?

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  The San Juan County Master Gardeners are pleased to welcome Craig Cogger, WSU Soil Scientist Emeritus, and Everett Chu, Owner of Azusa Farm and Gardens LLC, Certified Professional Horticulturist and Landscape Designer, to the Annual Gardening Workshop. Dr. Cogger will discuss “Assessing and Amending Your Garden Soil,” with guidelines for testing, fertilization and organic  Continue Reading

Island Rec- Touch A Truck

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

School’s out early this Friday! SO grab your pals and come explore rigs of all shapes and sizes. Join Island Rec at FHES Playground for Touch a Truck. 11am-1pm this Friday Oct 12th. Kiwanis will be there in their K-Boose providing free hot dogs. Don’t miss out on the raffle to win a ride to  Continue Reading

Make and Take Class

Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Garden Club presents a Spring Blooming Layered Bulb Planter class (a.k.a: Lasagne Containers II) Spring containers can be the most rewarding plantings because they are a way to start gardening early. During this class you will create a glorious spring blooming layered bulb planter. The planter will provide flowering bulbs from  Continue Reading