Firefighter of the Month

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:30 am by

Firefighter Erik Gresseth and Assistant Fire Chief Noel Monin – Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the February 2019 Firefighter of the Month.

Rookie Firefighter Erik Gresseth was selected this month due to his unwavering commitment to his community. Erik has an outstanding record of responding to emergency calls and attendance at training drills.

Erik is someone who tries to stay in the background and his quiet leadership by example is a wonderful attribute he brings to San Juan Island Fire and Rescue.

The Fire Commissioners, Chief and the Department is grateful for all Erik does for both the department and our community. We congratulate Erick for his service and dedication.

Postponed or Cancelled Events

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:29 am by

Friday, Feb 15 – The Episcopal Church Women’s Brown Bag Luncheon scheduled at St. David’s Church for Friday, February 15, has been cancelled due to ice and slush on the parking lot. Join us next month, on March 8, for another Brown Bag Luncheon.
Friday, Feb 15 SCHOOLS ARE OPEN ON LATE START SCHEDULE, TWO HOURS DELAYED START: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the SNOW ROUTE SCHEDULES FOR LATE START on the website for pick up times and locations.
Friday’s Prevention Coalition meeting for tomorrow, February 15, is being canceled and will be rescheduled to Friday, March 8.  Same time 11:30 – 2:00, same venue of lunch at 11:30 with the formal meeting commencing at noon. 
Home Playoff Game: Our playoff game start time on Friday has been move up to 4:15. 
The Mullis Center: Cancelled Fun Friday(Friday Feb 8) is rescheduled for Friday, Feb 15
Board of Fire Commissioners meeting that was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Mullis Street Fire Station.
The San Juan Island Trails Committee: will NOT meet on Tuesday, February 12th due to weather. Our next meeting will be at noon at the SJI Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 12th.
The “Eat Healthy for Less $$” Seminar: We (Soroptimists) decided that we should postpone our seminar.  We will hold the program at the Grange on March 2.
The 1PC Electronic Recycle Event: Date changed from February 12 to February 19 due to expected weather. To be held in the open lot next to the Mullis  Fire Station from 10 am to 3 pm.

Friday School on Late Start Schedule

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:27 am by

Friday February 15, 2019 Schools are open on late start schedule, two hours delayed start: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the snow route schedules for late start for pick up times  and locations.

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:25 am by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another SJI Lifestyle video…

San Juan Island Lifestyle video that shares with you a snow day – Island Style.

Mary Martha Circle Host Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:20 am by

Baked Potato Bar dinner, Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.

Potatoes and fixins (chili, cheese, onions, etc.) with pies and brownies for dessert. Cost is donation only.

We are raising funds for our kitchen remodel. We already have $4,000+ in our fund and are hoping to raise more so we can start the remodel.

Any questions, please call Ruth Ann Krooswyck at (360) 378-7162 or Mary Ray at (360) 378-8408.

What Birds Are These?

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm by

We received this photo from Ruth Offen, “Just saw this gathering of I think commerants or loons all floating together. First thought it was herring ball, but not. Have you or anybody else seen this sight before?” Click on the photo to enlarge the image and if you know these birds and what they are doing please leave us a comment…

What Birds Are These? – Ruth Offen photo

Alchemy Art Center: Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:30 am by

Collage by Thrinley DiMarco

Alchemy Art Center is hosting a two-day Collage Workshop with accomplished local artist Thrinley DiMarco, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th.  This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world!

From Thrinley: “The mystery and magic of creativity is simply seeing what everyone sees but thinking what no one else has thought.  Out of the commonplace images all around, if one looks at them carefully and sensitively, one can create extraordinary images.  Train yourself to see, not merely look. To see means to slow down and pay attention, to be aware. All art is about communication, no matter what form you use….visual art, music, writing, etc.  To make a work of art you need 3 things: your ideas and the courage to explore them and the tools to express them. That’s what this collage workshop will be about….your ideas, your courage and the basic tools you need to create a collage.”

All materials for this class are provided, but it is recommended that participants pack a lunch both days.  This class requires pre-registration. You can learn more and register at

Thrinley DiMarco attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA, summer workshop in printmaking at Norfolk State College, VA, studied ceramics at Olympic Jr. College, Bremerton, WA, apprenticed with master potter Karen Stoner, is a member of the SJIMA Artist’s Registry, and works now in clay, mixed media and collage.  She is deeply influenced by Aboriginal cultures.

Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing specialized art equipment for San Juan Islanders in a shared studio setting. Alchemy to create a thriving arts community on San Juan Island.

For more information about Alchemy, and to register for classes, visit our website at

Schools Open With Late Start

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:29 am by

Thursday, February 14: SCHOOLS ARE OPEN ON LATE START SCHEDULE, TWO HOURS DELAYED START: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the SNOW ROUTE SCHEDULES FOR LATE START on the website for pick up times and locations. 

Career Center to Sponsor Job Fair

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and you are looking for a job, there are employers eager to talk to you. For those of you who are looking for a work, mark your calendars and dust off your resumes.  On Sunday, April 14 the Career Center will sponsor a JOB FAIR  Continue Reading

CPR Class at Mullis Center

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 11:28 am, by

   The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment.   Family & Friends CPR is  Continue Reading

Humming Bird in Snow

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:36 am, by

Thanks to Richard W. Wright for this great photo (Taken Feb 12, 2019)… 

No School Wednesday February 13

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Don’t miss this winter screening of Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest! Showing Tuesday February 19, 7:00 pm at the Grange. “The film profiles the impact of Indigenous musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of rock music. Artists profiled include Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Salas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson,Randy Castillo, Jimi Hendrix, Taboo and others.”  “The title of the film  Continue Reading

San Juan County Superior Court Implements Pilot Drug Court

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:22 am, by

In response to interest from the legal community, in the winter of 2018, San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring convened a working group to investigate a Therapeutic/Drug Court for San Juan County. After working together for many months, and with the help of Drug Court representatives in neighboring Island and Skagit Counties, San  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Adult Tennis: Beginner Skills and Drills

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

Island Rec is offering another session of Beginner Tennis Skills and Drills for Adults this March with Caroline Hansen. Classes are held Sundays; March 3-24. Adult lessons for ages 16 and up are from 2-3:30 pm indoors at the Fair Building. Register by February 21 for the early bird special rate of $74; $83 thereafter. For  Continue Reading

Art Cancer Support Group

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:15 am, by

Art Cancer Support Group “The first of many art extravaganzas”. No experience necessary… or huge talent… just interest. Humans with a heart, patients, caregivers, family members and friends Thursday February 21, 12:30 – 2:30 pm at Key Bank downstairs. All materials provided. Get ready fore a good time… We will paint the town red, white,  Continue Reading

View From Raven Ridge Rd

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm, by

Thanks to Lorraine Littlewood for this photo, a view from Raven Ridge Rd. up about 550′ looking SSW to Mt Grant… click on photo to enlarge image.

No School, Snow Day!

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 6:35 am, by

San Juan Island Firefighters in Challenging Leukemia and Lymphoma Fundraiser

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Friday Harbor Marketplace from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters will be out in front of the store raising funds for the 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Stairclimb. The firefighters are dedicating their LLS fundraising climb in honor of former San Juan  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance at the Grange

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

We hear from Alice Dean… The Third Saturday Contra Dance at the Grange will take place Saturday, February 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  This month our caller is Gwen Rousseau from Seattle, and the band is The Luddite Ramblers, also from Seattle. The band features Laurel Stone on fiddle, Jay Finkelstien on guitar and  Continue Reading

Nichols Street in the Snow

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Thanks to Chuck Dalldorf for this snowy photo: A solitary figure walking down the hill on Nichols Street into Town…

Weather Update: From SJC Emergency Management

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:49 pm, by

MONDAY 4:30PM UPDATE: As most islanders have probably noticed, it’s snowing heavily across the islands. Current forecast is for up to 8 inches of snow to fall, with many parts of the islands receiving less, some possibly a bit more. Snow is predicted to taper off as we head into Tuesday morning, though there may  Continue Reading