Notes from the Island — May 17

Posted May 17, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • San Juan Brew­ing Co. donat­ed all of its Sat­ur­day beer pro­ceeds — over $3,000 — to help the Fri­day Har­bor busi­ness­es most affect­ed by last mon­th’s fire.
  • The Fri­day Har­bor High School boys track & field team are the Dis­trict 2B aca­d­e­m­ic state cham­pi­ons for spring.
  • The Port of Fri­day Har­bor will be hold­ing its sec­ond annu­al Rock & Roll Regat­ta on June 24. Here’s the video from last year’s event.
  • Alche­my Art Cen­ter is hold­ing a mul­ti-col­or screen print­ing work­shop this Sat­ur­day. It costs $45 and you can reg­is­ter online.
  • The San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust is hold­ing their annu­al meet­ing on Thurs­day, start­ing at 5 p.m. This year’s meet­ing is vir­tu­al.
  • Water­Works Gallery is host­ing an open­ing recep­tion for Tere­sa Smith’s Mys­ti­cal Land­scape: A Walk In The Woods exhi­bi­tion this Fri­day from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Donuts in the sunshine at Roche Harbor

Posted May 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm by

EDC to offer tech training course in web development

Posted May 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm by

The EDC shares news about its new Tech Accel­er­a­tor Train­ing Initiative.

In an effort to train local work­ers into high-wage, skilled tech jobs, the San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil has launched a Tech Accel­er­a­tor Train­ing Ini­tia­tive to serve island youth, unem­ployed and under­em­ployed work­ers, and busi­ness own­ers need­ing tech­no­log­i­cal assis­tance for their enter­pris­es. This ini­tia­tive has been launched by the EDC in part­ner­ship with the Town of Fri­day Har­bor, San Juan Coun­ty, and the Raynier Institute.

The first tech train­ing course offered will be in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, launch­ing in June of this year. The course will be offered online through Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty, and a cohort of stu­dents will meet each week with an EDC advi­sor to achieve suc­cess­ful bench­marks, work­ing on their own schedules.

In the course, par­tic­i­pants will work from the ground up, learn­ing the basics of mod­ern web pages with HTML and CSS. By the end of the course, stu­dents will uti­lize JavaScript to build a ful­ly func­tion­al web appli­ca­tion. Instruc­tion is open to par­tic­i­pants from San Juan Coun­ty over 18 years old who are look­ing to enter careers in the web devel­op­ment field.

The course is bro­ken into week­ly assign­ments that can be com­plet­ed on one’s own sched­ule. The EDC will host advi­so­ry meet­ings on Tues­days and Thurs­days at 10 a.m. from June 14 to July 21 via Zoom. These meet­ings will give par­tic­i­pants the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work through course assign­ments as a group, ask ques­tions, and dis­cuss course mate­ri­als. The EDC will cov­er all course costs, apart from a required $50 appli­ca­tion fee.

Vis­it the EDC web­site to reg­is­ter. For ques­tions, con­tact the EDC’s Tech Train­ing Coor­di­na­tor Jil­lian Urbach at 360–378-2906, or

Canadian Vocal trio The Tenors coming to SJCT on May 23

Posted May 16, 2022 at 11:12 am by

San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre shares news about a one-night-only con­cert tak­ing place next Monday.

Cana­di­an vocal­ists Clifton, Fras­er, and Vic­tor cre­ate the award-win­ning and mul­ti-plat­inum-sell­ing band The Tenors. They will be per­form­ing live for one night only at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre on Mon­day, May 23 at 7:30 p.m., accom­pa­nied by brass soloist Jens Lindemann.

The Tenors’ dis­tinct sound reimag­ines icon­ic hits and blends clas­si­cal music, con­tem­po­rary pop, clas­sic rock, folk, and inspired self-penned orig­i­nal songs. They have had the hon­or of shar­ing the stage with some of the biggest names in music includ­ing Sir Paul McCart­ney, Sting, Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocel­li, Sir Elton John, and Ste­vie Won­der. In addi­tion, Jens Lin­de­mann is the first clas­si­cal brass soloist to ever receive the Order of Cana­da, is hailed as one of the most cel­e­brat­ed artists in his instrument’s his­to­ry, and was recent­ly named Inter­na­tion­al Brass Per­son­al­i­ty of the Year by Brass Herald.

Tick­ets are $50 for adults and $25 for stu­dents.

County Council agenda for May 17

Posted May 16, 2022 at 8:30 am by

The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil will hold a reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, May 17 at 9 a.m. The meet­ing will include four pub­lic hear­ings to consider:

  • Adopt­ing an ordi­nance to adopt tech­ni­cal cor­rec­tions to the San Juan Coun­ty Char­ter regard­ing Coun­cil res­i­den­cy districts
  • Adopt­ing an ordi­nance estab­lish­ing a cap on per­mits for vaca­tion rental of res­i­dences or acces­so­ry dwelling units not to exceed 1,200 per­mits countywide
  • Adopt­ing an ordi­nance to repeal SJCC 18.30.640 (pay­ment in lieu – East­sound Vil­lage park­ing fund)
  • Removal of a plan­ning com­mis­sion­er pur­suant to RCW 36.70.110

Items up for dis­cus­sion or action include:

  • Revise table 18.30.040 (allow­able and pro­hib­it­ed uses in Rur­al, Resource and Spe­cial Land Des­ig­na­tions) to allow gov­ern­ment offices allowed by right in the RGU, RI and RC zon­ing dis­tricts and with con­di­tion­al use per­mits in the RR, RFF, AG, FOR and C districts
  • Sur­plus grav­el on Wal­dron Island
  • Notice of funds available
  • Revi­sions to Parks Depart­ment Changes Fund
  • Pro­posed changes to the Parks/Fair fee schedule
  • Accep­tance of a statu­to­ry war­ran­ty deed for the Hausch­ka prop­er­ty, Cady Moun­tain, San Juan Island
  • Accep­tance of a dona­tion of a trail ease­ment deed for the Lopez Com­mu­ni­ty Land Trust Prop­er­ty, Lopez Sound Road, Lopez Island Trail Easement
  • Assessor’s Office staffing proposal

You can view the live stream of the meet­ing online or attend in per­son at the Coun­cil Leg­isla­tive Hear­ing Room. To make a pub­lic com­ment, sign up pri­or to 9 a.m. on May 17.

Notes from the Island — May 16

Posted May 16, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • The Port of Fri­day Har­bor has released the draft of their strate­gic plan. A pub­lic hear­ing will be held at San Juan Island Yacht Club at noon on Wednes­day, June 8 to receive pub­lic com­ments pri­or to final action by the Port Com­mis­sion. You can also send writ­ten com­ments to up to 48 hours pri­or to the pub­lic hearing.
  • WSU San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion is host­ing a field walk today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They’ll dis­cuss their ongo­ing research into the impact of organ­ic fer­til­iz­er and no-till seed­ing on for­age pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, qual­i­ty, and species com­po­si­tion. The walk takes place at the Beaver­ton Val­ley Pre­serve. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is required.
  • San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre had to can­cel two per­for­mances of Cin­derel­la over the week­end, as well as this Thurs­day’s show, due to pos­i­tive COVID tests among the cast and crew. SJCT will issue refunds to the cred­it cards used to pur­chase tick­ets for the can­celled shows by Wednesday.
  • The San Juan Coun­ty Coali­tion for Diver­si­ty is hold­ing an event where par­tic­i­pants can learn how to counter anti-Mus­lim big­otry. It takes place next Mon­day, May 23 at 6 p.m. at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church on Park Street.
  • San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park shares an insight­ful sto­ry about the his­to­ry of Hawai­ians on San Juan Island.
  • The Coastal Obser­va­tion and Seabird Sur­vey Team is host­ing a talk titled “Seabirds, Cit­i­zen Sci­ence and Sav­ing the World” this Sat­ur­day, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Fri­day Har­bor Labs open house.

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Tent caterpillars hard at work

Posted May 14, 2022 at 9:51 pm by

Linda Pollard is the Animal Protection Society’s volunteer of the month

Posted May 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm by

APS-FH shares some kind words about their vol­un­teer of the month.

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Society—Friday Har­bor is pleased to announce Lin­da Pol­lard as its vol­un­teer of the month for May.

Lin­da came to vol­un­teer at the APS-FH Trea­sure Hounds store in Novem­ber 2021, soon after relo­cat­ing to Fri­day Har­bor. Trea­sure Hounds is APS-FH’s upscale-resale home decor and fur­ni­ture store. All items for sale in the store are donat­ed and the store is staffed by vol­un­teers. Trea­sure Hounds is sig­nif­i­cant to APS-FH as 100 per­cent of its sales sup­port near­ly 20 per­cent of the over­all oper­at­ing expens­es of APS-FH.

Lin­da learned about Trea­sure Hounds from her uncle, a long-time res­i­dent of San Juan Island and friend to APS-FH. After fur­nish­ing her new home in Fri­day Har­bor with many items from the store, Lin­da decid­ed to join the Trea­sure Hounds team of vol­un­teers, work­ing at the store each Fri­day as a cashier and pro­vid­ing cus­tomer service.

Quick­ly rec­og­niz­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to add more val­ue, Lin­da offered to take on the role of Trea­sure Hounds’ vol­un­teer coor­di­na­tor, pro­vid­ing vol­un­teer ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing and coor­di­nat­ing the vol­un­teer sched­ule. Lin­da offers encour­age­ment and sup­port to vol­un­teers, mak­ing sure their expe­ri­ence is a pos­i­tive one. Since tak­ing on this role, Lin­da has helped to recruit and train five new vol­un­teers for the store. We thank Lin­da for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for APS-FH, the ani­mals, and the vol­un­teer team at Trea­sure Hounds. We are so for­tu­nate to have her involvement.

If you are inter­est­ed in join­ing an excel­lent team of vol­un­teers work­ing togeth­er in a fun envi­ron­ment, vis­it our web­site and fill out a vol­un­teer application.