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

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New Director/Instructor at Dance Workshop 2

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

Emily Anton – Contributed photo

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 and around the country, Emily Anton taught as a guest teacher at a number of dance schools up and down the west coast. After being at home amongst the craziness of NYC for years, Emily is quite ready to settle down in Friday Harbor to mentor, dance and teach the art form of ballet. She is thrilled to inherit the ballet program.

“I feel blessed by this opportunity to mold young minds, promote health and wellness in all ages, and celebrate the beautiful artistry of classical ballet. I love ballet with all my heart and soul and am deeply passionate about its continuing performance.” Emily is eager to share her knowledge of dance and movement with the next generation of dancers, boys and girls, to help them discover the joy, love, discipline, hard work and focus of ballet. Read More »

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, will be the first ever, one-time sale to the public of his personal, unique collection of fine and decorative, original art.

Featuring over 260 artists, most of whom presently or at one point lived in the San Juan Islands over the last 100 years, the sale boasts thousands of pieces including rugs, paintings, cartoons, quilts, blown glass, etchings, sculptures, antique clocks and books, furniture and ceramics. Hours on Saturday are 10am to 5pm and Sunday are 11am to 3pm.  

The personal collection of Leo Lambiel

Lambiel began his collection in the late 1960’s and has lived with some of San Juan Island artists’ greatest masterpieces, including 179 works by Helen Loggie whom the Library of Congress, National Academy of Design & Seattle MET named “San Juan’s most famous artist.” Loggie came to Orcas from Bellingham in the 1930s. She made etchings of natural surroundings, including her most famous “The King Goblin,” a drawing of an iconic juniper tree on the island which hangs in Lambiel’s bedroom. Read More »

$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 Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.

ATF and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the discovery of the explosives by an island resident on Monday, Aug. 6.

It is not known when the device was placed, nor is it known if other devices have been placed.

ATF and the SJCO are requesting that residents and visitors pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious objects they find. If a suspicious object is found, people are requested to stay as far away from it as possible when calling 911. It is also requested that individuals keep others from entering the area.

Anyone with information on the person or persons who placed the device; hears or has heard loud explosions, either in the recent past or in the future; or finds a site that appears to have had an explosion there, are asked to call ATF at our toll free hotline, 888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477). All calls to ATF can remain anonymous.

People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new “report it” app available at and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.

More information about ATF and its programs are available at

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 Read More »

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

Time for Another Flash Mob

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:48 am, by

Okay, it’s no secret, we have another Flash Mob at the Fair by the Rock Solid Youth and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition! It will happen on Saturday during the Trashion Fashion Show on the Main Stage, at about 6pm. Watch the video above to learn the moves and then come groove with us.  Continue Reading

Strong to the Core Pilates

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:18 am, by

You may already know this, but for those who don’t, there’s a new Pilates studio in town. Debbie Warren moved from New England to the island with her husband and grown daughter in February and has opened a studio on A Street. Her studio is called Strong to the Core Pilates and she provides private  Continue Reading

Fountainsun with John Bellows and Glenn Hendrick

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:54 am, by

Glenn Hendrick shares this musical invitation with you… August is the height of the music season on San Juan Island, with so much to get your feet moving at excellent spots in town like Mr. Believable’s and the San Juan Summer Arts Festival. But for a moment of quiet contemplation and a breath of forest  Continue Reading

Of Signs, Land, and People

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:40 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… My thanks to those who voted in the primary election.  Shortly after the election, Team Gaylord removed most of the Re-Elect Gaylord for Prosecutor signs from our scenic roadways.  I believe residents and visitors deserve to finish the summer with a landscape without interruption. I hope voters will  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Two Local Measures

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:31 am, by

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the November election. (People who don’t vote won’t decide anything.) On Lopez, the annual one-year levy for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District will be on the ballot. The district is once again asking for $105,000 to support operations of the district. Countywide, voters  Continue Reading

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