Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm by

This bump-out is soon to be a memory – SJ Update photo

Continuing the series of posts announced Wednesday, here are a few things looming on the horizon for Friday Harbor –

Nash and Caines Streets Intersection Realignment
You know that crazy bump-out feature at the intersection of Nash and Caines Streets – it will soon be a memory. A realignment improvement project is coming soon to remove that feature and make Nash Street run straight past the Mullis Center and the professional building next door. As part of this realignment, the Caines Street “s-curve” will be removed as well and Caines Street will “T” into Nash Street with a stop sign.

Click here to see a construction drawing of the project.

Price Street Repaving Project
“Pothole Junction” is how Town Administrator Duncan Wilson referred to Price Street and if you go check it out, you’ll see why. It is long overdue for maintenance work and it’s going to get a makeover soon. The entire length from Spring Street to Park Street will be repaved this year. As there is no funding for sidewalks however, the existing sidewalk will not be extended.

When the final plans for these two projects are put out to bid, the engineer will establish a deadline for completion. As far as which project will come first, that will be up to the contractor. There is no established criteria for making this decision, other than choosing a sequence that will minimize cost and maximize efficiency.

Last Community Dinner of the Season

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Liz Varvaro of the FHHS Food for Thought program shares this announcement…

Greetings Community Dinner Guests!

Next Wednesday, May 1st will be the last Community Dinner of the 2018-19 School Year!

Join us from 5:30-7:30 in the Friday Harbor High School Commons for a MEXICAN FEAST!

Meals are $15 for Adults and $7 for Children under 12. Proceeds support the Food for Thought Program and the Chef.0 Student Internships.

Click on the flyer for the menu and invite a friend!

See you next week!

Understanding the Artist and the Work

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 5:47 am by

Mary Coss – James Arzente photo

You may have driven by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) recently at night and seen the glowing blue art that resembles a pelvic bone and wondered why the artist, Mary Coss created this piece.

On Saturday, May 4 from 1-2:30, at SJIMA, Mary Coss will give a gallery walk describing her process and the inspiration for her work. The walk will be followed by a slide presentation of her prior works and public art.

While there visit the MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans and A War Never Ends by San Juan County Vietnam veterans.

Admission is free to members and those 18 and under and veterans.

Coss’ talk is included in the normal museum admission of $10.

Museum hours are Friday-Monday 11-5 with Pay As Your Can Mondays.   SJIMA is located at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, WA. For more information, visit:

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Cowboy is this week’s Pet of the week – Contributed photo

Bon Jour…..Est-ce que tu parles francais? I didn’t know I could speak French either, until just now.

Who wouldn’t be interested in a bilingual dog who is a mignonne as me?

I have so much to offer that you really should just come in and meet me at the animal shelter.

We can go for a walk and work on our French accents…..Oui Oui or French kissing….. your choice!

Merci beaucoup,

Tap Into the Power of Dragons!

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Find Your Calm. Find Your Center. Find Your Power. For those seeking that elusive ‘more,’ join us in Shaman Style 5 Dragons Qigong. It begins on Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, May 2 through June 27 at Friday Harbor Dance Studio.

This is an ancient Chinese mind/body technique to enhance the body’s bio-energy system for greater health, vitality, and self-awareness. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength and good luck. Metaphysically, the Dragon works with the power of the spirit, healing and divine connection.

The 5 Dragons Qigong form is especially physical, offering strength and balance training intertwined in the energetic and spiritual forms. The flowing movements are similar to Tai Chi, but done in place, making it an excellent home practice, especially in small places.

The varied movements provide an opportunity to strengthen the musculoskeletal system, improve balance, increase vitality, harmonize the organ network system, calm the mind, and enhance focused attention. Read More »

Coming Soon to an Island Near You

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm by

New sidewalk across Argyle at Rose Lane – SJ Update photo

At the San Juan Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon on Tuesday, in addition to regular chamber business, three speakers announced some things happening around here –

First was County Councilman Bill Watson, some news on things coming up on the island. Next, Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson announced a few projects in the works for the Town, and finally Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort shared some new things going on out there.

So first, here’s what Bill Watson had to say – Tomorrow we’ll post what Duncan Wilson said and then on Friday, we’ll have Brent Snow’s report.

Crosswalk to the Fairgrounds
The County and the Town have recently collaborated in creating a safer road crossing at Rose Lane across Argyle Avenue to the fairgrounds. As the town was improving the sidewalk along Argyle between Spruce Street and Rose Lane (remember that 18″ wide sidewalk with mailbox posts and street signs right in the middle of it?), and because the City Limit ends at Rose Lane, the County stepped up to help with the crosswalk on the south side of Rose Lane where it was deemed a safer location for the crosswalk.

The crosswalk is now in, with push-button warning lights that pedestrians can use to alert drivers of the presence of people crossing the road. And the sidewalk is pretty much complete, road striping is about the last thing needed and will happen when weather appropriate. Read More »

Hitting ‘Em Outta the Park

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 9:57 am by

Thea Seitz hits it out of the park. Twice! – Jennifer Ayers photo

At last week’s FHHS Lady Wolverines softball game at Darrington, senior Thea Seitz hit not just one, but two home runs in the 2nd inning! Two grand slams over the fence. Bases were loaded both times, giving Thea 8 RBI’s in one inning! Very impressive.

The team went on to win the game 26-6, improving their standing on the season to 4-0 in league and 8-4 overall. Next game is a double header against La Conner, here at home on Friday at 3:45 and 5:00.

Congratulations Thea!

Photo by Jennifer Ayers

Photo by Jennifer Ayers

A Wheel in Time

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

2019 San Juan County Fair Theme is “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots”

Mark your calendars!  The San Juan County Fair dates are set for August 14-17, 2019 and this year’s theme is “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots”.  Artist Jessie Carter McDonald was selected by the San Juan County Fair Board to be this year’s poster artist.

Jessie’s interpretation of the 2019 theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” captures this year’s historical theme, and the circles (or wheels) that connect us to each other through farming & agriculture; arts & crafts; local food & culture; and our pastimes. 

Prints of this poster are available to business owners who are willing to post the poster in their business the month of August, and prints are also available by donation to members of the public before and during the Fair event in the Fair Administration office.  Contact San Juan County Fairgrounds at 360-378-4310 or email if you’d like to obtain a poster.

Read more this year’s poster artist and her inspiration below.

Jessie Carter McDonald, Artist Read More »

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance

Posted on April 24, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Seniors and People with Balance Disorders CAN Stay Active Summer is coming – you’ll want to be as active as you can. Don’t let shaky balance or fear of falling stop you. Train now to stay active with Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance (TJQMBB). Foundation 1A session runs Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 –  Continue Reading

Fill Up the Fund

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

On Friday, April 26th Island Petroleum Services (IPS) will donate 50 cents per gallon sold on this day to San Juan Island Service Scholarship, similar to the Dining for Scholars fundraiser event. The Interact student service club will host a hot dog and drinks stand at IPS from 11:30-1pm. All proceeds raised will provide needed  Continue Reading

IOSA Oil Spill Meetings Attract Crowds

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

Over 100 islanders learned more about becoming oil spill response volunteers at a series of recent community meetings hosted by IOSA (Islands’ Oil Spill Association). These gatherings occurred on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Island, and they provided a brief update on IOSA’s role in local oil spill response protection and prevention. Ongoing efforts to  Continue Reading

Open House and Grand Opening

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Please spread the word! Rex and Lisa Guard owners of The Web Suites and Heather Munro owner of ALTAR Movement Studio located at 80 Web Street are inviting you to a day of celebration and community connection. Date and Time: Friday April 26th from 10 am to 3 pm, The Web Suites, Open House and  Continue Reading

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Let’s all go to the Drive-In at the Fairgrounds! Plan an outing with your family, friends, or your special someone and enjoy one (or all!) of these classic movies at the Drive-In this summer. Admission is first come, first served at 8:30PM, $5/person or $20 for family of 5. Movies start just after dark. Audio  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Poster Contest Winners

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to present the winners of the Annual Children’s Festival Poster Contest. Left to right in the photos above are: 1st Place: Melinda Joy                                           2nd: Lyla Ovenell 3rd: Sam Herda Honorable Mentions: Felicity Schubert and (Sarah Schubert not pictured) Many thanks to all the young artists who submitted entries! We had  Continue Reading

Memorial Service for Deborah Tully

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Deborah Tully, survived by one brother, Les Kempton, passed away on April 18, 2019, while in hospice care. A memorial service for her will be held on April 26, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at the Friday Harbor Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1013 Lampard Road. All are welcome.

OPALCO Hires Three Local Apprentices: The Future is Here!

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:04 am, by

OPALCO has hired three new linemen apprentices – one for each of the crews on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island. These local linemen will keep the lights on for the next generation of islanders! “With some of our linecrew hitting the 25-, 30- and even 40-year mark in their careers with the Co-op, we  Continue Reading

Living in the Future’s Past

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

“Can looking at evolution help us predict the future of humanity?” – Jeff Bridges Friday Harbor Film Festival invites you to a free screening of the award winning documentary, Living in the Future’s Past narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm at Brickworks. In this beautifully photographed tour  Continue Reading

WSDOT Active Transportation Plan Survey

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 10:25 am, by

Washington State Active Transportation Plan Survey Now Online The Washington State Active Transportation Plan update needs you to connect people with the process. Tell your friends and neighbors, share links in social media, forward this notice to your contacts. The public opinion survey is now available online in English, with other languages to be added as  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 10:17 am, by

On Wednesday April 24, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library.  This is an open public meeting.   All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard  Continue Reading

Naturalist Training Program

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

Join the San Juan Island Naturalist Program! We’re looking for volunteers who are confident in sharing their knowledge about whales, the Salish Sea, and being Westside stewards. Help people watch, enjoy, and learn about whales from stations at the Westside Preserve, just south of Lime Kiln Point State Park. San Juan Island Naturalist Program Training  Continue Reading

Love Your Library Trivia Night

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 8:39 am, by

The community is cordially invited to a celebration at the Library. We are celebrating “Friends of the Library” with our annual meeting AND celebrating the wonderful volunteers (board of trustees, library volunteers in their many jobs and the Friends of the Library volunteers.) This will be a “Love Your Library” Trivia Night with great questions  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 8:36 am, by

Seasonal Park Maintenance Worker Island Rec is hiring a part-time seasonal Park Maintenance worker to assist with the maintenance of John O. Linde Community Park.  We are looking for a dynamic, hardworking, customer service oriented person interested in being part of the Island Rec team.  This is a 20 hour a week position.  Rate of  Continue Reading