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Hayley Day

Hayley Day has been a community journalist for over a decade. She has written for Pacific Northwest publications such as The Journal of the San Juan Islands, Salish Current and Haida Gwaii Observer. Before moving to San Juan Island, she wrote about culture and entertainment in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. View her work at www.HayleyDay.com.

Recent Posts by Hayley

Zero New COVID Cases this Week and Last Week in San Juans

June 26, 2021 at 11:53 am

From San Juan Coun­ty Since the last update on Fri­day, June 18, total cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty have not increased, and remain at 191. The last update report­ed an increase of one case; how­ev­er, after fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion, it was dis­cov­ered to be a mis­re­port­ed diag­no­sis. There are no close con­tacts of pos­i­tive cas­es cur­rent­ly in  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Health Department Tips to Stay Cool During Heat Wave

June 26, 2021 at 11:48 am

West­side sun­set, Con­tributed Edi­tor’s Note: Accord­ing to the Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice, the high tem­per­a­ture in Fri­day Har­bor is expect­ed to reach 86 degrees Sat­ur­day, 88 degrees Sun­day and 91 degrees Mon­day.  From the Wash­in­ton State Depart­ment of Health The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health is urg­ing peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions, stay cool, and pro­tect them­selves  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friends of the San Juans Fights Proposed Zoning Change for Possible Development

June 25, 2021 at 7:39 am

By R. Brent Lyles, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Friends of the San Juans Judg­ing by con­struc­tion activ­i­ty and real estate trans­ac­tions, the pres­sures and speed of devel­op­ment in San Juan Coun­ty have nev­er been greater. For­tu­nate­ly, the County’s Com­pre­hen­sive Plan, or Comp Plan, can be a key tool for man­ag­ing growth and pro­tect­ing our county’s rur­al char­ac­ter. Right  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Soroptimists Award $7,000 in Scholarships

June 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

From Sorop­ti­mist Inter­na­tion­al of Fri­day Har­bor The Sorop­ti­mist high school schol­ar­ship pro­gram was able to award $7,000 to three grad­u­at­ing seniors this year. Sorop­ti­mists award­ed two $2,000 awards and one $3,000 award. The award win­ners are Felic­i­tas (Mag­a­ly) Aguayo, Trin­i­ty Cullen and Ayla Rid­wan. Mag­a­ly is study­ing ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion at What­com Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege and  Con­tin­ue Reading

High Turnout for San Juan County COVID Vaccinations

June 25, 2021 at 7:24 am

From San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices The vac­ci­na­tion rates per island for those age 16 and old­er are above. There has been a tremen­dous turnout across San Juan County.

UPDATE: Second Vacation Rental Forum Suggests 24-hour Complaint Hotline

June 24, 2021 at 8:56 am

From San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work’s sec­ond forum on vaca­tion rentals was held June 17 to a Zoom audi­ence of about 45. The forum, enti­tled “Com­mon Ground” focused on areas of agree­ment and the best next steps to take. Watch it at sjicn.org/forums. Com­mon Ground brought back the same pan­elists as  Con­tin­ue Reading

Four San Juan County Arts, Education Organizations Funded by State

June 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

From the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Com­merce Arts­Fund, in part­ner­ship with the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Com­merce, will begin dis­trib­ut­ing $10.78 mil­lion in recov­ery grants to 702 non­prof­its in 34 coun­ties through­out the state this week. In San Juan Coun­ty, the fol­low­ing orga­ni­za­tions were award­ed: Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val, San Juan, $22,500 Orcas Cen­ter, San Juan,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Join The Whale Museum for Online Naturalist Training

June 24, 2021 at 4:30 am

From The Whale Muse­um We’ve been train­ing marine nat­u­ral­ists since 1994. Our marine nat­u­ral­ist train­ing course is an inten­sive six-day overview of the nat­ur­al his­to­ry of the San Juan Islands and the marine waters of Wash­ing­ton and South­ern British Colum­bia, known as the Sal­ish Sea. Sum­mer’s ses­sion will be online July 19–24. This course includes an in-depth  Con­tin­ue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Leases Land for Hotel, Sells Kiosks to Ag Guild

June 23, 2021 at 5:30 am

By Hay­ley Day, San Juan Update The Port of Fri­day Har­bor made two recent deals to gen­er­ate rev­enue. Lease for Hotel The port is leas­ing about 1.4 acres of the vacant, forest­ed land between Web­ber Way and Franklin Dri­ve for a devel­op­er to cre­ate lodg­ing for trav­el­ers. Port Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Todd Nichol­son said the devel­op­er will  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Ferries Upgrades Phone System, Warns of Dropped Calls

June 23, 2021 at 4:30 am

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries is cur­rent­ly upgrad­ing our phone sys­tems and some callers may expe­ri­ence con­nec­tion issues attempt­ing to reach an agent. The upgrades are expect­ed to be com­plet­ed by the end of the week. If you’re unable to reach an agent, please hang up and try again. Cus­tomers can also ask ques­tions or pro­vide feed­back  Con­tin­ue Reading

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