Topic: Around Here

Island Senior: Bringing In The New Year With Katerina Wen on YouTube

Written on December 31, 2021 at 4:56 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you are anything like me being snowed in during a pandemic over the holidays involved plenty of Christmas movies, whole season binges, plus more than the usual baked goods, sweets, and festive beverages. Also, if you are like  Continue Reading

Winter Visitor at Dream Lake

Written on December 29, 2021 at 9:34 am, by

“Neither Rain nor snow nor heat nor…” well you know the rest. It seems nothing keeps these beautiful birds from arriving at this chilly time of year. John Miller shares another of his gorgeous photos.

Town Residents to Receive Free Refuse “Carts”

Written on November 24, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Within the coming weeks, Town of Friday Harbor residential refuse customers will receive 32-gallon, wheeled refuse carts with a lift bar to assist refuse workers in loading their truck.  These carts will help refuse personnel avoid injuries incurred from repetitive lifting.  Rates and pickup dates for residential customers will remain the same, and traditional (non-lift)  Continue Reading

Aging on the Island: Long Term & Hospice Care

Written on November 8, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

League of Women Voters Membership Meeting November 8th , 2021 12 pm via Zoom Speakers this month will be Kathryn Clary and Kaaren Flint of Hospice Northwest, Mariluz Villa from Hospice San Juan and Even Perrollaz representing the Village at the Harbor. All three will give presentations and there will be time for questions and  Continue Reading

Assessed Value vs. Market Value

Written on November 5, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Wondering how the County Assessor’s Office came up with your new Assessed Value? Is it the same as your property’s Market Value? Join San Juan County Assessor, John Kulseth, and Windermere Real Estate Consultant, Tamara Weaver, as they answer your questions and demystify those two very different values. This is a FREE online presentation, November  Continue Reading

Thank You Ferry Workers!

Written on October 21, 2021 at 5:55 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Island’s Visitor Bureau thanked our local ferry workers with a card and Cookies from Felicitation’s Bakery on Wednesday. L to R Jeri Aiken, Deborah Hoskinson, Erin Wygant, Annesa Knowles – Photo by Becki Day

Island Senior: The Mullis Center, A Family Legacy and Gift to Island Seniors

Written on October 16, 2021 at 5:57 am, by

On the outside of the Mullis Center building there is a Plaque that reads, This land is a gift to the seniors of San Juan Island to honor the memory of our grandparents, George and Emma Mullis and our parents Frank and Belle Mullis. From Ina Mullis Gustin, James and Florence Mullis Lang, Wallace and  Continue Reading

Dental Van Coming back to the Islands

Written on September 13, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

The Mobile Dental Access Van will be coming back to Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island in late September/ early October 2021. Lopez Island September 20-21 Orcas Island September 22-25 San Juan Island October 6-9 The van offers full dental care with X-rays, oral health exams, fillings, extractions, and teeth cleaning/ hygiene services. If you  Continue Reading

Intent to Acquire The Village at the Harbor

Written on August 2, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

The skilled nursing facility owned by Life Care Centers of America closed at the end of 2017. It had more than seventy beds and held the majority of the Medicaid patients in San Juan County. It left one assisted living facility on San Juan Island: the Village at the Harbor, a private pay institution with  Continue Reading

Maritime and Eco-Friendly Startup Help for San Juan Islanders

Written on August 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From NW Innovation Resource Center NW Innovation Resource Center is partnering with WA Maritime Blue and CleanTech Alliance to support a cohort of marine and environmentally friendly startups. Building upon the mindset of innovation in the area, the cohort members will have access to assistance from experts to explore the viability of their ideas and  Continue Reading

San Juan Library Offers Free Online English Classes

Written on June 22, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library Learn English as a Second Language 7 p.m. Tuesday through July on Zoom.  San Juan Island Library offers this intermediate-level class for free. Contact Beth Helstien to get the zoom meeting invitation at or 360-378-2798 ext 1003.  

Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Awards to Focus on Tourism Activities Outside Summer

Written on June 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is accepting applications through Sept. 27 for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2022. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder  Continue Reading

Food Kiosk Reopens at Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Cafe Remains Closed

Written on June 6, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From Washington State Ferries The Dockside food kiosk, located near the vehicle holding lanes in the Anacortes terminal, re-opened May 28 after being closed due to COVID-19. The kiosk will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily and offer a variety of prepackaged foods, coffee and other beverages. The café inside the terminal building will  Continue Reading

Check Out New San Juan Island Trails Website

Written on June 5, 2021 at 5:10 pm, by

From Island Rec In honor of National Trails Day, which is June 5, check out the newly refreshed look of Thank you to Treehouse Creative Digital Solutions for taking on this project, and the trails volunteers and community members who sent in photos of their favorite trails for the new site.   Island Rec  Continue Reading

Spring Street Students Create Food Donation Boxes for People to Take, Give

Written on May 15, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Spring Street International School Island residents may be noticing decorated file cabinets scattered around the town and islands. These cabinets were designed by English composition students at Spring Street International School to help relieve food insecurity for islanders. The cabinets were repurposed to become food donation cabinets, where people can freely take or give  Continue Reading

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Clears Routine 2019 Financial Audit

Written on April 24, 2021 at 10:29 am, by

From San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 No findings were reported in a final financial audit from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019 for San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The district was given a clean bill of health. The audit, which concluded on April 22, 2021, is routine and  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor Plans $40 Million Worth Of Capital Projects Over Next Eight Years

Written on April 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Plans Include Pocket Park Near Grange, Sidewalks on Lampard   By Duncan Wilson, Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Year after year, the services and responsibilities undertaken by the Town of Friday Harbor grow as population and business activity increase. Beyond daily town operations that include administration, finance and community development, our most expensive and complex  Continue Reading

Health Care Enrollment Extends Through Aug. 15 With Lower Premiums

Written on April 3, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Washington Healthplanfinder Due to recent federal action bringing new savings opportunities to current and new individual health insurance market customers, Washington Healthplanfinder is extending the current special enrollment period from May 15 through Aug. 15. This aligns with the recent federal announcement extending the special enrollment period for those using the federal marketplace. This  Continue Reading

Artists’ Studio Tour Returns June 5-6

Written on March 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Artist’s Studio Tour The Artists’ Studio Tour on San Juan Island will return June 5-6. We are excited to be including both returning and new island artists with this year’s tour. We want to celebrate with our island residents, and thank them for their support during the last year with this opportunity to safely  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Meeting March 19

Written on March 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Land Bank Over the last two weeks, the local civilian conservation corps has helped stewardship staff plant close to 5,000 bare-root plants and forbs on Orcas and San Juan Island Preserves. The picture above was taken at False Bay Creek Preserve on a bluebird day. The San Juan County Land Bank Commission  Continue Reading

Tiny Villages along West Side Road

Written on March 16, 2021 at 4:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Louise Dustrude… Are the miniature villages on rocks along West Side Road proliferating, or have there always been half a dozen or more? I’ve been enjoying one of them for several months, and perhaps it’s been there for years. It’s not on my daily  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Bookstore Reopens After Two-Week Break

Written on March 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Griffin Bay Bookstore Griffin Bay Bookstore’s doors are open! We welcome you back to the bookstore after a two-week break with lighter hearts, our spirits buoyed by the many letters, notes, e-mails, and postings demonstrating your appreciation and thanks for what we do. Your kind words, your well-wishes were enlivening and encouraging as we  Continue Reading