Topic: Around Here

Skagit Valley College Pilots Program to Cover Books, Student Fees

Written on January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College has been awarded $32,270 for a one-year pilot program designed to assist SVC’s Running Start students by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The SVC Running Start Pilot Scholarship will support student success by covering the cost of books, course materials, and/or student fees for eligible students during the  Continue Reading

EDC Gives Stimulus Package Overview

Written on December 31, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan County Economic Development Council is continuing to analyze the details of the just-passed stimulus package. Our comprehensive summary with links can be found here. We are still days away from the Paycheck Protection Program applications reopening. However, businesses that qualify and are interested in doing  Continue Reading

Don’t Fear Calling 911 During Pandemic

Written on December 12, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island EMS This has been a challenging year. COVID-19 has made many people reluctant to ask for help or see a health care provider, or even worse, caused some to think that they are an added burden if they ask for assistance. We want to reassure the public that you can continue  Continue Reading

Need Help With Zoom? The Library Can Help

Written on November 30, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SJIL The San Juan Island Library will host a virtual class called “Intro to Online Zoom Meetings,” at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Learn the Zoom video conference application features in a low-pressure environment. During COVID-19, many of us have had to learn Zooming on the fly, or never had an opportunity to learn  Continue Reading

Kamin Retires from Eastsound Water User Association After 15 Years

Written on November 29, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Dan Burke to Lead Association as New General Manager By Eastsound Water Association On Nov. 25, Eastsound Water User Association announced that General Manager Paul Kamin will be retiring from service on Dec. 31. Dan Burke, a longtime islander and former Rock Island Senior Vice President, is taking his place. “Paul’s written communications always include  Continue Reading

Free Virtual Pilates Class on Thanksgiving

Written on November 18, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Island Rec Celebrate community and the spirit of giving with a free pilates mat class via Zoom on Thanksgiving morning. The class is for beginner to advanced students and will run from 9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26. Register in advance by emailing Morgan Johnston at morgan@islandrec.org. The link will be sent out 30 minutes  Continue Reading

Virtual Open Mic For Writers

Written on November 11, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By SJIL Join a virtual Open Mic for Writers at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The event is hosted by the San Juan Island Library. Held on the second Saturday of the month, Open Mic Night is for anyone interested in writing. Don’t be shy, come read your work or just listen. You’ll be inspired  Continue Reading

Islanders Mail Thousands of Letters to Swing Voters

Written on October 18, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Vote Forward On Friday, Oct. 16, a group of San Juan Island volunteers mailed approximately 12,000 letters to intermittent voters in key battleground states, asking them to please vote in this election. The effort was made in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Vote Forward, and spear-headed by San Juan Island resident Beth Larson. Beth  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Virtual Meeting Oct. 7

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Special Meeting at noon, Oct 7 via Zoom. View the agenda and meeting access information here. The meeting will discuss designs for the marine technical center to be located at Jensen’s Boatyard, as well as information on the Salt-Water Farms site plan.

Know Your Islanders Talks on ZOOM

Written on October 1, 2020 at 7:22 pm, by

Know Your Islanders Talks on ZOOM San Juan Island Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. October 5, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Know Your Islanders Talk: Larry Wight, Four Months on the Southern Border – Stories of Open Hearts and Broken Hopes Join Larry Wight for an eyewitness look  Continue Reading

Stella’s Kitchen

Written on September 11, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Stella’s Kitchen is a small, one-cook venue serving delicious, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. From spicy Korean noodles and Bulgogi to Curry and Dumplings, meals are varied each day and made from scratch, each with an emphasis on using fresh, organic ingredients. Currently located at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks (service via the back door toward  Continue Reading

More Wildfire Smoke Impacts Expected through the Weekend

Written on September 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm, by

A mass of smoke is currently sitting over Southwestern Washington.  This smoke, from wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California is expected to move north starting tomorrow and likely impact much of Western Washington through the weekend as it is pushed by southerly winds.   The Department of Ecology smoke forecast for tomorrow predicts that air  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on September 9, 2020 at 10:40 am, by

San Juan County Waterfront Parcels  If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.  Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations, they are now the most confusing parcels to develop.   Continue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

Written on September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.   There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Features David Ridgway

Written on September 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Waterworks Gallery invites you to a socially distanced Prosecco Night Opening featuring the work of David Ridgway on Thursday, September 10, 4 – 7 pm.   Since its inception in 1985 WaterWorks Gallery has a tradition of reinvention. The 2020 show schedule broadens the concept of the ART AiSLE. Monthly, the gallery hosts a recent  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whale Superpod!

Written on September 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm, by

More good news from the Center for Whale Research… This video was taken during our encounter with the endangered Southern Resident killer whales on September 5, 2020. All three pods (J, K, and L) came together in the same area. This gathering is known as a Superpod. Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, Founder/Senior Scientist,  Continue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm, by

Just a reminder that the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning today, Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban  Continue Reading

Temporary Short-Term Fire Ban In Effect Monday – Wednesday

Written on September 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm, by

San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning at midnight on Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban will be in  Continue Reading

A Brand New Calf in J Pod!

Written on September 6, 2020 at 12:57 pm, by

Good news from the Center for Whale Research… click image to enlarge… On Saturday, September 5, 2020, J pod was reported near the ODAS buoy off Dungeness Spit in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in US waters. Another large group of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales was a few miles away near  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival: September Films (Virtual Version)

Written on September 6, 2020 at 8:27 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents… 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour…  On-Demand September 1-30, 2020, Cost: $10 The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent  Continue Reading

Granny’s Cove, Grandma’s Cove, or the Sandy Beach?

Written on September 5, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

Lately I’ve noticed islanders having perennial conversations regarding certain place names. Is English Camp “British” Camp? Of course not. Its English Camp and always has been (in my not so humble opinion – Peggy Sue here). When did Mt Young get demoted to Young Hill? Is it Granny’s Cove or Grandma’s? Locals call it Granny’s  Continue Reading

SJCT: Holding Zoom Auditions For New Digital Work

Written on September 3, 2020 at 9:17 am, by

From San Juan Community Theatre…     Join us for auditions for SJCT’s new webseries, “Friday Harbor Happenings!“   This new, digital work is a satirical sketch comedy show with an ensemble cast, created by San Juan Community Theatre for our beloved local community. The writers hope the episodes will bring a smile and some  Continue Reading