Topic: Around Here

Winners of the Roche Harbor Salomon Derby

Written on February 5, 2019 at 5:15 am, by

A total of $28,000 in cash prizes were awarded to winners of this year’s 16th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Salmon Derby. Paul McAbee from Bellingham came in at first place, Michael Porter from Issaquah in second place, Connor Ryan from Mount Vernon in third place, Paul McAbee again in fourth place and Bill Shaw from  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 4, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Well, if you must know, my new year’s diet has failed. I shall now concentrate on growing taller.  Please don’t suggest exercise.  I’m not in any way interested in “feeling the burn”.  My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch.  It’s called, “Lunch”.  If you are of a like mind, we should  Continue Reading

San Juan County Seeks Citizens For Boards and Commissions

Written on February 3, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Island Rec: Junior Detectives CSI Camp

Written on February 2, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Join Island Rec staff and members of the sheriff’s department for some whodunnit fun! Kids will be able to take their own finger and foot prints to take home with them, and follow clues to solve a mystery. Each day we’ll practice different tools of the mystery-solver’s trade, culminating in a search and rescue scavenger  Continue Reading

Ukulele Superstar Jake Shimabukuro to Perform at Whittier Theatre on Sunday

Written on February 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm, by

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon.  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Boys/Girls Look to Sweep Darrington

Written on February 1, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School boys and girls basketball teams look to sweep the Darrington Loggers for the 2018-2019 season. The boys will play first on Friday, February 1st at Darrington at 3:30pm and the lady Wolverines will play at 5:00pm. Both games will be broadcast live on fhTinyRadio.com and streamed live on Facebook. Kaila Olin  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Farewell to Wendy Stevens

Written on January 31, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last Thursday’s Senior Lunch at the Mullis Center was especially festive if also bittersweet. It was Wendy Stevens, our County Senior Services Manager’s Farewell Retirement Lunch. Things got off to a rousing start as Garth Shebek led a chorus of  Continue Reading

Sculpting Demonstration at IMA This Week

Written on December 19, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss is bringing his bronze sculpting project to Friday Harbor December 17th through 21st so that the public may share in the creation of the Ed Warbass sculpture he is making for the town. The public is invited to watch and interact with the artist in a temporary work space being created  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Family Traditions Old and New

Written on December 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Family traditions are something we value especially at the holidays. I’ve been thinking about how family traditions evolve and change over time. Three of my four sisters will be visiting me next week for a Pre-Christmas gift exchange party.  Continue Reading

Drone View of Wasp Passage

Written on December 10, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this view from 300 feet elevation of Wasp Passage, taken with a DJI Phantom adv. Great shot – Thanks John!

Island Senior: Shop Local and Save on Holiday Shopping

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… I set out this week to do some initial holiday shopping. Thanksgiving is over and I’m ready to decorate. With my dog-eared Island a’ la’ Carte Coupon Book from the Mullis Center I saved 15% at Ace Hardware on a promising  Continue Reading

Third Annual Thanks “Living” Celebration at Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Join Island Haven Animal Sanctuary for our 3rd Annual Thanks”Living” celebration, featuring our feathered friends.  Enjoy guided tours of the sanctuary, plant-based snacks and drinks, pick up menu suggestions and recipes for a compassionate Thanksgiving meal, and get your 2019 Island Haven calendar, hot off the presses!  Also, thanks to Ally and Bailee, our high  Continue Reading

News from San Juan Island NHP

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Environmental Assessment for the American Camp Visitor Center Replacement Project Available for Public Review and Comment The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed project entails the replacement of the 39 year-old “temporary” visitor center with a  Continue Reading

National Adoption Month

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Services Invites You To Celebrate National Adoption Month San Juan County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Services will host an adoption celebration on Friday, November 30, 2018, in celebration of National Adoption Month. The public and media are welcome to join the celebration. The event begins at  Continue Reading

Firefighters Rescue Cowboy

Written on November 8, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

By Carolyn Hudson… When Cowboy toppled down a 30-foot cliff Monday night, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Firefighters were there to save him in the dark of night. Gretchen Bailey said her hearing and vision-impaired 14-year-old golden retriever got confused and ended up falling down the cliff on the island’s west side before she  Continue Reading

Lumi Verdugo – Clay speaks to me

Written on November 1, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The body of work of almost 56 years expresses Lumi’s joy in experimenting with glazes, firing and Raku pottery. At the exhibition Lumi Verdugo: Of My Hands 1962-2018 now at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) visitors can discover the varied faces of clay works, including the use of local island clay. When  Continue Reading

Orca Protection & Rescue “Open Boat Event” – October 27th

Written on October 20, 2018 at 9:16 am, by

Meet the crew of Orca Protection & Rescue and learn more about this timely organization on Saturday, October 27, 12:00-3:00 p.m., at Spring Street Landing. Enjoy wine and cheese as you tour OPR’s vessels and learn more about the organization’s mission. Orca Protection & Rescue is dedicated to protecting our local whales and marine wildlife  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Fun Friday Bingo at the Mullis Center

Written on October 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On the second Friday of the month the Mullis Center hosts Fun Friday Bingo. For ten dollars you get a delicious seasonally themed lunch and 15 cards of Bingo. On Friday I enlisted my friend Therese Finn and we joined  Continue Reading

Oktoberfest and More Accolades at SJI Brewing

Written on October 8, 2018 at 10:44 am, by

San Juan Island Brewing will be holding their Oktoberfest celebration this weekend on Saturday. Check out the poster at right (click on it to make it larger) to see what all fun events they have planned. Also, they’ve just won another award for their Bull Kelp ESB. This time it’s a national award: San Juan  Continue Reading

Mary Martha Circle Annual Nut Sale

Written on October 7, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Its time again for the Mary Martha Circle at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church’s  annual nut sale. They are, “high quality nuts and very popular!” says Nancy Fusare. Just in time for your holiday fare the nuts will be ready for delivery in early November. Please place your order by October 30th. Proceeds from the nut  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Offers New Digital Newspaper Collection

Written on October 6, 2018 at 6:08 am, by

The San Juan Island Library is excited to bring you a new digital newspaper collection!  Titled NewsBank, this collection is free to library patrons and is updated daily. NewsBank enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use  Continue Reading

Noted Authors to Attend Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop

Written on October 4, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

From the Master Gardeners… Did you know that most plant problems are not the result of disease or insects? But differentiating between a disease, a pest, or a disorder to correctly treat the problem can be a real challenge. Last year’s popular keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Gilkeson, returns to the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop  Continue Reading