Topic: Around Here

Vote Counting Equipment Testing September 20 at 11 am

Written on September 9, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

A message from San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley… A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 7, 2017 General Election is scheduled for September 20 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if  Continue Reading

Surface and Depth: Kappy Trigg and Tom Small at Waterworks Gallery

Written on September 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm, by

A reception for the artists Tom Small and Kathryn Trigg will be held today, Friday, September 8th 4 -7 pm at Waterworks Gallery. The exhibit featuring Small’s Sculpture and Trigg’s Monotype Paintings, Surface & Depth: St​one and Paper, will continue through September 8 – 30.   Tom Small’s sculptures are inspired directly from the land. For Tom, specific locales in the  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whales are Back

Written on September 8, 2017 at 6:00 am, by

Good news from Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research… They’re back! For the first time in more than two months, a large assemblage of Southern Resident killer whale pods has returned to the interior waters of the Salish Sea. This population has dramatically decreased in number in recent years, and this summer was  Continue Reading

Cheese Therapy! Now Offered at San Juan Cheese

Written on September 8, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Our local cheese aficionado’s at San Juan Cheese invite you to try out, “Cheese Therapy on the Patio!” happening through September on Thursdays, Friday’s and Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm. Cheese boards, cheesecake, wine and beer will served on the patio tucked away behind the shop on Nichols Street. And yes, you can still, “Love  Continue Reading

Resilient Gardening and Weird Weather

Written on September 7, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Thanks to Mo Sloane for this first in a series of articles introducing featured speakers who will be presenting at the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop on October 7th. This first article introduces the workshop’s keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Gilkeson… Is ‘weird weather’ challenging you and your gardening skills? You’re not alone! Between the increasingly variable weather  Continue Reading

First Rehearsal Next Week For San Juan Singers’s Winter Concert

Written on September 7, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Christmas already? Yes, if you are planning to put on a Holiday concert it is indeed time to start rehearsing and San Juan Singers is ready to welcome new recruits! First rehearsal will be held in the Community Room at Skagit Valley College on Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. It is recommended that  Continue Reading

Air Quality Alert Extended Until Noon Thursday

Written on September 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm, by

It’s still pretty smokey… …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY… The Air Quality ALERT issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology remains in effect until 12 PM PDT Thursday. Smoke from wildfires across the region will continue to linger over Western Washington through at least Thursday morning. Expect the air quality to remain unhealthy  Continue Reading

Tufted Puffins, Smith Island

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Thanks to photographer and naturalist Katie Jones, Spyhopper Travels Photography, for this photograph of Tufted Puffins out at Smith Island.

Whale Museum Lecture: Whales and Shipping

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues this Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Krista Trounce of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Dr. Jason Wood from Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Consulting North America (based here in Friday Harbor). They will be presenting on the ship slow down trial that is currently  Continue Reading

Holy Smokes! Air Quality Alert Issued Through 5 pm Wednesday

Written on September 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm, by

The mountains are definitely not out today. My photo of False Bay without the Olympics may look like a sepia toned antique but that is the real color and the photo was taken this morning. Due to regional wildfires we are once again experiencing smokey air. Here is the Air Quality Alert from the National  Continue Reading

School District Reaches Tentative Agreement With Teachers Association

Written on September 5, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

From The San Juan Island School District… The San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association reached a tentative agreement at 6:14 pm Monday, September 4, 2017. The teachers’ association ratified the proposed agreement this evening and the school board is expected to approve this tentative agreement at a special board meeting  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series Presents: Land of Mine

Written on September 4, 2017 at 6:30 am, by

On Tuesday September 5, SJCT Summer Film Series presents, Land of Mine. This German/Danish film was a nominee for Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. The film is based on a true account of German prisoners of war sent to clear land mines in Denmark after World War II. Admission is either by  Continue Reading

Emergence, SJIMA’s First Nations Exhibit Ends Monday

Written on September 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm, by

Don’t miss your last opportunity to see this exhibit!… Contemporary glass artist, Raven Skyriver will wrap up the end of the First Nation exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Monday, September 4. His gallery talk at 4:00 pm on Labor Day will be the grand finale of this exceptional show. In celebration of the  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Raises $31,000 at the County Fair!

Written on September 2, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2017 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to nine different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foundation, in turn, will match those  Continue Reading

Electric Cars at the Mullis Center Sunday

Written on September 1, 2017 at 9:14 am, by

On Sunday there will be a free presentation, Around the World in “80 Days” via an Electric Car, at the Mullis Center. (Come for the Pancake Breakfast stay for the electric cars!). Presenter Alan Soule of Sebastopol, California will share his around the world adventure…  You are invited to a free (public) slide presentation at the  Continue Reading

SJI Is Best Local Getaway

Written on September 1, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

STAR 101.5 Listeners Pick the Northwest’s Best LOCAL GETAWAY Wednesday morning, August 16th, STAR 101.5 Kent & Alan Morning Show listeners voted for their favorite local getaways. Listeners had 24 hours to place their vote via phone, Facebook, text and email. The results . . . San Juan Island for the 10th year in a  Continue Reading

Garage Sale Saturday

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Garage Sale Saturday, September 2nd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. No early birds please.   Near the corner of Egg Lake and Beaverton Valley Roads – Watch for signs. We sold our boat so we have crab-shrimp pots, line, buoys, galley supplies, lawn chairs, propane stove, furniture, nick knacks.  New chimini, plants, planters. 11:00 – Half off  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Misses Ada and Ella Mullis, Friday Harbor Milliners

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island has long been home to independent and resourceful women. There were the native women whose wisdom and generosity our early pioneers relied on. There have been stalwart farmwomen who side by side with their husbands or on their own managed to create livelihoods from crops and livestock. And then there were the  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Offers Seniors a Ride to the Fair on Friday August 18

Written on August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am, by

Correction – The date for this service from the Mullis Center has been corrected. It originally said every day of the fair, but it’s only on Friday… Are you a Senior? Do you need a ride to the Fair? Leave your car behind at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street, and ride with us! Drop  Continue Reading

Diane Martindale Named 1st Vice-Chair of State Arts Commission Board

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan Island’s Diane Martindale has been named first Vice-Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) board at their recent board meeting in Wenatchee.  Diane is co-president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and curator of the current exhibition, EMERGENCE Legendary & Emerging First Nation Artists. She also serves on the Friday Harbor Arts  Continue Reading

Team with Local Ties Wins World Series Championship!

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:28 am, by

Sean Morrison and Andrew James, two Ferndale team members with ties to San Juan Island, won the Cal Ripken 12U/60’ World Series Championship in Clemmons, No. Carolina on August 10. Sean is the son of Orion Morrison and Maleka Hartman Morrison (both FHHS alumni), and grandson of Angie Morrison of San Juan Island and Mary  Continue Reading

August 21 Deadline to Apply for EDC Training in Construction Tech

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction tech this fall, in partnership with Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, and funded in part by San Juan County, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Town of Friday Harbor, Islanders Bank and local donors. Courses will  Continue Reading