Topic: Around Here

Tucker Avenue Project Reconstruction Phase 2 Begins February 26, 2018

Written on February 17, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor… Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who use Tucker Avenue will enjoy a safer and better quality roadway by late-summer. The Town of Friday Harbor has contracted with Strider Construction to reconstruct this portion of Tucker Avenue (Phase Two). The Contractor is scheduled to begin this project on Monday, February 26th.  Continue Reading

What to Expect: Construction on Tucker February 26th through March 12th

Written on February 17, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 2 – Construction Update. What to expect for the week(s) of February 26th through March 12th. The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Flu Season!

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… I was not planning to write about the flu this week but the flu chose me and according to my informal social media commiserations I am not alone. This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. I was  Continue Reading

Kati English, February EMT of the Month

Written on February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Congratulations to February EMT of the Month Kati English. Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and is also a tech at the ER AND is also taking the Fire Fighter 1 class over at San Juan Island Fire. Even though Kati’s schedule is packed with work, fire school and family life, it was noted  Continue Reading

Shelter Available Tonight

Written on February 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm, by

It’s cold out there tonight…

Adventures in Boating Class

Written on February 7, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills and review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. All Washington residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve Grows to Almost 250 Acres!

Written on February 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm, by

Great news from Tanja at the Land Bank… On the heels of the Zylstra Lake acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure and additional 60+ acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve. “Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said  Continue Reading

Tibetan New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog

Written on February 6, 2018 at 5:00 am, by

February 16 is Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, ushering in the year of the earth dog. According to Tibetan astrology the year of the dog brings out qualities of honesty and loyalty. Sakya Kachod Choling, Tibetan Buddhist retreat center on San Juan Island, will be celebrating Losar on Friday, February 16, at 1:30 PM  Continue Reading

Signs of Spring

Written on February 5, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Thanks to island farmer and artisan Margaret Thorson for this photo, “The snowdrops are really beautiful this spring.”

San Juan Islands Visitor Study

Written on February 5, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Project researchers will present results from the 2017 San Juan Islands Visitor Study… Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Small Treasures from the Mullis Family

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… Earlier this month I took the Mullis Center’s bus to Mt Vernon on the regular monthly shopping and medical appointments trip. I went to meet my sister Sally and deliver late Christmas presents. What I brought home was a large box of “old Friday  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Bus Goes Mainland Shopping

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… The senior bus trip to Mt Vernon last week was a shopping extravaganza! There were six passengers and only one medical appointment. My mission was to meet my sister Sally at the Third Street Café and deliver a late Christmas present. The remainder of our  Continue Reading

Best of the Fest

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:21 am, by

The next movie up on the FH Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” film series is Chasing Coral, showing next Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm at the Grange. Admission is by donation. Chasing Coral was Nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented  Continue Reading


Written on January 9, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Peter Garlock Appointed to Fill OPALCO Board Vacancy Peter Garlock of Lopez Island joins the OPALCO Board of Directors in February, 2018 to fill the vacancy created by Jim Lett upon his retirement. The OPALCO Board appointed Garlock to the position at the December board meeting. The volunteer member Election & Governance Committee (EGC) reviewed  Continue Reading

It’s Audition Time

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Beauty and the Beast Auditions January 8-10 San Juan Community Theatre is inviting folks to “be our guest” and audition January 8-10 for its spring musical: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Director Carol Hooper will be casting men and women in all four voice parts to fill 11 main roles and up to 25 ensemble  Continue Reading

Meetings Rescheduled

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

The regularly scheduled San Juan Island Fire Commissioners meetings for February and March have been rescheduled for 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 And 3 p.m. Thursday March 15, 2018 at the Mullis Street Fire Station, 1011 Mullis Street.

Island Senior: Drink up! The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Written on December 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… “Water, pure water, pure water for me. The drink of the brave, and the wine of the free!” These words are inscribed on a fountain in the village of Beauly in the Scottish Highlands. This is the village my grandparents came from. My dad  Continue Reading

Coho Open on Christmas

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Coho Restaurant is opening Christmas Day so you can enjoy a relaxed holiday meal with family and friends. Our five course fixed menu -with choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts plus optional wine pairings – is surely a feast worthy of this special day. $65 per person, $35 optional wine pairings. For more information  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Help Support a Popular Program, Meals on Wheels and More

Written on December 17, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written for the Update by Peggy Sue McRae… One of the most popular programs for Island Seniors, Meals on Wheels and More, brings an average of 70 seniors to the Mullis Center for a tasty hot lunch and enjoyable social time. Lunches are served on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:45.  Continue Reading

Concert to Benefit Community Needs

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

We often hear on San Juan Island that “it takes a village.” On December 16, at 3 pm, Saint David’s Episcopal Church will present a concert of carols for Advent and Christmas called “A Village Christmas.” Why that name for a concert? Well, there will be a 19-voice choir made up of community members singing  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Offers a New Venue For Crafts

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written for the SJ Update by Peggy Sue McRae… On the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving the Mullis Center held its first ever Holiday Craft Fair. Tables of crafts and goodies lined the large dining room, well lit by the surrounding windows. I spoke with Debbie Haagensen, the center’s  Continue Reading

Island Senior: What You Need To Know About Hospice

Written on November 17, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Peggy Sue checks in with another Island Senior article from Mullis Center… We don’t like talking about death in our culture but if we are currently living there is no avoiding the eventual outcome. When the time comes, for our selves and for our loved ones, it is good to know that there is support  Continue Reading