Topic: Around Here

Soccer Championship

Written on November 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm, by

Here’s a note from Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at FHHS… Just wanted to get the word out that the site of our Bi-District Championship Game has been moved to Sedro Woolley.  Since both teams involved in the game were from our area, we were able to move the game to a closer site.  The game  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on October 23, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Well hello there. I’m Obie, with some advice for these troubled times. Live life like someone left the gate open. Unless the bed is cozy. Then stay in bed. Cats are seldom trustworthy. If you can’t eat it, play with it, or snuggle with it; it’s probably a cat. If you hear someone talking to  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Vote At The Mullis Center

Written on October 18, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

It is time once again to vote on board members for the Mullis Center Operations Committee. These are the people who partner with Senior Services, plan events and fun activities, keep the lights on, and keep the building busy and beautiful. There are five positions open each for a three-year term. Ballots are included in  Continue Reading

EMT of the Month

Written on October 18, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Congratulations Ian Randall on becoming EMT of the month of October! Ian is one of our newest EMTs having certified in the spring of this year. He works full time at The Village at the Harbor. Ian is a great sport, especially when it comes to the 3AM calls. In between work and being a  Continue Reading

Holiday Wreath Sale

Written on October 14, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2018/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale.   Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25.00! These wreaths make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors and  Continue Reading

Hunter’s Full Moon Dinner

Written on October 14, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

What better way to embrace autumn than with an escape to The Restaurant at Friday Harbor House and their annual Hunter’s Full Moon Dinner? Join us for an adventure-filled evening when the October moon is at its fullest. Enjoy a six-course tasting menu prepared by new executive chef, Jason Aldous, which will be revealed upon  Continue Reading

What’s Happening

Written on October 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm, by

Here are a few things going on around town… News from the Port: The Port of Friday Harbor is soliciting proposals from qualified parties to lease and operate a shipyard in part or whole. For more information please view the full RFP on the Port of Friday Harbor’s website at From the Hospital District:  Continue Reading

Frightmare at the Fairgrounds

Written on October 13, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Haunted House! It’s time again “Frightmare at the Fairgrounds”! The Friday Harbor Jolly Trolley and the San Juan County Fairgrounds are sponsoring the 3rd annual Friday Harbor Haunted House on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. This is truly a wonderful, spooky, fun and safe event for the whole family. Alison  Continue Reading

Blood Drive at Mullis Center Wednesday October 11

Written on October 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm, by

You can help Las Vegas shooting victims. On Monday morning, Bloodworks Northwest communicated with United Blood Services in Las Vegas to offer emergency blood components to treat those injured in the horrific shooting Sunday night. UBS advised that while their immediate hospital requirements are being met, additional supplies will be needed. We expect to be  Continue Reading

Park Announces Visitor Center Fall and Winter Hours

Written on October 6, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park announces its change of visitor center hours of operation for the fall and winter seasons. On Saturday, September 30th, 2017 fall hours went into effect. During the fall season: English Camp Visitor Center will be closed until the summer of 2018. American Camp Visitor Center will be open from  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Anna Lisa Lindstrum

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Dear Editor, Ballots will be coming out this month. I urge you to consider voting for Anna Lisa Lindstrum for the public hospital district board. Her views on the important district issues — quality local health care at affordable rates, support of the hospital and our local EMS service, community involvement in decisions regarding the  Continue Reading

Votes and Signatures For Local License Due By September 28

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Which of the 47 designs will be the inaugural San Juan Islands plate? To date over 1,000 individuals have cast a vote for their favorite – have you? If you haven’t – don’t fret – there’s still time! Votes are being accepted through September 28, including online at But, that’s only step 1 in the  Continue Reading

September Proclaimed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Both the Town of Friday Harbor, and San Juan County Council in conjuction with the County Board Of Health (BOH) have made proclamations in support of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Mike Hamlette, the new leader of the local prostate cancer support group, Us TOO, noted that 3 million men in the United States  Continue Reading

Compassion Fatigue Roundtable Offers Support

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

It’s time for conversation, support and connection concerning issues surrounding compassion fatigue in the helping professions, and for family and volunteer caregivers.  Together, we will review self-care strategies that aid in building resiliency, diminishing feelings of loss and grief, and move us along on our healing Hero’s Journey.   ​The Compassion Fatigue Roundtable is hosted by  Continue Reading

Public Art Installation Remembers Islanders During the First World War

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

If you did not know it was there, you could easily miss Friday Harbor’s new public art installation tucked into the narrow alley between the Palace Theatre and the building next to it owned by Jeffery and Alicia Carnevali. In what is now called Breezeway Park, six photo-collage panels mounted in existing window frames commemorate  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Host Candidates’ Forums

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidates’ forums on San Juan Island October 3 and Lopez Island on October 4. Voters can learn about the candidates’ positions and be able to ask questions. The San Juan Island forum begins at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 3 at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Dodging Iguanas: An Author Event With Denny Kaill

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Saturday shoppers and visitors have a chance on Saturday, September 30, 2:00—4:00 pm to chat with local author, Denny Kaill as he officially launches his recently published memoir, Dodging Iguanas: Some Motorcycle Stories, Some Not—All True at Griffin Bay Bookstore, 155 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. You’ll get to hear first-hand about his many adventures working and  Continue Reading

Know Your Island, Mitchell Hill Deep Forest Walk Saturday

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Trails will host a Know Your Island Walk Saturday, September 23. Meet at the Horse Trail Road entrance (on West Valley Road about 3/4 mile north of Mitchell Bay Road) at 1:00 pm. Come on this beautiful deep forest walk led by David Harsh and see what volunteers can do working together. The walk is moderate  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Seahawks Sundays at the Mullis Center

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

Yay! I saw the Seahawks first touchdown of the season last Sunday at the Mullis Center’s Seahawks Sunday. If you are looking for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a nice big screen to watch the game… come on down to the Mullis Center on Sunday. This Sunday doors open at 12:30 to watch the Hawks play  Continue Reading

From the Update Mailbag…

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:02 am, by

Today we received a letter from Ruth McKenna about the school board meeting next Wednesday. Ruth is a candidate for San Juan Island School District Director No. 1… September 22, 2017 Dear Editor, At the San Juan Island School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Board will receive a report from the Center for  Continue Reading

Navy Search and Rescue Team Honored For Service to Islanders

Written on September 22, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher of the Town of Friday Harbor presented a plaque thanking and honoring the air and ground crews of the Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the Friday Harbor Airport during an evening ceremony on Tuesday September 19, 2017. Over the last several years Whidbey SAR has flown  Continue Reading

A Concert in Victoria With Merri Ann Simonson

Written on September 22, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

“Once again this year we piled into our neighbor’s boat and went to Splash for the concert.  We had a great time and I highly recommend it as yet another way, of enjoying our San Juan Island lifestyle.” ~ Merri Ann Simonson