Topic: Around Here

Center For Whale Research Spots New Orca Calf

Written on February 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Center For Whale Research On Feb. 17, the Center For Whale Research had its eighth encounter with orcas in 2021. Members saw the J, K, L pods in Haro Strait. They report: “We were seeing young calves but it was hard to tell who the mothers were as saddles disappeared behind swells. We  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Volunteer Of The Month

Written on February 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor’s volunteer for the month of February is Pam Monin. Pam has been volunteering at the APS-FH Treasure Hounds store since July 2017. She has worked as a retail sales clerk for the store as well as being our visual merchandising and display  Continue Reading

Friends Of The Library Offers Online Valentine’s Sale

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

From Friends of the San Juan Island Library The Friends of the San Juan Island Library are hosting a Valentine’s Day online auction. The Treasure Cove online sale includes books by the bag and specialty books. We are open through Feb. 15. You are cordially invited to shop for your valentine and support our library.  Continue Reading

Eventide To Vaccinate Existing Patients

Written on February 4, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By William F. House, MD, Eventide Health We have received our shipment of the Moderna vaccine and will begin vaccinating established patients of Eventide Health. The vaccinations will be done at the county fairgrounds on Wednesdays as we join with the health department with their vaccination efforts. If you begin vaccinations with our clinic you  Continue Reading

Washington Health Benefit Exchange Opens Special Enrollment Period

Written on January 30, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington Health Benefit Exchange On Jan. 28, Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced it will open a special enrollment period that parallels the new federal enrollment period which runs from Feb. 15 through May 15, 2021. “Having health insurance is critically important in these challenging times of COVID,” said Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan. “Opening  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left’s Daniel Mayes Performs For San Juan Community Theatre Today

Written on January 29, 2021 at 5:58 am, by

From San Juan Community Theatre Daniel Mayes of Island Stage Left performs a series of monologues, titled “Interpretations,” that will leave you breathless. Introduced by Helen Machin-Smith, Daniel fills the San Juan Community Theatre stage with life through a variety of tales. The evening begins with a monologue from Shakespeare’s “Othello,” and then transitions to  Continue Reading

Lack Of Affordable Child Care Keeps Workers At Home

Written on January 28, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Washington State Department of Commerce Washington state’s economy is challenged by persistent gaps in the availability of affordable child care. According to the Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force, lack of access to affordable child care keeps over 133,000 potential workers out of Washington’s labor force. The effects ripple through Washington’s economy, resulting in  Continue Reading

Port Of Friday Harbor Meets Wednesday

Written on January 26, 2021 at 9:49 pm, by

From the Port of Friday Harbor The Port of Friday Harbor Board will meet at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 27 online. Join the Zoom meeting here and enter the meeting ID 379 684 7063 and password 7063. The agenda includes discussions on a new hangar at the airport and replacing the restaurant at the airport. 

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 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