Topic: Around Here

A Request for Water Safety Day Equipment

Written on July 22, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Amy Wynn at San Juan Fitness has a request… I am doing a water safety day at SJI Fitness for the youth mentor program in the afternoon of July 28 and am in need of a small inflatable boat or sit upon kayak and some youth life jackets to borrow that day. I know I  Continue Reading

County Shoreline Master Program Update Public Comment Period

Written on July 22, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

San Juan County seeks public comment… The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) seeks public comment on updates to San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program. The comment period is July 22 to September 2, 2016 5 p.m. Send Comments to: Bob Fritzen, WA Dept. Ecology, 1440 10th St. Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98225, or email  Continue Reading

Storytelling Tonight at Jackson’s Beach

Written on July 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

From Island Rec… Join Island Rec this evening at Jackson Beach from 6:30 to 8:30 pm as Linda Tiffany, an accomplished storyteller from the Bellingham Storytellers Guild, shares a variety of unique and enchanting folk tales around the campfire. We will have smores before the stories begin. See you tonight!

Ribbon Cutting Celebrated at Spring Street Landing

Written on July 21, 2016 at 7:21 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor and the Chamber of Commerce turned out to celebrate cutting the ribbon at San Juan Safaris new home at Spring Street Landing. Pictured here from left to right are Jim Carroll, Lauren Cohen, Gail Schnee, Rachel and Brian Goodremont and their children, Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso, new Port Director Ted Fitzgerald, and Karl Bruno.  Continue Reading

Mentoring as Art at Waterworks Gallery

Written on July 21, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Waterworks Gallery invites you to meet participating jewelers in a show celebrating Micki Lippe, mentor to jewelry makers for 27 years… When Micki moved to Seattle in 1989, her studio business was going full bore. Micki hired people to work for her, but her ongoing relationship with these people was more than an employer. She  Continue Reading

Road Closure Notice: Tucker Will Be Closed to Traffic Thursday July 21

Written on July 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm, by

This just in from the Town of Friday Harbor.  Tucker Avenue will be closed tomorrow, Thursday July 21.  Local access will be interrupted… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 Project task(s): The Contractor will pour concrete curb and gutter on both sides of the street. Crews will start with street intersections, then proceed to driveway  Continue Reading

Tonight: Introduction to Bird Watching with Barbara Jensen

Written on July 20, 2016 at 10:28 am, by

A note from the Library… Don’t miss out on this informative introduction to birdwatching in the San Juans, July 20 at 7 pm. We will also launch our Library birdwatching backpack kits, replete with field guide and binoculars. So fly on down to the library tonight!

Canadian Celtic Trio Plays Saturday at San Juan Community Theatre

Written on July 20, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

News from SJCT… Acoustic powerhouse trio Tiller’s Folly brings their Celtic and roots styles to San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more than a decade, this Canadian group-turned-historians has been producing original music and memorable live performances across many states, provinces and countries—making their mark in the progressive roots  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter: Dan Tracy

Written on July 20, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Sheila Harley from San Juan Island Fire & Rescue sends us this profile of volunteer firefighter Dan Tracy… Firefighter Dan Tracy finally settled at the South end of San Juan Island in 1998 with his wife Sandie. Their two children were already grown and on their own. Dan received his Masters Degree from San Jose State College and Naval Postgraduate  Continue Reading

Keeping Up With J-Pod

Written on July 19, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Remember last year’s Orca baby boom? One year later and thanks to photographer and naturalist Katie Jones we catch up with J-52 named Sonic and his mom J-36 called Alki. Sonic was Alki’s first offspring and was the third calf born to J-Pod in a three month period last year. Not all Orca calves survive their  Continue Reading

Clean Boats Stop Invasive Species

Written on July 19, 2016 at 5:05 am, by

From the Washington State Recreation and Conservation office… Washington Boaters Reminded to Clean, Drain, Dry Boats to Stop Invasive Species OLYMPIA – As summer weather heats up in Washington and boaters prepare for more adventures on the water, the Washington Invasive Species Council would like you to remember: Clean. Drain. Dry. Invasive species are non-native animals,  Continue Reading

County Council Seeks Citizens For Boards and Commissions

Written on July 19, 2016 at 5:00 am, by

San Juan County requests citizen participation… 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: San Juan County Boards, Commissions and Committees Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on July 19, 2016 at 4:55 am, by

From Merri Ann Simonsson at Coldwell Banker… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very similar to 2015 as the real estate dollar volume reflected a decrease of 1% over the same period. The first half volume for 2016 was $56,700,175 as compared to $57,435,820  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Bald Eagle Release

Written on July 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm, by

From Wolf Hollow this morning… Back in May, a Bald Eagle was found in the False Bay area with a steel trap on it’s leg. Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center managed to capture the eagle, and rehab it for nearly two months. Today it was successfully released back in to the wild – minus one talon thanks  Continue Reading

Fun at the Lavender Festival!

Written on July 18, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

This weekend was Pelindaba Lavender Farm’s 15th annual Lavender Festival. The event, Co-Sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, showcases a multitude of ways to use the aromatic herb. Among the culinary uses is lavender ice cream. Sunday also happened to be national ice cream day (yep, since 1984 the third Sunday in July is  Continue Reading

Pet of the Month: Max

Written on July 18, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Ahhh, pardon me good sirs and madams….would you care to engage in a delightful pastime in which you toss a round object and I run off and fetch it and return it to you….. for recreation and merriment? If so, please contact me here at the Animal Shelter in Friday Harbor. I think we’ll have  Continue Reading

No-Cost Well-Child and Children’s Sports Physicals at PeaceHealth

Written on July 17, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering no-cost immunizations, well-child checks and sports physicals on an appointment basis to children ages 5 to 18 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at the medical center, 1117 Spring St. Call 360-378-2141 to schedule an  Continue Reading

15th Annual Lavender Festival This Weekend

Written on July 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm, by

John Miller’s photograph of morning mist and lavender serves as a timely reminder that the 15th annual Lavender Festival is happening this weekend. The Festival today and Sunday includes tours of the farm, a cutting field for visitors to harvest their own lavender, demonstrations of the many uses of lavender in crafts and cooking, and more. Parking and  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk: Roche Harbor Trails

Written on July 16, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The Roche Harbor Trails are now part of the National Recreation Trail system.   Join the Roche Harbor stewards and trail builders for hike starting at the parking lot at the “Y” intersection of Roche Harbor Road and West Valley Road.   The hike will be in woodlands and meadows.    Families are welcome but  Continue Reading

Book Launch and Reading with Susan Conrad

Written on July 16, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Kayakers, sailors, adventurers, and those who’ve journeyed along the Inside Passage to Alaska should make sure to attend Susan Conrad’s book talk and slide show at the Library on Wednesday night, July 27, 7:00 pm. You’re sure to be inspired. INSIDE: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage is a plucky adventure memoir about a  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag:

Written on July 16, 2016 at 5:22 am, by

In the mailbag today we found a timely reminder from Lee Sturdivant to become informed voters before the August 2 primary… Dear Islanders, Don’t forget: We all get to vote. Ballots for the August 2nd primary election just landed in our mail boxes. Every San Juan County voter has the right to vote for a candidate in  Continue Reading

Camas Designs: The Chamber’s Featured Member of the Month

Written on July 16, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Have you seen a bright purple wildflower on the side of a yellow truck roaming the streets of Friday Harbor lately? Erin & Robert Shackelford own Camas Designs, a floral design and artwork company. Their delivery truck “little miss sunshine” is bringing fresh flowers and what they call “locally sourced happiness” to SJI and beyond.  Continue Reading