Topic: Around Here

A Letter From SJI School Superintendent Danna Diaz

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

A letter to the community from SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz… Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members, This summer my family and friends visited San Juan Island. Their visit reminded me how important it is to nurture the genius and greatness in everyone. Every moment I spent with them, I learned something new, an acronym,  Continue Reading

A Quarterly Review of County Finances

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

County Auditor F. Milene Henley sent us the quarterly review of county finances for the second quarter 2016… I miss the recession. Oh, not the layoffs. Or the stock crashes. Or the gripping financial fear. But there are things I miss. For one thing, everybody agreed there was a problem. Today, with construction picking up,  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Local Tax Measures

Written on August 13, 2016 at 5:08 am, by

A request from F. Milene Henley… Two local taxing districts have submitted resolutions to the San Juan County Auditor to place tax measures on the November ballot. The Orcas Island Library District is proposing to increase its regular tax levy from 30.34 to 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal  Continue Reading

Intro to Synchro: Synchronized Swimming Camp for Kids

Written on August 12, 2016 at 5:20 am, by

Amy at San Juan Island Fitness just let us know that Clio Jensen will be teaching Synchronized Swimming for kids at the pool… Synchronized Swimming has always been one of my favorite olympic sports to watch. Water, music, dancing, great moves…  it’s the best! Now I am happy to announce that SJI Fitness is offering a class called “Intro  Continue Reading

FANS Donates $5,000 to Island Rec

Written on August 11, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Jan Bollwinkel shares some good news from Island Rec… Front row: Jacquelyn Reiff, Deanna Eltinge, Maddie Ovenell, Todd Kromer, Kyle Loring, Yolanda Stegman Back row: Cathy Kromer, David Waldron, Marc Islam, Julie Hanks, Dave Stegman, Jan Bollwinkel-Smith From helping to sponsor the live music at Music on the Lawn to providing scholarships for swimming and sailing  Continue Reading

Stop by the Community Foundation’s Booth at the Fair

Written on August 11, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Carrie Unpingo from the Community Foundation invites you to visit the Foundation’s Booth at the Fair… All Fairgoers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of eight special community projects. The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Offers Patients an Alternative Entry To Avoid Road Construction

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm, by

A message from Lori Polevoi at PeaceHealth… To avoid traffic backups of 20 to 45 minutes caused by road work on Spring Street, patients going to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor may use the back entrance to the parking lot off Franklin Drive, which is usually gated.  By using this alternative entrance,  Continue Reading

Fire Risk Status “HIGH” Only Recreational Fires Allowed

Written on August 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm, by

A message from Robert Low the San Juan County Fire Marshal… Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has changed its fire risk status from “MODERATE” to “HIGH”. This will limit burning to recreational fires only.

Author Visit With Carole Estby Dagg

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library present an author visit with Carole Estby Dagg on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Main Salon… The Library’s Youth Services Department and Griffin Bay Bookstore are proud to sponsor author Carole Estby Dagg for a discussion and book signing of her latest novel, Sweet  Continue Reading

Still Time to Enter “Discover San Juan Island” Treasure Hunt

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:18 am, by

We have an update from Tanja Williamson at the Land Bank about the Discover San Juan treasure hunt… Wow – summer is half over and the county fair is almost here! If you haven’t picked up your Discover San Juan Island kit from the library yet, there’s still time! For those that have already picked  Continue Reading

Night Music: Island Women Sing!

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:17 am, by

From the San Juan Community Theatre… Our last Night Music of 2016 is THIS Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30 pm.  We’re finishing our popular series with an all women night!  Island songstresses will share their favorite tunes in the intimate Gubelman Theatre. Featured singers are Cynthia Burke, Laura Chorba, Debbie Nash Strasser, Kira Sable and Susan  Continue Reading

Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month: Electrolysis San Juan

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:13 am, by

We hear from Becki Day at the Chamber… You may have noticed the large “ELECTROLYSIS” sign on the Guard Building when driving down Mullis Street, but maybe you didn’t know what “electrolysis” actually meant. Electrolysis means permanent hair removal, and this amazing technology is available right here in Friday Harbor by Certified Electrologist Danielle Wheeler  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Seeks Donations of Artwork

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:11 am, by

A message from Jan Murphy at the Animal Shelter… The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is accepting donations of artwork for their upcoming Wine Tasting and Art Auction, which will take place Friday, September 16. The animal shelter is looking for original artwork from private individuals and artists, alike. If you have pieces of  Continue Reading

Library Will Be Closed During the Fair

Written on August 10, 2016 at 5:10 am, by

From the Library… The San Juan Island Library will be closing from Wednesday August 17 through Saturday August 20 to replace worn flooring.  The current flooring installed in 2005 in the staff work area has simply worn out despite regular maintenance. Funds for the project come from the library’s operating budget, money the library designated  Continue Reading

Great Blue Heron at Sunset

Written on August 9, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Thanks to Aaron Shepard for this photo. To see more of Aaron’s photography link to his blog: Islanders Eye.

Therapy Horse to Visit Life Care Center

Written on August 9, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

My horse Pinky and I are to appear for a visit with the residents of Friday Harbor’s Life Care Center on Thursday the 11th of August at 10am. Pinky has been to visit a couple of friends there but this visit is for all who are able and want to participate.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Written on August 9, 2016 at 5:16 am, by

A reminder from the Friends of the Library…  The annual Friends of the Library Book Fair is this weekend, August 12 and 13. On Friday, August 12th is our special presale for members only from 6:30-8:30. Not a member? You can also join on Friday evening in order to participate in that special sale. On Saturday, August 13th  Continue Reading

Mullis Center’s Annual Parking Lot Sale

Written on August 9, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

The Mullis Center sent us a reminder of the Annual Parking Lot Sale coming up Saturday August 13, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm… There is still time to reserve your spot for the Mullis Center’s Annual Parking Lot Sale.  One space $25.00 Two spaces $40.00 Or, would you like to get rid of your dusty  Continue Reading

Tips on Shrimping with Merri Ann Simonson

Written on August 8, 2016 at 5:25 am, by

Thanks to Merri Ann Simonson for sending us this entertaining and informative video from her series, San Juan Island Lifestyle Tips. Merri Ann is a managing broker and sales manager with Coldwell Banker… Tips on Shrimping by Merri Ann Simonson

Back to School Clothes Swap!

Written on August 8, 2016 at 5:22 am, by

Robin Meyer Tate has a great idea for a Back to School Clothing Swap to be held on Sunday Aug 14,  from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the Grange Hall. Says Robin, “When traveling a year ago, Phil and I came across a banner announcing a Clothing Swap. We talked about how great it would be for back to school  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week: Suzie

Written on August 8, 2016 at 5:15 am, by

Thanks to Jan Murphy at the Animal Shelter for this message… Look. It’s really very simple. I just require a higher thread count for my sheets than most ordinary cats. Would a monogram be too much to ask for? My name is Suzie. I’m thinking the monogram can be an elegant, but understated “S”. I’m pretty sure  Continue Reading

Are You Ready For The Fair?

Written on August 7, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

Tuesday, August 16th is Entry Day for the San Juan County Fair. All San Juan County residents, including summer residents, are eligible to enter exhibits. This year the Fair Premium Book is available Online. According to the Fair website, “Hosting the San Juan County Premium Book ONLINE we have helped save approximately 31 TREES! 7,753 copies for  Continue Reading