Topic: Around Here


Written on July 15, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

This story submitted by Louise Dustrude… OPALCO board president Vince Dauciunas told a handful of co-op members about some of the swift changes occurring in the electrical industry on Tuesday evening at the Grange. Of greatest significance is the possibility that by 2025 it may be cheaper for us to produce a portion of our  Continue Reading

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

Written on July 14, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 6. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction arriving back in Friday Harbor for a  Continue Reading

Farm and Habitat Improvements on False Bay Creek Preserve

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Summer on San Juan Island isn’t just beach barbeques and whale sightings, it’s also the best time of year for outdoor improvement projects! From July 18 – 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the  Continue Reading

Guard Street to be Closed at Tucker

Written on July 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor shares this late-breaking announcement… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 Construction Update Be advised that early Wednesday morning, July 13, a portion of Guard Street will be closed to traffic. Project task(s): The Contractor will be trenching for installation of fiber-optic cable by OPALCO/Rock Island Communications. Street Closure:  Guard Street  Continue Reading

Job Opening at the Shipyard

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Alisa from Jensen Shipyard writes to let us know they have a job opening… Equipment Operator Seeking person with heavy equipment experience. Primary responsibility is operating 35 ton Travel Lift to haul and launch boats ranging from 15 feet to 47 feet. Job also requires pressure washing, boat bottom painting and facility maintenance. Boat knowledge  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor School of Massage

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Richard Davenport, owner of Lavendera Massage, is happy to announce the opening of the new Friday Harbor School of Massage. The Washington State Board of Massage and the Workforce Training Board approved the curriculum and catalog for the new school last Friday. Friday Harbor School of Massage is officially a state approved school for training  Continue Reading

Simply Wright

Written on July 10, 2016 at 4:20 pm, by

Carla Wright has just opened a design/consulting business. Here she is with the scoop… I am now providing design consultation for those needing help with restyling their home or business, closet attacks (my speciality) and personal shopping (targeting men who normally need help in this category). All things to help make your life easier and more enjoyable.  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series at SJCT

Written on July 10, 2016 at 8:58 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, After last week’s “Amy”, the film series turns to a brighter side next Tuesday with the showing of “Heart of a Dog”. We hope to see all of you at the Community Theatre Tuesday at 7:30 pm – and bring a friend. If you haven’t already purchased one, punch cards are available  Continue Reading

2016 Fair Update

Written on July 8, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

The Fair is getting near, about 40 days away! Planning is well underway with vendors, entertainers, and exhibitors all excited to showcase at the Fairgrounds from August 17th through the 20th (Wednesday-Saturday). This year’s Fair theme is “Barn and Raised in the Islands” with beautiful poster art by the talented Jill Bliss of San Juan Island.  Continue Reading

They’re Moving In Already

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm, by

It seems it will be near the end of August before Downriggers Restaurant opens in their new location at Spring Street Landing, however there are 3 businesses downstairs that are open already and have been for about a week or so. San Juan Safaris / San Juan Outfitters is moved in and has added a coffee & snack  Continue Reading

Ferry Tail LLC

Written on July 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm, by

This just popped into the SJ Update mailbag today. Take a look… Hello San Juan Update, I thought you might be interested in, our new website that allows owners of expiring ferry passes to post them online for sale. We were featured on the channel 7 Kiro news last week, and are on the front  Continue Reading

Large Changes Begin with Small Actions

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

How can Islanders save 77 Million Gallons of Water this Year? By Lauren Platman, Friends of the San Juans With summer underway, some islanders are already feeling the heat – and the drought. Some wells are already being starved of fresh water, which makes the rainy autumn season seem a long way off. As climate  Continue Reading

Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor Waterline Replacement Project Construction Update What to expect during the week of July 4th: Location(s) of work: Road still needs to be restored between the Water Treatment Plant on Wold Road and San Juan County Road. Pipeline installation will continue on San Juan County Road between Boyce and Valley Farms Road. Work Days/Hours:  Continue Reading

Bait Shop Open

Written on July 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm, by

There’s a new Fish & Chips bar in town. It’s that place next door to Haley’s on Spring Street. It’s called The Bait Shop and it’s owned by Bobby and Stacie Tangney – owners of Haley’s. They just opened about 3 weeks ago and had their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2 weeks ago. It has an  Continue Reading

Winning Parade Entries Announced

Written on July 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm, by

Here are the winners in various categories for this year’s parade: $600 Best Use of Theme, Float – winner Islanders Bank $400 Best Use of Theme, Non-Float – Building Blocks Preschool $300 Best Use of Theme, Children/Youth – Julie and Gianni, “Animals of American Camp” $300 Judges Special Choice – Cutthroat Pirates $200 Best Costumed Group  Continue Reading

An Iconic Whale and a Film

Written on July 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from the SJI Historical Museum… Before there was Free Willy… there was Namu, the Killer Whale. How many reading this today were involved in the production of that first film 50 years ago? The Journal reported that locations here included the Friday Harbor Cannery, Friday Harbor School (anyone  Continue Reading


Written on July 4, 2016 at 11:39 pm, by

In case you missed it, here are some shots of the fireworks over Friday Harbor this July 4th. Click any thumbnail below to enlarge.

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on July 4, 2016 at 7:18 am, by

Well Fellow Film Buffs, The second week of our film series confirmed that there are a lot of people here who appreciate independent films. The audience of over 100 laughed out loud (LOL for your hipper folks) at “Meet the Patels”. We hope to see all of you at the Community Theatre this coming Tuesday  Continue Reading

Board is Firm on 50 Cent Levy

Written on July 4, 2016 at 7:08 am, by

Board is Firm on 50 Cent Levy On June 30th the San Juan County Public Hospital District board adopted a 2017 EMS Budget that affirmed that San Juan EMS must have 50 cents per $1000 in assessed property values to maintain core operations. Critics have advised voters to disapprove the 50 cent levy on the theory  Continue Reading

Pets of the Week

Written on July 4, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor! We are Spruce and Pine. If you think we’re cute, wait until you meet our brothers! There are six of us all together and we’re looking for our forever and ever homes. Our interests include, but are not limited to romping, wrestling, chasing toys and climbing on things. We’re also very big  Continue Reading

When the Ferry Arrives in Friday Harbor

Written on July 3, 2016 at 10:54 am, by

This was enough fun when it originally posted 3 years ago that it seemed like a good idea to post it again. Enjoy… This is what happens on Front Street when the ferries come and go. A production of Dustrude Photography done for the San Juan Update. Three days of shooting from many different angles  Continue Reading

Heart Sutra Workshop with Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe

Written on June 28, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe will be giving an all day workshop Saturday July 9th on the Heart Sutra at Sakya Kachod Choling Buddhist retreat center at 865 Bullfrog Rd. (at the top of Mt Dallas) on San Juan Island from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm with a lunch break from noon – 2:00 pm. Lunch will  Continue Reading