Topic: Around Here

The Belle of Amherst

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Play about Dickinson at SJCT March 24-25 San Juan Community Theatre’s next Off the Rock! performance gives us an intimate glimpse into the mind, soul, humor and heart of one of American’s greatest poets – a woman who was ahead of her time, and lived as a recluse for much of her life. The one-woman  Continue Reading

Exercise Your Rights

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s a message Richard Daly of SJI Cheese wanted to share with you… San Juan Island Cheese strongly believes that it is incredibly important to exercise your right to vote. To emphasize this, our cheese counter and lunch bistro will be closed on the morning of Saturday, March 26th so our staff can participate in the San  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on March 23, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Election Equipment Test Scheduled for April 6  A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the May 24, 2016 Presidential Primary is scheduled for April 6th at 10:45 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match  Continue Reading

Marilyn O’Connor Retiring

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Marilyn O’Connor will retire on July 1st after more than eight years as Executive Director of the Port of Friday Harbor. In the monthly newsletter that accompanies port and airport bills she illustrated her feelings about the move — “a mix of terror and glee” — with a picture of a little girl doing a  Continue Reading

Watson Announces Candidacy

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s an announcement from Bill Watson… Hello San Juan County Citizens. For those of you who don’t know me, I’d like to introduce myself and let you know I am a candidate for San Juan County Council, District #1 (San Juan Island). I’ve been visiting the San Juan Islands with my family since 1990. Every time  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Know Your Island Walk for March 26th from 1 to 4 PM This month’s Know Your Island Walk is a tour of the facilities and grounds of the University of Washington Marine Laboratories led by Michelle Herko. The walk will include exploring the forest trail system. Walk will be about 3 miles, easy walk however  Continue Reading

International Ferry is Back

Written on March 22, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Tamara Weaver shares this photo of the Chelan making its way to Friday Harbor from Sidney, BC, on the first international run of 2016 last Sunday. She and a group of friends were with Hobbes Buchanan of Blackfish Whale and Wildlife Tours who greets the first international sailing every year with an escort into the  Continue Reading

ISL to Present: Venus in Fur

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

John Langs, the Artistic Director of ACT, is currently rehearsing Island Stage Left’s two-person cast in Seattle, getting ready to open this Tony award-winning, provocative, smart and hilarious play, “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, at the SJC Fairgrounds on April 7th. We’re very excited as this represents another move forward for Island Stage Left and  Continue Reading

Life with Animals and Pets

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island Community Library Art Show: Life with Animals and Pets Everyone is welcome. Enjoy participating in bringing your art to the library for all to enjoy! The subject is the animals and pets we live with here on San Juan Island. Bring your ready-to hang art on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 am til noon.  Continue Reading

Conscientious Projector presents AWAKE

Written on March 21, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Rob Simpson of the Conscientious Projector Documentary Series tells us… This Monday March 21, 7 PM is a rather unique Conscientious Projector. We will be screening last year’s award-winning film “AWAKE” about the man who introduced yoga and meditation to an unsuspecting America in the 1920’s. His name was Yogananda,…and he is the author of the only book Steve Job’s kept on  Continue Reading

Soroptimists’ Extravaganza

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor held their 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza fund raiser March 12th. It was a successful and fun party held at the SJI Yacht Club: superb food (catered by Coho Restaurant), toe-tapping music by the Organic Irish Band (Kirk Fuhrmeister, Mike Cohen and Valerie White), scrumptious Dessert Auction, and, of  Continue Reading

Danna Diaz Letter to the Community

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz Letter to the Community I want to begin my monthly update by thanking our school district’s classified employees. Classified employees include our bus drivers, custodians, kitchen crew, secretaries, office managers, and paraeducators. In short, anyone who is not a teacher! This past week was proclaimed by Governor  Continue Reading

New Homework Help Volunteer

Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

New Homework Help Volunteer in the Children’s Area at SJI Library Meet our newest volunteer Denise Kniola. Denise is a retired elementary school teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She will be at the Library on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm to assist primary grade students with reading and math. Denise will  Continue Reading


Written on March 20, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Opalco Board Candidates Announced Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30th Our local member-owned electric cooperative, Orcas Power & Light Co-op, announces the slate of candidates for its Board of Directors. This is each member’s opportunity to choose the decision makers who set Co-op policies and rates. Every OPALCO member has the right to vote in  Continue Reading

CWR: SeaWorld to End Captive Orca Breeding Program

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:46 am, by

Center for Whale Research Responds to SeaWorld Announcement Last Generation Of Orcas In Its Care “This is a big day in the world of captive cetaceans. We are pleased to learn today that SeaWorld has made a public commitment to end their captive killer whale breeding program. This is a real step forward for those  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Ready. Set. Go. Ok Chamber members and community residents, spring is right around the corner and you know what that means. Visitors! Spring break for schools will begin any time now and the small cruise ships  Continue Reading

Tea & Talk With Opalco

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

Tea & Talk With Opalco Board Member Winnie Adams OPALCO member owners are invited to meet with OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams for tea and talk about OPALCO. The talks are an opportunity to meet directly with an OPALCO Board member. Ms. Adams is hosting two events, the first on Wednesday, March 23rd, 5:00 –  Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor from Darleen Nixon

Written on March 19, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

Dear Editor My sister has Stage Four breast cancer. She was able to enroll in a health insurance program this past year even with this serious pre-existing condition. We have friends that have chronic diseases that previously made it difficult to obtain health insurance because of their pre-existing health conditions. Both my sister and our friends  Continue Reading

Balance for Life Schedule

Written on March 19, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

This weekend, Brickworks will be putting on Balance for Life. A wholesome, healing event with classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday March 19th and Sunday, the 20th. Everything from home cleaning to yoga to balance-through-music will be featured. Here is the Schedule of Activities. A suggested donation for the whole weekend is $50-$120 or  Continue Reading

Feel the Bern in FH

Written on March 18, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

We’ve just heard there’s a Bernie event tonight at the Grange. Here’s more information… Feel the Bern tonight at the Grange Hall. The event will run from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. People are welcome to drop in at anytime. People of all ages are welcome to come learn about Sanders’ campaign message for presidency and  Continue Reading

Middle School Play This Weekend!

Written on March 18, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Ted Strutz shares these photos… Director Jenni Merritt invited me to a rehearsal of the Middle School Play… SALLY COTTER AND THE CENSORED STONE… presented on the Whittier Stage this weekend. It’s a lot of fun, come out and support the kids and be prepared to laugh! Here’s a sneak peek just for you…

Have You Played in the Sun?

Written on March 18, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Brook Ashcraft shares these thoughts with you… These past few days, we have been blessed with lovely whether. The sun is shining down on Friday Harbor’s inhabitants and the water is as smooth as glass. Even the most obscure peaks and ridges of Mt. Baker, Mt. Pilchuck, Mt. Rainier, and our majestic neighbors, the Olympics, can  Continue Reading