Topic: Around Here

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting

Written on April 17, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting  w/AA participation Is there an alcohol problem in your life? On Saturday there will be a free meeting and potluck at the Presbyterian Church you may want to consider. A couple of speakers will be there, Magdalena E. from Renton to speak about Alcoholics Anonymous and Ernesto, also from Renton to talk  Continue Reading

“A Minister and a Therapist walk into a bar ….”

Written on April 16, 2016 at 10:23 am, by

So begins the invitation to the wedding of Beth Purdum and Dave Eden. The two met through the Kiwanis Club, where Dave has given himself responsibility for “member retention.” So when he invited her to have a drink with him at the American Legion and a friend asked her, “Is this a date?” her response  Continue Reading

New Website for SJ County

Written on April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am, by

New San Juan County Website Goes Live San Juan County’s new website went live on April 11th. The new website makes it easier to navigate and find information, conduct business on-line, and be kept abreast of news and alerts affecting county residents and businesses. Check it out! Visit

Congratulations to San Juan County’s newest EMT’s!

Written on April 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

San Juan Island EMS is proud to introduce the county’s newest EMT students. They graduated on April 2nd after attending the program for five months, putting in a total of 190 classroom hours. Students are from Shaw, Lopez and San Juan Island. They are, in the photo: Back row left to right: Kati English, Erin Graham, Isla  Continue Reading

OPALCO Energy Assist

Written on April 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Energy Assist Providing Monthly Bill Credits To 108 Opalco Members Funds Still Available For Low-Income Households OPALCO announced that 108 co-op members have applied for and received a monthly credit on their power bill since the new Energy Assist program began in February. The monthly bill credit ranges from $10/month (one person household) to $25/month  Continue Reading

Home Trust Helps Local Economy

Written on April 12, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island Home Trust shares this press release… Home Trust infuses $1.26 million (so far) into local economy with construction of Sun Rise Phase II Twelve repurposed/recycled homes from Canada are planned for Sun Rise Phase II, with seven homes now on site at the San Juan Community Home Trust’s newest neighborhood of permanently  Continue Reading

Yappy Hour on Wednesday

Written on April 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Mike’s Café and Wine Bar at 135 Second Street will host “Yappy Hour”, a benefit for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor, Wednesday, April 13 from 5:00 – 6:30. Enjoy a glass of award winning wine, or beverage of your choice, plus endless appetizers and help animals at the same time! Grab some friends  Continue Reading

New Home – New Hope

Written on April 11, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s an Update from the Animal Shelter on their project to fund and build a new facility… Dear Friends of the Shelter: We’d like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on the progress we are making prior to groundbreaking for the new shelter. Thanks to the changes in building regulations that have been  Continue Reading

Walk for a Dog

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

Islanders walk over 1,000 miles with their dogs to raise money for Animal Shelter! It’s a well-known fact that folks here on San Juan Island love their dogs. This week marked over 1000 miles walked over the last six months by island residents and their dogs using a smart phone application called, Wooftrax; every mile  Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed to Install Deer Fencing

Written on April 7, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park is looking for 6 volunteers to help put up fencing in the prairie at American Camp on Thursday, April 14th. This prairie is home to the rare Island Marble butterfly– found only on San Juan Island! Fencing off a portion of the prairie will help protect juvenile butterfly (the  Continue Reading

April History Column

Written on April 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

For this month’s history column, a query from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… We know it’s springtime, but where is this? This lovely scenic from the image collection is labeled “Probably Argyle.” But is it? Where exactly do you think this photo was taken? We wonder what this area looks like today. Does  Continue Reading

Sunken Park Poetry Contest

Written on April 5, 2016 at 11:37 am, by

(Ed. note: This story has been updated since it was first published.) Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission sponsors poetry contest Local writers are invited to submit poems inspired by the natural beauty of San Juan Island for the Sunken Park Poetry Contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The winner will read the selected  Continue Reading

Town Earns WellCity Award

Written on April 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm, by

Town of Friday Harbor recognized for commitment to employee health The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced that the Town of Friday Harbor is one of 112 cities, towns, and other local governments to have earned the distinguished WellCity Award. This recognition is awarded annually to entities that meet the AWC Employee Benefit Trust’s stringent  Continue Reading

Sundays at the Summit

Written on April 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm, by

Seeing is Believing – Driving Access at Mount Grant Preserve – Fundraising continues for the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve, a community-wide effort to permanently protect a very special, 141-acre San Juan Island landmark. In order for people to see what all the excitement is about, Mount Grant Preserve will once again be open to  Continue Reading

Lifelong Learning Courses at the San Juan Center

Written on April 4, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Cathy Degnan from the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College tells us…  Join a course on poetry, astronomy, backpacking, or building that (tiny) home you always dreamed of! All these lifelong learning classes described below are held at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor, overlooking beautiful Griffin Bay.

Summer Jobs Available at San Juan NHP

Written on April 4, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Summer employment for young adults can be hard to find on San Juan Island, but the National Park Service is seeking young adults who are interested in starting what could be a life-long career with public land stewardship. As many as six (6) seasonal positions will be opening at San Juan Island National Historical Park  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 4, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Good morning, Friday Harbor! My name is Bowie and I’m part Beagle. The other part is Jack Russell terrier. I should also mention that I’m 100% amazing! If you’re looking for love in a medium-size package I’m your guy! I’m super friendly and love to go for walks. My all-time favorite pastime is cuddling and  Continue Reading

The Salish Seeds Project Work Party

Written on April 4, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Tanja Williamson reaches out from the San Juan County Land Bank… Well March really did roar in like a lion, so we are getting an early start in the Salish Seeds Project – Red Mill Nursery to prepare for a glorious spring and productive summer! When? Saturday, April 9, 2016 1:00pm to 3:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm  Continue Reading

EMS Budget & Levy Update

Written on April 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm, by

This story submitted by Louise Dustrude… Meeting in the shadow of grim budget realities and two failed levies, the public hospital district board on Friday edged closer to setting the level for a levy for Emergency Medical Services to be submitted to the voters in August. The budget currently proposed is still $640,000 away from  Continue Reading

EMS Town Meeting

Written on April 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by

EMS Invites Community to Town Meeting Town Hall meetings sponsored by the San Juan Island EMS will be held on: April 11, at 5:30pm at the Pavilion at Roche Harbor Resort April 12, at 5:30pm at the Mullis Community Senior Center, 589 Nash Street In August 2016, a ballot measure will come before the citizens of San Juan Island proposing a property tax levy  Continue Reading

Eagles Once Again

Written on April 3, 2016 at 8:05 am, by

This story is from the National Park Service… The pair of bald eagles at American Camp , Bertha and Bob Jr. have again produced egg(s) in their nest near the American Camp Visitor Center. However, the number of eaglets won’t be known until they hatch, which is expected around April 20. Visitors are encouraged to  Continue Reading

Tax Help at Mullis Center

Written on April 3, 2016 at 8:00 am, by

Jim Biddick and John Carl will be available to assist with taxes at the Mullis Senior Center on Thursday until April 14 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The tax service is for low to moderate income taxpayers($54,000 gross income). The program is not associated with the IRS TaxAide program and is not a for  Continue Reading