Topic: Around Here


Written on February 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

3rd Saturday Grange Dance, at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. Saturday, February 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. From Seattle, Amy Carroll calling with fiddler Laurel Stone, Craig Shaw on flute and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. No partners or experience are needed and all dances are taught. $10 donation. For more information call 378-3836, or find us on Facebook.

Shaw Island Winter Classic

Written on February 15, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

John Miller shares several images from Saturdays’ 16th annual Shaw Island Winter Classic. The wide image is part of the 20+ racing fleet heading up SJ channel on the way to Wasp Passage. The last image, shot off the stern of SABRA, is the cutter Fiona from Orcas Island Yacht Club, followed by the Islander 30, Emoyeni,  Continue Reading

One Blue Tarp

Written on February 15, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

“They can have my blue tarp when they pry it out from under my cold, dead butt!” So says David in SJCT’s winter play, One Blue Tarp, opening at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm. While the line might sound serious,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

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

Look, I’ll be honest with you. My therapist has suggested I set goals. Mine are as follows: Complete world domination. My own home with a devoted and caring owner before the end of the month. (A fireplace would be nice.) I thought I’d start small and work up to something bigger as time permits. Someday  Continue Reading

Perform at the Fair!

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

Calling Local Musicians & Performers! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, the San Juan County Fair is now accepting applications from local artists and performers for the 2016 Fair. The Fair is proud to feature all types of performances… from acappella groups to dance troupes – do you have a hidden talent you’d like to showcase  Continue Reading

Nelda Hastings

Written on February 15, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Nelda Hastings, longtime Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 4, 2016, following a brief illness. Nelda was born on October 17, 1933, and was raised in Havre, Montana. After graduating high school, she attended a nurse training program at Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. There, she met Frank Hastings, who she later married on September 5,  Continue Reading

Happy Valentine’s from Yesteryear

Written on February 14, 2016 at 11:35 am, by

Happy Valentine’s Day! Mary Jean Cahail shares this collection of Valentines that she found in the Historical Society’s archives. These valentines are dated between 1907 and 1931.

Expanded Role for Home Trust

Written on February 14, 2016 at 11:34 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust Eyes Expanded Role In Affordable Housing On San Juan Island The San Juan Community Home Trust has successfully launched two “permanently affordable” neighborhoods on San Juan Island – the Salal neighborhood on Carter Avenue with 15 individual homes, and the Sun Rise 1 neighborhood on Grover Street with 14 condominium  Continue Reading

Laura Johnston Kohl: Jonestown Survivor

Written on February 14, 2016 at 11:33 am, by

When 914 members of the People’s Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived.  She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. In 2010, she published her book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look. Laura will be talking about surviving the tragedy, living with  Continue Reading

Opalco Offices Open For Business As Usual

Written on February 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm, by

OPALCO offices are open for business today, Friday 2/12/16. All OPALCO offices were closed yesterday following a series of incidents that threatened the safety and security of OPALCO employees. The Sheriff’s office and the FBI are investigating the incidents and report a steady flow of valuable information coming from the community. OPALCO appreciates the cooperation  Continue Reading

Port Plans for Marina Improvements

Written on February 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners invite the public to attend a hearing on the Port’s Waterfront Master Plan on Wednesday, February 24th at Ernie’s Café.  The public hearing will start at 5:00 pm. The Port adopted the Waterfront Master Plan in 2014 to create a development plan for their upland properties and Jackson Beach.  The  Continue Reading

From Snapshots to Great Shots

Written on February 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

From Snapshots to Great Shots: How to Make Better Photographs A Photography Course by Mark Gardner Remember the old adage – a picture is worth a thousand words? Well it’s just not true anymore, even though almost all of us have cameras with fantastic capabilities. A bad picture that you deleted (or should have) is worth nothing,  Continue Reading

Wolverine Basketball

Written on February 12, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

FHHS Student Brook Ashcraft was at the games and shares this report… The rivalry grows between Orcas and San Juan. On February 10th, both capable basketball teams went head to head. Our Lady Wolverines kicked it off with a win of 52-28, staying in control of the board the entire game. Next our ballin’ basketball  Continue Reading

Spring Street Pocket Park

Written on February 11, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor held a public hearing on Tuesday to show preliminary plans for the new “pocket park” set to be installed on Spring Street this year, possibly to be completed before July 4. It is called a “Pocket” Park because because of its small size and limited facilities. Pocket parks are very popular  Continue Reading

Love Letters

Written on February 11, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Helen Machin-Smith and Daniel Mayes perform A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” February 11 through March 6 at the Marie Boe Building at the Fairgrounds. 7:30 Thursdays – Saturdays, and 4:00 Sundays Bring your Valentine, your old friend or your new love. This wonderful, simple play encompasses them all. “a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the  Continue Reading

Native Plant Sale

Written on February 11, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

February and March are GREAT MONTHS for planting! How about adding some native plants to your garden or yard this spring? There’s still time to order them through the Master Gardeners’ 2016 Native Plant Sale. The deadline for pre-orders is March 1st. Plant quantities are limited, so order now! Pick up your pre-orders and some additional  Continue Reading

Job Openings at the Shipyard

Written on February 11, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Jensen Shipyard has a few job openings, both seasonal and year round.  Click for more information and contact Alisa Schoultz at alisa [@] if you’re interested.

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Arriving on the island in 2002 with her husband and three children, Cathy always thought Friday Harbor needed an indoor place for kids to play, but never consider herself for the job. Ten years later, as her kids began to graduate and head off on their own, she decided this need should become a reality  Continue Reading

22nd Annual Knowledge Bowl

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

FH High School student Brook Ashcraft checks in with this story and photo… The 22nd Annual Knowledge Bowl, put on by the hard-working and beloved San Juan Public Schools Foundation, drew people of all ages to watch and participate in a trivial show-down on Monday. Subjects from science to music to Spanish were all featured in this Jeopardy-like match.  Continue Reading

Turandot, Live in HD on Sunday

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Puccini’s Final Opera February 14 An epic fairy tale set in a legendary China is the next edition of The Met: Live in HD series at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, February 14. Puccini’s final opera before his sudden death in 1924, Turandot is loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo  Continue Reading

Farmers Market Now Open for Applications

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Island Farmers Market is now open to applications from new and returning Farm, Food, Art and Craft vendors and Community Organizations. The market is no mere business association, year after year it continues to be a vibrant part of this community and an important representation of local agriculture and business. When the  Continue Reading

Meet the WSU Extension Director Candidates

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Public Invited to Meet WSU San Juan County Extension Director Candidates on Friday, February 19th, 2016 On Friday, February 19th, community members are invited to presentations to be given by the current candidates seeking the WSU San Juan Extension Director position. This event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. The person  Continue Reading