Topic: Around Here

Opalco Scholarship Applications Due March 11

Written on February 25, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Opalco Scholarship Applications Due March 11 – Get Up To $1,600 + Co-Op Leadership Camp What do San Juan County high-school scholars say about the Youth Rally and OPALCO’s Scholarship Program? “My sense of the world was changed …” –Brodie Miller, Spring Street School “I made friendships that will last a lifetime…” –Cameron Schuh, Orcas Island High  Continue Reading

New Homes for Hardworking Families

Written on February 24, 2016 at 9:50 am, by

Homes for Islanders held their Key Ceremony and Celebration for 8 families on Tuesday where official completion of their homes was recognized and keys were formally given by HFI and the USDA office of Rural Development. Work is now complete on their homes at Heritage Court, just off of Grover Street near the Elementary School. The new  Continue Reading

Pegasus Down

Written on February 24, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Author Event at Griffin Bay Books Philip Donlay is on a roll. He has just released another Donovan Nash thriller, Pegasus Down, and has picked up many more fans along the way. If you’ve followed Donlay’s Donovan Nash series, be sure to stop in Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday afternoon, March 5, from 2:00—4:00 pm  Continue Reading

Write Doe Bay

Written on February 24, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island is known for its rustic charm, world-class farm-to-table café and its annual music festival, Doe Bay Fest. For the past three years, something else has grown on the resort’s pristine 38-acres: a boutique writing workshop drawing first-class talent. Write Doe Bay unlocks narratives and opens creative paths,  Continue Reading

February EMT of the Month

Written on February 23, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

Humberto grew up in Bridgeport. He has lived on the island for sixteen years. He owns a Home Maintenance and Landscaping business. Humberto has been an EMT for seven years and has been a lieutenant for two years for the Delta Team. His beautiful wife and three children are very supportive of Humberto’s giving spirit.  Continue Reading

Cool Plants and their Fungal Friends

Written on February 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Check out this upcoming presentation by Andy MacKinnon…  Plants are fascinating; fungi are fascinating. But for sheer entertainment value, it’s difficult to beat plants plus fungi! Fungi have been associated with plants since the earliest plants colonized land, and are requisite partners of almost all of our familiar Pacific Northwest plants. Join Andy in this  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on February 23, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service with a hike up Mt. Finlayson led by Raena Parsons. Last month we explored the original road on the island and this month we will get a good look at the newest road.  The walk will be strenuous on good trails, about 3 miles, dogs are  Continue Reading

Survey for Fairgrounds Horse Activity

Written on February 23, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Do You Ride Your Horse at the Fairgrounds? The San Juan County Parks & Fair department is conducting a survey to assess year-round horse activity at the Fairgrounds — targeting residents of San Juan County (ALL islands). If you ride your horse at the Fairgrounds recreationally, have attended Fairgrounds horse events, or just attend the  Continue Reading

Wolverine Winter Playoff Update

Written on February 23, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at Friday Harbor High School, shares this winter playoff update… On To State! Below is a recap of the post season so far and what lies ahead. Wrestling – Our wrestling team just completed their season with three wrestlers participating in the Mat Classic state tournament held this past weekend at  Continue Reading

New EMS Chief

Written on February 22, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

On Friday February 19th, the San Juan Island EMS welcomed Jerry Martin as the new chief.  Many community members came to meet the new chief and socialize at the EMS station near the hospital. Jerry comes from Ferndale with his wife and four kids where he served as a paramedic and firefighter for many years. He is excited to  Continue Reading

Pre-register Online for Dem Caucuses

Written on February 22, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats shares this note… You can now pre-register online if you are planning to attend and vote at one of the San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses at 10 am on Saturday, March 26. You can also complete the required surrogate affidavit form if you will be  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 22, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Don’t let my photo fool you. This is my “mug shot” taken when I arrived at the animal shelter…. before I knew how much fun I was going to have here!   My name is Piper and I’m a 3-year old Blue Heeler girl. I’ve got lots of energy, but don’t worry – I’m working with  Continue Reading

The Conscientious Projector

Written on February 21, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Join documentary series host Rob Simpson for a screening of A Noble Lie. This documentary takes a fresh and in-depth look at the circumstances surrounding the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It presents interviews with police officers, first responders, victims, journalists and investigators whose evidence raises the possibility that not all the perpetrators were brought to  Continue Reading

Opalco To Match Community Reward

Written on February 21, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

At the February 19th board meeting in Friday Harbor, family and friends of the OPALCO Apprentice who was held at gun-point in his home addressed the Board and asked for their help to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Board discussed the community reward offered and voted unanimously to match whatever funds are raised, up to  Continue Reading

Timing is Everything!

Written on February 20, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Join Climate Change Intern, Nancy Fernandez, for an evening of conversation about observation, citizen science and phenology when she presents “Timing is Everything! Plants’ Response to Climate Change and How You Can Help,” at 5:30 pm on February 24 in the community room at San Juan Center, Skagit Valley College. The explorers Meriwether Lewis and William  Continue Reading

Coffee and Conversation

Written on February 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Come Meet Staff and Board from Friends of the San Juans Friends of the San Juans will host a “Coffee and Conversation” on March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at their office at 650 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor. Friends’ staff would like to hear from community members about the environmental and sustainability topics in the  Continue Reading

Academy Awards: Their History and Controversies

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

Join us for a black tie evening (optional) and a fascinating look at the Academy Awards. University of Washington Scholar Lance Rhoades will be presenting clips and stills, a history of the Oscars (highlights and controversies), a preview of what to look for in 2016, and his winner predictions (90% accuracy over the past 3  Continue Reading

Memorial Service for Steve Marler

Written on February 19, 2016 at 11:41 am, by

It is with deepest sorrow that we at San Juan District 3 Fire Department inform you of the passing of our beloved Fire Chief, Steve Marler, on January 28, 2016. Originally from BC, Canada, Steve moved to California as a child and slowly gained interest in firefighting. He attended Columbia Junior College to study fire  Continue Reading

“Spaygetti” Dinner

Written on February 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Tuesday is “Spaygetti” Dinner Day! This Year will be the Animal Shelter’s 8th annual “Spaygetti” Dinner. Don’t miss out on the fun! When: Tuesday, February 23 Time: 4:30 – 6:30 Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12 Where: Brickworks Enjoy delicious food, musical entertainment and a fabulous dessert raffle.

“Electrifying” National Theatre February 22

Written on February 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

One of the hottest tickets in London is coming to San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. National Theatre Live will present an HD screening of the new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses recorded live from London’s Donmar Warehouse, where tickets have been totally sold out. Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus),  Continue Reading

Tragedy of the Commons

Written on February 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Join documentary series host Ken Crawbuck for the screening of This is What Democracy Looks Like. Cut from the footage of over 100 media activists, it captures the historic events of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. The film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through  Continue Reading

Community Reward For Information On Criminal Violence Against Opalco Apprentice

Written on February 19, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

During the early morning hours of February 9, 2016, a newly hired Apprentice Lineman was held at gunpoint in his home on Orcas Island. The assailant made threats against his safety and that of his family. The following day, death threats were scrawled across the front of OPALCO headquarters in Eastsound. The San Juan County  Continue Reading