Topic: Around Here

Letters: SMP Update Opportunity

Written on February 10, 2016 at 5:29 am, by

Tina Whitman of Friends of the San Juans shares this letter… Shoreline Master Program Update Provides an Important Opportunity The more than 400 miles of marine shoreline in San Juan County define our unique community of islands- they are our identity.  Highly productive intersections of land and sea, these shorelines support the marine food web  Continue Reading

Meet the New NPS Superintendent

Written on February 9, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

New National Park Superintendent to Meet Public on February 18 Islanders will have their first opportunity to meet Elexis Fredy, the new superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park at a public reception on February 18 at the San Juan Historical Society, 405 Price St in Friday Harbor. The event will be from 1  Continue Reading

Happy Losar! Tibetan New Year

Written on February 9, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Losar, or Tibetan New Year begins this year on February 8 or 9. In Tibet, Losar is an important holiday and is traditionally celebrated for several weeks. In preparation for the new year Tibetans clean house and at Sakya Kachod Choling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center on top of Mt Dallas we have been busy cleaning the shrine  Continue Reading

Pigs on the Wing

Written on February 9, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Pink Floyd Tribute February 13 Electricity will be in the air in Friday Harbor on Saturday, February 13 when Portland’s Pink Floyd Tribute Band lands at San Juan Community Theatre at 7:30 pm. Pigs on the Wing takes us back to the electric intensity of the Dark Side of the Moon-era Pink Floyd, heavily emphasizing  Continue Reading

Community Pet Food Drive To Start Soon

Written on February 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is asking that people help support local pets and families by donating pet food during its annual Valentine’s Day Community Pet Food Drive. By providing pet food for families in need the animal shelter is able to help pets stay in their homes – where they belong! If  Continue Reading

New CAO for PIMC

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Merry-Ann Keane named chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Merry-Ann Keane, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named interim chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, following the retirement last month of Jim Barnhart. Prior to joining PeaceHealth in 2012 as nurse manager of the Childbirth Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor! My name is Elliott. I’m about 3 months old and I already have my own tennis ball and a personal trainer. I’ve actually been compared to Andre Agassi. I’m looking for a doubles partner – do you play? The ball is in your court, my friend. Let’s start with Love-Love. Stop by  Continue Reading

Fair Vendors, Apply Now!

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is now accepting vendor booth registration for the 2016 Fair. Are you an island artisan selling handmade goods? Is your local business looking to advertise? The Fair is the place to do it! If you are interested, please visit our website for more information on becoming a vendor. Don’t miss  Continue Reading

OPALCO Programs Help Low-Income Households

Written on February 8, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

OPALCO’s Energy Assist Credit and Project PAL Step Up to Help Low-Income Households Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month (average residential bill) to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit to help qualified low-income households pay their electric bills.  Continue Reading

Rock Island Working With T-Mobile

Written on February 7, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

Here’s the latest press release from OPALCO and Rock Island… Rock Island Working With T-Mobile To Accelerate Wireless Internet Services T-Mobile To Offer Cellular Service In San Juan County Rock Island will deliver on its promise to bring wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by  Continue Reading

White-Out Senior Night Basketball Series

Written on February 6, 2016 at 6:05 am, by

Brook Ashcraft of Friday Harbor High School shares this story and photos… At our White-Out Senior Night basketball series, our fans came pumped and our players came ready. The varsity Lady Wolverines started the night off with an intense game. Neck and neck throughout all four quarters, these marvelous ladies came out with a victory  Continue Reading

What We’re Reading

Written on February 6, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

One of the pet projects of Update photographer Aaron Shepard is to take candid shots of people reading downtown and around the harbor. Later, when he zooms into the cover, he can sometimes easily identify the book being read. Other times, he might see only bits of the title or author’s name, and then identifying  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Spring Quarter Registration

Written on February 6, 2016 at 5:19 am, by

Registration for Skagit Valley College Spring Quarter begins February 9th. Registration for Returning Students begins February 9th Registration for New Advised Students begins Feb. 25th. Open Enrollment begins March 10th. Classes begin April 5th. For students who want to begin a new career or upgrade their job skills, Professional/Technical programs are aligned with local and  Continue Reading

Grace Wins Clarinet Competition

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

Just heard that Grace Willows of Friday Harbor entered the high school regional classical music competition and won in her division. Here she is at the San Juan Music Educators Association woodwind solo competition, on January 30, 2016. This performance of the Weber Clarinet Concertino accompanied by Dorothy Baker (piano), won first place and advanced  Continue Reading

How Birds Fly: Photographs and Stories

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

Barbara Jensen, president of SJI Audubon invites you to this lecture on bird flight this weekend… Join us for “How Birds Fly: Photographs and Stories” with Peter Cavanagh.  Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m., Brickworks (150 Nichols St.) in Friday Harbor Sunday, Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m., Orcas Center (917 Mt. Baker Road) in Eastsound Birds fly through our lives every day, their  Continue Reading

Wolverine Winter Playoff Update

Written on February 5, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Rod Turnbull, Athletic Director at FHHS shares these sports updates with you… The ferry system will be able to accommodate an unscheduled stop at Orcas for the 7:30 ferry leaving Friday Harbor on February 10th. So we will host both Orcas boys and girls on Wednesday, February 10th for the first round of the District playoffs.  Our  Continue Reading

New Street Crossings

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:59 am, by

You may have noticed some new crosswalks around town lately. These are all part of the Town’s commitment to safer walking routes. The most obvious ones are on Guard Street at the intersection with Marguerite, and on Spring Street at the intersection of Mullis Street – these 2 new crosswalks include lighted signs that blink  Continue Reading

America’s Boating Course

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Mark your calendar now for the FREE boating course coming up in March. The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering instruction for this class for Free – the only cost is for  the course materials. Get your Boater Education Card (required to operate any boat with an engine of 15hp or more.) What is  Continue Reading

Knowledge Bowl 2016

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

Mark your calendar – the 22nd annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Monday, February 8, at the San Juan Community Theatre. Our fabulous Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:30 and the FH Middle School PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event. There will be  Continue Reading

The Oak Team

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Work Party II on Cady Mountain Preserve Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so it’s official – early spring! Good thing The Oak Team got an early start a couple weeks ago. The momentum continues THIS Sunday and Thom (and the rest of the Oakies) are looking forward to working with you to make space  Continue Reading

Letter About School Levy

Written on February 4, 2016 at 5:33 am, by

Schoolboard chair June Arnold shares this letter… Over the past week I was asked a question regarding the pending Levy which seemed important enough to share with the community:  there seems to be a belief the school district never hires local contractors for any of their construction projects, and therefore island residents should not support  Continue Reading

The Big Snow

Written on February 3, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… We wish we had a photo of San Juan Island in The Big Snow of 1916, but featuring this one taken on Lopez Island may jog someone’s memory that they have a photo we can digitize and preserve in the San Juan  Continue Reading