Topic: Around Here

Washington’s 2016 Party Caucuses and the Presidential Primary

Written on February 19, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

Clare Kelm, President of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans shares this letter about elections this year… This is a presidential election year so the election process is different than during other years. Prior to the November 8, 2016, general election, Washington voters can participate in the party caucuses, the Presidential Preference  Continue Reading

Memorial Service for Georgia Baciu

Written on February 18, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

A memorial service for Georgia Baciu will be held on Saturday, February 20, at 11:00 am in Saint David’s Episcopal Church. Georgia died December 12, 2015. Her ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony with her family after the memorial service. Saint David’s Church is located on the corner of Park and Marguerite.

Veterans facts about “Choice”

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

An informative session for rural Veterans regarding the “Choice” program, has been scheduled to take place in Friday Harbor at the Grange on Saturday, Feb 20th at 1-3:30pm. This in person session is brought to you by WA State Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “Choice” was developed and implemented to bring a veterans mental and health care benefits closer  Continue Reading

A Hole in the M/V Samish

Written on February 17, 2016 at 9:03 am, by

According to KOMO News, the new ferry M/V Samish has a leak just below the waterline. Divers did an inspection and found a hole about the size of a quarter. Read more on KOMO’s website.

Garbage Archaeology Day

Written on February 17, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Come and learn about Taxonomy with Dr. Candace Gossen and what is washing ashore at Deadman Bay. Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center Anthropology students, are analyzing beach trash collected over the last year and are offering the chance to learn about Garbage Archaeology. Dr. Candace Gossen is a Professional Registered Archaeologist, specializing in Environmental  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on February 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President shares this month’s Chamber Chat… February Social Great thanks go out to Penny & Don Torkington of Sundries Court, Gail & Randy Schnee of Cotton, Cotton, Cotton and Tracy James of Eagle Mortgage for hosting this month’s Chamber of Commerce social. Sundries Court (formerly  Continue Reading

Primaries and Caucuses

Written on February 17, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the first in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. 2016 is a special year in elections. Not only is it a Presidential election year, it’s also a year in which we  Continue Reading

Get Familiar with your iPad

Written on February 17, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Get basic instruction in using an Apple iPad. Learn how to use built-in apps like the camera and Siri and how to connect to WiFi, find websites, and download apps. Bring your iPad and your Apple ID and password. Please register at the Library: limited space available. Thursday, February 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm  Continue Reading

EMS Open House

Written on February 17, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

You’re invited to the EMS Open House. Come and Meet our new Chief! Friday February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the EMS Building at 1079 Spring Street. There will be Cookies and Tea, opportunity to talk to an EMT or Medic and you’ll see where all the action starts!

Animal Shelter Volunteer of the Month

Written on February 16, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Suzanne Brynner is the Animal Shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Suzanne is currently pursuing her certification as a professional dog trainer and Canine Nose Work Instructor. Suzanne spends time almost every day working with dogs at the shelter. In doing so, she helps to instill confidence in dogs who have been through a  Continue Reading

Chordsmen at the Pool

Written on February 16, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Cinda Sue Dow shares this photo of the Island Chordsmen Plus, who did a surprise performance for the senior water arobic class last Friday.


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