Topic: Around Here

Chamber Chat

Written on December 21, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s this month’s Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President Wow, the year sure did go by quickly. It has been a busy year of changes at your Chamber of Commerce. A new Executive Director, remodeling the visitor center, showcasing local artists, shifting focus to  Continue Reading

Elsa the Snow Queen in Friday Harbor for the Frozen Sing-along at the Community Theater.

Written on December 21, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Our roving photographer, The Queen Bee, took time from singing along to catch Elsa in a nice moment with some of her fans.

May the Popcorn Be With You…

Written on December 20, 2015 at 6:29 am, by

The Palace Theater’s Aaron King has brought in some high-powered help to make sure your popcorn gets to you in time for the start of Star Wars. I have it on good authority that Kristin’s helper is Storm Trooper Rhiannon.

SJI Service Scholarship Program

Written on December 20, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Dear San Juan Island Neighbor & Friend, May your holiday season be filled with joy and thanks for the gift of living in such a special place! As you may already know, the mission of San Juan Island Service Scholarship is to support higher education and promote volunteerism among our community’s youth.  Students who have  Continue Reading

Open for New Year’s?

Written on December 19, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Hey all you local store owners, found this email (below) in the San Juan Update mailbag today, and I’m not quite sure how to answer. I figure this is your chance to let people know what your store hours will be on New Year’s Day: Hi There, Being from a small town myself, I’m wondering if  Continue Reading

E-Cigarettes Ordinance

Written on December 19, 2015 at 5:17 am, by

This week the county board of health passed an ordinance relating to the sale, use, and availability of e-cigarettes, becoming one of the first counties in the state to tackle this subject. The ordinance was drafted by county health officer Dr. Frank James. The regulations — such as requiring photo I.D. and banning sales to  Continue Reading

Holiday Shopping For Your Furry Friends

Written on December 18, 2015 at 6:49 pm, by

For gifts for your friends and their pets, check out the Animal Shelter Holiday Shoppe located behind the General Deli. Proceeds go toward building the new Animal Shelter on Cattle Point Road.

Family Holiday Events at San Juan Community Theatre

Written on December 18, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre celebrates the season with presentations of two holiday classics and a family-friendly opera on the big screen in December. On Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m., the sing-along version of Disney’s Frozen will have kids of all ages humming “Let it go, let it go…” throughout the holidays. The animated hit  Continue Reading

The Force Has Awakened

Written on December 18, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Kevin Holmes captured this image of people lining up, some in costume, for the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the theater on Thursday night. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

EMT Of the Month

Written on December 18, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Francis has led a most interesting life. He was born in the west central lowlands of Scotland, was a B-52 pilot during the Vietnam War and afterward attended USC, Berkeley, and Cal State in LA where he completed multiple Masters degrees in Zoology. His professional career was in the Medication Industry. Francis has steadfastly served  Continue Reading

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Library

Written on December 17, 2015 at 11:28 am, by

San Juan Island Library offers a host of special holiday events for children, families, and teens… After School Arts Ornament Making on Thursday, December 17: 3:15-4:15 PM in the Meeting Room  *Make holiday ornaments. Light refreshments served.  Appropriate for elementary school children.    Santa Storytime with Special Guests, Friday, December 18, 10:30 AM in the Main Salon  *Hear holiday songs  Continue Reading

Another new Baby in J Pod!!

Written on December 17, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this press release… For More Information: see our website Another new Baby in J Pod!! Designated J54 – sex unknown. Mother is J28, a twenty-two year old female Southern Resident Killer Whale in the Pacific Northwest. The mother had a previous baby designated J46, a female, born in 2009  Continue Reading

Island Lights Noel

Written on December 17, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Aaron Shepard checks in with another beautiful photo – this one was shot at the Island Lights tree lighting festival last week. For more of Aaron’s photos of the Island Lights Festival, visit his photo blog, “An Islander’s Eye.” Thanks for sharing Aaron!

Get Your Photo at the APSFH Holiday Shoppe!

Written on December 17, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

It’s not too late to have your photo taken with Skipper and Top Cat at the Animal Shelter’s Holiday Shoppe! Stop by the shop, located on Spring Street next to the Chamber of Commerce, Saturday between noon and 2:00 and join in the fun! There are lots of great gift ideas at the shop too,  Continue Reading

State Offers Grants for Outdoor Education, Recreation

Written on December 17, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

OLYMPIA – The State today begins accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside program, which is aimed at giving at-risk children outdoor experiences. The No Child Left Inside grant program is funded by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). The grants are  Continue Reading

Winners of EDC’s Business Plan Competition

Written on December 16, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

Winners of Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition lauded at awards luncheon The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is excited to announce the winners of their first annual business plan competition, Launch San Juan Islands. The winners and all finalists were lauded at an awards luncheon at Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor, on December 1st, 2015.  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College awarded $2,107,806

Written on December 16, 2015 at 5:29 am, by

Skagit Valley College awarded $2,107,806 in US Department of Education Title III funds MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Skagit Valley College (SVC) has received a five-year, $2,107,806 Title III grant from the United States Department of Education. SVC received the grant under the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. “Skagit Valley College is dedicated to  Continue Reading

Bob Myhr to Retire

Written on December 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm, by

Bob Myhr to Retire from OPALCO Board with nearly 30 Years of Service   UPDATED 12-18-15: OPALCO Board Member Bob Myhr will retire at the end of the year. Myhr is currently serving as Vice President and represents District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands). He joined the Co-op in 1967 and was elected  Continue Reading

SJIMA Exhibits for 2016

Written on December 15, 2015 at 9:28 am, by

San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens 2016 with a powerful set of exhibitions by Ai Weiwei, Dana Lynn Louis, and Francisco Goya January 23 – April 11, 2016 The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is set to start its 2016 season with three extraordinary exhibitions, linked by the common thread of human rights:  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter Candidates

Written on December 15, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Sheila Harley checks in with the final “Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter” column for 2015… The young gentlemen pictured above are in the FireFighter recruit class which is nearing the end of its instruction period. They started class in September, working very hard all the way through, and are to take their final written and practical  Continue Reading

Mike Adams

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Mike Adams of Friday Harbor has kidney failure.  There are over 100,000 people all over the country that live with the need of a kidney transplant while they suffer in silence, waiting for their call.  Mike wants to open your eyes and your heart and thoughts to the life-giving gift of organ donor transplant. Please  Continue Reading

Salmon Recovery Projects Awarded more than $44 Million in Grants

Written on December 14, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership today announced the award of $44.3 million in grants to organizations around the state for projects that will restore salmon habitat and conserve pristine areas, all targeted at bringing salmon back from the brink of extinction. Projects in San Juan County were awarded $952,319  Continue Reading