Topic: Around Here

The Pig War and More

Written on December 1, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

The author of a new book tells about the Pig War and 4 other strange tales of the US-Canadian border. Todd VanDerWerff writes for about a new book by Kevin Lippert… The United States and Canada have longstanding plans to invade one another. Now, whether those plans would actually work is another matter. And it’s clear that both  Continue Reading

Nana’s Holiday House

Written on December 1, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Nana’s Holiday House is back. They’re next door to the Rumor Mill in the old Cotton Cotton Cotton location. Spread the word… they’re open every day after school from 3-5 and Weekends from 11-5. Any donations of new stuff can be dropped off during store hours or at San Juan Holistic Health (across from old medical  Continue Reading

SJISD Superintendent’s Update

Written on December 1, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

SJISD Superintendent’s Update December, 2015 Would you believe we are nearing the end of 2015? Only one more month to go and 2016 is here!! Where did the time go? In February, San Juan Island School District will recommend a Capital and Technology Levy to the voters.   What I would like for you to know  Continue Reading

Shoreline Master Program Update

Written on December 1, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this update on the SMP… As you may be aware, the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) went into effect in March 2014.  The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) has been in the update process for the last few years and is currently out for public comment until December 8, 2015.  Then it will  Continue Reading

OPALCO Rate Increase

Written on December 1, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

OPALCO Board Approves 2016 Budget and Rates – Expect a 5% increase in your power bill OPALCO’s Board of Directors has approved the 2016 budget with measures in place to keep our Co-op financially healthy, following two years of declining energy sales. Members’ bills will go up by an average of 5% beginning in January and a new Energy  Continue Reading

FHES Fundraising

Written on November 30, 2015 at 5:54 am, by

Debbi Fincher shares this update on the FHES Fundraiser… Hi FHES Friends and Families! This is our big fundraiser this school year – instead of asking our kids to sell more stuff to our community, for things they probably don’t want or need, we are doing this social media fundraising campaign. #GivingTuesday actually starts Monday night  Continue Reading

Kevin Ranker at The Bean Today

Written on November 30, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Please join me on Monday, November 30th from 4-5pm at The Bean Café in Friday Harbor for an open office hour. The Bean Café is located at 150B 1st Street in downtown Friday Harbor. I’ll be available to talk about whatever you’d like – from education, to the economy to transportation or just to say hello.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 30, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Look, sometimes a girl just likes to cuddle up in her jammies in the middle of the day, right? I’m Cici and I’m a good little dog. That’s what I’m told, anyway. All my friends at the animal shelter say so. My friend, Lisa Holt from San Juan Island Dog Training says so too. She’s  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College Registration Now

Written on November 30, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Registration for Winter Quarter is going on now at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin Tuesday, January 5. Registration for Returning Students and New Advised Students is going on now. Open Enrollment starts Thursday, December 3. For students who want to step into a new career or upgrade their job skills, SVC’s Professional/Technical programs are aligned with  Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Thanks

Written on November 29, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

We have received many “Kudos” and “Thank yous” for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and they are very appreciated. A big event does need someone to organize it; BUT it also does not come together without the effort and hard work of countless volunteers. We had 117+ volunteers this year and over 500 diners. For the  Continue Reading

Two Performances Added

Written on November 28, 2015 at 10:04 am, by

Helen of Island Stage Left shares some “Shining City” news… We have added two performances since we have been full at almost all shows and receiving rave reviews (audience comments below) – so the rest of the run is, at the SJ County Fairgrounds: Friday November 27th and Saturday the 28th at 7:30 Sunday November  Continue Reading

Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Written on November 27, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Start your holiday season off by attending a time-honored island event. The San Juan Historical Museum’s heritage buildings will be decorated in holiday finery and aglow with sparkling lights. The Island Chordsmen Plus and others will take the lead in traditional caroling. Children of all ages will delight in the winter wonderland train set and  Continue Reading

Patty Brightman Steps Down

Written on November 27, 2015 at 5:24 am, by

Heather Spaulding shares this note… After 18 years of service to San Juan County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Patty Brightman will be stepping down as Staff Manager. She has been an integral part of the team from the organization’s humble beginnings in May of 1997, when she attended one of DVSAS’ first  Continue Reading

The Dawgs vs The Cougs

Written on November 26, 2015 at 6:00 am, by

Mike Martin and Donny Galt share this story of friendly rivalry… It’s that time of year! Time to get friends and family together and enjoy some football on TV, and a Thanksgiving Feast. And then, the day after, friends and families will be torn apart by the Apple Cup. Donny Galt and Mike Martin are a  Continue Reading

Maya’s Calendars

Written on November 25, 2015 at 11:16 am, by

Jim Maya is printing up some calendars with his beautiful wildlife photos, (3 of which you see here) and they would make wonderful gifts for people on your list. Here’s Jim with more info… It’s a 13 month, high quality, limited edition calendar. Each page is 8.5 x 11. When it’s opened up: 11×17. The  Continue Reading

Intra-Squad Swim Meet

Written on November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am, by

San Juan Island Fitness is happy to announce their first intra-squad swim meet will be held on Saturday, Novemeber 28 at Noon. Come to the pool at 435 Argyle Avenue and cheer on our local swimmers as they compete against each other and race for personal best times. Due to the meet, regularly scheduled family swim will be  Continue Reading

Government Contracts Workshop

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

EDC offers workshop on government contracts Are you interested in doing business with the government?  Join the San Juan Economic Development Council (EDC) for a two-hour seminar on San Juan Island, which will provide information on the goods and services that state and federal agencies buy, and how they buy them.  The workshop will also  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing?

Written on November 25, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

A quarterly review of County finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2015 A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. The cartoon  Continue Reading

This Weekend at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay has a couple of events going on this weekend: First up is the Author event with Ann Hedreen, discussing her book “Her Beautiful Brain” on Saturday, and then local author Rod Kulbach and his book “Seventeen Stories…and More” on Sunday. Click below for the rest of the story… Her Beautiful Brain – Griffin Bay  Continue Reading

No Cookie Dough, Poinsettia or Gift Wrapping Sales Here!

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

This holiday season at Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) the PTA is funding excellence through a social media campaign on Deposit A Gift. FHES PTA wants to value the time of their already busy students and families. We want students to be home with family after school, focusing on studies or engaged in some fun  Continue Reading

Beginner’s Swing Dance with Bill & Rita Ament

Written on November 24, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

A fabulous fun-filled class where you learn routines to dance to any style of music. Students love coming to our Swing classes. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00 pm, December 2, 9, 16 & 30 at Dance Workshop 2. Register now, or before Sunday, November 29th. Call 378-9628. Also: Get rid of your winter blues and dance in the joy of Zumba with Bill  Continue Reading


Written on November 23, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Jim Maya of Maya’s Legacy Whalewatching shares this beautiful image of a humpback they saw last week. Thanks Jim!