Topic: Around Here

Charter Review Commission to be Elected in 2020

Written on March 17, 2020 at 10:26 am, by

Over the first eight months of 2005, a group of 21 County residents, representing a range of ages and politics, from all of the county’s geo-political districts, met sixteen times for the sole purpose of proposing a home rule charter for San Juan County.  This “San Juan County Board of Freeholders” sent two documents to  Continue Reading

Construction in Anacortes May Slow Down Ferry Traffic

Written on March 15, 2020 at 9:19 am, by

Don’t travel now if you don’t need to but if you do… Passengers driving to the Anacortes terminal will want to give themselves some extra time starting next week. The city of Anacortes will begin construction work on a roundabout at the intersection of SR 20 Spur/Oakes Avenue and Ship Harbor Boulevard/Glasgow Way on Monday,  Continue Reading

A Message From The Mullis Community Senior Center

Written on March 15, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take seriously. The San Juan County Health Department recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay at home and away from large groups of people. People at higher risk include those: Over 60 years of age With underlying  Continue Reading

San Juan Island School District To Close

Written on March 13, 2020 at 4:45 pm, by

Dear Parents, Families and staff, Though there are no cases of coronavirus on San Juan Island, as the Superintendent of San Juan Island School District, I will be closing schools effective Tuesday, March 17 – Thurs, March 19.  Remote tele-schooling will begin on Friday, March 20 through April 24. All parent conferences next week are  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library To Close

Written on March 13, 2020 at 4:06 pm, by

Dear Patrons, We want to express our gratitude for your support and patience during the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to Governor Inslee’s announcement today that all Washington State schools were to close, the San Juan Island Library has made the difficult decision to also close the Library, effective Sunday, March 15th. This closure is in accordance with our Epidemic and Pandemic Response policy and will  Continue Reading

Social Distancing: Advice for Islanders From San Juan County Health & Human Services

Written on March 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm, by

Advice from San Juan County Health & Community Services… Help slow the spread of COVID-19! Why? Because slowing the spread benefits all islanders even once the disease is here. To reduce transmission, schools may close, meetings and events might be rescheduled, and some people might work from home. Here’s what YOU can do to help:  Continue Reading

Library Event, Great Decisions, Cancelled

Written on March 12, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

The library event Great Decisions: Red Sea Security that was to be held on March 23 has been cancelled.

March Madness at Waterworks Gallery

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Waterworks Gallery will be open Friday, March 13, Saturday March 14, and Monday March 15 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (or by appointment). The gallery will reopen for its 35th season on Thursday April 23. Link to: Waterworks Gallery Link to: Waterworks on Instagram

Islanders Bank: We Care About Your Health

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

At Islanders Bank, we value the health and safety of our communities, customers and employees. In light of recent concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring and following all CDC and health department prevention recommendations. Customers are encouraged to stay home if you’re ill. Islanders Bank offers 24/7 online & mobile banking tools enabling  Continue Reading

Backdoor Kitchen to Reopen This Friday

Written on March 10, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

We hear from Backdoor Kitchen… Backdoor Kitchen will re-open for dinner on Friday the 13th of March. We will be serving dinner Friday-Sunday 5-9ish and Monday the 16th will be the first Noodle Bowl Monday.

VOTE! Primary Ballots Are Due Today!

Written on March 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Don’t forget to vote in this year’s Presidential Primary election. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 10 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 pm March 10. There are three parts to your ballot that you must complete. 1. Vote for your preferred candidate. Some candidates have dropped out since  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Saint Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Canceled

Written on March 9, 2020 at 6:55 pm, by

With an abundance of caution and respect for the health of our island community, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, has canceled our Saint Patrick’s Day Extravaganza annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. We have come to this difficult decision in light of the San Juan County Public Health Department’s recommendation that gatherings of  Continue Reading

Live Stream Update on the Status of COVID-19 Today, March 9 at 3:00 pm

Written on March 9, 2020 at 11:16 am, by

Live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm San Juan County will host a live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm.  The link for the live stream is:,5838. The broadcast update will include staff from San  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on March 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Single, mostly-white female seeks companionship, snacks and fashion advice from a like-minded individual.  If you like spunky girls who are fond of treats and like to dress up for fancy occasions, we should meet.  I’m Jackie-O…a fancy, yet simple girl.  I like snuggling on the sofa, reading Bride magazines and watching British murder mysteries on  Continue Reading

Happy International Women’s Day!

Written on March 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm, by

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. Here, island women lead the way at the 2017 Women’s March…

Third Saturday Contra Dance at the Grange

Written on March 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

“We will reschedule once this scourge has passed.” WHAT: Third Saturday Contra Dance WHERE: Grange Hall in Friday Harbor WHEN: Saturday March 21st. 7 till 9 PM PRICE: $10 donation at the door, $5 students  MORE DETAILS: This month our dance features Gwen Rousseau as caller and the band Improper.  Gwen is a popular caller from  Continue Reading

Two Library Events Cancelled

Written on March 8, 2020 at 5:02 am, by

Two events planned to take place at San Juan Island Public Library “Here’s to the Women” (Wed. March 11 at 7 pm) and the Museum Show and Tell (Wed. March 18) have been cancelled.

Public Works to Receive Barge of Chip Rock at Jackson’s Beach

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from San Juan County Public Works… Next week (March 9 – 13) San Juan County Public Works will be receiving a barged delivery of chip rock at Jackson’s Beach. Barge offloading operations are expected to occur between the hours of 7am and 5pm. The chip rock will be temporally stockpiled upland of the beach  Continue Reading

SJIMA Book, A Story in Pictures, Celebrates Family Art Days

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

After three successful years of free Family Art Days at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) not only is the program offered year-round, but there is a new book available. A Story in Pictures book honors the work and talent of many families who choose to spend Saturday afternoons at SJIMA. This booklet  Continue Reading

FHFF Presents: The Biggest Little Farm, Q&A on Local Family Farms

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival Best of the Fest Winner Winter Series presents The Biggest Little Farm, by award winning film director John Chester. San Juan Island Food Co-Op manager Kristin will be present for Q&A: Why we support local family farms and how that sustains our island community. Don’t miss this “fresh air for the  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library District Seeks Fundraising Development Director

Written on March 6, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Library District ( is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, experienced individual to oversee and direct a capital campaign for building a new library on scenic San Juan Island.  The successful candidate will work with the District’s Board and Library Director to develop a capital campaign strategy, organize and train capital campaign volunteers, and  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month: Melina and Ottilie

Written on March 5, 2020 at 5:27 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Melina Lagios and her canine companion, Ottilie are the March Volunteers of the Month. Melina and Ottilie have been volunteering at the shelter for several months for doggie play dates and socialization.  Thanks so much, Melina and Ottilie, for making a difference in  Continue Reading