Topic: Around Here

Residential Building Applications to get “Lean”

Written on November 13, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

As Community Development Director Sam Gibboney prepares to move a new position in County government, she is coordinating a sea change in the application process for residential building permits. Gibboney estimates that half of the residential building permit applications submitted in San Juan County encounter delays because documentation is incomplete or required information is missing.  Continue Reading

Vietnam Veterans Reception

Written on November 13, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this recap of the reception held earlier this week on Veteran’s Day… Friday Harbor Grange #225 hosted Vietnam veterans at a reception held at the Mullis Community Center on Thursday, November 12.  There are 157 Vietnam veteran members of American Legion 163 and each was sent an invitation to the event. During the  Continue Reading

Educational Opportunity Award

Written on November 13, 2015 at 9:42 am, by

$2,000 Educational Opportunity Award Available from Friday Harbor Soroptimists Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) is offering a $2,000.00 “Educational Opportunity Award.” This award helps women to overcome financial difficulties and better their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award to offset any costs of higher education, such as tuition,  Continue Reading

Note of Appreciation

Written on November 13, 2015 at 9:40 am, by

To my island neighbors, I wish to thank the many people who supported and encouraged me during this past election.  I have new friends and a deeper appreciation of the many islanders who unselfishly devote their time and efforts to serving each other. I won’t be taking a seat on the 2016 Public Hospital District  Continue Reading

Gordon Steele Celebration of Life

Written on November 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm, by

Just heard that a Celebration of Gordon Steele’s Life will be held at the San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, November 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Successful 1st Quarter for SJ Puzzles

Written on November 12, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Puzzles shares this update on where things are at with their new business… San Juan Puzzles President Levi Doenges was happy to hand out checks as first payments for the use of photos turned into puzzles sold thus far. These artists have offered their keen photographer works and paintings to make this business  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month

Written on November 12, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

The SJI Chamber of Commerce announces their Featured Member of the Month: WaterWorks Gallery… History In 1985, Ruth Offen left her San Francisco gallery job and moved to San Juan Island. Facing an abysmal job market, she turned to what she knew best – art. With a leap of faith and a limited inventory, she  Continue Reading

At the Library this Weekend:

Written on November 12, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Indian Spices with Sandhya Sreerama Following on from her popular Indian cooking workshop, Sandhya is back! Come and learn about spices used in Indian cooking, from well-known to lesser-known varieties and taste two of Sandhya’s favorite spice-based recipes. Saturday, November 14 1:30 – 4:00 pm San Juan Island Library meeting room, free. ********* Open Mic  Continue Reading

Winter Preparedness Program

Written on November 12, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its fall evening program series with Winter Preparedness on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7pm preceded by a potluck at 6pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come join us for a program on how to prepare for and enjoy in comfort  Continue Reading

Shining City Starts this Friday

Written on November 11, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

Here is an updated post on this upcoming play, this time with some beautiful photos by John Sinclair of Concepia.com… “A triumph of the human spirit” Do not miss this haunting and finely honed piece of contemporary theatrical magic. It is truly exceptional. John, a recently bereaved sales rep, is haunted by the presence of  Continue Reading

Fall Rummage and Bake Sale

Written on November 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Islanders get the chance to find bargains galore and to help Friday Harbor High School seniors at the same time on Saturday, November 21. Project Grad Night 2016 is hosting a fall Rummage and Bake Sale at the FHHS Commons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds raised will be used to help with Grad  Continue Reading

STEM Dedication and Tour

Written on November 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm, by

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker was on the island Tuesday and attended a dedication and tour of the high school’s new STEM center. Senator Ranker was influential in his support for the state grant funding needed to remodel the building from a wood shop/auto mechanics shop/storage facility to a state of the art STEM Learning  Continue Reading

Mike Vouri to retire December 31; Retirement Party set December 15

Written on November 10, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

Mike Vouri shares this retirement announcement with you… This is Mike. I’ll be frank. I’m writing about my own retirement coming up December 31. Who else would write it? I’m the one who’s been doing the press releases for the park for 20 years. That’s right, after 20 years, nine months and 26 days I’m  Continue Reading

Owls on SJ Island this Week

Written on November 10, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

It’s been a big owl week on SJI – a Burrowing Owl was seen at American Camp and this weekend there was a Snowy in the San Juan Valley. The Burrowing was most likely a bird in migration (good info about them via our libraries and the database “Birds of North America”) and has not  Continue Reading

2016 Dog Tags Available Monday, November 23

Written on November 10, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Bungie, a female golden retriever owned by Roy Kight of Friday Harbor, received honorary license number #0001 to kick off San Juan County’s 2016 dog licensing season. All dogs in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor are required to be licensed annually. The Auditor’s Office and several other vendors around the County  Continue Reading

Rummage Sale Community Project

Written on November 10, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Don’t forget to clean out those cupboards and closets to help the animal shelter this Friday! For her Community Project, Friday Harbor High School student, Yesenia Salas-Trujillo is hosting a Rummage Sale this Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in the high school cafeteria and she needs your help with donations of  Continue Reading

Family Carnival at Fairgrounds November 14

Written on November 9, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

FANtastic carnival fun returns to the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fourth annual FANS Carnival (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) features some 21 activity/game booths, including the popular “cake walk,” inflatable bouncy houses (including a 19-foot tall fire truck slide), a new basketball skills  Continue Reading

Round The County Race

Written on November 9, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

John Miller shares these notes and photos from this year’s Round the County Sailboat Race… This past weekend saw the largest fleet (113 sailboats) complete in the RTC race, which starts and finishes east of Obstruction Pass, off the southern tip of Orcas. The race is 76 miles long, with a Saturday night overnight in  Continue Reading

Benefit for Island Haven Sanctuary

Written on November 9, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Island Haven Sanctuary will host a Happy Hour Benefit at Mike’s Café and Wine Bar, at 132 Second Street, on Wednesday, November 18, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Julie Duke, Island Haven’s founder, will be on hand to discuss plans for the sanctuary, which hopes to provide safety and shelter for unwanted and homeless animals of all types at  Continue Reading

Sally Knox Winton Bryan

Written on November 8, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

In her own words Sally Bryan was born in New Orleans and raised in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Illinois before going to Mt. Holyoke to college. Marrying, she bore children in California, Boston, New York, and Chattanooga before her husband, a metallurgical engineer, moved to Seattle with Boeing. The Northwest fit the family like a cradle,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on November 8, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are that I’m still here at the animal shelter waiting for my new people to come get me! My name is “Eli” and I came here with my brother, Peyton several weeks ago. Peyton was adopted two weeks ago and I’m still here, feeling pretty lonely about the  Continue Reading

Two Weekends Left for Youth to Finish Community Service Projects and Apply for $500.00 Towards Future Educational Costs

Written on November 7, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue had this to share with us… Students between the ages of 13 and 22 who complete a wildland fire community service project and submit an application by Sunday, November 15, could be the recipient of one of twenty opportunities to receive $500 for future educational costs, or as a donation to  Continue Reading