Topic: Around Here

SJI Real Estate Market Summary

Written on July 15, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker SJI shares this quarter’s news… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very similar to 2014 as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of only 2% over the same period. The number of transactions was down slightly  Continue Reading

Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us

Written on July 15, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Author Talk & Book Signing on July 22 with David Neiwert Come to The Whale Museum on Wednesday, July 22, at 5:30 pm for an Author Talk & Book Signing with David Neiwert, author of the newly released book “Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us”. David explores an extraordinary species and  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

Written on July 15, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

Third Saturday Contradance at the San Juan Island Grange hall, 152 First Street. 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday July 18th Laura Mé Smith from Seattle calling with “Cobbler”. Sponsored by SJI Grange #966. All are welcome. No partner needed. All dances taught. Donation $10

MacKaye Harbor Water District Special Three-day Candidate Filing Period

Written on July 15, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

On June 29th, the San Juan County Council adopted a resolution to call for an election for the formation of MacKaye Harbor Water District and to also call for a special filing period for the election of three commissioners to serve on the proposed district. Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted starting July 22nd at  Continue Reading

Elwha Out for Summer

Written on July 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm, by

This just in from WSF… The 48-year-old Elwha will remain out of service for approximately four months while crews perform emergency repairs to a drive motor. We realize having one of our mid-sized vessels out for an extended period of time puts a strain on travelers, especially during the height of our busiest season. Until  Continue Reading

From Friday Harbor to the Edge of the Solar System

Written on July 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm, by

Updated to include photo below from Luxel. Just got this note from David Grove over at Luxel Corporation – it seems there are some Friday Harbor products passing Pluto right now… I thought you might like to know that one of the instruments on the New Horizons satellite (now arriving at Pluto) uses filters made  Continue Reading

Helping Out Pam

Written on July 14, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Local artist, Pamela Hoke, known nature artist, and active community ambassador of arts education and ecotherapy, needs your help. She was diagnosed with breast cancer May 2015. She is still in early stages of treatment and diagnosis. She has had two successful surgeries, and will be facing a fairly aggressive treatment journey through the summer  Continue Reading

Early Morning Fire on Snowberry Lane

Written on July 14, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Sheila Harley turns in this SJIF&R Report… Fifteen firefighters answered the call at 2:45 AM Monday to Snowberry Lane. Fifteen minutes after the call went out from Dispatch, the first engine was on scene reporting flames reaching into the trees from two small out buildings. The flames were soon knocked down but the smoke from  Continue Reading

Musicians and Performers Wanted

Written on July 14, 2015 at 5:33 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is looking for talented individuals to perform at this year’s Fair. Click the poster to enlarge for more info.

Introducing: San Juan Puzzles!

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

San Juan Puzzles are here! Tom, Tami and Levi Doenges are the proud owners of the newest jigsaw puzzle business on San Juan Island. It all started earlier this year when they were building a puzzle of Tom’s home state of Michigan – A discussion began about the way puzzles bring families together; a discussion which spawned the  Continue Reading

Chasing light and Shadows

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:51 am, by

Keith Busha shares this invitation to view his show up at the lobby of the San Juan Community Theatre… Hi Tim, I wanted you to know that during the month of July I will be having a showing of my newest photographs in the San Juan Community Theater Lobby. The show is called “Chasing light  Continue Reading

Help Out with the Photo Exhibit

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Miles Crossen is the Superintendent of the Photo Exhibit at the Fair again this year, and because this is such a huge and popular exhibit, he could use some help. Here’s the skinny… Hi Tim, It’s that time of year again. Could I get you to post another note in the Update letting folks know  Continue Reading

Roberto the Magnificent

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

Roberto the Magnificent is coming to the island and he will perform as part of the San Juan Island Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program  at Friday Harbor Elementary School on Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30 pm. Roberto is one of the most in-demand entertainers for outdoor fairs and festivals. He has appeared on ESPN Top 10  Continue Reading

Beachwalkers and Birders Wanted

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other  Continue Reading

Sea Otter Conservation

Written on July 13, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series – Author Talk & Book Signing: Sea Otter Conservation Presented by Shawn Larson The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Shawn Larson as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. Shawn will present her new book Sea Otter Conservation, discussing the sea otters unique  Continue Reading

Big Benefit for Islander Terry Ogle

Written on July 11, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

This is going to be a really big, fun event! Buy your ticket now for the August 29, 2015 Benefit for Terry Ogle at SJ County Fairgrounds. There will be a delicious BBQ dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing to the fun blues/rock music of the Henry James Band. Help is needed for this event  Continue Reading

Soulful Folk at SJCT July 14

Written on July 11, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Southern-raised sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith are redefining folk music with their soulful style, banjo and fiddle duets and poetic harmonies. The duo’s band, Rising Appalachia, shares those harmonies at San Juan Community Theatre on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. Having been raised in the American South with Appalachian lullabies at night and  Continue Reading


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

Kevin Holmes shares this beautiful sunrise he caught from the early ferry Thursday morning. Thanks Kevin!

Antony and Cleopatra in HD July 13

Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

One of Shakespeare’s most romantic tragedies is presented in high definition cinema at San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 pm. The screening of Antony and Cleopatra was recorded live for Canada’s Stratford Festival HD and was produced at the annual festival in Stratford, Ontario, which attracts many of the greatest Canadian, British  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Family Kickball

Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

July 2015 marks 30 years of Park and Recreation Month. Island Rec wants to celebrate with a little family friendly Kickball Game. And since the theme this year for Park and Recreation Month is Celebrating Since 1985, what would be better then just Kickball??? 80s Style Kickball! July 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Friday  Continue Reading

Churches Support Food Bank

Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

David Bentley shares this news from St. David’s… Bill Waxman, Senior Warden at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Madelyn Busse, President of the Congregational Council of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans, presented a check to Pat Vannest and Mark Schwinge, Board Members of the Friday Harbor Food Bank, on July 8. The two  Continue Reading

S.S.I.S. Teacher to Explore Aboard the Vessel “Nautilus”

Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Timothy Dwyer Selected To Explore The Ocean Aboard Titanic Shipwreck Discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus Educators and students participate in groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology and archaeology in the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific Timothy Dwyer, a science and mathematics teacher at Spring Street International School, has been selected as a  Continue Reading