Topic: Around Here

APSFH Says Thanks!

Written on June 30, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

What a night…. I’m still trying to catch my breath! So many people to thank, if I leave anyone out, please add to the list! Thank you to everyone who attended the Wags to Riches Event this year. It definitely was a night to remember! This community is so giving… thank you for helping us  Continue Reading

Belle Vue Sheep Farm

Written on June 30, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Belle Vue Sheep Farm’s legacy to be explored in Boyd Pratt lecture Join historian Boyd Pratt as he explores how agricultural techniques employed by Belle Vue Sheep Farm in the 1850s have had a lasting impact on San Juan Island during a PowerPoint lecture scheduled at 7 p.m., Wednesday July 8 in the San Juan  Continue Reading


Written on June 30, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

You probably already know this but if not – Cynthia (of XYZ Movement Arts, Red Checkered Picnics and “Cynthia’s Of Course”) has opened a new restaurant at 65 Nichols across from the Barking Bird. It’s called… “Cynthia’s“! Breakfast and lunch are the offerings for now, with open hours from 7 am (8 am on Sundays) to 3  Continue Reading

High Speed Internet

Written on June 30, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

High Speed Internet Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? by Merri Ann Simonson Congratulations to Mineral Heights, Mineral Point and The Highlands at Mineral Point for moving forward with the installation of fiber to their neighborhood. Many subdivisions and neighborhoods are in the process of considering the installation and are interested in the process. I  Continue Reading

Campfires Banned At County Parks

Written on June 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm, by

Here’s a note just in this afternoon from San Juan County Parks, Recreation and Fair Department… Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban is now in effect at all San Juan County parks and campgrounds. At this time briquettes may be used in designated fire rings and propane cook stoves are allowed for cooking. County Parks  Continue Reading

Get Help with Technology on Tech Tuesdays

Written on June 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm, by

San Juan Island Library announced today a new program offering individual help with technology problems. Help is available for technology issues such as downloading apps and data, changing smartphone and tablet settings and using their features, using eReaders, and borrowing library eBooks and eAudiobooks. Trained library volunteers, called tech-xperts, will be on hand on Tuesday mornings  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on June 29, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

What’s up? My name is Coulee, but I should have been named “Sinatra” what with my gorgeous blue peepers. I’m told that I’m a flame point Siamese fellow, but to be honest with you, I’m really just a terrific cat. I’m only about six months old, but I already know a lot about life. I  Continue Reading

Rock the Dock!

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

Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to Rotary Club’s 14th annual Rock the Dock street party at the Port of Friday Harbor. Local band, the J-Bots, will keep things lively from 6:00 pm until fireworks begin at dusk. Food and drinks available. Tickets available at the gate. $10 for adults (no price increase in 10 years!)  Continue Reading

The Sentinel – More Than Just a Pretty Boat

Written on June 29, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Sheila Harley from SJI Fire Rescue shares this note about the boat Sentinel… Dear Editor, Since the sentinel has been in the news lately, we thought you might want to know a little bit more about her. And we would like to take the opportunity to emphasize the ban on personal fireworks with the Fourth  Continue Reading

Cascade Falls

Written on June 28, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Aaron Shepard shares this photo from Moran State Park of Cascade Falls. Thanks Aaron!

Open Burning Season Suspended Immediately

Written on June 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm, by

All Residential and Commercial burn permits have been suspended because of the unusually dry weather.  There have already been a number of grass and brush fires throughout San Juan County.  Recreational fires (two feet in diameter or less) are still allowed as long as they’re contained within a suitable fire ring.  However, the State Parks System has banned  Continue Reading

Fire on Goose Island

Written on June 27, 2015 at 10:43 am, by

Sheila Harley of SJI Fire Rescue sends over this notice… Smoked filled the air at Cape San Juan as some time just before 6 PM on Friday evening, June 26, neighbors of Cape San Juan heard a “boom” from the direction of Goose Island, then saw flames coming from the Lopez side of the island.  Continue Reading

Northern Lights!

Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:55 am, by

Local photographer Chris Teren caught some awe inspiring photos and made a video comprised of over 600 still images of the Northern Lights the other night. “How awe-inspiring was it?” you ask – so much that he made the front page of USA Today’s website on Wednesday. If you click over there you can search  Continue Reading

Get-cha Motor Runnin’…

Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

There’s a new motorcycle rental place in town. Actually they’re the ONLY motorcycle rental place in town. It’s U-Ride Motorcycle Rentals and it’s at 25 Nichols Street, right there on the corner of A Street by Roy’s Espresso. You may know of Beast Powersports, over on Carter Avenue? Well owners Larry (Captain) Phillips and his daughter Sierra  Continue Reading

County Parks Administration Office is moving to the Fairgrounds

Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

On Monday, June 29th the County Parks Department will open its doors at the new office located on the southwest corner of fairgrounds main building, near the fairgrounds front gate entrance. During the move from the County Legislative Building on Thursday afternoon and Friday, 6/25 & 26, the Parks office will be closed to walk  Continue Reading


Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Thanks to a generous matching grant of $35,000 from Kings Market and the lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has put together the biggest and best fireworks display ever! Make your donation, small or large. If you can’t put a donation in the jar then  Continue Reading

Cheese and Art!

Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Richard from the Cheese Shop sends this invitation for their event tonight… Another fun thing to do this weekend! San Juan Island Cheese and WaterWorks Gallery are working together to provide an exciting array of flavors for your palate and colors for your visual delight over the next couple of months. You’re invited to an art and cheese  Continue Reading

Heather Keizur and Steve Christofferson

Written on June 26, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

To celebrate her recently released CD, bilingual vocalist Heather Keizur makes a debut appearance at The Rumor Mill in Friday Harbor. Steve Christofferson joins Keizur to share their passion for beautiful music. Keizur and Christofferson have performed together for over six years. According to Keizur, “Someone else was supposed to be playing with me on  Continue Reading

Father Leche Celebrates 60 Years as Priest

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:53 am, by

The Rev. Edward D. Leche, III, Vicar Emeritus of Saint David’s Episcopal Church, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination as an Episcopal Priest. A drop-by “Meet & Greet” event will be held in the Activity Room of The Village at the Harbour from 1-2 pm on Sunday, June 28. Friends, neighbors, and colleagues  Continue Reading

This Beautiful Place is Even More Special Today

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

A renewed marine legacy-in-the-making for all of Orcas Island was celebrated on Thursday, June 18, at the site of a recently completed restoration project on West Beach Creek, just above where it empties into President Channel. Members of the Trudy Erwin family, representatives of the Northwest Straits Foundation and project partners gathered to commemorate removal  Continue Reading

4th of July Friday Harbor Parade

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note from Diana Mancel who is coordinating the parade this year… The 2015 4th of July Friday Harbor Parade is just ten days away! If you haven’t filled out your parade entry application, please do so ASAP – go by the Chamber of Commerce office which is open 10:00 to 4:00 every day.  Continue Reading

First-time Festival!

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

The inaugural Friday Harbor Chamber Musical Festival takes place at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Friday and Saturday, June 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. The Festival is the brainchild of Sasha von Dassow, who moved back to San Juan Island after more than 22 years working as a cellist in Florida. For the past few years,  Continue Reading