Topic: Around Here

A Presentation and Book Signing by Susan Middleton

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life at the San Juan Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. June 30, 2015Wildlife photographer and author Susan Middleton shares anecdotes about her field work and the process of creating the stunning images now on display at the IMA exhibition Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life, from her acclaimed book of  Continue Reading

Comments Sought on Proposed Ferry Fare Increase

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Public comments wanted on ferry fare increase proposal  State Transportation Commission to host four public meetings in July, final hearing in August OLYMPIA – Ferry customers and anyone with interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Parks Closed Thursday

Written on June 25, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Fairgrounds Parks to Remain Closed Thursday, June 25. Due to some technical issues with the project, the Skate and Family Parks will need to remain closed to public use through Thursday. The parks should be open for normal operation on Friday, June 26. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pet of the Week

Written on June 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm, by

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Angelo. I’m what the ladies here at the animal shelter call “Eye Candy” because I’m so handsome. I feel it only fair to warn you – I also have a certain amount of charm and dignity, in addition to my good looks.   I’ve recently found myself in need  Continue Reading

Utlity Poles Going Up For Field Communications and Public Safety

Written on June 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm, by

Here’s the latest from OPALCO and Rock Island… OPALCO and Rock Island are making progress on our promise to improve wireless communications in the field for our line crews and for all first responders. The first five poles have been installed throughout the county, and the remainder (about 38 total) will be completed over the  Continue Reading

From Trees to Tap: The Workings of a Working Watershed

Written on June 24, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

Know Your Island Walk – Saturday June 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Meet caretaker Will Hamilton and water systems manager Chad Hoffman for an educational tour of the Briggs Lake area (known as the Roche Harbor Watershed) which is a private forest providing water, wood, wildlife and recreation enjoyed by many islanders. Learn what makes this  Continue Reading

2015 Friday Art Market

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

The Friday Art Market has begun its fourth season on the Brickworks Plaza and will run through September 4th. The art market will run every Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm. This year we are pleased to announce the addition of Bakery San Juan to the Art Market. There will be several new artists joint the the “Artisans  Continue Reading

The Dawn of Visible Life

Written on June 24, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories is pleased to announce the 17th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Stefan Bengtson, Professor emeritus of Palaezoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Bengston will present a free public lecture to the San Juan Island Community on Thursday evening July 2 at  Continue Reading

Help With Recycling

Written on June 24, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Town asks public to exercise caution when using recycling cans The Town of FH appreciates the ongoing efforts of residents and visitors to maintain the town’s clean and green image by utilizing the recycling cans added to the downtown core last summer. It has been noted that many people are now using the recycling cans  Continue Reading

Last Drive-in of the Season

Written on June 24, 2015 at 5:31 am, by

Hop the train to Hogwarts! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be the last Drive-In of the Season! When: Friday June 26th, approx. 10:00 pm, Parking and Concessions open at 8:30 pm. Admission: $5/person, family of 5/$20, ages 5 and under FREE. Plot: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Parks Closed

Written on June 24, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Fairgrounds Parks Closed for Parking Lot Project The fairgrounds family and skate parks will be closed Wednesday, June 24th during the final phase of parking lot re-construction. We ask that all park goers be patient and respect the closure so that the construction crew and equipment can work safely and efficiently. For more information please  Continue Reading

Community Marching Band

Written on June 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm, by

Attention Musicians! We are once again inviting local and visiting musicians to join the Friday Harbor 4th of July Community Marching Band. Participants always have a lot of fun! David Eden will be the leader again this year. Dust off your instrument and join us! Rehearsals are at 7:00 pm June 24th, 26th, 29th,  July 1st, and 3rd.  Continue Reading

The Triumph of Seeds

Written on June 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm, by

Local resident and author of Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, Thor Hanson will discuss his latest publication The Triumph of Seeds. Hear why seeds are so important to our daily lives, and you will come away with a new appreciation for these little wonders. Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00 pm San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Brush Fire on Turtleback Mountain Preserve, Orcas Island

Written on June 23, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

Tanja from the Land Bank shares this story about a wildfire on Orcas Island… On Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2015, the Orcas Island Fire Department responded to an isolated brush fire on the north side of the Land Bank’s Turtleback Mountain Preserve. The fire, which was started by an illegal campfire, charred approximately 150’ x  Continue Reading


Written on June 23, 2015 at 9:24 am, by

Here is a note from Stephanie Prima about Wednesday’s “Chosen” movie event and discussion… Hi Tim, Thank you for running the stories about “All-American” girls who have been trafficked from small towns. Here is the final story (PDF), though this one is told from a mother’s standpoint. It’s a bit longer than the others, but  Continue Reading

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary

Written on June 23, 2015 at 5:56 am, by

The San Juan Islands are getting a new non-profit (because you can never have too many!). Island Haven Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to provide lifetime care and sheltering for animals who, while still able to lead a quality life, are unable to find homes due to old age, chronic illness, handicaps, temperament issues or other  Continue Reading

The Grand Unveiling

Written on June 23, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

This little piggy went to market… Guests are invited to come for an awesome, locally sourced dinner, root around at the Friday Art Market and celebrate the arrival of PIG – a new long-term resident of Friday Harbor! A San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild event at Brickworks on July 3, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00  Continue Reading

2015 Library Book Mark Contest Winners Announced

Written on June 23, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Congratulations to the winners of the San Juan Island Library’s 2015 Book Mark Contest. Each year, the Library holds its Book Mark Contest to kick off the Summer Reading Program. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Every Hero Has a Story. The Book Mark Contest is open to all San Juan Island students in  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

SVC Commencement at San Juan Center

Written on June 22, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Surrounded by tall evergreens, ferns, and other natural landscaping, Skagit Valley College held commencement exercises on June 17 at SVC’s San Juan Center in Friday Harbor. After a welcome to the graduates, family members, friends, and audience guests in attendance, SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan delivered his Presidential Address. He then introduced each of the  Continue Reading

2015 Summer Reading

Written on June 22, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Island Library announced the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Summer Reading is for all ages. This year, three programs are offered: Summer Reading Program for elementary aged children, Teen SRP, and Adult Summer Reading. Adult Summer Reading is so simple, everyone can do it. Read a book in whatever format you choose. Visit the  Continue Reading

Opalco Board Sets Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On

Written on June 22, 2015 at 5:36 am, by

Members Will Pay Monthly Add-On To Recover Under-Charged Bill Amounts At the June 18 board meeting on Lopez, the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative Board approved a temporary revenue recovery add-on to make up for the current cost-of-service gap and projected revenue shortfall through the end of 2015. The add-on will be applied to all  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on June 22, 2015 at 5:32 am, by

(Updated) Sheila Harley sends over your monthly firefighter… Elizabeth, pictured here in the San Juan Island Firefighers Logistics team kitchen, helps make sure that the firefighters who are working a fire are nourished at the scene whether it be day or night. Basically the team is on call just as the people who fight the fires are.  Continue Reading