Topic: Community

Thank You, San Juan Island

Written on January 1, 2022 at 4:31 am, by

A note to you from Tim Dustrude, editor of the San Juan Update… As many of you may know, my passion in the past couple of years has been traveling with my wife Shannon in our camper van and seeing our beautiful country. We have been many places so far, from west coast to east  Continue Reading

Water Leak Found and Stopped at 660 Spring Street

Written on December 31, 2021 at 4:54 pm, by

Editor’s Note, Jan. 2, 2022 – We may not be out of the woods just yet – see this message from Duncan Wilson on San Juan Islander. (Friday Harbor, WA) – December 31, 2021 – The San Juan Island Library District was notified by the Town of a major leak at the former Life Care  Continue Reading

Goodbye Cafe Demeter

Written on December 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm, by

Marilyn O’Conner shares this photo of Jordyn Magnuson (left) and Alex Hayes (right), two of the crew on either side of Pam Stewart, owner of Cafe Demeter, as they hang the “closed” sign on Christmas Eve.   The bakery is closing permanently.  It has been a beloved community gathering place for many years, not just  Continue Reading

Artists’ Registry Show Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary With a Peek Behind the Scenes

Written on December 28, 2021 at 3:45 pm, by

Volunteers at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) have been busy over the last few weeks, preparing for the annual Artists’ Registry Show, which opened its doors December 17.  The show is the much-anticipated event highlighting the recent works of artists from each of the San Juan Islands.  A bit of history follows.  Continue Reading

Help Dena Royal

Written on December 28, 2021 at 5:10 am, by

Dena Royal lost her boat home with all her belongings when it sank during Sunday’s storm. You can help her by donating to this emergency fund set up for her by her daughter at GoFundMe.

Free Healthcare Clinic for Islanders

Written on December 21, 2021 at 9:50 am, by

A record 77 people received free care during the first mobile preventative care clinic coordinated by San Juan County’s new Latinx Healthcare Advisory Committee.   The clinic, hosted December 2 at the Mullis Community Center by the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center (FRC), Sea Mar Community Health Center and PeaceHealth, was created in response  Continue Reading

Fair Poster Contest

Written on December 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

“Two Little Ducks: Quack, Quack” Yes, that is correct, the 2022 San Juan County Fair theme centers around bingo and feathered friends.  The SJC Fair would like to invite all aspiring artists to submit art for the 2022 poster and declare Bingo! The San Juan County Fair Board enjoys working with the local artists who  Continue Reading


Written on December 19, 2021 at 4:42 am, by

The Co-op Difference: Capital Credit Checks are in the Mail!  More than $1M in capital credit checks are going out to OPALCO members this month, as they do each year. As an electric cooperative, the margin at the end of any given year goes back into the hands of members. Each year the co-op tracks how much you pay for power  Continue Reading

Lions Zoom Invitation

Written on December 14, 2021 at 10:26 am, by

Just got a call from Bruce Martin with the Lions club. They’re having a guest speaker at their meeting today at noon – Dr. House from Eventide Health will be talking about the future of healthcare on the island and you’re invited to attend via zoom. Here’s the info you will need to join:

Zoom Presentation on Forest Health and Resiliency at Turtleback Mountain and Turtlehead Preserves

Written on December 9, 2021 at 5:13 am, by

The Conservation Land Bank and the Preservation Trust recently completed a forest assessment at Turtleback and Turtlehead Preserves. The resulting report (click here to view report) outlines a variety of forest management actions aimed at increasing forest health, habitat value and climate change resiliency. Staff are incorporating the recommended actions into the forthcoming update to  Continue Reading

Citizen Volunteers Needed

Written on December 7, 2021 at 4:11 am, by

The County Council is searching for volunteers to fill two upcoming vacancies on the San Juan County Land Bank Commission. At large, Position 4 – four-year term expiring December 2025 (Orcas, Crane, Obstruction and Waldron Islands) At large, Position 5 – four-year term expiring December 2025 (San Juan, Brown, Henry and Stuart Islands) If you  Continue Reading

Celebrating 20 Years

Written on December 4, 2021 at 5:33 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held its Annual Meeting recently. The theme of the meeting was celebration – of 20 years of operation of the Home Trust, 41 permanently affordable homes developed and occupied, and another 8 units coming online in 2022. The vision and work of the organization’s founders was recognized in a  Continue Reading

Magical Christmas Shopping

Written on December 4, 2021 at 4:02 am, by

* Carefully curated and beautifully presented gift selections for everyone on your list, from grandparents to pets * Delightfully packaged handmade Christmas cookies * Unbelievable raffles, including a 1 /2 hour helicopter tour for 4 people * Exquisite Christmas trees-already decorated just for you * Merry chats with St. Nick for kids and adults Saturday,  Continue Reading

Position Available on the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees

Written on December 3, 2021 at 4:45 am, by

Love your library? Join the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees! The Board is seeking candidates to fill a partial, two-year term vacancy on its five-member library board. This non-paid term of office spans from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023, with eligibility for reappointment to a full five-year term. Recommendation will be  Continue Reading

Town and Utility Customers Donate $3,292 to Food Bank

Written on December 3, 2021 at 4:03 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor thanks the community for supporting the local food bank with their generous contributions to the Harbor Life Ring program this November. Town utility customer donations of $1,646 were matched with a $1,646 grant from the Town for a total donation of $3,292 to the Friday Harbor Food Bank. This is  Continue Reading

Santa’s Mailbox

Written on December 2, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Santa is waiting to hear from the children and wants you to know that his mailbox is back and is located at 180 Web St., in Van Go’s driveway. Each letter that is received will get a reply so please make sure there is a return address and name on the letters! The materials were  Continue Reading

2021 Coat Giveaway

Written on November 30, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Old Coats, Warm Coats, Short Coats, Long Coats – Kids Coats too! Bring your clean coats with a hanger to Cynthia’s Bistro Thursday to Mondays 8:00 to 3:00! We will be hanging them on the corner of Nichols Street (On the picket fence by Roy’s Drive through), Thursdays to Mondays – 8:00 to 3:00 if  Continue Reading

Island Lights Festival

Written on November 29, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Island Lights Festival on Friday December 3rd at 6:30pm! This kickoff event for the Friday Harbor Winterfest is partnering with Island Rec and of course Santa Claus. It will be a fun-filled evening when all start gathering at 6:30pm on Spring Street between  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Written on November 28, 2021 at 8:51 pm, by

Cynthia’s Bistro will be offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal, Thursday December 2nd from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday to pick up your meal. You may pick up a meal for yourself or  Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market 

Written on November 27, 2021 at 8:10 pm, by

December 10th 10am-7pm | December 11th 10am-7pm, Brickworks, Friday Harbor The Old-Fashioned Christmas Market will light up historic Brickworks with a vibrant return!  The popular event features an indoor-outdoor holiday crafts market, island food vendors, local farm products, live music, local libations, and activities for kids and grownups alike. Festivities have been extended to two  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to Remain Under the Jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 2, 2021, residents voted for San Juan Island EMS to remain under the jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The District will seek to renew its San Juan Island EMS levy in the upcoming February 8, 2022, election. Currently, San Juan Island EMS is at the end of a  Continue Reading

Let us Give Thanks

Written on November 25, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The following is a Garden Meditation by the late Rev. Max Coots, and it seems very appropriate to share with you today… Let us give thanks for the bounty of people. For the Children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they  Continue Reading