Topic: Community

Meet the New Owner

Written on January 20, 2022 at 12:23 pm, by

The San Juan Update has a new own­er! I am very hap­py to intro­duce the new Owner/Editor of the San Juan Update to you — Jeff Arn­im. Jeff is cur­rent­ly work­ing on a post to intro­duce him­self and fam­i­ly to you — that should be pub­lished here with­in a few days I think, but in the  Con­tin­ue Reading

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 for the  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 to  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 are inter­est­ed  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 con­ver­sa­tion  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, Decem­ber 11  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 the  Con­tin­ue Reading