Topic: Community

Island Senior: Are We There Yet? The Mullis Center Cautiously Reopens

Written on July 18, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae.  UPDATE — We are mon­i­tor­ing devel­op­ments with Delta and oth­er COVID vari­ants that may affect our Mullis Cen­ter onsite com­mu­ni­ty meal re-open­ing. Every­one’s health safe­ty is our top pri­or­i­ty. Please stay tuned for more infor­ma­tion via our newslet­ter, web­site, Face­book page and  Con­tin­ue Reading

First San Juan Drug Court Graduate Leaves with ‘Tools to Maintain Sobriety’

Written on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Coun­ty Adult Drug Court The San Juan Coun­ty Adult Drug Court award­ed its first cer­tifi­cate of grad­u­a­tion to Jor­dan Lynn-Jef­fer­­­son of Orcas Island July 7. After 697 days or almost 24 months in the county’s ther­a­peu­tic pro­gram, Jor­dan emerges a more self-con­­fi­­dent and mature young man with goals for his life and tools to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson to Retire in 2022

Written on July 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Hay­ley Day, San Juan Island Update After near­ly a decade at the helm, town of Fri­day Har­bor Admin­is­tra­tor Dun­can Wil­son is hang­ing up his hat. Wil­son retires Jan. 4, 2022. Cur­rent San Juan Coun­ty Man­ag­er Mike Thomas takes over Dec. 13, so Wil­son can train his suc­ces­sor and “smooth the tran­si­tion,” he said.  “Mike has a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor to Replace Three Downtown Trees to Prevent Tripping Over Roots

Written on July 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the town of Fri­day Har­bor The Town of Fri­day Har­bor will replace three side­walk trees on Spring Street at First and Sec­ond Streets due to sig­nif­i­cant side­walk upheaval caused by over­grown root sys­tems. Instal­la­tion of new shade trees appro­pri­ate for down­town side­walk areas will elim­i­nate the poten­tial for root intru­sion and the result­ing trip  Con­tin­ue Reading

When Pandemic Hit, County Braced for Recession-era Finances; the Opposite Occurred

Written on July 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Neg­a­tive Lodg­ing Tax Funds in 2020, to the Best Year in Land Bank His­to­ry in 2021 By F. Milene Hen­ley, San Juan Coun­ty Audi­tor I have always been amazed by four-way stops. Dri­vers learn as teens to nego­ti­ate these tricky, coop­er­a­tive inter­sec­tions, and most of us nev­er for­get. It’s a mar­vel of social engi­neer­ing. This past  Con­tin­ue Reading

Donate to Food Bank, Family Resource Center During Fourth of July Parade

Written on June 30, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Gay Gra­ham, Spon­ta­neous Dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion of Yan­kee Doo­dlers Our island’s Fourth of July parade may be small, but it will be mighty — espe­cial­ly if you all can lend a help­ing hand! A few of us crazy islanders will be push­ing shop­ping carts — lent by Browne’s Home Cen­ter — to col­lect food for the Fri­day  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade to be ‘Small but Mighty’

Written on June 28, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Cham­ber of Com­merce The San Juan Island Cham­ber of Com­merce is excit­ed to bring back our beloved Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion! Our cham­ber and com­mu­ni­ty are work­ing behind the scenes, get­ting ready for the big day. The parade entries are trick­ling in, more bunting is going up every day, the fire­works  Con­tin­ue Reading

UPDATE: Second Vacation Rental Forum Suggests 24-hour Complaint Hotline

Written on June 24, 2021 at 8:56 am, by

From San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work San Juan Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work’s sec­ond forum on vaca­tion rentals was held June 17 to a Zoom audi­ence of about 45. The forum, enti­tled “Com­mon Ground” focused on areas of agree­ment and the best next steps to take. Watch it at Com­mon Ground brought back the same pan­elists as  Con­tin­ue Reading