Topic: Community

American Camp Visitor Center Upgrades

Written on June 26, 2020 at 10:31 am, by

The National Park Service has been busy making progress on construction of the new visitor center out there. Here’s the latest from their construction blog… Update: Site Observation Update Week of June 16th This week’s work has no discernable theme apart from a great deal of focus outdoors. With superb weather, we began work on  Continue Reading

Be a Virtual Vendor at the San Juan County Fair

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm, by

A call to action for all San Juan County businesses, restaurants, non-profits, organizations, service groups, cottage industries, artist and more.  Become a virtual San Juan County Fair vendor and join the “2020: A Fair Odyssey”.  This is a new opportunity for local organizations and businesses as the San Juan County Fair transitions into a virtual  Continue Reading

A Letter From Roche Harbor Resort

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm, by

In the mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort… Dear Friends, Neighbors and Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has put a terrible monkey wrench in all our plans. These are not easy times for any hospitality operation and Roche Harbor is founded and based on hospitality.  We are  Continue Reading

Update on Community Outreach Programs

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:09 am, by

Here at San Juan Island EMS we have long had a robust public outreach and paramedicine program. During the COVID-19 outbreak it continues to be a priority, though how we do things has by necessity changed. The office is currently closed to the public, but you can call us at 360-378-5152. Some years ago, frustrated  Continue Reading

Town installs four Poetry Gardens

Written on June 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm, by

The Town and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission invite the public to enjoy the newly installed Poetry Gardens located at: San Juan Community Theatre Mullis Center In the waterfront viewing area below Downriggers Next to the Post Office The 30 poems on display were selected in the Town’s first Poetry Garden Contest. Ninety San Juan  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Award $3,000 Scholarship

Written on June 17, 2020 at 7:40 pm, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is the local club of a world-wide service organization whose mission is improving the lives of women and girls. This year, through the generous support of our Friday Harbor community, we are excited to award a $3,000 STEM scholarship to Rachel Snow of Friday Harbor High School. Rachel will attend  Continue Reading


Written on June 15, 2020 at 9:32 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is partnering again with the Town of Friday Harbor, Kings Market and the Port of Friday Harbor to sponsor the fireworks display for the 4th of July. We have made the determination that the 2020 Fourth of July fireworks display over the harbor adjacent to the Town of  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Island Scavenger Hunt

Written on June 15, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

We are excited to bring a virtual scavenger hunt experience for the whole family to the community this summer. Each week 5 “hunts” will be delivered to your inbox, varying in difficulty and activity type. The objective of these experiences will be to learn more about your island and to experiment with new projects and  Continue Reading

Library Returns Opening

Written on June 11, 2020 at 2:13 pm, by

Dear Friends, As you may know, the Library is beginning the reopening process by accepting returns of library materials starting on Tuesday, June 16th. With nearly 10,000 items checked out, the first step in this plan is to maintain a safe returns environment by limiting the volume of returns. We simply cannot process all the  Continue Reading

Discover San Juan Islands 2020

Written on June 10, 2020 at 6:25 am, by

Your Conservation Land Bank turns 30 this year and is celebrating with a multi-island exploration. Every preserve has a story – gather your family and get outside this summer to discover what your public lands have to say! The San Juan County Land Bank teamed up with the Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island libraries  Continue Reading

The Power to Change

Written on June 10, 2020 at 6:15 am, by

If you are suffering from the effects of domestic violence or sexual abuse, you are invited to take part in a women’s group which will lead you towards the love and care you desire for yourself and others. This 8 week course begins on June 23rd, 2020 and runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The  Continue Reading

Businesses and Guests Must Work Together to Safely Reopen

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:54 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we find this letter to you from the Visitors Bureau… Dear Fellow Islanders, The world may no longer resemble the one we knew in early March, but San Juan County has risen to the occasion of meeting the COVID-19 challenge head-on. Now, as we start to take steps to  Continue Reading

Why Buy Local?

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:31 am, by

Although this is always true in our small community, because of Covid-19 it is now more important than ever to shop local right here in Friday Harbor whenever possible to help support our neighbors. This extensive article from Groom and Style explains a lot about how and why this is so important… Buying Local: Benefits,  Continue Reading

SJCHT Says Thanks!

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm, by

San Juan islanders, you are the best! The Board and Staff of the San Juan Community Home Trust want to thank you for your great response to our recent Appeal. This was made in order to set up an Emergency Fund for our home owners, who have had hours cut back or have lost jobs  Continue Reading

Camp Eagle Rock

Written on June 8, 2020 at 10:21 am, by

Island Rec is excited to announce the opening of Camp Eagle Rock for summer 2020, following the recently released health and safety guidance for day camps from the Washington State Department of Health. Our staff is very excited to have FUN this summer with your child in-person. Camp Eagle Rock will look a little different  Continue Reading


Written on June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm, by

Fact Check of Whalen Petition Dear Editor and Community, We recently received in the mail Mr. Ron Whalen’s request to have us sign a petition to eliminate the Land Bank by December 2020. The request was loaded with falsehoods and outrageously attempted to dupe our community into thinking that a yes or no answer meant  Continue Reading

Reopening Services at the Library

Written on June 6, 2020 at 10:01 am, by

Here’s a note from the Library about their reopening plan… Dear Friends, Since our county has moved out of Phase 1 of the governor’s plan, we are looking forward to a step-by-step reopening of the library. We are planning to resume services gradually—initially with a limited scope—because the health and safety of our patrons, staff  Continue Reading

“2020: A Fair Odyssey” – An Alternative Fair

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On Tuesday May 26th the San Juan County Council approved plans for the production of an Alternative Fair.  The decision was made earlier in May to not host a physical Fair at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, the resting place of the SJC Fair since 1924.  This decision was made with heavy minds and hearts,  Continue Reading


Written on June 2, 2020 at 8:35 am, by

Response by Ron Whalen/Sponsor of San Juan County Initiative 2020-10 I request the following be posted to San Juan Update as a response to the letter posted by Alice Hurd on June 1st. Not true…..Neither the initiative or the petition says anything about ending or eliminating the Land Bank (LB) and affordable housing. THE PROPOSED  Continue Reading

FHHS 2020 Graduation Car Parade and Celebration

Written on June 1, 2020 at 8:04 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Class of 2020 invites the community to their 2020 Graduation Car Parade and Celebration.  On Saturday, June 6th, after Virtual Commencement, graduates will celebrate with a car parade through downtown Friday Harbor.  The entire community is invited to line the sidewalks and show their support for this year’s graduates.  The  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus – Phase 2

Written on May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is summer in the San Juans and San Juan County has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local businesses slowly begin to open up,  Continue Reading

“Grow Your Own Food” Program

Written on May 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm, by

With so many unknowns happening for all of us it is easy to stray from the positive events happening every day that make our world better. Often, those events are acts of kindness that deserve celebration. Sometimes those events are as simple as helping others plant a garden. Last spring, the WSU Master Gardener program,  Continue Reading