Topic: Community

Sunday Morning Protest Supports United States Post Office

Written on August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm, by

Thanks to Sandy Strehlou for this report from Sunday morning’s protest at the Post Office… “This morning, Sunday, August 23rd, 2020, Friday Harbor residents turned out to show support for funding for the USPS, and to protest any attempt by the Trump administration to rig the 2020 elections through mail and election tampering.   Yesterday  Continue Reading

OPALCO Extends COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance

Written on August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm, by

Members who are struggling to pay their power bills during COVID-19 can apply for assistance to keep their OPALCO accounts up to date. The Board voted to continue COVID-19 Relief Measures for as long as the approved funding lasts. Members can apply for assistance online at or through their Family/Community Resource Center. The measures available  Continue Reading

Rally On Shaw For The United States Postal Service

Written on August 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm, by

We hear from our friend Kate Schuman on Shaw… You don’t hear much about Shaw Island in the daily buzz of the San Juans, but the recent barrage of changes being implemented nationwide at the U.S. Postal Service has many Shaw residents alarmed and wanting to do something about it. Shaw Islander John Peinert organized  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Atelier Features Art Give Away

Written on August 18, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Friday Harbor Atelier is doing their quarterly Art Give Away, featuring a colorful chicken named Henrietta by Jan Murphy.   Sign up here to enter to win this print! Link to: Friday Harbor Atelier Art Give Away  Link to: More about Artist Jan Murphy   Founded in 2018, Friday Harbor Atelier is an artist’s membership-based  Continue Reading

Zucchini 500 Captured on Film

Written on August 17, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Are you still feeling an empty place where the Zucchini 500 race used to be? Do you have an itch that only watching Zucchini racers SQUASH their competition can relieve? Relive the past glory of the Zucchini 500 race in a series of short films produced and directed by the Zucchini Queen herself Lynnette Cabrera.  Continue Reading

Last Day of San Juan County’s Virtual Fair!

Written on August 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm, by

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Link to: San Juan County Virtual Fair

Island Senior: Step Up to Support Senior Programs at the Mullis Center

Written on August 12, 2020 at 2:02 am, by

It may seem quiet at the Mullis Center these days without our lively community lunches, exciting senior trips, and the wide variety of social gatherings that are all on hold right now. Take a closer look though and you will see that the Mullis Center is still humming along on our seniors’ behalf. With the  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation to Launch Virtual Fair Matching Grant Program August 12th

Written on August 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Excerpted from the SJI Community Foundation website… Each year, the San Juan Island Community Foundation hosts an exciting matching grant program in their booth at the San Juan County Fair. This tradition gives local nonprofits heightened visibility in the community and a chance to raise funds for current projects. More than $65k was awarded to  Continue Reading

Library Building Project Update

Written on August 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm, by

We hear from Leslie Baker with the SJI Library… Your New Library Needs Your Help Now! 2020 Virtual County Fair Donations Needed. Donate online August 12 – 15, 2020. A lot has happened since our last update in October 2019, and we are asking for your help now to fill an urgent need to prurchase the  Continue Reading

9 days until Virtual Fair! August 12 – 15, 2020

Written on August 3, 2020 at 5:01 am, by

San Juan County residents! There is still time to make the fair entry deadline of August 8th! Visit the SJC Fair web page for information on how to participate in this year’s virtual Fair. Check out Online Entry by Department rules and to upload photos of all the awesome things you have made, created, grown, or  Continue Reading

County Council Seeks Board Members

Written on August 2, 2020 at 1:42 pm, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Attention Photographers!

Written on August 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm, by

We hear from Miles Crossen, San Juan County Fair Photography Co-Superintendent… Attention all you photographers out there! You have about 10 days left to enter your pictures in the First Ever San Juan County Virtual Fair. Link to: Virtual Fair Online Entry

Vote! Washington Primary Election August 4

Written on August 1, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Be sure to get your ballot in the mail by August 4. You can also pop it in the ballot box by the courthouse by 8 pm August 4. Better yet, get your ballot in early. No postage is necessary. Need help? Link to the online Voters pamphlet (see link below) or to register go  Continue Reading

A Letter From Fire Commissioner Bob Jarman

Written on July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm, by

I am writing on behalf of San Juan Island Fire District #3 to extend our board’s full and deepest apology for the offensive comment made by Commissioner Cardinale during last night’s joint commission meeting. The commissioner’s comment was offensive, disrespectful and completely inappropriate. Fire District #3 does not in any way condone the use of  Continue Reading

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

Written on July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm, by

Editor: Something shameful happened Tuesday afternoon.  The San Juan County Public Hospital District Commissioners (PHD) and the San Juan County Fire District 3 (FD3) Commissioners held a virtual joint public meeting to discuss the possibility of resuming discussion of integrating San Juan Island Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and FD3. The meeting was progressing with some  Continue Reading

Town Publishes Book of Winning Poems

Written on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

The Town and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission have published Friday Harbor Poetry Gardens–a book of the winning entries in its first poetry garden contest. Thirty of the 271 entries submitted by local poets were selected for publication and for display at four outdoor poetry gardens within the town. The limited edition book is available  Continue Reading

Book Drop Open 24/7 at the Library

Written on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

Here’s a note to you from the Library… While waiting for Phase 3 to offer indoor services, we continue to improve outdoor offerings. The book drop located by the front doors is now open 24/7. Drop off your materials any day or hour. Our drive-through book drop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from  Continue Reading

Lions Donate $10K

Written on July 24, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

The San Juan Island Lions Club is pleased to announce that it has just approved and donated $10,000 ( Ten Thousand Dollars) to deserving organizations that provided programs and services to the residents of San Juan Island. The grants committee of the San Juan Island Lions Club, Tom Starr, Brian Brown, Bruce Galton, Jim Carroll  Continue Reading

Update on American Camp Visitor Center

Written on July 22, 2020 at 6:45 am, by

By Louise Dustrude When the new Visitor Center opens at American Camp next summer there will be some familiar features — the curved-trunk Douglas fir at the entrance, the small clump of black locust trees within the parking lot, and the friendly, knowledgeable National Park Service staff and volunteers to answer questions. There will also  Continue Reading

SJICF Awards Nearly $150k in Scholarships, Academic Awards

Written on July 21, 2020 at 6:46 am, by

Although 2020 has been an incredibly challenging school year, the San Juan Island Community Foundation carried on its tradition of awarding annual scholarships to local students. Over the last few months, SJICF has awarded just under $150k in college scholarships and awards to 39 local students for the 2020-2021 school year. 9 graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading

Online Auction for Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor

Written on July 21, 2020 at 6:46 am, by

Beginning on July 23rd – When Covid-19 made it necessary to cancel this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza, Friday Harbor Soroptimists moved on to the next best thing for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Women and girls of San Juan County need our assistance more than ever before, so we have moved our exciting  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fair Prepares for Virtual Launch

Written on July 18, 2020 at 5:32 am, by

San Juan County Fair staff are preparing to launch the San Juan County Fair virtually this year. The fair is an opportunity to showcase all the talents and resources of our islands, and we are working to host exhibits online, and offer virtual entertainment. Local businesses and non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate as “virtual  Continue Reading