Topic: Community

San Juan Island Library To Close

Written on March 13, 2020 at 4:06 pm, by

Dear Patrons, We want to express our gratitude for your support and patience during the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to Governor Inslee’s announcement today that all Washington State schools were to close, the San Juan Island Library has made the difficult decision to also close the Library, effective Sunday, March 15th. This closure is in accordance with our Epidemic and Pandemic Response policy and will  Continue Reading

Farmer’s Market Stays Open, Takes Measures For Public Health

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm, by

Dear San Juan Island Market Shoppers, As a small island community, there is a growing concern here in San Juan County regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has all of us thinking about the precautions we need to take to stay healthy. As an organization rooted in community connections and health, we  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Updates Cancellations

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm, by

Dear SJCT Community, As of Governor Inslee’s announcement this afternoon, Washington State schools will be closed March 17-April 24. All performances and events at SJCT will also be cancelled during this time as we do our part to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the performances already cancelled on our website, the following  Continue Reading

San Juan County To Declare an Emergency Responding to COVID-19

Written on March 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm, by

The San Juan County Council will be meting Friday, March 13 to declare an emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. By declaring an emergency, San Juan County can fully employ all emergency response plans, utilize county resources and authorize emergency expenditures for the response throughout San Juan County. There will be no restrictions or  Continue Reading

Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19: Information and Cancellations

Written on March 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm, by

Basic precautions encouraged at this time include; wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and if you are sick stay home. Our county health officials have put together some good information. See the links below. If you are cancelling or postponing an event let us know and we will post it here. Stay safe. Be  Continue Reading

OPALCO Offices Close For Safety – Business Remains Open

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:20 am, by

Contact OPALCO by telephone or email to prevent viral spread. OPALCO is closing its offices to the public on Monday, March 16 in order to help keep co-op staff healthy and our system running smoothly. All business services are available by telephone and online. “We are open for business,” said General Manger Foster Hildreth. “We  Continue Reading

At the Update: Cancellations and Information

Written on March 12, 2020 at 10:18 am, by

In these unusual times here at the San Juan Island Update we are doing our best to keep up with important information regarding Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19 and how it relates to our community as well as posting local cancellations as they come in. We are keeping a running list of cancellations posted just below the  Continue Reading

Help Needed to Maintain Blood Supply

Written on March 12, 2020 at 9:45 am, by

The next blood drive at the Mullis Center (589 Nash Street in Friday Harbor) is scheduled for Thursday March 19 between 10am and 4pm. Please come and give blood… An important message from Bloodworks Northwest… COVID-19 has incited much uncertainty and concern about what is next for our community’s health. While we see the grocery store shelves  Continue Reading

San Juan Singers Spring Concert Cancelled

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

San Juan Singers Spring Concert, Celtic Roots, at the San Juan Community Theatre planned for Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14 has been cancelled.  

Live Stream Update on the Status of COVID-19 Today, March 9 at 3:00 pm

Written on March 9, 2020 at 11:16 am, by

Live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm San Juan County will host a live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response TODAY at 3pm.  The link for the live stream is:,5838. The broadcast update will include staff from San  Continue Reading

Coronavirus Update From San Juan Island School District

Written on March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

I wanted to give you all a more detailed update on our School District planning if our island experiences the Coronavirus.  Please know that currently WE HAVE NO KNOWN CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SAN JUAN ISLAND. Our County Department of Health is not suggesting that schools should be closed down now…but they are advising  Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions for the Islands about COVID-19

Written on March 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm, by

By Dr. Frank James, Health Officer, San Juan County Health and Community Services  Mark Tompkins, Director, San Juan County Health and Community Services Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management COVID-19, and the coronavirus that causes it, are dominating the news, our conversations and likely, our imaginations. Information regarding COVID-19 is  Continue Reading

Happy International Women’s Day!

Written on March 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm, by

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world. Here, island women lead the way at the 2017 Women’s March…

FHFF Presents: The Biggest Little Farm, Q&A on Local Family Farms

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival Best of the Fest Winner Winter Series presents The Biggest Little Farm, by award winning film director John Chester. San Juan Island Food Co-Op manager Kristin will be present for Q&A: Why we support local family farms and how that sustains our island community. Don’t miss this “fresh air for the  Continue Reading

San Juan County Drug Court Celebrates First Anniversary

Written on March 4, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court launched a pilot Drug Court in January 2019 with the support of the local law and justice community.  According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, approximately one in ten American adults has a substance use disorder. Approximately one in five has a mental health problem. Many suffer from  Continue Reading

Fans Carnival Postponed

Written on March 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm, by

We hear from FANS… After thoughtfully considering the rapidly changing public health situation in the Pacific Northwest, FANS has made the difficult decision to postpone the FANS Carnival that was scheduled for this Saturday, March 7. We want to thank everyone who has helped prepare for the event and, while we are disappointed that we  Continue Reading

SJICF Helps Build Sustainable Nonprofits

Written on February 28, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is more than just a local grant maker. It’s a nonprofit dedicated to bringing together the financial resources of individuals and families to support the missions of local nonprofits. In turn, these organizations fill the many needs of our community through programs that nourish, enrich and inspire the lives  Continue Reading

San Juan County Homeless Count Declines

Written on February 27, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

The 2020 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 133 people who have no stable place to live, a decrease from the 2019 count of 149. Of the 133 people identified as having no stable place to live, 66 people were living out of doors, in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, or in an  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Donates to F.A.N.S.

Written on February 22, 2020 at 10:43 am, by

Vicky Thalacker, Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club Past President, presents a check for $500 from Friday Harbor Kiwanis to David Stegman, FANS (Families And Neighbors Support Island Rec) President. David Stegman states “We sincerely appreciate FH Kiwanis’ continued confidence in FANS and in Island Rec’s excellent programs. Your generosity will help provide remarkable experiences that create  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Year Mark

Written on February 18, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans held a Centennial Celebration on February 12, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national League on February 14, 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt to help women become informed voters. The occasion also marked that 2020 will be 100 years since women won  Continue Reading

Survey Results are In

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Results are in from the Islands-Wide Survey about Tourism and Visitor Management in the San Juan Islands Conducted by Confluence Research and Consulting, the 2019 survey canvassed residents and businesses on a variety of issues related to the impacts of visitors to the islands. The Confluence results are available in the “news” section of the  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Green Drinks

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Come join us for February Green Drinks at Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar, February 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Friday Harbor Green Drinks is an informal monthly social meet-up open to anyone with an interest in the environment and all things green! Conservation, agriculture, marine science, and other fields. Green Drinks provides time to  Continue Reading