Topic: Community

Now Accepting Vendors!

Written on September 29, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

The final San Juan County Fairgrounds Flea Market of the year’s date is official! Grab your calendar and pencil us in Saturday December 2nd, 9:00am to 1:00pm–plan to sell, shop, OR have a booth buddy and shop AND sell! It’s always the biggest Flea of the season! Considering getting a vendor booth space? Are you  Continue Reading

Public Comment Invited on DRAFT Stewardship and Management Plan

Written on September 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Westside Conservation Corridor Public Meeting Tuesday, October 3 5:30pm @ Brickworks The Land Bank is inviting public comment on the DRAFT Westside Conservation Corridor Stewardship and Management Plan, an updated and combined plan for the Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Preserves. The existing management plans, while still relevant, were in need of update to ensure  Continue Reading

Island Neighbors

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Island Neighbors is a volunteer-based community outreach program designed to offer support and companionship to isolated seniors and persons with disabilities who are living independently but need extra help to sustain a healthier quality of life. Some of the duties we provide include: local medical and dental transportation, errand running, in-home supports, social visits or  Continue Reading

Votes and Signatures For Local License Due By September 28

Written on September 25, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

Which of the 47 designs will be the inaugural San Juan Islands plate? To date over 1,000 individuals have cast a vote for their favorite – have you? If you haven’t – don’t fret – there’s still time! Votes are being accepted through September 28, including online at But, that’s only step 1 in the  Continue Reading

Public Art Installation Remembers Islanders During the First World War

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

If you did not know it was there, you could easily miss Friday Harbor’s new public art installation tucked into the narrow alley between the Palace Theatre and the building next to it owned by Jeffery and Alicia Carnevali. In what is now called Breezeway Park, six photo-collage panels mounted in existing window frames commemorate  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Host Candidates’ Forums

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidates’ forums on San Juan Island October 3 and Lopez Island on October 4. Voters can learn about the candidates’ positions and be able to ask questions. The San Juan Island forum begins at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 3 at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Know Your Island, Mitchell Hill Deep Forest Walk Saturday

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan Trails will host a Know Your Island Walk Saturday, September 23. Meet at the Horse Trail Road entrance (on West Valley Road about 3/4 mile north of Mitchell Bay Road) at 1:00 pm. Come on this beautiful deep forest walk led by David Harsh and see what volunteers can do working together. The walk is moderate  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Seahawks Sundays at the Mullis Center

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:20 am, by

Yay! I saw the Seahawks first touchdown of the season last Sunday at the Mullis Center’s Seahawks Sunday. If you are looking for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a nice big screen to watch the game… come on down to the Mullis Center on Sunday. This Sunday doors open at 12:30 to watch the Hawks play  Continue Reading

Save The Life Care Center

Written on September 21, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Dear Community Members, One of San Juan County’s few nursing homes needs our help! Urgent Community Issue: As many of you have already heard, The Life Care Center corporation has announced that they will be closing The Life Care Center of the San Juans on November 15, two months from now. What can residents, family  Continue Reading

United Way Day of Caring

Written on September 19, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Volunteers are Needed for United Way of San Juan County Day of Caring: Saturday, September 23 Day of Caring touches lives. United Way of San Juan County and our partner organizations will be hosting our annual Day of Caring Volunteer Event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands. San Juan  Continue Reading

County Seeks Public Input on Comprehensive Plan

Written on September 15, 2017 at 11:02 am, by

San Juan County Comprehensive Plan 2036 Update Vision, Values, and Priorities Public Engagement Opportunity The Department of Community Development will be hosting events to elicit public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan vision, values, and priorities. The public is encouraged to attend our Pop-Up Studios and Community Workshops. Community input is vital to ensure that  Continue Reading

Best of the 2017 Fair

Written on September 14, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Another great Fair that was truly “all the buzz”. A huge thank you and a round of applause to the many volunteers, exhibitors, performers, and sponsors that made another wonderful Fair possible. Check out the “Best Of” the Fair award listings and photo and reminisce on a buzzin’ good time at the 2017 Fair:  Continue Reading

Seeing Only What We Want to See

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… This place, protectively moated by surging tidal waters from the continuous spreading rash of the I-5 corridor, is a prominent geography of hope. I suspect that this has been a place of promise from the first human footprints on the beach  Continue Reading

John O. Linde Community Park Dedication

Written on September 12, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) and the Linde family invite you to attend the official dedication of John O. Linde Community Park on Saturday, September 16th at 4:30pm. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at the front entrance of the park, followed by light refreshments at the  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Raises $31,000 at the County Fair!

Written on September 2, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2017 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to nine different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foundation, in turn, will match those  Continue Reading

EDC Hosts Business Plan Competition, “Launch San Juan Islands”

Written on September 2, 2017 at 5:15 am, by

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the third annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses. Participants will receive instruction in business planning and marketing, plus follow-up mentoring—and some will win cash prizes to help  Continue Reading

Bad News then Good News

Written on September 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

You may have heard that Amy Wynn’s bike was stolen last week. “I probably locked my bike up at least 90 percent of the time…” she said. This was one of the times she didn’t. She was in a hurry to get to work. Then her son Nelson met her for lunch and they drove  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Invites You to Get Involved

Written on August 31, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

With September comes a seasonal shift. The season of tourists, house-guests, and beach life, gives way to cozy evenings and deeper community involvement. At the Mullis Center, the Operations Committee, aka “the board” invites interested islanders to come to the center’s September meeting on Wednesday, September 6, at noon in the Mullis Center dining hall  Continue Reading

Amateur Radio Technician Test

Written on August 31, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County’s amateur radio volunteers form a critical communications link between islands and to the mainland in the event of a major emergency or outage. The San Juan County Amateur Radio Society ( is hosting a training in Friday Harbor to prepare islanders to take the Amateur Technician test. This certification allows islanders to  Continue Reading

Non-Profit Affordable Housing?

Written on August 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

By David S. Gow, Executive Director, San Juan Community Home Trust The housing market in San Juan County is broken. The geographic isolation that makes our archipelago highly prized for its quality of life, and as a tourist destination, also restricts the movement of people, goods, and capital. So while the internet, mail and parcel  Continue Reading

New Faces at Brickworks

Written on August 18, 2017 at 11:29 am, by

There are new faces at Brickworks in Friday Harbor! The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is delighted to introduce their new (and first) Executive Director, Steph Coffey, and new Administrative Manager, Cady Davies. Former General Manager Amy Plant has happily embarked on motherhood, remaining with the Ag Guild as part-time coordinator of the Island Grown in  Continue Reading

Time for back-to-school immunizations

Written on August 18, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The Washington State Department of Health and San Juan County Health and Community Services are urging parents and guardians to make sure their kids’ immunizations are up to date before heading back to school this fall. Last school year (2016-2017), 85 percent of kindergartners in Washington State were completely immunized. This school year’s goal is  Continue Reading