Topic: Community

Best of Show

Written on August 19, 2016 at 10:35 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this report from the Fair… FRANCINE SHAW was the Best of Show winner at the Food Preservation booth in the San Juan County Fair.  Her canned green beans won the prize! On Friday at the fair, there are two jam and jelly People’s Choice awards at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Also  Continue Reading

Video Tips with Merri Ann

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her island lifestyle tips video series. This time it’s about going to Splash in Victoria.

A Flash Mob

Written on August 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm, by

Debbi Fincher of the SJI Prevention Coalition shares this heads-up with you… Hi FLASH MOB Fans, Dancers and/or Supporters! Our Rock Solid Youth of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition have done it again… A Flash Mob at the Fair! DANCE 4 HEALTH! We welcome you to join in, share the link with friends and  Continue Reading

Photos of the Fair, Day One

Written on August 18, 2016 at 11:20 am, by

Roving SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard was at the fair with camera in hand and has these photos to share from Day One at the Fair. Thank you Aaron!

Aladdin Starts Thursday

Written on August 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s summer musical theater camp finishes up this week with two spectacular evenings of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. THIS Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm in the Whittier. Featuring some 38 island youth, ages 7-16, the musical is based on the iconic animated film and includes many of those favorite tunes you’ll be humming long  Continue Reading

It’s Entry Day!

Written on August 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm, by

Today is the day! Get your entries in to the Fair!

Jessica Says Thanks!

Written on August 16, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Hi San Juan Update, I wanted to share the news that our local community is going to be featured on a TV show. Last summer, I was contacted through my blog ( by Wayfarer Entertainment. They were producing “a documentary series about courageous people facing one of life’s most difficult challenges, a terminal illness,” and  Continue Reading

A Letter from Dr. Danna Diaz

Written on August 16, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members This summer my family and friends visited San Juan Island. Their visit reminded me how important it is to nurture the genius and greatness in everyone. Every moment I spent with them, I learned something new, an acronym, a Spanish word, or how much smarter they are  Continue Reading

I’m Back

Written on August 16, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Hi everyone. I am back on task with the editing and operations at the SJ Update. Surgery was successful and I am on the mend. I want to give a great big Thank You to all of you who left comments with good wishes, healing thoughts, and prayers for my recovery – they were all  Continue Reading

Press Release from Frank Penwell

Written on August 12, 2016 at 5:02 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the Update email bag this morning. Here’s a letter from Frank Penwell… CT has lost its lease and CT will be moving, or closing down over the next 6 months, because the property is going up for sale. For those who want more details: Press Release: The Penwell Trust is terminating  Continue Reading

Foxhall Neighborhood Garage Sale

Written on July 21, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Like new electric range, Bissell carpet cleaning machine, deep Fiberglas bath tub, antique pump organ w/hutch, Christmas items, boating items (flares, dinghy fenders, line, etc.), men’s shoes (size 13 in good condition), women’s clothing, Tupperware, books, queen bed frame, queen headboard, sheets, towels, small furniture, movies, kids’ Keens and Bogs, bedding and miscellaneous interesting things.  Continue Reading

Water Line Replacement Project Construction Update

Written on July 15, 2016 at 10:38 am, by

Here’s what to expect for the week of July 18th… Location(s) of work: Water line has been installed from the water treatment plant on Wold Road to approximately Strawberry Lane, between No. 2 Schoolhouse and Douglas Roads. This week ICI will be performing work in various locations along the entire completed section of waterline to install  Continue Reading

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

Written on July 14, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 6. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction arriving back in Friday Harbor for a  Continue Reading

Farm and Habitat Improvements on False Bay Creek Preserve

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Summer on San Juan Island isn’t just beach barbeques and whale sightings, it’s also the best time of year for outdoor improvement projects! From July 18 – 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank’s False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the  Continue Reading

Steve Wehrly is Running for County Council

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Wehrly for Council Campaign Plan and Election Platform To the Voters of San Juan County, Washington: Thanks for the opportunity to ask for your vote to elect me to the San Juan County Council, Position One, San Juan Island Residency District. My resume is attached with this Plan and Platform.  A separate Position Paper on issues  Continue Reading

Guard Street to be Closed at Tucker

Written on July 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor shares this late-breaking announcement… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 Construction Update Be advised that early Wednesday morning, July 13, a portion of Guard Street will be closed to traffic. Project task(s): The Contractor will be trenching for installation of fiber-optic cable by OPALCO/Rock Island Communications. Street Closure:  Guard Street  Continue Reading

The Flower Hall

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Fiona Norris invites you to join the San Juan Island Garden Club at the San Juan County Fair Flower Hall… The Flower Hall is organized by the San Juan Island Garden Club and Horticultural Society with able assistance from WSU Master Gardener volunteers particularly on intake day. In 2015 we were assigned a new location in the  Continue Reading

Undervotes, Overvotes, and Write-ins

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

This is the seventh in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County… Let’s face it: sometimes you don’t know who to vote for. Maybe it’s a judge, or maybe it’s a state position you’re  Continue Reading

Take Charge San Juan

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

San Juan Islands Conservation District is proud to announce our Take Charge electric vehicle program! The San Juan Islands are the perfect place for electric vehicles. To support the transition to low carbon transport technology, we are promoting two new programs: The Public Charge Station Incentive Program, sponsored by OPALCO. The Sign & Drive Lease  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor School of Massage

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Richard Davenport, owner of Lavendera Massage, is happy to announce the opening of the new Friday Harbor School of Massage. The Washington State Board of Massage and the Workforce Training Board approved the curriculum and catalog for the new school last Friday. Friday Harbor School of Massage is officially a state approved school for training  Continue Reading

Frank Penwell Enters the Race

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Dear Citizens, I am running for County Council Position 1. I am best known for my integrity, charitable activities, and for starting Community Treasures. I do not support polluting our County rural roads with political signs, so I invite you to visit my website to review my platform and leadership experiences over the last 40  Continue Reading


Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan Island School District and planning committee members have planned a DACA/DAPA Update Session for Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the San Juan Community Theatre. The purpose of this meeting is for participants to learn about the decision of the Supreme Court and how it impacts students, families and our  Continue Reading