Topic: Community

Wanted: Sailing Instructor

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On the hunt for a sailing instructor… Island Rec is still on the lookout for a head sailing instructor…. With classes beginning July 5th, we are starting to feel the pinch. Our sailing classes, which take place at Percich Pond and Jackson Beach, have been happening in partnership with the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation  Continue Reading

Orca Sing 2016

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Orca Sing 2016, June 25 at Lime Kiln Point State Park, 7 p.m. Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. This year’s event is the 17th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Trails area Honored as National Recreation Trail

Written on June 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm, by

Press Release – Tuesday, June 7, 2016 The Trails Committee of the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District is pleased to announce that the Roche Harbor Resort Trails are now designated the honor of being a National Recreation Trail. On June 3rd, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Director Jonathon B. Jarvis announced that the Roche Harbor  Continue Reading

Community Dinner and Student Exhibitions

Written on June 8, 2016 at 6:25 am, by

This is happening tonight at the high school. Community Dinner. Student Community Project Presentations. Jazz Band Performance. STEM Center Demo and Art Walkabout. Come and see what the students have been up to and enjoy some good food and music at the same time. On the menu: House-smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Chicken Legs Slow-cooked Baked  Continue Reading

APS Volunteer of the Month

Written on June 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Mike Halette has been named Volunteer of the Month. Mike is regular visitor to the shelter where he walks dogs, visits with cats and helps out with odd jobs around the facility. Mike can always be counted on to help out at events and fundraisers, too.  Continue Reading

Ten Reasons Why

Written on June 7, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Review Board and here are Ten Reasons Why you should serve: You love old buildings and local history. You live on San Juan Island (bonus points if you live in Friday Harbor)! You understand that preserving historic buildings is the original sustainable “green” building  Continue Reading

Let the adventure begin!

Written on June 2, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

It’s the Discover San Juan Island 2016 Kick-Off for National Get Outdoors Day  Get ready to spend your summer on an island-wide exploration. Discover environmentally, culturally, and historically significant sites in your own backyard. The San Juan Island National Historical Park, San Juan County Land Bank, and San Juan Island Library are teaming up to bring you  Continue Reading

Hotel de Haro

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society… This month’s peek into the past shows us a relatively rare interior photograph from about 1900. This scene shows two people relaxing in what is now the Sunset Suite of the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. We  Continue Reading

Christianity & Climate Change

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Upcoming Event: Christianity & Climate Change – Pope Francis and the Call for Climate Action Islands Climate Resilience is pleased to host Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power & Light to speak on the topic of creation care and climate change, Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Grant Proposals

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2017 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2017.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

Painting Begins on The Whale Museum

Written on May 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

Here’s the latest news from the Whale Museum… The Whale Museum is open daily 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. even though there is a lot of construction & painting going on outside! Thanks to Stegman Painting and Select Structural LLC, work has begun on our historic building. First used as an Odd Fellows Hall, the  Continue Reading

Dodie Gann Dog Walk Winners

Written on May 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

While Saturday’s weather wasn’t ideal for walking dogs, several supporters of the animal shelter showed up to participate in the Third Annual Dodie Gann Dog Walk at the site of the future animal shelter on Cattle Point Road. Three grand prizes were awarded to those who raised the most money in sponsorships. Marilyn Corrie was  Continue Reading

Hike Young Hill on National Trails Day

Written on May 29, 2016 at 10:44 am, by

June 4th is National Trails Day, a Saturday to celebrate being outdoors on a trail. The American Hiking Society started this annual celebration to honor the many ways trails connect Americans to the land and to each other. Whether one is on foot, on a bicycle, on horseback, or in a kayak or canoe, June  Continue Reading

San Juan County Parks Drone Policy In Effect

Written on May 29, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

San Juan County has adopted an Unmanned Aircraft System (“drone”) policy for County parks and the fairgrounds. Beginning on February 2, 2016, the launching, landing, or operating of unmanned aircraft systems from or on all San Juan County Parks & Fairgrounds property is prohibited, unless authorized by special permit issued by the Parks & Fair  Continue Reading

The First Wildland Fire of the Year

Written on May 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer for SJI Fire/Rescue shares this announcment… At approximately 1:43 PM the afternoon of May 27, 2016 the first wildland fire of the year on San Juan Island was reported burning near #2 School House Road. Responding units included a Type 3 brush truck, three command units, two water tenders, a  Continue Reading

Footprint Review

Written on May 28, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

The County invites you to play along and contribute to the accuracy of their maps… For hundreds of years, humans have used maps for navigating to new worlds, charting unknown locations and recording histories. Today, the county uses building footprints in maps for dispatching emergency responders, planning land use designations, appraising property values and designing  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing?

Written on May 28, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley First quarter 2016 If you’ve ever wanted to be a plumber, now’s the time. Judging from the number of radio ads I’ve heard recently for plumbers, HVAC technicians, and other tradesmen, business is booming. That’s good news, and it’s evident in retail sales  Continue Reading

Parade Applications Available

Written on May 27, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Prize Money Increased for 2016 Event! Applications are now available for the 2016 4th of July Parade. Parade organizers are expecting a full field and participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited parade space and time considerations. The forms are available at the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce office, 135 Spring Street, or  Continue Reading

Call for Volunteers

Written on May 27, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

Volunteer to help with the SJ Fitness / Lakedale / King’s Market Triathlon and Marathon this year and help out Purple and Gold at the same time! Every year, Purple and Gold receives a stipend from SJ Fitness for coordinating volunteers for these events. Purple and Gold, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, then uses this money  Continue Reading

Golf Scramble a Success

Written on May 27, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Dear Editor, The May 22nd 10th Annual LEO (Leadership, Experience, Opportunity) Club Golf Scramble was a success! We had beautiful weather and lots of support for this event! We give thanks to the enthusiastic players, generous sponsors and auction donors, the staff at the SJI Golf & Tennis Club, our hamburger chef, Harvey — and  Continue Reading

4-H Update

Written on May 26, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Gail Leschine-Seitz, 4-H Program Coordinator at the WSU Extension office shares a Shout-out to United Way of San Juan County for supporting the 4-H Educational Scholarship Fund… Funds were used this year to send twenty-two 4-H’ers to the Whatcom County Youth Fair in in Lynden, Washington this April. At the two-day event youth choose one project to build  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag…

Written on May 26, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Michelle Loftus writes in to share this news with you… Judah Finney Elected as Delegate to National Republican Convention Judah Finney, San Juan County Republican State Committee Man, was elected as an Alternate Delegate to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this upcoming July. Judah, raised on San Juan Island, has represented San County  Continue Reading