Topic: Community

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

Witness the Beauty Ceremony

Written on May 25, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

It was a happy celebration on Sunday in Sunken Park when the mural “Witness the Beauty” by artist Jake Wagoner of Seattle was dedicated. A beautiful day, chamber music from the bandstand, a prize-winning poem read by Bill Weissinger, and an appreciative crowd complemented the visual art. It’s a continuation of the Town’s efforts to improve  Continue Reading

Retired Opalco Director Bob Myhr Receives Public Power Award

Written on May 24, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA), Bob Myhr was presented with the NWPPA Life Member Award. Myhr retired from the OPALCO Board of Directors in 2015 after nearly 30 years of service. Myhr was an advocate for safe, reliable, cost-effective electricity; energy efficiency and conservation; local generation of  Continue Reading

Hill of Thrills Soap Box Derby

Written on May 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm, by

Island Rec held their first annual Hill of Thrills soap box derby on Saturday and had a great turnout for this first-ever event here on the island. 18 racers competed in 3 different age groups. PJ Nixon took first place in the 5 to 8 years old category; Timmy Mountford won first place in the  Continue Reading

Wine Dinner at Coho to Benefit Wolf Hollow

Written on May 20, 2016 at 9:25 am, by

Cote Bonneville Wine Dinner at Coho Restaurant to benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. There’s still time to make your reservation! Friday night is the night and there are still a couple of spaces left, so, please join us for delicious food and wine, all for a great cause. We’re looking forward to seeing you  Continue Reading

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on May 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of San Juan Island Fire/Rescue shares this month’s volunteer firefighter… Albert Olson, Tender Operator/Engineer To protect life and property Albert and his wife, Kris, own and operate Krystal Acres alpaca farm on Blazing Tree Rd off West Valley Rd. He is also a Tender Operator/Engineer assigned to Station 36 (  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on May 19, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Summer is just around the corner and our prickly foes are gearing up for a big convention on the mountain! Be sure to bring your leather gloves this Sunday to avoid their wrath when yanking them out of bed. When? Sunday, May 22 10:00am to 2:00pm Where? Base of Cady Mountain Preserve – turn on  Continue Reading

50th Anniversary!

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

This weekend the San Juan Historical Society and Museum celebrates their 50 year anniversary. Lots will be happening up there and it will be a great opportunity for you to check out the progress they’re making on the newest exhibit – their Museum of History and Industry (MHI) of San Juan Island. When completed (hopefully within the  Continue Reading

Witness the Beauty

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

That’s the theme of the mural currently being painted in town down at the Sunken Park. If you pop down there this week, you’re likely to run into Jake Wagoner, a Kirkland, WA mural artist who is busy painting away on this newest piece of public art in Friday Harbor. Jake started out painting as  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Insider

Written on May 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by

Exploring the islands? There’s an app for that… Well – there’s an app coming soon, like in about 2 weeks or so. You may remember from a previous post on the SJ Update, that Lopez resident, Tim Fry of 468 Communications, won a portion of the grant from the EDC’s Launch San Juan Islands business  Continue Reading

Flare Shoot and Fire Extinguisher Training

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

The Friday Harbor Power Squadron has scheduled a Flare Shoot and Fire Extinguisher Training on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 to 12noon at Jackson Beach as a free public service event open to the community of San Juan because of our dedication to Boating Safety Training. We will teach participants how to signal for help  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Resort and Volunteers Rock the RH Trail System

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

A dedicated group of volunteers has been maintaining the Roche Harbor trails for 11 years, with strong support from Roche Harbor Resort. The old logging roads and more recently built single-track paths through the woods are faithfully tended by more than a dozen neighbors. In 2015, as an example, the group logged 407 hours of  Continue Reading

A Look Into The Past

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

More great local history events are happening this month. The annual History Lives Here! month-long celebration of local history continues through the end of May with events that you won’t want to miss: Saturday Farmer’s Market @ Historic Brickworks. Every Saturday, 10am-1pm, Sunshine Alley, Friday Harbor. Annie Howell-Adams – Heritage Murals. Local artist and muralist will discuss Heritage  Continue Reading

May Chamber Chat

Written on May 14, 2016 at 7:19 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. Are you ready? Be sure to let the Chamber of Commerce know if you have any events or specials that you would like us to promote for the quickly approaching visitor season. Also,  Continue Reading