Topic: Community

SJCHT Says Thanks!

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm, by

San Juan islanders, you are the best! The Board and Staff of the San Juan Community Home Trust want to thank you for your great response to our recent Appeal. This was made in order to set up an Emergency Fund for our home owners, who have had hours cut back or have lost jobs  Continue Reading

Camp Eagle Rock

Written on June 8, 2020 at 10:21 am, by

Island Rec is excited to announce the opening of Camp Eagle Rock for summer 2020, following the recently released health and safety guidance for day camps from the Washington State Department of Health. Our staff is very excited to have FUN this summer with your child in-person. Camp Eagle Rock will look a little different  Continue Reading


Written on June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm, by

Fact Check of Whalen Petition Dear Editor and Community, We recently received in the mail Mr. Ron Whalen’s request to have us sign a petition to eliminate the Land Bank by December 2020. The request was loaded with falsehoods and outrageously attempted to dupe our community into thinking that a yes or no answer meant  Continue Reading

Reopening Services at the Library

Written on June 6, 2020 at 10:01 am, by

Here’s a note from the Library about their reopening plan… Dear Friends, Since our county has moved out of Phase 1 of the governor’s plan, we are looking forward to a step-by-step reopening of the library. We are planning to resume services gradually—initially with a limited scope—because the health and safety of our patrons, staff  Continue Reading

“2020: A Fair Odyssey” – An Alternative Fair

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On Tuesday May 26th the San Juan County Council approved plans for the production of an Alternative Fair.  The decision was made earlier in May to not host a physical Fair at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, the resting place of the SJC Fair since 1924.  This decision was made with heavy minds and hearts,  Continue Reading


Written on June 2, 2020 at 8:35 am, by

Response by Ron Whalen/Sponsor of San Juan County Initiative 2020-10 I request the following be posted to San Juan Update as a response to the letter posted by Alice Hurd on June 1st. Not true…..Neither the initiative or the petition says anything about ending or eliminating the Land Bank (LB) and affordable housing. THE PROPOSED  Continue Reading

FHHS 2020 Graduation Car Parade and Celebration

Written on June 1, 2020 at 8:04 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Class of 2020 invites the community to their 2020 Graduation Car Parade and Celebration.  On Saturday, June 6th, after Virtual Commencement, graduates will celebrate with a car parade through downtown Friday Harbor.  The entire community is invited to line the sidewalks and show their support for this year’s graduates.  The  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus – Phase 2

Written on May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is summer in the San Juans and San Juan County has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local businesses slowly begin to open up,  Continue Reading

“Grow Your Own Food” Program

Written on May 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm, by

With so many unknowns happening for all of us it is easy to stray from the positive events happening every day that make our world better. Often, those events are acts of kindness that deserve celebration. Sometimes those events are as simple as helping others plant a garden. Last spring, the WSU Master Gardener program,  Continue Reading

Unemployment Fraud

Written on May 22, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

As more unemployment fraud reports continue to come in, it may be helpful for our victims to have a greater understanding of the vastness of this.  Investigators from the U.S. Secret Service have information suggesting that the scheme is coming from a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring.  They are still working to pinpoint who is involved  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on May 20, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor would like to thank the community for their generous donations during the month of April to the Harbor Life Ring program. A total of $14,441 was donated which was then matched with a $5,000 grant from the Town and a second $5,000 from King’s Market. The total amount collected was  Continue Reading

An American Red Cross Update for Islanders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:54 am, by

We have all had to adapt to the COVID-19 virus. It has changed how we interact with each other. Here in San Juan County the American Red Cross maintains an active local unit. We want to let our fellow residents know that if any of you face displacement from your home because of a personal  Continue Reading

Invitation from the EDC

Written on May 17, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

EDC invites all residents of San Juan County to a weekly Community Forum The EDC invites interested residents of San Juan County to join in a weekly San Juan Islands Community Forum starting Wednesday, May 20th, from 6-7pm via Zoom video conference. The event will be presented in partnership with San Juan County government and  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Six

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at This week we have two  Continue Reading

Emergency Fund and Grant Updates from SJICF

Written on May 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm, by

Understanding both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 in our community is critical for making a sustainable plan. For more than 2 months, SJICF has continued to stay vigilant. San Juan County is experiencing a 27% unemployment rate and is expected to reach 30% very soon. This is twice the national and WA state  Continue Reading

Face Covering Signage For Businesses And Other Organizations

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

In order to help San Juan County businesses and other organizations protect their employees and customers, the County COVID response team has produced printable posters to support their effort. Two versions are available, one that is 8.5” x 11” (available HERE), and the other is 11” x 17” (available HERE). As the world moves into  Continue Reading

Fireworks, but No Parade

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, a business community non-profit, has proudly produced the Town’s 4th of July celebration for over 35 years in cooperation with the Town of Friday Harbor, the Port of Friday Harbor and the whole island. The 2020 4th of July Parade has been cancelled. Becki Day, Executive Director stated  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Five

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:53 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another three videos that highlight specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and provide crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at We now have fifteen  Continue Reading

EDC Has a New PPP Survey

Written on May 7, 2020 at 8:30 am, by

EDC Survey to Determine San Juan County Impacts of Paycheck Protection Program The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is collecting data to learn how well the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is working for islands businesses. Business owners are urged to participate in the EDC’s PPP survey here: For more information, please  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk:  Gail Richard, Humans of Christchurch

Written on May 4, 2020 at 8:30 am, by

Don’t forget – tonight’s  “Know Your Islanders Talk” is happening over Zoom… In 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand experienced a devastating earthquake that leveled the city.  In 2019 an attack on two mosques further shook the humans of Christchurch.  Gail Richard, who has strong ties to this community and is a team member of Humans of  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Studio Tour Cancelled

Written on May 3, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Organizers of the San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour regretfully wish to inform patrons and visitors that the June 6th & 7th event is cancelled. This decision was made with significant concern for the safety of both visitors and artists during this time of the CoV19 pandemic. We remain hopeful for a positive outcome  Continue Reading

New Releases: COVID-19 Community Conversations Round 4

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:59 am, by

The “COVID-19 Community Conversations” series continues this week with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at Jennifer Armstrong: Armstrong is the Director of the Joyce L. Sobel  Continue Reading