Topic: Community

Lummi Nation Totem Pole Plans San Juan, Orcas, Lopez Stops Along Cross-Country Journey

Written on April 29, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update A Lummi Nation totem pole is conducting a cross-country trip to bring awareness to protecting Indigenous people’s land and waters, reports the Associated Press.  The journey, called the Red Road to DC, starts in Bellingham in May and will end in Washington D.C. in June. According to a press  Continue Reading

Preliminary Voting Results Show Fire Annexation and Island Rec Levy Approvals

Written on April 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm, by

  By Hayley Day, San Juan Update Preliminary voting results in the 2021 April Special Election for San Juan Island show the Town of Friday Harbor will join the island’s fire district and Island Rec will continue to receive local funds. The vote will be certified May 7. Fire District According to the San Juan  Continue Reading

Gary Bowman Memorial Fund Reaches $25K Goal

Written on April 27, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Marie D., San Juan Island San Juan Island is such a wonderful, generous community. A need arises and most people step up to help fellow Islanders. On Christmas Eve 2020, Yvonne Bowman suddenly lost her beloved husband Gary. This tremendous loss also caused a huge financial burden for her. And so a fundraiser was  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Home Trust Says Homes For Islanders Needed

Written on April 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Home Trust has two houses for sale under $220K, is developing eight-unit affordable housing site   By Francie Rutherford and Jim Goetz, board members, San Juan Community Home Trust We were saddened to read the recent article regarding the suspension of operations for Homes for Islanders. Homes for Islanders and the San Juan Community Home  Continue Reading

Grants Available For Washington State Licensed Child Care Providers

Written on April 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families is pleased to announce upcoming opportunities for licensed child care providers. The Spring 2021 Child Care COVID-19 Grant is scheduled to open in late April and will be available for four weeks. All licensed child care  Continue Reading

Shape San Juans’ Involvement in Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

Written on April 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

In 2019 Congress designated the area, which includes the San Juan Islands   By Caroline C. Grauman-Boss, executive director, Salish Sea Sciences Let the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation know what being part of the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area means for you here in San Juan County.  The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area  Continue Reading

Vendors can join San Juan County Fairgrounds Market Saturdays throughout Summer

Written on April 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Parks & Fair Calling all vendors for the new Fair Market Series at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The markets will be held on Saturdays throughout the summer.  As part of the 2021 Virtual San Juan County Fair “Lettuce Entertain Ewe,” the fairgrounds staff will be producing a Fair Market Series.  Continue Reading

Spring Street Sidewalk Construction runs through April 28

Written on April 24, 2021 at 10:17 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is continuing construction on Spring Street. The contractor is nearly complete with the installation of underground utilities and will focus on installing curb, gutter and new sidewalk from Coldwell Banker to the pocket park through April 28. Every effort will be made to limit  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth Brings Mobile Dental Clinic to Friday Harbor May 5-8

Written on April 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Fish For Teeth Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth. The mobile dental van will be at the Millis Community Center on San Juan Island in Friday Harbor from Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 8. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring  Continue Reading

Take Child Care Survey For Parents, Businesses to Close Service Gaps on San Juan Island

Written on April 19, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center In November 2020, the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center received a Childcare Partnership Grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to conduct a community-wide assessment of child care needs and create an action plan to improve capacity. Options include infant and toddler care, longer child care  Continue Reading

American Camp Visitor Center Portable Restrooms, Bottle Filling Station Open April 16

Written on April 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

The Building is Expected Open Around Memorial Day   From San Juan Island National Historic Park The American Camp Visitor Center site opens 9 a.m., Friday, April 16. The parking lot will remain open and a new bottle filling station will be available. Restrooms are currently available as port-a-pots as permanent facilities are being finished  Continue Reading

SAFE San Juans and San Juan County Land Bank ‘Sow Seeds of Hope’ During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Written on April 16, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SAFE San Juans SAFE San Juans is working with the San Juan County Land Bank’s Salish Seeds Project to sow seeds of hope during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Throughout April, staff from SAFE San Juans will be handing out Salish seeds throughout the county in specially designed packets with art and messages  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor To Pick Up Large, Heavy Trash April 26-30

Written on April 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Items Can Include Mattresses, Scrap Metal, Furniture   From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 26-30. Pickup will take place on their  Continue Reading

Two People Survive Plan Crash Off Blakely Island

Written on April 12, 2021 at 7:55 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update Two people were rescued after a plane went down near Blakely Island Sunday. At about 4:30 p.m., April 11, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies — as well as fire, EMS and coast guard crews — were responding to a call of a downed aircraft south of  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Meals On Wheels Deliveries Triple During Pandemic As More Volunteers Help

Written on April 12, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Mullis Community Senior Center Throughout the month of March, resident celebrities from Lopez, San Juan and Orcas Islands were invited to ride or follow along with volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers as they delivered meals to seniors on their respective islands. The goal of the celebrity ride-alongs was to foster greater community awareness  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor Plans $40 Million Worth Of Capital Projects Over Next Eight Years

Written on April 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Plans Include Pocket Park Near Grange, Sidewalks on Lampard   By Duncan Wilson, Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Year after year, the services and responsibilities undertaken by the Town of Friday Harbor grow as population and business activity increase. Beyond daily town operations that include administration, finance and community development, our most expensive and complex  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Donate $5,000 For San Juan Island COVID Relief

Written on April 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will donate $5,000 this year to the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center. Half is designated to increase staff hours for employees helping islanders access various COVID-related assistance programs funded by the government and help manage community programs. The remaining funds will be available  Continue Reading

Section of Southbound Mullis Street In Friday Harbor Closes For Two Weeks

Written on April 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is continuing construction on a Mullis Street roundabout, and the existing pavement will be demolished this week to prepare a subbase for the roadway. Mullis Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic for vehicles traveling northbound from Monday, April 5 to about  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Local Celebrities Support Meals On Wheels

Written on April 2, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. We cannot say it enough. More than ever during this time of Covid, San Juan County’s Senior Nutrition Program, “Meals on Wheels” serves as a lifeline to many of our island seniors. With usual fundraising events still out of  Continue Reading

Utility Construction Continues On New Friday Harbor Roundabout

Written on April 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The town is continuing construction on a Mullis Street roundabout, and sewer and storm mains under Spring Street between First and Second Streets will be replaced around April 5.  This will be the final phase to complete utility replacement on Spring Street from the waterfront to the roundabout. The  Continue Reading

Peace Island Easter Basket Sale Canceled

Written on April 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Peace Island Medical Center Volunteers Upon the recommendation of the health department and the state guidelines, we have been advised to cancel our Easter basket sale this year. We thank the community for their continued interest and support of this fundraiser for our cancer care center. We look forward and plan to continue this  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth Fish Tacos Available Friday

Written on March 31, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Fish for Teeth From 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 2, enjoy a legendary fish taco from Fish for Teeth. They’re actually burritos. They’re delicious and made with flakey white rockfish sustainably harvested off the Washington coast, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, fresh greens, and a squeeze of lime, all assembled with love from a Fish  Continue Reading