Topic: Community

January EMT of the Month – Kyle Davies

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Kyle Davies began with San Juan Island EMS in Fall of 1999, first training as a volunteer EMT. In 2011, he left a full-time position with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to expand his emergency service knowledge and skills in an opportunity with Seattle Medic One to train as a Paramedic. Since completion of  Continue Reading

Kid’s Valentine Workshop

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

It’s time for the Printonyx annual Kid’s Valentine Workshop. A great way for kids to exercise their creativity. If you or someone you know would be interested, please click here for more information.

Pix From Women’s March

Written on January 21, 2018 at 11:13 am, by

Close to 1,000 men women and children marched yesterday in the 2nd annual Women’s March in Friday Harbor. Here are some photos for you that were shared by Update reader Liza Michaelson. Thanks for sharing Liza!

Rock Solid in DC

Written on January 18, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Rock Solid Youth presents at National Leadership Forum in DC The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition is excited to share that Zach Fincher will be presenting at CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum, the nation’s premier and largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day. Held Feb. 5-8,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Bus Goes Mainland Shopping

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… The senior bus trip to Mt Vernon last week was a shopping extravaganza! There were six passengers and only one medical appointment. My mission was to meet my sister Sally at the Third Street Café and deliver a late Christmas present. The remainder of our  Continue Reading

Postponed: Have A Heart Event

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

This event has been postponed – Announcement coming soon for a rescheduled date. The San Juan Community Home Trust continues to barge ahead with its goal of completing the Sun Rise II neighborhood. Two more reclaimed classic homes from the Victoria/Oak Bay areas on Vancouver Island will soon be on their way to San Juan  Continue Reading

Celebrating 35 Years

Written on January 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm, by

Welcome to a Year of Reading with the San Juan Island Library Can you believe that the San Juan Island Library has been in its present building for 35 years? To celebrate the occasion San Juan Island Library is inviting you to read along with staff this year in a program called Reading Revels 2018: 35/35.  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Grange Open House

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:11 am, by

Friday Harbor Grange #225 cordially invites our community to a Friday Harbor Grange #225 Open House sponsored by Community Treasures. Please join us in having some FUN in filling needs in our community by promoting: Permanency of Community Treasures A community Talent Contest Educational programs (like Love and Logic) Family and charitable activities (arts, crafts  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count January 25

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

Over 280 acres Secured in San Juan Valley

Written on January 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

2018 looks like another busy and exciting year for your Land Bank! Almost two years to the day, and a full year before the loan was due, the highly anticipated acquisition of the Zylstra Lake property on San Juan Island came to a fruitful end. The public-private partnership of the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Organizers Needed

Written on January 9, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Plans are just beginning for the San Juan Island Children’s Festival scheduled for May 5, 2018 and people willing to work as a team, committed to creating this fun filled festival dedicated to celebrating children are needed. The Children’s Festival attracts over 1,200 people and in its 28th year is a hallmark event for San  Continue Reading

Community Forum

Written on January 6, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

E Pluribus Unum; Where’s the Unum? A search for unity in a time of divisiveness – Sponsored by Spring Street International School Presentation, panel discussion and group collaboration The following presenters will share thoughts about issues that have polarized many Americans and discuss how we might come together: Megan Dethier, Associate Director for Academics &  Continue Reading

“San Juan Islands Stewardship” Special License Plate Campaign

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to, scroll down the page and fill-in your information. Thank you!

County Board and Advisory Committee Vacancies

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Home Trust Ends One Year and Begins Another with Big Land Donations

Written on January 3, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

>Editor’s note: The number of homes at the Soll property has been corrected to 30. The press release originally said 40 incorrectly… Last week on December 29th, the San Juan Community Home Trust received a donation of a parcel of land in Friday Harbor. The property, at the corner of Tucker and McDonald Streets, is  Continue Reading

Lovel Pratt Joins Friends Of The San Juans

Written on January 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm, by

January 2, 2018 – Today Friends of the San Juans (Friends) announces the addition of Lovel Pratt as Director of Friends’ Marine Protection Program. Lovel Pratt comes to Friends from Mulno Cove Consulting, where her work focused on safe shipping advocacy, reducing vessel traffic impacts, and oil spill prevention. She is a founding member of  Continue Reading

2018 Fair Theme Announced & Poster Artist Wanted

Written on January 2, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

The 2018 Fair is already starting to take shape. Mark your calendars for August 15-18. This year, the Fair theme is “Rockin’ the Salish Sea”. Get ready to see décor and themed exhibit entries reflecting elements of our local waters as well as some “rockin’” tunes and entertainment. What’s next for planning? Finding a poster  Continue Reading

Happy New Year

Written on January 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm, by

Did you see the Brickworks pig is celebrating the new year?

Community New Year’s Eve Party

Written on December 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm, by

Join Island Rec for its annual Community New Year’s Eve Celebration and count down the New Year with family, neighbors, and friends! It’s an all ages affair filled with board games, Xbox, Wii station, crafts, dancing, wild hat making parade, bingo, twister, snazzy photo ‘booth’, chess/backgammon/cribbage tournament, and much more. Bring a savory or sweet  Continue Reading

Katie Loring to be Sworn In as New Judge

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:23 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court announces the Swearing-In Ceremony for San Juan County’s next Superior Court Judge, Kathryn C. Loring. Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm in the Superior Courtroom at San Juan County Courthouse, 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor. Reception to follow at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 1st Street, Friday Harbor from  Continue Reading

White Christmas

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

In case you were away (like I was) and missed it, Friday Harbor did have a White Christmas Day, in the morning at least. Chuck Dalldorf was out early and has a few photos to share. Thanks Chuck! (click any photo to enlarge)