Topic: Community

Friday Harbor Temporarily Allows Conversion of Town Garages, Basements into Housing

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

Attached Guest Houses Temporarily Allowed in Residential Zone   From the Town of Friday Harbor On June 3, the Town Council adopted interim regulations allowing attached accessory dwelling units in the single-family residential zone. The ordinance intends to create a pathway to turn existing structures into livable spaces. “This is a historic moment for the  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association Launches Emergency Preparedness Project

Written on June 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Sunrise over Roche Harbor by Kevin Holmes From the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association The Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association, a charity serving northern San Juan Island, is expanding its traditional programs to help residents prepare for emergencies. The project launched June 1 and runs through December 2021. Natural disasters – earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, pandemics, winter storms  Continue Reading

Family Requests Individual Memorials for Vida Wight at 5:17 p.m. Thursday

Written on June 10, 2021 at 4:32 am, by

  By Cere Demuth, San Juan Island    So many of you want to gather to mourn and celebrate Vida Wight, to support and uplift me and my family.   But Vida was not a lover of large groups or attention. She liked her space, to say the least.   As a little girl, she  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Hosts Online Emergency Preparedness Lecture June 14

Written on June 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the League of Women Voters Join us for the League of Women Voters’ Zoom meeting, noon-2 p.m. June 14 on emergency preparedness and response. Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions can occur any time. The massive wildfires that affected the Pacific Northwest in 2020 are a sharp reminder of how quickly  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Waives Fees From January 2016-December 2020

Written on June 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library In conjunction with our reopening on June 8, all San Juan Island Library patrons will receive COVID-Relief Amnesty for billed charges on patron accounts incurred between January 2016 and December 2020. All charges have been waived. In light of the financial and social impacts of the last year, the library  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Vacation Rental Forum Wednesday June 9

Written on June 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The number of vacation rentals in the San Juans has been a contentious issue in the county over the past few years. Letters to the Editor of local news outlets presented a divided community on the viability, use and number of vacation rentals throughout the islands. In an effort  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Honors Heroes

Written on June 4, 2021 at 8:49 am, by

Sunday, May 30th the San Juan Islands DAR chapter joined the Friday Harbor American Legion Post 163 and it’s Auxiliary to plant flags at the Valley Cemetery on San Juan Island. At noon the next day we returned to the cemetery and conducted a Memorial Day service to honor the men and women who died  Continue Reading

Hospital District Pays off EMS Building

Written on June 4, 2021 at 8:44 am, by

The Board of Commissioners of San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1 and Superintendent Nathan Butler are very happy to announce that the District has paid off in full the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. Superintendent Butler said “We are so privileged to have this building which carries the name of former EMS Chief Frank  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Reopens to Limited In-person Hours June 8

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

From San Juan Island Library Starting Tuesday, June 8, the San Juan Island Library will reopen its doors for limited services and hours. The library will provide simultaneous indoor browsing and curbside services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with a 65+/high-risk population hour on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. Patrons are  Continue Reading

Use SNAP Benefits at San Juan, Orcas Farmers Markets

Written on May 31, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

The San Juan Island Farmers Market. From San Juan County The Orcas and San Juan Island Farmers Markets are set up to accept SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known in Washington as Basic Food. SNAP helps people with low incomes make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. To find out  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor American Legion to Hold Honor Guard Ceremonies Memorial Day

Written on May 30, 2021 at 12:01 pm, by

From American Legion Post 163 Memorial Day is for honoring and remembering the soldiers who have given their lives in the line of duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. American Legion Post 163 in Friday Harbor will hold an honor guard ceremony at the two San Juan Island cemeteries at 11 a.m., May 31 on  Continue Reading

Make Free Art Projects in the Park with Island Rec and Alchemy Art Center

Written on May 28, 2021 at 7:05 am, by

From Island Rec Join Alchemy Art Center staff and guest artists for fun and free community art days in John O. Linde Community Park. Professional artists will lead an exciting roster of activities including indigo dyeing, sun prints, clay planters, funny faces, printing on t-shirts, and more. Due to safety precautions, space will be limited.  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor’s Duncan Wilson Plans 2022 Retirement

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

From the Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson announced he will retire Jan. 4, 2022, after nine years in the position.  He took over for King Fitch in 2012. Wilson previously served as the city administrator of North Bend, Washington for six years. Prior to that, he had been an attorney  Continue Reading

Help Becky Armstrong while her Shoulder Heals

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

From organizers Becky Armstrong fell on May 10 and broke her shoulder. She is in a lot of pain and has her right arm immobilized in a sling. She is the independent business owner of Hello, Gorgeous where she gives manicures and pedicures. This job requires the use of both hands. She is unable to  Continue Reading

San Juan’s John Geyman Releases New Book on Access to Affordable Health Care

Written on May 19, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By John Geyman, M.D. “America’s Mighty Medical-Industrial Complex: Negative Impacts and Positive Solutions” by John Geyman, M.D., gives background on the rise of an enormous medical-industrial complex over the last 60 years. It has brought wealth to corporations and stockholders at the expense of most Americans who struggle to gain access to affordable health care.  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Turns 100 in 2021

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

From the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild It seems like only a few years ago that the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild threw a grand opening party for our community’s beloved Brickworks building and plaza, but in fact, the original historic building is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. May is “History Lives Here” month  Continue Reading

Katie Aiello Joins Island Rec as New Recreation Specialist

Written on May 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Island Rec… Island Rec is pleased to welcome Katie Aiello as its new recreation specialist. Katie will primarily be organizing sports, fitness and outdoor programming. After spending the last 10 summers on San Juan Island, she is happy to now call it her permanent home. Katie is originally from California but has also lived  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

Written on May 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. In times past the Mullis Center has celebrated the volunteers who keep the center running with festive occasions. This year, in pandemic mode, the Mullis Center’s appreciation was expressed in a quieter but equally appreciative gesture. Gift bags were  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor Honors Finance Director Kelle’ Wilson’s Retirement after 28 Years

Written on May 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor Town of Friday Harbor Finance Director Kelle’ Wilson retired May 7 after 28 working in the town’s finance department. The town council created a proclamation in honor of her last day. Proclamation Ownering Kelle’ Wilson Upon her Retirement WHEREAS, Kelle’ Wilson has distinguished herself as a hard-working and dedicated  Continue Reading

Detours for Monday and Tuesday’s Mullis Street Roundabout Installation, Other Roadwork

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

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor advises motorists will encounter delays on Monday and Tuesday in the locations highlighted on the map. Crews will install a painted roundabout at the intersection of Spring Street and Mullis Street, and pave Spring Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street Monday and Tuesday.  Continue Reading

Join Online Meeting on San Juan Islands National Monument May 12

Written on May 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting on the San Juan Islands National Monument 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 via Zoom. Planned agenda items include reviewing the final resource management plan and environmental impact statement and opportunities for the committee to support the implementation of  Continue Reading

Update: Mullis Street Painted Roundabout to be Installed May 10-11

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

This post was updated on May 5 to reflect the new construction dates.  From the Town of Friday Harbor The Spring Street and Mullis Street intersection will be closed Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11 for the installation of a painted roundabout. The construction was to take place May 5 and 6 but was  Continue Reading