Topic: Community

In Remembrance of 9/11

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue shares this announcment… Lest We Forget, the combined Emergency Services, elected officials, and veterans of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City , Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on the  Continue Reading

Barn Sale

Written on September 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm, by

In the mailbag today – Gloria Bentzen writes to let you know there will be a huge barn sale, (the barn is full to the brim), out on Mitchell Bay Road, just off West Valley Road. Truly a great sale. Saturday, September 10th. Head out there and look for the signs (there will be a  Continue Reading

A Big Thank You from the Fair!

Written on September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

To all of those in San Juan County – exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, & entertainers – the San Juan County Fair Board and Fair staff give you a standing ovation! Be sure to check out the Fair website for a “Best of 2016” highlight list including Best of Show, Best of Class, and Special Award winners  Continue Reading

Nancy DeVaux Retiring

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:15 am, by

Nancy DeVaux announces her retirement from the San Juan Community Home Trust After 11 years of service as the Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Nancy DeVaux has announced that she will retire on June 1, 2017. During her time with the Home Trust, Nancy led the organization through the new construction  Continue Reading

Last Weekend for Discover San Juan Island Scavenger Hunt

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:06 am, by

Reminder – this is the LAST weekend to obtain wood block rubbings for the Discover San Juan Island guidebook. Participants who have obtained at least nine tile rubbings should return the guidebook to the library by Tuesday, September 6th, to be eligible for the September 9th prize drawing. Three lucky adventurers have a chance to win a  Continue Reading

Wine Tasting and Art Auction

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will host a Wine Tasting and Art Auction, Friday September 16 at Brickworks from 5:30 to 8:30. The event will include a silent and live auction of donated and original artworks as well as the unveiling of five private label wines; featuring artist labels by San Juan Island  Continue Reading


Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

TEDxSanJuanIsland returns on Saturday, September 17th for a second installment of inspiration, collaboration, and ideas worth spreading. This year’s theme – ‘Quality of Life’ – focuses on ideas that have made a lasting contribution to the betterment of society.  Speakers at the forefront of fields such as science, health, technology, art and education will present ideas  Continue Reading

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, and Public Works Departments of the County. New with this update is incorporation of the County’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The PTNA provides  Continue Reading

Staxx Brothers

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

The Staxx Brothers are playing at the Rumor Mill this Friday and Saturday night. No cover. Just some groovy hard soul! Here’s what the Rumor Mill has to say… The Staxx Brothers are coming back this weekend. Yes it does mean we’ll have one of the most entertaining and dance-able bands since Sly & The Family Stone.  Continue Reading

The FHES PTO raises $6200 in Pie Booth at County Fair!

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Over 60 volunteers served up approximately 1,200 slices of donated pies for the first fundraiser of the newly established FHES PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). A very big THANK YOU from the FHES PTO Board and Pie Booth Committee! “We are so grateful to the community and the outpouring of support, from pie bakers and servers,  Continue Reading

Nicole Harling Cancer Fund

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Just heard that Nikkie Harling is fighting cancer. She’s a 43 year old single mother of 2. You can donate to help them out financially through an account set up for her at Islander’s Bank or through this online GoFundMe Account.

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

Gifts for NPS on it’s 100th Birthday

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Honored guests on Thursday at the English Camp celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service were members of the Lummi and Saanich Nations from Washington and British Columbia. Their families had lived on San Juan Island or visited here for centuries before the Pig War of 1859-72. At least 200 persons, including many children,  Continue Reading

Reach the Top!

Written on August 31, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers 360-degree views of valleys, lakes, straits, mountains, soaring raptors and wind-gnarled Douglas firs. It’s a  Continue Reading

Opalco Receives $1,000,000

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Opalco Awarded $1 Million Grant For Grid Modernization From WA Clean Energy Fund OPALCO’s spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the Co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund (CEF). OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle  Continue Reading

Remembering 9/11

Written on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001… This year our Nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication,  Continue Reading

EMS – SJI Fire District

Written on August 29, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Because of a good deal of conversation during and since the recent EMS levy vote, the public hospital district board has asked a committee to study integration of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) with the San Juan Island Fire District. The EMS was a part of the Fire District until a few years ago, and  Continue Reading

Construction Update: Week of August 29th, 2016

Written on August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor – Waterline Replacement Project Locations of work: Underground construction is complete except for tie-in locations This week, Contractor is scheduled to tie-in the new waterline at the following locations: Douglas and San Juan Valley Rd. Spring St. at the Water Maintenance Facility San Juan Valley Rd. near the EMS/Hospital Work Days/Hours  Continue Reading

8.8k Run Results

Written on August 28, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Island Rec has posted complete 8.8k Run results if you want to see them – They are at Also, in the photo above is 14-year-old overall winner Chauncey Cox (Right, with 2 medals), and 11-year-old Sam Cox, who took second in his age group.

SJPT’s Island Dispatch

Written on August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am, by

Extra, Extra! Read All About It! An e-version of the San Juan Preservation Trust’s August 2016 Island Dispatch newsletter is now live on the web. Click here to view it. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find: Guardians Forever: Monitoring SJPT’s 226 (and counting) conservation easements is a big job that we take very seriously. Plus, What Is a  Continue Reading

You did it again! Thank you!

Written on August 27, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2016 San Juan County Fair when over $28,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foundation, in turn, will match those  Continue Reading

10th Annual Concours d’Elegance

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands and the Rotary Club of San Juan Island invite everyone to attend the tenth annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Concours is an exhibition of vintage and classic motor vehicles and will have  Continue Reading