Topic: Environment

Trio Of Major Storms Headed To WA, Prepare Now!

Written on October 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm, by

This just in from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of very powerful storms is headed our way, starting with heavy rain on Wednesday night. The NWS models forecast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for  Continue Reading

County and Climate Change

Written on October 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Islands Climate Resilience (ICR) is a group of islanders working to improve our resilience to climate change through a combination of outreach/education and strategic planning. We believe that climate change is happening, and that it needs to be addressed both locally and globally. To ensure that climate change issues are addressed in the 2016 County Council campaign, we asked each of  Continue Reading

Halloween Litter Pick-Up

Written on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Halloween litter pick-up on San Juan Island! Some participants in our annual spring Great Islands Clean-Up have suggested that we do another litter pick-up in the fall to spruce up our roadsides and beaches after summer’s outdoor activities have ended. Everyone can help. On Saturday, October 29, simply go outside and take a little walk,  Continue Reading

First European Green Crab in Washington’s Salish Sea

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Sylvia Yamada and Craig Staude “Sylvia, I think we caught one!” Craig Staude shouted excitedly as he and his team of volunteers opened a baited trap in a tidal channel near the sculpture park at Roche Harbor on August 30th. Sure enough, the 74-millimeter-wide male was the first live European green crab ever caught  Continue Reading

Letter from Frank Penwell

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

From the SJ Update mailbag… Dear Editor, Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities.  I can attest to the fact that over the last 4 years, Bob Jarman has been the only Council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues,  Continue Reading

Green Home Open House & Tour

Written on October 7, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Join us this Saturday for the San Juan Island Green Home Open House and Tour  at the San Juan Grange 11:00 Open House: Booths and Speakers Everything you always wanted to know about making your home more energy efficient. 1:00 Green Home Tour If you are planning to come on the tour, please let us know. We are carpooling  Continue Reading

Autumnal Animal Adventure

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Bring your family out to relish autumn with naturalist Shona Aitken. Shona will lead an exploration into the woods in search of wild creatures. Your child will use their senses to find clues about which animals live there and where they would go to stay dry and warm when the weather becomes cold and wet.  Continue Reading

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted For Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free trainings, one in Friday Harbor on Saturday, October 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sunday, October 16. Additionally, Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will give a presentation entitled Seabirds, Citizen Science  Continue Reading

Beautifying the Town

Written on September 30, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

Deborah Neff shares this note about volunteers doing good things last Saturday… Last Saturday a group of community volunteers participated in United Way San Juan County’s annual Day of Caring in Friday Harbor by helping to beautify the town. The work party pulled weeds at the Mullis Center and the Elementary School, planted trees by  Continue Reading

Our Own SJI CC Thistle Slayers

Written on September 28, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

by Theresa Simendinger On two very hot days of July, Friday the 22nd and Tuesday the 26th, the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) climbed up Young Hill to take down the thistle. The first crew of four kids with the CC of Middle School looked like the proverbial David against Goliath but as you  Continue Reading

Letter About Community Treasures

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a letter from Stephanie Prima about Community Treasures in today’s mailbag… To anyone who cares about the disposal of recyclables on this island, take note: we are in peril of losing our most valuable recycling gem – Community Treasures (CT). I was at the meeting last Thursday that Frank Penwell put together to let the  Continue Reading

Fire Risk Status “LOW”

Written on September 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has reduced the fire risk status to “LOW.” However, burn permits will not be issued until October 3rd and only recreational fires are permitted at this time.

Know Your Island Walk

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

On this leisurely 2-3 hour interpretive walk up Young Hill, discover how to beneficially relate to Nature in and around you through your senses. Nature’s maverick genius Mike Cohen will teach us as we walk. Meet at the English Camp parking lot at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 24th.

Fire Danger “Medium”

Written on September 15, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, fire danger in San Juan County has been reduced to “MEDIUM.” However, burning is still limited to recreational fires only.

Prescribed Fires Scheduled For San Juan Island NHP

Written on September 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park is preparing to conduct a prescribed burn on Young Hill, beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2016, through Friday, September 16, 2016, announces Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy. The prescribed fire units scheduled to burn will cover approximately 10-30 acres, provided that weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful project  Continue Reading

Shoreline Workshop

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Free Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners and Managers September 24th Interested in learning more about your shoreline property and how it can help feed salmon, seabirds and orca? Join engineering geologist and shoreline erosion management expert Jim Johannessen of Coastal Geologic Services and nearshore habitat biologist Tina Whitman of Friends of the San Juans for  Continue Reading

Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag today… Here’s a good one: a San Juan Update reader from California, Paul Denikin, shares this set of tips on Ecologically Friendly remodeling tips for your home. Check them out below and be sure to visit his website… The Best Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips Going green is an important part of  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Star Party

Written on September 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm, by

Join the National Park Service and Island Rec to honor the 50th Anniversary of San Juan Island National Historical Park. 7:00pm Bat Talk ‘n Walk 8:00pm Cake 8:30pm Owl Prowl ‘n Star Walk. Large telescopes will be available for viewing. Rochelle Kelly, (a PhD candidate at the University of Washington studying our local bats), will  Continue Reading

Leave No Trace

Written on September 7, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will visit September 8-10 The traveling trainers are back and they’re bringing Big Foot along to share their message of sustainable minimum impact practices to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Click here for more information about Leave No Trace and be sure to check out the flyer at right to see what’s  Continue Reading

Get Your Painting Now!

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:37 am, by

Reminder – LAST WEEKEND for Plein Air Paintings Auction to Benefit Mount Grant Preserve Thanks to a group of generous and very talented local artists, 17 artworks—all inspired by rocks, trees, trails, and vistas they observed at Mount Grant Preserve—are up for auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Campaign for the  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