Topic: Technology

Virtual Reality at the Library

Written on August 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

During the past summer San Juan Island Library has been offering opportunities to explore Virtual Reality, courtesy of the Washington State Library and Oculus Inc. This has been very popular and has appealed to people of all ages (although restricted to people over 13 years old). Virtual Reality (VR) equipment allows the user to explore  Continue Reading

World Champs at 2019 ISSDC World Finals

Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School Students named World Champs at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals Last weekend, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), became World Champions, at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals. IOTech, alongside assigned teammates from four other schools that  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks

Written on July 30, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talk: Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team  The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has journeyed to the World Finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition, held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  They will explain the proposal that earned them a spot and how they did. Monday, August 5th  Continue Reading

World Champions

Written on July 29, 2019 at 6:35 pm, by

The Friday Harbor team has been named World Champions in this design competition! The following is a letter from Daniel Garner of FHHS… Monday 9:00am Kennedy Space Center Center for Space Education 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals The Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), has just  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Helps Launch Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team

Written on July 24, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Excitement was high as Soroptimist officers presented a check for $1,000 to members of the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team to support their participation at NASA in the World Championship of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. A team of 12 Students, instructor Dan Garner and 3 chaperones leave this Wednesday to the Kennedy Space  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Travis Ayers

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Luxel Corporation, one of the lesser known businesses on San Juan Island, provides nanometer-thick materials for applications in space astronomy, laser fusion, and semiconductors.  Travis Ayers will describe Luxel’s technology, how it is used, and will have a few samples to observe. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the  Continue Reading

Real Estate News

Written on June 12, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares more Real Estate tips… Update to Our Internet Connection Rock Island has been busy for the last 4 years installing the base structure for our fiber and other internet connection options throughout the County. I decided to write this article as a layperson so that the options for our Internet service  Continue Reading

Recycle Electronics Now Postponed Until February 19th

Written on February 6, 2019 at 5:22 am, by

Recycle Electronics February (was going to be on the 12th now rescheduled to 19th due to snow) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in the open lot next to the Mullis Fire Station. Acceptable items include: Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Monitors, Printers, Televisions (LCD OR CRD), DVD Players and DVR’s, Computer cables. No keyboards or mice. Items  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on January 24, 2019 at 9:16 am, by

Candidates Named for OPALCO Election; Nominations by Petition Due Feb 13th The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected candidates for the OPALCO Board of Directors election in District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) and District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands). The following were nominated by a vote of the  Continue Reading

Rock Island Accelerates Fiber To Town Of Friday Harbor

Written on January 17, 2019 at 9:01 am, by

You May Be Eligible For A Connection With No Installation Fee! OPALCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, announced this week that it will deliver fiber-optic Internet to approximately 35% of the Town of Friday Harbor with no installation fee. “Dozens of businesses in Friday Harbor now have a chance to hook up to fiber,” said  Continue Reading

FHHS Community Project

Written on November 27, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Emmett Carrier writes to share what he’s doing for his Community Projects class at the high school… For my community projects class at Friday Harbor High School, I worked alongside Evan Foley to do research on pollution prevention in the Port of Friday Harbor. We started our project by meeting with our mentor, Dr. Derek  Continue Reading

Seeing Green: 4 Changes We Can Make for a More Environmentally-Friendly Home

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

The following is a guest post from Neil Stawski with Climate Wise… There are nearly 7 billion humans on the planet, with more being born every day. And each person comes with their own ecological footprint. When you add up the ecological footprints of 7 billion people, you begin to understand the enormous environmental effect  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Offers New Digital Newspaper Collection

Written on October 6, 2018 at 6:08 am, by

The San Juan Island Library is excited to bring you a new digital newspaper collection!  Titled NewsBank, this collection is free to library patrons and is updated daily. NewsBank enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use  Continue Reading

EDC Invites San Juan County Knowledge Workers to Informal Meetup

Written on October 5, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words, and they invite knowledge workers and those who work with them to attend an informal meetup on October 24th from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library.  Refreshments will be served. Knowledge  Continue Reading

Organ Donation Meets Online Match Making

Written on October 5, 2018 at 6:12 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA, September 30, 2018 Perspective living organ donor realizes the need to help those awaiting organ transplant connect with would be living donors. This new site could help remove more people from the transplant wait list. Living Donor Match, an online match making forum for living donors and their recipients, was created after  Continue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Continue Reading

Local Students Attend International Space Settlement Design Competition in Florida

Written on September 29, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Thanks to Jill Urbach for this video… <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Friday Harbor students who attended were Lucy Urbach, Joely Loucks, Arlo Harold, Max Mattox, Evan Foley, and Brandon Payne. The teacher in charge was Daniel Garner. 

REMINDER: OPALCO Planned Power Outage Tonight

Written on September 24, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Early Tuesday morning September 25 from 12:30 am (half past midnight tonight) until 2:30 am all of San Juan County will be affected by a planned outage. Another outage is planned for Tuesday, October 23. These outages are necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the  Continue Reading

San Juan County cooperatives celebrate National Cooperative Month

Written on September 22, 2018 at 5:35 am, by

Co-op members understand the power of the vote – it’s in our DNA. With Americans holding more than 350 million co-op memberships and rural electric cooperatives serving 75% of our country’s land mass: we have the power! OPALCO, the Orcas Food Co-op and San Juan Island Food Co-op encourage you to register to vote, cast  Continue Reading

OPALCO Announces Upcoming County-Wide Planned Outages

Written on September 9, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

OPALCO Announces two upcoming planned outages on Tuesday, September 25 at 12:30 am & Tuesday, October 23 at 12:30 am… All of San Juan County will be affected by a series of two planned outages necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from  Continue Reading

Lemon Computers

Written on July 26, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

In case you missed it – John and Becky Volk are now running their Lemon Computers business out of an office up on Spring Street by Harbor Vet. Originally working out of their garage, they quietly moved into this office space about a year ago and have been selling and servicing computers from there ever  Continue Reading

Aerospace Design Team Trip

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Lions and LEOs Combine Efforts to Help Fund FHHS Aerospace Design Team Trip BJ Brandli, LEO Club advisor and member of the Lions Club, presents FHHS Aerospace Design Team member Arlo Harold with two checks totaling $900; one for $500 from the Lions Club and one for $400 from the LEOs Club.  These funds will  Continue Reading