Topic: Technology

A Carbon-Free Adventure!

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Follow OPALCO’s EV Road Trip in October: Starting October 6th, an exclusive team from OPALCO (Communication Specialist Krista Bouchey and the “Switch it up pup” Pepper) will be driving the Co-op’s Kia Niro 100% electric vehicle (EV) to Eastern Washington and back, making stops to visit wind and hydro projects, innovative public power projects and  Continue Reading

Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Written on August 3, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

FUN for Everyone at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree! Test drive an EV, ride an electric bike, check out electric garden tools and an electric UTV! Free hot dogs and popcorn, great Island Way swag – and small kids can take the Island Way electric jeep for spin (with parental supervision). EV dealers will have  Continue Reading

Sun-E-Land Bikes Visits San Juan Islands

Written on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Coming soon to visit Friday Harbor, Lopez, Orcas… Sun-E-Land Bikes is a new Electric Bicycle Company based in Bellingham, now open for business and will be coming to the San Juan Islands to feature and promote the Sun-E-Land City Cruiser. Matt Holmes is the owner and operator of Sun-E-Land Bikes. Sun-E-Land Bikes offers affordable electric  Continue Reading

Port Holds Online Meeting On Proposed Marine Technical Center

Written on December 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm, by

By Port of Friday Harbor A special Port of Friday Harbor meeting will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 16 via Zoom. Visit for instructions on how to log into the meeting. The Port of Friday Harbor has completed a conceptual design for a 15,000 sq. ft. Marine Technical Center and Island Oil Spill  Continue Reading

No OPALCO Rate Increase In 2021

Written on November 27, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Community Solar Project Coming to San Juan Island By OPALCO The OPALCO Board of Directors passed the 2021 Co-op budget at their Nov. 24 meeting and approved a 0 percent rate increase – that’s no rate increase – in consideration of the ongoing pandemic and its economic hardships. The approved budget also includes a second,  Continue Reading

View Ownership, Acreage of Washington Public Lands on App

Written on November 24, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Recreation and conservation lands managed by local, state and federal governments in Washington state can now be viewed easily online in a new mapping application. The Public Lands Inventory web app displays more than 18.8 million acres of public lands used for recreation or wildlife habitat in  Continue Reading

Larsen Leads Resolution On Drone Safety

Written on November 18, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Garret Graves (LA-06), the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, and Sharice Davids (KS-03), the Subcommittee’s Vice Chair, introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the week of Nov. 16 – 22, 2020, as National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Founded by the Federal Aviation Administration  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Earns Top Rating for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Written on November 7, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By PeaceHealth PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center located in Bellingham, Washington, has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in cardiothoracic surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center among the elite for cardiothoracic surgery in  Continue Reading

Last Day of San Juan County’s Virtual Fair!

Written on August 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm, by

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Link to: San Juan County Virtual Fair

State Broadband Survey Requests Your Participation

Written on August 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm, by

State launches access and speed test survey to document service gaps, prioritize expansion needs and investments…   OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal  Continue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team’s International Space Settlement Design Competition, 2020

Written on July 30, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Team is at it again! The 2020 International Space Settlement Design Competition just finished, though without travelling to NASA as in the last two years. The Aerospace Team’s name this year is “Grumbo” (think Grumman mixed with Boeing) and the Friday Harbor High School Team joined with teams from  Continue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team earns Entry into the 2020 International Space Settlement Design Competition

Written on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

Last summer, the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design team brought home a World Championship title from the International Space Settlement Competition held at NASA. This year, the FHHS Aerospace Team (Island Orbital Technologies) has once again earned their way back to the International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals with a top-four design proposal  Continue Reading

A Note from Skagit Valley College

Written on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

We’re Online with You! Skagit Valley College announces Summer Quarter will be offered mostly online Yes, Skagit Valley College is open! We’re just doing things a little differently. Our key focus is to meet you where you are right now. We’ve adapted our instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs and support the health  Continue Reading

Real Estate News

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again, this time with information on internet availability on the island… Update to Our Internet Connection Rock Island has been busy for the last 5 years installing the base structure for our fiber and other internet connection options throughout the County. As a REALTOR, I can state that internet reliability  Continue Reading

Compass Health Bridge

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

Compass Health debuts revolutionary mobile telehealth system to provide vital mental health and substance abuse treatment during COVID-19 social distancing, and for future care Cloud-based Compass Health Bridge platform virtually connects front-line behavioral health providers with clients in community or home settings EVERETT – Compass Health has announced the organization-wide launch of its mobile telehealth system, Compass  Continue Reading

Telemedicine: Eventide Health Switches to Zoom

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:38 am, by

A message from Dr. House… Our initial selection of VSee as a client to host our telemedicine proved to be the wrong choice as they couldn’t keep up with our demand or needs. As such we’ve switched our Telemedicine service to Zoom. Please download the Zoom client onto your phone or tablet. It’s also available  Continue Reading

Islanders Find Creative Solutions

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

A message from Dr. House… Huge thank you to patients that have reached out to request telemedicine. Out of my 18 visits Tuesday 6 of those were via telemedicine. We’re scheduling more every day and we’re working with other providers both in our office and outside our walls to expand this service. We had planned  Continue Reading

New Telescope for Loan at the San Juan Island Library

Written on February 21, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Community Projects Press Release Are you interested in astronomy? Do you love exploring the wonders that space has to offer? Well, here at the Library we do! And, thanks to the admirable Community Project fundraising efforts of two of our Friday Harbor High School students, Allie and Tyler Fleming, the San Juan Island Library is  Continue Reading

Luxel Filters on Solar Mission

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this announcement from Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp… Dear Editor, I wondered if you would want to share this news with your readers. On Sunday night the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, FL. Luxel has three sets of filters  Continue Reading

Virtual Reality

Written on February 4, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim with sharks, create a sculpture out of thin air, or fly through space?  Find out what all the VR buzz is about and head to the Marie Boe Building on Saturday, February 8th from 11am-6pm.  Spend the day with Bellingham’s Heady Virtual Reality and choose from  Continue Reading

Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

Written on January 12, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s some good news – check out the video above and this accompanying story from Good News Network…

Socially Active: Tiny Radio Launches Tiny TV YouTube Channel

Written on September 15, 2019 at 10:14 am, by

For the past 8 years Friday Harbor Tiny Radio has hosted high school sports on 1650 AM and on FH Tiny Radio will now stream live football, basketball, soccer, softball, and baseball games for the 2019-20 season. With little fanfare it started with last Friday’s home opener for the football team.   “Surprisingly we had  Continue Reading