Topic: Transportation

Smart Car Parade

Written on April 11, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Do you love a Smart Car? Do you love a Parade? OK, well it’s not exactly San Juan Island, but some of you may be San Juan Islanders that own a Smart Car and might be interested in this. Bob and Becki Taylor in Bellingham are sponsoring a smart car rally for the Bellingham Ski  Continue Reading

WSF Open House

Written on April 10, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

WSF wants you to know about this upcoming open house… Mark your calendars! Washington State Ferries is developing a Long Range Plan to better understand and plan for the changing needs of the system through 2040. Join us at an open house this spring to learn more about the plan, meet the project team, and  Continue Reading

Sharpes Corner Roundabout

Written on March 28, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Construction on this starts next week. Here’s the latest from WSDOT… Customers traveling to the Anacortes terminal during the spring and summer should be aware of construction planned at the intersection of SR 20/SR 20 Spur (Sharpes Corner) in Anacortes. Around-the-clock lane reductions will start on Monday, April 2 and are expected to be in  Continue Reading

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction

Written on March 9, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 2 Construction Update What to expect for the week(s) of March 12th: The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits, at  Continue Reading

Ferry in Snow

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm, by

SJ Update reader Kristen Arnim caught this beautiful image of the Samish coming into the ferry dock this afternoon. Thanks for sharing Kristen!

WSDOT Open House at Brickworks

Written on February 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm, by

Spring highway construction will affect San Juan Islands and north Whidbey Island vacationers A large Connecting Washington project will cause delays on Highway 20, just east of Anacortes from early April into July. WSDOT contractor crews from Tapani, Inc. will build two new roundabouts in the area of SR 20 and the SR 20 Spur  Continue Reading

Pilot Ground School for Local Students

Written on January 31, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Monday night eight local students were given the opportunity to take a pilot ground school class compliments of Kathleen Bartholomew, who raised funds from local business people to provide scholarships for the class thru COVE. With the growing shortage of pilots in the country, she feels students should have the opportunity to explore aviation. Students  Continue Reading

Highway 20 Road Construction

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:46 am, by

Spring highway construction will affect San Juan Islands and north Whidbey Island vacationers A large Connecting Washington project will cause delays on Highway 20, just east of Anacortes from early April into July. WSDOT contractor crews from Tapani, Inc. will build two new roundabouts in the area of SR 20 and the SR 20 Spur  Continue Reading

“San Juan Islands Stewardship” Special License Plate Campaign

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to, scroll down the page and fill-in your information. Thank you!

Orcas Village Park and Ride Grand Opening!

Written on October 26, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County will hold a grand opening at 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 31st 2017 for the Orcas Village Park and Ride. The opening will be on site, located at 105 Orcas Hill Road. The Orcas Village Park and Ride will be open to the public, free of charge, the day after the grand opening  Continue Reading

Free “Adventures in Boating” Safety Class

Written on October 24, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Island Detachment is offering a free “Adventures in Boating” course on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the fire station located at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and admission is free. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe  Continue Reading

Nancy Spaulding is 001SJ!

Written on September 30, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are thrilled to announce the winner of the San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Contest: Nancy Spaulding! A local artist, Ms. Spaulding’s entry, “Evening Passage”, garnered the most votes out of the 47 entries. And as the winning artist, Nancy will be treated to the ownership  Continue Reading

County Seeks Public Input on Comprehensive Plan

Written on September 15, 2017 at 11:02 am, by

San Juan County Comprehensive Plan 2036 Update Vision, Values, and Priorities Public Engagement Opportunity The Department of Community Development will be hosting events to elicit public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan vision, values, and priorities. The public is encouraged to attend our Pop-Up Studios and Community Workshops. Community input is vital to ensure that  Continue Reading

Lighthouse Restoration

Written on August 31, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

“A house built upon sand ….” Sometimes there’s no choice: the same sand that destabilizes a lighthouse is shifting under the water and making the lighthouse even more necessary. The lighthouse at Cattle Point was built in 1935 and has stood ever since. The sand was mostly stabilized by the strong roots of the grass  Continue Reading

New Perspectives on Transportation

Written on August 24, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

This story by Kyle Loring is reprinted with permission from FRIENDS of the San Juans… Supporting multiple forms of transportation improves our community for everyone Envisioning Complete Streets to improve health, our economy, and quality of life A cyclist, a pedestrian, and a car meet on a street… This setup is no joke if the  Continue Reading

Walkway is Open

Written on August 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm, by

Walking from place to place in town just got a lot easier. The walkway between Spring Street and Blair Avenue via the new parking lot and Elsworth Avenue has just opened. Going from this section of town up to the post office, Islander’s Bank or Tina’s Tacos for example is now a much more direct route.  Continue Reading

John Stimpson Arrives at Bar Harbor

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm, by

John Stimpson is almost giddy after successfully crossing the country on his bicycle. He left Friday Harbor on May 15 and today he arrived at Bar Harbor, Maine, and said by email: “I’ve had an EPIC ride!” Bar Harbor, he reports, looks “like Friday Harbor on steroids.” John rode for 71 days, and took 7  Continue Reading

Chelan to the Rescue!

Written on July 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm, by

Good news from WSF… Beginning Saturday, July 29, M/V Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney route as the international vessel. M/V Hyak, M/V Samish, M/V Elwha, and M/V Tillikum will serve the domestic sailings. This will restore the route to full capacity, and regular Summer 2017 schedule operations will resume. Those who wish to  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Fly-In: “Wings & Wheels”

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Come to the Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In for a celebration of Wings and Wheels, Saturday, August 26, from 10 to 3 pm! Get up close and personal with vintage and experimental aircraft, motorcycles and more. Enjoy a fly by or two. Exhibits, open hangars, demos and food will keep the family entertained for the day.  Continue Reading

Temporary Ferry Schedule

Written on July 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm, by

Well according to the fine print on the temporary schedule, we could be down to 4 boats for the remainder of the month and possibly into August (we should have 5 boats this time of year). Here’s the revised temporary schedule. And here’s the official word from WSF: Because of a generator failure on the  Continue Reading

And the Saga Continues…

Written on July 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm, by

Here is more info on the current ferry mess in the San Juans. First a note from Miles Crossen and then a couple of WSF Email Alerts from earlier today… Just a heads up. Word on the street according to Huggy Bear is the fact that folks with reservations for ferry rides over the past  Continue Reading

Adjusted Ferry Schedule

Written on July 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm, by

As of 8:47 PM, Monday evening… The Yakima is out of service until further notice due to a problem with the vessel’s generator. The Anacortes/San Juan’s route will be operating on an adjusted schedule on July 18. There are no new reservations at this time. Those with reservations on any sailing for July 18 will  Continue Reading