Adopt Magical Feline At Animal Protection Society Of Friday Harbor

Posted on April 13, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: approximately 1 year old Sex: Male Breed: Domestic Shorthair, Brown Tabby Application: Meet Sorcerer! A magical little feline who casts love spells on everyone he meets…as well as his ultra-soft coat! Sorcerer is a charming, friendly, young cat looking for his forever family. He is  Continue Reading

Two People Survive Plan Crash Off Blakely Island

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 7:55 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update Two people were rescued after a plane went down near Blakely Island Sunday. At about 4:30 p.m., April 11, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies — as well as fire, EMS and coast guard crews — were responding to a call of a downed aircraft south of  Continue Reading

San Juan County Faces Low Housing Inventory As Pandemic’s Demand For Rural Relocation Grows

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan County Dips 55% In Inventory, Grow 39% In Pending Sales   By Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc The first-quarter results for San Juan County and San Juan Island maintained the momentum that was present during last year. As compared to the first quarter in 2020,  the data  Continue Reading

Join Great Islands Cleanup April 24 On San Juan, Orcas, Lopez And Shaw

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Mark Ingman, San Juan County Solid Waste Program Coordinator Have you ever noticed a mossy, weedy tire while walking along roads or beaches? There is a chemical compound in tires that washes off in the rain and is linked to killing salmon — bringing in a cast-off tire along with your litter to the  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Meals On Wheels Deliveries Triple During Pandemic As More Volunteers Help

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Mullis Community Senior Center Throughout the month of March, resident celebrities from Lopez, San Juan and Orcas Islands were invited to ride or follow along with volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers as they delivered meals to seniors on their respective islands. The goal of the celebrity ride-alongs was to foster greater community awareness  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Has 13 New COVID Cases, Majority From School Sports Breakout

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 10:26 am, by

From San Juan County Orcas Island There are no new cases on Orcas Island since the last update, and no confirmed positive cases under active monitoring on Orcas Island at this time. Lopez Island There are no new cases on Lopez Island since the last update, and no confirmed positive cases under active monitoring on  Continue Reading

New Children’s Book Features Orcas Conservation On San Juan Island

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 10:09 am, by

From Twisted Orca Twisted Orca released “I am 99” April 6, the latest in a series of books designed to encourage a love of marine conservation in children. “I am 99” brings children from all over the world to Friday Harbor, Washington as they join Sailor-Lyn’s mission to save the endangered orcas she loves so  Continue Reading

Give Service Feedback To Washington State Ferries

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 9:56 am, by

From Washington State Ferries If you ride our ferries, consider participating in the current Washington State Ferry Riders Opinion Group survey to share your thoughts on our service. The survey is hosted by the Washington State Transportation Commission and helps us hear feedback and suggestions directly from you. Sign up to join the survey panel  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor Plans $40 Million Worth Of Capital Projects Over Next Eight Years

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Plans Include Pocket Park Near Grange, Sidewalks on Lampard   By Duncan Wilson, Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Year after year, the services and responsibilities undertaken by the Town of Friday Harbor grow as population and business activity increase. Beyond daily town operations that include administration, finance and community development, our most expensive and complex  Continue Reading

Kids Can Join Hands-On Masonry Project Online With EDC, 4-H

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Kids from all over San Juan County have a chance to do a free, fun masonry project put on by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and Washington State University Extension’s San Juan County 4-H Program. Dave Koch, retired stonemason, is donating his time and labor to  Continue Reading

Letter: San Juan Island Youth Need Island Rec

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Nancy Young, San Juan Island For many years we have supported, through our taxes, this important levy, as it does so much to enhance the youth on the island. My husband has been a volunteer for over 20 years in the roller hockey program. Now, more than ever, our young people need to have  Continue Reading

Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 2:45 pm, by

Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant – born Aug 14, 1925, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Died, April 5, 2021, Anacortes, WA. Tal grew up with his family in Laguna Beach, CA where surfing, fishing and boating became his life-long passions. He attended UC Santa Barbara, and served in the US Merchant Marines in the South Pacific and Philippine Islands.  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Presents Video Series On Local Natural History

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust Staying connected to our community is important, which is why the San Juan Preservation Trust staff created a video series called “Just a Minute from the Islands” in 2020. These videos highlight aspects of nature including local plants, birds, reptiles, marine life, and more. In the fall of 2020, we started a  Continue Reading

San Juan County EDC Hosts CAD, 3D Printing Course

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Those seeking to enter a new career or boost their job skills are invited to learn Computer Aided Design, or CAD, in a free, online class offered by the Economic Development Council. Brett Paul, staff engineer at Luxel, will be teaching a five-week introduction to CAD, from  Continue Reading

Join OPALCO’s Virtual Annual Meeting April 24

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Enter to Win Community Solar Shares or Electric Lawnmower From OPALCO If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of the electrical co-op. OPALCO, or Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, is a member-owned cooperative electric utility that serves 20 islands in San Juan County. Each year OPALCO holds its annual meeting to  Continue Reading

‘Don’t Travel, Don’t Host’: With San Juan Island COVID Cases Up, County Urges Restrictions

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 7:09 am, by

From San Juan County Due to a significant surge in positive COVID cases in the San Juan Island community, residents are instructed to take the following actions to prevent further spread. Immediately limit high-risk indoor contact with those outside of your household. This includes vehicles, workspaces, socializing between children, and other sources of prolonged high-risk  Continue Reading

Lummi Nation Member Is Washington State’s First Indigenous Poet Laureate

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Washington State Arts Commission  In conjunction with National Poetry Month, poet Rena Priest has been appointed Washington State Poet Laureate by Governor Jay Inslee. A member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Priest will be the first Indigenous poet to assume the role. Priest’s literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with the 2018 American  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Donate $5,000 For San Juan Island COVID Relief

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will donate $5,000 this year to the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center. Half is designated to increase staff hours for employees helping islanders access various COVID-related assistance programs funded by the government and help manage community programs. The remaining funds will be available  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bites

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Twenty Years Of Creativity At The Whiteley Center By Kathleen Ballard Cowell The Whiteley Center, located at the west end of the campus of the Friday Harbor Laboratories, is celebrating 20 years of providing a place for uninterrupted thinking and working. The Center was Helen and Arthur Whiteley’s gift to scholars needing to escape to  Continue Reading

History Column: Seasonal Residents of the Fishing Kind

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Historical Society and Museum Before there were family vacation cabins or second homes for retirees from the mainland, there was a different kind of part-time resident on San Juan Island. They came for the lucrative fishing seasons and set up camp on westside beaches, among other places. Some of these were  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: Approximately 5 years Sex: Female Breed: Mystery mix Application: Look into my eyes…deeper, deeper…that’s it…do you feel your heart swelling? That’s very good. Ok! Now that Libby has successfully gotten your attention and you have most likely fallen in love with her, we can tell  Continue Reading

Join San Juan County Boards For Fair, San Juan Island Library, More

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the county’s website at Those interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an advisory  Continue Reading