Pet of the Week

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:51 am, by

While doing research for my latest vlog episode, “How to Escape from Anywhere, Fast,” I tumbled down the YouTube rabbit hole landing at “Ahhhhhh for 10 Hours”. It’s a 10-hour long YouTube video of a cowboy belting “Ahhhhh!!!”. Can you believe it has 1,332,216 views?! WT-HECK? I’m fairly sure that “Ahhhhhh for 10 hours” was not  Continue Reading

Free Business Entities Workshop

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

SCORE, the SJICF and the EDC invite business owners and nonprofit leaders to a workshop on reducing risk Over 40% of small business owners in the U.S. report having been involved in or threatened with a civil lawsuit, and many business owners are at risk for losing their personal assets, simply as a result of  Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Winter Flea & Craft Market December 7th

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Mark your calendars! The Winter Flea & Craft Market will be at the Fairgrounds Main Building on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am-1 pm. Flea & Craft Market vendors can sign up for a booth space by calling (360) 378-4310, by emailing or by applying online at Each vendor booth space is 10’  Continue Reading

Periodic Message

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:38 am, by

The Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team needs your help in the Red Ribbon Contest for their school. They are competing to win $1000 for Friday Harbor High School, so they can continue to build on their prevention efforts and support a healthier school community for their peers. Rock Solid cleverly spelled out, “Escape the Vape,  Continue Reading

Tourism vs: Preservation

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host “Sharing Paradise: The Balance of Tourism and Preservation in the San Juans” from noon-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 in the San Juan Island Library’s meeting room. Barbara Marrett and Joe Symons will present two sides of the island’s tourism. Marrett is the communication and  Continue Reading

Medical Insurance Changes for SJ County

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:27 am, by

As has been widely reported, Kaiser Permanente is leaving San Juan County in 2020. Those who have medical insurance through Kaiser (whether an individual plan or Medicare Advantage) will need to enroll in a new insurance plan. We are fortunate that Primera LifeWise will be in our county in 2020. Those who need to purchase  Continue Reading

Reminder: No Sidney, B.C. service starting Tuesday, Nov. 12

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:23 am, by

The only two vessels in the WSF fleet certified to sail in international waters, Elwha and Chelan, will be out of service for required maintenance starting Tuesday, November 12. This leaves no option but to suspend service to Sidney, British Columbia through December 8. During this period, WSF will maintain four-boat service on the Anacortes/San  Continue Reading

Vivien Tapsoba Art Reception at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Alchemy Art Center will host a reception for Vivien Tapsoba, who will be exhibiting his paintings in the Dome space at Alchemy Art Center on Friday, November 22nd from 5pm-8pm.  Tapsoba is originally from Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, but currently resides in the United States. He is a self-trained artist who has been a guest of  Continue Reading

Final call for entries in Poetry Garden Contest

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County residents of all ages are reminded to submit their entries in the Town’s Poetry Garden poetry contest by the end of this month. Winning entries will be engraved on plaques located in four poetry gardens to be installed in public areas this spring.  Details for entry may be found on the Town  Continue Reading

40th Anniversary Open House

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Make sure you get to Griffin Bay Bookstore’s shindig—our big 40th Anniversary party this Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am—6:00 pm. Join the crowd of well-wishers and shoppers who eagerly await our annual Open House and Sale. The bookstore will be decorated to the hilt with bunting made from repurposed books to celebrate 40 years of  Continue Reading

SmileMobile is coming to Friday Harbor

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Arcora Foundation – SmileMobile, a brightly painted 39 – foot dental clinic on wheels, is hard to miss when it rolls into Friday Harbor the week of November 12 – 15 at the Mullis Community Senior Center 589 Nash Street. The SmileMobile is staffed by a dentist, clinic manager, dental assistant and local volunteer  Continue Reading

Pickleball at the Fairgrounds

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm, by

This notice is being published again with corrected information… Join us in the sport that is sweeping the nation! Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It has simple rules that make is accessible to a wide range of age ranges and skill levels. The sport was invented  Continue Reading

New Owners for Island Airporter Shuttle

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:09 am, by

Islandairporter, San Juan islands Seatac shuttle has been sold. John Ness who began the service in 2003 has sold the business to retire. The new owners, Tamara and Ray Weigeshoff will continue the shuttle service using the same schedule, phone number, and website.  Tamara will do the majority of the driving with Ray as backup.  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners is Happening Again

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:07 am, by

Feed the Island Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday – November 7 – from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per  Continue Reading


Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:06 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Sandy Rabinowitz… I think it’s really fishy that the three public hospital district commissioners whose terms end this year are trying to ram something through before they go. The Citizens Advisory Committee recommended a prudent, thoughtful, two-year process for merging the EMS with the fire  Continue Reading

Land Bank Wants to Hear from You!

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 8:35 am, by

The Land Bank is seeking input as they develop a Stewardship and Management Plan for Zylstra Lake Preserve. To start the process, there will be a public scoping meeting on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Brickworks. Land Bank staff will share the results of resource assessments, including ecological, habitat and agriculture, followed with the  Continue Reading

What a turkey!

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Time for the November history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… This month’s story was inspired by the smallest of items in the November 26, 1909 issue of the San Juan Islander newspaper. It was just 33 words. “The largest turkey raised on the islands this season was on exhibition on Wednesday  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Chad and Natasha Warmenhoven are the volunteers for the month of November. Chad and Natasha have been loyal volunteers and spend much of their time fostering and bottle-feeding kittens. Thanks so much, Chad and Natasha, for making a difference in the lives of  Continue Reading

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor’s Own Toy Box Joins The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (Astra) In Tenth Annual Celebration Of Small Businesses Nationwide On November 9, 2019 Friday Harbor’s own Toy Box will be one of hundreds of retailers across the country celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 9, 2019. Spearheaded by the ASTRA, the annual  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month and they’re also celebrating Celebrating 10 Years! Randy and I moved to the island from Orlando, Florida in October 2009 and purchased Cotton Cotton Cotton in November of that year. We came here on vacation in 2005 and fell in  Continue Reading

Firefighters Update

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

UPDATE: Deployed San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Firefighters at Massive California Kincade Wildfire FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — Four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) firefighters have been deployed as part of a western Washington regional strike team responding to the massive northern California Kincade wildfire disaster in Sonoma County. The deployed regional strike  Continue Reading


Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a letter from Liza Michaelson… I love living here in San Juan County. Every day, even after 37 years, I feel like I’ve won the lottery in life. We get to live in a sweet community, surrounded by glorious beauty. It’s almost a storybook reality.  One thing I appreciate the most is all the  Continue Reading