Island Senior: A Collage Workshop With Artist Thrinley DiMarco

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 7:36 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Artist Thrinley DiMarco is offering a collage workshop at the Mullis Center on June 15 and 16. Says Thrinley, “The mystery and magic of creativity is simply seeing what everyone sees but thinking what no one else has thought. Out  Continue Reading

Westside Naturalists this Weekend

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Just heard from Caroline Armon with the San Juan Island Naturalist Program. She wants to let you know that naturalists will be at the Land Bank’s Westside Preserve, south of Lime Kiln State Park, to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea. Friday, May 31 from 2pm-5pm Saturday, June  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Testing

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing June 19 at 11:00 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the August 6, 2019, Primary is scheduled for June 19 at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results  Continue Reading

Letters

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s a letter to you from Kathrine Morningstar-Simon… It’s not about lunch. It’s about community. Early this month the Mullis Center Operations Committee announced we would no longer be standing for the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at noon before announcements. The folks at the table at which I frequently sit were aghast. We  Continue Reading

Inslee Meets with FHHS Students

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Jill Urbach shares this quick report from Tuesday… While in town the other day to discuss broadband issues and progress, Governor Inslee took time to congratulate the FHHS students who won the national International Space Settlement Design Competition and will be traveling to the Kennedy Space Center in July to compete in the World Finals.  Continue Reading

Park Tourism Generates Big Bucks

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Tourism to San Juan Island NHP creates $19.3 million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 164 jobs in local economy Friday Harbor, WA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255 thousand visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2018 spent $15.1 million dollars in communities near the  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk: Paul Walsh – Space Case

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Paul Walsh is an amateur astronomer and the content editor for astromart.com. He’s also a poet, a webmaster, an actor, a meadow mowing maniac, and a very happily married man. All that aside, come hear what he has to say about SPACE.   Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Library and  Continue Reading

Home Trust Elects 2 Board Members

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, Kate Eltrich and Jonathan Sherman, who joined the board on May 1, 2019. The board is composed of 12 members from the San Juan Island Community. 4 members are homeowners of a Home Trust home. 4 members represent  Continue Reading

Seaweed Ramble

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

  Island Rec is offering a one-day class that will visit and traverse the intertidal seaweed flora at Cattle Point. Dr. Ryan Drum will lead the day’s excursion to attempt to identify all of the different seaweeds encountered! Dr. Drum is a Waldron Islander of 40 years and has a PhD in Botany. He has  Continue Reading

CHAMBER CHAT

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Scott Sluis, Islanders Bank Senior Loan Officer and Chamber Board President of SJI Chamber of Commerce checks in with Chamber Chat for May 2019… We hope you all had a great Memorial Weekend and got to enjoy a little bit of it for yourselves! Thank you to the American Legion for your participation in the  Continue Reading

Town Accepting LTAC Grant Applications

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Lodging Tax grant funds available to promote 2020 tourism in Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2020. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists  Continue Reading

WSTC Hosts Community Meeting

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Come join us tonight to share your thoughts and learn more about possible ferry fare changes. To provide San Juan Islands residents opportunity to comment on potential changes to fares, the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will host a public meeting in Friday Harbor, which will include a brief presentation by WSTC and WSF staff  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District News

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

On May 22, 2019, the Board of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 voted to give $15,000 for the feasibility study looking into long-term care in the county. This money will go to the 501(c)(3) Inter Island Healthcare Foundation, or IIHF, which is serving as the financial agent for the project. We understand  Continue Reading

Letters

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm, by

In the mailbag today there is this letter to you from Evan G. Perrollaz, Administrator – The Village at the Harbour… Op-Ed Regarding Long-Term Care Fundraising Efforts It’s easy to forget how fragile life is. About a year ago, I got a call from a gentleman who was in a nursing home up in Bellingham  Continue Reading

Tubing in the Afternoon

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

John Miller caught this image of tubing on Sportsman’s Lake with his drone about 100′ above the lake. Thanks for sharing John!

LEOs Give Big

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Last Sunday, May 19th, the FHHS LEO Club held it’s 12th Annual Golf Scramble at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club.  This yearly fundraiser is supported by the San Juan Golf & Tennis Club, local golfers, local merchants, and the San Juan Lions Club.  The weather cooperated and the day spent playing golf culminated  Continue Reading

Open Enrollment at Skagit Valley College

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

You belong here! Open Enrollment for all students is going on now for Summer and Fall quarters at Skagit Valley College. Summer classes start July 1 and Fall classes start September 24. Begin your college experience with us and save money on tuition by studying close to home. Or, start your new career with training  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

On Wednesday May 29, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm in the high school library.  This is an open public meeting.   All public comment, with the exception of public hearings on policy, budget or other specific items, will be heard  Continue Reading

Bert Chandler – D-Day Hero

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today, we have this very special note from Cheri Hancock… My father, Bert Chandler, is one of the last remaining American D-Day heroes. He was in the first wave of boats to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. (Army, 1st Division AKA the “Big Red One”, 16th Regiment).  Continue Reading

Coffelt Farm Update

Posted on May 26, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Land Bank is proceeding with its efforts to take the next step in managing the farm and we wanted to keep you apprised of where things stand. Coffelt Farm Stewards has wound down operations and all animals have been relocated to other farms. We do want to take this opportunity to thank the Board  Continue Reading

OPALCO Awarded $5.8M to Fund Member Energy Efficiency Projects

Posted on May 25, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Switch it Up! puts thousands back in members’ pockets OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline),  Continue Reading

Celebration of Life

Posted on May 25, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Please come join us for the celebration of life for our beloved Son, Brother, Friend and Daddy, Brandon Robert Eric Erickson. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 at Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor. Celebration of Life will follow at San Juan Golf and Country Club, 806 Golf Course Road, Friday Harbor.