Browne’s Offers DIY Classes through August

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

  From Browne’s Home Center   We’re excited to be hosting DIY classes again!   Browne’s Home Center’s first kids DIY class of the year will be a chalkboard toolbox. Kids will be able to build and paint their own toolbox so they can help fix things around the house, or at least keep all  Continue Reading

Canada to Open Border to Fully Vaccinated Americans August 9

Posted on July 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Travelers Must Register Online and May be Randomly Tested for COVID-19 From the Public Health Agency of Canada The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders. Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining  Continue Reading

Friends of the Library Hosts Book Sale at Library’s New Location in Old Life Care Center

Posted on July 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Friends of the Library The San Juan Island Friends of the Library will host its annual in-person book sale Saturday, Aug. 14 at the library’s new location, the former Life Care Center at 660 Spring St. in Friday Harbor.  Friends of the Library members can shop from 9-10 a.m. and  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Museum of Art Extends Summer Hours

Posted on July 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the San Juan Island Museum of Art Don’t miss this gem! The San Juan Island Museum of Art has extended its hours from 7-9 p.m., Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 11. This is in addition to the regular hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Monday. The museum is located at 540 Spring St. in Friday Harbor. Visit the  Continue Reading

Share Stories about San Juans Fishing for Conservation Project

Posted on July 24, 2021 at 8:59 am, by

From San Juan County Environmental Stewardship Department San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship Department wants to hear and share your fishing stories. We are collaborating with an organization called Salmon Nation that recognizes the fight for wild salmon is about much more than fish — it’s about culture, livelihoods and the viability of our natural and  Continue Reading

Fall, Winter Ferries Reservations for Anacortes and San Juan Route Open Tuesday

Posted on July 24, 2021 at 8:45 am, by

From Washington State Ferries Vehicle reservations for travel between late September and New Year’s Day on the Anacortes and San Juan Islands and Port Townsend and Coupeville routes will be released next week. Starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, customers can secure their spot on sailings between Sept. 26 and Jan. 1, 2022. Customers  Continue Reading

Freezer-burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

Posted on July 24, 2021 at 8:42 am, by

The Heart of Darkness on the River “Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi. Sammy Jenks gently shut the backdoor of his rustic home. He turned to pick up a stone then slung it at an alley cat in the garbage can. Striking the  Continue Reading

County Warns Unvaccinated are at Highest Risk of Contracting Delta COVID Variant

Posted on July 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Delta Variant is 225% More Infectious, Says County From San Juan County In the past week, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 191 to 195. Each of the recent cases is a breakthrough case, meaning the infected person is fully vaccinated. There are eight close contacts of positive cases. Five are currently  Continue Reading

Letter | Ghatan Deserves Another Term

Posted on July 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Lee Sturdivant, Friday Harbor As a 42 year resident of Friday Harbor, I write to encourage the town residents to vote for Farhad Ghatan, our present F.H. mayor, who deserves another term.  The town of Friday Harbor is only 1 mile square, but everything that happens here affects all island residents, even all county  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival Announces October Lineup

Posted on July 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Viewers Picked the List, Won Prizes From the Friday Harbor Film Festival Friday Harbor Film Festival congratulates San Juan Island’s Eliza Habegger, winner of the organization’s crowdsourcing film evaluation project in May. Because she rated and commented on the most films submitted through FilmFreeway, she will receive a free pass to the Friday Harbor Film  Continue Reading

Music at the Fairgrounds

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 6:36 pm, by

Folk-Rock Duo The Talbott Brothers and Local Band Sway Wild Perform Live For San Juan Community Theatre’s Summer Season The San Juan Community Theatre Outdoor Summer Season continues with folk-rock duo, The Talbott Brothers, on July 25th at 7pm. The Talbott Brothers have earned a large and growing following for their songs consisting of down-to-earth  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to add Fifth Paramedic by sending Longtime EMT to Training

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 7:59 am, by

From San Juan Island EMS  Longtime San Juan EMT Margaret Longley will attend paramedic school at the Seattle area Medic One Foundation program. This is one of the best-respected paramedic programs in the nation. The Medic One Foundation will pay for the training, and the San Juan Island EMS will pay a stipend to help  Continue Reading

Flushed Toxic Chemicals Left Town Water Treatment Plant’s pH Level ‘Dangerously Low’

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 7:53 am, by

Nearby RV Dump Station Temporarily Closed as a Result From the town of Friday Harbor The town of Friday Harbor urgently requests that all users of its sewer system refrain from adding toxic fluids and nondegradable items into the waste stream. “A properly functioning sewer system is absolutely critical for the health of coastal communities,”  Continue Reading

Letter | Ghatan is the only Qualified Candidate for Mayor

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 7:36 am, by

By David Bayley, Friday Harbor I’m writing to enthusiastically endorse the reelection of our town’s mayor, Farhad Ghatan. I have known and admired Farhad for almost 30 years, and have been continually impressed by his intelligence, energy and commitment to public service.  Experience matters, folks! Farhad’s background in local governance, chairing the Planning Commission for  Continue Reading

Three Fully Vaccinated People in the San Juan Islands Contract COVID-19

Posted on July 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County After more than a month of no new cases locally, San Juan County has three new breakthrough cases of COVID-19. This means that each person is fully vaccinated and it has been more than two weeks since the vaccine series was completed. There is one case each on Lopez, Orcas and  Continue Reading

Virtual San Juan County Fair is about a Month Away; Register Exhibits Online Today

Posted on July 21, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Fair The countdown to 2021 “Lettuce Entertain Ewe,” the virtual fair, is underway. While staff has worked hard to host some recent, smaller in-person activities, the Aug. 18-21 event will remain online.  There are two more weeks for exhibitors to register online. The goal for this year is to beat the  Continue Reading

Book Appointment with Community Development Department Online

Posted on July 21, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Department of Community Development is now open to the public. Staff is available for walk-in questions from 8:30-10:30 a.m., weekdays. Staff will be available from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for appointments, excluding noon-1 p.m. for lunch.  Use this new scheduling app to book an appointment.

County Settles with Orcas Property Owners on Alleged Damage from County Road

Posted on July 20, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office Two lawsuits over the Orcas Road improvements brought by Jeff and Angie Johnson settled with a net payment of $140,000 to Jeff and Angie Johnson. The Johnsons, who own 38 acres at the corner of Nordstrom Lane and Orcas Road, first filed suit over alleged damages caused by  Continue Reading

Heat Triggers Statewide Spike in Shellfish Infections

Posted on July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health An outbreak of vibriosis in Washington has already surpassed the highest number of cases ever recorded by the state for the month of July. Recent high temperatures and low tides in Washington state are likely to blame for the increased rate of illness, which is associated with eating  Continue Reading

Join Virtual Seadoc Event to Learn about Organization’s Successes

Posted on July 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Bottoms Up will be a virtual one-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Join us for an evening of science, education, storytelling and, most of all, fun. We’ll look back on a unique but incredibly productive year for SeaDoc Society from the seafloor to the surface. Don’t miss the journey! Registration is  Continue Reading

Elections Office to Remail Voters Pamphlets Sent to Wrong Islands

Posted on July 19, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Elections Office San Juan County has three issues in this year’s primary election. Friday Harbor voters will vote in a runoff between three candidates for Mayor, with the top two vote-getters moving on to the general election in November. Lopez voters will vote on two measures: an EMS levy and  Continue Reading

Live Local Music

Posted on July 19, 2021 at 5:24 am, by

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 24th – It’s live music with Tommy Dale & the Dangerfields, and friends. One of the founding band members, Steve Cutting has this to say about the show: “So when we were in the throes of COVID we were looking for a way to have music. We decided to  Continue Reading