“Running Start” Online

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm, by

Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center Hosts Online “Running Start” Info Nights Via Zoom If you are an academically motivated high school junior or senior, Running Start may be of interest to you and your family! Registration for fall quarter 2020 starts very soon!  The Running Start program at Skagit Valley College of San Juan  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm, by

$10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from  Continue Reading

WSF Seasonal Fare Increase

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 11:57 am, by

Several fare changes will go into effect beginning Friday, May 1. The annual peak season surcharge for single vehicle fares is scheduled to begin. Peak season runs from May 1 through September 30. Passenger fares and multi-ride products are not affected by the peak season changes. In addition, general fare increases and policy changes will also  Continue Reading

Unemployment Benefits Information

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 11:46 am, by

Minnie Knych from the NW Workforce Career Center shares this information with you about Unemployment Insurance… The Career Center is open for business.  However in order to protect your health and limit the spread of the virus, we are conducting business by phone and email.  If you have questions about employment or if you are  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #19: April 24 Why Covering our Faces Matters So Much

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders On April 5th, following guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health, we asked islanders to cover their faces when in close proximity to people from outside their household. San Juan County residents listened and for  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Three

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 8:43 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council Member (Lopez and Shaw): Stephens takes a  Continue Reading

Grow with Google

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm, by

The Grow with Google team will be hosting a live, virtual event on May 6, 2020 at 9AM PT. As a Grow with Google Partner, the San Juan Island Library, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Islands Economic Development Council would like to invite you to tune in to a  Continue Reading

Food to Go

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Cynthia Burke… Hello Everyone – We miss seeing you at the Farmer’s Market so we put together some prepackaged items from both Cynthia’s Bistro and Felicitations Bakery for you to pre-order & drive by for pick up. Or just stop by and see what we are offering – Cynthia  Continue Reading

Spend a Dollar, Donate a Dollar, Volunteer an Hour!

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

Stimulus Checks for Local Recovery— Since government stimulus checks have started to arrive in bank accounts, many of our most vulnerable islanders have already spent their funds, need to hold onto their checks, or are not receiving any stimulus funds. We fully support everyone who needs to spend or hold on to their stimulus checks  Continue Reading

Honors for San Juan Island School District Schools

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm, by

Just in time for Washington School Recognition Week (April 27 – May 1) comes good news for San Juan Island School District! All three of our schools Friday Harbor Elementary School Friday Harbor Middle School and Friday Harbor High School have been selected for honors through either the State Board of Education (SBE) or U.S  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #18: April 23 How to Access Mental Health Resources

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders It is a time of so much stress and worry. Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and with so many unknowns – please know this: You are NOT alone   Stress about COVID-19, the economy, families living in  Continue Reading

Nature Notes – Never Underestimate A Salmon

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm, by

Contributed by Jenny De Groot, MSc., Speckled Trout Consulting, LLC One lesson learned is that you should never underestimate salmon. They find ways to get up waterfalls, slip through nets too small to do so, and apparently, spawn when you never imagined they would. Nearly five months since the first sighting of spawners, coho fry  Continue Reading

A Note From Dr. House

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm, by

Antibody testing – this is the phrase on everyone’s mind right now. We’re getting high numbers of requests daily regarding this as these types of new tests are becoming available. We are in the middle stages of evaluating these tests and have been looking at United Biomedical (who initially reserved a large number of tests  Continue Reading

Candidate Filing Week – May 11th thru 15th

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 10:05 am, by

If you have ever wanted to be an elected official, now is your chance.  Candidate filing for positions open for election in 2020 is about to begin. The list of offices available for filing is below. In addition to President (sorry, you can’t file for that one), all statewide elected officials and all State Legislative  Continue Reading

Our Islands Together Posters

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 7:25 am, by

Celebrate those in the islands working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response with these posters. Anyone in community who wants to print and hang one can feel free to do so.  Click here or on the image above to see the posters available online and then click any one you like to download  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Update – April 2020 Responding to the COVID-19 Needs on San Juan Island

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 7:24 am, by

What We’re Doing While the Doors are Closed: As you know, the Mullis Center is closed for regular services during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home directives, but staff and volunteers are still facilitating essential senior services such as foot care, general client assistance, case management and the production, coordination and delivery of Meals  Continue Reading

Virtual Sewing Bee Stitches Beautiful Protection for San Juan Islanders

Posted on April 21, 2020 at 2:13 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., April 21, 2020 – It started with a simple request for support. In late March, Beth Williams-Gieger, director of administration at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, emailed Peggy Cregor, chair of the Peace Island Volunteers (PIVs) asking if they would be interested in sewing masks for medical providers at PeaceHealth Peace Island.  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #17: April 21st – Helping Islanders in Need

Posted on April 21, 2020 at 2:11 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Neighbors caring for neighbors is a fundamental part of life in the islands. This has become even more true during the COVID-19 pandemic where community support, especially of our most vulnerable residents, is a core part of the local response. It has  Continue Reading


Posted on April 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Carol at Serendipity Bookstore… Serendipity Books is now encouraging phone or email orders, and will attempt to fill them by mail or with pickup at the store. We are also ready to accept trade-in book donations, by appointment.    Please leave a message at (360) 378-2665,  or email us  Continue Reading

Return to Full Winter Schedule

Posted on April 21, 2020 at 8:33 am, by

The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route is scheduled to be restored to its regular winter season sailing schedule starting Sunday, April 26. The route has been on a reduced sailing schedule since April 10 due to the Samish being out of service for needed rudder repairs. Vehicle reservations for April 26 through June 20 are now  Continue Reading

Update on Ferry Reservations

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm, by

WSF is postponing its 2-month advance release of vehicle reservations on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. While WSF’s winter sailing season has been extended through June 20, sailing schedules beyond this date have not been finalized and will be dependent on ridership and traffic  Continue Reading


Posted on April 20, 2020 at 5:16 pm, by

Opalco Board Election Results: Dauciunas And Madsen 20 Voters Get $50 Bill Credits! OPALCO’S uncontested election drew 1,373 voters, a good 12% of the membership—and a quorum. Members elected Vince Dauciunas to a three-year term with 1,270 votes; and Mark Madsen to a two-year term with 1,186 votes. The staggered terms were created so that,  Continue Reading