EDC weekly Business Resilience Call resumes

Posted on September 12, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

The EDC has resumed their weekly Business Resilience Call, as a means to bring legislators and business resilience experts together with local business owners, managers, and community leaders.  The first meeting this fall will be held online via Zoom, on Thursday, September 16th, 2021, from 9-10a.  Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time  Continue Reading

After-school Sailing Club and Race Team to start Tuesday Sept. 21st

Posted on September 11, 2021 at 9:10 am, by

Sailing Club will be back on the water at Jackson Beach soon! Middle- and high-school students with and without sailing experience are invited to come sail one- and two-person sailboats on Griffin Bay. The SJI Sailing Foundation will be launching two new RS Fevas – super fun to sail two-handed boats — the first boats  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Approve  Recreational Fires

Posted on September 11, 2021 at 9:10 am, by

With changing weather conditions, as of Friday September 10, 2021, the San Juan County Fire Districts are allowing recreational fires including charcoal, wood burning, and recreational campfires. Permit Burning is still banned and not allowed until further notice. If you have a recreational fire, always remain present and have water available. When you are finished,  Continue Reading


Posted on September 11, 2021 at 9:00 am, by

OPALCO to Host Solar Town Hall September 20th  Last chance to enter raffle  OPALCO’s series of Island Way workshops concludes with a Solar Town Hall via Zoom on September 20th at 5:00pm. The Solar Town Hall will give an update on the next community solar project – the Bailer Hill Microgrid on San Juan Island, discuss  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Posted on September 11, 2021 at 8:25 am, by

Since the last update on Friday September 3rd, there have been twenty-two new confirmed cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 288. Of these twenty-two new cases, initial investigations indicate that eight appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. The number continue to show clearly that being vaccinated reduces the  Continue Reading

Monument Advisory Committee to meet virtually next week

Posted on September 11, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), today, announced it will hold a meeting of the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 14, via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Planned agenda items at the meeting  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

What’s not to love about our Lady Libby? From her lopsided ears and her smiling crooked face, to her sideways body launches and Buckin’ Bronco-roos; She is sure to secure a place in anyone’s heart whom she graces with her affection. Since arriving from Mexico, Libby continues to surprise us with her growth, quirky ways  Continue Reading

It Takes a Village! 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 25

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

It takes a village to clean an island! The Great Islands Clean-up is back! In honor of National Public Lands Day, join your fellow islanders for the 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up on September 25th. This one-day household or individual effort is an opportunity for our community to get outside, connect with our home, and  Continue Reading

Learn to Run Construction Projects with the EDC and LCLT

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

The Economic Development Council (EDC) and Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) are offering a free course on conceptual skills to run a construction project effectively. Instructors Sandy Bishop (Executive Director, Lopez Community Land Trust) and Pete Kilpatrick (former owner of Ravenhill Construction) will share their deep understanding and local perspective. The course will be on  Continue Reading

Camas Club Sprouts a New Website for Island Backyard Restorationists

Posted on September 9, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

The recently formed Camas Club launches a website https://camas.club created for and by islanders to connect with other backyard habitat enthusiasts. It is a place where native habitat aficionados can ask questions, share resources, organize seed swaps, and more. By exchanging information about aspects such as restoration techniques, lessons learned, trusted sources of native plant  Continue Reading

Tree protections? Planning for growth? Your help is needed by Sept 14!

Posted on September 9, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The following article is shared with you by R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans It’s time to spring into action! On the morning of Tuesday, September 14th, the County Council will hold a hearing on the 2021 docket. This year’s docket includes proposals for new tree-protection standards, stormwater-management standards, and doing  Continue Reading

The Shook Twins Return to SJCT this Saturday

Posted on September 8, 2021 at 3:36 pm, by

Touring folk-pop duo band from Portland, Oregon, the Shook Twins, return to San Juan Community Theatre on September 11th at 7:30pm. You don’t want to miss this! “Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook have always harnessed an adventurous spirit, never shy to incorporate beatboxing, banjo-head drumming, vocals using a repurposed telephone microphone, and other ambient  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Membership Meeting

Posted on September 8, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Please join the League of Women Voters of the San Juans at a membership meeting on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in San Juan County on September 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm. The meeting occurs one year after the San Juan County Council passed Resolution 31-2020, entitled Affirming Commitment to a Safe and Inclusive Community. The  Continue Reading

Islands’ Oil Spill Association Offering Spill Response Training This Fall

Posted on September 8, 2021 at 4:51 am, by

The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is offering free oil spill response training for interested islanders in October. Sessions will be held on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island. This half-day hands-on training is intended to give both new and existing volunteers an introduction to basic response strategies and provide a general overview of the  Continue Reading

Long Term Care Solutions Committee

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 9:12 am, by

Residents of San Juan Island have an incredible opportunity to create a unique package of choices for our parents, grandparents — and ourselves, as we age— by voting for the proposed levy lid lift for the Public Hospital District. The centerpiece of this package would be two-fold: greatly expanded care-at-home services, including chore services, assistance  Continue Reading

Thor Hanson Book Launch

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson There is always reason to celebrate the release of a new book by San Juan Island biologist and author, Thor Hanson. If you’ve read Feathers, Seeds, and Buzz, and sat enthralled at one of Thor Hanson’s lively and informative  Continue Reading

Welcome to Medicare

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Are you joining Medicare this year? If so, there’s a lot of new information for you to understand.  Medicare has its own vocabulary and rules.   There are deadlines you need to make and penalties (some lasting a lifetime) for not doing things at the right time.  You will need to choose among several types of  Continue Reading

Final Call For Film Submissions for Friday Harbor Film Festival

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA – Friday Harbor Film Festival is now scheduling feature documentaries and short films to be shown during the Livestream Festival October 14-17 and the On-Demand Festival October 18-24.  While FHFF has many excellent submissions, there is room for more.  The final date for submissions is September 20. If you are an  Continue Reading

9/11 Community Memorial

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Community Remembrance Scheduled Commemorating September 11, 2001 Anniversary FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – A community memorial will be held to the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 to remember the 2,997 people lost on that tragic day. The ceremony will remember the women, men and children who lost their lives, and the thousands injured during the  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteers of the Month

Posted on September 5, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is pleased to announce Jon and Kris Zerby as the APS-FH Volunteers of the Month for September 2021.  Jon Zerby is currently an APS-FH Board Member, but this husband-and-wife duo have been volunteering for APS-FH for many years; before Jon served on the board; even before APS-FH had  Continue Reading

SJCT to Require Proof of Vaccination

Posted on September 5, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre to Require Proof of Vaccination and Masking for all Theatre Patrons  SJCT is ecstatic to be returning to indoor performances for the Fall season. However, with new developments surrounding Covid-19 and the transmission of the Delta variant, SJCT will be requiring proof of vaccination and masking for all patrons at all performances  Continue Reading

Vacancies on Historic Preservation Review Board

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

Change is inevitable. But some things are worth preserving because they tell a story. Our story. The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for islanders who appreciate Friday Harbor’s history and historic sites, who value Friday Harbor’s unique sense of place, and who enjoy architecture and public service. The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) currently  Continue Reading