Conservation Land Bank Seeks Public Input on Coffelt Farm Study and Proposed Agricultural Policy

Posted on November 30, 2021 at 8:54 am, by

After more than two years of research and community outreach, the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank has entered the final phase in planning future agricultural operations at Coffelt Farm Preserve. The Land Bank invites the public to submit written comments on a new Coffelt Farm study and to attend a Zoom meeting on December  Continue Reading

PIMC Earns National Award

Posted on November 30, 2021 at 8:47 am, by

Peace Health shares this announcement with you… Friday Harbor, Wash. – We are pleased to announce that PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has been recognized with a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award® by Press Ganey, the national leader in healthcare consumer and workforce engagement. PeaceHealth Peace Island has earned this distinction five years in a  Continue Reading

2021 Coat Giveaway

Posted on November 30, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Old Coats, Warm Coats, Short Coats, Long Coats – Kids Coats too! Bring your clean coats with a hanger to Cynthia’s Bistro Thursday to Mondays 8:00 to 3:00! We will be hanging them on the corner of Nichols Street (On the picket fence by Roy’s Drive through), Thursdays to Mondays – 8:00 to 3:00 if  Continue Reading

Laporte Road on Orcas Island Closed

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm, by

A blocked culvert has created a dangerous situation on Laporte Road on Orcas Island. A large amount of water has built up on the uphill side of the road, and the roadway is in danger of failure, in particular with more rain in the forecast. The closure is on Laporte Road, just up from the  Continue Reading

Beeswax Wrap Workshop

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Just in time for Holiday Gift Season, Join Anita Barreca and Tina Fisher in learning how to make Beeswax Wraps.  They’re easy!  Just bring your own 100% cotton fabric cut to the proper sizes and a few bucks to cover the cost of the beeswax.  Space is limited so sign up soon and we will  Continue Reading

Island Lights Festival

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Island Lights Festival on Friday December 3rd at 6:30pm! This kickoff event for the Friday Harbor Winterfest is partnering with Island Rec and of course Santa Claus. It will be a fun-filled evening when all start gathering at 6:30pm on Spring Street between  Continue Reading

Jensen’s Boatyard to Re-Open in January

Posted on November 29, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will be reopening Jensen’s Boatyard on January 3, 2022. The new operations model will see Port staff scheduling and operating the boat lift and boat yard. Port crews will perform all boat lifting and launching, pressure washing, and blocking of vessels. Bottom painting, and vessel maintenance or repairs, may be  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Posted on November 28, 2021 at 8:51 pm, by

Cynthia’s Bistro will be offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal, Thursday December 2nd from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday to pick up your meal. You may pick up a meal for yourself or  Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market 

Posted on November 27, 2021 at 8:10 pm, by

December 10th 10am-7pm | December 11th 10am-7pm, Brickworks, Friday Harbor The Old-Fashioned Christmas Market will light up historic Brickworks with a vibrant return!  The popular event features an indoor-outdoor holiday crafts market, island food vendors, local farm products, live music, local libations, and activities for kids and grownups alike. Festivities have been extended to two  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Posted on November 27, 2021 at 8:45 am, by

Since the last update on Friday November 18th, there have been 27 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 431. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands. Lopez Island: There are fourteen new cases on Lopez Island since the  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to Remain Under the Jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1

Posted on November 26, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 2, 2021, residents voted for San Juan Island EMS to remain under the jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The District will seek to renew its San Juan Island EMS levy in the upcoming February 8, 2022, election. Currently, San Juan Island EMS is at the end of a  Continue Reading

Town awarded Transportation Improvement Board grants to improve Marguerite Place and Nash Street

Posted on November 26, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

Marguerite Place and Nash Street will undergo major improvements in the next two years thanks to $1,469,783 in grant funding awarded to the Town by the state’s Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).  Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. In addition to rebuilding the existing roadway, sidewalks will be added to  Continue Reading

Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Posted on November 26, 2021 at 5:34 am, by

The following was shared with you by Northwest Workforce Council… The Department of Social and Health Services has activated the Disaster Cash Assistance Program, or DCAP, to serve people affected by severe weather events. Households impacted by floods, landslides, mudslides and other hazardous events in the 14 counties included in Governor Inslee’s November 15, 2021,  Continue Reading

Let us Give Thanks

Posted on November 25, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The following is a Garden Meditation by the late Rev. Max Coots, and it seems very appropriate to share with you today… Let us give thanks for the bounty of people. For the Children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they  Continue Reading

Focusing on Their Future

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 12:42 pm, by

This is from the Center for Whale Research… Please help us raise $74,000 by year’s end! The $74,000 represents one thousand dollars for each of the seventy-four (74) whales in the Southern Resident orca community. We all remember J35. In 2018, the whole world watched J35 carry her deceased baby for 17 days and 1,000  Continue Reading

Prepare Your Property for the Next Big Rain Event

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

The massive rain event last week caused a wide range of impacts in the county and caught many islanders off-guard. The severe weather was caused by an atmospheric river: a long, narrow band of water vapor that often is released as rain or snow when it makes landfall. While the scope and damage may be  Continue Reading

Town Residents to Receive Free Refuse “Carts”

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Within the coming weeks, Town of Friday Harbor residential refuse customers will receive 32-gallon, wheeled refuse carts with a lift bar to assist refuse workers in loading their truck.  These carts will help refuse personnel avoid injuries incurred from repetitive lifting.  Rates and pickup dates for residential customers will remain the same, and traditional (non-lift)  Continue Reading

Expanded Booster Availability

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services has just released 4,000 Moderna booster appointments for clinics occurring on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands the week of December 13th. Full details and links to register are available at: These boosters are available for any fully vaccinated islander age 18+ who received their last dose  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson has another Real Estate News column for you… Real Estate Is Best When Kept Local Using local real estate brokers and local real estate related service providers is very important when buying or selling real estate.  Boots on the ground here brings the expertise.  Further, it is similar to buying locally sourced  Continue Reading

Omnium Gatherum

Posted on November 23, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Helen from Island Stage Left shares some thoughts with you about this year’s production of Omnium Gatherum… Dear Friends, So, how are you all? We have managed to keep our heads above water over here at Island Stage Left, but there is no doubt that the waters have been rising – both physically and metaphorically.  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS Hosts a Traditional “Push-In” Ceremony

Posted on November 23, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 10th, 2021, San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services celebrated the addition of a new ambulance to their fleet by hosting a push-in ceremony. Members of the public, press, and Hospital District Board were invited to assist EMS employees and volunteers in a traditional “push-in” ceremony and celebrate the benefits the new ambulance will  Continue Reading

Difficult Times: Coping with Eco-Anxiety and Exurban Delusion as the Future Darkens

Posted on November 23, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

This morning we find a letter to you in the San Juan Update Mailbag from Steve Ulvi… In the late 1960s, my outdoor adventures grew grittier; in wilder landscapes, greatly expanding on childhood camping trips.  My dominant interests became nature-centered, access under one’s own power.  I felt the thrum of the non-human community of life  Continue Reading