Artists to Paint Friday Harbor Mural of Local Flora and Fauna in August

Posted on July 29, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to view the installation of a mural along Blair Avenue the first week of August. The mural will be created on the long wall behind Earthbox Inn and Spa. The proposed concept by Poulsbo artists Josh Bennett and Cory Anderson is a  Continue Reading

Receive Free Training and Testing to be a Home Care Aide

Posted on July 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Those seeking to enter health care careers, obtain side income while helping their neighbors or boost personal care business are invited to get free Home Care Aide training through a program offered by the Economic Development Council in partnership with Cornerstone Healthcare Training. Students will receive free training,  Continue Reading

Call for Sculpture Submissions

Posted on July 29, 2021 at 4:51 am, by

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit, will be accepting sculpture submissions this summer. All sculptors are welcome to submit works using the guidelines below between June 6th and Aug 4th, 2021. We do not require any biographical material with your submission. Sculptures will be selected on the merits of the art  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor RV Dump Station Re-opens with Limited Access

Posted on July 28, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the town of Friday Harbor The RV dump station located in Friday Harbor on Harbor Street (across from the wastewater treatment plant) has been reopened with limited, secured access.   The station has been closed due to a deposit of unknown chemicals in the sewage that proved harmful to treatment processes at the wastewater  Continue Reading

Last Chance to See Alchemy Art’s July Artist in Residence Thursday

Posted on July 28, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Alchemy Art Center July Artist in Residence Amy Simons has been hard at work creating an incredibly beautiful series of monotype prints during her time at Alchemy. Come see what she’s created 6-9 p.m. Thursday at a pop-up art show in the dome at 1255 Wold Rd. on San Juan Island. Limited parking is available  Continue Reading

Weigh in on Friday Harbor’s Guest House Plans

Posted on July 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm, by

From the town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor Planning Commission is seeking public comment through Aug. 12 regarding proposed regulations for attached accessory dwelling units. Visit or town hall for agendas, meeting information and contact information to forward comments. On June 3, the town council adopted interim regulations allowing attached accessory  Continue Reading

Learn Medicare Basics in Free Virtual Presentation Thursday

Posted on July 27, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Pegi Groundwater, San Juan County SHIBA Volunteer Coordinator Are you joining Medicare this year? If so, there’s a lot to learn.   Medicare has its own vocabulary and rules. There are deadlines to meet and penalties (some lasting a lifetime) for not doing things at the right time.  SHIBA volunteers are here to make  Continue Reading

Three Live Music Shows to hit the Fairgrounds Stage in August

Posted on July 27, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Fairgrounds San Juan County Fairgrounds is hosting a variety of in-person activities this August leading up to and during the county’s virtual fair. Saturday, Aug. 14: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fair market and plant sale. 6-9 p.m., the Fair Summer Music Series in partnership with Going Left Music presents The Black Tones  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Teams Up to Create New Playground

Posted on July 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Parks and Fair A new playground will be dedicated to residents and visiting children noon Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Village Green on Orcas Island. The Playground-on-the-Green is a product of Orcas Island’s imagination, energy and funding, and was constructed by Orcas artists Chuck Greening and Zackarya Leck. The playground design,  Continue Reading

San Juan is One of Eight Washington Counties to Re-start Mask Recommendations

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm, by

Businesses Encouraged, not Mandated to ask Customers to Mask Up From San Juan County As a part of a regional effort to curb the rising infection rates in Washington, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James recommends that islanders mask up when entering an indoor public space, including businesses, whether vaccinated or not. Local  Continue Reading

Larsen Secures nearly $700K to Fix Eroding Agate Beach Lane on Lopez Island

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office July 21, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced he has secured $10,662,665 for ten Second District projects in the Fiscal Year 2022 House appropriations bills, including nearly $700,000 to repair an eroding Lopez Island road.  “My priority in shaping spending bills is to invest in local communities to create well-paying jobs  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left Cancels July 31 Performance due to Nearby Concert

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Island Stage Left Island Stage Left’s July 31 performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” has been canceled. A neighbor has a rock concert that evening and you wouldn’t be able to hear us! Sunshine, humor and love reign eternal in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” We are setting the story in the  Continue Reading

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