EDC to Offer Free Electrical Basics Training

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical basics this spring, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis,  Islanders Bank and Heritage Bank. The course will be taught at Orcas Island High School by Vocational Instructor Brett McFarland and others.  The training will include core electrician skills,  Continue Reading

Letter from Gay Graham

Posted on February 10, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: “They tell you in this country that you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.  And we all believe that.  But first you’ve got to have the boots.” The San Juan Community Home Trust is grateful for  Continue Reading

Kyle Loring Says Goodbye After Ten Friendly Years

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

After ten years of public service as Friends of the San Juans’ staff attorney, Kyle Loring will be leaving the organization in June to pursue other endeavors. Starting this month, Friends will conduct a search for a talented environmental attorney to serve the people and wildlife of the San Juans. Since Friends hired Kyle in  Continue Reading

Stage Left’s Words of Love at Cynthia’s Valentine’s Dinner

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Cynthia’s restaurant has a special Valentine’s menu served in conjunction with Island Stage Left’s Words of Love… Delicious food, wine, live music, soft lights and words of love that will make you smile, touch your heart and encourage you to leave the outside world behind for a while. We hope to share this wonderful evening  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Open Valentine’s Day & President’s Weekend

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

Ruth Offen, proprietor of Waterworks Gallery, invites you to visit the gallery (see dates the gallery will be open below). “Jewelry, (the perfect size present for everyone!) paintings, and lots of other beautiful pieces” will be on view. “These works are fabulous to see and even better to be chosen for your collection! I have  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Announces $50,000 Matching Grant to Honor Joyce Sobel

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm, by

The Community Foundation is honored to announce an anonymous matching grant in the amount of $50,000 to go toward the San Juan Island Family Resource Center’s Building Expansion Project. All donations will be matched up to this amount in memory of Joyce Sobel and her 43 years of dedication and service to the San Juan  Continue Reading

String Wizards of Canada Play This Friday

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

The string wizards of Canada land in the San Juan Community Theatre Whittier Theatre THIS Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm. The band described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada rocks their concerts with virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and an impressive stage presence. And for the Montreal Guitar Trio, humor and interacting with the public  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Meet

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

“Now is the TIME for Advocacy and Action” is the topic of the League of Women Voters meeting February 12 at 12:30 pm in the San Juan Island Library meeting room.  Geared especially to those members who are new to League Advocacy as well as information for all members on what and how to take action,   Continue Reading

Going Happily to the Dogs

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

February is a month known for two holidays, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Since we don’t have any photos of visiting U.S. Presidents in our archives, we’re going with Valentine’s Day for this month’s column; just not in the traditional sense. Although it’s a holiday for sweethearts and friendship, this time in true island style,  Continue Reading

It’s “The Last Straw” for the San Juans!

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

From Katie at the Friends of the San Juan… Plastics Reduction Community Kick-off Party – February 13, 6 p.m., San Juan Island Brewing Company Did you know that we use over 500 million plastic straws in the United States every day? And that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic trash in the  Continue Reading

Adventures in Boating Class

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills and review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. All Washington residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve Grows to Almost 250 Acres!

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm, by

Great news from Tanja at the Land Bank… On the heels of the Zylstra Lake acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure and additional 60+ acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve. “Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said  Continue Reading

Tibetan New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 5:00 am, by

February 16 is Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, ushering in the year of the earth dog. According to Tibetan astrology the year of the dog brings out qualities of honesty and loyalty. Sakya Kachod Choling, Tibetan Buddhist retreat center on San Juan Island, will be celebrating Losar on Friday, February 16, at 1:30 PM  Continue Reading

Local Chickens Predict Super Bowl and Odds!

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm, by

Lowell Jons reports uncanny accuracy from the chicken coop! The families of Lowell Jons and Jen/Gib Black share a chicken coop. For some gameday fun they had their chickens ‘lay’ the odds and winner of the Super Bowl. There are two main nesting boxes where they lay so the Eagles were given box A and  Continue Reading

Signs of Spring

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Thanks to island farmer and artisan Margaret Thorson for this photo, “The snowdrops are really beautiful this spring.”

San Juan Islands Visitor Study

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Project researchers will present results from the 2017 San Juan Islands Visitor Study… Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

“Hey Sam”, they said. “Get on the bus and go on a road trip with us”, they said. “It’ll be fun.”, they said. So, I got on the bus. In Texas. That road trip took over four days!  I tell you what, all the way from Texas to Friday Harbor is down the road a  Continue Reading

Creating A Safe Home Environment For Seniors

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 8:45 am, by

Especially now with the Life Care Center closed, there may be many islanders caring for elderly parents or relatives, and even sharing their homes with them. This article written by freelance writer Jane Campbell outlines some simple but powerful steps we can take to make our homes and theirs much safer. Did you know that  Continue Reading

2018 Dog Licenses – Happiness for just $15

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

A San Juan County resident traveled to Los Angeles with her dog. A mishap occurred, and the dog ran off. A Los Angeles resident found the dog and called the Auditor’s office, because the dog was wearing a San Juan County dog license. Auditor staff were able to reach the dog owner using the cell  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Book Launch with Janet Dann

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island author, Janet Dann is proud to announce the launching of The Good Neighbors Trilogy, books written by both her father, John R. Dann, and herself, at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm. Islanders who remember attending folk dancing evenings with the Danns some years ago, or who were aficionados  Continue Reading

Home Trust Fundraiser Postponed

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Pizza Paddle Raise Postponed The San Juan Community Home Trust has postponed its “Have a Heart Pizza Paddle Raise” fundraiser, originally scheduled Saturday, February 10 at the San Juan Grange. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Raffle tickets for the fun child’s battery-powered Tesla will still be available for $50 each at the  Continue Reading

Amateur Radio Training

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County’s amateur radio volunteers form a critical communications link between islands and to the mainland in the event of a major emergency or outage. The San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (www.sjcars.org) is hosting a training in Friday Harbor to prepare islanders to take the Amateur Technician test. This certification allows islanders to  Continue Reading

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