Island Senior: Tips From the Blue Zones For Hearty Longevity

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The concept of “blue zones” grew out of a demographic study identifying Sardina, Italy as a region with a high concentration of centenarians. Researchers who drew concentric blue circles on maps highlighting villages of extreme longevity began to refer  Continue Reading

Town Continues Business Rent Relief Grants

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor business owners are once again encouraged to apply to the Town of Friday Harbor for assistance with business rent and mortgage payments to be awarded through the Friday Harbor Business Rent Relief Grant II Program. Grant awards of $500 to $2,000 per business will be funded with monies  Continue Reading

San Juan School Board Zoom Meeting Oct. 19

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a special school board meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, as a Zoom meeting. This meeting is open to the public. To access the Zoom meeting, click on “Video” within the electronic board agenda, or call the number listed on the agenda for  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Raises Funds Amid Pandemic

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation continues to commit our time, resources and open “virtual” doors to meeting the needs of islanders during the COVID-19 crisis. Even as we continue day-to-day work from remote spaces, we’ve been delighted to find that physical distance does not hinder our ability to unite to help the community. Here are  Continue Reading

Academy Award Nominee Q&A at Friday Harbor Film Festival

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

James Longley, recipient of the 2020 Friday Harbor Film Festival Local Hero Award, will participate in a special livestream Q&A at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, giving viewers the opportunity to learn about his work and ask questions. His most recent film about Afghanistan, “Angels Are Made of Light,” is showing on demand during the  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Palmateer

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Christopher Minney, San Juan Island We’ve seen what inexperience and ineptitude looks like at the highest levels of our federal government over the past four years. The last thing our islands need is to bring that type of leadership home to San Juan County in the midst of a 100-year pandemic and severe economic  Continue Reading

Dr. Gulla Shares Findings on COVID-19 Testing

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Dr. Mandy Gulla, Medical Director at Living Medical Arts PLLC in Friday Harbor, recently participated in an expert panel discussion at the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ annual conference. The panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Teresa Richter, was dedicated to updates on Covid-19 testing options, status of vaccine development, and impacts on health of patients  Continue Reading

Letters: Minney is Committed to All Islanders

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Chuck Dalldorf, Friday Harbor I am a full-time resident in Friday Harbor and I strongly support Christine Minney for San Juan County Council in the upcoming November election. Council is a nonpartisan position (there’s no political party potholes or sewers). Christine is an independent, long-time resident of our islands, who is fully committed to  Continue Reading

Listen To A Podcast Featuring San Juan History

Posted on October 15, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Andrew Veith of Seattle has created a podcast called “Rebel History,” which features the San Juan Islands. Listen to episodes at By Andrew Veith, Rebel History Podcast This podcast will forever change your view of Seattle, the San Juan Islands and their history. International criminal empires, gun battles, double agents, sex, treachery, and so much  Continue Reading

Letters: Rep. Lekanoff for Wolf

Posted on October 15, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

By Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Washington State 40th Legislative District In 2018, Cindy Wolf invested in me as a candidate, and today I am investing in her as a candidate for San Juan County Council. A solid community leader, Cindy listens with a keen ear to the issues around her and takes action to address those  Continue Reading

Soroptimist Educational Awards Available

Posted on October 15, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is now accepting applications for their women’s educational and training awards, to be given out in the Spring of 2021. Three awards are available, each with differing eligibility requirements.

Letters: Minney Has My Vote

Posted on October 15, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Sandy Strehlou, San Juan Island We have four fine candidates to choose from in our county council races. All are decent, caring, competent candidates and we will be well-represented by whoever is elected. That said, I am voting for Christine Minney.

Part-time, Outer Islander Contracts COVID

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 6:23 pm, by

By San Juan County Government One new positive COVID-19 case has been attributed to San Juan County, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 33. This new case was reported in a part-time resident of a non-ferry served island. The initial case investigation is complete. No close contacts  Continue Reading

Governor Loosens Limits on Indoor Dining

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

By Barbara Marrett, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau As many local restaurants are losing their outside seating options due to inclement weather, they received good news from Governor Jay Inslee’s office last week. Table occupancy has been expanded from allowing five individuals from the same household per table, to six individuals per table who may  Continue Reading

OPALCO Questions San Juan County Council Candidates

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

With the energy world changing dramatically, OPALCO leadership invited San Juan County Council candidates to state their positions on key issues affecting the co-op members. Climate change, carbon legislation and the transition to renewable power are all affecting energy for the region. OPALCO has a plan to meet these new challenges but OPALCO will need  Continue Reading

‘Guiando Buenas Decisiones’ Online Workshop For Parents

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The Funhouse, in collaboration with the Coalition for Orcas Youth, will be hosting an online parenting workshop called “Guiando Buenas Decisiones,” or “Guiding Good Choices,” for Spanish-speaking parents, beginning Nov 5. Contact for details and sign up.

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Hughes

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts, San Juan Island There is so much to be concerned about these days. Much of it well beyond our abilities as individuals to effect any change. Except that we each have a vote. Please do your homework and vote.

EDC, Port Talk Makerspace in the San Juans

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Economic Development Council of San Juan County invites the public to attend a virtual discussion on the creation of a makerspace system in the islands, from noon-1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in partnership with the Port of Friday Harbor.

Fish Taco Sale This Friday, Oct. 16

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Matt Marinkovich, Fish For Teeth Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with a fish taco fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16,  at the San Juan Island Community Theatre. An $8 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington Coastal Rockfish, fresh organic salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Wolf

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble, Orcas and Waldron Islands In the last few days we watched the League of Women Voters county council debate and have read the candidates’ replies to questions in the local papers. It’s a hard choice for many because we have four very good people running for just two positions.

Buy a Wreath Or Pie, Support Friday Harbor Seniors

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Travis Ayers, Friday Harbor High School Grad Night Committee Chair The Friday Harbor High School senior class of 2021 and the PTSA is now taking orders for their annual holiday wreath and pie sale. Get a beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24-inch Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries and a handmade bow in one of  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Recorded Candidate Forums

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Watch recordings of online forums featuring candidates that will be on San Juan County ballots this November. Below are links to the recordings of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans forums held from Oct. 6-8. To view the recordings, click each link, register and enter each forum’s unique passcode.