Chamber Chat July 2020

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm, by

A note from Scott Sluis and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce… I, well we (The SJ Chamber of Commerce), want to say a sincere thank you and also congratulations to Susan Doyle and her husband Michael from Susie’s Mopeds, as of July 1, 2020 the business has been sold and Susie and Michael will start  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art Features First Virtual Artist Talk

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:00 am, by

We hear from Diane Martindale at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art… Don’t miss our first virtual Artist Talk on Sunday, August 9, 11:00 am featuring Holly Ballard Martz (DOMESTIC BLISS) and June Sekiguchi (THE PULSE OF WATER).   Holly and June will be walking you through their exhibitions and answering questions from virtual participants!  Continue Reading

Feeling Crabby?

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Giant crab joins giant bear at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park Thanks to a loan by Cattle Point Rock & Topsoil, “Rusty” the giant crab, now has a temporary home near the bay at the Sculpture Park.  “Rusty” is the work of artist Zackarya Leck, on Orcas Island.  Come see them both along with 150  Continue Reading

Library Presents: Know Your Islanders Talk – Brady Ryan On Sea Salt

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am, by

This Know Your islanders Talk will be available via ZOOM on August 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm Brady Ryan will be discussing the science and practice of sea salt production along with some interesting things he has learned about running a small business–San Juan Sea Salt–for the last nine years.  Bring your curiosity! Join Zoom  Continue Reading

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm, by

Olympia—Throughout August, the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking the public to take 10 minutes to check trees in their communities for invasive insects. August is the peak time of year that wood-boring insects are most often spotted outside of trees. “State and federal agencies do a  Continue Reading

New Artworks Appear On The Forest Path At Roche Harbor Sculpture Park

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 6:15 am, by

If you visit the Sculpture Park at Roche Harbor on a warm summer day you may feel drawn toward the shade of the forest path. Should you venture into the wooded path you may find some surprises. Island artists Anita Barreca and Francie Hansen joined by others including Beth Spadafora and Jason Munkres have adorned  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Christine Minney

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

A truly remarkable woman is running for the San Juan Island seat on the county council. Christine Minney owns and runs Ernie’s restaurant with her husband Patrick and raises much of the produce for the restaurant in her garden. She has a 24-year history on the island, during which time she has owned and/or worked  Continue Reading

HomeTrust’s Sunrise II Neighborhood Finished

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:06 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce the completion of its twelfth and final house in the Sun Rise II neighborhood. This home, known as “Stewart,” is the only one of the houses not barged over from Victoria, B.C.. Instead, the house was donated by the DuPar family from Decatur Island and  Continue Reading

Town Publishes Book of Winning Poems

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

The Town and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission have published Friday Harbor Poetry Gardens–a book of the winning entries in its first poetry garden contest. Thirty of the 271 entries submitted by local poets were selected for publication and for display at four outdoor poetry gardens within the town. The limited edition book is available  Continue Reading

Book Drop Open 24/7 at the Library

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

Here’s a note to you from the Library… While waiting for Phase 3 to offer indoor services, we continue to improve outdoor offerings. The book drop located by the front doors is now open 24/7. Drop off your materials any day or hour. Our drive-through book drop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from  Continue Reading


Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

Since March, OPALCO has helped more than 450 members to pay their bills. Other members have given generously to the member assistance programs: donating solar production credits or directly to the low-income programs. Many other members have benefited by not accruing fees or being disconnected for non-payment during these difficult times. OPALCO is closely monitoring  Continue Reading

Joint Meeting, SJCPHD1 and SJIFR

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 is providing notice of a Special Meeting to be held jointly with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be online due to COVID-19: members of the public may call 509-824-1884 and enter 919 848 360# This  Continue Reading

Update to County Reporting Process

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

As positive test results continue to occur in San Juan County, the County COVID-19 Response Team is going to adjust the reporting strategy and schedule. Going forward:   – The Case Count Page will be updated when positive test results are received and initial investigation has confirmed the result.  – A weekly summary of positive  Continue Reading

New Restrictions From Governor Inslee

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 9:12 am, by

On July 23, Governor Inslee issued new requirements for all of Washington State in response to increasing infections. In addition, Washington Secretary of Health Wiesman added additional requirements to the existing face covering order. Below is some preliminary information on what the new requirements mean for San Juan County. This summary is based on initial  Continue Reading

Lions Donate $10K

Posted on July 24, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

The San Juan Island Lions Club is pleased to announce that it has just approved and donated $10,000 ( Ten Thousand Dollars) to deserving organizations that provided programs and services to the residents of San Juan Island. The grants committee of the San Juan Island Lions Club, Tom Starr, Brian Brown, Bruce Galton, Jim Carroll  Continue Reading

New Case on San Juan Island

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm, by

One new positive COVID-19 case has been reported on San Juan Island, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 26. The initial case investigation is complete. A small number of close contacts have been identified and are in quarantine and the patient is isolating. The findings from the  Continue Reading

New Case on Orcas Island, Update on Recent San Juan Cases

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

One new positive COVID-19 case has been reported on Orcas Island, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 25. The initial case investigation is complete. Close contacts are in quarantine and the patient is isolating. The findings from the case investigation suggest the transmission source was a large  Continue Reading

Spring Street Asphalt Repairs

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 6:19 am, by

Spring Street Asphalt Repairs Causing Traffic Disruption Monday, July 27th through Wednesday, July 29th Traffic will be disrupted while Contractors replace asphalt on Spring Street between Marguerite Place to Franklin Drive this Monday, July 27th through Wednesday, July 29th. This work is intended to repair potholing on Spring Street South Bound Lane and restore the  Continue Reading

Update on American Camp Visitor Center

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 6:45 am, by

By Louise Dustrude When the new Visitor Center opens at American Camp next summer there will be some familiar features — the curved-trunk Douglas fir at the entrance, the small clump of black locust trees within the parking lot, and the friendly, knowledgeable National Park Service staff and volunteers to answer questions. There will also  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Ryan Palmateer

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 6:40 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Karin Agosta… A friend asked me yesterday about Ryan Palmateer’s strengths as a candidate for San Juan County Council District 1. This is a great question in today’s confusing, demanding world. Here’s what I wrote her: First, his work in sustainable construction  Continue Reading

Port Meeting Today

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Port Commission Meeting (Call in Information Below) Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 12pm Special Meeting Agenda The public is prohibited from attending in person due to COVID-19 restrictions but may dial into the meeting via the link listed below. Comments can be e-mailed to the Port or  Continue Reading

SJICF Awards Nearly $150k in Scholarships, Academic Awards

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 6:46 am, by

Although 2020 has been an incredibly challenging school year, the San Juan Island Community Foundation carried on its tradition of awarding annual scholarships to local students. Over the last few months, SJICF has awarded just under $150k in college scholarships and awards to 39 local students for the 2020-2021 school year. 9 graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading