Land Bank Wants to Hear from You!

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 8:35 am, by

The Land Bank is seeking input as they develop a Stewardship and Management Plan for Zylstra Lake Preserve. To start the process, there will be a public scoping meeting on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Brickworks. Land Bank staff will share the results of resource assessments, including ecological, habitat and agriculture, followed with the  Continue Reading

What a turkey!

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Time for the November history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… This month’s story was inspired by the smallest of items in the November 26, 1909 issue of the San Juan Islander newspaper. It was just 33 words. “The largest turkey raised on the islands this season was on exhibition on Wednesday  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Chad and Natasha Warmenhoven are the volunteers for the month of November. Chad and Natasha have been loyal volunteers and spend much of their time fostering and bottle-feeding kittens. Thanks so much, Chad and Natasha, for making a difference in the lives of  Continue Reading

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Friday Harbor’s Own Toy Box Joins The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (Astra) In Tenth Annual Celebration Of Small Businesses Nationwide On November 9, 2019 Friday Harbor’s own Toy Box will be one of hundreds of retailers across the country celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 9, 2019. Spearheaded by the ASTRA, the annual  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton is the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month and they’re also celebrating Celebrating 10 Years! Randy and I moved to the island from Orlando, Florida in October 2009 and purchased Cotton Cotton Cotton in November of that year. We came here on vacation in 2005 and fell in  Continue Reading

Firefighters Update

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

UPDATE: Deployed San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Firefighters at Massive California Kincade Wildfire FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — Four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) firefighters have been deployed as part of a western Washington regional strike team responding to the massive northern California Kincade wildfire disaster in Sonoma County. The deployed regional strike  Continue Reading

Letters

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a letter from Liza Michaelson… I love living here in San Juan County. Every day, even after 37 years, I feel like I’ve won the lottery in life. We get to live in a sweet community, surrounded by glorious beauty. It’s almost a storybook reality.  One thing I appreciate the most is all the  Continue Reading

4th Annual Thanks”Living” Celebration

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Saturday, November 23rd, 12pm-3pm Join Island Haven Animal Sanctuary for our 4th Annual Thanks”Living” celebration, featuring our feathered friends.  Enjoy guided tours of the sanctuary, plant-based snacks and drinks, pick up menu suggestions and recipes for a compassionate Thanksgiving meal, and get your 2020 Island Haven calendar, hot off the presses!  If you would like  Continue Reading

The Breach

Posted on November 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm, by

Monday, November 4th, is Monday Movie Night at the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center (185 S. First Street). We will be showing The Breach (a film by Mark Titus). Doors open at 6:30 and the film begins at 7:00. Free admission and snacks provided.

Letters

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this evening there’s this letter from Jon Howe… Can we agree on anything?  – Take Two Are these times that we live in really so divisive?  But, by definition, doesn’t the “we/they ethic” provoke divisiveness?  What would the antidote be?  The “golden rule?”  “Do unto others as you would have  Continue Reading

Daylight Saving Time Ends Tomorrow

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 5:55 am, by

November 3rd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to set your clock back tonight when you go to bed. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms too.

Island Senior: Cooking With Kate, The Mullis Center’s New Cook

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The Mullis Center has a new lead cook. I was delighted to learn the new cook is my friend Kate Stone.  Kate recently returned to San Juan Island after moving with her family to New Zealand for a 5-year  Continue Reading

10 Year Celebration!

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton is having a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Sale this Saturday November 2nd. It will be from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 20% off entire store (excluding jewelry and consignment items) (Extra 20% off Sale items) Raffle entry with each purchase to win a 4 Ocean Bracelet,  Seahawk Scarf and hand warmer  Continue Reading

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 6:50 pm, by

(Notice: This article was originally published with an incorrect link to the Community Thanksgiving Website. This has now been fixed) Thursday, November 28th  from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Mullis Center We are happy to announce, like Mark Twain, the reports of there not being a San Juan Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner have been  Continue Reading

Film Festival Audience Chooses The Year’s Best Films

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 7:47 am, by

The results of voting by Friday Harbor Film Festival’s audience members were announced on Sunday evening, October 27, at the grand finale of the Festival that featured awards presentations and screenings of the top-winning films. Awards were also presented to the Local Hero and the Laszlo Pal Emerging Filmmaker. The majority of the winning films  Continue Reading

Going to California

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 7:47 am, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Joins Multiple State Fire Agencies Deploying to Massive California Wildfires Four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) firefighters have been deployed as part of a western Washington regional strike team responding to the massive northern California Kincade Fire disaster in Sonoma County. SJIF&R Chief Norvin Collins said, “Our  Continue Reading

Ballot Proposition No. 2 – Providing Some Clarity on Rates

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 7:46 am, by

This just in from the SJ County Newsflash wire… Ballot Proposition No. 2 is asking voters to continue an existing levy lid lift first approved by voters in 2009 and renewed in 2014.  The current voter approved levy lid lift costs property owners 16 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.  Ballot Prop. No.  Continue Reading

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 8:10 am, by

Halloween fun at Islanders Bank Islanders Bank employees carved and decorated these pumpkins and then bank customers voted on the winner from each Islanders Bank branch (Friday Harbor, Lopez and Orcas). The bank’s board of directors selected the overall winning pumpkin (above), carved by Samantha Berkseth. Click below to see the larger versions of these  Continue Reading

Lily Presentation

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 8:09 am, by

Dianna Gibson, owner of B&D Lilies in Port Townsend, is coming to Friday Harbor Tuesday, November 5th for a presentation on lilies and lily culture at the monthly meeting of the San Juan Island Garden Club. B&D Lilies is a family owned and operated farm specializing in garden-tested bulbs for over 35 years. Known for  Continue Reading

Teen Host Home Program

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 8:09 am, by

Necia Quast shares this announcement with you… A Hidden Problem, A Community Solution Most Islanders don’t know many teens struggle to be stably housed in San Juan County. A small number shelter in vehicles or tents, but many couch surf, staying with friends or family members on sufferance, often moving from place to place. Some  Continue Reading

Letters

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 8:09 am, by

The Friday Harbor Chapter of the International Thespian Society would like to thank the generous support of the San Juan County Arts Council for their contribution to help bring an adjudicator to San Juan Island to see the high school’s upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors. For the past two years, members of Friday  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Note: it’s a little earlier this year… Saturday, December 14, 2019 From Christmas Bird Hunts to Christmas Bird Counts –119 Years of Counting In 1900 ornithologist Frank Chapman along with other conservationists were disturbed at the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called the “side hunt”. The team that shot the most birds  Continue Reading