Food for Thought Is Waste Reduction Superstar

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Transition San Juan Island Waste Guild The Transition San Juan Island Waste Guild wants to give a big kudos to the San Juan Island School District Food for Thought program’s grab-and-go free school breakfast and lunch program. The food service team packages their tasty breakfasts and lunches in a sustainable manner. When schools went  Continue Reading

Compass Health Joins Regional Health Coalition

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Fourfront Contributor On Jan. 14, four of the largest community behavioral health providers in Washington State, including Compass Health, announced a new partnership called Fourfront Contributor, an advocacy and leadership coalition that utilizes their collective size and expertise to improve the health of individuals, communities and the systems that serve them. “This is an  Continue Reading

Freezer Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Freezer Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi. The Consequences of Us and Them The old man emerged slowly from a cocoon of feathered warmth. The radiant heating of the cabin had waned after midnight as the stove fire laid low. In the blackness,  Continue Reading

Pandemic Drops Ferry Ridership To Lowest In 50 Years

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Annual Riders Down 10 million From 2019  From Washington State Ferries Annual ridership aboard Washington State Ferries plunged by nearly 10 million customers in 2020 – a drop of 41% from the previous year – to roughly 14 million. Stay-at-home orders, remote work and decreased tourism because of COVID-19 are the main reasons for the  Continue Reading

EDC Explains Farm Grant Opportunity

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the San Juan Island Economic Development Council The Tilth Alliance is now accepting applications for the Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund. This opportunity is available to farmers seeking financial assistance to support projects that will improve the economic viability, social impacts, or environmental sustainability of their farm businesses or community. The goal  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Q&A With County

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County This Q&A will focus on the San Juan County response to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. There are a number of local organizations working hard to get approval from the Washington State Department of Health so they can receive supplies and begin administering doses. However, even the members of the vaccine team  Continue Reading

OPALCO Restores Power After 18-Hour Outage

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 13, a big storm hit the Northwest region of Washington state with wind gusts of 50-65 mph in the San Juan Island area. By 1 a.m., all of San Juan County was without power after large trees fell onto the Puget Sound Energy lines feeding  Continue Reading

State Says All Regions Remain In Phase 1

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department Of Health On Jan. 15, the Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, Jan. 25. As outlined in the governor’s COVID-19 plan, regions must  Continue Reading

Missing Rescue Dog Found On San Juan

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 7:01 am, by

From Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor It is with great relief, excitement and joy to announce that Queenie, the infamous runaway dog, is back home safe and sound. It couldn’t have been done without community efforts; including reported sightings, awareness, volunteer work, and finally the assistance of professional trappers and one extra-large cage! Thank  Continue Reading

No New Vacation Rental Permits Until July

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 6:52 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The San Juan County Council approved a six-month moratorium on vacation rental permits from Jan. 13 through July 13. The resolution states that “while this moratorium is in effect, no new applications for a vacation rental permit shall be accepted as complete by any county department, and no currently  Continue Reading

Grab A Fish Taco Today At San Juan Theater

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 6:33 am, by

By Matt Marinkovich, Fish For Teeth Fish For Teeth fish tacos will be served at the San Juan Island Community Theatre, today, Friday, Jan.15, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., or until we run out. An $8 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington coastal rockfish, fresh organic salsa, Tillamook  Continue Reading

Calling Islanders! Secure Camping Reservations

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Parks and Fair San Juan County Parks and Fair staff is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in San Juan County year-round. Proof of residency is required. Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any  Continue Reading

Join Virtual Land Bank Meeting

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Jan. 15, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda, Zoom link and meeting materials. The San Juan County Land Bank is a local land conservation  Continue Reading

Power Restored To San Juan Islands

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 9:40 pm, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update As of 7:40 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, OPALCO reported that power was being restored to all 20 islands in phases. “Be prepared for some potential small outages as the system comes back up,” read the islands’ energy co-op Facebook page. “Be sure to thank a lineman!”  Early Wednesday morning,  Continue Reading

Theater Offers Online Directing Course

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Community Theatre The San Juan Community Theatre is offering an online class called “Directing: Basics and Beyond,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 3-March 17. The class will be taught by Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, executive artistic director for the theater. Gain the confidence you need to take your first steps into directing or expand  Continue Reading

Library Hosts Online Textile Event

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Island Library San Juan Island Library presents “Judy Newland: Exploring Textiles Through Time and Place” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, via Zoom. Through textiles, we can explore art, society, politics, religion and more, making connections between cultures and through time. Join Judy on an adventure using natural dyes, material culture, landscape,  Continue Reading

Apply For Spring Street International School Fall Courses

Posted on January 13, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Spring Street International School The priority deadline for Spring Street International School’s fall classes is Feb. 1.  Apply here.

View San Juan Museum Artist Registry Show Online

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art If you can’t come to the museum to see the art, the art will come to you. Our team has been hard at work interviewing and photographing the artists and their creations so you can visit them online. As of Jan. 12, go to sjima-online.org to tour the  Continue Reading

EDC Hosts Paycheck Protection Program Webinar

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council On Thursday, Jan. 14, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a Zoom webinar on the upcoming Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loan application process. The event will be presented by Janie Sacco and Steve Burke from the Washington Small Business Development Center from 2-3:30 p.m.  Continue Reading

FANS Donates $4K To Island Rec

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From FANS Families And Neighbors Support (FANS) Island Rec donated $4,000 to Island Rec this December, thanks to the very generous and dedicated individuals and businesses that donated to FANS this past year. Thank you to all who have donated, and we wish you a wonderful 2021.

County Council To Review Vacation Rental Moratorium on January 12

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update At the Tuesday, Jan. 12 San Juan County Council meeting, councilmembers will discuss a moratorium on vacation rental permit applications. The agenda for the meeting also states that the council may take action. Councilmembers will also review the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine; approve a resolution for their state  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Artist Chosen For State-wide Competition

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso Pacific Northwest artist, Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso, Friday Harbor, Washington, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery. The annual CVG show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Two hundred and ninety-five artists from cities and towns throughout Washington State  Continue Reading