Friday Harbor STEM Teacher Nominated for Presidential Award

Posted on June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

The Award is the ‘Highest Honor’ in the Field   From San Juan Island School District Friday Harbor High School teacher Kevin Cullen has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The award is the highest honor for K-12 STEM teaching and bestowed through the U.S. government. STEM stands  Continue Reading

San Juan Theater, Art Museum Present Mini-Documentary on Island Ceramics Artist Paula West

Posted on June 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Community Theater San Juan Community Theater and San Juan Islands Museum of Art are pleased to present a joint production. Our two organizations have collaborated to produce a series of short documentaries highlighting local artists. Step into the studio of ceramic artist Paula West.   Merging function, craft, and art; her work  Continue Reading

Gilligans E-Bike Rental Shop Opens in Friday Harbor with ‘Three-Hour Tours’

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Friday Harbor welcomed the new business Gilligans Island Style E-Bike Rentals to the community last Thursday with a ribbon cutting. After purchasing a pair of E-Bikes for themselves, Jodie and Doug DeNure were hooked. They decided to  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Awards to Focus on Tourism Activities Outside Summer

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is accepting applications through Sept. 27 for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2022. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Waives Fees From January 2016-December 2020

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library In conjunction with our reopening on June 8, all San Juan Island Library patrons will receive COVID-Relief Amnesty for billed charges on patron accounts incurred between January 2016 and December 2020. All charges have been waived. In light of the financial and social impacts of the last year, the library  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Vacation Rental Forum Wednesday June 9

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The number of vacation rentals in the San Juans has been a contentious issue in the county over the past few years. Letters to the Editor of local news outlets presented a divided community on the viability, use and number of vacation rentals throughout the islands. In an effort  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Resigns After Arrest

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The Friday Harbor Elementary School principal resigned after being arrested for suspicion of indecent exposure. Caspar van Haalen was taken into custody by San Juan County deputies May 23 and released, according to San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs. No charges have been brought against him. San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Tell Washington State Transportation Commission what Ferry Fares Should be by June 10

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

WSF Evergreen State enters Friday Harbor – SJ Update photo From the Washington State Transportation Commission The Washington State Transportation Commission is required to adjust ferry fares every two years and is seeking input from the public on fare increase alternatives. Visit for more information about the alternatives being proposed and to leave your  Continue Reading

Food Kiosk Reopens at Anacortes Ferry Terminal, Cafe Remains Closed

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From Washington State Ferries The Dockside food kiosk, located near the vehicle holding lanes in the Anacortes terminal, re-opened May 28 after being closed due to COVID-19. The kiosk will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily and offer a variety of prepackaged foods, coffee and other beverages. The café inside the terminal building will  Continue Reading

Check Out New San Juan Island Trails Website

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 5:10 pm, by

From Island Rec In honor of National Trails Day, which is June 5, check out the newly refreshed look of Thank you to Treehouse Creative Digital Solutions for taking on this project, and the trails volunteers and community members who sent in photos of their favorite trails for the new site.   Island Rec  Continue Reading

One New COVID Case on San Juan, One on Orcas

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, May 28, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 189 to 191. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine. The best remaining opportunities for COVID vaccination will be occurring periodically in June. Visit for more information. San  Continue Reading

Join Adult Tap Dancing Class at Studio JAMM

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Studio JAMM We have a beginner’s tap dance class starting 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5-26 at Studio JAMM. The class is for ages 12 and up. Rachelle Radonski is our teacher and you won’t want to miss it!  If tap dancing is something you want to try, now is the time. The session will  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Awards Two $5K Scholarships for Climate Change Studies

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan Preservation Trust The San Juan Preservation Trust is pleased to announce this year’s Climate Leadership Scholarship winners. Congratulations to Izabela Janecek of Friday Harbor High School and Ayla Ridwan of Orcas Island High School. A committee of Preservation Trust board members selected Izzie and Ayla from an impressive group of applicants from  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Honors Heroes

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 8:49 am, by

Sunday, May 30th the San Juan Islands DAR chapter joined the Friday Harbor American Legion Post 163 and it’s Auxiliary to plant flags at the Valley Cemetery on San Juan Island. At noon the next day we returned to the cemetery and conducted a Memorial Day service to honor the men and women who died  Continue Reading

Hospital District Pays off EMS Building

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 8:44 am, by

The Board of Commissioners of San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1 and Superintendent Nathan Butler are very happy to announce that the District has paid off in full the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. Superintendent Butler said “We are so privileged to have this building which carries the name of former EMS Chief Frank  Continue Reading

Dr. Fishaut Retiring

Posted on June 4, 2021 at 8:21 am, by

Here’s a letter to the community from Dr. Mark Fishaut… In 2004, my wife Sharon and I arrived here from Western New York where I had practiced pediatrics for 25 years. Coming here offered us a new beginning. The 17 years providing care for children both as a physician and a coach on San Juan  Continue Reading

Ernie’s is Re-Opening

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm, by

Story and photos by Louise Dustrude – The popular cafe at the airport, which closed in December, will be open once again on Saturday, June 5, with an expanded menu and expanded hours. Kristine Crossley will be the host and chef. Her husband, Jim Crossley, an aviation enthusiast, is currently refurbishing the building with the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Talking About My Generation

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. When I refer to myself as a hippy, I am not bragging. It is aspirational. To this day I aspire to live up to the promise of my love beads and peace signs.  That is why it caught my  Continue Reading

Traffic Fatality

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 11:32 am, by

Sheriff Ron Krebs shares this sad news… On 05/31/2021 at approximately 5:15pm a grey Subaru was travelling into town from the west end of San Juan Island when the car veered into the oncoming lane at Beaverton Valley and Lowe Lane and struck a jeep travelling the opposite direction in the west bound lane.  The  Continue Reading

History Column: A Guard Family Portrait of Fathers

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Historical Society and Museum Father’s Day this year will be on June 20. When thinking about a historical photograph to go with a June history column, this four-generation portrait, seen above and shared by the Guard family, came to mind as a great example of the passage of time in a  Continue Reading

Call for Sculpture Submissions

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 5:29 am, by

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit, will be accepting sculpture submissions this summer. All sculptors are welcome to submit works using the guidelines below between June 6th and Aug 4th, 2021. We do not require any biographical material with your submission. Sculptures will be selected on the merits of the art  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Announces Wildlife Photography Winners

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Our thanks to everyone who took part in Wolf Hollow’s Earth Month Wildlife Photo Competition during April. There were so many beautiful photos that we had a really hard time selecting a winner in each category. But, after lots of discussions, we finally selected the following winners: Young Photographer:  Continue Reading