Lunch is Cancelled

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Press Release from Mullis Community Senior Center & San Juan County Health & Community Services Due to road construction on Nash Street, the Community Lunch at the Mullis Center is CANCELLED for Wednesday, August 14th. Lunch will be served at the Mullis Center on Friday, August 16th and there should be access to the parking lot  Continue Reading

Considering Buying an Investment Property?

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with real estate news and tips… Vacation Rental Versus Long Term Rental Now would be a good time to purchase property held for investment and due to market conditions, a rental home in the San Juans would be the best investment. We are not like the metropolitan areas nearby  Continue Reading

Another Award for Susan

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Keith Busha reports more good news for Susan Williams… Dear San Juan Update, It was announced last Sunday that Susan Williams won another award at the Anacortes Art Festival. This time it was the People’s Choice Award. It was especially meaningful to her because it represents the feeling of the viewers that passed thru the  Continue Reading

Return of the River

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

It’s time for Monday Movie Night again at the Orca Survey Outreach and Education Center (185 S. First Street). The next installment of the series will be a showing of “Return of the River”. This film beautifully documents the story of the removal of the dams on the Elwha River and how the restoration of  Continue Reading

Virtual Reality at the Library

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

During the past summer San Juan Island Library has been offering opportunities to explore Virtual Reality, courtesy of the Washington State Library and Oculus Inc. This has been very popular and has appealed to people of all ages (although restricted to people over 13 years old). Virtual Reality (VR) equipment allows the user to explore  Continue Reading

Inter Island Healthcare Foundation Survey

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Long-term care needs in our community continue to be studied and the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation (IIHF) has sponsored a feasibility study to plan for present and future needs. A survey of county residents over the age of 70 will be conducted this month. Sponsored by IIHF and Health Facilities Planning & Development (206-441-0971), it  Continue Reading

APSFH Says: Raise Funds and Fun at the Fair

Posted on August 11, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor invites friends, family and supporters to participate in the APS-FH and San Juan Island Community Foundation San Juan County Fair Matching Grant collaborative aimed at raising funds to contribute to the APS-FH water catchment system for the new shelter at 938 Cattle Point Road. The four-tank system designed  Continue Reading

Channel Your Inner Rock Star

Posted on August 10, 2019 at 7:52 am, by

Come Sing Rock Classics and Hits with Members of the Chameleons, Desolation Sound, and Special Guests. Tired of only singing your favorite songs in the car? Are you ready to belt your heart out live? Well, here’s your chance to live out your rock star dreams, Sign up by Thursday, August 15th at 4:00pm in  Continue Reading

Heart-felt thanks to the Stand Up Men

Posted on August 10, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, here’s a letter to you from Dave Dunaway… Four years ago a simple fundraising idea on San Juan Island sparked an inspirational movement among men. That idea was to see if 100 men would take a public stand against domestic violence by donating $100 to DV/SAS of the San Juans  Continue Reading

Traffic Disruptions Next Week

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm, by

Nash, Caines and Price Street Improvement Project Causing Traffic Disruption on Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 16th “Local Access to Nash Street will be compromised on the day that the cement treated base is poured,” said Administrator Wilson. “We ask the local neighborhood, Mullis Senior Center and Fairgoers for their patience as we work  Continue Reading

Islands Heartbeats SJI

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

  An unforgettable photographic journey through the natural wonders of San Juan Island, Washington. Written and photographed by Julie McIntire Corey. This is the must-have book of the summer! Islands Heartbeats is 272 pages with 330 spectacular photographs and stories that will make your heart beat. JulieC is one of those rare individuals that can  Continue Reading

Got a whale of a question?

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve middle pullover south of Lime Kiln, or at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Wall this weekend. Happy to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea! 12pm-5pm Friday 8-9-19 Westside Preserve 11am-5pm Saturday 8-10-19 Westside Preserve 11am-2pm  Continue Reading

Bruce Hansen

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Bruce Hansen passed away on July 5, 2019. He would want everyone to: Honor your commitments; Pay your bills on time; Practice random acts of kindness*; and Remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” Bruce’s wife Francie is looking forward to hearing your remembrances at  Continue Reading

A Farmers Market Mystery

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum. We don’t know very much about this photograph. Can you help? Its image file indicates it was taken in 1983. This photograph was labeled simply “Farmers Market next to the American Legion.” Who knows the year when the market moved up to the Courthouse parking lot? We know its last summer  Continue Reading

Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The young “campers” at SJCT’s Musical Theatre Camp this year get to bring a beloved story to the stage. The three-week day camp for experienced young actors culminates in four performances of Fiddler on the Roof JR. This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the  Continue Reading

SJICF to Offer $22,500 in Matching Grants at the Fair

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan County Fair is just around the corner, and once again you’ll have a chance to support your favorite local nonprofits at the San Juan Community Foundation fair booth. Every year, SJICF offers a special matching grant opportunity during the 4 days of the fair. 50 cents on every dollar raised at the  Continue Reading

Girls Thrive Network

Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Girls Thrive Network is a not for profit program committed to advocate for, empower and connect girls 7 – 18 years old by creating peer leadership circles and delivering activities that promote health, well-being and a sense of purpose. We ask strong, empowered women to share their individual strengths and talents with girls who are  Continue Reading

Island Rec – New Recreation Specialist on Board

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome John Fyrqvist as their new Recreation Specialist. John will primarily be organizing youth, teen, and family programs and events. After growing up on San Juan Island, John spent a decade in the Midwest where he graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He is thrilled to be returning to  Continue Reading

NPS Programs Commemorate 160th Anniversary of Pig War

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park Presents Special Programs Commemorating 160th Anniversary of Boundary Crisis San Juan Island National Historical Park will be presenting a series of special programs from August 22 – 25, 2019 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the 1859 Boundary Crisis known as the “Pig War.” The peaceful actions in response  Continue Reading

Vaccination Rules Changed

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Make Sure Your Child Is Allowed To Attend School Starting Day 1 WA state laws around immunization records have changed!  Returning students no longer have a thirty-day period to prove compliance with immunization laws before they may be excluded from public school.  Additionally personal/philosophical/religious exemptions are no longer allowed for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)  Continue Reading

Firefighters of the Month

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the July and August 2019 Firefighters of the Month. Firefighter Missy Arata was selected as July Firefighter of the Month. Missy was selected for her outstanding contribution of time in preparing wildland fire equipment and ensuring readiness for the summer wildland season. Missy  Continue Reading

FAIR 2019: Food does not mix with Furry and Feathered Friends

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

The San Juan County Fair is happening very soon! Our data shows that there are two very important activities most fairgoers make a priority. Eating Fair food like corn dogs, barbeque and elephant ears rates high on everyone’s list. The other favorite is to visit all the barns and see the farm animals like horses,  Continue Reading