American Camp Visitor Center Upgrades

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 10:31 am, by

The National Park Service has been busy making progress on construction of the new visitor center out there. Here’s the latest from their construction blog… Update: Site Observation Update Week of June 16th This week’s work has no discernable theme apart from a great deal of focus outdoors. With superb weather, we began work on  Continue Reading

Business Assistance Deadline June 30th, 2020

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 10:29 am, by

The last day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is June 30th, 2020. As of today, June 26th, there is plenty of money in the program, and restrictions which may have deterred some businesses have been loosened. To apply for this program, contact your banker. If your bank is no longer offering these  Continue Reading

Keeping the San Juans Safe: A Partner Pledge & Visitor Guidelines Checklist

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:05 am, by

A note from the Visitors Bureau… Friday Harbor, WA – Summer is here, and that normally means an increase in visitors to our Islands. While 2020 is redefining what ‘normal’ is, there are steps the tourism industry is taking to safely welcome visitors back to the Islands. One of our most important goals is to  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs closed on the 4th of July

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 7:45 am, by

For many islanders, it is a long-standing tradition to come to UW Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) on the 4th of July to sit on the breakwater or bluffs to watch the fireworks in the harbor – it’s one of the best viewing sites!  So we are saddened to announce that this year, access to the FHL  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters holds virtual primary election forums for San Juan County Council

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 1:08 pm, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidate forums on the video conference platform Zoom at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 8. To attend the forums, please send a message to candidateforums2020@gmail.com to register. The League will provide a link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the scheduled  Continue Reading

The Old Military Road

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 11:40 am, by

This article was written by Mike Vouri, local author and former NPS Historian… The heat was already stifling at 11 a.m. in late July 2004 when I encountered four Canadian reenactor colleagues taking a breather in the shade at the corner of Little and Douglas roads. Clad in the scarlet and blue wool uniforms of  Continue Reading

San Juan County Requests Phase 3 Approval

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm, by

June 24, 2020: Following a recommendation from San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James, both the County Board of Health and the San Juan County Council approved submitting an application to the WA State Secretary of Health to enter a modified version of Phase 3 of the Governor’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. The timing  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm, by

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting.   There will also be an Executive Session at 4:00 pm, not open to the public, in accordance with RCW  In accordance with RCW 42.30.110(g) to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of  Continue Reading

New Business in Town: San Juan Striping LLC

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

Reyes Rodriguez initially moved to San Juan Island in 1991 from Mexico. After living here for more than a decade, he found his calling working overseas doing Relief Work around the world, in 2003 he married Martha Alvarado, after a few years working abroad they dreamed of returning to the island and having children, the  Continue Reading

Update on Recent San Juan County Cases

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 9:13 am, by

June 24, 2020: Over the past week, San Juan County reported three new COVID-19 cases. Two were on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The County Health & Community Service Department’s surveillance team has performed initial investigation, contact tracing, and testing for each of these cases. It is important to know that monitoring  Continue Reading

The Odds are Good, But the Goods are Odd

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 9:04 am, by

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Interior Alaska is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi… In case you have never heard this pithy phrase describing a single woman’s chances of meeting Mr. Normal in Alaska, I did not come up with it. Some form of this lament surely has echoed everywhere  Continue Reading

Canine Champion Donates Winnings to APS-FH Pet Food Pantry Program

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

“Canaan,” a Friday Harbor local, is Bob Anderson’s champion agility dog. Canaan has been in approximately 120 agility trials and 1500 individual agility runs. He has come in 1st place over 400 times and placed 2nd or 3rd in as many events. Canaan is seen in the photo at right with only a fraction of  Continue Reading

WSF Virtual Community Meeting

Posted on June 24, 2020 at 7:59 am, by

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is holding a virtual community meeting. Join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 for a brief presentation and Q&A session with ferry staff. You can register today by going to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8357823696989175565. You can view all travel alerts at the WSF Travel Bulletins page. This  Continue Reading

Merry-Ann Keane to leave PeaceHealth

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 2:14 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 23, 2020–Charles Prosper, chief executive of PeaceHealth, Northwest, announced today that Merry-Ann Keane, chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, had informed him of her decision to leave PeaceHealth to be closer to family abroad. Keane’s last day will be July 17, 2020. In a statement that was sent  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center thanks community for overwhelming support

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., June 22, 2020– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC) wants to express its gratitude and appreciation to the San Juan County community. Over the past several months since COVID-19 began impacting our region, this community has never wavered in expressing its support to PeaceHealth healthcare workers. To date, nearly 15 businesses, organizations  Continue Reading

Be a Virtual Vendor at the San Juan County Fair

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm, by

A call to action for all San Juan County businesses, restaurants, non-profits, organizations, service groups, cottage industries, artist and more.  Become a virtual San Juan County Fair vendor and join the “2020: A Fair Odyssey”.  This is a new opportunity for local organizations and businesses as the San Juan County Fair transitions into a virtual  Continue Reading

A Letter From Roche Harbor Resort

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm, by

In the mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort… Dear Friends, Neighbors and Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has put a terrible monkey wrench in all our plans. These are not easy times for any hospitality operation and Roche Harbor is founded and based on hospitality.  We are  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on Lopez Island

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 7:16 am, by

June 21, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, from a resident of Lopez Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 18. This is the first confirmed case on Lopez Island since April  Continue Reading

Coho Restaurant Reopens June 23

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 7:13 am, by

Coho Restaurant is delighted to reopen on June 23. We will offer on-site dining (five tables inside and five tables outside) plus carry-out of our entire menu. Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. Current summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m. Learn more and preview the opening menu here.

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Posted on June 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm, by

June 20, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 17. This is the second positive case of COVID-19 on San Juan Island in  Continue Reading

Second Street Chip Sealing Starting Monday, June 22nd

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm, by

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise patience and safety. San Juan County Public Works (SJCPW) will chip seal Second Street in the Town of Friday Harbor starting the week of June 22nd. The exact date for resurfacing depends on the County’s ability to complete other sections of roadway on San Juan Island that week.  Continue Reading

Library Reopening Expands Service

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 8:14 am, by

Dear Friends, Great news from the Library!! What many of you have been eagerly waiting for is finally here! Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, library staff will deliver curbside holds to your vehicles. Service hours will be from 11am – 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Your returns of library materials starting on June 16th  Continue Reading