First-dose COVID Vaccine Registration Opens Monday

Posted on March 28, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services will be opening registration for first-dose vaccine appointments at 9 a.m., Monday, March 29. These clinics will be on Orcas and San Juan Island. Lopez doses will be administered by Lopez Pharmacy. Those who are eligible and wish to register for an appointment should  Continue Reading

Pam Hutchins Retires From San Juan Public Hospital District

Posted on March 28, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Island EMS The retirement announcement of Superintendent Pamela Hutchins on March 25,  marks the end of a critical era for the San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. First hired in April 2005 as the financial officer for the old Inter Island Medical Center, she played a role there until it  Continue Reading

Letter: OPALCO Orcas District Reps Ask For Vote

Posted on March 28, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Jeffrey Struthers and Rick Christmas, OPALCO Orcas District Representatives It is time to vote for Orcas district directors for OPALCO and Rock Island. We, your current Orcas district directors — Jeffrey Struthers and Rick Christmas — ask for your vote. Here is why we believe you should return both of us to the board  Continue Reading

One New COVID Case On San Juan, One On Lopez

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, March 19, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 129 to 131. There are nine close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine. Orcas Island There are no new cases on Orcas Island since the last update and no confirmed positive  Continue Reading

Homes For Islanders To Suspend Operations After Foxhall

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 1:28 pm, by

From Homes for Islanders The affordable self-help housing non-profit Homes for Islanders is nearing completion of their Foxhall neighborhood homes. This will bring the organization’s owner-built affordable home production total up to 129 completed homes built over 17 years between 2004 and 2021. Although Homes for Islanders has been searching diligently for a future location(s)  Continue Reading

Adopt Local Beach To Protect From Man-made Debris

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Karin Roemers-Kleven, Plastic Free Salish Sea Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting better. We can leave our houses and go for nice walks. So, why not adopt a beach? The idea behind adopting a beach was launched about a year ago with the development of the  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center To Install Gas Kilns

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Alchemy Art Center Alchemy Art Center’s two enormous gas kilns, previously standing sentinel by the road, have been moved to their new permanent home next to the ceramic studio. It was quite a feat to get them into place, and kudos to the Alchemy engineering team for pulling it off! Gas firings can create  Continue Reading

Town Of Friday Harbor Hiring Lead Finance Clerk

Posted on March 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From The Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of lead finance clerk. The lead finance clerk is responsible for varied and complex financial duties, including some of the duties of the finance director in their absence. The lead finance clerk performs a variety  Continue Reading

Mullis Street Construction Targets Sidewalk, Curb Through April 1

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor will add a roundabout to part of Mullis Street from March 22 through May 28. The project will reconstruct approximately 1,300 feet of Mullis Street from 818 Mullis Street, the Guard Electric and Airport property, to Spring Street. The contractor is installing curb, gutter  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth To Distribute 80 First-Dose COVID Vaccines This Week

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From PeaceHealth PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor will have 80 primary doses of the Moderna vaccine to distribute this week. PeaceHealth is now vaccinating individuals in the 1B1 and 1B2 categories per state eligibility guidelines at its clinic scheduled for Thursday, March 25. No affiliation with PeaceHealth is required. People in these  Continue Reading

San Juan County Updates Website

Posted on March 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County is excited to announce the county launched its new and improved website March 25. With the new changes and updated look, citizens and visitors will be able to find what they need in a faster and more intuitive manner, as well as keeping up with new and important  Continue Reading

Donate To Gary Bowman Memorial To Support Wife Yvonne

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 6:50 am, by

From organizers You surely know our friendly, Friday Harbor U.S. Post Office counter employee, Yvonne Bowman. She is always ready with a kind word and smiling eyes. On Dec. 24, her beloved husband Gary Bowman passed away due to an aortic dissection. Gary did not have life insurance. This has been a devastating loss besides  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor Seeks Historical Board Member, Stories

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Contributed Photo/San Juan Historical Museum. Fishing boats in Friday Harbor. From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for a new board member to preserve history, as well as organizations to share local historical stories. Board The Town of Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Review Board is looking for a new  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson Gives The 411 on Septic Systems

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc As real estate agents, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable discussing with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Releases Podcast On Orcas

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Southern resident killer whales are looking directly at extinction if things don’t change. They are emotionally intelligent animals with complex family dynamics and a deep spiritual connection to the tribes and first nations who’ve been in the Salish Sea since time immemorial. In this limited podcast series called Pod of Orcas: A  Continue Reading

Demand Lowers For COVID Vaccines In San Juans As State Increases Eligibility

Posted on March 24, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County In a welcome sign of progress, the vaccine registration window on Monday, March 22, had slots available for almost five hours after opening. While the outreach to those who are eligible but not yet vaccinated continues, this decreased demand indicates the appropriateness of expanding eligibility further. As per a recent decision  Continue Reading

Locals’ Exhibit Runs Through May 31 At San Juan Islands Museum Of Art

Posted on March 24, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art Put a spring in your step by visiting the expansive exhibit of artists in Friday Harbor. This all-island Artists’ Registry Show gets better and better each year. At the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, you can stroll the spacious galleries and visit your favorite art forms in  Continue Reading

Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

Posted on March 24, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

“Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi. Mail Will Be Delivered, Part II   On a September day in the 1930s, mail carrier Eddie Hindermann steered his longboat away from Chris “Phonograph” Nelson, who was talking to himself onshore starting into the tall spruce  Continue Reading

First Annual Daffodil Frolic At San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Sculpture Park Join the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park’s first-ever Daffodil Frolic, a spring celebration of thousands of Daffodils and Irises. (Sorry, the deer ate the tulips.)While you are at the park, enjoy our 150 sculptures, nine new sheep, “Soundhenge,” new Westcott Bay trails, “Whimsy Woods,” three orca fins, “Starfish” for  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Holds Community Conversations

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank Got questions for your conservation land bank? We want to hear from you! Join us on Zoom for San Juan County Land Bank’s Community Conversation series. We will host public meetings from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, April 7 and April 14. Register at Each meeting date will  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: 7 months Sex: Female Breed: Lab mix Application: Sweet salutations, Berenjenna! Jenna made the big journey all the way from Mexico to us, to find her forever home here in the Pacific Northwest. This little lover has already been through a lot in life, but  Continue Reading

San Juan Fire And Rescue Stops Apartment Kitchen Fire

Posted on March 22, 2021 at 7:42 am, by

From San Juan Fire and Rescue On Saturday, March 20, quick action by children, neighbors and San Juan Island Fire and Rescue prevented a small kitchen appliance fire from spreading or causing any injuries. While children were playing outside of a multi-family residence, they were interrupted by a loud fire alarm from one of the  Continue Reading