Director Series continues with Racing Extinction

Posted September 8, 2022 at 9:55 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val shares news about their ongo­ing Direc­tor Series.

Rac­ing Extinc­tion, Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s next offer­ing in The Direc­tor Series, fol­lows under­cov­er activists try­ing to stave off a man-made mass extinc­tion. Sci­en­tists pre­dict that humanity’s foot­print on the plan­et may cause the loss of 50 per­cent of all species by the end of the cen­tu­ry. A team of artists and activists go on an under­cov­er oper­a­tion to expose the hid­den world of endan­gered species and the race to pro­tect them against mass extinction.

Span­ning the globe to infil­trate the world’s most dan­ger­ous black mar­kets, and using high-tech tac­tics to doc­u­ment the link between car­bon emis­sions and species extinc­tion, Rac­ing Extinc­tion reveals stun­ning, nev­er-before seen images that tru­ly change the way we see the world. Direc­tor Louie Psi­hoyos has craft­ed an ambi­tious mis­sion to pull into focus our impact on the plan­et, while inspir­ing us all to embrace the solu­tions that will ensure a thriv­ing, bio­di­verse world for future generations.

Fol­low­ing a free online show­ing tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., stream the film on demand from Sept. 9–21 for $1.95.

Notes from the Island — Sept. 8

Posted September 8, 2022 at 7:45 am by

  • There’s still space left in the Library’s book group for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Par­tic­i­pants can pick up this mon­th’s book at the Library to reg­is­ter, then read the book at home, and after that attend a book dis­cus­sion with crafts and activities.
  • Alche­my Art Cen­ter is reg­is­ter­ing kids for their Clay Club and Print Kids class­es, both of which start Oct. 4. Clay Club is for ages 6–12 and Print Kids is for mid­dle and high school students.
  • Rip­tide Cafe’s fall spe­cials include a bunch of fla­vored lattes — pump­kin spice, car­damom, gold­en milk, and maple almond.
  • Van Go’s Piz­za will be closed for a post-tourist sea­son break from Sept. 13 through Oct. 2.
  • Cana­di­an folk rock band The Paper­boys per­form this Sat­ur­day at 7:30 p.m. at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre.
  • Par­tic­i­pants in Island Rec’s Sum­mer Mileage Chal­lenge col­lec­tive­ly cov­ered 4,237 miles this sum­mer. The next chal­lenge starts in Jan­u­ary; you can reg­is­ter on the Island Rec web­site.
  • Thanks to our adver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the San Juan Update — includ­ing Ani­mal Inn & Well­ness Cen­ter.

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On display at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Posted September 7, 2022 at 7:43 pm by

Zan Fiskum performs at SJCT on Sept. 17

Posted September 7, 2022 at 2:36 pm by

San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre shares a look at a con­cert tak­ing place lat­er this month.

Folk/pop singer-song­writer Zan Fiskum will per­form a live con­cert at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre on Sat­ur­day, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Fiskum was raised in Maple Val­ley, where she honed her musi­cal style and gained nation­al recog­ni­tion when she per­formed on NBC’s The Voice. There she received high praise from the celebri­ty judges, Kel­ly Clark­son and John Leg­end, who described her voice as “sub­tle, ethe­re­al.” Open­ing for Zan Fiskum is Alec Shaw, also a Wash­ing­ton­ian, and an indie folk musi­cian whose work fea­tures ele­ments of gospel and R&B.

Tick­ets are $30 for adults, $15 for stu­dents, and $5 for stu­dent rush. To pur­chase tick­ets call the box office at 360–378-3210 or vis­it the SJCT web­site.

Native wildflower sale opens Sept. 13

Posted September 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm by

Sal­ish Seeds sends along news about their upcom­ing fall wild­flower sale.

Native plant lovers take note — the Sal­ish Seeds Project’s annu­al fall wild­flower sale is almost here. Reserve plants online Sept. 13–19, then pick them up on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 1. All plants are pro­duced local­ly by the Sal­ish Seeds Project, a joint pro­gram of the San Juan Coun­ty Con­ser­va­tion Land Bank and the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust. The sale opens online at 9 a.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 13 on the Land Bank’s web­site.

Quan­ti­ties are lim­it­ed. Ear­ly shop­ping is rec­om­mend­ed to avoid disappointment.

Native wild­flow­ers are beau­ti­ful, attract pol­li­na­tors and oth­er wildlife, and are per­fect­ly adapt­ed to our island habi­tats. The 2022 fall sale fea­tures over 20 species of plants in four-inch pots, includ­ing past favorites Cana­da gold­en­rod, red-flow­er­ing cur­rant, and seashore lupine. Seed pack­ets and native onion bulbs will also be avail­able. An advance guide to the sale, fea­tur­ing descrip­tions and pho­tos of the plants, is avail­able now on the Sal­ish Seeds Project web­page.

The price per plant off­sets the cost of pro­duc­tion, allow­ing the Land Bank to pro­vide this com­mu­ni­ty service.

The Sal­ish Seeds Project enables restora­tion of native wild­flow­ers and grass­es in the San Juan Islands. Plants and seeds of species native to coastal grass­lands, oak savan­nas, and rocky mead­ows are pro­duced at a nurs­ery locat­ed at Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island. In a fruit­ful part­ner­ship, the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust owns the prop­er­ty and the Land Bank runs the nurs­ery. Grants and pri­vate dona­tions have fund­ed near­ly all the nurs­ery infrastructure.

Pie booth fundraiser a huge success

Posted September 7, 2022 at 10:35 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School PTO shares good news about their recent fundraiser.

The FHES PTO extends a huge thank you to all who helped us raise rough­ly $10,000 at the pie booth at the Coun­ty Fair this year.

After the two-year hia­tus, the PTO is grate­ful for all the sup­port received — from help set­ting up the booth to pie bak­ers, servers, pie eaters and gen­er­ous dona­tions from Roche Har­bor Resort. We also wish to thank pre­vi­ous PTO mem­bers and fun­ders who cre­at­ed this deli­cious fundrais­er on wheels. Funds raised from the pie booth will be used to sup­port school field trips, spir­it wear for all stu­dents, class­room sup­plies, books, and more.

The FHES PTO is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to raise funds for Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School pro­grams. For more infor­ma­tion, email PTO pres­i­dents Can­dace Rags­dale and Kay­la Roe at We also invite you to attend our next PTO meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

Notes from the Island — Sept. 7

Posted September 7, 2022 at 8:45 am by

  • There’s been an increase in car prowls on San Juan Island, with nine instances hav­ing been report­ed to the San Juan Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office in the last month. Sher­iff Ron Krebs says that the crimes are cur­rent­ly being inves­ti­gat­ed and that the Sher­if­f’s Office has a strong lead on a sus­pect. If you’ve expe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar crime, report it by call­ing the non-emer­gency num­ber — 360–378-4151 — and a deputy will call you back to take a report.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School girls soc­cer tied Nook­sack Val­ley High School 2–2 in a road game yes­ter­day after­noon. They play a con­fer­ence game at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields tomor­row at 4 p.m. against Coupeville High School.
  • Due to staffing lim­i­ta­tions, Bak­ery San Juan is now open­ing at 9 a.m.
  • Pur­ple & Gold need vol­un­teer grillers and servers for their three foot­ball tail­gate events this Sep­tem­ber and Octo­ber. These fundrais­ers pro­vide sup­port for stu­dent schol­ar­ships, coach­ing clin­ics, uni­forms, post-sea­son trav­el, and home­com­ing floats.
  • Audi­tions for BOTS! — San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre’s fam­i­ly the­atre show — take place on Thurs­day and Fri­day after­noon this week. Kids in grades K‑6 and par­ents are wel­come to audi­tion. Grades 7–12 can join the pro­duc­tion’s tech crew. Learn more on the SJCT web­site.
  • Here are the week’s spe­cials from Mar­ket Place and Kings.

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Nighttime ferry lights

Posted September 6, 2022 at 7:19 pm by

Senior Council District transition continues

Posted September 6, 2022 at 5:04 pm by

The Senior Ser­vices Coun­cil of San Juan Coun­ty shares an update about the progress of their oper­a­tional tran­si­tion process.

Ear­li­er this spring, the Board of Direc­tors of the Senior Ser­vices Coun­cil of San Juan Coun­ty vot­ed to trans­fer the oper­a­tional func­tions of its three Dis­trict Com­mit­tees to three stand-alone non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. The Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Dis­trict Com­mit­tees have been work­ing toward a seam­less tran­si­tion since April. At its meet­ing on Aug. 18, the Board amend­ed its bylaws to move Dis­trict elec­tions from Octo­ber to Jan­u­ary to help the SSCSJC remain con­sis­tent as it transitions.

All three Dis­trict Com­mit­tees are cur­rent­ly work­ing with San Juan Coun­ty and What­com Coun­cil on Aging to trans­fer busi­ness agree­ments for trans­porta­tion and nutri­tion pro­grams to the three new non­prof­its. With sep­a­rate non­prof­its, patrons of senior cen­ters should notice lit­tle if any changes oth­er than improved services.

The tran­si­tion is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed over the next sev­er­al months. Dis­trict Com­mit­tees will con­tin­ue to oper­ate their senior cen­ters just as they do now until the new non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions are ready to assume their new roles. Dona­tions ear­marked for a spe­cif­ic cen­ter will con­tin­ue to go to that island’s senior cen­ter. Cen­ters do not antic­i­pate any decrease in ser­vices, class­es, activ­i­ties or offer­ings. Instead, the tran­si­tion peri­od is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pre­pare for improved respon­sive­ness and engage­ment as each loca­tion pre­pares to move for­ward independently.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the tran­si­tion is post­ed on the Mullis Cen­ter web­site.

Louise and John Dustrude celebrate 70 years of marriage

Posted September 6, 2022 at 1:16 pm by

Contributed photo

Shan­non Dean shares a heart­warm­ing sto­ry of two long-time islanders.

Of course I Googled it — what is the sym­bol for 70 years of mar­riage? As it turns out, it is plat­inum. Not what I would have thought for sym­bol­iz­ing 70 years togeth­er. But appar­ent­ly plat­inum sym­bol­izes the strength, rar­i­ty, endurance, and puri­ty of true love. Yes it does.

I hap­pen to be for­tu­nate enough to be a part of Louise and John Dustrude’s lives. I first fell in like with the younger of their two hand­some sons and lat­er it was true love. I dis­tinct­ly remem­ber a con­ver­sa­tion I had with Tim when we first start­ed dat­ing, and it went some­thing like this:

Me: “You don’t real­ly believe in true love, do you? I mean that’s just in nov­els and movies. It’s not some­thing real.”

Tim: “Sure I do.”

Me: “Oh yeah, give me one exam­ple of some­one you know that has expe­ri­enced true love.”

Tim: (with­out hes­i­ta­tion or thought) “My parents.”

It’s hard to imag­ine being togeth­er with some­one you love for 70 years, and still lik­ing them, not to men­tion lov­ing them. And yet these two charm­ing peo­ple are just that — in love with each oth­er now as much as the day they mar­ried in 1952, if not more. I have had the best for­tune of being part of their lives for 24 years and can bear wit­ness to this rela­tion­ship that is as unique as the indi­vid­u­als that they are. If only you could sell the admi­ra­tion and respect they have for one anoth­er, you would nev­er need anoth­er thing the rest of your life. Imag­ine two peo­ple who laugh togeth­er, walk togeth­er, trav­el togeth­er, hold hands (some­times when no one is look­ing) and even hug and kiss each other.

You might see them rid­ing around town on their three-wheeled tri­cy­cles that they refer to as doo­dle­bugs. They exude a pas­sion for life that emanates and touch­es every­one who knows them. They’ve cer­tain­ly touched my life and I am for­ev­er grate­ful they have.

So kudos, Louise and John — also known as Plucky Broad and Himself.

In photos: Labor Day weekend around San Juan Island

Posted September 6, 2022 at 10:55 am by

Click or tap any image to view this col­lec­tion as a slideshow.

Con­tin­ue Reading

Notes from the Island — Sept. 6

Posted September 6, 2022 at 8:30 am by

  • The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for the nine miss­ing pas­sen­gers from the Sun­day after­noon crash of a North­west Sea­planes DHC‑3 Tur­bine Otter that was bound for Ren­ton after leav­ing Fri­day Har­bor. The body of a tenth pas­sen­ger was recov­ered on Sun­day. The air­craft crashed in Mutiny Bay off the west side of Whid­bey Island. At the time, weath­er con­di­tions near Mutiny Bay were scat­tered clouds, with a vis­i­bil­i­ty of 10 miles, accord­ing to the Nation­al Weath­er Service.
  • Accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, dive crews have fin­ished cut­ting away free-float­ing net­ting from the sunken fish­ing ves­sel Aleut­ian Isle. They have also secured all remain­ing entan­gle­ment haz­ards and have start­ed to attach the rig­ging that will be used to lift the ves­sel from a depth of more than 200 feet off the west side of San Juan Island.
  • San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre’s screen­ing of The Book of Dust from The Nation­al The­atre in Lon­don takes place tonight at 7 p.m.
  • The San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park’s month­ly bird walk hap­pens tomor­row from 8–10 a.m. Local bird­er Tyler Davis will lead the walk, which focus­es on iden­ti­fi­ca­tion by sight and sound, and the life his­to­ries of some of the island’s most pop­u­lar res­i­dent species. Every­one is wel­come, dona­tions are wel­come, and binoc­u­lars are recommended.
  • Arch­i­pel­ago Col­lec­tive’s Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val takes place this Fri­day, Sat­ur­day, and Sun­day, with four per­for­mances over three days at Brick­works and the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art.

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Great blue heron upon touchdown in False Bay

Posted September 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm by

Powdery mildew poses a challenge to island maples

Posted September 3, 2022 at 9:40 am by

Julia Tur­ney, San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­er, sends along an update about the sta­tus of our local bigleaf maples.

Our bigleaf maple leaves have been look­ing very gray this sum­mer and many trees have leaves that are turn­ing brown and drop­ping from the trees.

The cul­prit is pow­dery mildew. There are sev­er­al types of fun­gi that attack only maples. Pow­dery mildew fun­gi thrive with cool, humid nights that stim­u­late spore pro­duc­tion and warm (70 to 80 F), dry days that allow for spore spread. Fun­gal spores are spread by the wind. The fruit­ing body of the fun­gus can over­win­ter or live in buds infect­ed in the pre­vi­ous sea­son. The com­bi­na­tion of stress from our dry sum­mer and dam­age from fun­gi is caus­ing the leaves to turn brown and drop.

There are fungi­cides that treat pow­dery mildew but they do best when used before symp­toms devel­op and few are good at erad­i­cat­ing fun­gi. Many have to be used every sev­en to 14 days. The San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er pro­gram does not rec­om­mend that home­own­ers spray trees over ten feet tall. Giv­en the num­ber and size of bigleaf maples in our coun­ty, treat­ment is not practical.

Bigleaf maple trees should recov­er next year, and as long as the trees are not sub­ject to the same stress for a cou­ple of years in a row, they will not die from the pow­dery mildew infes­ta­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, there are so many affect­ed trees and leaf lit­ter that treat­ment isn’t prac­ti­cal. Leaves can be col­lect­ed and com­post­ed for oth­er uses, as the fun­gus is maple spe­cif­ic. Com­post­ing is a good option for man­ag­ing falling leaves. The fun­gus feeds on live leaf tis­sue so it will not mul­ti­ply on dead leaves and the spores will break down in the com­post process.

For fur­ther ref­er­ence, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Hort­sense’s web­site has gen­er­al infor­ma­tion on pow­dery mildew. The San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er pro­gram office in Fri­day Har­bor is avail­able to pro­vide answers to gar­den­ing and land­scape ques­tions. It can be reached at 360–370-7663 or

Notes from the Island — Sept. 3

Posted September 3, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Fri­day Har­bor High School foot­ball lost 34–14 to South Whid­bey High School in a road game on Fri­day night.
  • Accord­ing to this KUOW arti­cle, the fish­ing ves­sel Aleut­ian Isle briefly ran aground at the entrance to Cap Sante Mari­na the day before it sank off the west side of San Juan Island three weeks ago, per eye­wit­ness accounts and photographs.
  • The Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife seeks pub­lic feed­back about rules per­tain­ing to ves­sels oper­at­ing near South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales. WDFW is required to review the rules and issue a report every two years with rec­om­men­da­tions for pos­si­ble changes.
  • Tomor­row is the last Sun­day of the year for Mar­ket Place. It’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and then closed on Mon­day for the holiday.
  • Julie’s Nurs­ery at 150 Web St. is hav­ing a Labor Day week­end sale, with select­ed indoor and out­door plants avail­able at 50 per­cent off.
  • The Library is offer­ing free Eng­lish class­es for adults on Tues­days and Thurs­days from Sept. 22 through Dec. 15. All lev­els of speak­ers are wel­come, and par­tic­i­pants may bring their chil­dren with them. The Library will pro­vide all mate­ri­als, along with refreshments.
  • The 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. shows today at the Palace The­atre will have on-screen cap­tions for the hear­ing impaired. Elvis is at 2:30 p.m.; Top Gun: Mav­er­ick is at 3 p.m.

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I get by with a little help from my friends

Posted September 2, 2022 at 7:39 pm by