Security tape

Posted October 5, 2022 at 10:19 pm by

County to hold voting equipment test Oct. 21

Posted October 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Elec­tions Office sends along news about their pre-elec­tion equip­ment test.

A log­ic-and-accu­ra­cy test of bal­lot tab­u­lat­ing equip­ment used in San Juan Coun­ty for the Nov. 8 gen­er­al elec­tion is sched­uled for Fri­day, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m.

The test works by tal­ly­ing the results of a pre­pared set of test bal­lots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take place in the Elec­tions Office locat­ed at 55 Sec­ond St., Suite A.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary of State’s Elec­tions Divi­sion will be present for the test. The test is per­formed before every local, state, or fed­er­al elec­tion to ensure that tab­u­la­tion hard­ware and soft­ware equip­ment are com­pli­ant with Wash­ing­ton State rules and will accu­rate­ly count the votes.

All inter­est­ed mem­bers of the pub­lic are invit­ed to observe, either in per­son or in the safe­ty of your own homes. The Elec­tions Office will also livestream the test on its YouTube chan­nel.

Quilting guild hosts class with visiting teacher on Oct. 16

Posted October 5, 2022 at 7:03 pm by

Contributed photo

Rain­shad­ow Quilt­ing Arts Guild shares news about their upcom­ing in-per­son class.

Rain­shad­ow Quilt­ing Arts Guild is delight­ed to bring nation­al­ly famous quilt­ing teacher Krista Moser to teach her Vin­tage Wind­mills class on Sun­day, Oct. 16.

Krista teach­es class­es across the nation and on Zoom. Her quilts are mod­ern, cheery, fresh and doable for mor­tals who can sew a quar­ter inch seams with mod­er­ate reg­u­lar­i­ty. Her stu­dents love her class­es; she is skilled, an excel­lent teacher, and very encouraging.

Krista has been teach­ing sewing and quilt­ing lessons for more than twen­ty years. Her work has been fea­tured in quilt­ing mag­a­zines, pub­lished by Mar­tin­gale Press, and hung in promi­nent quilt shops around the country.

The class size is lim­it­ed to 20 peo­ple. The fee is $90. Checks can be sent to RQAG, P.O. Box 45, Fri­day Har­bor. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Krispi Staude at 370–378-2434

Letter to the Editor: Support the new Library facility

Posted October 5, 2022 at 3:28 pm by

The new Library facil­i­ty has my whole-heart­ed sup­port. It is an essen­tial resource for our com­mu­ni­ty that enrich­es the lives of every­one who walks through its doors. Let’s pro­vide the space it needs to deliv­er its services.

Lau­ra Long
San Juan Island

Alchemy Art Center’s Artist Talk Series concludes Oct. 16 at SJIMA

Posted October 5, 2022 at 7:17 am by

Enter II by Shannon Borg — Contributed photo

Alche­my shares news about their last Artist Talk event of the year, fea­tur­ing one vis­it­ing and one local artist.

This month, join Alche­my Art Cen­ter and the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art for the final install­ment in their 2022 Artist Talk Series. This event will take place Sun­day, Oct. 16 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the upstairs work­shop area of the SJIMA at 540 Spring St. The meet­ing will also be acces­si­ble via Zoom.

The talk will fea­ture vis­it­ing artist Katey Ris­si and local artist Shan­non Borg for an in-depth look into their per­son­al his­to­ries and processes.

Katey Ris­si is an artist, herbal­ist, and edu­ca­tor based in the Pacif­ic North­west. Her art­mak­ing prac­tice is inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and process-ori­ent­ed, with a focus on print­mak­ing and fiber art. Katey’s work explores eco­log­i­cal rela­tion­ships, place, ances­tral con­nec­tion, and envi­ron­men­tal grief. She also runs an herbal med­i­cine project, the Sal­ish Sea Apothe­cary, focused on herbal mutu­al aid. Katey is a res­i­dent artist at Alche­my as part of the Artists in Com­mu­ni­ty program.

Shan­non Borg is a painter, writer, and art and busi­ness coach. She start­ed paint­ing at age 50, study­ing in the Trow­bridge Ate­lier at the Gage Acad­e­my of Art in Seat­tle. She lives in the San Juan Islands where she is a mem­ber of the Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier com­mu­ni­ty of artists. Her oil paint­ings cap­ture the strange­ness and mys­tery of the beach­es of the San Juan Islands.

This event is part of Artists in Com­mu­ni­ty, which is sup­port­ed by the Nation­al Endow­ment forthe Arts, ArtsWA, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, the Tulalip Char­i­ta­ble Fund, and by gen­er­ous dona­tions from mem­bers of our community.

In the trees

Posted October 4, 2022 at 10:55 pm by

Photo credit: Vanessa Johnson

County preparing six-year outdoor management plan, seeks community input

Posted October 4, 2022 at 9:24 pm by

The Coun­ty sends along news about the future of its Parks, Trails, and Nat­ur­al Areas Plan.

San Juan Coun­ty is cur­rent­ly updat­ing its six-year Parks, Trails, and Nat­ur­al Areas Plan. As part of the update process, the plan has a new name to best reflect its con­tent: the Recre­ation, Open Space, and Stew­ard­ship Plan.

This plan guides action and invest­ment in the County’s wide vari­ety of out­door spaces and facil­i­ties for the next six years. It describes exist­ing parks and facil­i­ties, charts com­mu­ni­ty pri­or­i­ties, and defines an action plan. Ulti­mate­ly, it sup­ports the community’s vision of an inter­con­nect­ed sys­tem of parks and nat­ur­al areas that pro­vides easy access to the water and nat­ur­al areas; cel­e­brates island cul­ture, char­ac­ter, and a healthy envi­ron­ment; and is deliv­ered through effi­cient pro­grams and inno­v­a­tive partnerships.

The 2017–2022 plan was made pos­si­ble by $4.55 mil­lion in fund­ing for parks, recre­ation, and con­ser­va­tion projects. Projects includ­ed the acqui­si­tion of 1,394 acres of land out­right and 130 acres of con­ser­va­tion ease­ment, includ­ing over two miles of shore­line, with addi­tion­al access to 2.3 miles of pub­lic tidelands.

In the next six years, we plan to use new fund­ing to support:

  • An inte­grat­ed sys­tem of parks and nat­ur­al areas
  • Land acqui­si­tion and protection
  • Safe pub­lic access to shore­lines and waterways
  • Stew­ard­ship and main­te­nance programs
  • Part­ner­ships among recre­ation and open space providers
  • Com­mu­ni­ty resources and engage­ment opportunities

The ROSS Plan will cap­ture res­i­dents’ wants and needs and will build on projects that have been suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed. The Coun­ty is incor­po­rat­ing com­mu­ni­ty feed­back received since 2017, includ­ing from recent engage­ment for the 2022 San Juan Coun­ty Sus­tain­able Tourism Man­age­ment Plan.

This plan update is designed to main­tain the County’s eli­gi­bil­i­ty for state parks, recre­ation, and con­ser­va­tion grant fund­ing after the cur­rent plan expires Nov. 1.

The Coun­ty invites res­i­dents to pro­vide input on the draft plan at a vir­tu­al open house via Zoom on Oct. 11 or Oct. 13 from 6–7 p.m., or by sub­mit­ting com­ments on the Coun­ty web­site from Oct. 10–17. Learn more about these events and the plan on the Coun­ty web­site.

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Ron Krebs

Posted October 4, 2022 at 4:51 pm by

To quote a friend of mine, “a Ron Krebs only comes along every so often”. That sim­ple state­ment sums up how I feel about our Sher­iff. He is that per­fect bal­ance of:

  1. A good administrator
  2. Fair mind­ed and knowledgeable
  3. Third gen­er­a­tion Islander that deeply feels the sense of com­mu­ni­ty that exists here and the rest of the county
  4. Good work­ing rela­tion­ship with our Coun­ty Pros­e­cu­tor and his staff
  5. Keeps him­self and his deputies cur­rent on the lat­est train­ing and procedures

All this adds up to a Sher­iff who can­not and should not be replaced with a deputy from Hous­ton with only four or five years expe­ri­ence here. Vote for Ron Krebs.

Brad Pil­low
San Juan Island

Islanders raising money for wheelchair-accessible van holding dinner fundraiser on Oct. 14

Posted October 4, 2022 at 8:45 am by

A small group of San Juan Islanders have a dream — to pro­vide free trans­porta­tion to all wheel­chair-bound res­i­dents and vis­i­tors on the island. Known as Free Wheel­in Rides, the team of Clay­ton Ban­ry, Becky Rhodes, and Mike Otis are cur­rent­ly rais­ing mon­ey to pur­chase a wheel­chair-acces­si­ble van in order to get the ser­vice up and running.

In sup­port of this goal, on Fri­day, Oct. 14, Free Wheel­in Rides will host a din­ner fundrais­er start­ing at 6 p.m. at San Juan Mason­ic Lodge at 15 Sec­ond St. N. The din­ner fea­tures Uli’s Famous Eng­lish bratwurst bangers, mashed red skin pota­toes and gravy, tossed sal­ad and vinai­grette, and arti­san bread and but­ter. A dessert auc­tion will follow.

Tick­ets are $25 per per­son at the door, or pur­chased in advance at Print­onyx — 470 Reed St. Din­ner dona­tions can also be mailed to San Juan Mason­ic Lodge, P.O. Box 757, Fri­day Har­bor, with Free Wheel­in Rides list­ed on the enve­lope. In addi­tion, the group has a dona­tion account set up at Ban­ner Bank.

Free Wheel­in Rides also seeks unique donat­ed items for a silent auc­tion to be held at the same event. To pro­vide an auc­tion item, or to learn more about the fundrais­er, email

Morning at Westside Preserve

Posted October 3, 2022 at 10:02 pm by

Council to hold Thursday meeting about the state of the ferry system

Posted October 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm by

The Coun­ty shares news about a fer­ry-relat­ed Coun­ty Coun­cil meet­ing tak­ing place on Thurs­day morning.

San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil announced today that a spe­cial meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. to dis­cuss the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ry sys­tem. Coun­cil will be joined by the co-chairs of the County’s Fer­ry Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee, Jim Coren­man and Ken Burt­ness. The group will address recent con­cerns regard­ing dis­rup­tions to fer­ry ser­vice and advo­ca­cy efforts.

“This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to come togeth­er and have an open con­ver­sa­tion about what has been hap­pen­ing for WSF and how we are able to con­tin­ue work­ing with WSF for the best pos­si­ble ser­vice, giv­en sys­tem-wide con­straints,” said Coun­cil Chair Chris­tine Min­ney. Min­ney is also the Coun­cil liai­son to the FAC.

The FAC pro­vides study and rec­om­mends res­o­lu­tions in fer­ry trans­porta­tion mat­ters that affect the San Juan Islands. The board con­sists of sev­en mem­bers serv­ing four-year terms. Mem­bers include one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each of the fer­ry-served islands, one mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing an estab­lished fer­ry-user group, anoth­er rep­re­sent­ing per­sons or busi­ness­es using or depend­ing upon the fer­ry sys­tem for com­merce, and one mem­ber from the local leg­isla­tive body.

The pub­lic is invit­ed to attend the meet­ing in per­son or online.

Notes from the Island — Oct. 3

Posted October 3, 2022 at 9:15 am by

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Sunny October Saturday

Posted October 1, 2022 at 11:04 pm by

Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Ron Krebs as Sheriff

Posted October 1, 2022 at 10:25 pm by

I am pleased to sup­port the re-elec­tion of Ron Krebs as Sher­iff of San Juan County.

I met Ron short­ly after my arrival in Fri­day Har­bor eight years ago. He has an easy­go­ing per­son­al­i­ty and is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor, essen­tial skills need­ed to man­age and guide the county’s law enforce­ment officers.

Ron honed his skills while serv­ing our coun­try in the USMC, where he also devel­oped his pro­fi­cien­cy in law enforce­ment. Ron is cul­tur­al­ly attuned with the issues fac­ing law enforce­ment offi­cers. These attrib­ut­es help him to suc­cess­ful­ly address the chal­lenges he faces as the county’s top law enforce­ment offi­cer. Fur­ther­more, his years of ser­vice in the USMC, cou­pled with the man­age­r­i­al skills acquired dur­ing his employ­ment in the pri­vate sec­tor, unique­ly qual­i­fy him to con­tin­ue ful­fill­ing the job require­ments of the posi­tion to which he was elected.

Ron’s com­mit­ment to the com­mu­ni­ty is evi­dent with his par­tic­i­pa­tion with caus­es focus­ing on improv­ing our qual­i­ty of life, reduc­ing crime and the assist­ing the youth become respon­si­ble adults. He vol­un­teers his time with the Coali­tion for Orcas Youth, a com­mu­ni­ty empow­er­ing youth with skills and resources to become com­pas­sion­ate, and healthy adults; and the San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion, which seeks to strength­en our com­mu­ni­ty by reduc­ing sub­stance abuse amongst our youth. He is also a Board mem­ber of SAFE San Juans, whose mis­sion is the pre­ven­tion and elim­i­na­tion of domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al assault.

He’s a good hus­band and fam­i­ly man, with strong work eth­ic and integrity.

I don’t hes­i­tate ask­ing for your sup­port in re-elect­ing Ron Krebs as our County’s Sheriff.

Attilio Gal­li
Fri­day Harbor

Island Senior: Emergency! Are you ready?

Posted October 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm by

It’s fall and time to think about tak­ing stock and stock­ing up on sup­plies in case of an emer­gency. Thank­ful­ly we are not in the path­way of hur­ri­canes, but if you’ve been around here for a while you know that we can get some mighty dam­ag­ing win­ter windstorms.

The most com­mon events to be ready for here are pow­er out­ages and get­ting snowed in. Due to our rel­a­tive­ly mild and wet cold weath­er, our snow can melt and freeze and have more snow fall on top of it, cre­at­ing treach­er­ous­ly slick sur­faces. Seniors espe­cial­ly should avoid walk­ing on icy snow.

Earth­quakes are anoth­er pos­si­bil­i­ty. They could be any­thing from a bare­ly felt jig­gle to the big one. Unlike the win­ter storms we are more famil­iar with, an earth­quake is less pre­dictable but nonethe­less a like­li­hood if not an inevitabil­i­ty. Emer­gency con­tacts in your neigh­bor­hood and in a loca­tion out­side the region are good to have in place.

The San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment cau­tions, “Here in the islands, every­one who is able has the respon­si­bil­i­ty to pre­pare them­selves to be on their own fol­low­ing a dis­as­ter — in the islands, we’re pri­mar­i­ly think­ing earth­quake or win­ter storm. We strong­ly encour­age peo­ple to have at least two weeks worth of sup­plies on hand.”

Emer­gency Man­age­ment also has a prepa­ra­tion cal­en­dar on their web­site with a month-by-month guide to get­ting ful­ly pre­pared. Among their first sug­ges­tions of what to have on hand are 10 gal­lons of water per per­son, a hand-oper­at­ed can open­er, two flash­lights, and bat­ter­ies. Dur­ing our most recent pow­er out­age I was glad to have the bat­tery-oper­at­ed lantern that I bought recent­ly from REI.

Food that does not need to be cooked is good to have on hand — things like peanut but­ter, crack­ers, sar­dines, canned or dried fruit, and gra­nola bars. In a pinch, hav­ing a stash of instant cof­fee and canned milk could save the day.

The Emer­gency Man­age­ment web­site is a valu­able resource that spells out in detail what islanders can do to be pre­pared. Stay safe my friends!

Notes from the Island — Oct. 1

Posted October 1, 2022 at 10:30 am by

  • Ear­li­er this week, per­son­nel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, and San Juan Coun­ty sur­veyed the shore­line from Lime Kiln State Park to Hen­ry Island look­ing for impacts from the oil and fuel spilled from the sunken Aleut­ian Isle fish­ing ves­sel. No con­t­a­m­i­nants were found on any of the shore­lines, even on beach­es where oil had pre­vi­ous­ly been seen. As a result, no addi­tion­al shore­line cleanup is being recommended.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School foot­ball lost on the road at Coupeville 35–3 last night. Boys soc­cer knocked off Lopez Island 6–0 in a home game at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields.
  • Okto­ber­fest hap­pens from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. today at San Juan Brew­ing Co. They’ll have all-day Ger­man food spe­cials, live music, face paint­ing, crafts, a pho­to booth, a cos­tume con­test, and a stein hold­ing contest.
  • Fall is here, which means that the east­ern por­tion of the Zyl­stra Lake Pre­serve loop trail is closed until April. Dogs aren’t allowed at Zyl­stra until the spring either. Dri­ving access to Mount Grant Pre­serve is now lim­it­ed to Sun­days only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Start­ing today, peo­ple age 18 and younger can ride the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries for free.
  • Mer­ri Ann Simon­son has pub­lished an exten­sive arti­cle about the state of the local real estate mar­ket and its impact on prop­er­ty tax assess­ments.
  • Thanks to our adver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the San Juan Update — includ­ing Fri­day Har­bor Mar­ket Place.

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