Town will host Spring Cleanup April 22-26

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Swimsuit season is right around the corner and I am ready to hit the beach! If you would like to hang out with me in the sun, maybe share a glass of lemonade, come on over to the animal shelter! My name is Sister, I will be the one wearing a yellow tankini. Animal Protection  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

On Wednesday April 10, 2019, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting in the School District Office, 285 Blair Ave.  This is an open public meeting at 5:00 pm with a closed executive session from 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm.   All public comment, with the  Continue Reading

Citizens Advisory Group Report

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:37 am, by

The following is a press release from the SJC Public Hospital District #1… When community member Chuck Dalldorf first agreed to serve on the Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) looking into a potential integration of EMS and Fire services on San Juan Island, he probably didn’t realize it would take almost a year. He said: “the  Continue Reading

Owls in Flight

Posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:34 am, by

John Miller shares another great wildlife photo. This one, entitled “Territorial Combat” shows two owls duking it out in flight. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Taken over Fir Island in early January. Thanks for sharing John!

Volunteer of the Month

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 11:10 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Storrie Arnold is the Volunteer of the Month for April. Storrie became a volunteer at the animal shelter at the beginning of the year and has been a wonderful addition to the organization. She visits the shelter each week to walk and socialize with the  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

This first edition of Chamber Chat for 2019 is written by Scott Sluis, 2019 San Juan Island Chamber Board President, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, Islanders Bank… “Banker by day and drummer by night” Introduction: I thought my first Chamber Chat ought to be an introduction of myself since most of you do not  Continue Reading

San Juan Writer Cere Demuth Featured on Orcas Lit Fest Panel

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join Heart Berries memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, and Kickflip Boys author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40  Continue Reading

April is National Poetry Month

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In appreciation of National Poetry Month, the San Juan Update is sharing  poems from local poets every Friday this month starting with today. First up we have FHES 4th grade teacher Lowell Jons and artist/poet Sherry Smith Bell:


Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Lori Ann David shares this announcement… Aurora Farms has all the Eggs for Spring and Easter you need. Visit our farm store on Schoolhouse road-Spring Special for eggs is $7.00 per dozen or $20.00 for a flat of 3 dozen. Our organic eggs are from healthy happy poultry that follow our livestock and eat all  Continue Reading

Let’s play ball!

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 8:52 am, by

This month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society & Museum poses many questions… These two striking photographs were shared by the family of one of these Friday Harbor Tigers teammates. At last month’s 3rd Annual Show and Tell evening at the Library, archives researcher Andy Zall presented on the importance of “reading” a  Continue Reading

More than 750 to Gather for Salmon Recovery Conference in Tacoma

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

OLYMPIA–More than 750 scientists, salmon recovery experts and interested citizens from Washington and Oregon will meet in Tacoma next week for the seventh biennial Salmon Recovery Conference, marking the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Recovery Act. “By bringing together our state’s field biologists, engineers and policymakers, we’re providing a forum for information sharing and networking  Continue Reading

Upcoming FAC Meetings

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Mark your calendars! WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting nine upcoming community meetings! Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route. Kingston: Monday, April 29, 6 p.m., Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston Coupeville: Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m., Island  Continue Reading

SJINHP Accepting Applications for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park announces that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and  Continue Reading

Safe on the Rocks 5k

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm, by

Safe San Juans wants to remind you of this event coming up this weekend… Join us on April 6th for the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This well-lit fun run and walk will feature glow sticks, glow paint and  Continue Reading

Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:52 am, by

San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association Hosts Annual Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt The San Juan Islands’ Firefighter Association will again host the annual Jackson Beach Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. The egg hunt is free but we are seeking donations to the San Juan Island Food Bank (money or  Continue Reading

Job Fair

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:35 am, by

Minnie Knych at the Career Center shares the following with you… Attention Parents: Put Your Teens To Work This Summer! Employment statistics show that fewer teens are spending summers waiting tables, swinging hammers mowing lawns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that teen labor force participation overall has been on a long-term downward trend, and  Continue Reading

The Field Project

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Spring Street International School Presents: The Field Project Directed by Krista Strutz The Field Project consists of a play and a comedy sketch: The Wolves and Who’s on First? The Wolves, by Sarah Delappe: Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the  Continue Reading

Welcome to the 2019 WSU San Juan County Master Gardener Interns

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm, by

Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training on vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamentals and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management, soils and more to become WSU Master Gardener Interns. As Interns, volunteers contribute 50 hours of  Continue Reading

FHHS Band wins Three Superior Ratings

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School’s Band students earned three superior ratings at the San Juan Music Educator Association Large Group Band Festival at Western Washington University on March 28, 2019. Sixty high school students from the school’s Jazz band, the “Zero hour” band, and the Concert band classes traveled to Bellingham for one of the two  Continue Reading

Melodious Notes over the Harbor

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm, by

Classical delights are headed your way this Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 pm with Melodious Notes Over the Harbor at San Juan Community Theatre! This will be a lovely chamber concert and will include the favorite “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven, played by Kay Zavislak, part of the Chopin “Cello Sonata” with Sasha Von Dassow, and  Continue Reading

April 4th is Arbor Day in Friday Harbor

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate its second annual Arbor Day this Thursday, April 4, 2019. The public is invited to join in recognizing the event. Mayor Ghatan will be issuing a proclamation for Arbor Day during the Town Council meeting and the Parks Department will plant an Easter Red Bud on Argyle Avenue  Continue Reading