Reuben Tarte in the evening

Posted August 4, 2022 at 11:17 pm by

It was a great time at Wednesday’s Music on the Lawn

Posted August 4, 2022 at 10:24 pm by

Mayor Ray on the mic — Contributed photo

There­sa Simendinger sends along a recap of last night’s Music on the Lawn per­for­mance at the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Museum.

Play­ing to a big crowd, the Chameleons’ new line­up was just great! Lead singer Kira Sable was in great voice and the whole band was just spir­it lift­ing and great to lis­ten to.

A spe­cial drop-in was our may­or, Ray “Mick Jag­ger” Jack­son, who real­ly rocked the night.

Kids were invit­ed to play per­cus­sion and there was an amaz­ing dancer who was ser­e­nad­ed by rhythm gui­tarist Blake Bud­will with “Danc­ing Queen.”

Thanks to Island Rec for a great evening of Music on the Lawn. Remem­ber there’s only one more show — next week, August 10.

Real estate market seeing price reductions in August

Posted August 4, 2022 at 6:10 pm by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son sends along this real estate mar­ket snap­shot for San Juan Island, which for the first time in recent mem­o­ry shows price reduc­tions on both sin­gle-fam­i­ly homes and land.

Celebrating two Friday Harbor Labs staff teams

Posted August 4, 2022 at 8:39 am by

Friday Harbor Labs staffers Lee Ann, Molly, and Rhonda — Contributed photo

Fri­day Har­bor Labs shares a look at a few staff mem­bers whose hard work and ded­i­ca­tion keeps the cam­pus run­ning smoothly.

If you haven’t spent time at Fri­day Har­bor Labs, you may not real­ize that it is a minia­ture uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus, with its own hous­ing (dorms, cot­tages, and oth­er units), full-ser­vice din­ing hall, library, and lec­ture spaces in addi­tion to the lab build­ings, research equip­ment, sea­wa­ter sys­tem, and dock oper­a­tions. Over 60 build­ings, from large dor­mi­to­ries and labs to one-per­son huts, are scat­tered over the rough­ly 30-acre cam­pus that com­pris­es the “devel­oped” part of the 476-acre FHL preserve.

The cam­pus receives elec­tric­i­ty and fresh­wa­ter from Coun­ty and Town util­i­ties and sends its waste­water to the Town treat­ment plant via a com­plex net­work of con­duit, pipes and – in the case of waste­water – lift sta­tions. Anoth­er net­work of pipes, extend­ing from one end of cam­pus to the oth­er, sup­plies the lifeblood of FHL research and edu­ca­tion: run­ning sea­wa­ter, deliv­ered to over 150 tanks inside and among the lab build­ings. The cam­pus grounds, build­ings and asso­ci­at­ed infra­struc­ture, some of it dat­ing back to the ear­ly 1920s, require a lot of per­son-pow­er to keep func­tion­ing and clean. Today we sing the prais­es of the large­ly unseen and unsung main­te­nance and cus­to­di­al crews who pro­vide that power.

The upkeep of every­thing – from mow­ing the cam­pus grounds to repair­ing sea­wa­ter pumps – is the purview of our small but amaz­ing main­te­nance crew: Doug (super­vi­sor), George, Tom­my, Dan and David. When cam­pus is busy, as it thank­ful­ly is right now, much of their time is spent respond­ing to urgent sit­u­a­tions: an indoor sea­wa­ter flood, a mal­func­tion­ing cold room ther­mo­stat, a clogged toi­let, or any of a thou­sand oth­er small and large issues that need imme­di­ate atten­tion. (Out of neces­si­ty, all crew mem­bers must be jacks-of-all-trades). When cam­pus is qui­eter, the team can focus on ongo­ing projects such as ren­o­va­tion work. Con­tin­ue Reading

Streetlight shadows on Guard

Posted August 3, 2022 at 9:55 pm by

SJI Pride invites the community to its inaugural Pride Festival

Posted August 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm by

SJI Pride Foundation marching in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade — Photo credit: Chase Anderson

One of San Juan Island’s newest non­prof­its shares news about their upcom­ing pub­lic event.

San Juan Island Pride Foun­da­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to fos­ter­ing com­mu­ni­ty across LGBTQIA+ and inter­sect­ing iden­ti­ties, announces its inau­gur­al Pride Fes­ti­val, tak­ing place on Sat­ur­day, Aug. 13.

“We are thrilled to announce our SJI Pride Fes­ti­val,” said Jor­dana Ans­ley, the events and enter­tain­ment coor­di­na­tor for the San Juan Island Pride Foun­da­tion. “We invite our local res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to cel­e­brate and sup­port our LGBTQIA+ com­mu­ni­ty here on the islands through this fun, fam­i­ly-friend­ly event.”

The SJI Pride Fes­ti­val will take place at Jack­son Beach on San Juan Island from 3 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 13. It is free, open to the pub­lic, and will include live music, food and drink ven­dors, a beer gar­den, lawn games, and more.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Pride Fes­ti­val, ways to con­tribute, and San Juan Island Pride Foun­da­tion, vis­it the orga­ni­za­tion’s web­site.
You can also join the con­ver­sa­tion on Face­book and stay tuned for upcom­ing events through­out the year.

Notes from the Island — Aug. 3

Posted August 3, 2022 at 8:00 am by

  • It was tough head­ing to or from the island yes­ter­day evening, as all sail­ings for the M/V Samish were can­celled from the 4:45 p.m. Ana­cortes depar­ture onward. The image above is the view from the upper wait­ing lanes at 8:45 p.m., about 15 min­utes before the arrival of the late-run­ning boat that was divert­ed from its reg­u­lar sail­ing to Lopez Island to help keep strand­ed San Juan Island trav­el­ers moving.
  • Here are the results from yes­ter­day’s pri­ma­ry elec­tion for San Juan Coun­ty. Vot­er turnout was 30.6 per­cent — the tenth-high­est turnout rate among Wash­ing­ton’s 39 counties.
  • The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety has three recent­ly arrived senior dogs avail­able for adop­tion.
  • There’s a mul­ti-fam­i­ly estate and garage sale tak­ing place on Sat­ur­day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4859 West­side Road.
  • Here are the week’s spe­cials at Mar­ket Place and Kings.
  • Final­ly, a few words from Fran­cie Hansen: “Are you get­ting ready for the Trash­ion Fash­ion Show at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair? It’s on Sat­ur­day, August 20th — a Main Stage event start­ing at 5:15 p.m. Fran­cie Hansen is excit­ed to see you there! For those who want to be in the show, infor­ma­tion is avail­able online at, or you can stop by the Fair office.” Fran­cie says, “Get over your­self, get out of your own way! Have a fab­u­lous time on the run­way, and be a STAR! This is the place to be!”

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

An eagle lands with a fresh-caught fish

Posted August 2, 2022 at 9:52 pm by