Real Estate with Merri Ann Simonson

Posted on September 4, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

Homeowner’s Hazard Insurance One thing to seriously consider in these times of escalating values for our homes on the island is the adequacy of your homeowner insurance. Our homes have increased in value over the last few years and the cost to replace has increased dramatically, therefore, your coverage may not be adequate.  In the  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Features Art Display by Robert Hare Stavers

Posted on September 3, 2021 at 10:01 am, by

Indoor performances are back at San Juan Community Theatre, and the theatre lobby is once again open as a showcase for local artists’ exhibits. From now until the end of September the photographs of Robert Hare Stavers Photography will be on display. This exhibit features a series of Black and White photographs entitled “The World in Shades of Gray”.   Continue Reading

Island Senior: Early Fall Happenings at the Mullis Center

Posted on September 3, 2021 at 9:47 am, by

First of all a big “THANK YOU!” to the San Juan County Fair, The San Juan Island Community Foundation, and to everyone who supported the Mullis Center and other local non-profits during the Community Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Fair Fundraiser. Thanks to our generous donors support we raised $5,520! All money raised will be used to  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Posted on September 3, 2021 at 9:45 am, by

Since the last update on Friday August 27th, there have been sixteen new confirmed cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 266. Of these sixteen new cases, initial investigations indicate that five appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. San Juan County numbers continue to confirm that vaccinated individuals are  Continue Reading

A Letter to You from SJCT

Posted on September 2, 2021 at 10:36 am, by

9/1/21 Covid-19 Policy Update: Proof of Vaccination & Masking REQUIRED A Letter from the Executive Artistic Director Dear SJCT Patrons, You may have seen our social media posts today regarding the new policy requiring proof of vaccination at San Juan Community Theatre performances and events. If not, you can find our updated policies here. We  Continue Reading

Pet(s) of the Week: Wooster & Jeeves

Posted on September 2, 2021 at 10:08 am, by

Care for a cup of tea?  This notorious dynamic duo is sure to add charming character to your home.  Bachelor Wooster and his talented valet, Jeeves have found themselves navigating the cat-societal mishaps of San Juan Island.  You see, somehow they both ended up in a cat trap together and were labeled as pesky “ferals,”  Continue Reading

Community Support at the Fair

Posted on September 1, 2021 at 9:56 pm, by

A letter of thanks to you from the Library… Dear Friends, A tremendous thank you to everyone who joined in and donated during the virtual San Juan County Fair in August to raise funds for the new library building project. We were grateful to join the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s matching grant program, which  Continue Reading

What the Gull? News from Wolf Hollow

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 8:31 am, by

You can see thousands of gulls on the shore or in the water around the San Juans right now. It would be easy to dismiss them as “just a bunch of seagulls”, but next time you see a flock of gulls, take a closer look. Are there different sizes of gulls? Do they have different  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 8:26 am, by

Enjoyment Guaranteed at Art For Fun at SJIMA Art for Fun is a great way to celebrate a birthday, share a date night, create team building,  just enjoy a night out on your own or try your hand at making art. The two-hour, fun-filled art party takes place in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere.   Budding artists follow  Continue Reading

Thank You for Supporting the 2021 Virtual Fair!

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:47 am, by

Please accept our sincere appreciation for all County residents who participated in and enjoyed the 2021 Virtual Fair. Your Willingness, Flexibility and Creativity during these unique times is why the San Juan County Fair was a success! We are especially grateful to all our Superintendents and Volunteers who dedicated much time & energy in order  Continue Reading

The Salish Seeds Project 2021 Fall Native Wildflower Sale

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:29 am, by

The Salish Seeds Project’s popular, twice-annual wildflower sale is happening soon. Reserve plants online September 10 – 17, and pick them up on Saturday, October 2 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced locally by the Salish Seeds Project, a joint program of the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

Garden Club First Meeting of the Year

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

San Juan Island Garden Club Meeting – September 7, 2021 at 1:00 We are excited to see you at the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 7 at 1:00. We will have the meeting outdoors at the Historical Society. No refreshments will be served but please feel free to bring your own beverage  Continue Reading

Masked Musicians

Posted on August 28, 2021 at 11:35 am, by

John Miller shares this photo of Masked Musicians he caught at Brickworks. Thanks for sharing John!

Research Vessel visiting in Friday Harbor Labs in September

Posted on August 28, 2021 at 9:19 am, by

In late August, the SRV SAM, a 48’ aluminum ketch, set sail from the Haida Gwaii Islands in British Columbia to the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) – the latest leg of its 8,000 nm voyage across the North Pacific for the Ocean Genome Atlas Project (OGAP). The vessel will be moored at  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 4:31 pm, by

Important Note: A total of 17 previous cases have been removed from the list of confirmed cases in San Juan County. These are cases that occurred after June 1, 2021 and were first identified by a positive over-the-counter COVID test result, but were not confirmed in a subsequent PCR lab test. This adjustment brings San  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory of Connor

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 5:57 am, by

All the animals that come through our shelter doors are cherished and loved.  We honor and remember every pet that we have touched – doing our best to give them happy endings to the unfortunate circumstances that brought them into the system.  Occasionally, there are pets who manage to beat all the odds stacked against  Continue Reading

Killer Whale “Peanut Head”

Posted on August 26, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this story… What is it, when does it happen, and what are the causes? Several weeks ago, K21, the oldest male killer whale (orca) in the Southern Resident community, was photographed and videoed in a state of severe emaciation, showing an extreme version of what killer whale researchers sometimes  Continue Reading

“Global shortage of experienced mariners”

Posted on August 26, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

This story comes from Washington State Ferries and it may help shed some light on all the ferry sailing cancellations due to “Shortage of Coast Guard documented crew”… We’re not the only marine transportation system dealing with a lack of crewmembers. Following BC Ferries’ cancellation of a couple sailings last week due to a staffing  Continue Reading

Appraisal Day Canceled

Posted on August 25, 2021 at 10:20 am, by

SJIMA needs to cancel the Appraisal Day and Silent Auction scheduled for this Saturday, August 28 until the COVID virus has receded. This event has been anticipated by the SJIMA team for two years and we are severely disappointed to have to postpone it again. Appraisal Day, when rescheduled will be fun for all and  Continue Reading

Boaters Play Critical Role in Protecting Endangered Whales

Posted on August 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA. – Labor Day weekend is approaching, the last hurrah for many summer boaters before buckling down for the fall. As scores of vessels take to local waterways over the holiday, it’s an important time to stay vigilant and keep safe on the water. San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship calls on  Continue Reading

San Juan Singers Winter 2021 Concert General Meeting

Posted on August 24, 2021 at 3:54 pm, by

San Juan Singers, directed by Angel Michaels, is a community chorus open to all San Juan Island residents aged 14-100+. A general meeting for all members, returning and prospective, is scheduled for September 1, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm at the Brickworks building. At this meeting you will schedule an audition or voice check, learn about the rehearsal protocols  Continue Reading


Posted on August 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have a Heads Up from Barnaby Zall about the RHNA Annual Picnic… After careful consideration, on Saturday, August 21, the Board of Directors of the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to cancel its 2021 Labor Day Isthmus Potluck Picnic, originally scheduled for Sept. 4.   RHNA is a  Continue Reading