Adopt 7-month-old ‘Kissy’ Lab Mix from the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: 7 months Sex: Female Breed: Lab mix Application: Beware of Kaleesa the kissy monster! If you dare to venture near her den for a meet-and-greet, prepare yourself to be attacked with love, smothered in kisses, and then have your heart stolen. Once she has succeeded  Continue Reading

Two Vehicles Crash on San Juan’s Beaverton Valley Road Monday

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 7:26 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire & Rescue and San Juan County Sheriff Around 5:20 p.m., Monday, May 31, San Juan County 911 emergency center was notified of a two-vehicle high-speed crash on Beaverton Valley Road. Two people were involved and treated by emergency services. The road remained closed while law enforcement investigated the crash scene.  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay School Enrollment Spikes During Pandemic, Now Open to Students Across State

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan School Island District Last September, San Juan Island School District’s Griffin Bay School grew from a handful of students to almost 100 students, K-12th grade. Griffin Bay School may now offer online access to anyone and everyone across Washington state. In May, Griffin Bay School was designated by the Office of the Superintendent  Continue Reading

OPALCO Clears Trees to Reduce Power Outages, Increase Forest Health

Posted on June 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO OPALCO has a strong commitment to keeping its power lines clear of trees and brush in order to keep field crews and co-op members safe, reduce power outages and prevent damage to the islands’ electrical system. This reduces costs – saving member dollars – and helps to keep the lights on. Orcas Power  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Reopens to Limited In-person Hours June 8

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Library Starting Tuesday, June 8, the San Juan Island Library will reopen its doors for limited services and hours. The library will provide simultaneous indoor browsing and curbside services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with a 65+/high-risk population hour on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. Patrons are  Continue Reading

Use SNAP Benefits at San Juan, Orcas Farmers Markets

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

The San Juan Island Farmers Market. From San Juan County The Orcas and San Juan Island Farmers Markets are set up to accept SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known in Washington as Basic Food. SNAP helps people with low incomes make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. To find out  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor American Legion to Hold Honor Guard Ceremonies Memorial Day

Posted on May 30, 2021 at 12:01 pm, by

From American Legion Post 163 Memorial Day is for honoring and remembering the soldiers who have given their lives in the line of duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. American Legion Post 163 in Friday Harbor will hold an honor guard ceremony at the two San Juan Island cemeteries at 11 a.m., May 31 on  Continue Reading

Celebrate National Trails Day by Maintaining Westside Preserve

Posted on May 30, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank This National Trails Day, the San Juan County Land Bank is celebrating at the Westside Preserve 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 5. Gather your pod and join field steward Shauna Barrows as we kick off another summer of trail improvement. Come relish the panoramic views and learn about the  Continue Reading

San Juan County Marine Program Gives Tips for Boaters to be “Whale Wise”

Posted on May 30, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Marine Program June is Orca Action Month, a time to celebrate and protect one of our region’s most iconic marine mammals, the Southern Resident orcas. As we launch into summer, the San Juan County Marine Program would like to remind boaters what they can do to be a part of orca  Continue Reading

Expect Increased Washington State Ferries Traffic this Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on May 30, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Washington State Ferries Customers taking a ferry as part of their Memorial Day travel plans should be prepared for a busy holiday weekend. Along with the increased traffic, most routes will be operating on different schedules than years past due to service reductions related to the pandemic and crewing and vessel shortages. Passengers are  Continue Reading

Register for Whale Museum’s Virtual Naturalist Training in July

Posted on May 29, 2021 at 7:55 am, by

From The Whale Museum Registration is now open for a summer virtual session of The Whale Museum’s Marine naturalist training.  This program will be six sessions and run July 19-24. The objective of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists. The  Continue Reading

Rally & March for Palestine/Gaza

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm, by

Sandy Strehlou shares this announcement with you… Saturday, May 29, 11am, SJC courthouse lawn If you could give just 90 minutes of your time to help bring peace and justice to the people of Palestine/Gaza, would you? Join is for a peaceful community rally and march starting at the San Juan County, WA courthouse at  Continue Reading

New American Camp Visitor Center Open

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 11:01 am, by

By Louise Dustrude The new American Camp Visitor Center parking area and trailhead access has been open to the public since mid-April, after more than a year of construction, and the building and new restrooms will be open by Memorial Day weekend. Although there is still work to do to complete the exhibits, the reception  Continue Reading

One New COVID Case on San Juan, One on Lopez

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 7:25 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, May 21, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 187 to 189. There are 21 close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine. This number would be far higher if not for a number of close contacts being fully vaccinated. The  Continue Reading

Sheriff’s Office Corrals Unattended Motoring Vessel Near Brown Island Thursday

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 7:21 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update A boater swam to shore near Brown Island Thursday leaving a powerboat running without an operator. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone in the water Thursday. When deputies arrived, the person had safely swam to shore but the boat was still motoring in circles  Continue Reading

Make Free Art Projects in the Park with Island Rec and Alchemy Art Center

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 7:05 am, by

From Island Rec Join Alchemy Art Center staff and guest artists for fun and free community art days in John O. Linde Community Park. Professional artists will lead an exciting roster of activities including indigo dyeing, sun prints, clay planters, funny faces, printing on t-shirts, and more. Due to safety precautions, space will be limited.  Continue Reading

Walk-up Vaccine Clinics Available through June on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 7:06 am, by

Clinics are for ages 18 and up   From San Juan County The San Juan County vaccine team will be operating single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine clinics on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands through June. These clinics will be one of the best remaining opportunities for COVID vaccination in the islands. After June,  Continue Reading

Rep. Larsen Visits Orcas Island Thursday to Discuss Broadband, Road and Airport Infrastructure

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 7:02 am, by

From Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office Thursday, May 27, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will visit Orcas Power & Light Cooperative to meet with Executive Director Foster Hildreth. Larsen and Hildreth will discuss how the utility is working to improve broadband connectivity within its service area. A senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Larsen  Continue Reading

Call Hotline if You See a Stranded Marine Mammal, Dead or Alive

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 6:55 am, by

From the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network As harbor seal pupping season starts up for us in the islands, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network wants to remind everyone how to be good marine mammal stewards. If you see an alive or dead stranded marine mammal, please keep your distance, keep other  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor’s Duncan Wilson Plans 2022 Retirement

Posted on May 26, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson announced he will retire Jan. 4, 2022, after nine years in the position.  He took over for King Fitch in 2012. Wilson previously served as the city administrator of North Bend, Washington for six years. Prior to that, he had been an attorney  Continue Reading

Learn about San Juan History from Marjorie Walker Descendant

Posted on May 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor presents “A Kepi in the Tide: Writing Historical Fiction” 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 27. Author and genealogist John Ickes is a distant relative of early San Juan Island artist Marjorie Walker (1906-1992). His historical research contributed to the understanding of Marjorie’s life and the online  Continue Reading

New Website Explores Washington’s Geology

Posted on May 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Department of Natural Resources From its craggy coastlines to its icy volcanic peaks, Washington is home to some of the world’s most stunning geology. A new website by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources helps connect people to the state’s rich and diverse geologic history. Filled with images and information about geologic  Continue Reading