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

Dispose of Pesticides, Fuels, Cleaning Products on San Juan June 11-12

Posted on May 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County is collecting hazardous waste at the waste stations on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Collection times are: 1-3 p.m., June 11 for businesses on San Juan. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12 for households on San Juan. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 19 on Orcas 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June  Continue Reading

Help Becky Armstrong while her Shoulder Heals

Posted on May 25, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From organizers Becky Armstrong fell on May 10 and broke her shoulder. She is in a lot of pain and has her right arm immobilized in a sling. She is the independent business owner of Hello, Gorgeous where she gives manicures and pedicures. This job requires the use of both hands. She is unable to  Continue Reading

Soroptimists give $9K for San Juan Women’s Education

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2021 educational award winners. The Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program. This year Soroptimists were able to give out three $2,000 awards. The award winners are Halley Byrne, Megan  Continue Reading

Home Inspections and their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties. In reality, the home inspection and feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a  Continue Reading

Adopt Lab Mix found in Mexican Mountains from San Juan Animal Shelter

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Animal Protection Society Friday Harbor Age: 7 Months Sex: Male Breed: Lab Mix Application: Rocky feels like an old soul. With his kind almond eyes, lovable Lab-like face and laid-back nature, it’s easy to forget his days as a stray pup when he was found on the mountain streets near Jocotepec, Mexico. He  Continue Reading

Art Museum’s Artist Registry Show, atrium exhibit close May 31

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art The Artists’ Registry Show with 60+ artists and “VOYAGER” by Steven Jensen close on May 31 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art in Friday Harbor. Catch them before they leave.  On Memorial Day, the museum will close early at 2:30, so plan to beat the rush.   Continue Reading

Seven New COVID Cases in San Juans, All on Orcas

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, May 14, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 180 to 187. There are 28 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. San Juan  Continue Reading

Join Washington State Ferries Online Meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Washington State Ferries The next Washington State Ferries spring 2021 online community webinars will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.  Join members of the ferries executive team for an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments at one of next week’s virtual public meetings. To participate, register online in advance for either 11 a.m. Tuesday,  Continue Reading

Join Boo Boo and Island Rec for a Park Workout

Posted on May 22, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Island Rec Join Island Rec for a 1-hour complete body workout. Meet Boo Boo in person at John O. Linde Community Park to get your sweat on while enjoying the outdoors. No equipment required. This class is great for all fitness levels and abilities. Boo Boo will always have modifications ready. Ages: 14+ When:  Continue Reading

OPALCO Presents Online Workshop to Shift from Fossil Fuels

Posted on May 22, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO Are you ready for the shift away from fossil fuels? OPALCO’s Island Way campaign is here to help co-op members prepare for the energy future that is coming fast. The next virtual workshop is May 27. Island Way events are interactive hour-long sessions designed to help members get the information and support they  Continue Reading

Join Boards for County Fair, San Juan and Lopez Libraries and More

Posted on May 22, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the county’s website at Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an advisory  Continue Reading

Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

Posted on May 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi. A Matter of Weather and Physics   The arrival of spring in the north is a penultimate pleasure. For a nature lover, anyway. Like dropping a heavy burden after a long slog up a mountain ridge leading  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow Explains what to do if you Find a Fawn

Posted on May 21, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center In the past week, Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has received several calls about newborn fawns, so we know spring fawn season has arrived. May is when most local Black-tailed Deer give birth to their fawns and people become concerned when they find a little fawn, all alone, with  Continue Reading

San Juan County Mask Order to be Reviewed by June 26

Posted on May 21, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Health Officer is continuing to require face coverings be worn inside businesses. This policy will be reviewed no later than June 26, when all of the 12-17 year-olds receiving their first shots over the coming week will be fully vaccinated. The intent is to limit indoor unmasked  Continue Reading

Winners from Island Rec’s First Annual Pickleball Tournament

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Island Rec Island Rec was joined by over 50 pickleball players the weekend of May 15 at its first annual pickleball tournament. A big thank you to Roche Harbor for hosting all our local pickleball enthusiasts. Congratulations to Christine and Kevin Lee for winning first place in Saturday’s mixed doubles and to Gib and  Continue Reading

Join San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Online Friday

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 21 via Zoom. This meeting will include a discussion of the Conservation Agriculture Resource Team’s Coffelt Farm final report. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda,  Continue Reading

Compass Health Opens Everett Behavioral Health Housing Friday

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Compass Health In May, Compass Health marks two significant milestones in its Broadway Campus Redevelopment project, a regional center in Everett to support behavioral health needs across Northwest Washington. Its phase one permanent supportive housing facility officially opens Friday, May 21, following the May 18 approval of $14 million in state capital funding to  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor Presents Online Lecture on Park Street Architecture Today

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 3:11 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor presents the online discussion “Architecture of the Recent Past: What Park Street is Telling Us” at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20. Recent Past architecture (1940-80) is ubiquitous, typically under-appreciated, and typically not considered historic by most observers. From modest FHA cottages and iconic Ranch  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Starts Artists in Residence, Workshops, Artist Talk Series

Posted on May 19, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Alchemy Art Center After suspending much of its programming for more than a year, Alchemy Art Center is resurrecting its summer artist in residence, internship programs and workshops, and starting a new artist talk series and community outreach opportunities with Island Rec, the Family Resource Center and San Juan Island Sculpture Park. Alchemy Art  Continue Reading

San Juan’s John Geyman Releases New Book on Access to Affordable Health Care

Posted on May 19, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By John Geyman, M.D. “America’s Mighty Medical-Industrial Complex: Negative Impacts and Positive Solutions” by John Geyman, M.D., gives background on the rise of an enormous medical-industrial complex over the last 60 years. It has brought wealth to corporations and stockholders at the expense of most Americans who struggle to gain access to affordable health care.  Continue Reading

WaterWorks Presents ‘The Nature of Healing’

Posted on May 19, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From WaterWorks WaterWorks Gallery in Friday Harbor presents “The Nature of Healing” May 28-June 26. Jennifer Williams and Chris Moench invite us to step into their world, as they present their interpretation of hope and healing. Jennifer’s richly textured surfaces and atmospheric layers capture nature in a state of change and reference the Pacific Northwest,  Continue Reading