Harbor Seal

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of a big male Harbor Seal resting on the dock at Friday Harbor (being watched over by animal folks from Animal Stranding Network) after he had been in a fight… Thanks Kevin!

Calling All Twelves!

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Calling All Twelves! Thursday at the Fair is Seahawks Fan Fest! Or is it Fair Fest? Fan Fest! Bring your Seahawk Spirit, wear your Seahawks gear and meet a Seahawk, a SeaGal and DJ Supa Sam, official DJ for the Seahawks. Be there! Thursday Night from 8:00 to 9:00 on the Main Stage.

Road Construction Will Cause Traffic Disruptions

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Web, “A” and Nichols Street Improvement Project Causing Traffic Disruption On Friday, August 17th Traffic will be disrupted this Friday, August 17, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while specialty contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway on Web and “A” Streets. The Contractor will begin roadwork at the Nichols & A  Continue Reading

Explore The Salish Sea: A Nature Guide For Kids

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to host an evening for both kids and adults. Come out for Joe Gaydos’ lively and inter-active book talk– Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids— at the Library on Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm. This is a book that children and  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 9:47 am, by

New Vacation Rental Permit Requirements I have reviewed the County’s new Vacation Rental Permit requirements and I found them most reasonable, I think they did a good job. As a REALTOR, working in the field, I only noted two areas that may be difficult for some property owners to adapt to. Management plan on file  Continue Reading

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm, by

Air monitors in our region today are reporting ‘unhealthy’ levels of particulate matter in the air due to wildfire smoke, largely from fires burning in British Columbia. San Juan County Health & Community Services is advising the public to limit time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and  Continue Reading

Time for Another Flash Mob

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:48 am, by

Okay, it’s no secret, we have another Flash Mob at the Fair by the Rock Solid Youth and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition! It will happen on Saturday during the Trashion Fashion Show on the Main Stage, at about 6pm. Watch the video above to learn the moves and then come groove with us.  Continue Reading

Strong to the Core Pilates

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:18 am, by

You may already know this, but for those who don’t, there’s a new Pilates studio in town. Debbie Warren moved from New England to the island with her husband and grown daughter in February and has opened a studio on A Street. Her studio is called Strong to the Core Pilates and she provides private  Continue Reading

Fountainsun with John Bellows and Glenn Hendrick

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:54 am, by

Glenn Hendrick shares this musical invitation with you… August is the height of the music season on San Juan Island, with so much to get your feet moving at excellent spots in town like Mr. Believable’s and the San Juan Summer Arts Festival. But for a moment of quiet contemplation and a breath of forest  Continue Reading

Of Signs, Land, and People

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:40 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… My thanks to those who voted in the primary election.  Shortly after the election, Team Gaylord removed most of the Re-Elect Gaylord for Prosecutor signs from our scenic roadways.  I believe residents and visitors deserve to finish the summer with a landscape without interruption. I hope voters will  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Two Local Measures

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 8:31 am, by

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the November election. (People who don’t vote won’t decide anything.) On Lopez, the annual one-year levy for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District will be on the ballot. The district is once again asking for $105,000 to support operations of the district. Countywide, voters  Continue Reading

Concours d’Élégance

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Okay. The County Fair is on your calendar. You’re planning on entering your prized dahlias. Done. Now what? Concours d’Élégance at San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 26! Enter your vintage car. Or what about entering your less-than-perfect car? Okay, not all original parts but I bet it has a great story! And we all  Continue Reading

Shaw Island Classic Race Results

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

46 Sailboats Race Around Shaw Island The currents were strong, the winds temperamental, and the fleet diverse, making for a memorable 48th annual running of the Shaw Island Classic, a highlight of the summer boating season. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race draws sailboats and crew from throughout the region to  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Pardon me. Do you have a minute? My name is Mae West. I’m a resident of the animal shelter here. It’s lovely here in Kamp Kitty and I don’t mind waiting to meet my forever person, but what I do mind is not being connected to the internet. Things get kind of quiet here in  Continue Reading

J35’s Tour of Grief is Past

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 9:52 am, by

This latest news is from the Center for Whale Research… “The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.” – Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research This afternoon at 1407 Pacific Daylight Time, J35 vigorously chased a school of salmon with her pod-mates  Continue Reading

Last Call for The Tempest

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 10:19 am, by

Don’t miss this. It’s a splendid production and it’s only this weekend and then it’s over. Island Stage Left invites you to its twentieth anniversary production, The Tempest. No tickets or reservations required. Chairs provided. Bring a warm blanket. Donations appreciated. Sit under the stars and take in the beauty of what is often referred  Continue Reading

SVC Registration

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 10:08 am, by

It’s not too late to register for Fall Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes start September 25th. Complete your first two years of a bachelor’s degree and save money on tuition compared to a four-year school. Or, start preparing for your new career with training in one of our workforce programs. Learn more at www.skagit.edu/programs  Continue Reading

Orcas IED

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 9:35 am, by

This is from Ron Krebs, SJ County Sheriff… There is understandable and significant concern throughout the islands following the discovery on Monday of an improvised explosive device (IED) on the San Juan County Land Bank Turtleback Mountain Preserve property on Orcas Island. The ongoing investigation is being led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,  Continue Reading

Join us at the Fair!

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust will be at the Fair. We develop permanently affordable houses for islanders. Ours is the “ultimate recycling project”! We will have pictures of our homes and neighborhoods. Board members will be on hand to answer questions and to tell you about our future plans. AND we have a picnic  Continue Reading

SJI Chamber Featured Member of the Month: Mr. Believables

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Mr. Believables is a community-minded BBQ restaurant serving pulled pork, smoked brisket and fried chicken among other things including vegetarian and vegan foods. There is a focus on local sourcing from the Island’s farms. Every day has a different special – from Ron’s Island Meats sausages, to Matt Marinkovitch’s Salmon, to Aurora Farms pork. Along  Continue Reading

Yes for Homes!

Posted on August 9, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Good Morning! Just a quick “Hello” from the Yes for Homes campaign.  Now that we are past the primary, we are gearing up for the November election. We cannot do what we do without your support!  Thank you for being one of our champions. Did you know we have a Facebook page?  Over the next  Continue Reading

New Teachers at Saint David’s Day School

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Saint David’s Day School is pleased to announce the addition of two teachers to our staff for the 2018-2019 school year. Danielle Niichel is a Child Psychology graduate of Western Washington University; she will be our lead classroom teacher for the coming school year. Alana Huntemer comes to us from the Early Childhood Education program  Continue Reading