2020 Detached Accessory Dwelling Units

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 10:35 am, by

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is now accepting eligibility applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers. ADU eligibility applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm February 10, 2020.   In 2020, six eligibility slots are allowed for the construction of new ADUs and  Continue Reading

Pardon the Winterruption of 1949-1950

Posted on January 1, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… When this editorial cartoon appeared in the November 24, 1949 issue of the Friday Harbor Journal, no one could have foreseen what was to come. It heralded the beginning of one doozy of a severe winter from Old Man Winter or more scientifically,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Welcoming the New Year with Self Care Classes at The Mullis Center

Posted on January 1, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Whether the New Year brings with it a desire to counter the indulgences of the holidays or an ongoing intention to retain and improve your health and well being, the Mullis Center’s regular classes; Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, both  Continue Reading

Swim Lessons

Posted on December 31, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec is excited to offer another installment of Swim Lessons at SJI Fitness. The fun starts on Saturday, January 25th with Parent and Child (Ages 6 mo- 3 yrs) at 9:15-9:45 am, Beginner Skills (Ages 4+) at 9:55- 10:25 am, and Pre-K Water Play (ages 4-5) at 10:35-11:05 am. These Saturday classes will run  Continue Reading

Petrochemical Export Project Canceled

Posted on December 31, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Deal prevents climate pollution, protects Southern Resident orcas Deal signed by Environmental Organizations, Skagit County, and Refinery will allow clean air projects to proceed and halts new petrochemical processing and export at Anacortes Oil Refinery SKAGIT COUNTY, WA — In an agreement announced today, the owners of the Anacortes Oil Refinery agreed to withdraw plans  Continue Reading


Posted on December 31, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter to you from Eileen Drath… Dear Editor, This year has ended and now we embark on a new decade.  Carrying the tide for me is the presence of our San Juan County Land Bank. Please read below the Land Bank’s Mandate and join me  Continue Reading

Best of the Fest from Friday Harbor Film Festival

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s annual Best of the Fest series begins January 7. Award-winning, impactful feature films and shorts from the 2019 Festival will be shown every first and third Tuesday from January through May at the Grange beginning at 7 pm. These screenings are free, although donations are encouraged. The line-up includes: January 7  Continue Reading

2020 Application Open for Youth Heritage Project

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

It’s happening in Port Townsend in 2020, from July 7th to 10th… The Washington Trust is pleased to announce that the application for our annual Youth Heritage Project is now open. This year’s program will focus on the recently designated Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, exploring the rich maritime history of Port Townsend and experiencing  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Islanders can receive affordable dental care, thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. “Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care,” said Fish  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 29, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Look into my eyes…deeper, deeper… yes that’s it! Beautiful, aren’t they?  I’ve heard it said that I’m quite the catch, the kind of young fella who you can show off to your friends and take home to meet the parents.  So, what’s a keeper like me doing without a forever home? Well I’m not even  Continue Reading

New Program Series at the San Juan Island Library in 2020

Posted on December 28, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

This new program series begins Monday, January 27 at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library and it’s free. The Library is pleased to announce a new series based on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges  Continue Reading

Letter from Community Treasures

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 9:59 am, by

Dwight Ware, President of Community Treasures Recycling (formerly Consignment Treasures), writes to invite you to a CT meeting this Sunday… Community Treasures at a Crossroad If you value CT services, please attend the meeting, Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. See the 2019 Final CT Petition for rezone  Continue Reading

APS-FH Angel Trees

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Thank You, Island Family For Making The Holidays Bright For Aps-Fh Pets In Waiting It began with a phone call to APS-FH Volunteer Coordinator, Diana O’Brian, mere days before holiday shopping got underway. Two talented island artists, Joelle and Pam Gillette, were on the line suggesting an APS-FH volunteer-hosted Angel Tree to brighten the season  Continue Reading

Friends News

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juans Ensures Added Protections for Southern Resident Killer Whales in Regard to Phillips 66 Refinery Expansion On August 29, 2019, Friends of the San Juans appealed Whatcom County’s conditional approval of a 300,000-barrel external floating roof crude oil storage tank and an 80,000-barrel external floating roof fuel oil storage tank in  Continue Reading

89 Local Poets Enter Contest

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan County residents responded enthusiastically to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission’s call for submissions for its first Poetry Garden Contest. The Town received 271 poems composed by 89 adult and student poets. Those entering the contest were required to reside within the county but otherwise were limited only by the number of lines that  Continue Reading

San Juan Island School District Capital and Technology Levy February 11, 2020

Posted on December 26, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

The San Juan Island School District will be asking for voter support this coming February 11, 2020 in a special election for reauthorization of the Capital and Technology levy for the years 2021-2024. The Capital and Technology levy provides funding for capital improvements, major facility repairs, and technology equipment, implementation, and support. “Basic education funding”  Continue Reading


Posted on December 26, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

The Cattle Point Estates Owners Association opposes BLM’s proposed changes to the San Juan Islands Monument. See their letter to the BLM below… To: Bureau of Land Management Director Re: San Juan Island National Monument RMP for Cattle Point , San Juan Island, WA From: Cattle Point Estates Owners Association PO Box 644 San Juan  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lions Club funds first round of grants

Posted on December 25, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

The grants committee of the SJI Lions Club met and made the following recommendations which were then approved by the board of directors: $1,500 to PADS for Parkinson’s to suppor their program to trains dogs to be able to detect. Parkinson’s Disease with the mission of early detection and research support through canine discovery $2,100  Continue Reading


Posted on December 24, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

OPALCO Board Listens to Member Concerns, Reconsiders Resolution on Snake River Dams At the December board meeting in Friday Harbor, 18 co-op members participated in an emotionally charged discussion about Resolution 2-2019 regarding the lower Snake River dams and ocean health. The Board listened as members shared their opinions and concerns about ocean health, species  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Posted on December 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Sheila Martin… Dear Ashley and Market Place, I would like to say thank for all that you have done for my cause in feeding families in need. I put the advent calendar out on FH Rants and Raves and it garnered little interest.  Continue Reading

Community New Year’s Eve Celebration

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Join Island Rec for its annual Community New Year’s Eve Celebration! All ages are welcome at this free event as we count down to the New Year with family, neighbors, and friends. There will be a crazy hat making competition and parade, bingo, photo booth, Wii dance off, board games, Minute to Win It competitions,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Well hello, and Happy Holidays! My names Marilyn, though my friends call me The Golden Pearl, and I kinda like that.  By friends I mean the posse of K9’s that traveled way across country with me all the way from Texas on the Project Freedom Ride, we had a blast!  I love singing, heck I  Continue Reading