Carmella is the Animal Protection Society’s pet of the week

Posted August 26, 2022 at 11:49 am by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares a look at the adopt­able ani­mal of the week — Carmel­la, a 17-year-old domes­tic short­hair tab­by that was recent­ly sur­ren­dered to APS after her fam­i­ly moved away and left her behind.

Carmel­la is a sweet cat who has spent most of her time search­ing for life’s mean­ing in the great out­doors. She has found that life is about tru­ly enjoy­ing your time, even if that requires anoth­er nap. If you take a moment to sit with her, scratch behind her ears, she will tell you tales of her days in the woods and of island folk­lore. But beware that these tales of old might just be a way to lure you in to ask for anoth­er treat.

Carmel­la would love a home that has plen­ty of places to rest and peo­ple who will spoil her with treats. Although she was an out­door cat in her younger years, she has adjust­ed well to the crea­ture com­forts of being indoors. She loves cozy blan­ket caves and pil­low forts. Carmel­la has devel­oped a bit of a wob­ble and would prob­a­bly pre­fer a home with­out steps or at least a place that has all the things she needs on one lev­el. If you would love a sweet, sto­ry­telling, wise old cat to com­fort and show­er in affec­tion, Carmel­la is ready to move in!

Learn more about Carmel­la here.

Prevention Coalition’s annual community survey is open now

Posted August 26, 2022 at 8:09 am by

The San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion shares news about their annu­al com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey and asks for your help.

SJIPC’s annu­al com­mu­ni­ty sur­vey is open now. The anony­mous sur­vey is avail­able both in Eng­lish and in Span­ish. This sur­vey helps SJIPC gain con­tin­ued sup­port through the Wash­ing­ton Health Care Authority’s Com­mu­ni­ty Pre­ven­tion and Well­ness Ini­tia­tive (CWPI), which invests in our com­mu­ni­ty by for­mal­iz­ing and sup­port­ing coor­di­na­tion of com­mu­ni­ty-based deci­sion making.

The sur­vey also helps SJIPC learn about com­mu­ni­ty per­cep­tions, and is used along­side the Healthy Youth Sur­vey, school inter­ven­tion data, and assess­ments for the pro­grams that SJIPC helps fund. These pro­grams include:

  • Com­mu­ni­ty-based Men­tor­ing and Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies, pro­vid­ed by the Fam­i­ly Resource Center
  • Sec­ond Step at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School
  • LifeSkills Train­ing in grade six at Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School
  • The Stu­dent Assis­tance Pro­fes­sion­al that pro­vides full-time pre­ven­tion inter­ven­tion sup­port at the mid­dle and high school

CPWI funds have also helped SJIPC to sup­port the growth of youth lead­er­ship pre­ven­tion clubs, includ­ing Rock Sol­id, HOTS, and HOT, Jr. SJIPC has a robust social media pres­ence that links to nation­al, region­al, and state pub­lic aware­ness campaigns.

San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion was found­ed in Dec. 2003. SJIPC has been able to sus­tain its work through CPWI fund­ing, fed­er­al block grant fund­ing, and state Ded­i­cat­ed Mar­i­jua­na Account dol­lars. As a CPWI coali­tion, SJIPC has also been able to receive fed­er­al Part­ner­ship for Suc­cess sup­ple­men­tal funds to pilot the suc­cess­ful Sec­ond Step pro­gram in grades K‑5.

Island Jobs: The Town of Friday Harbor seeks a Utility Worker

Posted August 26, 2022 at 6:30 am by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor is look­ing for a full-time, entry-lev­el Util­i­ty Work­er for the its Streets Depart­ment. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Alchemy Art Center’s Artist Talk Series features local artists Marsha McAllister and Glenn Hendrick

Posted August 25, 2022 at 9:16 pm by

The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art and Alche­my Art Cen­ter send along news about the lat­est install­ment in Alche­my’s Artist Talk Series.

Alche­my Art Cen­ter, in part­ner­ship with the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art, is host­ing an artist talk series fea­tur­ing vis­it­ing and local artists. Talks take place in the upstairs work­shop area of the SJIMA (540 Spring St.) from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on select Sun­days from May through September.

On Aug. 28, join local artists Mar­sha McAl­lis­ter and Glenn Hen­drick for a look into their respec­tive artis­tic jour­neys. Mar­sha is a long-time San Juan Island res­i­dent and accom­plished artist. She trav­els flu­id­ly between sculp­ture and paint­ing, always seek­ing inno­va­tion in her mate­ri­als. Her work is always root­ed, how­ev­er, in her con­cern and love for the envi­ron­ment. Fam­i­ly road trips dur­ing her child­hood “inspired a life­time fas­ci­na­tion for the nat­ur­al world, and the mag­ni­fied expe­ri­ences of divid­ed space/divided people/what is left behind.” You can learn more about Marsha’s work on her web­site.

Glenn Hen­drick was born in Los Ange­les, raised in the Mid­west, and has been liv­ing on San Juan Island since 2013. She earned a degree in paint­ing, draw­ing and print­mak­ing from the School of the Art Insti­tute of Chica­go in 2006, and cre­ates work in a vari­ety of media includ­ing ceram­ics, print­mak­ing, tex­tiles, paint­ing, draw­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Glenn is also Co-Direc­tor of Alche­my Art Cen­ter and instructs class­es there as well. You can learn more about Glenn’s art on her web­site.

This event is part of Artists in Com­mu­ni­ty, which is sup­port­ed by the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, ArtsWA, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, the Tulalip Char­i­ta­ble Fund, and by gen­er­ous dona­tions from mem­bers of our community.

These talks are now offered via Zoom as well.

Director Series continues with Yasuni Man

Posted August 25, 2022 at 10:32 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val shares news about their ongo­ing Direc­tor Series.

Yasuni Man, Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s next offer­ing in The Direc­tor Series, focus­es on the con­flict between oil com­pa­nies and native Wao­rani peo­ple in South America.

In the depths of South Amer­i­ca, where the Andes, the Ama­zon and the Equa­tor col­lide, a wilder­ness exists that is one of Earth’s most bio-diverse areas – a place where mam­mals (includ­ing humans), birds, plants, and amphib­ians all thrive. Yasuni Man doc­u­ments a con­flict rag­ing deep with­in this area, pit­ting bio­di­ver­si­ty and human rights against extrac­tive indus­tries and human con­sump­tion. The Wao­rani peo­ple who inhab­it this for­est Eden were once under siege by mis­sion­ar­ies seek­ing to civ­i­lize them; now they are fac­ing indus­try oper­a­tives and their own gov­ern­ment in their fight to survive.

Join film­mak­er Ryan Patrick Kil­lack­ey and his native friend Oto­bo as they explore what may be lost as oil com­pa­nies encroach, human rights vio­la­tions run ram­pant, and the wilder­ness is destroyed – all for the oil that lies beneath this not-yet-exploit­ed land.

Fol­low­ing a free online show­ing tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., stream the film on demand from Aug. 26 through Sept. 7 for $1.95.

Notes from the Island — Aug. 25

Posted August 25, 2022 at 9:00 am by

  • The San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment is look­ing for hous­ing for 10–20 emer­gency respon­ders arriv­ing on San Juan Island tomor­row to work on the recov­ery of the sunken Aleut­ian Isle fish­ing ves­sel. Some respon­ders only need to stay for one night; oth­ers might be on the island for up to two weeks. If have you an emp­ty house that you’d be will­ing to rent that can sleep four or more peo­ple, con­tact the Emer­gency Man­age­ment office at 360–370-7612.
  • The San Juan Island Gar­den Club’s Sep­tem­ber meet­ing takes place on Tues­day the 6th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Mullis Cen­ter. The club will have a short busi­ness meet­ing to go over the cal­en­dar for the year.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School’s Nathan Posen­jak has been select­ed to the 1B/2B all-state base­ball team for 2022.
  • Boo­Boo and her canine com­pan­ion Bar­ry could use some help with emer­gency vet­eri­nary expens­es.
  • San Juan Coun­ty is updat­ing its Coor­di­nat­ed Pub­lic Tran­sit-Human Ser­vices Trans­porta­tion Plan. If you or some­one you know has dif­fi­cul­ty trav­el­ing with­in the Coun­ty, you’re encour­aged to com­plete the HSTP sur­vey.
  • Here are the week’s spe­cials at Mar­ket Place and Kings.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Evening in the field

Posted August 24, 2022 at 9:02 pm by

All-islands Makers Fair happening on Saturday

Posted August 24, 2022 at 7:37 pm by

The San Juan Mak­ers Guild shares a brief look at this week­end’s event at Pelind­a­ba Laven­der Farm.

Fra­grant fields lined with white tents and col­or­ful ban­ners will invite guests to stroll the Full Bloom Mak­ers Fair, tak­ing place this Sat­ur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pelind­a­ba Laven­der Farm.

Indi­vid­ual and group mak­ers booths will show­case the best of the San Juans. Guests can enjoy a pic­nic lunch, lis­ten to island music, walk the farm, take part in kids activ­i­ties, and expe­ri­ence the height of sum­mer and the amaz­ing cre­ativ­i­ty of mak­ers from all islands. Island-made wine, cider and spir­its are being served for a true taste of the San Juans.

Full Bloom is a col­lab­o­ra­tive event host­ed by the coun­ty-wide San Juan Mak­ers Guild and Pelind­a­ba Laven­der. It’s free to attend thanks to San Juan Coun­ty Lodg­ing Tax Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee funds.

Ten per­cent of the pro­ceeds from the event will ben­e­fit the San Juan Coun­ty Arts Coun­cil. Email Mar­cy at with any questions.

Street striping takes place in town this week

Posted August 24, 2022 at 2:31 pm by

The Town sends along an update about the street strip­ing hap­pen­ing in Fri­day Har­bor this week.

Street strip­ing through­out the town of Fri­day Har­bor is sched­uled for Thurs­day and Fri­day this week. The goal is to com­plete re-strip­ing of major streets, as well as some of the sec­ondary streets.

Motorists should use cau­tion when they encounter road strip­ing oper­a­tions. The con­trac­tor will place orange cones to sig­ni­fy fresh­ly paint­ed areas. Do not dri­ve across the wet paint stripes. Although the man­u­fac­tur­er claims the paint will dry quick­ly under ide­al con­di­tions, your vehi­cle tires will like­ly track the paint if crossed when it is still wet. This track­ing will not only make the fin­ished strip­ing job look slop­py, but the paint may trans­fer onto your vehi­cle if not cleaned off immediately.

If you dri­ve through road paint, go to the car wash and pres­sure rinse the area right away before the paint has a chance to set. This will loosen and remove most of the paint unless it has dried for more than a day. Avoid sol­vents or scour­ing as this will like­ly dam­age the fin­ish of the vehicle.

As always, dri­ve care­ful­ly and thank you in advance for pro­ceed­ing with cau­tion in areas where crews are work­ing in the road­way. Con­tact Town Hall at 360–378-2810 with ques­tions or concerns.

Margaret Longley graduates from paramedic school

Posted August 24, 2022 at 8:38 am by

Nathan Butler, Administrator; Margaret Longley, Paramedic; Weyshawn Koons, Senior Paramedic; T.J. Bishop, Assistant Chief of Operations and Training — Contributed photo

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict shares news about the newest para­medic at San Juan Island EMS.

San Juan Island EMS is proud to announce that Mar­garet Lon­g­ley grad­u­at­ed from para­medic school at Medic One in Seat­tle last month. Margaret’s edu­ca­tion was paid for by a gen­er­ous grant from the Medic One Foun­da­tion, while a month­ly stipend was pro­vid­ed by San Juan EMS to help cov­er liv­ing expenses.

When Mar­garet was offered the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­sue a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in para­med­i­cine from Medic One, it was an easy choice for her, as she takes great pride in car­ing for the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty. Mar­garet says that “train­ing with Medic One in Seat­tle was incred­i­ble. I had unpar­al­leled oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn from expe­ri­enced clin­i­cians in class­rooms and hos­pi­tals and from Seat­tle medics in the field.”

Mar­garet has been a long-time vol­un­teer at San Juan Island EMS, with over six­teen years of ded­i­cat­ed ser­vice as an EMT‑B. Mar­garet has an exten­sive med­ical care back­ground and is a reg­is­tered physician’s asso­ciate with a degree from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty. She has worked in var­i­ous emer­gency depart­ments as a PA in Wash­ing­ton, and not­ed that she is look­ing for­ward to “rejoin­ing the amaz­ing team of pre­hos­pi­tal providers in San Juan Coun­ty and con­tin­u­ing to care for the com­mu­ni­ty” in her new role as a paramedic.

Agency lead­er­ship attend­ed Margaret’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny. Said T. J. Bish­op, Assis­tant Chief of Oper­a­tions and Train­ing, “Mar­garet adds sig­nif­i­cant depth of Advanced Life Sup­port cov­er­age to the cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors to our ser­vice area. We are extreme­ly proud of her and very eager to see her back respond­ing to calls with her new skill set.”

Nathan But­ler, EMS Admin­is­tra­tor, com­ment­ed that “the addi­tion of Mar­garet at a para­medic will make the tran­si­tion to in-sta­tion shifts for para­medics pos­si­ble in 2023. We are great­ly look­ing for­ward to hav­ing her join our team of ded­i­cat­ed health­care workers.”

God bless you

Posted August 23, 2022 at 10:26 pm by

Pigs on the Wing coming to SJCT on Saturday

Posted August 23, 2022 at 7:56 pm by

San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre shares a look at this Sat­ur­day’s concert.

Pink Floyd fans will enjoy the live con­cert per­formed by Pigs on the Wing at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre on Sat­ur­day, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Hail­ing from Port­land, Ore­gon, the band has a wide range of Pink Floyd songs in their arse­nal from pop­u­lar favorites to deep cuts. On this tour, you can expect to hear songs from The Dark Side of the Moon album.

This is Pigs on the Wings’ third time per­form­ing on San Juan Island. “It’s a rare treat to [come to] this beau­ti­ful place and have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to play music in such a unique spot,” says found­ing mem­ber and vocal­ist Jason Baker.

Tick­ets are $35 for adults, $17 for stu­dents, and $5 for stu­dent rush tick­ets. To pur­chase tick­ets call the box office at 360–378-3210 or vis­it the SJCT web­site.

Friday Harbor Port Commission agenda for Aug. 24

Posted August 23, 2022 at 3:50 pm by

The Fri­day Har­bor Port Com­mis­sion will hold a reg­u­lar meet­ing on Wednes­day, Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. Items up for action or dis­cus­sion at Wednes­day’s meet­ing include:

  • Adop­tion of the 2023–2027 Air­port Cap­i­tal Improve­ment Plan — avi­a­tion fuel, new taxi­ways and hangars, hangar rebuilds, ener­gy efficiency
  • Adver­tis­ing a request for pro­pos­als for the Spring Street air­port parcels
  • Boat­yard rates and oper­a­tional considerations
  • Med­ical cov­er­age for bud­get preparation
  • First review of draft Lease Policy
  • 2023 Com­mis­sion­er goals for Direc­tor and Port staff
  • Sched­ule for Direc­tor’s review
  • Request for a let­ter of sup­port from the Arts Com­mit­tee for a sculp­ture on Port property.

You can view the live stream of the meet­ing online via Zoom or attend in per­son at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

The live stream of the meet­ing oper­ates in lis­ten-only mode; com­ments are not accept­ed in real time unless you attend in per­son. To sub­mit a com­ment for pre­sen­ta­tion to the Com­mis­sion, you must send a mes­sage to — with the sub­ject line “Pub­lic com­ment” — at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Notes from the Island — Aug. 23

Posted August 23, 2022 at 8:45 am by

  • Here’s the lat­est infor­ma­tion on the response to the sink­ing of the fish­ing ves­sel Aleut­ian Isle.
  • It’s game night at Medio Cafe (680 Spring St.), start­ing at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite game that you’d like to play. All ages and expe­ri­ence lev­els are wel­come, but kids under the age of 13 need to come with an adult.
  • Alche­my Art Cen­ter presents the Up Up Up Crane Cir­cus Show this Sat­ur­day at 6 p.m. at the Fair­grounds. Accord­ing to Alche­my, “Our stage is a flatbed truck with hand-cranked crane for aer­i­al acts and a 100 year old baby grand piano for live music!” Learn more about the event here.
  • Sal­ish Sea Bal­let still has some open­ings for their fall class­es.
  • Friends of Lime Kiln Soci­ety is host­ing an event this Thurs­day from 6 p.m. to sun­set at Lime Kiln State Park. There will be tours to the top of the light­house, music from Sam Tab­butt and Peter Strass­er, a book read­ing from Boyd Pratt at 7 p.m., and screen print­ing with Alche­my Art Center.
  • In case you missed it, here are Coun­ty Fair pho­tos from day one, day two, day three, and day four.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!


Posted August 22, 2022 at 9:42 pm by