Town of Friday Harbor Seeks Historical Board Member, Stories

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

Contributed Photo/San Juan Historical Museum. Fishing boats in Friday Harbor. From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for a new board member to preserve history, as well as organizations to share local historical stories. Board The Town of Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Review Board is looking for a new  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson Gives The 411 on Septic Systems

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

By Merri Ann Simonson, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc As real estate agents, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable discussing with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real  Continue Reading

SeaDoc Society Releases Podcast On Orcas

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Southern resident killer whales are looking directly at extinction if things don’t change. They are emotionally intelligent animals with complex family dynamics and a deep spiritual connection to the tribes and first nations who’ve been in the Salish Sea since time immemorial. In this limited podcast series called Pod of Orcas: A  Continue Reading

Demand Lowers For COVID Vaccines In San Juans As State Increases Eligibility

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

From San Juan County In a welcome sign of progress, the vaccine registration window on Monday, March 22, had slots available for almost five hours after opening. While the outreach to those who are eligible but not yet vaccinated continues, this decreased demand indicates the appropriateness of expanding eligibility further. As per a recent decision  Continue Reading

Locals’ Exhibit Runs Through May 31 At San Juan Islands Museum Of Art

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

From San Juan Islands Museum of Art Put a spring in your step by visiting the expansive exhibit of artists in Friday Harbor. This all-island Artists’ Registry Show gets better and better each year. At the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, you can stroll the spacious galleries and visit your favorite art forms in  Continue Reading

Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska

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

“Freezer-Burned: Tales of Interior Alaska” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi. Mail Will Be Delivered, Part II   On a September day in the 1930s, mail carrier Eddie Hindermann steered his longboat away from Chris “Phonograph” Nelson, who was talking to himself onshore starting into the tall spruce  Continue Reading

First Annual Daffodil Frolic At San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

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

From San Juan Islands Sculpture Park Join the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park’s first-ever Daffodil Frolic, a spring celebration of thousands of Daffodils and Irises. (Sorry, the deer ate the tulips.)While you are at the park, enjoy our 150 sculptures, nine new sheep, “Soundhenge,” new Westcott Bay trails, “Whimsy Woods,” three orca fins, “Starfish” for  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Holds Community Conversations

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

From San Juan County Land Bank Got questions for your conservation land bank? We want to hear from you! Join us on Zoom for San Juan County Land Bank’s Community Conversation series. We will host public meetings from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, April 7 and April 14. Register at Each meeting date will  Continue Reading

Animal Protection Society Presents Pet Of The Week

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

From the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor Age: 7 months Sex: Female Breed: Lab mix Application: Sweet salutations, Berenjenna! Jenna made the big journey all the way from Mexico to us, to find her forever home here in the Pacific Northwest. This little lover has already been through a lot in life, but  Continue Reading

San Juan Fire And Rescue Stops Apartment Kitchen Fire

Posted on March 22, 2021 at 7:42 am, by

From San Juan Fire and Rescue On Saturday, March 20, quick action by children, neighbors and San Juan Island Fire and Rescue prevented a small kitchen appliance fire from spreading or causing any injuries. While children were playing outside of a multi-family residence, they were interrupted by a loud fire alarm from one of the  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Spearheads Community Mural At San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

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

From Alchemy Art Center Many may remember Alchemy Art Center’s community Salmon Mural Project, which first started in the beginning phases of the pandemic early last year. Now, we are partnering with the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park to create another salmon, on-site, for permanent installation. Every Sunday from June 20 to Sept. 19, visitors  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Soroptimists Donate $5K So Locals Can Buy Fresh Produce

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

From Friday Harbor Soroptimists Friday Harbor Soroptimists have donated $5,000 to the Fresh Bucks Program managed on behalf of Nourish to Flourish by the Joyce Sobel Family Resource Center. The program provides matches for family spending on fruits and vegetables to increase the amount of fresh produce in their diets. The Farmers Market and San  Continue Reading

Ferry Workers Eligible For Vaccine, WSF Reminds Travelers To Limit Trips

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

From Washington State Ferries Please continue to limit ferry travel to essential trips. Despite increasing COVID-19 vaccinations and lower case numbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends we delay travel if possible. That’s why we continue to ask the public to limit rides on our ferries to essential purposes only. If you  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day Throughout April In San Juans

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

From the Stewardship Network of the San Juans “Here we all are, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world.” – Samuel L. Jackson. We might not have a vibranium shield, a fancy metal suit designed by Tony Stark, or a hammer only we can lift, but we can still be  Continue Reading

San Juan County Jury Selections, Trials Resume

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

From San Juan County The San Juan County Superior Court and District Court are once again resuming jury trials, after postponing trials in November of 2020 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Thanks to transmission rates falling regionally and statewide, and technological and physical updates to the courtrooms to improve safety measures, both courts  Continue Reading

Letter: High School Booster Club Says Vote Yes For Island Rec Levy

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

From the Purple and Gold Booster Club The Purple and Gold Booster Club fully endorses the Island Rec levy renewal. We support Friday Harbor High School by running concessions at the games and collecting tickets for events. We fill in some of the gaps that are not covered by the Island Rec levy such as  Continue Reading

Join Island Rec’s Kids Hiking Club, Teen Open Gym

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

From Island Rec Hiking Club Third-fifth graders can join this club and explore some trails from 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays. Parents must drop-off and pick up at each trailhead. Sign up for one or all. Dates and Locations: March 24: Mount Finlayson March 31: Lime Kiln State Park April 7: English Camp and Young Hill April  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth To Receive 50 First-Dose COVID Vaccines This Week

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

From PeaceHealth On March 17, the Washington State Department of Health expanded vaccination to people in the Phase 1B Tier 2 eligibility category. This category includes high-risk critical workers who work in certain congregate settings: agriculture; fishing vessel crews; food processing; grocery stores; corrections; prisons, jails or detention centers; public transit; remaining first responders, and  Continue Reading

Letter: Island Rec’s Value Exceeds Tax Contribution

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

By Gib and Jen Black, San Juan Island Please join us in supporting Island Rec by voting in favor of renewing its levy. Our family, like many here on San Juan Island, receive a value from Island Rec that far exceeds what we contribute in taxes. We benefit from daily walks at the Gravel Pit  Continue Reading

San Juan County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Opens Monday

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 9:54 pm, by

From San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services will be opening registration for first dose vaccine appointments on at 9 a.m., Monday, March 22. These clinics will be on Orcas and San Juan Island. Those who are eligible and wish to register for an appointment should go to at 9 a.m.,  Continue Reading

No New COVID-19 Cases In San Juan Islands For Fourth Consecutive Week

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 9:45 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, March 12, total cases in San Juan County have remained steady at 129. There are zero close contacts of a positive case currently in active quarantine. Orcas Island There are no new cases on Orcas Island since the last update and no confirmed positive cases under  Continue Reading

EDC Breaks Down Business Grant Opening, Unemployment Benefits Extension

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

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council The Working Washington 4 Portal opens March 29. Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. To learn eligibility requirements, visit To register, visit Unemployment benefits have  Continue Reading