Retirement Celebration for Judge Stewart Andrew

Posted on December 26, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s an invitation to you from San Juan County District Court… Please join us in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 in the District Courtroom located at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor.

Peace, Love and Warmth

Posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s wishing you Peace, Love and Warmth on this special day.

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January

Posted on December 24, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Need help? Get Monthly Bill Credits with Energy Assist When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be, on average, $9.50 higher. OPALCO is raising rates as a necessary part of providing power to our 20-island archipelago. This increase is driven by the loan expense (capitalization) for the submarine cable replacement (George), inflation  Continue Reading

Holiday Ferry Schedules

Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:19 pm, by

Happy holidays from Washington State Ferries! The Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney route will follow the regular weekday schedule on Tuesday, December 25 and January 1, with the exception of interisland vessel #4, which will operate on the holiday schedule. The interisland Friday Harbor 2:20 pm and Lopez 3:50 PM will not sail; the Friday Harbor 2:15  Continue Reading

Jewett Swearing-in Ceremony

Posted on December 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the newly elected San Juan County District Court Judge, Carolyn Jewett, at 12:00 pm on January 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at noon in the District Court courtroom of the county courthouse, at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor. Jewett will be sworn in  Continue Reading

SJIFRC Says “Thanks!”

Posted on December 22, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Because of the generosity in our community, the Family Resource Center will be able to help even more families and individuals this Christmas We wish to thank the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 163 for making us their beneficiary at the Holiday Extravaganza and Festival of Light held at the Village. It was a beautiful  Continue Reading

Craft n’ Brew

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm, by

Don’t forget- Friday December 21st is our Craft n’ Brew Event from 6:00 to 8:00 pm where kids, families, singles and couples can craft together. Live music with Travis Rambo during the festivities. We are super excited to be raising money for San Juan Island Family Resource Center. We have craft bags available (while they  Continue Reading

Home Trust Does It Again

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Gay Graham… The San Juan Community Home Trust has done it again, and with a special bit of flourish! A few weeks ago, the 11th and 12th houses were barged into Jackson’s Beach and trucked to their permanent lots in the affordable housing project,  Continue Reading

New at the Library

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 9:38 am, by

New Year anticipation, end of the year restlessness, or enforced indoor time? Whatever the reason, there are changes afoot at the San Juan Island Library! A new year, some new colors Brightly awash in blue, yellow and ‘stem’ green, the Children’s area has had a much-needed facelift. These happy, engaging colors are exciting and fun,  Continue Reading

Ferries on Storm Routes

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm, by

This alert just came in from WSF… Wind storm throws wrench in early holiday sailing schedule The ongoing wind storm has already had several impacts on sailing schedules across the region today. And more changes could be on the way. Therefore, passengers will need to plan ahead and potentially alter their travel plans accordingly depending  Continue Reading

FANS Thanks Donors for Its $10,000 End-of-Year Donation to Island Rec

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 11:19 am, by

This December, FANS’ (Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec) generous donors helped the group contribute $10,000 to Island Rec, for a 2018 total of $15,000. These funds bolster Island Rec’s capacity to provide scholarships for programs like swimming lessons and teen adventure camps, and to bring the community activities like Music on the Lawn and  Continue Reading

Christmas Memories Cancelled

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 10:48 am, by

Island Stage Left’s Traditional holiday show has been cancelled this year due to illness. Originally it was cancelled only for Thursday, Dec. 20, but now we’ve learned the entire show is cancelled.

Marjorie Walker Art Exhibit

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

New art installation features Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019. Walker was born in 1906 in  Continue Reading

Sculpting Demonstration at IMA This Week

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss is bringing his bronze sculpting project to Friday Harbor December 17th through 21st so that the public may share in the creation of the Ed Warbass sculpture he is making for the town. The public is invited to watch and interact with the artist in a temporary work space being created  Continue Reading


Posted on December 19, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Bills are Going up in January – 2019 budget includes a 5.2% revenue increase Pending board approval at the December 20th board meeting, OPALCO members will see a rate increase when they open their bills in January. The bills will be on average, $9.50 higher. OPALCO is raising rates as a necessary part of providing  Continue Reading

Holiday Open House

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Cotton Cotton Cotton & Island Studios are having a Holiday Open House  on Friday, December 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Come over to Spring Street for some last minute shopping! We are staying open until 7:00 PM and will have refreshments and snacks! Island Studios will be offering “Draw your Discount” and get 5% –  Continue Reading

Island Rec Tennis

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec –Adult Tennis: Intermediate Skills and Drills Island Rec is offering another session of Intermediate Tennis Skills and Drills for Adults this January and February with Caroline Hansen. Classes will be held on Sundays; January 13th through February 3rd. Adult lessons for ages 16 and up are from 2:00 to 3:30 pm indoors at  Continue Reading

Draft of Fairgrounds Master Plan

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The Fairgrounds Master Plan is currently being developed and the first draft is complete!  It is now available for review online at: (under “Latest News”).  A printed reference copy is also available at the Parks & Fair Administrative Office for in-house review.  The intent of the draft is to give the countywide community an  Continue Reading

Citizens Respond to Call for Food Bank Assistance

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor utility customers have once again shown their holiday spirit by contributing to the Harbor Life Ring program to benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank. The Town distributed a letter in the October utility billing statement informing customers that any donations they made in November would be contributed to the Food Bank.  Continue Reading

Governor’s Electric Ferries Proposal

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

This just in from WSF… Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his “Clean Transportation” (PDF) proposal last week and it includes investments in electric-hybrid state ferries. This announcement gives us a peek into state investments in the 2019-2021 biennium and many of them focus on fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The governor has budgeted $64.3  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Looking for Love? Me: Youngish Tabby Girl. Love Fancy Feast, bird-watching, designer handbags, banana cream pie and books on tape. Adore Hallmark Christmas Movies and a good cuddle on the sofa with someone who shares my opinion that dogs are inferior to cats. You: Discerning individual with exquisite taste in friends, a generous heart and  Continue Reading

Statement from PWWA

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association issued the following statement… Whale watching and responsible no/low-impact ecotourism is critical to education and conservation efforts that we all are engaged in to protect all whales in the Salish Sea. As the Legislature, the Governor’s Task Force, and the public continue working towards ensuring the safety of the Southern  Continue Reading