Baby foxes on the loose…

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm, by

I love the pictures that Monika Wieland takes…she caught these two baby foxes nuzzling each other, and a bunch more – check her blog at http://orcawatcher.blogspot.com/.

Sam's Dog Massage – now in business!

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:06 am, by

I just got this note from my friend Becky Shanks, who is pretty proud of our friend Sam Banry (that’s him in the picture with Lola Michelin and she is the Director of Education of the North West School of Animal Massage, receiving his diploma) – here’s more: Sam Banry has just completed a 6  Continue Reading

Sam’s Dog Massage – now in business!

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:06 am, by

I just got this note from my friend Becky Shanks, who is pretty proud of our friend Sam Banry (that’s him in the picture with Lola Michelin and she is the Director of Education of the North West School of Animal Massage, receiving his diploma) – here’s more: Sam Banry has just completed a 6  Continue Reading

Orcas attack a seal…

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

They’re not called killer whales for nothing…here’s a note from Doug Bison with an amazing video: Hi, Ian, I thought your viewers might enjoy this fascinating video. Have a great weekend! Doug http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3xmqbNsRSk

Book…about us?

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

“The Laws of Harmony” is set on San Miguel Island in the northwestern US ….that sounds like us. Here’s a review for the book…see what you think!

Boating from Roche to Nanaimo? Read this first…

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Ever since I went to the Commodore’s Ball (here are the pictures) & found out there are a LOT of boaters (and captains & crew) on the island, I figured you’d like to hear from other sailors…. Ken charts the way, with detail & video & insights – read his blog here.

Book signing this weekend…

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Ruth at waterworks gallery has a book signing to open a show by Catherine Eaton Skinner which runs from May 2 – May 24..she’ll be signing her book, “Unleashed”…here’s more from Ruth: Published in conjunction with the University of Washington Press and Woodland Park Zoo, this book portrays the animals that dwell in the wildness  Continue Reading

Quote

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm, by

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. Ursula K. Le Guin

Quote

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm, by

Make the world a better place because you have lived in it. Edgar Cayce

Patsy Cline…here

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm, by

It opens tomorrow – here’s more from Jan at the Communty Theatre: Directed by SJCT’s Merritt Olsen, Always…Patsy Cline (written by Ted Swindley), brings the music of the country/pop music icon to life on the Whittier stage.  Based on the true story of Patsy Cline (Kate Schuman)’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger (played by  Continue Reading

Sports Fundraiser…the BBQ this weekend

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm, by

I asked FHHS’s Purple & Gold why folks should come to this weekend’s fundraiser (here’s more on the San Juan Calendar), which hopes to raise $45K to keep sports happening until the November 7th vote reinstates the programs…Elisa Howard says it’s going to be a good time: It is our goal to raise $45,000 at  Continue Reading

What separates a blogger from a journalist?

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm, by

People often ask me what the Update is – blog? Online newspaper? Daily rant? What? Beats me… as I see it, it’s mostly a chance to share what’s cool about living here on the island. If you’re interested in the greater question, you might read this article from Web Pro News which explores the notion  Continue Reading

New breed of unisex seal, discovered…

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 7:25 am, by

On Sunday, walking down on the docks, Josie & I saw some tourists watching Popeye the resident harbor seal, as she was splashing people & stuff… one of ’em said, “That’s Popeye, he’s a harp seal.” Oh. Josie shot this photo of Popeye keeping an eye on folks….

Meanwhile, down in the harbor…

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 7:13 am, by

I dropped by San Juan Island Marine Center (located where the old dive shop was, under Downriggers), to see what Mike & Jan Close were up to, only to find them out on the water in the marina (with the dog and their kid) pedaling around in boats they rent. I asked Mike what else  Continue Reading

Transients in the neighborhood…

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm, by

Jim Maya headed out towards Victoria to capture this photo of transient killer whales.

Sign up to learn to swim….

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm, by

Hey, ya live on an island…ya gotta learn to swim! Here’s more from Amy Wynn, who is the main reason a lot of kids on this rock can keep themselves above water: San Juan Island Fitness is now taking registrations for May and June swim lesson sessions.  Classes are twice a week for three weeks  Continue Reading

Quote

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm, by

“It takes 15 million barrels of oil per year to make all of the plastic water bottles in America, according to the Container Recycling Institute. Sending those bottles by air and truck uses even more fossil fuel. Meanwhile, it takes 1,000 years for plastic bottles to break down.” From “Bottle Backlash” by Asbury Park Press 

The prom was great….

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm, by

Nothing but good… FHHS principal Fred Woods told me late Saturday night that this year’s prom was a delightful, mellow affair with as many as 150 kids coming for a good time. You probably saw the kids out on the town (like Cody Price and Megan Cuomo, who had dinner at Vinny’s) all dressed up  Continue Reading

Here he is….Mr. San Juan!

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm, by

I checked in about how the Mr. San Juan contest at the Roche Harbor Pavillion went, and there are four things to report: John Sable (photo, at Rocky Bay Sunday, with the sceptre you get for being king) won the coveted title; the fundrasier made some $8600 for the Friday Harbor PTA (which means: for  Continue Reading

Flowers get delivered in time…

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm, by

You thought YOU had a busy Saturday… Julie & Lisa at San Juan Florist were up till midnight the night before, getting corsages & lapel flowers (how DO you spell boot-en-neer, anyway?) ready for the annual Fridy Harbor High prom on Saturday night. I love the little touches they put in each arrangement… and they  Continue Reading

Sports update….

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm, by

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day to get out & see our kids at work – besides the kids’ baseball & teeball games at the elementary school, four varsity sports were on-island – tennis, soccer, baseball, and softball. The softball girls put together two ten-run shortened games as they blew past the Darrington Loggers 10-0  Continue Reading

Dragons pull off last minute win, 9-8, pick off Lynnwood

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm, by

Saturday’s lacrosse game had a fourth quarter worth waiting for, as the San Juan Dragons allowed three goals to lose a one-point lead, only to score three of their own for the one-point win. It was an insprired comeback, the kind that champions pull off. Way to go! (That’s Forrest Dayton at right.) Click here  Continue Reading

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