Continuity and Emergency Planning

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County DEM is hosting a one day no-cost training on continuity and emergency planning for small businesses. When disasters strike, small and medium sized businesses often endure the worst of the impacts. In the islands, our geographic isolation and economic reliance on a few key industries make the challenge even greater. This no-cost  Continue Reading

Snow Routes!

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm, by

UPDATE: For Wednesday, January 15, 2020: School will again be on a two hour delayed start due to road conditions Buses will be on “Snow Routes” Please check back in the morning for updates. Updates will be posted on the school district website by 6:30 AM.

Delayed Start for School Today

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:38 am, by

San Juan Island School District is 2 Hours Late, with morning buses on snow routes. Headstart is also 2 hours late.

Embody Love Movement Workshop

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Former islander and FHHS graduate Zoe Louise Kromer will be offering an eye opening and transformational workshop for all people regardless of gender identity, ages 18+. This workshop will invite participants on a journey toward radical body positivity, self-acceptance and uncovering true potential. “We are aiming to set new intentions about how we feel, think,  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month for January is: Vic’s Drive-In Vic’s Drive-In is a classic drive-in restaurant. Founded in 1958 Vic’s enters its 62nd year as the longest operating restaurant in Friday Harbor. Offering a familiar yet often creative menu of quick serve food – Vic’s takes pride  Continue Reading

Winter Storm Coming

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

This just in from OPALCO… Are you ready for the winter storm blowing in? We are looking at some some serious cold coming our way this week. Please be prepared and look out for your neighbors! Make sure you have your phone charged up, fill up your gas tank in your car, and if you  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Did you hear that it’s going to snow? Me too! And do you know the number one best thing in the whole wide world to do when it snows? Go sledding with a long-legged black dog of course! Just think about it – throw a red scarf round my neck and you’ve got next Christmas’  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Our caller this month is Amy Wimmer from Seattle. Amy and her husband Tom run the weekly dance at the Phinney Ridge Community Center, and Amy is a master at providing folks with a good time! The band this month is our own Spuds, who you’ve seen playing at the farmers market and other local  Continue Reading

Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

Posted on January 12, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s some good news – check out the video above and this accompanying story from Good News Network…

Mt. Grant Driving Access Closed this Sunday

Posted on January 11, 2020 at 2:32 pm, by

Diane Martindale – Champion for the Arts

Posted on January 11, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Diane has volunteered in the arts for more than a decade. She is the board president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). She has served as co-president and worked on fundraising and writing grants for the organization. Diane serves on the exhibition committee where she works on the team which creates the  Continue Reading


Posted on January 11, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Dwight Ware of Community Treasures… Greetings CT supporters, For all of you CT supporters who were unable to attend our “Crossroads” meeting at the Grange on December 19th, here is a summary of the issues at hand and the goals of that meeting.  Continue Reading

Economy, Environment and Health Benefit from Trails, Two New Studies Show

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

This just in from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office… Executive Summary OLYMPIA–Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to the state’s economy, according to companion studies released today by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Done in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, and the University of Washington, the studies look at  Continue Reading

Bringing Color to Life

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

EnChroma Colorblind Glasses to be available for loan in January 2020 at the San Juan Island Library In addition to patrons being able to borrow their favorite books, DVDs and magazines, the Library is pleased to announce that colorblind corrective glasses will soon be available to borrow. The glasses can fit over prescription glasses so  Continue Reading


Posted on January 10, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag this morning. Here’s a letter from Travis and Jennifer Ayers… Dear Editor, We encourage all eligible voters to join us and vote YES for our children, schools, and community in the upcoming election on February 11th. The renewal of the Capital and Technology Levy will help ensure that our  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm, by

We all know of “20-20 hindsight”, but what about 2020 foresight? In many ways we are in a far more precarious state, and highly susceptible to disruption out here on the islands, than our comfortable lives portray. Dependable and affordable electricity, disproportional importation of food stuffs and a lack of capacity for local recycling and  Continue Reading

San Juan EDC Wraps up 2019 Trades Courses

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 12:49 am, by

After the success of the San Juan County Economic Development Council’s previous trades training courses and a tremendous need in our community for trained building tradespeople, they worked to create a large-scale, in-depth building program that would offer training to new and underemployed workers.  The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) was grateful to  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Native Plant Workshop

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 12:47 am, by

An introduction to the benefits of natives and a review of plants available for order in the Native Plant Sale. Presented by Jane Wentworth, botanist, native plant enthusiast and Master Gardener Saturday, January 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor Order plants at the Workshop and online at  Continue Reading

New LEGO Club at the Library

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 12:45 am, by

Do you know an elementary school child who loves building with LEGOS? We do! The San Juan Island Library and San Juan Island 4-H are happy to announce a special LEGO Club this winter for children in grades K-5th. The LEGO Club will meet weekly in the Library meeting room afterschool on Thursdays for six  Continue Reading

San Juan EDC Knowledge Worker Network initiative 2019 wrap-up

Posted on January 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is proud to announce the successful launch of the Knowledge Worker Network initiative started in 2019.  Last year, the EDC worked to build out a new program to support San Juan County residents who work primarily with information – “knowledge workers” – by providing them a network  Continue Reading

Advance Camping Reservations for Year-Round Residents

Posted on January 7, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan County Parks Camping Reservation Information for Year-Round Residents San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates in 2020.  Continue Reading

Census Jobs

Posted on January 7, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

The U.S. Census Bureau is kicking off peak hiring efforts for the 2020 Census. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available at Skagit Valley College – San Juan Center 221 Weber Way Friday Harbor, WA on Tuesday, Jan 14th from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Get information on how to become a Census  Continue Reading