Advance Camping Reservations

Posted December 31, 2021 at 4:38 pm by

San Juan Coun­ty Parks & Fair is soon offer­ing advance camp­ing reser­va­tions for San Juan Coun­ty year-round res­i­dents, for two weeks only! Proof of res­i­den­cy is required.

Ear­ly res­i­dent reser­va­tions will be accept­ed from Jan­u­ary 26 until Feb­ru­ary 9. Email requests (pre­ferred) are accept­ed at 6:00 am on Jan­u­ary 26th via email After 1:00 pm the same day reser­va­tions can be made by phone at 360.378.8420.  Hard copy requests may be placed in a drop box out­side the office.  Res­i­dent reser­va­tions are not avail­able to reserve online. Final dead­line is 4:00 pm on Feb­ru­ary 9th.

Due to the pop­u­lar­i­ty of this pro­gram, dupli­cate date requests may be ran­dom­ly select­ed. Two sites max­i­mum per house­hold, per camp­ing stay, with a max­i­mum of two dif­fer­ent camp­ing stays. Choose from San Juan, Odlin or Shaw Coun­ty Parks or the San Juan Coun­ty Fair­grounds (RVs only).

For locals gath­er­ing with 9 or more peo­ple, please call today to reserve a group camp as ear­ly as Jan­u­ary 7th!  Group camp­ing allows you to gath­er for all activ­i­ties and helps us man­age our Parks for the good of all campers.

To receive a 2022 Res­i­dent Reser­va­tion Camp­site Request form with instruc­tions, please join our email­ing list by send­ing your name and email address to  Be pre­pared to pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion of year-round SJC res­i­den­cy.  Addi­tion­al details avail­able at

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Committed to Continuous Improvement for all Emergency Response

Posted December 31, 2021 at 4:32 pm by

Here’s a let­ter to you from SJI Fire & Rescue…

San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue (SJIF&R) remains com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ous improve­ment in our ser­vice to our islands’ com­mu­ni­ties to ensure pro­fes­sion­al, qual­i­ty, and com­pas­sion­ate emer­gency response and service.

Why does SJIF&R respond to med­ical calls?

  • First: SJIF&R’s guid­ing prin­ci­ple is do what is right for the patient. In emer­gency ser­vices, regard­less of the type of emer­gency, that means safe and time­ly arrival of trained per­son­nel to start life-sav­ing mea­sures. It is the nation­al stan­dard for emer­gency response.
  • Sec­ond: Time is crit­i­cal in an emer­gency. A wild­land or struc­ture fire can dou­ble in size every 30 sec­onds. ¹ Every minute in delay of high-qual­i­ty CPR reduces the patient’s chance of sur­vival by 7–10%. ² In our cold waters, with­out pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, a per­son falling over­board from a boat or off a dock los­es dex­ter­i­ty in 3 min­utes and con­scious­ness with­in 15–30 min­utes. ³ Every minute some­one is hav­ing a stroke, 1.9 mil­lion brain­cells and 14 bil­lion synaps­es are lost. ⁴ That is why SJIF&R is respond­ing on all emer­gency 911 calls that our com­mu­ni­ty faces.

Con­tin­ue Reading

SJIMA Introduces Its New Board Members

Posted December 31, 2021 at 4:38 am by

Join­ing the board of the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA) are Lisa Brooks, Barb Snider and Rob Ray who all share of love of the arts. Join us in wel­com­ing them to our art muse­um board.

Lisa Brooks — Con­tributed photo

Lisa Brooks is a 3rd gen­er­a­tion Seat­tleite who was intro­duced at a young age to Pacif­ic North­west art by her col­lec­tor par­ents, which is where her affin­i­ty began.  She stud­ied inte­ri­or design at Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, and after col­lege she was involved with the Seat­tle Art Muse­um Sup­ports. As a part of this group she was able to view some of the most impor­tant col­lec­tions, both pri­vate and pub­lic. Being a part of this group brought great inspi­ra­tion, which lead Lisa and her late hus­band Greg to cre­ate their own per­son­al col­lec­tion of  NW art. 

Lisa has deep roots on San Juan Island.  Her fam­i­ly has been on San Juan Island for 90 years. She has always had a deep sense of “place” on San Juan, spend­ing end­less sum­mers and fam­i­ly hol­i­days here.  She worked at Roche Har­bor dur­ing her col­lege sum­mers.  Such incred­i­ble and for­ma­tive mem­o­ries over the past years have brought her back to live here full time. Con­tin­ue Reading

Girls Basketball League

Posted December 30, 2021 at 2:17 pm by

It is time to reg­is­ter for Island Rec Girls Bas­ket­ball Leagues, open to all kids in grades 2 through 8. The focus of this league is devel­op­ment and improve­ment of indi­vid­ual and team skills. Pre­vi­ous bas­ket­ball expe­ri­ence is not required.  All games are played on Island, Sun­days in Turn­bull Gym. Girl’s bas­ket­ball prac­tices begin the week of Jan­u­ary 10th, and games are Jan­u­ary 23rd through Feb­ru­ary 13th.

Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health Covid-19 guide­lines will be adhered to.  All par­tic­i­pants, coach­es and spec­ta­tors must wear masks at all times.  Coach­es and Ref­er­ees are need­ed, and must be vac­ci­nat­ed against Covid-19 to participate. 

Reg­is­ter online at or call the Island Rec office at 360–378-4953 for more infor­ma­tion about the league or if you are inter­est­ed in vol­un­teer­ing as a coach, ref­er­ee or scorekeeper.

Water Rationing Order

Posted December 30, 2021 at 2:13 pm by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor has not­ed that water lev­els in the water stor­age tanks in Town are dan­ger­ous­ly low and the Town is there­fore impos­ing an imme­di­ate water rationing order and may lat­er need to ini­ti­ate planned ser­vice out­ages to main­tain ser­vice. We have no indi­ca­tion that there are major leaks in the dis­tri­b­u­tion line to town or from our mains with­in town. It is believed that the major­i­ty of the water loss cur­rent­ly is as a result of bro­ken pipes in homes and busi­ness­es. The Town Water Plant is run­ning at full capac­i­ty and is unable to keep up with the water loss we are experiencing.

If you are able, please check around your home or busi­ness for obvi­ous signs of stand­ing or run­ning water. Please check the crawl spaces under your home if pos­si­ble, to check for bro­ken pipes. Please be alert to con­di­tions around your neigh­bor­hood that may indi­cate sig­nif­i­cant leak­ing. Look for large wet areas where snow should be or for unusu­al­ly large sheets of ice. If you find any indi­ca­tion of sus­pect­ed line breaks or leak­age, please report your find­ing to the Sheriff’s office at (360) 378‑4151 or 911 if an emergency.

The Town hopes that this is a tem­po­rary con­di­tion and that the sources of the prob­lems will reveal them­selves when weath­er warms over the week­end. If you have neigh­bors that are cur­rent­ly away or know of cur­rent­ly vacant build­ings, please keep an eye open for signs of run­ning water exter­nal to the structures.

The fol­low­ing emer­gency pro­ce­dures should be fol­lowed: Con­tin­ue Reading

Goodbye Cafe Demeter

Posted December 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm by

Good­bye Cafe Deme­ter — Mar­i­lyn O’Con­ner photo

Mar­i­lyn O’Con­ner shares this pho­to of Jor­dyn Mag­nu­son (left) and Alex Hayes (right), two of the crew on either side of Pam Stew­art, own­er of Cafe Deme­ter, as they hang the “closed” sign on Christ­mas Eve. 

The bak­ery is clos­ing per­ma­nent­ly.  It has been a beloved com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing place for many years, not just for the excel­lent pas­tries and cof­fee, but also for the warm wel­come pro­vid­ed to locals and vis­i­tors alike.  They will be great­ly missed!

Check for Leaks or Broken Pipes

Posted December 29, 2021 at 3:42 pm by

To Fri­day Har­bor water sys­tem cus­tomers – Town of Fri­day Har­bor is ask­ing any­one who owns or lives in prop­er­ty served by the Town water sys­tem to check for water leaks both inside and outside.

Since the freez­ing tem­per­a­tures arrived the Town has seen an unusu­al draw down of our water tanks chal­leng­ing the abil­i­ty of our treat­ment plant to sup­ply water fast enough to keep up. We believe this is the result of mul­ti­ple leaks at cus­tomer properties.

Please let us know imme­di­ate­ly by call­ing us at 360.378.2154 (after hours call SJ Coun­ty Sheriff’s office at 360.378.4151) if you find one.

Winter Visitor at Dream Lake

Posted December 29, 2021 at 9:34 am by

Win­ter Vis­i­tor at Dream Lake — John Miller photo

“Nei­ther Rain nor snow nor heat nor…” well you know the rest. It seems noth­ing keeps these beau­ti­ful birds from arriv­ing at this chilly time of year. John Miller shares anoth­er of his gor­geous photos.