No School Wednesday

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 7:03 am, by

Wednesday Jan 15:  Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. The high school community dinner and the Community Projects presentations are also cancelled.  Be safe, we will see you on Thursday!  

Little Free Libraries

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

For such a small island community way up in the northwest corner of the country, we have quite a few “Little Free Libraries”, at least 6 that we know of. Louise Dustrude shares this report on them…  Linda Thompson is a retired public librarian, and so her husband Gary’s gift to her for her 70th  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Surviving Winter Storms

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… We islanders enjoy what is normally a mild climate but every once in a while we get blasted with a winter storm. If you’ve lived here for a while you have stories to tell of power outages, frozen pipes,  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary In reviewing the year-end results for 2019, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $299,854,773 which reflects a small decrease in volume of 2.3% as compared to 2018 when the volume was $306,903,509. The County  Continue Reading

Cancelled Event

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm, by

Cancelled Event: Lynda Mapes -Mother Orca Tahlequah Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm at the Grange Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule so please check the website for updates.

Late Start for Islanders Bank

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:34 pm, by

Due to inclement weather, Islanders Bank branches will open at 10:00 am on January 15th.  Night Drop is available for deposits.  ATM is available for withdrawals. Stay safe and thank you for understanding.

Tempestry Project in the San Juans and at SJIMA

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Valarie Keaton, President of the San Juan County Textile Guild says of the Tempestry Project, “Our exhibit reflects 100 years (every 4th year from 1918 to 2018) of climate data from the Olga weather station on Orcas Island.” The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) has recently featured major exhibitions addressing such topics as  Continue Reading

Snowy Pig

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Chuck Dalldorf shares this photo of the Brickworks Piggy Bank all covered in snow.

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

Letters

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