Mauritius opens at San Juan Community Theatre on Sept. 30

Posted September 20, 2022 at 7:47 pm by

SJCT sends along news about the first per­for­mance of its 2022–23 season.

San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre begins its 2022–23 Sea­son with Mau­ri­tius, writ­ten by There­sa Rebeck. The play cen­ters around two estranged sis­ters who inher­it a valu­able stamp col­lec­tion, and their con­flict­ing ideas of what to do with it.

Direc­tor Nathan Kessler-Jef­frey was inspired to take on the play because the sto­ry is “…intense, scary, and dra­mat­ic. The pac­ing is phe­nom­e­nal; the con­flict between the char­ac­ters is present in every sin­gle moment of the play. This is one of [There­sa Rebeck’s] best shows.”

Open­ing night is Thurs­day, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and the shows run through Sun­day, Oct. 16.

Tick­ets are $24 for adults, $13 for stu­dents, and $5 for stu­dent rush tick­ets. Thurs­days are pay what you can admis­sion at the door —  includ­ing open­ing night. To pur­chase tick­ets, call the box office at 360–378-3210 or vis­it the SJCT web­site.

Island Jobs: Coldwell Banker seeks a Receptionist/Front Desk Manager

Posted September 20, 2022 at 10:13 am by

Cold­well Banker San Juan Islands is look­ing for a year-round full-time Receptionist/Front Desk Man­ag­er. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Notes from the Island — Sept. 20

Posted September 20, 2022 at 8:45 am by

  • The saga of the sunken Aleut­ian Isle fish­ing ves­sel con­tin­ues. After being raised to the sur­face over the week­end and hav­ing near­ly 800 gal­lons of con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed water removed, recov­ery crews deter­mined that inac­ces­si­ble pock­ets of water still on board the ves­sel made it too heavy to lift onto a recov­ery barge. Crews addi­tion­al­ly dis­cov­ered that the cur­rent place­ment of the rig­ging places excess stress on the ves­sel’s struc­ture, which could cause it to break apart when raised. Yes­ter­day the ves­sel and recov­ery crane were moved to shal­low­er water in Mitchell Bay, where it will be pos­si­ble for crews to de-fuel, de-water, and re-rig the ves­sel, and sur­round the entire oper­a­tion with booms to pre­vent con­t­a­m­i­nants from escap­ing the area.
  • The Nation­al Trans­porta­tion Safe­ty Board has released a pre­lim­i­nary report about the Labor Day week­end crash of a float­plane that had depart­ed from Fri­day Har­bor. Recov­ery efforts for the plane are expect­ed to begin next week.
  • The third annu­al scare­crow con­test takes place this Octo­ber. The Cham­ber of Com­merce will be accept­ing reg­is­tra­tions from Oct. 8–15, and then the scare­crows will be on dis­play around town for com­mu­ni­ty judg­ing from Oct. 20–28. Email to learn more about reg­is­tra­tion. The con­test is also spon­sored by the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.
  • Saltaire Vine­yard is host­ing an open house this week­end — Fri­day through Sun­day — from noon to 6 p.m. each day. There will be vine­yard tours, wine tast­ing, and bot­tle sales. You can bring a pic­nic with you if you’d like. Saltaire is locat­ed at 3166 Pear Point Rd.
  • The Land Bank’s San Juan Island stew­ard­ship staff invite the pub­lic to a tour of the upcom­ing eco-restora­tion of Gar­ry oak habi­tat on the west side of Mount Grant Pre­serve. The event takes place on Fri­day, Sept. 30 from 2–4:30 p.m. and advance reg­is­tra­tion is required.
  • Thanks to our adver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the San Juan Update — includ­ing Simon­son & Zam­brovitz.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Fifth birthday

Posted September 19, 2022 at 9:58 pm by

Letter to the Editor: Recommending Sheriff Ron Krebs

Posted September 19, 2022 at 7:53 pm by

We moved to Fri­day Har­bor in 2017 and met Ron over cof­fee and street chats short­ly there­after. Through our con­ver­sa­tions we have got­ten to know Ron and have come to appre­ci­ate his pro­fes­sion­al com­pe­tence and as impor­tant­ly his love of com­mu­ni­ty and his gen­uine con­cern for peo­ple. Addi­tion­al­ly, we sense a fair­ness in lis­ten­ing and embrac­ing “the rest of the sto­ry” mind­set as law enforce­ment requires dis­cern­ing judge­ment. We have per­son­al­ly seen him on his days off reach out to oth­ers in need and lend a help­ing hand. We can’t imag­ine a more suit­able Sher­iff for our islands than Ron Krebs.

Jer­ry and Deb­bie Mercer
San Juan Island

SHIBA offering introduction to Medicare tomorrow

Posted September 19, 2022 at 3:25 pm by

Local vol­un­teers for the Statewide Health Insur­ance Ben­e­fits Advi­sors pro­gram share news about their upcom­ing infor­ma­tion­al session.

If you turn 65 this year, you need to get ready to enroll in Medicare. Depend­ing on your cir­cum­stances Social Secu­ri­ty may enroll you auto­mat­i­cal­ly. Oth­er­wise you will have to sub­mit an appli­ca­tion to get Medicare cov­er­age. Our pre­sen­ta­tion will help you under­stand whether you need to sub­mit an application.

Peo­ple enrolled in Medicare have deci­sions to make about how they will be cov­ered. To make an informed deci­sion you will need to under­stand a lot of new infor­ma­tion. Medicare has its own vocab­u­lary and rules. There are dead­lines you need to meet and penal­ties — some last­ing a life­time — for not doing things at the right time. SHIBA’s online pre­sen­ta­tion will explain all of these terms and rules.

You will have to choose among sev­er­al ways to receive your cov­er­age. Medicare cov­ers most health issues, but not every­thing. There are also fed­er­al and state pro­grams avail­able to help peo­ple with very low incomes and lim­it­ed assets pay their Medicare pre­mi­um and reduce their drug costs, and in some cas­es their Medicare copays and deductibles. Our pre­sen­ta­tion will give you the tools you need to make your decisions.

Join SHIBA vol­un­teers tomor­row, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. To reg­is­ter, email or call 360–376-5892. You’ll need to pro­vide your first name, last name, and email address.

SHIBA is over­seen by the state’s Office of the Insur­ance Com­mis­sion­er to pro­vide free, unbi­ased, con­fi­den­tial coun­sel­ing in San Juan Coun­ty. The orga­ni­za­tion is spon­sored local­ly by the Inter Island Health­care Foun­da­tion.

Moxie and Tilly are the Animal Protection Society’s pets of the week

Posted September 19, 2022 at 11:26 am by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares a look at the adopt­able ani­mals of the week — two younger chi­huahuas who came to San Juan Island by way of Bak­ers­field, California.

We’re Mox­ie and Tilly and we’ve been besties ever since meet­ing a few years ago in a cof­fee shop we both fre­quent­ed. We formed a fast friend­ship and bond­ed over our shared appre­ci­a­tion for a good cud­dle — us chi­huahuas are known for it after all! Soon we were spend­ing all our cof­fee shop hours togeth­er as we teamed up to cre­ate and launch our YouTube series and blog, Cud­dle Cul­ture, the suc­cess of which has led us to be the well­ness influ­encers that we are today. We aim to edu­cate all to the ther­a­peu­tic and health ben­e­fits to cud­dling. We also dis­cuss the cul­ture, recent sci­ence, cur­rent trends, and how-to’s of a good cuddle.

Although we don’t plan on slow­ing down on social media, we are at a point in our lives where we’re ready to find our for­ev­er fam­i­ly. As besties and busi­ness part­ners, we are deter­mined to find a fam­i­ly that will take us both. Although we love cud­dling we require gen­tle­ness and for this rea­son are hop­ing for a kid-free home.

Learn more about Mox­ie and Tilly here.

Island Jobs: The Town of Friday Harbor is hiring two Utility Workers

Posted September 19, 2022 at 9:00 am by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor is look­ing for two full-time Util­i­ty Work­ers for its Water and Waste­water depart­ments. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.