What the Gull? News from Wolf Hollow

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 8:31 am, by

You can see thousands of gulls on the shore or in the water around the San Juans right now. It would be easy to dismiss them as “just a bunch of seagulls”, but next time you see a flock of gulls, take a closer look. Are there different sizes of gulls? Do they have different  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 8:26 am, by

Enjoyment Guaranteed at Art For Fun at SJIMA Art for Fun is a great way to celebrate a birthday, share a date night, create team building,  just enjoy a night out on your own or try your hand at making art. The two-hour, fun-filled art party takes place in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere.   Budding artists follow  Continue Reading

Thank You for Supporting the 2021 Virtual Fair!

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:47 am, by

Please accept our sincere appreciation for all County residents who participated in and enjoyed the 2021 Virtual Fair. Your Willingness, Flexibility and Creativity during these unique times is why the San Juan County Fair was a success! We are especially grateful to all our Superintendents and Volunteers who dedicated much time & energy in order  Continue Reading

The Salish Seeds Project 2021 Fall Native Wildflower Sale

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:29 am, by

The Salish Seeds Project’s popular, twice-annual wildflower sale is happening soon. Reserve plants online September 10 – 17, and pick them up on Saturday, October 2 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands. All plants are produced locally by the Salish Seeds Project, a joint program of the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

Garden Club First Meeting of the Year

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

San Juan Island Garden Club Meeting – September 7, 2021 at 1:00 We are excited to see you at the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 7 at 1:00. We will have the meeting outdoors at the Historical Society. No refreshments will be served but please feel free to bring your own beverage  Continue Reading

Masked Musicians

Posted on August 28, 2021 at 11:35 am, by

John Miller shares this photo of Masked Musicians he caught at Brickworks. Thanks for sharing John!

Research Vessel visiting in Friday Harbor Labs in September

Posted on August 28, 2021 at 9:19 am, by

In late August, the SRV SAM, a 48’ aluminum ketch, set sail from the Haida Gwaii Islands in British Columbia to the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) – the latest leg of its 8,000 nm voyage across the North Pacific for the Ocean Genome Atlas Project (OGAP). The vessel will be moored at  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 4:31 pm, by

Important Note: A total of 17 previous cases have been removed from the list of confirmed cases in San Juan County. These are cases that occurred after June 1, 2021 and were first identified by a positive over-the-counter COVID test result, but were not confirmed in a subsequent PCR lab test. This adjustment brings San  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory of Connor

Posted on August 27, 2021 at 5:57 am, by

All the animals that come through our shelter doors are cherished and loved.  We honor and remember every pet that we have touched – doing our best to give them happy endings to the unfortunate circumstances that brought them into the system.  Occasionally, there are pets who manage to beat all the odds stacked against  Continue Reading

Killer Whale “Peanut Head”

Posted on August 26, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

The Center for Whale Research shares this story… What is it, when does it happen, and what are the causes? Several weeks ago, K21, the oldest male killer whale (orca) in the Southern Resident community, was photographed and videoed in a state of severe emaciation, showing an extreme version of what killer whale researchers sometimes  Continue Reading

“Global shortage of experienced mariners”

Posted on August 26, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

This story comes from Washington State Ferries and it may help shed some light on all the ferry sailing cancellations due to “Shortage of Coast Guard documented crew”… We’re not the only marine transportation system dealing with a lack of crewmembers. Following BC Ferries’ cancellation of a couple sailings last week due to a staffing  Continue Reading

Appraisal Day Canceled

Posted on August 25, 2021 at 10:20 am, by

SJIMA needs to cancel the Appraisal Day and Silent Auction scheduled for this Saturday, August 28 until the COVID virus has receded. This event has been anticipated by the SJIMA team for two years and we are severely disappointed to have to postpone it again. Appraisal Day, when rescheduled will be fun for all and  Continue Reading

Boaters Play Critical Role in Protecting Endangered Whales

Posted on August 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA. – Labor Day weekend is approaching, the last hurrah for many summer boaters before buckling down for the fall. As scores of vessels take to local waterways over the holiday, it’s an important time to stay vigilant and keep safe on the water. San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship calls on  Continue Reading

San Juan Singers Winter 2021 Concert General Meeting

Posted on August 24, 2021 at 3:54 pm, by

San Juan Singers, directed by Angel Michaels, is a community chorus open to all San Juan Island residents aged 14-100+. A general meeting for all members, returning and prospective, is scheduled for September 1, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm at the Brickworks building. At this meeting you will schedule an audition or voice check, learn about the rehearsal protocols  Continue Reading


Posted on August 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have a Heads Up from Barnaby Zall about the RHNA Annual Picnic… After careful consideration, on Saturday, August 21, the Board of Directors of the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to cancel its 2021 Labor Day Isthmus Potluck Picnic, originally scheduled for Sept. 4.   RHNA is a  Continue Reading

Free COVID vaccine clinics this week

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 9:21 am, by

  Sign-ups are looking good, but there are still spaces available. Walk-ups also welcome. For anyone waiting for full FDA approval of the vaccine before receiving their shot, that approval has now been granted for the Pfizer vaccine being administered this week. Thanks to everyone who is signed up- we really appreciate the renewed interest.  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival Changes to a Livestream and On-Demand Event

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA Due to safety concerns, Friday Harbor Film Festival will present a scheduled livestream festival in mid-October, showing a program of feature documentaries and short films over 11 days, October 14 – 24 at FHFF.ORG.  The festival will be divided into two sections: Livestream Festival will open with a special free live  Continue Reading

Artist Celebrates San Juan Island Beaches with “The Jeweled Shore” Exhibition at Friday Harbor Atelier

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Artist Shannon Borg – with guest artists Julia Wayne and Wendy Smith – presents an art installation of paintings, fiber art, jewelry and more, with an outdoor reception on Friday, August 27, 4:00 – 7:00pm  “Our island beaches are powerful, mysterious, and beautiful places, where we go to reflect, celebrate, and heal,” says  Shannon.   Continue Reading

San Juan County Charter Amendment Discussion

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

Did you know that out of 39 counties in the state of Washington, only 7 have a Home Rule Charter including San Juan County? The County Charter is like our constitution and specifies how our county conducts its business. Every 10 years our county reviews our charter and suggests amendments. These amendments are put to  Continue Reading

School Board Meeting

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 5:29 am, by

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular (open) School Board Meeting at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meeting with an option for in-person attendance.   All in-person attendees must register before 4:00 pm on Tuesday August 24 to provide contact tracing information. Social distancing and the use of face masks will be expected. Non-compliance  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Posted on August 22, 2021 at 8:46 pm, by

Weekly Case Update – Friday, Aug 20, 2021 Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data Dashboard. Since the last update on Friday August 8th, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 237 to 264. Of these twenty-seven new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least seven appear  Continue Reading

“Sarah Tops” comes to the Sculpture Park

Posted on August 20, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

Please join us at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park to see “Sarah Tops”, a juvenile triceratops, made of drift wood by Joe Treat, as well as new sculptures by Roger Small, Keith Keyser and James Burgess. The poppies are blooming, the weather is fine and the Sculpture Park is a safe outdoor adventure for  Continue Reading