FHHS Aerospace Team earns Entry into the 2020 International Space Settlement Design Competition

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

Last summer, the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design team brought home a World Championship title from the International Space Settlement Competition held at NASA. This year, the FHHS Aerospace Team (Island Orbital Technologies) has once again earned their way back to the International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals with a top-four design proposal  Continue Reading

SBE Grant Recipients Announced

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

Commerce, EDC announce local recipients of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Governor’s office, in partnership with the EDC, have announced the recipients of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) in San Juan County.  The program was created to provide small grants to businesses  Continue Reading

A Note from Skagit Valley College

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am, by

We’re Online with You! Skagit Valley College announces Summer Quarter will be offered mostly online Yes, Skagit Valley College is open! We’re just doing things a little differently. Our key focus is to meet you where you are right now. We’ve adapted our instruction, services, and resources to meet your needs and support the health  Continue Reading

Plans Being Developed For Oil Spill Response Base In Friday Harbor

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 3:10 pm, by

In a joint effort between the Port of Friday Harbor, the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA), and San Juan County, plans are underway for construction of an oil spill response operations base in Friday Harbor, Washington. The intent of the project is to provide office space, maintenance bays for upkeep of boats and trailers, storage  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor would like to thank the community for their generous donations during the month of April to the Harbor Life Ring program. A total of $14,441 was donated which was then matched with a $5,000 grant from the Town and a second $5,000 from King’s Market. The total amount collected was  Continue Reading

Helping Kids Get Used to Masks -Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

In many places, people are wearing masks when they’re in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. At first, it was mostly doctors, nurses, and others in health care settings who wore masks. But now, as other people wear them, more and more kids are  Continue Reading

Ayudar a los niños a acostumbrarse a las mascarillas

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm, by

-Dr. Mark Fishaut and Dr. Frank James En muchos lugares, la gente está llevando mascarilla en los lugares públicos debido al coronavirus (COVID-19). Es una forma importante de ayudar a reducir la velocidad de propagación del virus. Al principio, quienes llevaban mascarillas eran, sobre todo, los médicos, los enfermeros y otro tipo de personal que  Continue Reading

Build an Asian Hornet Bottle Trap

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 10:22 am, by

As you may have heard, asian hornets (a.k.a: Murder Hornets) have found their way to the United States and have been detected in Washington. They are an invasive species and will decimate honey bee hives. If you would like to help the State of Washington, here is a project you can do on your property  Continue Reading

Release of San Juan County Health Officer Order on Face Coverings

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 12:01 pm, by

Supported by the San Juan County Council, the Board of Health, and the Department of Health and Community Services, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James issued a Health Officer order over the weekend regarding the public use of face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 illness. A Frequently Asked Questions addressing all aspects of the order,  Continue Reading

From ‘Going Dark’ to ‘Lights Up’ Campaign Update

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

Dear SJCT Family, On May 5th, we wrote to inform you of the launch of the From ‘Going Dark’ to ‘Lights Up’ campaign to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on SJCT operations. Following the cancellation of events in March, April, and through the end of the summer, the campaign seeks to raise $193,000 of community support by September 30th.  Continue Reading

An American Red Cross Update for Islanders

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 5:54 am, by

We have all had to adapt to the COVID-19 virus. It has changed how we interact with each other. Here in San Juan County the American Red Cross maintains an active local unit. We want to let our fellow residents know that if any of you face displacement from your home because of a personal  Continue Reading

Delta Dental of Washington to Provide Financial Relief to Policyholders

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Delta Dental of Washington announced today it will be offering four months of financial relief in the form of a 25-percent premium reduction* to its policyholders, totaling $30 million. With dental offices having been closed for all non-emergency procedures, Delta Dental is focused on providing value back to its customers during this unprecedented pandemic. “With  Continue Reading

Election 2020

Posted on May 17, 2020 at 7:40 am, by

By Louise Dustrude Five candidates have filed for county council from District 1 (San Juan) and three from District 2 (Orcas). Filing from San Juan this week were: Sharon Kivisto, Daniel Miller, Christine Minney, Ryan Palmateer, and Steve Wehrly. Incumbent Bill Watson did not file for reelection. On Orcas incumbent Rick Hughes filed for reelection,  Continue Reading

Invitation from the EDC

Posted on May 17, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

EDC invites all residents of San Juan County to a weekly Community Forum The EDC invites interested residents of San Juan County to join in a weekly San Juan Islands Community Forum starting Wednesday, May 20th, from 6-7pm via Zoom video conference. The event will be presented in partnership with San Juan County government and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

Posted on May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College to Remain Online Summer Quarter – Cancels June Commencement Activities

Posted on May 16, 2020 at 7:17 am, by

In support of the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy directive to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Skagit Valley College announces that it will continue to operate online for Summer Quarter. In addition to the decision to remain online through the summer, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Commencement activities  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Six

Posted on May 16, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. This week we have two  Continue Reading

Did You Feel It?

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 9:59 am, by

There was a 3.0 earthquake last night, about 1:15 in the morning, just south east of Roche Harbor. See more info on the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network website.

40 Years Ago on May 18

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm, by

It is one of those events that – if you were alive – you likely remember. Where were you at 8:32 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980? Monday marks 40 years since Mount St. Helens erupted. Fifty-seven people died, and the way we look at the power of nature was altered forever. This week WSDOT  Continue Reading


Posted on May 14, 2020 at 2:43 pm, by

It’s springtime and Kevin Holmes has been out getting some nice shots of wildlife on the island. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Emergency Fund and Grant Updates from SJICF

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm, by

Understanding both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 in our community is critical for making a sustainable plan. For more than 2 months, SJICF has continued to stay vigilant. San Juan County is experiencing a 27% unemployment rate and is expected to reach 30% very soon. This is twice the national and WA state  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Elementary School STEM Team is 2020 First Place National Winner in Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Competition

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 4:12 pm, by

Last week, the national winners of the Exploravision Competition were announced and the first place-winning project was Get Away! Bacteriophage, submitted by Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) students Jodie Wehner, 2nd grade, Ava Youngsman 2nd grade, and Nancy Wehner, 1st grade. Earlier this spring, three FHES STEM teams had received regional and honorable mention recognition  Continue Reading