Judge Rules Court Room Video Will Be Released Either In Part Or Whole


ig_DC_CameraZoom-001a (82k image)

Judge Eaton ruled on Tuesday that one way or another, the security camera video recording of the proceedings of the jury trial on January 31 will not be made available to the public, although it may or may not have some redactions if found to be required to protect (future security concerns , as argued by both San Juan County prosecutor Randy Gaylord and Sheriff Ron Krebs.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Electronic Recycle Tue SJI


At open lot next to Mullis Fire Station. Recycle Desktops; Laptops; Tablets; Monitors; Printers; Televisions (LCD OR CRD); DVD Players and DVR's; Computer cables no keyboards or mice. Items must be checked through attendants, NO UNATTENDED DROP-OFFS. More info: (360) 815 2200 and for in town pickup of greater than 6 systems contact: Computer San Juans (360) 317 5772




Open To Discussion


ig_SO_PetWeek-Arlo-001 (48k image)Hello, it’s me, Arlo. No, not Guthrie. The other one. I’m the other, better looking, more-sophisticated Arlo. As an older, dignified sort of fellow, I’m looking forward to finding a quiet home where I can pursue my interests, which include but are not limited to rare coin collecting, writing haiku poetry, reading the New York Times and listening to the cool jazz radio station. I also enjoy the odd game of parcheesi from time to time. Kindly let me know if you are interested in meeting to discuss options. I’m here at the animal shelter.




Looking For Work?


If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and looking for a job, there are employers in San Juan County eager to talk to you.

For those of you who are looking for a work, mark your calendars and dust off your resume.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco at Alchemy Art Center


ig_Thrinley_DeMarco-001 (40k image)
(Contributed photo)


Alchemy Art Center is hosting a two-day Collage Workshop with accomplished local artist Thrinley DiMarco, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th. This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Americorps Team To Assist Camp Orkila


ig_SO_AmeriCorps-001 (46k image)An Americorps National Community Civilian Corps (NCCC) team, Green 4, is assisting Camp Orkila with forest maintenance on the camp grounds as part of a two month engagement ending March 7th.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



WSF Call Center Closed


Spring vehicle reservations will open at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 12. The spring schedule begins on March 31 and goes through June 22. Customers can make reservations online at https://bit.ly/1BB4C1U or by calling customer service center at 206-464-6400.

WSF’s customer service call center is closed today due to winter weather conditions. The center’s normal hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day. We will send out additional updates if the call center’s hours are further affected by the snow. Customers looking to make vehicle reservations or find schedule and route information can visit our website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.




Be My Valentine


ig_SO_Jordy-001 (51k image)

Hello. I’m Jordan and I’m currently residing at the animal shelter while taking applications for my prospective Valentine. If you’re interested in being my Valentine you must:

Click to view the rest of the article ******



SJICF Remembers Eric Parsons


ig_O_Eric_Parsons (39k image)

December 6, 1948~ January 9, 2019


Eric Parsons, beloved leader and friend of the San Juan Island Community Foundation staff and board, passed away on January 9, 2019, in Portland.

Eric was recruited to join the board of SJICF in January 2016. His fellow board members and the SJICF staff quickly realized Eric was the type of leader who could help the Foundation evolve and grow. He was elected Board Chairman in July 2017.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Reserve A Singing Valentine


ig_IC_plus_ValentineDay_03 (24k image)Come the see the Island Chordsmen Plus at the Market Place on Saturday the 9th and Tuesday the 12th for a chance to make a reservation with a Chordsman personally singing valentine (and a rose) for that certain someone…or, choose from a list of shut-ins, or the families of deployed military.
Make a reservation at 360 370-5544 or 360 298-4682




Anacortes Council Member Liz Lovelett Will Replace Ranker


ig_Liz_Lovelett-001 (36k image)Anacortes Council Member Liz Lovelett has been selected by a joint session of elected council and board officials from San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Lovelett beat out former Rep, Kris Lytton and Trevor Smith, a labor organizer. If she wishes to continue as a Senator she will have to stand for election in November of 2020.




Lopez Ferry Terminal OPEN


Lopez terminal is back in service. Anacortes will load Lopez-bound traffic on the 9:05 pm all-stops sailing. The M/V Hyak will take Lopez traffic on their final eastbound sailing, departing Friday Harbor at 11:15 pm, and will make an unscheduled stop on Lopez before arriving in Anacortes.




Vendors Wanted For SJC Fair


Have you or your business ever considered participating in the San Juan County Fair? Reach residents from all over San Juan County and tourists at the largest event in the County---become a vendor!

Click to view the rest of the article ******



New Years Resolution Fail


ig_SO_PetWeek-Eleanor-001 (43k image)Well, if you must know, my new year’s diet has failed. I shall now concentrate on growing taller. Please don’t suggest exercise. I’m not in any way interested in “feeling the burn”. My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch. It’s called, “Lunch”. If you are of a like mind, we should meet. My name is Eleanor, and I’m relaxing here at the animal shelter, waiting to meet you.




Salish Sea in Focus


On Wednesday, Feb. 6, head out to the Sea View Theatre on Orcas Island, where SeaDoc Society Science Director Joe Gaydos will take the audience on a multimedia journey through the incredible Salish Sea ecosystem.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Snuggle Up To A Schnauzer!


ig_SO_PetWeek-Schatzy-001 (73k image)Hey! Look at me…. I’m a bonafide Schnauzer! I’m straight up legit! When I arrived here at your animal shelter last week I looked more like a Sasquatch-Rastafarian mix.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



An Evening Of Flamenco


ig_D_SavannahFuentes-001 (64k image)
(Contributed photo)


Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Luz, an evening of Flamenco, to the San Juan Islands February 27th and 28th. Savannah will be joined by two exceptional Spanish Flamenco artists; acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Playground-on-the Green Designs Open House


Bring your kids and come to one of two public meetings -Monday, Feb. 11, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station - at which Ben Johnson of GreenWorks will present draft designs and receive questions and comments related to the proposed playground on the Village Green.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Get Your Wa State Boater's Ed.Card


Comprehensive Boating Information Manual: Materials: 45.00 Couples can share. 50% student discount Instruction: FREE by America’s Boating Club of the San Juan Islands.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



San Juan Pickathon Soroptimits Fundraiser


ig_E_SJPickathon-001 (37k image)Celebrate an evening of collaboration, community & charity at the San Juan Pickathon! Join Stephen Dyer, of The Rocky Bay Band, along with other local musicians on Saturday, January 26th 6:30-9:30pm in the Fairgrounds Marie Boe Building.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



SJIFD Firefighters Of The Month


ig_SJFD_JerrySears_NorvinCollins_DennisSears-001 (35k image)
( L to R: Jerry Sears, Chief Norvin Collins,Dennis Sears -SJIFD photo)


The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the January 2019 Firefighter of the Month. In this instance, we actually mean, Firefighters of the month. Please join us in congratulating Firefighters Jerry and Dennis Sears for their consistent and humble service to our community and the Fire Department.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Another Side Of The Vietnam War


“MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of pictures taken from the inside looking out.

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents “MY WAR: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” from April 5 - June 3, 2019.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Learn With Musicians-in-Residence


ig_OICM_Friedmann_Parker_oicm-001 (69k image)
(Friedmann & Parker -OICM photo)


Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann and Artistic Advisor Jon Kimura Parker will be joining the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on Orcas and Shaw for three action-packed days of musical education and fun: January 28th, 29th, and 30th

Aloysia and Jackie will jump into teaching first thing Monday morning.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Screening Of The If Project


On January 24, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will provide a free screening of The If Project documentary at 7pm at the San Juan Community Theater. Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Knowledge Workers Invited To An Informal "Meet-Up"


The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



SJC Council To Hold Retreat Friday


The San Juan County Council will conduct a Special Meeting on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Parks & Fair Conference Room, 849 Argyle Avenue, Friday Harbor, beginning at 9:00 AM. This a public meeting, but it is not a public hearing, so public comment may or may not be allowed -to be determined by the Chair.

The Special Meeting is a Council Retreat for 2019 Planning purposes and will include the following agenda items for discussion: levy lid lift renewal; capital budget; road fund; facilities update; solid waste fund; parks and fairground planning; personnel issues; biennial budgeting and a variety of attendant issues.




Claudia Jo (Carter) Piff


IG_O_Claludia_Jo_Carter)_Piff (47k image)

January 19, 1954 ~ January 4, 2019


Claudia Jo Piff was a youthful and energetic 65 years old, still working hard and very much involved in the life of her family and community, when, in the late fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. The cancer was aggressive, and Claudia’s health swiftly declined in a matter of weeks. She passed on peacefully at her home on San Juan Island, in the company of close friends and family.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Be A Fish For Teeth Volunteer


ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-03 (30k image)
If you would like to support Fish For Teeth as a volunteer on Team Tooth or Team Taco, a little extra help is always needed. Many hands makes light work, so if you're willing to help, a task will be found. The upcoming Taco-rama is pretty well staffed, with the exception of clean-up and dishwashing, if anyone wants to pitch in this Friday, 11-1:30 at Ace Hardware in FH. Please send an email to fishforteeth@rockisland.com and a Fish for Teeth volunteer will get back to you.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Temperance & Good Citizenship Day


Public schools throughout Washington will observe Temperance and Good Citizenship Day Jan. 16. This annual commemoration unique to Washington was created in 1923 to teach the qualities of civic leadership.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is one of several civic observances for which state law provides specific instructions for schools.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Sunday Beaches & Birding


Sunday, Jan 20, 2019, 10:30am to Noon, Third Lagoon Preserve, San Juan Island. Does your family want some time outside this winter, time that includes scavenger-hunt-like fun and multisensory exploration?

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Student Art at SJIMA Amazes Visitors


ig_SJIMA_Yutong_Du-001detail (48k image)
(detail of art work below)


The students of the Spring Street International School (SSIS) are exhibiting selected works in their show// Creative Diversity// at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) during January.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



First Meeting Of 2019 For SJC Political Parties


The San Juan County Democrats and Republicans will hold elections for new leadership on Saturday, January 12th. The Democrats will convene in the community meeting room at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor from 11:45 until 2:30, while the Republicans will meet at 11:30 upstairs at the China Pearl.




Planning Department Will Close For A Week


The SJC Department of Community Development Office. -i.e. the building & planning department- will be closed from January 14th to the 18th as staff is trained on new permitting software. However, building inspections will be continue during the week. The state they apologize for the inconvenience.




SJC Hospital Dist Meeting Thursday On EMS Chief Issues


San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday 1/10/2019. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. rather than the usual time, but will be at the usual place - the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The purpose of this meeting is to potentially appoint an Interim EMS Chief and hold interviews, discuss the notice of complaints from DOH, and review the commissioner job duties document.




Campsite Reservations Open For Residents


San Juan County Parks & Fair is offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates in 2019.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Winter Schedule Begins Sunday


Washington State Ferries’ winter schedule begins this Sunday, Jan. 6, and runs through March 30, 2019. Service out of Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. will be suspended for the winter.

Click to view the rest of the article ******



Judge Andrew Retirement Party


ig_Andrew-001 (43k image) The public was invited to join in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019. He was first elected in 1998 and was most recently re-elected by voters in 2014. The following quote hangs in the courtroom:

Click to view the rest of the article ******