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Friday Harbor was alive on the 4th of July with floats, the Community Marching Band, the University of Washington Marching Band, the Highlanders Bag Pipers, 30-plus golden retrievers, kids, visitors and Grand Marshal Jerry Alhadeff.
Islanders woke up to smokey skies the morning of July 5 after a fire on Portage Island, which is near Lummi Island. While that blaze has been extinguished, there are currently 69 fires in British Columbia that is causing hazy, smoky air.
The Palace Theatre has been a fixture in Friday Harbor for the past 100 years. A centennial celebration is planned during the Fourth of July. In tribute to the movie house, the theme of the 2015 Fourth of July parade is “Hooray for Hollywood.”
The Sentinel is a public safety boat that is jointly owned by the Fire/Law Enforcement/EMS Departments and has been in the news often lately, escorting the new Samish ferry and assisting with grass fires.
San Juan Island Library will sponsor a candidate forum Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. for the only race on the primary ballot: a seat on the Hospital District Board.