Vouri’s latest book, ‘The Pig War’, has never-before-published photos; public discussion and book signing Friday at museum

Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia Publishing Co. published “The Pig War” as part of its Images of America series. It’s the third book on the topic by Vouri; he’s also the author of “The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay” and “Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island.”

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Interview with ‘Pig War’ author Mike Vouri; book signing Friday, 6:30 p.m. at museum

National Park historian Mike Vouri is the author of a new book, "The Pig War," published by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. The book employs 190 photos — many of them never before published — to tell the story of the events and people of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island (1859-1872). It's Vouri's third book on the subject.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Local presidential candidate offers a different choice

Gus, the golden retriever that received 28 write-in votes for San Juan County Commission in 2004, is setting his sights higher this election season. Gus, who is owned by David Rand of The Sign Company, announced in an e-mail today that he is running for president of the United States.

  • Aug 21st, 2008

Rural Confidential: The Mona Story

Driving out Roche Harbor Road, you pass many wonderful scenes — seasonal wetlands, hayfields and pastures, San Juan Vineyards with the old No. 22 Schoolhouse now converted to a wine-tasting room, and across the road … Is that a camel? What’s she doing here?

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Renowned storyteller will present at English Camp

Join renowned Washington state storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history with “Sisters in Times,” a collection of vignettes about 19th century frontier women, scheduled 2 p.m., Aug. 23 at English Camp.

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Liliana Elisabeth Compton: The newest work of art at Westcott Bay Institute

Liliana Elisabeth Compton was born to Westcott Bay Institute director Victoria Compton on Aug. 7, 2008 at 4:31 p.m.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

The Rembrandts of sidewalk chalk art

More than 70 people participated Island Rec’s 2008 Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest July 19.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Island Museum of Art: Book signing tonight at Bryn Barnard’s “Smaerd” exhibit

Bryn Barnard’s illustrations for the book, “The Land of Smaerd,” are on exhibit in the Island Museum of Art.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Another big day in store at the San Juan County Fair

Today is Kids Day at the San Juan County Fair — the second consecutive day of all-you-can-handle fair rides for a $20 wristband. Other special features today: A band led by Steppenwolf keyboardist Goldy McJohn headlines at 7 p.m., preceded by a CD release performance by San Juan Island's own Devorah.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Fair food is key to getting lean, fit | Jill Urbach

Have you been feeling tired and sluggish? Still trying to lose the extra weight that you swore would be gone before summer began?

Gary Bowman is recovering at ICC

Ian Byington of San Juan Update shared this Aug. 7 report on Gary Bowman, who is recovering from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident.

  • Aug 11th, 2008

The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past

The haunting sounds of English Camp’s ancient past will return Saturday, 2 p.m., when Saanich flutist Che-ok’-ten performs on the English Camp parade ground.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Special Meds perform Aug. 16 at Herb’s | Around Town

Special Meds perform Aug. 16, 9 p.m., in Herb’s Tavern.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Tall ships are sailing the San Juans. And you can join in on the adventure

You won’t get to play Capt. Jack Sparrow, but you’ll be forgiven if your imagination goes wild.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

‘Sneaky Fitch’ is a heck of a meller-drama | Review

Not since Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” have I laughed so hard at a spoof of the legendary myths of the ol’ Wild West as I did watching friends and neighbors of San Juan Island going through their wild paces in the preview performance of “The Death & Life of Sneaky Fitch,” showing through Saturday in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Memories from the Canoe Journey

Betty Chevalier Nash, with blue visor, was the oldest Mitchell Bay Indian at the Canoe Journey gathering at Roche Harbor, July 24. Mrs. Nash, whose mother was Swinomish, is a descendant on her father's side of the Mitchell Bay people, whose place of origin on San Juan Island was near that of the Lummi.

  • Jul 31st, 2008

Two very special events for First Nations artist, Rande Cook

A blessing of two totem poles created by two prominent First Nations artists, Rande Cook and Calvin Hunt, took place at the new owners’ home on San Juan Island, June 20 during an unusually warm and perfect summer evening.

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Updated: San Juan’s Relay for Life begins today at 5:30 p.m.

They walk for their wives, their husbands, their parents and their children. Sometimes they walk for themselves. Breast cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, lung cancer ... the list of deadly culprits is as endless as the list of loved ones cancer has taken away.

Relay for Life profile: Carl Stoddard

Carl Stoddard has survived melanoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Remarkably, his name has been changed to "Comeback Kid."

  • Jul 25th, 2008

Orcas Island man swims channel for cancer awareness

Orcas Island resident Damien Stark will swim the Anacortes-to-Friday Harbor ferry route — 19.5 miles — Saturday and Sunday because he believes “There is no greater joy than ... not the swimming itself, but the ability to use swimming in order to help someone else.” This has been what he calls his personal mantra as he swims almost every other day, all year long, in East Sound. And this is how “Swimming the Crossing for Breast Cancer” began.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Coast Salish canoes visit the San Juans this week

Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip canoes arrive in the San Juans this week en route to Duncan, B.C., as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

In passing, as in life, San Juan’s Mr. Christmas left ’em smiling

It was a gathering Jimmie Jones would have liked. The sun shone brightly in a clear sky at this spot overlooking San Juan Valley, a spot he once told his family was the most beautiful place on the island. People shared funny stories. This was Jones’ funeral, but there was more laughter than tears. Then, as the small group of mourners dispersed, a plane flew overhead, as if in salute to this World War II airman who loved the skies.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Caleb the Wonder Dog: April 1, 1993 – June 24, 2008

Caleb the Wonder Dog came home with me from the Animal Protection Society shelter in 1997 and, in the almost 11 years we had together, we were seldom far apart.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan’s Stage Left reprises production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

I’m in this show. I participate in community theater and was a member of Island Stage Left’s production of "The Tempest" 10 years ago. Forgive me if this doesn’t read like my usual stuff.

Art spirit is alive and well in San Juans | Ferry Home Companion

Back in 1938, I was considering getting out of high school in mid-winter. My Omaha Central High School adviser told me it would be tough entering a good college that way unless transferring from another college.

California Guitar Trio performs at San Juan Community Theatre

They’ve played for audiences around the world. And now, California Guitar Trio brings their whirlwind of instrumental styles to Friday Harbor and the San Juan Community Theatre on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

‘Tempest’ is a great show, but wear long johns | Ferry Home Companion

Seventy years ago at Northwestern University, Professor Bergen Evans used to insist that his students read the King James version of the Bible and the works of Shakespeare while taking his sophomore English class.

‘Drumship Enterprise’ touches down Tuesday at SJCT

A fabulous fiddler and soulful alto lead singer — combined with a trio of instrumental wizards that even use cat food tins as instruments — make up the eclectic American roots band of Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan Relay for Life profile: Dolores Fantin

My mother lost her brave battle with cancer Oct. 3, 1997. Her grace and bravery with cancer will never be forgotten. I miss her dearly.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Zimbabwe musicians play the Grange Hall Friday

Mawungira Enharira are masters of African instruments will play one night only for San Juan Islanders.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Friends of San Juan Library annual book sale July 25-26

The Friends of the San Juan Island Library will hold its 29th annual Summer Book Sale on July 25 and 26

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Playwrights wanted for San Juan Community Theatre festival

Playwrights: get ready to share your works in hopes of seeing them come to life at the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Around Town

San Juan Community Theatre is offering two Children’s Summer Theatre Workshops in July, presented by professional theater artists.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Lummi, Chippewa artists in Friday Harbor for arts festival

The Lummi Arts Festival is Friday through Sunday, with events planned in three locations: The gallery on the corner of West and First streets, Dance Workshop II on Second Street, and the San Juan Historical Museum. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Does your ink reveal more than you think? | Jill Urbach

Ah, mid-July. A welcome respite from the chill of “June-uary.” The days are reliably warm. Sandals can be worn consistently without socks. Swimsuits have been donned … and the lack of coverage displays just what sort of ink people are wearing these days. Yes, tattoos.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Island Rec eighth annual Music on the Lawn July 9 to Aug. 6

Island Rec’s free summer concert series, Music on the Lawn, runs five consecutive Wednesday nights — July 9 through Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the lawn of the San Juan Historical Museum on Price Street.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Poisoned apples, personal growth

The more comfortable you can get them in their own skin prior to adolescence, the better they’ll be able to handle the onslaught on their identity during their teenaged years. Life skills. Empowerment. That’s why Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and activities like it are so important.

San Juan’s Devorah to perform songs from new CD at Pig War Picnic

Devorah, aka “Firecracker,” that whirling dervish of musical energy and talent, has just spun-off her third music compilation, “Irrepressible,” a 10-track CD that marks a sea change in her music, featuring several songs of her own writing.

A tribute to Caleb the Wonder Dog

Caleb the Wonder Dog came home with me from the Animal Protection Society shelter in 1997 and, in the almost 11 years we had together, we were seldom far apart. He went everywhere with me, off-island and on, and especially loved going to his job as shop dog for Griffin Bay Books and Friday Harbor Pet Supplies, where he made the widest circle of friends I've ever known a dog to have.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Friday Harbor’s Peterman sisters bicycle from Seattle to San Francisco for women’s health

Friday Harbor High School graduates Amber and Kelsea Peterman bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco to raise money for – and awareness of – women's health issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride was called the Bike to End Fistula.

  • Jul 1st, 2008