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Friday Harbor PTA finds a new way to donate to schools this holiday season

  • Dec 5, 2015 at 8:00AM

This holiday season at Friday Harbor Elementary School the Parent-Teacher Association is funding excellence through a social media campaign on Deposit A Gift. FHES PTA wants to value the time of students and families. Students should be home with family after school, focusing on studies or engaged in extra curricular activity, rather then pounding the pavement trying to sell more stuff to their community.

An update from the school district superintendent

  • Dec 5, 2015 at 9:00AM

– Submitted by San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz

High winds on San Juan Island until at least 7 p.m.

  • Dec 5, 2015 at 12:00AM updated Dec 7, 2015 at 3:30PM

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind warning is in effect for San Juan Island until 7 p.m. this evening.

Councils pulls Parks Trails and Natural Areas Plan consultant contract from agenda

  • Dec 8, 2015 at 11:17AM

San Juan County Council did not take action on a proposed contract with Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. in its regular session today, Dec. 7. Cascadia Consulting was chosen through the county's formal request for proposal (RFP) process as the most responsive consultant to update the County's Parks Trails and Natural Areas Plan (Plan). The 2015 County budget includes funds to hire a consultant to facilitate a large scale public involvement effort to solicit public comments on suggested changes to the existing Plan.

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor offers $2,000 for “Educational Opportunity Award”

  • Dec 8, 2015 at 1:07PM

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is offering a $2,000 for an "Educational Opportunity Award." This award helps women to overcome financial difficulties and better their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award to offset any costs of higher education, such as tuition, books, childcare, and transportation.

Rotary Club of San Juan Island presents dictionaries

  • Dec 8, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 1:13PM

Rotary Club of San Juan Island continues its annual tradition of presenting dictionaries to the third, fourth, and fifth grade classes at Friday Harbor Elementary.

Orcas students find good news about island pollutants

  • Dec 8, 2015 at 2:21PM

by Leslie Kelly

San Juan Public Schools Foundation receives grant for STEM Building

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 1:30AM

– Submitted by San Juan Island School District staff

Your dog walk can help the Animal Protection Society

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 1:30AM

Want an easy way to raise money for your favorite animal shelter? There's an app for that. Walk For A Dog is an app you can download to your phone that keeps track of how far you've walked and donates to any animal shelter based on that distance. Jillian Urbach and Wilson Loucks, juniors at Friday Harbor High School, have made it their mission to spread the word about the free app as part of their community project.

Pet of the Week

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 1:30AM

Hey, here's a riddle: who has six toes on each front paw and is dressed in his very best tuxedo? Me! Paul E. Dactil, that's who!

Mount Baker ski bus rides again this January

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 8:00AM

Starting Saturday Jan. 9 the "Ski Bus" will leave Friday Harbor on the 8:05 a.m. ferry, headed to Mt. Baker Ski Resort.

Economic Development Council crowns winners of business contest

  • Dec 9, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 9:30AM

Local entrepeurs are one step closer to seeing their business dreams come true.

San Juan Singers’ holiday concert

  • Dec 10, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 9:15AM

San Juan Island's community chorus leads audiences on a magical, musical journey through time during their annual holiday concert at San Juan Community Theatre.

Islands Museum of Art presents ‘Figure Drawing Studio’

  • Dec 10, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 9:45AM

San Juan Islands Museum of Art is pleased to present a "Figure Drawing Studio" on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for eight weeks beginning January 4, 2016.

Energy bills expected to increase in 2016

  • Dec 10, 2015 at 9:46AM

By Leslie Kelly

Chamber of Commerce’s Awards of Excellence

  • Dec 10, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 1:28PM

In a celebration of local business the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce handed out Awards of Excellence on Dec. 9. About 50 members attended the event at the Grange. Wine and appetizers were available, contributing to a festive mood. Executive Director Becki Day opened by updating the crowd about changes in the chamber during 2015, Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator gave an overview of the towns plans for 2016, and Debrah Hopkins from the Visitors Bureau provided stats on tourism, state of our local economy, and unemployment.

Mike Vouri: Reflections on 20 years working at the park

  • Dec 11, 2015 at 11:24AM

More than 50 people packed into the San Juan Island Library on a stormy evening Dec. 2 to congratulate Mike Vouri on his retirement, and listen to him spin wild tales about the 20 years he has spent at the National Park. Excitement was in the air, but there was also a solemnness. This night was the beginning of the end of an era. Never fear, Mike isn't leaving our island soon.

Seventh new Southern resident community orca baby confirmed

  • Dec 12, 2015 at 8:00AM

Orca Network joins with the Center for Whale Research to announce a new baby orca born in November in L pod. The new orca has been assigned the scientific designation L123. The new mom is 12-year old L103, called "Lapis," and this is her first known offspring.

Holiday reminder: Finding hope in times of trouble

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 1:30AM

By Emily Metcalf

Journal welcomes new office manager and reporter

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 8:00AM

The Journal is happy to announce that Heather Spaulding is joining the Journal as a part-time reporter and office manager.

Elementary schoolers raise funds for diabetes Type 1 research and education

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 8:52AM

"This is 28 carbs," Sara Jensen said, handing an ice cream cone to her son Henry as he pulled his blood sugar test kit out of a silver iridescent fanny pack. You don't often hear parents talking to their kids about watching their carb count, unless they're a parent like Jensen with a child who has diabetes.

Tax decreases for solid waste on San Juan Island and Orcas Island

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 8:59AM

(Editor's note: The original story incorrectly stated that the solid waste debt was not paid off in full and that the total was $74,00.)

Solstice celebration at the Grange this week

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 12:00AM updated at 4:16PM

— San Juan Island Grange #966 and 3rd Saturday Contra Dance

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