Heather Spaulding

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Island singer-songwriter Emree Franklin gets career advice from veteran musician Sheryl Crow

As the daughter of falconers, island singer-songwriter Rianna “Emree” Franklin based her…

  • Jan 19th, 2020 1:30am

Students aim for thespian honors with “Little Shop of Horrors”

Friday Harbor students are performing one of their biggest shows yet with…

  • Jan 8th, 2020 1:30am

Hospice – caring and fulfilling bucket lists

The end of one’s life can be physically painful, emotional and complex…

  • Jan 3rd, 2020 1:30am

Chamber award winners announced

The Brickworks building was decked out for the season just in time…

  • Dec 18th, 2019 1:30am

More upcoming performances to warm your soul this winter

Deck the Halls and trim the tree, the Journal of the San…

  • Dec 17th, 2019 1:30am
Left: “She’s Like the Wind” by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso; top center: “Star Flower” by Becky Kilpatrick; top right: “Intrigue” by Jill Karr; bottom center: “Dium Camas” by Robert Dash; bottom right: “Garden Totem” by Osa Caudill. (Contributed photos)

Local artists showcased at SJIMA

Islanders have the opportunity to check out the creations of their friends…

  • Dec 15th, 2019 1:30am
Left: “She’s Like the Wind” by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso; top center: “Star Flower” by Becky Kilpatrick; top right: “Intrigue” by Jill Karr; bottom center: “Dium Camas” by Robert Dash; bottom right: “Garden Totem” by Osa Caudill. (Contributed photos)

Sneak Preview of Winterfest events

With the next month set to be bustling with holiday activity, the…

  • Dec 6th, 2019 1:30am

Hospital district honors leaving commissioners

It was the last meeting for three of the San Juan Public…

  • Nov 29th, 2019 12:52pm

How to share paradise

The pace of island life ebbs and flows slowly, like soft rolling…

  • Nov 29th, 2019 1:30am

A county without animal control

Without enough cases to warrant a full-time animal control officer, islanders struggle…

  • Nov 25th, 2019 11:16am

Smelling a cure for Parkinsons

Dog and medical enthusiasts gathered to support and learn more about PADs…

  • Nov 20th, 2019 1:30am

Going for the gold

A dark shadow flies through the air contrasting against the bright blue…

  • Nov 17th, 2019 1:30am

Friday Harbor Schools salute veterans

The Friday Harbor High School band was already playing as students filed…

  • Nov 11th, 2019 5:09pm
K25 (Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo)

Gone, but not forgotten

Islanders paid tribute to three Southern resident orcas, Princess Angeline, J17, Scoter,…

  • Nov 11th, 2019 1:30am
K25 (Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo)
The Anacortes Marathon Oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Neighboring oil refineries eyeing expansions

Two oil refineries neighboring San Juan County are proposing expansion projects. Phillips…

  • Nov 5th, 2019 11:16am
The Anacortes Marathon Oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Children haunt the streets of Friday Harbor | Gallery

Superheroes, Muppets, villains and wild animals were set loose upon the sleepy…

  • Oct 31st, 2019 2:08pm

Friday Harbor Film Festival wraps up seventh year

As the seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday,…

  • Oct 29th, 2019 9:37am
(Heather Spaulding/staff photo)

Thrill of the World | Gallery

Zombies crawled to the San Juan County Fairgrounds to participate in the…

  • Oct 28th, 2019 5:43pm
(Heather Spaulding/staff photo)
(Cyndi Brast/contributed photo)

Backyard dragons, zombies and mysterious aliens

Miniature dragons, zombies, monsters with terrifying mandibles and more fascinating insects surround…

  • Oct 27th, 2019 1:30am
(Cyndi Brast/contributed photo)
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Entries still accepted for butterfly land preservation

In an attempt to protect the Island Marble Butterfly, the Washington State…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019 1:30am
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

‘For fun’ store turns into a great gig

From wardrobe basics like jeans and sneakers to more glamorous dresses, blouses…

  • Oct 20th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Olivia Meenan and Bristol Halverson make calls during the 2018 Phone-A-Thon.

Public Schools Foundation step up where state falls short

As the Washington State Legislature continues to grapple with how to fund…

  • Oct 20th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Olivia Meenan and Bristol Halverson make calls during the 2018 Phone-A-Thon.

Island communities welcome new midwives | Women in Business profile

The small red building on Nichols Street that has housed a vast…

  • Oct 18th, 2019 4:36pm

Sea Scouts of the San Juans

Unfazed by the Pacific Northwest drizzle, the young members of the newly…

  • Oct 13th, 2019 1:30am

Students are serving up success

While some school cafeterias may smell of deep-fried food, but a healthier…

  • Oct 8th, 2019 1:30am
Sunflowers are highly resistant to drought, increased heat, and disease. They’re seen as a key species by researchers looking to support healthy crops in the future. (Robert Dash/contributed photo)

Striving for change with art and science

The agricultural industry is one of the largest contributors to many environmental…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 2:05pm
Sunflowers are highly resistant to drought, increased heat, and disease. They’re seen as a key species by researchers looking to support healthy crops in the future. (Robert Dash/contributed photo)

Boys soccer wins against Mount Vernon Christian

The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys soccer team worked together to win the…

  • Sep 30th, 2019 6:10pm

Laughter and romance in “Boeing Boeing”

For Parisian architect Bernard, in the play “Boeing-Boeing,” life could not be…

  • Sep 30th, 2019 1:30am
Cyndi Brast/Contributed photo
                                Mona lived on San Juan for more than a decade.

Remembering Mona the camel

Island celebrity Mona the camel was an unusual sight — a desert…

  • Sep 24th, 2019 1:30am
Cyndi Brast/Contributed photo
                                Mona lived on San Juan for more than a decade.

Learning life skills through music

While schools across the nation are shuttering the doors to their band…

  • Sep 23rd, 2019 4:22pm

Students and adults rally for the climate

The courthouse lawn was already packed with adults by 10:15 a.m. for…

  • Sep 22nd, 2019 8:34pm

Wolverines football team works together

Wolverines football team works hard, together

  • Sep 18th, 2019 1:30am
Ann Stateler and Odin Lonning. Contributed photo by Erin Corra.

Orca crisis from a First Nation perspective

Editors note: This story has been edited for clarifications and corrections; including…

  • Sep 12th, 2019 10:09am
Ann Stateler and Odin Lonning. Contributed photo by Erin Corra.

“Up Close” returns to the community theater for third year

Local composer and musician Grisha Krivchenia has worked with elders and those…

  • Sep 12th, 2019 1:30am

Local artists featured in ‘Art Over the Harbor’

Submitted by event organizers Come join us this Friday and Saturday for…

  • Sep 11th, 2019 1:30am

Western bluebird reintroduction has a successful year

The bright blue flash of male western bluebirds gliding over dried prairie…

  • Sep 8th, 2019 1:30am
Sea otter mom shows off her young pup. Photo contributed by The Whale Museum.

Can sea otters save the world

Leisurely resting in the kelp near Race Rocks, British Columbia, Odin, a…

  • Aug 31st, 2019 8:21am
Sea otter mom shows off her young pup. Photo contributed by The Whale Museum.

Fly-In a success despite a cool morning

Despite the overcast morning, the Friday Harbor Airport buzzed with activity Saturday,…

  • Aug 31st, 2019 8:19am

Melodies for summer

In a first-ever event, the chamber musicians of Melodious Notes Over the…

  • Aug 29th, 2019 2:32pm
Contributed photo. Medalists receive their awards in Olympia, from right to left: Jerry Nelson, bronze winner, Steve N. Sills, gold winner and Bob Stavers, silver winner.

Local wins silver in Washingtons senior games

Retirement doesn’t always mean naps on the couch. For some seniors, it…

  • Aug 24th, 2019 1:30am
Contributed photo. Medalists receive their awards in Olympia, from right to left: Jerry Nelson, bronze winner, Steve N. Sills, gold winner and Bob Stavers, silver winner.