Sienna Boucher

Sienna posted 43 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Turkey tail mushrooms.

James Nowak on mushroom hunting in the San Juans

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most abundant plethoras…

  • Nov 23rd, 2021 1:30am
Sienna Boucher//staff photo. 
Turkey tail mushrooms.
Courtesy photo.

WSF returns to a regular schedule under a two-week trial period.

Editor’s note: The ferry situation is changing daily. The story below reflects…

  • Nov 19th, 2021 9:10am
Courtesy photo.
police

Burglar steals money from The Little Store

A San Juan Island deputy responded to a reported burglary at The…

  • Nov 18th, 2021 3:54pm
police
Photo by Laura Adai on Unsplash

How to Start a Winter Garden

Even with a lack of sunshine during this time of year, a…

  • Nov 18th, 2021 1:30am
Photo by Laura Adai on Unsplash
Skagit Valley College contributed photo.
(from left to right) Skagit Valley College Foundation Director of Development Pam Davis, SVC Vice President of Advancement Anne Clark, SVC Foundation Executive Director Brad Tuininga, San Juan Head Start Center Manager Sarah Werling, SVC Executive Director of San Juan Center Randy Martin, and SVC Director of Residence Life Griffin Uchida.

All Head Start modulars have arrived; construction completion date remains unknown

The new Head Start building at Friday Harbor Elementary School is inching…

  • Nov 17th, 2021 1:30am
Skagit Valley College contributed photo.
(from left to right) Skagit Valley College Foundation Director of Development Pam Davis, SVC Vice President of Advancement Anne Clark, SVC Foundation Executive Director Brad Tuininga, San Juan Head Start Center Manager Sarah Werling, SVC Executive Director of San Juan Center Randy Martin, and SVC Director of Residence Life Griffin Uchida.
Mullis Senior Center

Mullis Center ‘Zoom-bombed’ with illicit material while streaming election results

It’s been a year of disruption at the Mullis Community Senior Center,…

  • Nov 16th, 2021 10:02am
Mullis Senior Center
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Brast
Leafcutter Bee Megachile.

How to Support Pollinators Through the Winter

After blustery storms displace sprinkles of red, orange, and yellow autumn leaves,…

  • Nov 12th, 2021 1:30am
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Brast
Leafcutter Bee Megachile.
Photo by Claire Kiersky

Here they go again- Mamma Mia comes to San Juan Community Theatre after three years of no musical productions

The San Juan Island Community Theatre is putting on its first big…

  • Nov 11th, 2021 1:30am
Photo by Claire Kiersky

Those elected in the 2021 race weigh in on their plans for the term

San Juan County voters cast their ballots in a number of races…

  • Nov 8th, 2021 11:10am
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Above: Arna Robins.

Eventide Health welcomes new nurse practitioner

Arna Robins of Dallas, Oregon, has decided to call the San Juan…

  • Nov 5th, 2021 1:30am
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Above: Arna Robins.
Photo courtesy of Nadine Varsovia.
Volleyball’s “pink out” night to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Girls Soccer Scores Two Wins; Volleyball Suffers Two Losses

Soccer The Friday Harbor girls varsity soccer match on Oct. 26 was…

  • Nov 1st, 2021 2:55pm
Photo courtesy of Nadine Varsovia.
Volleyball’s “pink out” night to raise awareness for breast cancer.
ferry update

WSF off to a rocky week following firings

Washington State Ferries is still sorting out the aftermath of the recent…

  • Nov 1st, 2021 2:48pm
ferry update
WSF teaser

Numerous ferries test for high levels of legionella in the water

After rounds of testing, numerous ferries have come back positive for high…

  • Oct 29th, 2021 12:12pm
WSF teaser
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Container Ship Catches Fire off Coast of Victoria; 109 Containers Still to Be Recovered

Some may have smelled the aftermath on the West side of San…

  • Oct 29th, 2021 10:48am
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Sienna Boucher/staff photo
<em>Local Friday Harbor high schoolers volunteer their time on a Saturday handing out gift bags. </em>

A Display of Appreciation for the San Juan Island School District Staff

Despite the cold weather, volunteers gathered Saturday, Oct. 9 to warmly greet…

  • Oct 27th, 2021 1:30am
Sienna Boucher/staff photo
<em>Local Friday Harbor high schoolers volunteer their time on a Saturday handing out gift bags. </em>
Photo by Chad Peltola on Unsplash

Unvaccinated WSF Employees Fired, Staff Shortage Causing Ferry Delays

More than 100 ferry workers have been let go after failing to…

  • Oct 26th, 2021 1:30am
Photo by Chad Peltola on Unsplash
Photo courtesy of Winnifred Brumsickle
Photo courtesy of Winnifred Brumsickle

Tourist accidentally steals car, drives it from Friday Harbor to Roche Harbor

San Juan resident Winnifred Brumsickle suffered from a rare island occurrence —…

  • Oct 25th, 2021 1:30am
Photo courtesy of Winnifred Brumsickle
Photo courtesy of Winnifred Brumsickle
Photo courtesy of Carl Wilkens
Wilkens in Rwanda in 2019 with a survivor who has reconciled with the man who killed her husband and sons

Man who survived Rwanda genocide speaks to islanders

A world without empathy is a dangerous one. Carl Wilkens learned that…

  • Oct 16th, 2021 1:30am
Photo courtesy of Carl Wilkens
Wilkens in Rwanda in 2019 with a survivor who has reconciled with the man who killed her husband and sons
town

Town enacts employee vaccine mandate

Friday Harbor employees will need to receive their COVID vaccine or face…

  • Oct 11th, 2021 3:12pm
town
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Victoria Compton and Greg Hertel run for Port Commissioner

Q & A with Compton and Hertel

  • Oct 10th, 2021 7:42am
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Fifth annual teacher gift bag project returns

After a long year of teaching remotely, local teachers are getting shown…

  • Sep 20th, 2021 3:37pm
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Island Hospital hosts COVID community briefing

With school starting and flu season right around the corner, Island Hospital…

  • Sep 13th, 2021 2:51pm
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Getting a COVID test on San Juan Island

COVID-19 cases have steadily been increasing this summer. While there may have…

  • Sep 10th, 2021 12:38pm
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Some WSF employees threaten ‘sickout’ over busy sailing weekend

On the eve of one of the islands’ busiest weekends, ferry-goers braced…

  • Sep 8th, 2021 1:30am
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
Contributed photo

Fire department seeks new boat for off-island rescues

A dispute between the San Juan Fire Department and Sam Juan Police…

  • Sep 4th, 2021 1:30am
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Photograph by Michael Stillwater.

Island Composer Morten Lauridsen performs at San Juan Community Theatre

Waldron Island has inspired an archipelago of world-renowned choral songs. Sitting in…

  • Sep 2nd, 2021 1:30am
Photograph by Michael Stillwater.

Blue Heron Canoe Family visits the San Juans

While locals and tourists may be complaining about ferry waits, the Blue…

  • Aug 19th, 2021 1:30am
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Painted rocks and awareness | SAFE San Juans at the fair

Hope can appear in the most unexpected places — and that is…

  • Aug 17th, 2021 1:30am
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Tate Thomson photo

New mural brings splashes of color to Blair Avenue

Blair Avenue has a new pop of color. Two Poulsbo artists, Josh…

  • Aug 11th, 2021 1:30am
Tate Thomson photo
(Amber Chenoweth photo)

A farewell to an extroverted deer

The San Juan Islands are small, yet are home to big personalities…

  • Aug 9th, 2021 1:30am
(Amber Chenoweth photo)
Metro creative

Fifth annual Rick Campbell Car Show, Aug. 7

Friday Harbor will soon be taking a step back in time. The…

  • Aug 6th, 2021 1:30pm
Metro creative
Janice Otto, Victoria Compton and Rep. Rick Larsen talk at Alphabet Soup on July 14.

Island’s childcare crisis continues

The island has long struggled with a childcare shortage — coming out…

  • Aug 5th, 2021 2:17pm
Janice Otto, Victoria Compton and Rep. Rick Larsen talk at Alphabet Soup on July 14.

Roche Harbor’s Spit, Sip and Save Lives

Attendees came together over a love of wine and to potentially save…

  • Aug 1st, 2021 3:08pm
contributed photo

Director Richard Donner left his mark on Hollywood and the San Juans

Producer and director Richard Donner, who passed July 5, left a lasting…

  • Jul 25th, 2021 1:30am
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Photo courtesy of Jack Riley.

Continued Canadian border closure affects island harbors

The pandemic has not been smooth sailing and many U.S. and Canadian…

  • Jul 16th, 2021 12:00pm
Photo courtesy of Jack Riley.
photo by Adam Fontana for Island Stage Left

Island Stage Left returns with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

After theater has been suffering in the shadow cast by the pandemic…

  • Jul 15th, 2021 3:08pm
photo by Adam Fontana for Island Stage Left
(Sienna Boucher/staff photo)

Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade returns

Friday Harbor was buzzing with excitement as the town received last-minute approval…

  • Jul 14th, 2021 1:30am
(Sienna Boucher/staff photo)
Tom Eades has worked for San Juan County dispatch for three decades. (Sienna Boucher/staff photo)

County dispatch office also suffers from a short staff

Many businesses on San Juan Island are struggling with being short-staffed, but…

  • Jul 10th, 2021 1:30am
Tom Eades has worked for San Juan County dispatch for three decades. (Sienna Boucher/staff photo)
Photo courtesy of Barbara Marrett

Barbara Marrett retires from San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Marrett had gone…

  • Jul 8th, 2021 6:39pm
Photo courtesy of Barbara Marrett
Friday Harbor mayor candidates, from left to right: Philip Carvalho, Farhad Ghatan and Ray Jackson. (Contributed photos)

Meet the 2021 Friday Harbor mayoral candidates

This November, Friday Harbor residents will be asked to vote for the…

  • Jul 8th, 2021 1:30am
Friday Harbor mayor candidates, from left to right: Philip Carvalho, Farhad Ghatan and Ray Jackson. (Contributed photos)