San Juan ‘whisperer,’ local girl takes the reins of her future

In her new business, Inherited Horsemanship LLC, which she opened in Dec. 2014, Emma Billington, 26, works closely with the horse and its owner to help create a lifelong relationship between the two.

San Juan County Economic Development Council offers free workshop on business planning and financing

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Advance registration is required.

  • Jan 26th, 2015

Better Business Bureau tips to avoid dieting scams

Every January, the goal to lose weight and get in shape is at the top of New Year’s resolution lists. After all the snacking and feasting that goes on from Thanksgiving to Jan. 1, that’s no big surprise.

  • Jan 26th, 2015

Moving beyond the gas tax | Don C. Brunell

With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes.

  • Jan 25th, 2015

Beware of bogus Super Bowl fan packages | Better Business Bureau

As the Seattle Seahawks return to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, the 12th Man’s quest to attend the big game will prove to be expensive and difficult.

  • Jan 21st, 2015

Same business, new location: Mosquito Fleet Mercantile moves house

After seven years owners Ron Bates and Sandy Montana shut the doors on their storefront located above the ferry terminal on A Street.

Cosponsored by EDC, ‘export’ biz workshop in Bellingham

In the workshop, attendees will learn ways to access local resources and advisers to grow their businesses and get products and services into the global marketplace.

  • Jan 16th, 2015

Association disbanded, but for local realtors it’s still business as usual

The decision to dissolve was due, in large part, to new core standards established by the National Association of Realtors adopted in May 2014, which include additional accounting regulations, state reporting, duties for staff and board of directors, more travel and per diem, along with increase state meeting participation.

  • Jan 8th, 2015

EDC to host free business workshops at library

Join Lake Kennedy McCulloch Accounting and its team of CPAs for a workshop on getting the best out of QuickBooks. Sponsored by Islanders Bank, the session is slated for Jan. 7, 9 a.m., at San Juan Island Library. Learn how to register for government contracts the following week, Jan. 14.

  • Dec 29th, 2014

Of water, wells and San Juan real estate | Guest Column

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone.

  • Dec 11th, 2014

Holiday shopping made more convenient in Friday Harbor

More than a half-dozen Friday Harbor businesses will be extending their hours into the night.

  • Nov 26th, 2014

Buyers hold sway, but gains in real estate recovery emerge | As I See It

In this buyer’s market it is all about pricing, and listings that are priced properly sell in a timely manner. If sellers desire action around their listing, they should price their property to sell based on the level of recovery in our market and amount of inventory that is direct competition.

  • Nov 24th, 2014

First Impressions: effective ‘staging’ can help separate your property from the pack | Guest Column

Often referred to as a “mainland thing,” staging is now being embraced by savvy island sellers with surprising results. Big or small, vacant or occupied, every home benefits from staging.

  • Nov 15th, 2014

Successful first season at ‘A Place to Play’

A Place to Play, located at 55 Spring Street, opened its doors Memorial Day Weekend. In children’s museum style, it functions as an indoor playing space for children, where imagination and creation are at the forefront of fun.

Milestones on a long road to equality | Women in Business

We instilled in our daughters the need to have a career, to be able to take care of ourselves and our families.

  • Oct 24th, 2014

Soroptimist: united in a common cause | Women in Business

Founded 18 years ago to help better the cause of women in the community, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor doesn’t necessarily immerse itself in the world of business.

Her ‘hands-on’ approach to wellness | Women in Business

Amy Bienvenu aims to unlock the body’s potential through Rolfing, a form of therapeutic manipulation of connective tissues in the body, is designed to relieve tension and discomfort, realign the body, and provide postural education.

Promise of print still alive at Serendipity | Women in Business

Browse ‘til your heart’s content at the used book place. Classics, bestsellers, Pacific Northwest authors—you name it, they’ve probably got it. And if they don’t, they’ll find it.

Journal earns 17 awards in annual ‘better newspapers contest’

In addition to its individual BNC awards, The Journal also shared with staff of its sister paper, the Islands’ Sounder, in earning second-place for the 2013 Springtide publication and third-place for the 2013 edition of Home & Garden.

  • Oct 15th, 2014

Grand opening of Friday Harbor ‘fine art’ gallery, Saturday

The grand opening of Northwest artist Michael Bienvenu's Friday Harbor fine art gallery, Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., will feature works of highly acclaimed and, as some say, "suggestive," as in provocative, painter Steven LaRose, a Seattle native.

  • Oct 1st, 2014

Will utility rates rise in 2015?

The OPALCO Board of Directors will discuss utility rates for 2015, beginning budget talks for the upcoming year at its next meeting, Sept. 18, in Friday Harbor.

  • Sep 15th, 2014

Taxable sales increase 4.9 percent for first quarter of 2014 | Washington State Department of Revenue

The state’s taxable retail sales totals grew to $27.3 billion in the first quarter of 2014 (Jan. 1-March 31), recording a 4.9 percent increase over the same period in 2013. Retail trade, a subset of total taxable retail sales, rose 2.4 percent to $12.3 billion.

  • Aug 28th, 2014

Pizza, pie, patio and a whole lot more at Van Go’s

The pizza is delicious, and salads equally delightful, and having a patio out back makes an evening at Van Go Pizza all that much more scrumptious. You just may have to look around a bit to find it.

  • Jul 8th, 2014

Gates to open at San Juan dump Mondays

The additional day of operation is among several changes instituted by Lautenbach Recycling since the Mount Vernon-based disposal company took over management of the transfer station in June.

  • Jun 25th, 2014

Power of pedal for free on Friday Harbor

Travel Light Cycles and the Port of Friday Harbor have joined forces to make mechanically sound bicycles available to visitors and guests.

  • Jun 25th, 2014

For new San Juan cookie company, ‘It’s crunch time’

Whale Tale Cookies makes treats for kids with an educational twist. Each package of whale tail shaped cookies contains a trading card with an intriguing photo of an orca whale engaged in one of many sometimes-mysterious behaviors. That's just for starters...

  • Jun 17th, 2014

Friday Harbor Labs nabs $46K utility rebate by reducing electrical demand

The Labs recent retrofit includes an upgrade to high-performance linear bulbs and ballasts, and replacement of incandescent lighting with LEDs, resulting in an estimated energy savings of 101,333 kilowatt hours a year, as well as a $46K rebate from OPALCO.

  • Jun 12th, 2014

New role for Islands’ Sounder publisher

Colleen Smith Armstrong has been promoted to group publisher of the San Juan Islands’ group. She will oversee the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and Islands’ Weekly.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Northwest Sky Ferry acquires San Juan Airlines assets

San Juan Airlines offers daily scheduled, charter and scenic flights serving the San Juan Islands, Bellingham, Anacortes, Port Angeles, Point Roberts, Seattle, British Columbia and beyond.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Free workshop to cover how to plan, and finance

The business and financing workshop will be presented by James McCafferty, of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, a management consultant for more than a decade.

  • May 21st, 2014

New masseuse joins staff at Island Wellness

A 2008 graduate of the Port Townsend School of Massage Therapy, Maia Yip has joined the staff at Friday Harbor’s Island Wellness Center.

  • May 21st, 2014

Massage therapist joins Friday Harbor’s Island Wellness Center

A 2008 graduate of the Port Townsend School of Massage Therapy, Maia Yip has been in practice on Lopez Island before joining owner Amy Bienvenu and staff at the San Juan Island-based Island Wellness Center. She offers a variety of treatments, from deep tissue massage to Hot Stone therapy, with sessions tailored specifically for each client.

  • May 14th, 2014

What’s cookin? New chef add zest to FH dining scene

Cobb, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, brings a passion for Italian cuisine and outstanding cooking experience from Vermont, Las Vegas and Montreal.

  • Apr 26th, 2014

Julie Duke takes helm at Wolf Hollow

Duke first became involved at Wolf Hollow back in 1997, as a volunteer animal caregiver at the time, while working on and completing an associates degree at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Tim Bair guides San Juan Pasta Company

Since 2010, San Juan Pasta Company has provided island restaurants and retailers, and the Saturday Market, with fresh pasta, crackers, sauces, and pasta-related products.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

SJ’s Jensen Shipyard earns state leadership ‘green’ award

The Clean Boating Foundation of Washington's Leadership Clean "certification" recognizes the "outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and restoring the health of Puget Sound" to Albert Jensen and Sons - known to generations of islanders as Jensen Shipyards.

  • Apr 15th, 2014

Scenic Byway bears signs aplenty

The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway became Washington’s newest state byway in the spring of 2009.

  • Apr 8th, 2014

San Juan distillery reaps awards

Apple brandy nets gold, best of class, gin earns silver

  • Mar 25th, 2014

Three-part video workshop, live or live-streamed

The workshop is open to San Juan County residents, and all courses are live-streamed so you can attend from your business or home.

  • Mar 11th, 2014

A-1 Shredding expands, offers service in San Juans

A-1 Shredding can haul your papers and documents to its secure Bellingham plant for shredding and disposal.

  • Mar 11th, 2014