Isle Be Wed: bigger, better, on the road in 2013

This year, the show will take place at three different locations, simultaneously, on Orcas and San Juan islands.

  • Mar 7th, 2013

Spotlight shines on the economics of ‘creativity’ at Art Council workshops

Studies show the arts play a significant role in a local economy and its vitality, according to Washington State Arts Commission Executive Director Kris Tucker. “This project helps us document at the local level just how important the arts are to community well-being, Tucker said.

  • Mar 1st, 2013

Fitness center weighs future with salt; saltwater pool, that is

The powers that be at the Friday Harbor fitness center are considering whether to replace the traditional chlorinated water of its swimming pool with saltwater, known as Salt Pure, and are seeking input from community and its membership on the possible conversion.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013

Klein joins team at Spa d’Bune

Specializing in hair color and hair cuts during her career, Klein prides herself on adding her own innovative twist to the latest trends.

  • Feb 17th, 2013

Sound Publishing to purchase Everett Herald

Parent company of Journal poised to acquire Herald, 46K circulation daily; deal to close to March

  • Feb 16th, 2013

SJ architect earns post-disaster safety certificate

The Safety Assessment Program, in association with Architects Without Borders and the American Institute of Architects National Disaster Response Advisory Group

  • Feb 16th, 2013

San Juan Islands Wedding Show is Back for 2013

Brides, grooms, planners, and close friends and family will have the chance to interact with nearly forty different vendors.

  • Feb 16th, 2013

Visitors Bureau awarded ‘Gold’ for 2012 promos

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Awarded was Gold for Excellence in Promotion.

  • Feb 10th, 2013

Ownership of San Juan Safaris changes hands

New owner Brian Goodremont is no stranger to the whale and wildlife watching business. In fact, Goodremont joined San Juan Safaris back in 1997, just two years after the company was founded.

  • Jan 28th, 2013

Scholarships available for EDC supply chain management course

Attend a workshop covering manufacturing business models, planning, production and inventory management, forecasting, distribution, and more.

  • Jan 8th, 2013

IPS ownership changes hands, Eltinge calls the shots

Born and raised on Fox Island, Adam Eltinge majored in business and construction management at WSU, worked for eight years for a residential real estate developer in the Redmond and Woodinville areas, and is now the new owner of Friday Harbor-based Island Petroleum Services

  • Jan 8th, 2013

FH’s Ahrenius completes 5-year term on state port association

Formed by the state legislature in 1961, the public ports association works with all 68 ports in Washington state to promote interests of the ports through government relations and advocacy of economic development.

  • Dec 21st, 2012

The ‘Shack’ is back, Oldwyn at the helm

“Our Monday night dinner special will be ribs and Rainier — select from a spicy, cayenne rub for those that like heat and a more traditional rub — both having a nice smoke flavor,” Oldwyn said, adding that ribs and Rainier are a “perfect” combination and compliment for Monday Night football.

  • Dec 19th, 2012

Opalco: check is in the mail

Distributions of “capital credits” are made on a 25-year cycle: only OPALCO member-customers from 1987 will receive checks.

  • Dec 11th, 2012

Driving school now offers tests

Sam Leigh, owner of Right of Way Driving School has been given the green light by the Department of Licensing to administer both the written and driving skills tests.

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Town attorney joins Oregon law firm

“This move is a positive one for both me and the local government community," attorney Adina Cunningham said. "Beery Elsner & Hammond limits its representation to public bodies like cities and counties … and has a great reputation."

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Remodel to deliver first section of waterfront boardwalk

The first section of the long-talked-about boardwalk, from the Port to Cannery Landing, won Town Council approval at its Nov. 15 meeting.

  • Dec 4th, 2012

Island girl returns, alternative healing skills in tow

Calling on 30 years of experience and training in alternative forms of healing and well being, Thomas unearths and alters beliefs, self-images, and mental/emotional habits which generate suffering.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012

Spiced by ‘South-of-the-border’ at Tia’s Tacos

Fans of Mexican faire at home in newest taco house in town

  • Nov 17th, 2012

New life around ‘The Corner’

Long a general store, the Corner Store has worn many hats, providing fodder and supplies to local farms, and at times providing a creative space for artists and craftsmen.

  • Nov 3rd, 2012

SJ Island architect Michael Tranfo earns international honor

San Juan Island's MichaelTranfo, a member of American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional, joins only 352 other Americans honored by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • Aug 12th, 2012

Bridging boundaries, opening doors

Bill McGown, who lives in Bellingham but owns a cabin on Lopez Island, started the small ferry company in fall 2011 after realizing island residents wanted a direct route to Whatcom County that would let them bypass a ferry trip south to Anacortes.

  • Aug 10th, 2012

Deadline extended: funds available for marine tech training

The San Juan Economic Development Council's 14K grant will fund training in marine diesel mechanics and fiberglass manufacturing; deadline to apply is now Aug. 10.

  • Jul 31st, 2012

Prima-Sarantopulos tackles new task

Two years after joining Harrison House Suites, Tucker House and Coho Restaurant as guest services coordinator, Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulous has been promoted to director of content and internal operations.

  • Jul 24th, 2012

Bruno takes the helm of Lakedale Resort

Lakedale's new general manager, Karl Bruno comes from five years at Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma, Calif., voted a Top 100 Resort Spa each of the past three years by Conde Naste Traveler.

  • Jul 19th, 2012

With new addition, lineup complete at Islanders Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Lisa Alexander brings a wealth of practical experience, three degrees and credentials in clinical instruction to the Islanders Physical Therapy staff lineup.

  • Jul 10th, 2012

Rock Island lands school district tech contract

Rock Island will provide the district with 68 laptop computers as part of the first installment of district's technology purchases.

  • Jul 6th, 2012

Town to biz improvement supporters: numbers, please

When local business owners Ed Williams, Julie Shelton and Gail Shmee took their business improvement district idea to the Town Council May 3, the council said, "Show me."

  • May 8th, 2012

Marrett picked to replace Jacobson at Visitors Bureau

Friday Harbor's Barbara Marrett has worn many hats in three decades on San Juan Island. Add communications manager to the list.

  • May 8th, 2012

Visitors Bureau spring membership luncheon, May 9

This year’s luncheon coincides and also celebrates with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. And check out the bureau's new "Paid for with Tourism Dollars" stamp; order a stamp at the luncheon.

  • May 1st, 2012

Financial analysts talk ‘recovery’ at EDC luncheon

What will the economy bring in the next year—both in San Juan County and on a global scale? Here what the experts say.

  • Apr 17th, 2012

Transformation of mind, body… space

New digs, new course for Team Lavendera; ‘Relocation Celebration’, Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Apr 8th, 2012

Momentum grows for business improvement district—in Friday Harbor

Business improvement districts may be a new idea in Friday Harbor, but not across the state. More than 1,100 exist in Washington, most notably in Leavenworth, where a business improvement district fostered an extensive remake of the town into a Bavarian alpine village. Poulsbo, Port Angeles and Seattle’s International District also have active improvement areas.

  • Apr 5th, 2012

Better broadband equals jobs: a clear equation | Guest Column

Studies show employment opportunities increase as broadband grows both in speed and reach.

  • Apr 4th, 2012

Morris honored by state business association

Thanks to a 80-percent "business friendly" voting record, Morris, D-Mount Vernon, was recognized by the Association of Washington Business with its 2011 Cornerstone Award.

  • Mar 24th, 2012

With ‘Girlfriends’, Dardanelli back in consignment biz

At least three-quarters of what Girlfriends has in stock is for "girlfriends," but Dardanelli carries things for "boyfriends" as well—including some quality tuxedos from Gardeaux's of Orcas Island. Wanna' look good for the prom, guys?

  • Mar 24th, 2012

Calling all artists: sign up now for ‘Brickworks’ summer Art Market

The Friday Harbor Art Market returns this summer to the Brickworks Plaza. Local artists should apply by April 16 to secure exhibition and performance space.

  • Mar 20th, 2012

Rep. Rick Larsen talk business on Orcas Island, Friday

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen will talk with local business leaders and meet with constituents on Orcas, Friday, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Outlook Inn.

  • Mar 16th, 2012

Free seminar on financial planning, March 22

Islanders Bank and Lake Kennedy & McCulloch have teamed up to offer a free financial planning seminar, March 22.

  • Mar 8th, 2012

Changes in store at Consignment Treasures

Currently a not-for-profit, the San Juan Island recycling enterprise is seeking "charitable" status as a 501 C-3, creating a membership-based recycling branch and establishing a board of directors.

  • Mar 5th, 2012