New filling station at Roche Harbor Village

Roche Harbor has a new filling station. The single-pump station is located in the upper parking lot at the top of the hill. The parking lot has been regraded and reconfigured, and is being landscaped with 75 red maples.

  • Apr 15th, 2009

Former WWE wrestler opens Friday Harbor animal grooming service

In the wrestling ring, Lisa Moretti was known for such moves as the facebuster, the snap suplex and the scoop slam. Today, she's traded in the smackdown for shampoo and shears. Moretti, a former pro football cheerleader and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, has opened a cat and dog grooming service on San Juan Island. Her number is 378-8468.

  • Apr 15th, 2009

No Victoria Clipper service this summer between Seattle and San Juans

The Victoria Clipper will not offer service between Seattle and the San Juan Islands this summer. The U.S. Navy will use the Victoria Clipper III and other vessels to ferry personnel from Everett to Bremerton for work on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. Service between Seattle and the San Juans is expected to resume in 2010, the company stated on its Web site.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Career opportunity: Get certified as a sediment control lead

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center has developed a three-day erosion and sediment control instruction program that will provide participants with the required 18 hours necessary to become a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Water course for real estate professionals

“Water in San Juan County,” a for-credit course for real estate professionals, is being offered April 24 in the San Juan Island Fire Department headquarters station on Mullis Street. The full-day course is presented by Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

CDPD sets up e-mail service for builders

The San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department is setting up an e-mail news service to inform the building community of policy statements and information related to staffing, service and other topics of interest. Its first edition is scheduled to go out this week.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Chamber launches new program: The Chamber Luncheon

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce introduces a new program for 2009, “The Chamber Luncheon.” This monthly event will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vinny’s Ristorante, starting this month.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Need a job? Career Center in Friday Harbor can help

Need a job? The Northwest Workforce Career Center can help. The Career Center, 540 Guard St., No. 210, Friday Harbor, is offering a series of free workshops.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Bocce ball, cafe expansion at Roche Harbor

A bocce ball court is being developed in front of the old kilns next to Quarryman Hall at Roche Harbor Village. The court is expected to be completed by June, according to Pat Carver of the Roche Harbor Village staff.

  • Apr 14th, 2009

“Water in San Juan County”: A for-credit course for real estate professionals

Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors are hosting "Water in San Juan County," a for-credit workshop for real estate professionals.

  • Apr 8th, 2009

American Institute of Architects, Northwest Washington chapter, announces new scholarship

The American Institute of Architects, Northwest Washington chapter, is accepting applications for its first scholarship. Applicants must be a junior or above (in the 2009-10 academic year) in an accredited school of architecture. There will be at least one $1,000 scholarship. Deadline for applications is July 1.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Downtown Adopt a Tree Well continues this year

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum is seeking participants for its Adopt a Tree Well program. As part of its beautification plan, the Downtown Forum initiated a program in 2008 where businesses, organizations or individuals could “adopt” the ground around the trees along the sidewalks in Friday Harbor by planting flowers and caring for them.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Residents can get help with phone bills

Low-income residents in CenturyTel’s service area may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Revamped Web site for Island Bicycles

Island Bicycles of Friday Harbor’s Web site,, has been completely recreated by Chester Chipperfield and Collyn Ahart Chipperfield of of London, U.K.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Chamber Downtown Forum meets Thursday

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum will meet Thursday, 8:30 a.m. at Whidbey Island Bank. The Chamber Downtown Forum is a program offered by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

National Census reports San Juan County agriculture is growing

Farming in San Juan County is growing – and growing faster than national and state averages, according to a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics service. The number of farms, farmers, acres farmed, and revenue are all growing in San Juan County. The report, released last month, is a national census conducted every five years, and results from 2007 show 66 more farms (291 total) in the islands than in 2002, a 29 percent increase compared to 13 percent for Washington state and 4 percent nationally.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Islands’ Weekly now mailing to Lopez only

Effective with the March 31 edition, the Lopez Island-based Islands’ Weekly will no longer be mailed to households on Orcas and San Juan islands. It will continue to be mailed free of charge to Lopez Island households.

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Westcott Bay Sea Farms will reopen for business in June; U-pick days, wholesaling expected

Westcott Bay Sea Farms will reopen for business in June, co-owner Craig Bleeker said. The sea farm, known worldwide for its lantern net-grown oysters and other shellfish, may also sell wholesale to restaurants before June. U-pick days will be scheduled as well.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Jim and Kate Schuman buy IPS, effective April 1

Charlie and Lynn Meyer are selling Island Petroleum Service to Jim and Kate Schuman, effective April 1. Terms of the sale and purchase were not disclosed.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Downtown visitor center needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center. Training is provided. Visit the Visitor Information Center or call Sandy Baird, 378-5240.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Paid internship offered by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is offering a paid after-school internship program to train students in customer service and general office procedures. Call Debbie Pigman or Sandy Baird, 378-5240.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Help from SBA for small businesses

Learn how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can help your business by participating in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s March Web chat.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Visitors Bureau representatives attend ‘Tourism Day’ in Olympia

Deborah Hopkins and Robin Jacobson of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, as well as Carol and Bogdan Kulminski of the Blue Heron B&B on Orcas Island, represented the San Juan Islands during “Tourism Day” in Olympia.

  • Mar 18th, 2009

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday in Friday Harbor

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.

  • Mar 13th, 2009

Direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income | Guest Column

An extension of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was passed recently and direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income.

  • Feb 19th, 2009

Hillside House Bed and Breakfast awarded ‘Green Eco-Leaf’ rating

Hillside House Bed and Breakfast has earned a rating of four green eco-leafs by completing a 70-point eco-audit survey administered by, the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

  • Feb 19th, 2009

Steps Wine Bar and Cafe moving to 123 West St. | Business

Steps Wine Bar and Cafe is moving from Friday Harbor Center to 123 West St., the new commercial-residential buildings built by Misty Todd on Front Street. Steps serves its last meal at Friday Harbor Center on Saturday and reopens at its new location May 13.

  • Feb 18th, 2009

18 foreclosures in San Juan County in 2008, up from 17 in 2007

Eighteen individuals or couples faced property foreclosure in 2008, according to a review of Trustees Sale notices published in The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder.

  • Feb 12th, 2009

Several businesses take out applications for SBA help; low-interest loans also available for farmers impacted by storm

A Small Business Administration representative is visiting with local business owners this week to discuss low-interest loans that are available to help offset financial losses suffered during the storm that covered the county’s roads with snow and ice Dec. 12 to Jan. 5.

  • Feb 12th, 2009

Council may renew utility assistance plan Thursday

The Friday Harbor Town Council will consider renewing its utility assistance program Thursday, 12:20 p.m., during its noon meeting at Town Hall.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Fund-raising workshop for non-profits Feb. 23 at San Juan Center

Does your organization participate in fund-raising? Do your board members and volunteers have the skills they need to be successful in finding the funds needed to support the work of the organization? Bob Schwartzberg presents a workshop, “Fund-raising for Small Non-Profits,” on Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Murray’s Web site offers links to economic resources

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has launched an online “Economic Resource Center” that provides links to federal and state economic services, as well as economy-related information and updates.

  • Feb 4th, 2009

Federal funds available for food expenses

The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care and adult care centers for some costs associated with providing meals.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

Local cider is a big winner on national level

Westcott Bay Orchards was a big winner at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The competition was in December but results were released Monday.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

Businesses ask for after-hours lighting

The ordinance change, requested by local businesses, would allow illumination of signs and display cases after business hours.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

Hawley & Nicholson sells to Hilsinger

Local accounting firm Hawley & Nicholson has merged with Hilsinger & Company, an accounting firm with offices in the Mount Vernon area. Sandra Hawley and Beth Nicholson will continue to be associated with the firm’s Friday Harbor office, which takes the name Hilsinger & Company SJI PS. They will continue to offer a full range of accounting services, including audits, bookkeeping, consulting, tax preparation, and valuations.

  • Feb 2nd, 2009

New home for Curves of Friday Harbor

In an ongoing effort to accommodate the women of Friday Harbor, Curves has relocated to 535 Market St., suite B (next to Whidbey Island Bank). This convenient location is within walking distance of the town core and has ample parking. Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-11 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

  • Jan 14th, 2009

Friday Harbor hits 2nd-best sales tax revenue ever, but still $1M less than 2007

According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.

  • Jan 12th, 2009

Keep today’s challenges in perspective | Economic Forecast

We enter 2009 with many concerns about the local, state and national economy. But to understand our economic condition, we have to remember exactly how bad things have been to appreciate how well off most of us are today.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Joy Sevier elected president of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

The following local business people have been elected officers of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce for 2009 ...

  • Jan 2nd, 2009