16 environmental groups create parade entry about orcas - video posted

Friends of the San Juans and 15 other environmental protection groups joined together to put a spotlight on the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. The groups' entry, The Orca Protectors, in the 2017 Friday Harbor Fourth of July parade included people carrying cutouts of whale fins. Each black one represented one of the members of J, K or L pods. Seven white cutouts stood for the orcas that died in the past year. The entry won the Judges Special Choice prize.


Friday Harbor parade winners announced

The judges, Mark Madsen, Christine and Patrick Minney had the difficult job of selecting the winners among the 60+ entries in the 2017 Fourth of July Parade in Friday Harbor. The prizes for the parade, sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce,  are: 

Best Vehicle: Kenmore Air


Islanders remember those who died for their country

Turnout for the 2017 annual Memorial Day parade in Friday Harbor may have been a bit reduced by lack of updated information about a change in start time. A press release from the Town of Friday Harbor listed a 10 am start time. Later the Town asked the American Legion to change the start time to 11:30 am to avoid traffic from an off-loading ferry. Unfortunately a press release containing the new information was not sent out. 


Friday Harbor beats Concrete, secures state berth - SLIDESHOW added

Saturday afternoon, Wolverine fastpitch coach Brian Lambright was worried the nightmare that disturbed his sleep the past week was coming true. In his nightmare, Concrete beat the Wolverines breaking the 15 victory record Friday Harbor has over them. Fortunately, the Friday Harbor girls banished the nightmare by preserving their one-run lead, winning the game and fulfilling their dream of going to state.


1,000 eggs, dozens of kids, loads of fun at Jacksons Beach

About 1,000 eggs, dyed by volunteers the night before and strewn amid the driftwood at Jacksons Beach, awaited San Juan Island children Sunday afternoon. The San Juan Island firefighters hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Bunny was there to greet children and pose for countless photos. Volunteers distributed toys in exchange for plastic eggs which had been hidden among the hard-boiled dyed eggs. 

In addition some of the participants won fire safety items.  Photos by Matt Pranger



Eggs, jellybeans, Bunny and Carrots at Roche Harbor Sunday

Dozens of children scampered through the gardens at Roche Harbor gathering colorful eggs Sunday, April 16, 2017 during the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The six lucky participants who found the gold- and silver-colored eggs, redeemed them for a large stuffed animal and a basket of their choice.


Ages infant to three years old

Golden Egg: Emilia Garcia of Friday Harbor 

Silver Egg: Jocelyn Peinado of Friday Harbor

Ages four to 6 years old

Golden Egg: Evelyn Relanga of Friday Harbor 

Silver Egg: Kira Wilson of Friday Harbor

Ages seven to 11 years old

Golden Egg: Drake Hambidge of Kirkland 

Silver Egg: Eric Corbin of Friday Harbor


A Canadian boy almost lost out on collecting his prize after accurately guessing there were 575 jellybeans in the jar. The winner had to be present. A family member found him and he came running up in time to collect the jar with the jellybeans and a $100 bill inside. Brent Snow, emcee and Executive Director of Roche Harbor Resort, quipped the $100 was worth $300 in Canadian dollars.

Photos by Sharon Kivisto


Friday Harbor girls bounce Seattle Lutheran, advance in district tourney

Friday Harbor girls basketball team bounced Seattle Lutheran 33-13 Wednesday, Feb. 8 and advances in the 2017 Class 2B District 1/2 Tournament. The Wolverines (9-11) next play at La Conner (18-2) at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Hannah Hopkins dishes off the ball in Friday Harbor's 33-13 victory over Seattle Lutheran Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Matt Pranger photo

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