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J-49 keeping up with Mom. Photo courtesy of Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters.

The Samish Indian Nation Names New Orca Calf J-49

The Whale Museum has a long history of naming orca calves of the Southern Resident Community, then entering them in the “orca Adoption Program,” which is a symbolic adoption. This year, several Whale Museum staff members had the rare opportunity to participate in a Samish Indian Nation […]

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NOAA has rejected a permit request from the Georgia Aquarium that would have allowed the import of 18 beluga whales into the U.S. from Russia. (Photo: Tyson Paul/Getty)

Georgia Aquarium and Others Denied Whale Shipment

David Kirby, writing on the Take Part website, posted this recent report:Conservationists rejoice as U.S. denies permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. August 7, 2013 David Kirby NOAA has rejected a permit request from the Georgia Aquarium that would have allowed the import of 18 […]

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Cherry Point Reach, Proposed Site of Coal Terminal - RE Sources

Coal Terminal Proponent Pays 1.6 Million Penalty

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities reports that earlier this week,  SSA Marine agreed to pay $1.6 million in penalties as a result of RE Sources’ Clean Water Act lawsuit. It is one of the nation’s largest penalties in history under the dredge and fill provisions of the Clean Water […]

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Southern Residents to Remain on Endangered Species List

Komo News, Seattle, reports this great news on our Southern Resident orcas: SEATTLE (AP) – Killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound are a distinct population group and will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday. NOAA’s […]

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Southern Resident Orcas eat only salmon; humans needs to support sustainable practices to ensure adequate food for these magnificent creatures.

Where are the Whales?

This report came in from Orca Network, July 30, 2013: “It’s been over a week since the last sightings report, mainly because it’s been since July 20 that anyone has reported seeing any Resident orcas, and Biggs/Transient orcas have also only rarely been seen for the past […]

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You Asked – They Listened! Coal Terminal Scoping Report Out

This report just in from Friends of the San Juans:   Yesterday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County announced the scope of their joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry […]

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Soroptimists Fund WIC Vouchers for Farmers Market

  San Juan island has the largest year-round population of the 172 islands that compose San Juan County, yet there are only about 6400 people here. But what’s interesting is that on this one island of 6400 people, there are over 135 non-profit organizations. Need we say […]

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New Orca Calf for Norther Resident Pod Member A73 Springer

New Calf for Once-Orphaned Mother A73

  There’s a new baby in Canada’s Northern Resident A pod. This calf is of even greater interest than most, because it was born to A73 Springer, who as a 2-year-old orphaned calf, made her way 400 miles south to Vashon Island. Starving and suffering from a […]

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On hot, summer days, nothing's better than rich, creamy ice cream; this Friday Harbor B&B has the scoop on where to find the best cone.

Favorite Ice Cream on San Juan Island

It’s a hot summer day, you’re enjoying a stroll through Friday Harbor, there’s a festive atmosphere in town; mmmm, ice cream would be a nice treat as you window shop or watch the boats in the harbor. But not just any ice cream; you want the rich, […]

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Favorite Picnic Spots on San Juan Island

I adore picnics. Whether it’s an elaborate feast or a simple, impromptu meal, nothing compares with the charm of dining outdoors in nature. Nature’s rhythm and beauty lends an air of serenity to the repast, a feeling of peace and contentment that is not as readily grasped […]

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Photo by Jim Maya

What Time Do the Whales Come By?

“What time do the whales come by?” It’s a question we hear almost daily in the summer months. Yes, at first it seems rather ludicrous; obviously the whales don’t check in with us on their schedule. But we know what people really mean when they ask this […]

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The Power of Letting Go

New San Juan Island Author – The Power of Letting Go

We are avid supporters of “all things island,” and our fondness for local artists and authors is included. Several of us at the Inns see the author of the newest “island book” on a professional level for health-related issues as well as yoga instruction, so we are […]

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Trip Advisor Awards Certificate of Excellence to Tucker House 2013

Tucker House Inn Hey, we’re going to brag a bit: The Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites and Coho Restaurant all received the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Inns were also designated  Bronze Level Green Leaders. We’re pretty excited about this because, as you probably […]

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Southern Residents Pass By Lime Kiln Lighthouse 1964 or 1965 Photo by David Jamison

Disturbing Orca Story

David Jamison was on the west side of San Juan Island in 1964 or 1965 when the Southern Residents appeared on the scene. They were cruising by Limestone Point when he shot this photo. But what David didn’t capture on camera is clearly emblazoned on his heart. […]

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Wild Nights Cover - Front

San Juan Island author Mary Ellen Courtney’s debut novel, “Wild Nights,” has just received another notable award. It was named Winner in the New Fiction category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA). The award contest recognizes top-level self-published books that can stand next to those […]

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SkagitBridge Collapse Photo by WSDOT

Congressman Larsen Visits Collapsed Bridge Site

In a recent letter to the San Juan Island Visitors Bureau, Congressman Rick Larson noted that he had visited the site of the collapsed bridge on I-5 in Mt. Vernon earlier this week with the state and federal officials. “The state has a plan to temporarily repair […]

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Back  row left to right: Wenda Shinall, Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos, Leticia Cazares, Erin Dannelly, Anna Maria de Freitas, Molly Prima. Front row left to right: Janeth Lopez Carvajal, Elsa Prieto Lopez, Elsa Lopez, Beth Fricke, Haide Torrez-Lopez, David Pass

Inn Staff Plays Hooky

It always seems like winter goes by in a flash because there are so many projects to get done before the majority of our visitors arrive for summer fun. We enjoy pleasing our guests, helping them plan their visit,  and introducing them to our lovely island; but […]

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J Pod Returns

Islanders and whale watch fans were all abuzz last Sunday with the return of our favorite, J-pod. Orca Network reports they were shuffling and frolicking while foraging along the west side of San Juan Island. Fortunate kayakers and land-based whale watchers had the thrill of their lives […]

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I-5 Bridge Collapse – Alternative Routes

Here is an alternative way to get to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes from Seattle due to the I-5 bridge collapse.  I-5 is closed in both directions in Skagit County south of Burlington. By Car: If you are driving from Seattle, consider the suggested alternative route […]

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Coal Battle Continues – Help Needed for Strategic Health Impact Assessment

Photo by Paul Anderson Friends of the San Juans reports that your help is needed to fund an important study regarding the health effects of diesel emissions and coal dust associated with coal trains transporting thermal coal from the Powder River Basin to the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal […]

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