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Feel free to share your impressions of your stay with us and your time on the Islands - your favorite hike, best dining experience (you can even mention your favorite breakfast or cookie), and most memorable moment. We will do our best to keep you apprised of not-to-miss events on the Islands and news from the Inn. Stay tuned and we are looking forward to your thoughts...

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L119 and Her Mother Matia

Orca Calf L-119 is Named

After several weeks of public voting with more than 2,500 votes counted, Southern Resident Community Orca calf  L-119 has received her name! Though the voting was close, Joy is the winning name by about 100 votes. Joy is a fitting name as this playful calf has brought […]

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Kwel Hoy’ – “We Draw the Line”

The Lummi tribe has declared their strong opposition to the Coal Project and on September 15th embarks on a 1200-mile long  road trip Lummi style, a Totem Pole Journey through the sacred landscapes of the West, to unite the west in saying NO to coal export. Kwel […]

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The proposed coal terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal per year, almost as much as Cherry Point in Bellingham. Courtesy of Columbia River Keeper.

Comments Open on Proposed Coal Terminal in Longview

Regulatory agencies are currently accepting comments on the scope of the Enviromental Impact Study for the proposed Longview coal terminal (Millennium Bulk Terminals.) The proposal would ship 44 million tons of coal across SR 432, 16 new trains a day, and run 730 coal ships per year […]

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We've now added the orange RSS feed icon on our blog posts. If you'd like to keep up on San Juan Island and B&B news, this is a real simple way to do it.

Use RSS Feed to Get San Juan Island and B&B News

We’ve now added the orange RSS feed icon on our blog posts for Tucker House Inn, Harrison House Suites, and Coho Restaurant. You’ll find it at the top of the right hand column. If you’d like to keep up on San Juan Island and B&B news, this […]

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The Samish Indian Nation of the San Juan Islands

With their powerful declaration against coal exports, the Lummi Nation has been in the news frequently of late. But there is another First Nations Tribe whose ancestral homes are right here in the San Juan Islands, the Samish Nation. Last month I attended a lecture at the […]

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Guest Sammy Molitor Enjoys His Pupcake from the Friday Harbor B&B That Pampers Four-Legged Guests

Letter from a Four-Legged Guest

  Dear Auntie Anna Maria, Uncle Dave, and the rest of the HH/TH crew: Thank you so much once again for letting me, little Sammy Molitor, spend another wonderful night with you.  My stay in Lizzie’s Cottage was absolutely fabulous and it was actually nice to stay […]

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Vote Yes on 522

This November, Washington State voters will decide whether to label genetically engineered foods. Nationwide, the past couple of months have shown a ramp-up of support for labeling, with labeling bills passing legislatures in Connecticut, and Maine. Washington, however, is the only state sending a genetically engineered foods […]

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Coal Activists

Coal Exports – Summer 2013 Developments

We are making progress in our fight against the proposed coal exports project. As you’ve no doubt heard, there is a major proposal to strip mine coal in the Powder River Basin region of Wyoming and Montana, transport it by long, open train cars through cities and […]

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Maps Available for I-Phones

Now you can get rid of the paper map and download it on your I-Phone. Town Graphics, the creator of the maps that we give out at the Inns, has just released two free apps, one for Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, and the other for Eastsound/Orcas Island. […]

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Lummi Leaders Embark on Totem Pole Journey from San Juan Islands to Protest Coal Exports

Our neighbors from the Lummi Nation are about to embark on a 1,500-mile Totem Pole Journey and you are invited to hear their story.   Lummi leaders, Jeremiah Julius and Jewell James will discuss their upcoming Totem Pole Journey and other activities related to their opposition to the […]

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Lummi Nation Protest Coal - TreatyProtectiondotOrg

Thank You to Lummi Nation for Letter to Army Corp of Engineers

We would like to thank the Lummi Nation for submitting a formal letter to the Army Corps of Engineers declaring their opposition to the Gateway Pacific coal terminal project. Though they had previously submitted extensive documentation stating their opposition and the reasons why, the Army Corp of […]

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Whale Museum Looks for Votes to Name L-119

Cast Your Vote to Name L-119, the New Orca Calf! Each year The Whale Museum gives names to calves of the Southern Resident Community who have survived a full winter. This year, it’s time to name L-119 (female), first seen in May of 2012 and the offspring […]

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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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