Friday Harbor Film Festival Launches Film Society



Among the many things that make the San Juan Islands special is the pleasantly surprising quality of cultural offerings. Beginning with its debut in 2013, The Friday Harbor Film Festival has presented thought-provoking documentary films that entertain, enlighten and inspire.

Thanks to more than 150 volunteers and 63 businesses and organizations, the second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival was extraordinarily successful. During one weekend in November, over 3000 islanders and visitors viewed an exciting selection of 30 full-length and 12 short films all in some way related to the Pacific Rim. This was a 55% increase over the 2013 inaugural year attendance.

One Step Closer to Island Wide Broadband


Orcas Power and Light Cooperative announced Thursday its purchase of Friday Harbor-based Rock Island Communications.

Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations with OPALCO to deliver modern, scalable and reliable broadband services for homes and businesses in San Juan County.

“The full transition may take a little time,” OPALCO General Manager Foster Hildreth, “but we can hit the ground running, thanks to the tireless efforts of Gerry Lawlor, who will serve as the executive vice president of Rock Island.”

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New Orca Whale is Third Calf Born to These Endangered Orcas!



NOAA Fisheries West Coast – Science & Management

New L pod calf!!

Dr. Brad Hanson gives us this latest news from the orca research cruise as well as an update on location of L pod:

25 February update – We were about 15 miles west of Westport this morning when we resighted the whales and observed a new calf – L94 appears to be the mother. To recap since our previous posting, on 23 February we were off Cape Lookout, Oregon following the whales north. Yesterday, we continued following the whales north past the mouth to the Columbia River. Since L84 was tagged a week ago we have been with all of K pod but only part of L pod.

On 23 February Jon Scordino with Makah Fisheries sent us photos taken on 20 February of L25 off Cape Flattery, which indicated another part of L pod was in the general area.

This morning, shortly after we launched our Zodiac we observed L41, part of the group that includes L25, indicating that another group of L pod had joined up overnight – this is first time we have documented pods reuniting on the outer coast.

Fortunately the whales were very grouped up and within a few minutes we observed the new calf – with its unique orange-ish color on the white areas. The calf looked very energetic. We have five more days on the cruise and look forward to additional observations of the calf and collecting additional prey and fecal samples.