MIchael J. Cohen Day

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan and Mike Cohen – Contributed photo

How often does the mayor proclaim a day in your name? Ask Mike Cohen, who will turn 90 this week!

Here’s what the Town had to say:

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“Michael J. Cohen”
Our friend and fellow Island resident Mike Cohen will turn 90 on Saturday, December 14th.

This is a noteworthy life event for anyone, and we wish to honor Mike, as he is a distinguished member of our community. Founder of Project Nature-Connect, and a school in the discipline that boasts students world-wide,

Mike has created and experienced much in his long life.

Mike was raised in a forward thinking artistic and musical family. He has run a ski lodge in Vermont, a traveling school that took students around the country to learn from experiencing the natural world, compiled a repertoire of hundreds of folk songs and dances, and has participated greatly in the preservation of many aspects of our national folk culture.

And he brought it all here to San Juan Island in the late 1990s, where he has enriched our island with his contributions to music, dance and education ever since. You see him at his contra dance, playing music at the farmers market, entertaining customers at the Cask and Schooner, and the residents at The Village, to mention just a few of his current activities.

Friday Harbor would be much the poorer without Mike’s cheerful presence and we would like to honor him as an indispensable community member.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mike!

Read more about Mike and this award here on his Project Nature Connect website.

Update from Inter-Island Healthcare Foundation

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 5:47 am by

Results of Survey of San Juan County Residents over 70 years old are in.

Background: In August and September of 2019, thanks in part to donations from county residents, the Foundation commissioned a survey of county residents to determine the extent and magnitude of unmet needs for community based long-term care services in San Juan County.

A total of 393 surveys were determined to be complete.  A two-page summary of the KEY FINDINGS can be found by clicking this link: IIHF Survey Summary (PDF)

Next Steps Included submitting an application for federal HRSA grant funding to formalize governance and organizational structure to proceed with an analysis of long-term care options in San Juan County.

If awarded this grant, funding would be made available in March or April of 2020. For a review of the complete HRSA Funding Opportunity; HRSA 20-026, click this link: FORHP HRSA-20-026 P10 (PDF)

Thank you for your donations and interest in this critical planning process. Please feel free to contact IIHF if you wish to learn more.

Warren Frederick Jones

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Warren Frederick Jones 82, passed peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born on January 28, 1937, the son of John Gregg and Ida May (Souza) Jones, in San Luis Obispo, California.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12:15 PM at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 454 Madden Lane, Friday Harbor.

A reception will be held following the service at the Masonic Lodge, 15 2nd St N.

Pitcairn Island Expedition

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Lynn Danaher shares this invitation with you…

Due to our long-standing friendships with some of the residents, we have been invited by the Pitcairn islanders themselves to spend a month on Pitcairn exploring petroglyph sites and conducting forensic archaeology. 

We will be the first to test for DNA at a historical burial site in Adamstown, of some of the original mutineers.  We anticipate 2 teams of 2 weeks each, max 6 participants per team, plus guides, researcher and forensic anthropologist.

This is a true remote expedition into a rugged difficult place with limited amenities.  It involves flying to Mangareva from Tahiti and taking a small ship to Pitcairn via a 32-hour passage embarking via a original style long boat thru surf. 

Must be fit and have a positive attitude for adventure.  This an Expedition not a Tour!

All expenses are covered from Tahiti; hotel, airfare to Mangareva, ship transport to and from Pitcairn, all food, lodging & transport on the island, plus, all necessary tools and professional guides.

If interested, please contact Lynn for further information and an application to join this unique expedition.  

Capt. Lynn Danaher, FN’05
Pacific Islands Research Institute
Cell & Text ; 808-755-8045     4islandexplorer@gmail.com

International Service Resumes

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:47 am by

International ferry M/V Chelan and Mt. Baker – Tim Dustrude photo

Beginning on Monday, December 9, the international sailings will resume between Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney B.C.  M/V Chelan rejoins the route following annual maintenance and inspections and will sail in the #1 position. Reservations are available online at TakeAFerry or by calling 206 464 6400 and speaking with an Information Agent. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this recent downsize and maintenance demands throughout the WSF system.

Please be advised the schedule will resume the fall 2019 sailing schedule which eliminates the additional sailings at 9:55 a.m. from Friday Harbor to Lopez and Anacortes, 10:40 a.m., Lopez to Anacortes (commercial only), 11:55 a.m. Anacortes to Lopez and Friday Harbor and the 12:45 p.m. Lopez to Friday Harbor.


2020 Dog Licenses Now On Sale

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Celebrity canine Mia with owner Barbara Wright and Auditor staff Christie Boman, Kira Sable, and Oren Combs.

The dog licensing season was kicked off in grand fashion at the courthouse last week, when the first dog tag of 2020 was issued to a special “celebrity” canine. Mia, an 8-year old Standard Poodle, escorted by her owner Barbara Wright, received tag #1 at the Auditor’s office. Dog licenses are now available for all local canines at a variety of San Juan County locations.

Mia is involved in the “PADs (Parkinson’s Alert Dogs) for Parkinson’s” program. Mia and her canine colleagues at the PADs center are trained to sniff out the distinct scent of a person afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. The scent can potentially be detected several years before the devastating symptoms begin to take effect with these patients. Read More »

Anne Blackburn

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:45 am by

Anne Blackburn 1930 – 2019

Anne Blackburn, née Olive Anne Freeman, died Wednesday 20 November 2019, age 89, at her home in El Cerrito, California, from complications associated with her long-standing heart condition. She was surrounded with love by her daughters and grandchildren and two close family friends at the time of her passing.

A loving, generous, witty and insightful person, Anne spent most of her years in proximity to the ocean, which she loved. Born 30 October 1930 she was raised at Newport Beach, California with her beloved brother Dickinson (Dick) Reed Freeman. Read More »

Community Survey 2019

Posted on December 8, 2019 at 5:31 am by

Please help out the SJI Prevention Coalition by participating in this community survey. Cynthia explains that they need more public input…

The deadline to gather community input is Saturday, December 14 (and) we have not yet reached the minimum requirement for participation in this annual mandatory CPWI Coalition survey.

Please complete the survey ASAP, if you have not done so;  thank you to those that have completed the survey. Please also circulate via email, newsletters, social media:  facebook page, twitter and organizational website page.  Add a brief personal message.  See below for links and background info.  (P.S.  This is not the Coalition Assessment Tool taken at the coalition meeting on October 18=-)

This survey takes 3-5 minutes, and we need to gather parent responses. Click here for the survey: Read More »

The “Magic of Magazines” Tree at the Library

Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:19 am, by

The holiday season is upon us! Are you looking for special gifts, ways to remember loved ones, or opportunities to celebrate your hobbies or specific areas of interest? Why not join the Library’s extended family by sponsoring a Library magazine for yourself, or a loved one? For the month of December, our holiday tree, celebrating  Continue Reading

Transition to Redemption

Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

What’s in the Mailbag today? Here’s a letter from Steve Ulvi… As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following WWII, we enjoyed many simple freedoms. Young families rapidly infilled modest developments in old walnut and almond orchards, grassy oak hills to roam. We didn’t feel the urban apprehension of economic displacement, social injustice or class-constrained  Continue Reading

WSF Online Public Meetings

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:45 am, by

Here’s an important reminder for residents of San Juan County from Jim Corenman, Chair of the county Ferry Advisory Committee… San Juan County FAC here, with a request for assistance: WSF is holding two online public meetings, this Saturday at 9am and Tuesday evening at 6pm. This is a new format for WSF, and is  Continue Reading

Book Launch!

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Farming: History And Landscape Of Agriculture In The San Juan Islands by Boyd C. Pratt A free-ranging pig that caused an international war; a year’s crop of ginseng that paid off the mortgage; and a breachy cow that led to bloody murder. Farming in the San Juan Islands has always presented challenges and opportunities.  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Hi, I’m Rock Sorensen and I’m on the board of directors of APS-FH. My wife Judi says I’m housebroken, don’t shed much, I’m cute, I smell nice, and I’m helpful around the house! My fellow board members describe me as smart, passionate about animals, and a fantastic person to work with. So all kidding aside,  Continue Reading

Harbor Life Ring

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Town Administrator Duncan Wilson… On behalf of the Mayor, Council and Citizens of the Town of Friday Harbor I would like to sincerely thank those that donated in their November utility payment to our Harbor Life Ring program. Each year at this time the  Continue Reading

National Park Service Awards Technical Assistance Grant to Old Military Road Trail Committee

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 11:55 am, by

Formal planning will soon be underway on a long-distance San Juan Island trail thanks to a recently awarded grant from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). The island-based Old Military Road Trail committee is one of 40 recipients nationwide of the grant, which provides technical assistance for community-led recreation projects.  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 9:44 am, by

Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday -December 5th from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run out  Continue Reading

Nana’s Holiday House

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Nana’s Holiday House has opened it’s doors for the 7th year at 175 First Street (formerly the Rumor Mill) with hundreds’s of new and island crafted items, ranging from $1.00 to $10.00. Nana’s house was started to provide our island kids (1-18 years of age) a place to buy affordable gifts for their families, teachers  Continue Reading

Honoring Outgoing EMS Board Members

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The following announcement was submitted by Nathan Butler, public information officer for SJI EMS… On November 26, 2019, the staff of San Juan Island EMS honored outgoing Board members with a special presentation. Outgoing Board members Mark Schwinge, Michael Edwards, Warren Appleton, and Rebecca Smith were all in attendance. Though they were also honored at  Continue Reading

O Christmas Tree!

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… This image was labeled “Hotel de Haro Christmas 1924” when it came to the San Juan Historical Society and Museum. We know little else about it, save for what we can see here. It’s hard to miss that big tree, which we know was  Continue Reading

Final Week for “The Children”

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Helen from Island Stage Left writes: Three top notch veteran actors and a dynamite, incredibly relevant script for our time. Yes, the subject is serious, but the performances have lots of humor, bravery and humanity in them. This really is a must-see show. Come early to get a seat. I have a feeling we may  Continue Reading

PHD Meeting

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a special meeting on December 4, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. (Agenda linked below). This meeting will be chaired by Chair pro tem Anna Lisa Lindstrum. This meeting will begin with HIPAA training from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15  Continue Reading

Rock Solid Wins National Award!

Posted on December 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

Congratulations to Rock Solid prevention youth for their receipt of a national award for their Red Ribbon Week vaping prevention message posted on the Friday Harbor High School chemistry door.  See below for the official announcement and a picture of their entry.  They received one of ten Judges picks – the award for Educational entry.  Continue Reading