Jan Hansen is Everyday Hero

Posted on June 16, 2019 at 5:45 am by

L-R: Kiwanis Club president Doug Popham, Mike Hansen and Jan Hansen – Contributed photo

Jan Hansen recently received a Certificate of Appreciation and a $100 gift certificate as the FH Kiwanis nominee for the Everyday Hero award.

In presenting the award, Kiwanis President Doug Popham stated “The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor has a history of honoring people who go above and beyond what is expected of them without thought of recognition or reward. Today we’d like to honor a retired school teacher who has been volunteering four days a week at Friday Harbor Elementary School for the past four years and who we feel is a perfect candidate for our Everyday Hero award. Thank you, Jan, for what you do.”

Your Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club meets at Friday Harbor House, noon, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month.

Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center

Posted on June 16, 2019 at 5:44 am by

Judy McRae Warrior Pose – Peggy Sue McRae photo

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…

If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs slowly with air from bottom to top, pause, then slowly exhale until you are pulling your stomach in to push out that last bit of air, pause and begin again. I’ve used this in my doctor’s office to bring my blood pressure down. It works. I’ve used it in many stressful situations to calm my nerves and settle my mind. It works, its easy, and you always have it with you.

Yoga is excellent for flexibility and balance, qualities that are always important and become even more important as we get older. Says Andrew Weil, M.D. in his book, Healthy Aging, “Falls are a major cause of disability… You can protect yourself in two ways: by attending to potential hazards in your environment and by attending to your body’s capacity to compensate quickly for sudden twists, bump, and skids.” He goes on to recommend yoga, “I think it will increase the numbers of healthier and happier people here.” Read More »

On This Day in History

Posted on June 15, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Image by Jai79 from Pixabay

Does the name Lyman Cutlar ring a bell? It was 160 years ago today that Lyman Cutlar shot a pig, thus igniting an international dispute that nearly drew the United States and Great Britain into war.

The previous year, gold was struck up on the Fraser River north of here and that drew thousands of prospectors to the area. Lyman Cutlar was one them who eventually ended up homesteading on San Juan Island where the British Hudson Bay Company had already set up its Belle Vue Sheep Farm operation.

On June 15, 1859, Mr. Cutlar found one of the Company’s pigs rooting in his potato patch. As this was not the first time, Cutlar had had enough – he shot the pig but then offered $10.00 in compensation. The owner of the pig refused and instead demanded $100.00 from Cutlar and the rest is Pig War history.

Mike Vouri, former Chief Historian for San Juan Island National Historical Park and author of several books on the Pig War shares more on these events in the NPS video below.

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 5:47 am by

This month’s dance features two of our favorites, Eric Anderson and Joe Micheals, trading calling and musical duties, and who are bringing their friends Sande Gillette on fiddle and Betsey Cooper on flute to join them. A very versatile group promising a great dance here on the island.

As always with contra dance, all dances are taught, no need to bring a partner, and no need for previous contra dance experience, everyone is welcome, we always have a good time together!

  • WHAT: Third Saturday Contra Dance
  • WHERE: Grange Hall in Friday Harbor
  • WHEN: Saturday June 15, 7 till 9 PM
  • PRICE: $10 donation at the door, $5 students

This dance is sponsored by San Juan Island Grange #966. Check out our Facebook page-San Juan Islands Contra Dance.

Siri’s Summer Ferry Schedule

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 5:47 am by

The WSF Summer 2019 Sailing Schedule is now online to help you plan any upcoming trips. Print versions will be available on vessels and at terminals soon.

The summer schedule runs from Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, Sept. 28. The cover features a poem written by Friday Harbor High School student Siri Lindstrum, the #WSFHaiku contest winner.

Out of nearly 200 entries, Siri’s poem received the most “likes” of the three finalists on the @wsferries page back in March.

Letter To The Editor

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 5:44 am by

In light of Diane Ball’s retirement as principal from Friday Harbor Elementary, the Family Umbrella Group wanted to extend a thank you for her contributions to the Family Umbrella Group and this community.

Diane was integral in extending our scholarship program to all qualified preschools on this island. Currently we offer scholarships to Children’s House Montessori, Lighthouse Preschool, Alphabet Soup, St. David’s Preschool and Building Blocks.  

Please visit our new website to apply for a preschool scholarship http://familyumbrellagroup.org/

Officer Talks Down Suicidal Teen

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 7:51 am by

Just heard this about our island’s own Kevin Holmes. Check it out here on Q13 News

Way to go Kevin!

Orca Sing 2019

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Orcas pass by Lime Kiln Lighthouse in this photo by Jenny Atkins

Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas and celebrate Orca Action Month. This year’s event is the 20th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 22, with the music beginning at 7 p.m.

This year, Fred West and Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will perform. Washington State Parks and Orca Awareness Month will also be celebrated.  In addition, Odin and Orca Annie from the Vashon Hydrophone Project will offer a First Nations tribute to their orca relatives in the Salish Sea.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy the beauty of Lime Kiln. Tours of the historic lighthouse will be offered before and after the concert by Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.). The event is free and open to the public. Read More »

New Book by John Geyman

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

John Geyman, M.D. announces publication of: Struggling and Dying Under Trumpcare: How We Can Fix This Fiasco. Dr. Geyman has been writing about U.S. health care policy and reform since 2002. This book describes the health care situation in our country and the current proposals in Congress. He offers evidence based information which supports Medicare For  Continue Reading

Seasonal Park Maintenance Worker

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

  Island Rec is hiring a part-time seasonal Park Maintenance worker to assist with the maintenance of John O. Linde Community Park.  We are looking for a dynamic, hardworking, customer service oriented person interested in being part of the Island Rec team.  This is a 20 hour a week position.  Rate of pay is $16  Continue Reading

2019 Friday Harbor Fireworks Information

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Do you remember how great the fireworks were last year? The Chamber needs your help in raising some fireworks funds! Thanks to a generous matching grant from Kings Market and lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has once again commissioned local talent and pyrotechnical director,  Continue Reading

Kiwanis 4th of July Pig War Picnic

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Save the Date! You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Pig War Picnic.  Live Music, Kids Games, Beer Garden and much much more.    If you were there last year, you joined hundreds of island families who brought their kids, friends, and relatives to our one-of-a-kind community picnic.  We are expecting an even  Continue Reading

2019 Three Lakes Triathlon and Kings Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 10k

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Prepare to share the road with cyclists, runners and race officials this weekend. Attention Drivers, on Saturday June 15th the Lakedale Three Lakes Triathlon will kick off its 7th year with cyclists and runners on the roadways and on the 18th Annual King’s SJI Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k runners will be on the roads  Continue Reading

Real Estate News

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares more Real Estate tips… Update to Our Internet Connection Rock Island has been busy for the last 4 years installing the base structure for our fiber and other internet connection options throughout the County. I decided to write this article as a layperson so that the options for our Internet service  Continue Reading

Firefighters Respond to Residential Fire

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 4:49 pm, by

On June 11, 2019 San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to an early morning, fully engulfed residential fire in the White Point area on San Juan Island. The fire was contained to a two-story residential structure that started around 2:15 a.m. The residents were able to quickly evacuate the home and call 911.  Continue Reading

Family Art Days

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Time For Summer Fun And Exploring Salish Sea Life For families of all ages-join the fun. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art‘s (SJIMA) Summer Family Art Days begin Saturday June 29th, from noon to 4:00 pm, in the orchard adjacent to the museum at 540 Spring Street. Children and their family members are encouraged  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Alexandra Adinolf is the Volunteer of the Month for June. Alex became a volunteer at the animal shelter at the beginning of the year and has been a wonderful addition to the organization.  She visits the shelter each week to walk and socialize with the  Continue Reading

The Bills at SJCT this Weekend

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, expect the musical magic you’ve come to love from this extraordinary quintet. The Bills are renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization. Strings, bellows, keys, voices,  Continue Reading

Drive In at the Fairgrounds

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Mark your calendars – Let’s all go to the Drive-In at the Fairgrounds Friday on June 14th. Join us at dusk for Galaxy Quest! Plan an outing with your family, friends, or your special someone and enjoy this sci-fi comedy starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver & Alan Rickman (rated PG). Admission is first come, first served  Continue Reading

Tribal Gallop BellyDance and Drum Troupe

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Susan Derr Drake and Paul Drake share this announcement with you… Lalalalalalalalaaaa… in high notes, fast moving tongues and hands covering mouths, Zagarettes can be heard when Tribal Gallop arrives to BellyDance and Drum. New to Friday Harbor, Susan Derr Drake, a Certified Tribal BlackSheep BellyDance Instructor and her Doumbek-drumming husband, Paul, offer classes and  Continue Reading

Fun News from Inter-Island Propane

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Donny Galt shares this tidbit with you… Hi San Juan Update, I don’t know if this is newsworthy, but we are pretty proud to have made it in LP Magazine! National Magazine… anyway, it is cool for our Islands to be named in a national Magazine… See page Page 64 Here’s the whole Magazine Have  Continue Reading


Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:39 am, by

Get $30-$60 a month OFF your OPALCO and Rock Island bills – Time to renew your Energy Assist credit OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to  Continue Reading