Into the sunset

Posted January 7, 2023 at 5:40 pm by

I’m writ­ing to let every­one know that today will be the last day in pub­li­ca­tion for the San Juan Update. I’ve enjoyed run­ning the Update over the last year, but oth­er work and fam­i­ly demands have increased dra­mat­i­cal­ly in recent months, and those demands require more of my atten­tion in 2023 and beyond.

Thank you for your long-stand­ing sup­port of the San Juan Update, and for help­ing make the Update one of the great things about liv­ing in this community.

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  1. Oh Jeff this makes me sad! You have done such a fab­u­lous job with the Update. The Update will be very missed.

    Comment by Maude on January 7, 2023 at 7:32 pm
  2. I’m sad to hear this but wish you well in the future.

    Comment by Ellen Roberts on January 7, 2023 at 7:45 pm
  3. I’ve enjoyed your pho­tos so much and will miss see­ing them. Good luck!

    Comment by Judith Carter on January 7, 2023 at 9:14 pm
  4. Good luck on your future endeav­ors. I’ve real­ly enjoyed The San Juan Update
    and espe­cial­ly loved your photo’s.

    Comment by Ann M White on January 8, 2023 at 6:34 am
  5. Loved all your pho­tos, thanks for bright­en­ing my day!

    Comment by Kathy Kane on January 8, 2023 at 6:56 am
  6. Very sad news, Jeff. Your ‘right on’ cov­er­age and pho­tog­ra­phy were a high­light of my morn­ings. Best wish­es! Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Sheplor on January 8, 2023 at 7:08 am
  7. OhNo!! I will miss the Update SO MUCH! It’s my favorite morn­ing visit…good ol’ Island life and times…and awe­some pho­tos. Wish­ing you well in your future endeav­ors- you’ve done a great job here!

    Comment by Margaret Bell on January 8, 2023 at 7:16 am
  8. I am very sad to hear this!!

    Comment by Dana Roberts on January 8, 2023 at 8:21 am
  9. You have done a fan­tas­tic job with Update, I read it every day, and your pho­tos have been won­der­ful. So sad to lose this com­mu­ni­ty asset.

    Comment by Jane Burton Bell on January 8, 2023 at 8:36 am
  10. Thank you so much for your work on update, and pic­ture post­ings. I will miss the week­ly hap­pen­ings the most. Good luck to you.

    Comment by Joann on January 8, 2023 at 8:42 am
  11. It is a loss to our com­mu­ni­ty because the Update filled a par­tic­u­lar niche between the SJ Islander and the Jour­nal that nei­ther of them pro­vides us. One of my first morn­ing vis­its every day was to the Update and it’s on the book­mark bar of my brows­er. I’ve fol­lowed it from the incep­tion and thought yours to be the best iter­a­tion of all. The per­fect home for Freez­er Burned! My Face­Book feed is the poor­er for loss of your images and sto­ries. Per­haps some day there can be an occa­sion­al “Update” col­umn in the SJ Islander or Jour­nal so your spe­cial gifts still get to shine. Best wish­es for you and your fam­i­ly and future.

    Comment by Denise on January 8, 2023 at 8:45 am
  12. SJI with­out the “Update”? I am real­ly sor­ry to read that this is the last entry. “Update” was, as oth­ers have said, an inte­gral, impor­tant aspect to my morn­ing read­ing. I wish you well on the new paths that you have cho­sen and will choose. Many thanks for all that you have brought to our community.

    Comment by Gay Graham on January 8, 2023 at 10:01 am
  13. thank you for step­ping up when Tim left, and he car­ried on what Ian cre­at­ed; It is time inten­sive, and sooo valu­able, but life is full! Your pho­tog­ra­phy is fan­tas­tic and hope­ful­ly will show up else­where>? And hope­ful­ly some­thing will fill this very impor­tant place where the human aspect of life is reflect­ed, and all the impor­tant things we all share. Blessings

    Comment by Pam C Fry on January 8, 2023 at 1:36 pm
  14. The Update is (was) indeed the “per­fect home for Freez­er Burned”. Thank you Jeff!
    Onward and upward. Despite rumors to the con­trary Archie is not dead!

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on January 9, 2023 at 8:38 am
  15. You will be missed–not only for your in-depth report­ing and won­der­ful local news–but also for you pho­tog­ra­phy. I wish there was some way you could keep going. Dona­tion of mon­ey?? Good luck in your future .

    Comment by Janet and Richard Wright on January 9, 2023 at 8:38 am
  16. Oh, no! You will be sore­ly missed! You were the BEST Update edi­tor ever.

    Comment by Susan Matthews on January 9, 2023 at 11:10 am
  17. Like all the pre­vi­ous com­ments. You were my near­ly-every-day vis­it for the good news with­out com­men­tary. Just the facts and that will be missed.

    Comment by Kristine Brown on January 9, 2023 at 11:52 am
  18. I sec­ond all the com­pli­ments and sad­ness expressed by all your fans above! You have done a sim­ply won­der­ful job with the Update since Ian left it in your hands. Best wish­es to you in the next chap­ter of your life!

    Comment by Lori Stokes on January 10, 2023 at 10:22 am
  19. I total­ly agree with every­one. I have been off line for a few days and this is the first place I went. So sor­ry to see you go.

    Comment by Dianne Hall on January 11, 2023 at 6:24 pm
  20. Wow — San Juan Update has been my go-to site since 2008 when I decid­ed to move to San Juan Island. I appre­ci­ate all the hard work that went into this effort, from Ian to Tim to you, and just know that your work was a boon to the com­mu­ni­ty, allowed more com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the good news, the local orga­ni­za­tions, what is going on, etc. We real­ly need a radio sta­tion here, but San Juan Update filled that role in a whole­some, beau­ti­ful way. Good wish­es on your future endeav­ors. San Juan Update will cer­tain­ly be missed.

    Comment by Diana Mancel Norris on January 12, 2023 at 10:26 am
  21. Sad to learn about the end of The Update. It’s been a part of my day for so many years. Thank you for giv­ing it a go as far as car­ry­ing on some­thing that spoke of the very fab­ric of our island days and life. All the Best!

    Comment by Nan Simpson on January 12, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  22. Jeff, we’ll great­ly miss read­ing your posts! Thank you so much for your sup­port of our com­mu­ni­ty, and of the EDC (all those press releas­es!). Vic­to­ria & the board and staff of the EDC

    Comment by Victoria Compton on January 12, 2023 at 4:42 pm
  23. thank you for every­thing . I will real­ly miss this. I read it every day.

    Comment by booboo on January 15, 2023 at 11:48 am
  24. Why not approach the School Dis­trict- per­haps the high school cre­ative writ­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers could take over the Update.

    Comment by Mark Fishaut on January 17, 2023 at 8:49 am
  25. We Will great­ly miss see­ing the on line spin on life here in the islands. The law of upkeep costs and time ver­sus util­i­ty gain has tak­en its toll on anoth­er long time stand­ing source of great infor­ma­tion. We will miss you San Juan Update. Wish­ing you and yours great things! THANK YOU for great service

    Comment by Tom Henry on January 20, 2023 at 5:37 pm

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