Topic: Letters

From the Update Mailbag…

Written on September 23, 2017 at 5:02 am, by

Today we received a letter from Ruth McKenna about the school board meeting next Wednesday. Ruth is a candidate for San Juan Island School District Director No. 1… September 22, 2017 Dear Editor, At the San Juan Island School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Board will receive a report from the Center for  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on September 20, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter of thanks from the Linde family… To Mayor pro tem Ghatan, Maddie Ovenell, Bill Cumming, SJI Park and Recreation District, SJI School District, FH Athletic Association, Don Galt, Inez Brown family, island neighbors and businesses who have given so generously of their time and  Continue Reading

Seeing Only What We Want to See

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… This place, protectively moated by surging tidal waters from the continuous spreading rash of the I-5 corridor, is a prominent geography of hope. I suspect that this has been a place of promise from the first human footprints on the beach  Continue Reading

Kate on the Radio

Written on September 12, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Kate Schuman writes to let you know she’ll be on the radio again… Tonight, Tuesday, September 12th, at 7pm, on Ellensburg Community Radio, I will be Don Shriner’s guest musician on the Americana Live show. This is the same program I was on in April, and folks can listen in by Googling “Ellensburg Community Radio”,  Continue Reading

Letter About Affordable Housing

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham of the Home Trust… We continually hear of the acute need for permanently affordable housing on our islands. Not necessarily housing for seasonal workers or those who wish to have a vacation home. We are talking about our islanders who are  Continue Reading

Help with Cynthia’s Parkinson’s

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s a note from Aaron D’Errico… My Mother, Cynthia , is a lifelong ability advocate and the epitome of altruism. She is a champion of helping others, both before and since I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one, soon after becoming a massage therapist to help me and so many more in the process.    Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on August 29, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update email bag this morning we have a letter from Miles Crossen sharing this letter of thanks… Dear Editor, I’d just like to take a few minutes to say thanks to a small handful of folks that helped out with the San Juan County Fair Photography Department Exhibit. Without their help there  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on August 25, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Greetings Students, Parents and Community Members: One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator is the fact that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events is joining Team SJISD at our convocation on Monday, August 28 at 7:45 am, Friday Harbor High  Continue Reading

Women’s Group Letter

Written on August 14, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter to the San Juan County Council: The San Juan County (SJC) Planning Commission is comprised of nine men even though the majority of our county’s population is female. SJC has one of the few Planning Commissions in Washington State comprised entirely of men. SJC Planning Commissioners  Continue Reading

Mammatus Clouds

Written on July 27, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today, we have a photo from Mary Kalbert who was recently visiting friends in Spearfish, South Dakota when they saw these clouds from the upstairs balcony. How does this relate to Friday Harbor? Well, here it is in Mary’s words… The connection, I think is how different our mild and  Continue Reading

Letter from Ruth McKenna

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have a letter from Ruth McKenna, Candidate for SJI School Board… Vote for Ruth McKenna– San Juan Island Schools Director 1 Dear Editor, The schools on San Juan Island have been the center of the community for over a century. The district teaches over 800 students, employs  Continue Reading

Daniel Day Acoustic

Written on July 19, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Daniel Day writes to let you know he will be playing later this week… I’m playing a mix of my original tunes and a few favorite covers this Friday at Cynthia’s restaurant, 65 Nichols Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Why do sad songs make me happy? I know the good eats and drinks will  Continue Reading

Woody Jepsen Passes

Written on June 28, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

There will be a celebration of life for Woody Jepsen on Sunday. Click the poster at right to enlarge for more info. Please attend if you can – if unable, cards can be sent to Helen Jepsen and Family at P.O. Box 606, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. An obituary is to be released soon.

Kate Schuman in the Middle

Written on June 26, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Kate Schuman writes to share this good news of hers… Dear San Juan Update, I have some fun news to share. I entered my song “That’s Me in the Middle” in the West Valley Country Music Association’s Songwriter Contest and came in first! The WVCMA is in the Phoenix area, so I’m down here enjoying  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on June 21, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members: On Saturday, June 10, I participated in the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2017. They were rising juniors when I started my position two years ago. The accomplishments of these talented young men and women are obvious and highlighted by the number of scholarships that were  Continue Reading

Thank you from PADs

Written on June 6, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

All of us involved in Parkinson’s Alert Dogs (PADs for Parkinson’s) are profoundly grateful for the recent grant from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The funding was specifically from the San Juan Island Women’s Fund (a pooled Donor Advised Fund), several other Donor Advised Funds, and a private pass-through donation in support of our  Continue Reading

Paideia Says “Thanks”

Written on May 31, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Paideia Classical School’s Board of Directors, staff, students & families would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their generous donation to our Scholarship Fund. Paideia is a private school in Friday Harbor offering an excellent classical education for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. These funds go directly towards tuition aid for families  Continue Reading

Name That Mouse

Written on May 29, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Ruth Offen of WaterWorks Gallery is wondering if you have any name ideas for this mouse… This week Randy Hudson, Georgia Gerber’s husband was on the island to install this giant mouse measuring 40 x 20 x 25. He’s quite the looker. I’m thinking she needs a name. Any ideas? Email your suggestions to

Improvements at Spring Street International School

Written on May 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Spring Street International School is pleased to explain the many activities recently visible on its grounds. These are all outward expressions of the success of the high-quality programs available to local and off-island families. The school has grown to 100 students, a cap set by its strategic plan to maintain its small, rural community atmosphere.  Continue Reading

Thank You, Chicago!

Written on May 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Deb Langhans… The arts have always represented a beacon of provocative inspiration… This gift was instantly accessible in the razzle dazzle production of “Chicago” I beheld last night at SJCT.  From the opening notes & first display of grinding hips, to the final sexy dance  Continue Reading

Letter about the Horse Barn

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Nancy Ballmann… I am pleased to announce that the work will start on the barn again. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Allen at the fairgrounds. We will soon be looking for volunteers to help with this project again  Continue Reading

Class of 2034 Photo Op

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:05 am, by

Katie writes to invite your babies to this photo shoot… Hello San Juan Update, I came across this article you ran in 2013 announcing the class photo for the class of 2030, and I was wondering if you would be willing to do the same for our upcoming class of 2034 photo (children born between  Continue Reading