Topic: People

Deb Langhans Offers A Special Invitation…

Written on April 3, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Deb has added a quick addendum to this announcement… Hello again, Islanders! Due to current “Zoombombing” & possibly still unresolved privacy issues during Zoom meetings, I’ve decided to keep researching online options for the “ITM Circle” I proposed in the posting (below), I’m hoping those interested in the Circle will still contact me so I  Continue Reading

WSU Master Gardeners Provide Horticultural Resources

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County has over 70 WSU Master Gardener volunteers who are trained as horticulture educators. Due to COVID-19 and related Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we will not be in the community this spring as usual, but are available to answer questions about food gardening, fruit tree care, landscape plants, pollinators and more.  To  Continue Reading

Rumor Control: Check Your Sources

Written on March 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm, by

FRIDAY MARCH 27: The San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team has been notified by Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor that an email is being forwarded within the San Juan Island Community that makes reference to “…six confirmed cases of the COVID 19 virus here in Friday Harbor. The info I have is from an  Continue Reading

Siri Thorson, Letter From An Islander In France

Written on March 20, 2020 at 12:40 pm, by

I am a resident of San Juan County. I grew up on one of the small non-ferry islands, and members of my family including my parents still live there. Currently I am in a small town about 40 miles southeast of Paris. I was here visiting my boyfriend who is French when the COVID-19 outbreak  Continue Reading

A Message From Dr. Fishaut, Eventide Health Pediatrician

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

To the families and children for whom I provide care:   While there are still no proven cases of COVID-19 infection on San Juan Island, it is prudent for me to step away from seeing patients at this time. So, in an abundance of caution for myself as a higher risk individual, my family, and  Continue Reading

Farmer’s Market Stays Open, Takes Measures For Public Health

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm, by

Dear San Juan Island Market Shoppers, As a small island community, there is a growing concern here in San Juan County regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has all of us thinking about the precautions we need to take to stay healthy. As an organization rooted in community connections and health, we  Continue Reading

Volunteers of the Month: Melina and Ottilie

Written on March 5, 2020 at 5:27 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Melina Lagios and her canine companion, Ottilie are the March Volunteers of the Month. Melina and Ottilie have been volunteering at the shelter for several months for doggie play dates and socialization.  Thanks so much, Melina and Ottilie, for making a difference in  Continue Reading

A Particularly Interesting Women’s History Month

Written on March 4, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Our March history columns generally feature one or more of our community’s women, as March 8 is International Women’s Day and the entire month is known as Women’s History Month. This year marks two significant, national level Centennials in our history where  Continue Reading

Stephanie Buffum Retires From The Friends of the San Juans

Written on March 3, 2020 at 4:58 am, by

Starting this month Stephanie Buffum has retired from her position of nineteen years as Executive Director of the Friends of the San Juans. “Our local communities and the Salish Sea ecosystem have benefited from Stephanie’s leadership,” said Friends President Janet Alderton. “The Board is enormously grateful for her nearly two decades of dedicated service.” Alderton  Continue Reading

APSFH’s 13th Annual Mardi Paws “Spay”Ghetti Dinner

Written on February 28, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Dr. Sonja Webster and the Islands Veterinary Clinic staff were some of the over 100 San Juan Island community members to celebrate World Spay Day, Mardi Paw style, at the Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor’s 13th Annual “Spay”ghetti Dinner at the Mullis Center on Tuesday, February 25th. Event highlights included the delicious “spay”ghetti, Caesar  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Seniors win Competitive Art Competition Awards

Written on February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am, by

The Scholastics Art Competition is the largest national art competition in the country averaging nearly 340,000 student entries a year. The only two students from Friday Harbor High School who entered the Scholastics Art Competition, both received awards and recognition in the Western Region-at-Large. Senior Katie Place was awarded the Silver Key Individual Award and  Continue Reading

Know-Your-Islanders-Talks

Written on February 25, 2020 at 8:20 am, by

Know Your Islanders: Bruce Gregory: Farmer-to-Farmer in Tajikistan Bruce Gregory will discuss his third Farmer-to-Farmer trip to Tajikistan, where he worked with orchardists in the remote province of Khatlon.  Come hear how Bruce shared his agricultural knowledge with farmers half-way-round-the-world. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Steve Ulvi… The Future on the Rocks The life of a conservationist in America has always been a hard paddle against the current. Win some skirmishes, a few big battles and refight ‘em again and again, while losing the war. We learn to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Lifestyle Videos

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another in her video series, this one celebrates Fishing Derby Season.  She says “I might have to keep my day job as I am a better REALTOR than a fishing person.”

Merri Ann’s Video Series

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another San Juan Island Lifestyle Video. Here’s what she has to say about this one… This video is about local Real Estate. As Real Estate Agents, we are problem solvers.

Thank You!

Written on February 15, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Dear Community, Thank you, thank you! San Juan Island School District continues to be humbled by the amazing and overwhelming turnout to support our schools and most importantly our students. Because of your support on this week’s vote to reauthorize our capital and technology levy, we will be able to ensure safe and modernized buildings,  Continue Reading

Luxel Filters on Solar Mission

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this announcement from Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp… Dear Editor, I wondered if you would want to share this news with your readers. On Sunday night the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, FL. Luxel has three sets of filters  Continue Reading

FHHS Students Promote Tardigrade

Written on February 10, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Do you know what a tardigrade is? If not, it’s time to find out! It could soon become Washington State’s official micro-animal thanks to a partnership between students at Friday Harbor High School, Riverday School in Spokane, Jefferson Middle School in Olympia, along with Lynn Bahrych from the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and Katie  Continue Reading

Volunteer Of The Month

Written on February 7, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Julie Duke is February’s Volunteer of the Month. Julie is a graduate of NW School of Animal Massage, and a licensed LAMP and SAMP. She brings her talents of massage to help relieve the stress of shelter life, helping our dogs feel relaxed,  Continue Reading

2019 Year-End Awards Banquet

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On January 25, 2020, SJI Emergency Medical Services (“SJIEMS”) gathered to celebrate the achievements and service of staff and its approximately sixty volunteer EMTs. Interim Chief Karl Kuetzing said “Our volunteers work really hard and enable us to perform far beyond what our budget would otherwise allow. Each volunteer deserves recognition. We try to highlight  Continue Reading

Calling all tree-loving, bunny-hugging, dirt worshipers!

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Don’t forget — it’s award season here in the San Juans! The Oscars have nothing on the Finnies. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award! Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finnies,” have been sponsored by the Stewardship Network of the San  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month – Alisha Merrick

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Alisha Merrick moved to San Juan Island in the fall of 2012 with only a carload of her favorite most important things. Having no real studio, she painted watercolors, drew pictures and took photographs of all things that inspired her. Eventually she rented a space in a glass studio on her road in the woods  Continue Reading