Topic: People

Extinction is Forever…

Written on November 18, 2018 at 10:51 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Debbi Fincher… Hi Friends, Family and all around Supporters of J, K & L Pods,    I have to try… I can’t sit idly by when our local orca pods need our help more than ever. I want to be sure  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory

Written on November 15, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire. Yvonne was raised on the farm on Mitchell Road in Northport, WA where she would share in the  Continue Reading

Book Launch Celebration

Written on November 12, 2018 at 9:20 am, by

Please join Spring Street International School to celebrate teacher’s debut novel!  Author Jennifer Boyden (shown here with a friend) will host a reading of the book on Tuesday, November 13th – Contributed photo Join this literary celebration as author Jennifer Boyden talks about and reads from her debut novel, The Chief of Rally Tree. The novel  Continue Reading

Remembering Those Who Served

Written on November 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

San Juan Update reader Mary Jane Anderson shares this resource with you to see who all from San Juan County served in World War One, the war that ended 100 years ago this year. Check out the listing here: http://thirdstbooks.com/ww1sanjuan.html Thank you Mary, and thanks to all those who served.

Wolf Hollow Welcomes New Executive Director

Written on November 10, 2018 at 8:33 am, by

Wolf Hollow is excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Chanda Stone. Chanda joined Wolf Hollow in September, assuming the helm from our previous Director, Amy Saxe-Eyler.  Chanda Stone – Contributed photo A native of southern California, Chanda has many years of experience as an arborist, wetland restoration coordinator and volunteer specialist. She earned a  Continue Reading

Letter from San Juan Safaris

Written on November 10, 2018 at 8:30 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to share with you from Brian Goodremont at www.sanjuansafaris.com… Proposed Southern Resident Orca Watching Suspension Fails to Address Science-­ Based Issues: Save the Salmon, Save the Whales Headlines are dominated by the proposal to suspend vessel-­based viewing of Southern Resident killer whales in Washington  Continue Reading

Letter from Steve Brandli

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Steve Brandli… My congratulations go to Carolyn Jewett for her election as our next District Court judge. She worked hard and ran a tenacious campaign, and the results prove that it was effective. I wish Ms. Jewett well on the bench.  Continue Reading

FHFF Award Winners

Written on November 5, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

A local San Juan Island producer wins the Audience Choice Awards at the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival.  Amy Herdy, producer of the Bleeding Edge was thrilled to win the Audience Choice Awards for the best film of the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival.  Her memorable quote when accepting the award was to the filmmakers themselves  Continue Reading

Shann Weston: Sense of Place

Written on November 4, 2018 at 9:23 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks The great Salish Sea: a history of the name, the features that make it special, and the love for, and knowledge of, our home. Plus, what do you do with a sense of place? Islander Shann Weston will cover these and more in this presentation of our home ecosystem. Refreshments are  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Vote for the Mullis Center Board.

Written on October 31, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its time to vote! Not just in the November 6 general election but its time to elect board members for the Mullis Center Operations Committee.  Eligible voters are anyone 60 years of age and older, or disabled, and a  Continue Reading

Letters for Upcoming Election

Written on October 31, 2018 at 4:30 am, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Nick Power: Colleen Kenimond Don Hall Rita Latsinova Paul Arons Bill Karges Justin Paulsen Doris M. Sumner  Continue Reading

Four Artists. One Day. Art Show

Written on October 30, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Join four San Juan Island artists for a one day, pop up art show. Laura Bauer – Painting & Sculpture Joe Miller – Watercolor & Oil Painting Joe Cooper – Painting & Sculpture Paula West – Ceramics November 3, 2018 Noon-8pm San Juan County Fairgrounds 4H Building Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Contact; Paula West  Continue Reading

Deceptive Mailer

Written on October 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm, by

San Juan County voters beware: There is apparently a deceptive mailer circulating in our county encouraging you to ignore the names on your ballot for Sheriff and instead write in Undersheriff Zac Reimer. Please see the response below found on Facebook from Zac: It is a shame that I have to set the record straight,  Continue Reading

SJIMA Expands its Staff

Written on October 26, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

“San Juan Islands Museum of Art is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Lane to the position of Director of Operations, as we transition from an all-volunteer staff,” said co-presidents of the Board, Karen Woldvedt and Diane Martindale. Peter has been a volunteer at SJIMA for more than three years and a valued member  Continue Reading

Dan Levin Originals Closed

Written on October 24, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Tamara Weaver shares this with you… “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Dan Levin Originals has closed it’s doors, and after 34 years in business, Dan and Diane Levin are dancing off into the sunset. Dan and Diane’s original hand-crafted gold pendants – the Islands heart… the orca tail with sparkle of diamond… those pendants  Continue Reading

Brandli Explains “Transactional Practice”

Written on October 22, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the mailbag there’s a letter from Steve Brandli… I write to correct some inaccurate information concerning my campaign. I have been very open about my intention, if elected as District Court Judge, to continue a very part-time practice. That practice will be limited to transactional matters, e.g. largely document drafting and advising. Transactional attorneys  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Local Author Rebecca Cook

Written on October 19, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Celebrate the Debut of her Children’s Picture Book, Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas on Saturday November 3, 2:00—4:00 PM If you’re enchanted by the imaginative and captivating world of children’s literature, you must come and celebrate the launching of RA Cook’s book, Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas at Griffin Bay Bookstore  Continue Reading

Real Estate Market And Your Tax Assessment

Written on October 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with more Real Estate information… All of us Island property owners received our tax assessment notices from the County recently. As real estate agents we have been fielding many questions about the statements and new assessments. As you may recall, the State has mandated that our Assessor’s office convert to  Continue Reading

OPALCO Pays Tribute to Paul Allen

Written on October 18, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Allen’s Generosity Created Greater Safety and Connection in San Juan County The world lost a true friend in the passing of Paul Allen. Many are telling the stories of his incredible contributions to science, technology and humanity around the world and particularly in Washington State. You may not realize it, but Allen’s generosity is responsible  Continue Reading

Love for Creatures Great and Small

Written on October 15, 2018 at 8:37 am, by

Tamara Weaver writes about St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals… On October 4, people all over the world celebrated the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony  Continue Reading

Our Necessary Alliance

Written on October 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter from Bill Appel… This will have been a hotly contested election. There have been allegations of errors, omissions and behavior, some of which but for the public stature of the targets, might arguably be libelous, and in the time-honored tradition of one corner of our community,  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Third quarter real estate report from Merri Ann Simonson at Coldwell Banker… The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results.   Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5%  Continue Reading