Topic: People

New Book from Nancy Spaulding

Written on October 20, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Fox Sparrow Press is happy to announce the release of Nancy Spaulding’s eagerly awaited book; Home in an Island Garden – In pursuit of an artful life. This is the story of Spaulding’s life, art, romance and adventures of living in the Pacific Northwest. “I was in my early 30’s. It was my birthday, and  Continue Reading

Hugh P. Stanley – 7/14/1926 to 9/23/2021

Written on October 20, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

Hugh Palmerlee Stanley, PhD. Emeritus professor of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, Utah from 1965 to 1990. Hugh was born in Modesto, CA on 7/14/1926 to Hubert F. Stanley and Lois P. Stanley. After he graduated from Berkeley High School he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and served on a destroyer in the Pacific  Continue Reading

Letters on the Upcoming Election

Written on October 20, 2021 at 5:35 am, by

Below are links to letters regarding various items on the upcoming election. Letters are shown in the order received and this page will continue to be updated as more letters come in. Letters for and against SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 Proposition No. 1 Authorizing Regular Property Tax Levy: Alison Longley Lee Sturdivant Warren  Continue Reading

SJC Employee Marta Green Recognized by Oil Spill Task Force

Written on October 18, 2021 at 10:52 am, by

The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is honoring Marta Green with a 2021 Legacy Award for her committed leadership in developing and advancing the San Juan Islands’ Oil Spill Prevention Strategy. Over the last five years, Marta secured grant funding and managed two projects to advance oil spill prevention measures for the shipping lanes through  Continue Reading

Cutting the Ribbon for a New Location and a New Name

Written on October 14, 2021 at 5:54 am, by

You remember Tina’s Tacos from up on Blair Avenue? Well they’ve moved and changed their name to Tina’s Place. The new location is downtown on the corner of Front Street and A Street where The Hungry Clam used to be, overlooking the ferry lanes. And along with a location change and name change is a  Continue Reading

Jan Murphy Joins SJIMA in Marketing

Written on October 12, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor is excited to announce that Jan Murphy is joining our marketing team. As an artist, Jan has been a frequent exhibitor in the annual SJIMA Artists’ Registry show.  Her works include paintings and mixed media assemblage art.  Her work has been exhibited in several  Continue Reading

Historic Preservation in Friday Harbor – Update

Written on October 8, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Welcome Karl! The Town of Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Review Board recently filled one of the two recent vacancies. Our newest member is Karl Eberhard who has a wealth of experience in architecture and municipal historic preservation programs and citizen preservation advisory boards. Just one more…. The good news is that there is one more  Continue Reading

Rental Agreement Issues in San Juan Island Real Estate Transactions

Written on October 8, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

It is not uncommon for a rental agreement to play a role in a real estate transaction.   Timing can be everything and often the homes on the market are occupied by a tenant or sellers are unable to time the closing of their current home and the purchase of their next home. In some cases,  Continue Reading

Three Big Winners in OPALCO’s Island Way Raffle!

Written on October 7, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Solar shares and electric tools Since the OPALCO Annual Meeting in April, co-op members who participated in the Island Way workshops have been entered to win raffle prizes including ten shares of the Bailer Hill Microgrid Project (to be completed in 2022), a Greenworks electric mower and a Stihl electric blower. The three winning names  Continue Reading

Update on Sean Morrison

Written on October 7, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

The trials and fears in life that bring us to our knees also fine tune our senses to recognize each miracle, big or small, and let our hearts embrace each act of kindness, devotion and generosity that selfless, loving people give so freely. We are so humbled by those who have helped our family navigate  Continue Reading

New Business on the Island

Written on October 6, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

Tamara Weaver, a broker with Windermere Real Estate San Juan Island has opened a new business, San Juan Real Estate Resources (SJRER), to help people navigate the maze of buying or selling real estate on San Juan Island. Here’s what she has to say about it: “I think there are a lot of people out  Continue Reading

Adaptive Gardening for Lifelong Pleasure  

Written on October 5, 2021 at 10:21 am, by

San Juan County Master Gardeners welcome keynote speaker Toni Gattone to the Annual Gardening Workshop Series. Toni’s presentation, The Lifelong Gardener, provides gardeners of all ages and abilities unique strategies so we can continue gardening as we age, even when our bodies say “No!” Her “garden smarter, not harder” approach offers practical, how-to information to allow  Continue Reading

Letter about Redistricting

Written on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

In the Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from San Juan County Council member Cindy Wolf… Hello Editor, Census numbers are in and the proposed redistricting maps are out. You can see them at In my opinion, the strongest move we can make this week for the future of our ferry system  Continue Reading

Ellie Parnes

Written on October 2, 2021 at 9:16 am, by

Ellie Parnes passed peacefully at The Village early Thursday morning September 30, 2021 on San Juan Island at age 90. She was surrounded by her friends and family. She loved living in Friday Harbor and getting to know so many Islanders. She had worked at Spa D Bune as a receptionist bringing her grace and  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Written on October 2, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is pleased to present Marko O’Connor as APS-FH Volunteer of the Month for October 2021.  Marko connected with APS-FH through our home furnishings resale store, “Treasure Hounds”. After purchasing a table and chair set, Marko noticed a couple struggling to get their own purchase into their car. He  Continue Reading

A Portrait in Charcoal

Written on October 1, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

The multi-talented instructor, Taylor Bruce is giving a portrait workshop as part of the complete experience of the Go Figure! exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA).  The workshop, A Portrait in Charcoal, will take place on two consecutive  Saturdays, November 6 and 13th   from 1-4 pm at the museum at 540  Continue Reading

Communities of Hope

Written on September 30, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Compass Health Celebrates Building Communities of Hope Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Delaney Ruston Non-profit behavioral health provider invites community members to join the virtual Gala on October 16, 2021, to support child, youth and family services EVERETT, Wash., – Compass Health is proud to present keynote speaker, Delaney Ruston, MD, at its fifth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser on October 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. Ruston will speak about the importance of families finding their voices in sharing challenges and experiences with  Continue Reading

Letter from Susan Grout

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Susan Grout… Editor: A number of us are very concerned about a serious problem on our island. There is a critical shortage of trained home health caregivers. In order to remedy this situation, which could affect all of us at some point, we urge  Continue Reading

Fundraiser for Maleka Morrison

Written on September 27, 2021 at 9:13 pm, by

Hello everyone… My grandson Sean recently suffered 2 gran mal seizures, urgently needs brain neurosurgery, and their insurance is not contracted with the hospital, nor the surgeon with the most experience to perform it. An account has been set up to assist with what will no doubt be a very expensive and delicate operation. Details  Continue Reading

Rock Solid support with Suicide Prevention and Escape the Vape Resources on the back of each Student ID Card

Written on September 27, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

Rock Solid is the youth prevention team with the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, helping promote health and wellness in our community. Three years ago, Rock Solid reached out to then school principal, Fred Woods, and asked if they could get valuable free resources for Suicide Prevention and Escape the Vape printed on the back  Continue Reading

A Carbon-Free Adventure!

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Follow OPALCO’s EV Road Trip in October: Starting October 6th, an exclusive team from OPALCO (Communication Specialist Krista Bouchey and the “Switch it up pup” Pepper) will be driving the Co-op’s Kia Niro 100% electric vehicle (EV) to Eastern Washington and back, making stops to visit wind and hydro projects, innovative public power projects and  Continue Reading

Food For Imagination

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

One physician described the “beautiful formation” of the human body as inspiration for art.  Go Figure!  celebrating the human form, has just opened at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor. Visitors and residents are invited to experience art of the human body as it tells stories, expresses emotion and celebrates  Continue Reading