Topic: People

History Column: ‘We Can’t Build Up Our Beautiful City By Scrapping All The Time.’

Written on January 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Historical Society and Museum “We can’t build up our beautiful city by scrapping all the time.” These words were written by Launor Benjamin Carter in 1909, as seen in the ad above and published in the Friday Harbor Journal the last week in December that year. The entire ad is worth reading. It reminds us that  Continue Reading

Walter Harold MacGinitie | 1928-2020

Written on December 27, 2020 at 10:03 am, by

Walter Harold MacGinitie | Aug. 14, 1928 – Dec. 17, 2020   Walter MacGinitie, age 92, was born in Carmel, California, the only child of marine biologists George and Nettie MacGinitie. In 1950 Walter married Ruth Kilpatrick and they raised two daughters, Mary and Laura. Walter spent the last 40 years of his life living  Continue Reading

A Sad Farewell from Mi Casita

Written on December 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Gregg Ford, Owner, Mi Casita From the little yellow house on Nichols Street to our Spring Street location, I always thought that I would go 25 years and then be out of Mi Casita, either selling it to someone who recognized its worth or passing it on to my sons if they were so  Continue Reading

History Column: Three Little Sutterman Girls, Christmas 1954

Written on December 2, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Historical Society and Museum Not all of the photographs in the San Juan Historical Society and Museum collections are from the island’s pioneer days or the early days of Friday Harbor’s development as a town. The snapshot above caught our eye as a classic Christmas image from the 1950s, tinseled tree  Continue Reading

Brian Brown Talks Noel Sign, Lions Club

Written on November 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

For more than four decades, the San Juan Lions have displayed a Noel sign in Friday Harbor to ring in the holidays. The sign was lit again this year on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Lion Brian Brown spoke with the Update about the sign’s creation, history and meaning. Q: Tell me a little about the sign.  Continue Reading

Leslie Allen Dean

Written on November 25, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Leslie Allen Dean, age 76, died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington on October 10th, 2020. He was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on November 25th, 1943 to Ronald and Frieda Dean.  He moved to College Place, Washington with his wife Leora Dean and two daughters, Shannon and Marnie Dean in 1972. Les  Continue Reading

Stark-Wickman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Written on November 15, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Prevention Coalition The 2020 Washington State Prevention Summit’s Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement goes to San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s own dedicated and caring Executive Coordinator Cynthia Stark-Wickman. Cynthia has cultivated an uplifting and inclusive environment so our community can grow in hope, science, and positive outcomes.

Research Your Family’s Military History on Veterans Day

Written on November 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm, by

By SJIL Join the San Juan Island Library at 7 p.m., Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 as we honor veterans and explore their local and familial history and legacy. The event will be online. Learn how to research your relatives’ military records with Boyd Pratt, followed by a discussion of the history of the Women’s  Continue Reading

Cotton Cotton Cotton has Moved to a New Location

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Gail and Randy share this location update with you… We are now at 300 Spring Street! (formerly Christy’s Island Salon)  We are right next to Mystical Mermaid.  We are also closer to the public parking lot so never have to worry about finding a parking space! We are all moved in and can’t wait for  Continue Reading

Local Nonprofit News Platform Moves Forward with Two-Month Fundraising Challenge

Written on November 9, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

(Bellingham WA) Salish Current (salish-current.org), a local nonprofit, independent news platform dedicated to reporting news for the civic good in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties, today announced its participation in the national NewsMatch giving campaign. “Donations made to Salish Current in November and December will be doubled by NewsMatch and applied directly to paying  Continue Reading

History Column: Thanksgiving Thoughts and Discoveries

Written on November 4, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Historical Society and Museum Sometimes researching local history is about documenting popular stories, and sometimes it’s about correcting what has been recorded in the past about those stories. Each step along the way, we at the San Juan Historical Society and Museum are grateful for so many people and resources which make  Continue Reading

Letters for the November Election

Written on November 2, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Letters are posted in the order received in support of: Ryan Palmateer Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts Christopher Minney Cindy Wolf Winnie Adams and  Continue Reading

“Return to Saigon” by Larry Duthie

Written on November 1, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

by Louise Dustrude Larry Duthie has published a memoir of his years as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam war, titled Return to Saigon. The book is a combination of day-by-day details of flying bombing runs, the terrifying experience of being shot down and quickly rescued, and an extended love letter to all the young men  Continue Reading

‘Happy Halloween’ From Islanders Bank

Written on October 31, 2020 at 10:39 am, by

The staff at Islanders Bank celebrated Halloween a day early, on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Friday Harbor branch.

Q&A With San Juan Island’s Mike Cohen

Written on October 25, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

Below is an interview that Janet Thomas of San Juan Island did with Mike Cohen of San Juan Island. For more information on the interview, visit www.ecopsych.com/janetinterview.html. By Janet Thomas, San Juan Island Mike Cohen has decades of educational experience with his Project Nature Connect work. He is also a widely experienced musician. Due to  Continue Reading

Trick-or-Treat on San Juan Island?

Written on October 9, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan County Halloween Guidelines   With Halloween around the corner, kids and parents alike are wondering what Halloween should and should not look like. There are no Halloween specific regulations, but there are existing requirements that might impact Halloween, and there are certainly some commonsense precautions that should be followed.

Freedom Flotilla

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this report of a Freedom Flotilla down at the harbor… Despite the cool, foggy weather more than 50 people showed up at Fairweather Park to celebrate living in the greatest country on Earth with a Freedom Flotilla on Saturday, Oct. 3. Signs, flags and music marked the occasion. Candidate for WA State  Continue Reading

Volunteer Of The Month

Written on October 1, 2020 at 6:28 pm, by

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor (APS-FH) is happy to announce that Reneé Koehne and her daughter, Brittany Koehne have been selected as our October Volunteer(s) of the Month. Reneé and Brittany have spent their summer weekends, for the past two years, helping trap feral cats for APS-FH’s TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program. In  Continue Reading

Onward and upward!

Written on September 30, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Helen and Dan from Island Stage Left share some insight into their history, what’s happening now and a look to the future in a couple of videos on SJI Community Network… Dear ISL Friends and Supporters, visit www.sjicn.org and you will find our video and those of some wonderful people making a difference on our  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 28, 2020 at 9:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mail bag this morning we have this letter from Justin Paulsen… If 2020 has highlighted nothing else within our country it is that political division has seeped into every function of our society. As our current generation navigates social, health and economic waters which have never before been explored, one factor  Continue Reading

Breaking the Surly Bonds of Earth

Written on September 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm, by

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Interior Alaska is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi… Arriving in Interior Alaska in 1974, I was 23 years old and had never been in any kind of airplane. (Well alright, full disclosure; as a kid, I was big on those horses and planes that  Continue Reading