Topic: People

65 Years!

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Happy Anniversary Chris and Ann! Announcement of 65th wedding anniversary of Chris and Ann Nelson of Friday Harbor, WA

New Executive Director for Home Trust

Written on August 3, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Eichelberger as their new Executive Director, effective August 2, 2021.  Eichelberger joins the Home Trust at a critical time as they launch their new development, HolliWalk, scheduled to break ground in early 2022.   Grant writing, advocacy and experience in the Affordable  Continue Reading

Trolls at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Written on June 19, 2021 at 11:27 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor and San Juan Island! As many of you know, Shannon and I have been traveling in our homemade camper van, exploring the United States. The San Juan Update has been mostly in the capable hands of Hayley Day who has been doing the heavy lifting daily maintenance in our absence. (Thank you  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Honors Heroes

Written on June 4, 2021 at 8:49 am, by

Sunday, May 30th the San Juan Islands DAR chapter joined the Friday Harbor American Legion Post 163 and it’s Auxiliary to plant flags at the Valley Cemetery on San Juan Island. At noon the next day we returned to the cemetery and conducted a Memorial Day service to honor the men and women who died  Continue Reading

Dr. Fishaut Retiring

Written on June 4, 2021 at 8:21 am, by

Here’s a letter to the community from Dr. Mark Fishaut… In 2004, my wife Sharon and I arrived here from Western New York where I had practiced pediatrics for 25 years. Coming here offered us a new beginning. The 17 years providing care for children both as a physician and a coach on San Juan  Continue Reading

Ernie’s is Re-Opening

Written on June 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm, by

Story and photos by Louise Dustrude – The popular cafe at the airport, which closed in December, will be open once again on Saturday, June 5, with an expanded menu and expanded hours. Kristine Crossley will be the host and chef. Her husband, Jim Crossley, an aviation enthusiast, is currently refurbishing the building with the  Continue Reading

Traffic Fatality

Written on June 2, 2021 at 11:32 am, by

Sheriff Ron Krebs shares this sad news… On 05/31/2021 at approximately 5:15pm a grey Subaru was travelling into town from the west end of San Juan Island when the car veered into the oncoming lane at Beaverton Valley and Lowe Lane and struck a jeep travelling the opposite direction in the west bound lane.  The  Continue Reading

Rally & March for Palestine/Gaza

Written on May 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm, by

Sandy Strehlou shares this announcement with you… Saturday, May 29, 11am, SJC courthouse lawn If you could give just 90 minutes of your time to help bring peace and justice to the people of Palestine/Gaza, would you? Join is for a peaceful community rally and march starting at the San Juan County, WA courthouse at  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

Written on May 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. In times past the Mullis Center has celebrated the volunteers who keep the center running with festive occasions. This year, in pandemic mode, the Mullis Center’s appreciation was expressed in a quieter but equally appreciative gesture. Gift bags were  Continue Reading

Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant

Written on April 9, 2021 at 2:45 pm, by

Tallentyre Basil Sturdivant – born Aug 14, 1925, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Died, April 5, 2021, Anacortes, WA. Tal grew up with his family in Laguna Beach, CA where surfing, fishing and boating became his life-long passions. He attended UC Santa Barbara, and served in the US Merchant Marines in the South Pacific and Philippine Islands.  Continue Reading

Donate To Gary Bowman Memorial To Support Wife Yvonne

Written on March 25, 2021 at 6:50 am, by

From organizers You surely know our friendly, Friday Harbor U.S. Post Office counter employee, Yvonne Bowman. She is always ready with a kind word and smiling eyes. On Dec. 24, her beloved husband Gary Bowman passed away due to an aortic dissection. Gary did not have life insurance. This has been a devastating loss besides  Continue Reading

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