Topic: People

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on September 17, 2019 at 8:34 am, by

Dear Wonderful Community Members, What a wonderful start of the school year! The schools were immaculately clean, the teachers created warm and inviting learning environments, and all administrative staff worked hard to ensure that all was organized and moving smoothly. We are happy to be fully back in action, serving our treasured students and the  Continue Reading

Joe Gaydos to Receive Film Festival’s Local Hero Award

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to announce that Joe Gaydos will be the honored recipient of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society. The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Jeannetta Noland as the Volunteer of the Month for September, 2019. Jeannetta started volunteering at the animal shelter in 2016 and has been a loyal and regular volunteer.  Jeannetta can always be counted on to cuddle cats. The staff and board of directors of APS-FH extend  Continue Reading

Elizabeth Jean Bell  1968 – 2019

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Elizabeth Jean Bell, of Friday Harbor, Washington, unexpectedly passed away September 8, 2019 at the age of 51. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ralph and Elizabeth Smith of Los Altos, California, and John and Jean Bell of Friday Harbor, Washington. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Jack and Sherry Bell, her sister  Continue Reading

Carol Whalen Beats Meningitis. Thank You, Community!

Written on September 9, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

We hear some good news from Bristol & Desi Whalen… Hello everyone, This is the post our family has prayed we’d be able to write since Tuesday, July 9, 2019 — an unbelievable 62 days ago. Our beautiful Rockstar Mom BEAT MENINGITIS AND IS COMING HOME!!! We are bringing her unparalleled smile and gorgeous spirit  Continue Reading

Farmer-to-Farmer in Tajikistan

Written on September 8, 2019 at 6:00 am, by

Bruce Gregory on volunteer assignment to Tajikistan… As I have been to Central Asia four times before on ACDI-VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) assignments in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. I was contacted again and asked to return and work with the farmers in the Khatlon Province.  I have agreed to travel to Tajikistan from Nov. 15-Dec. 8, 2019  Continue Reading

Louise Bryant: Stuart Island to Bolshevik Revolution

Written on September 4, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

It’s that time once again for this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… It’s not often that a tiny slice of local history becomes part of an international story of considerable fame, but this is one of them. The Stuart Island portion begins on March 27, 1909 when the mail  Continue Reading

Business Closing

Written on September 4, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

It is with much sadness that Islanders Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation will be closing  its doors on Friday, September 13, 2019 and will no longer be providing rehabilitation  services.  We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the healthcare community and  working with so many of you as patients, along with your families.  Joyce Thomson will  Continue Reading

“Export” Reunion

Written on September 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Back in 1981 in Friday Harbor, a group of high school grads joined up and formed a rock n roll band named Export. Members at different times included Dennis Michael, Rick Wiltse, Mike Ingalls, David (Rusty) Longley, Caitlin Suzanne, Greg Henion and Chris Lawson. And later this month at the Grange they are holding their  Continue Reading

Artist and Educator Joins SJIMA Board

Written on September 1, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

New board member, Marney Reynolds brings to the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) her love of art and education. Walking into the museum about 5 years ago she was “amazed and thrilled at the sight of this art showcase and someday dreamed of being a part of it.” Born and raised in Seattle,  Continue Reading

Health Care Forum

Written on August 30, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

League of Women Voters to host health care forum The next League of Women Voters of the San Juans meeting will offer islanders a fresh look at what to expect as health care options change.    The event titled “Update on Health Care: Two Points of View,” will be held from noon-2 p.m., Monday, September  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month – Petro San Juan

Written on August 27, 2019 at 5:55 am, by

Our featured member of the month is Petro San Juan. When we reached out to their employee, Danielle Cochran, she quickly gathered this information and current picture for our article. (And a big thank you Jim Horn for the picture below from one of his and Bob’s parties back in the late 90’s) Lin and  Continue Reading

Piano at the Museum

Written on August 26, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The Archipelago Collective will present an informal concert at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Friday, September 6 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. A free concert, open to the public, features the powerhouse piano team, Liz Dorman and Michael Smith, of the Archipelago Collective of the San Juans, playing four-hand piano works.  Continue Reading

Author Event at the Library

Written on August 23, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister  San Juan Island fans of Northwest author Erica Bauermeister take note: She’s returning to the island on Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm at the Library to present her latest novel, The Scent Keeper. Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are thrilled to host Erica again and  Continue Reading

New Owners for Ravenhill Construction

Written on August 23, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Peter Kilpatrick has sold Ravenhill Construction, Inc. to longtime employees Credence Ross, Mike Murphy and Orion Powell. Peter will continue in a management role as a consultant for two years. This will allow the new partners to focus on supervision and completion of their individual construction projects and ensure a smooth transition. Ravenhill has been  Continue Reading

Real Estate News with Merri Ann

Written on August 22, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another article covering real estate news… Excise Tax Increase, Decrease and Shift There will be a major change in real estate excise tax taking effect January 1, 2020 for the State of Washington.  I have provided a link below to the Senate Bill which created this change to a  Continue Reading

Paul Allen To Receive FHFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Written on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud and excited to announce that the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his outstanding contributions to the art of documentary filmmaking, television, and media. The award presentation, to be held during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala on October 25 at  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Louise Dustrude… I was happy to see Steve Ulvi’s excellent, detailed defense of the Land Bank in the San Juan Update. I too have long appreciated the Land Bank for its preservation of beautiful public lands and for its careful stewardship of  Continue Reading

Honoring Laurie Paul

Written on August 20, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

This story was contributed by Laurie’s aunt Carol Meyer… There are very few people in this world that have a “heart and soul” such as Laurie Paul. On August 20th, that heart and soul will be recognized by many living in Friday Harbor as they gather to celebrate her 50th birthday. Fortunately for Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

“Food Preserver” Awarded to Heidi

Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Heidi Mathisen is the winner of the ACE Food Preserver Award in the Food Preservation Department at the San Juan County Fair. Ace Hardware donated a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer as a special award to the Food Preservation Department as the grand prize in the Food Preservation Department This special award goes to the exhibitor  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Frank Mullis Navigates August Traffic

Written on August 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is August on San Juan Island. The roads are dusty and the traffic is wild. This time of year dodging mopeds and navigating around long lines of bicycling tourists can fray an islander’s nerves. If you are tempted  Continue Reading