Topic: People

Molly Hogan Retires

Written on January 19, 2020 at 10:01 am, by

By Louise Dustrude – Molly Hogan’s last day at King’s Market Friday was full of celebration, as friends and customers came in to wish her well in her retirement. Her fellow employees gave her a colorful tiara, a sign to wear saying “I’m retiring today!!!” and a sheet cake decorated with a replica of the  Continue Reading

Letter from Bill Watson

Written on January 16, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s a letter to you from County Council member Bill Watson… I am announcing today that I will retire at the end of 2020 and not seek re-election for a second term as County Council member for District #1 in November of 2020.  In the final year of my term, I will continue to do  Continue Reading

Snowy Pig

Written on January 14, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Chuck Dalldorf shares this photo of the Brickworks Piggy Bank all covered in snow.

Letters

Written on January 11, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Dwight Ware of Community Treasures… Greetings CT supporters, For all of you CT supporters who were unable to attend our “Crossroads” meeting at the Grange on December 19th, here is a summary of the issues at hand and the goals of that meeting.  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on January 10, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag this morning. Here’s a letter from Travis and Jennifer Ayers… Dear Editor, We encourage all eligible voters to join us and vote YES for our children, schools, and community in the upcoming election on February 11th. The renewal of the Capital and Technology Levy will help ensure that our  Continue Reading

Letter from Kari McVeigh

Written on January 4, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Dear Fabulous Community Members, Happy 2020!!! As the San Juan Island School District enters into the year 2020, we are excited to share a new and actionable district strategic plan. Four Strategic Planning teams (mixed teams of staff, parents and community members) met throughout the fall to look at current and desired perceptions of our  Continue Reading

Weaving Art and Science

Written on January 3, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Weaving Art and Science to Create Ocean Tapestries In the early 1990’s, Véronique Robigou and John Delaney were exploring the bottom of the ocean in the deep-diving Submarine ALVIN off the Pacific Northwest Coast. There, they discovered a spectacular 135 ft tall sulfide structure spewing 700° F fluids out of the sea floor atop an  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on January 3, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Bob & Shannon Wilson… (Note: This has been updated since it was first published) On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on December 31, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter to you from Eileen Drath… Dear Editor, This year has ended and now we embark on a new decade.  Carrying the tide for me is the presence of our San Juan County Land Bank. Please read below the Land Bank’s Mandate and join me  Continue Reading

2019 Home Trust Ornament Project – Completed

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Ornaments now available by donation at the Home Trust Office Being able to participate at the Farmers’ Markets throughout the year and at the Holiday Market in December has been a wonderful means of outreach to our entire community for the San Juan Community Home Trust.  Not only have these Market interactions led to new  Continue Reading

Rodney Mulvaney

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

One of Friday Harbor’s most memorable characters, Rodney Mulvaney, passed away unexpectedly on November 28. If you didn’t know him personally, you most likely would recognize him for his love of elegant, old-time Western-style attire – from his ever-present top hats and his vests, down to his high boots. He first came to San Juan  Continue Reading

Fred Woods Named as Final Candidate for School District Superintendent

Written on December 20, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

At the December 18, 2019 regular School Board Meeting, The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors named Fred Woods as the final candidate for the position of Superintendent of San Juan Island School District, pending contract negotiations. Through a focused mentoring plan, Mr. Woods has been conferring regularly with current Superintendent, Kari McVeigh.  Continue Reading

Emree (Rhiana) Franklin

Written on December 19, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Look who’s interviewing Sheryl Crow – It’s Friday Harbor’s own Emree (Rhiana) Franklin! How cool is that? Proud parents Suzanne and Ken Franklin share this announcement… Dear Friends and Family, Exciting news is fun to share and I have some really exciting news about Rhiana (Emree) who was recently selected by Sheryl Crow for inclusion  Continue Reading

Dona Wuthnow Resigns

Written on December 17, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Story by Louise Dustrude… After 23 years heading County Parks, and nearly half that long running the County Fair as well, Dona Wuthnow has decided she’s ready to start a new chapter. She’ll definitely stay on the island, she said, and she hopes to work in something natural resource conservation-related. She is passionate about parks  Continue Reading

Kitchen Sink Dinners – Feed the Island

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Cynthia’s Bistro is offering free take-away meals to anyone who needs a meal or wishes to have a home cooked meal. No questions asked, just free food. Stop by Cynthia’s this Thursday -12/19/19 from 4:30 to 6:00 to pick up your meal. You may pick up 2 meals per person. When we run out of  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Tips

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with more real estate tips and information for you… Custom Construction or Buy Existing and Remodel? In the current market it is much more affordable to buy an existing home than it is to purchase new or custom construction.  Why is that?  The costs of materials and labor did not  Continue Reading

Home for the Holidays

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm, by

Get Your Tissues Ready Many of you in the community know about Cowboy, but for those who don’t, he has been a long-term resident at the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor (APS-FH). Cowboy’s journey home has taken almost two years. He was originally brought in as a stray to a shelter in Modesto, California,  Continue Reading

Be a Census Taker

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Louise Dustrude… I worked on the 2010 U.S. Census, as did more than half a dozen other island residents, and I found it interesting and rewarding. I’m retired, and the paycheck was welcome. Some of my colleagues were unemployed or just “between jobs,” and  Continue Reading

Chardonnay Shopping

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:55 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another video in her San Juan Island Lifestyle series… This video features our Chardonnay Shopping event. Shop local!

Celebrate Rob’s Life

Written on December 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm, by

Rob Simpson died unexpectedly of a heart attack December 3. It is with great sadness that we share the news that our father unexpectedly passed away last week as the result of a heart attack. We hope that you will join us in celebrating his life this Saturday, December 14th at the Mullis Center from  Continue Reading

Warren Frederick Jones

Written on December 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm, by

Warren Frederick Jones, of Friday Harbor, Washington died peacefully, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital. He was born to John and Ida (Souza) Jones on January 28, 1937 in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1942, when he was 5 years old, he moved with his  Continue Reading

New Digs for SJ Oriental Medicine

Written on December 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

After 20 years at 50 web Street in downtown Friday Harbor, Sandy Richard has moved the San Juan Oriental Medicine Clinic out to 517 Douglas Road. The clinic will be up and running this week and looking forward to seeing new and old patients.