Topic: People

2019 Airport Honor Wall Ceremony

Written on April 18, 2019 at 11:56 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Pilots Association are pleased to recognize our 2019 aviation honoree. This joint effort features a different pilot every year. The Honor Wall at the Port of Friday Harbor Airport commemorates the history of aviation in the San Juan Islands since the early post World War II  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on April 18, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with another in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. Here’s what she has to say about this one… This lifetsyle video is about how much humor is involved in real estate sales. Our profession can be very interesting and challenging.


Written on April 17, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Miles Crossen… I thought I’d start looking for volunteers to help out at the San Juan County Fair Photography Department. We’re going to need help on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. for folks to assist people in the submission  Continue Reading

Just Before Sunset

Written on April 16, 2019 at 8:49 am, by

Kevin Holmes was out on the west side just before sunset the other day and captured this perfectly timed photo when the sun was passing behind the lighthouse. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Climate Change Prevention: Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make to Fight Global Warming

Written on April 16, 2019 at 8:48 am, by

The following article was written by Neil Stawski… As much as the skeptics and critics might try to deny climate change, the signs that it’s a critical issue are all around us. The evidence of global warming can be found in the death of our coral reefs due to the increased temperatures of our ocean  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Volunteer Jim Biddick Helps Seniors File Taxes

Written on April 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… What a relief it is to fix a stamp onto that envelope addressed to the IRS and send it off in the mail. Phew! I’m sure I am not the only one who finds filing taxes both mysterious and  Continue Reading

Flow Through Time

Written on April 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Osha Breeze invites you to this month’s exhibit at SJCT… Good morning my friends, I wanted to make sure you knew about my current art show that is hanging at the Community Theater through April. Please drop by and see my current body of paintings as well as a few pieces from earlier times. And  Continue Reading

Ocean Outbreak

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

Book Talk: Drew Harvell will discuss her book, Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. This presentation will include updates on Sea Star Wasting Disease and salmon health in our Puget Sound waters. Drew is a local author and resident scientist at Friday Harbor Laboratories. A book signing and reception will follow the  Continue Reading

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Written on April 12, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another real estate article… San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary The first quarter results for San Juan Island were very similar to the first quarter results last year. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 12.5% as compared to the same quarter in  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on April 11, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this note from Dawn Alger, who write to share good news about her son… I just wanted to share the upcoming graduation of our son, Rigby Alger from Pacific Lutheran University. He will be graduating on May 25th, Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelors of Education. His certifications  Continue Reading

28th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour

Written on April 10, 2019 at 9:01 am, by

Save the Date: June 1st and 2nd, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour This will be the largest, most exciting and fun-filled island event yet! Expect to find lots and lots of new studios for 2019 with 22  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Supports After-School Reading Program

Written on April 9, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Kiwanis board member Jerry Ball presents a check for $750 from the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club to Friday Harbor Elementary School for support of their after-school reading program. “The money that was generously donated by the Kiwanis Club has allowed us to purchase snacks for the kids, which is so important after a long day  Continue Reading

Island Rec Table Tennis Tournament Winners

Written on April 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Congratulations to first place Marcus Lum of Mount Vernon, second place Joe Kantor of Anacortes, and third place San Juan Island local Roger Paul for being big winners in the 8th Annual Table Tennis Tournament this weekend in our Singles bracket. In our Doubles tournament, Joe Kantor and Hiroshi Kakaki of team Paddle Pals took  Continue Reading

Owls in Flight

Written on April 7, 2019 at 11:34 am, by

John Miller shares another great wildlife photo. This one, entitled “Territorial Combat” shows two owls duking it out in flight. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Taken over Fir Island in early January. Thanks for sharing John!

Volunteer of the Month

Written on April 6, 2019 at 11:10 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Storrie Arnold is the Volunteer of the Month for April. Storrie became a volunteer at the animal shelter at the beginning of the year and has been a wonderful addition to the organization. She visits the shelter each week to walk and socialize with the  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on April 5, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

This first edition of Chamber Chat for 2019 is written by Scott Sluis, 2019 San Juan Island Chamber Board President, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, Islanders Bank… “Banker by day and drummer by night” Introduction: I thought my first Chamber Chat ought to be an introduction of myself since most of you do not  Continue Reading

San Juan Writer Cere Demuth Featured on Orcas Lit Fest Panel

Written on April 5, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join Heart Berries memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, and Kickflip Boys author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40  Continue Reading

April is National Poetry Month

Written on April 5, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In appreciation of National Poetry Month, the San Juan Update is sharing  poems from local poets every Friday this month starting with today. First up we have FHES 4th grade teacher Lowell Jons and artist/poet Sherry Smith Bell:

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on March 31, 2019 at 9:58 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another San Juan Island Lifestyle video. This one shares winning the big pot in the St. Patrick’s Day San Juan Island Yacht Club sponsored derby…

Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Written on March 29, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares some more real estate info with you… Wells on the Shoreline in San Juan County Even though I have been in this business for 24 years, on almost every transaction I learn something new. During 2018, I learned how difficult it is to develop a residential home on waterfront lot that  Continue Reading

WSF Haiku Contest Winner!

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm, by

Here’s a note from Washington State Ferries… The cover of the Washington State Ferries’ Summer 2019 Sailing Schedule will feature a haiku written by Friday Harbor’s own Siri Lindstrum. Out of nearly 200 entries in the #WSFHaiku Twitter contest, Siri’s poem received the most “likes” of the three finalists on the @wsferries page. Here’s the  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Poetry Snapshots

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Meet some of our island poets: Antoinette Botsford from Orcas, Elizabeth Landrum from Lopez, and Bill Weissinger from San Juan.   Monday, April 1st at 7 pm at the San Juan Island Library. Free. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails Committee.