Topic: People

Jewett Swearing-in Ceremony

Written on December 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the newly elected San Juan County District Court Judge, Carolyn Jewett, at 12:00 pm on January 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at noon in the District Court courtroom of the county courthouse, at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor. Jewett will be sworn in  Continue Reading

Home Trust Does It Again

Written on December 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Gay Graham… The San Juan Community Home Trust has done it again, and with a special bit of flourish! A few weeks ago, the 11th and 12th houses were barged into Jackson’s Beach and trucked to their permanent lots in the affordable housing project,  Continue Reading

Marjorie Walker Art Exhibit

Written on December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

New art installation features Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019. Walker was born in 1906 in  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Family Traditions Old and New

Written on December 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Family traditions are something we value especially at the holidays. I’ve been thinking about how family traditions evolve and change over time. Three of my four sisters will be visiting me next week for a Pre-Christmas gift exchange party.  Continue Reading

New Recreation Specialist at Island Rec

Written on December 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome Lili Lyne as their new Recreation Specialist. Lili will primarily be organizing Sports and Fitness programs and events. Lili is a recent graduate from Western Washington University where she studied Therapeutic Recreation. Over the years she has developed an expertise in adaptive sports, from soccer to wheelchair rugby she  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on December 12, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have a letter from Allison Lance… The more diverse an eco-system is, the greater its odds are for survival. Genetic diversity insures robust populations. This applies to Earth’s life forms, which includes humans. In order to ensure our survival we need robust biodiversity. Therein lies the problem, nature is  Continue Reading

Drone View of Wasp Passage

Written on December 10, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this view from 300 feet elevation of Wasp Passage, taken with a DJI Phantom adv. Great shot – Thanks John!

In the Mailbag

Written on December 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Susan Wingate writes to share this article on deer population control… Dear SJ Update, I’m hoping to submit some information about the deer population that has become an issue with a certain sector of our residents and with the fish and wildlife community. [Please see] this information from the website: http://www.pzpinfo.org/pzp_faqs.html

Free E-cycle Service Coming Soon

Written on December 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Tom Doenges, owner of Computer San Juans wants you to know about this new service coming to an island near you… Calling all small businesses, schools, ports, town and individuals… I am joining forces with a friend who runs an electronics recycling company in Bellingham called 1pc.com. Because I feel I contribute to bringing these devices  Continue Reading

2018 Annual Chardonnay Shopping Day

Written on December 6, 2018 at 1:15 pm, by

Here’s a note from Leasa Wangoe about this year’s Chardonnay Shopping event, happening on Thursday December 6th, and aimed at getting people into the holiday spirit and supporting local businesses. Anyone can join and it’s a good time to take advantage of some good deals around town… Ok, here is the current list of businesses  Continue Reading

Sculpture Demonstration at SJIMA

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss is bringing his bronze sculpting project to Friday Harbor December 17th through 21st so that the public may share in the creation of the Ed Warbass sculpture he is making for the town. The public is invited to watch and interact with the artist in a temporary work space being created  Continue Reading

We remember Kitty Roberts

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for December from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Local history is written one event, one day, one person at a time. Kitty Roberts was one of those people who contributed to island history with her life. She graciously shared island history, supported it, and inspired many to care about  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag…

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Running Down the Dream without Becoming Comfortably Numb Along with about a hundred others I attended the library presentation on black-tailed deer by Ruth Milne, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. It promised to be interesting given the obvious problems and  Continue Reading

Mary Francis’ 90th Birthday Party

Written on December 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Samantha Bryner is putting together a birthday party for her mother Mary Francis’ 90th Birthday. It’s at Brickworks on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. All are invited. Please – no gifts (but Mary always appreciates a funny card).

Historic NOEL Sign

Written on December 3, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

This story was shared with the SJ Update by Jim Carroll… The old NOEL sign had its days… in wind, rain, heat, being blown over several times during rooftop storage and it was ready to be replaced, with a fancy new LED NOEL sign being considered, when a very wise suggestion was made by Town  Continue Reading

Shishmaref: Know Your Islanders Talks

Written on December 1, 2018 at 9:57 am, by

On Monday, Theresa Simendinger will share her journey to Shishmaref, Alaska, a small Threatened Island of Artists and Hunters. Shishmaref is a town of about 600 people on a small barrier island 5 miles off the coast of Alaska and just south of the Arctic Circle. The island is about 2 miles long and about  Continue Reading

Deer Are Not The Problem

Written on November 30, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag we find this letter from Allison Lance… I attended a meeting at the library last night on deer population here on San Juan Island and what I walked away with is: KILL DEER! My take is different than pretty much everyone else’s point of view at what felt like a  Continue Reading

PIMC Welcomes New Provider

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Anna Dowling, M.D., has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. She will provide women’s health (gynecology) and surgical services as a visiting specialist in Friday Harbor, one day per month. Dowling completed her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles in 2005. Her  Continue Reading

Book Signing on Saturday

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Rebecca Cook will be doing a book signing for her new children’s book “Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas” on Saturday, December 1st at Island Studios from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Here’s more information on Rebecca and her new book in a previous post on the San Juan Update from last month.

Why is Everyone Laughing?

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Cynthia Burke shares this announcement about her daughter’s upcoming show… Are you heading to New York for the holiday season? Catch one of our local graduates – off Broadway! We are hoping someday to bring this show to the SJ Community Theater. Hanna Burke, 2007 Friday Harbor High School Graduate, will be performing her hit  Continue Reading

FHHS Community Project

Written on November 27, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Emmett Carrier writes to share what he’s doing for his Community Projects class at the high school… For my community projects class at Friday Harbor High School, I worked alongside Evan Foley to do research on pollution prevention in the Port of Friday Harbor. We started our project by meeting with our mentor, Dr. Derek  Continue Reading

Shel Bedsole

Written on November 26, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Shel Bedsole, 67, passed away peacefully at home on October 12, after a short illness.  He was surrounded by his loving family, Manya Pickard, his daughter Tracy Bedsole, stepson Ebony Pickard, (Kirsten) and granddaughter Manya Pickard. He is survived by his sister Dee Polley of Boise, Idaho and nephew Shawn Surber of Boise Idaho. Shel  Continue Reading