Topic: People

A Carbon-Free Adventure!

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Follow OPALCO’s EV Road Trip in October: Starting October 6th, an exclusive team from OPALCO (Communication Specialist Krista Bouchey and the “Switch it up pup” Pepper) will be driving the Co-op’s Kia Niro 100% electric vehicle (EV) to Eastern Washington and back, making stops to visit wind and hydro projects, innovative public power projects and  Continue Reading

Food For Imagination

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

One physician described the “beautiful formation” of the human body as inspiration for art.  Go Figure!  celebrating the human form, has just opened at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor. Visitors and residents are invited to experience art of the human body as it tells stories, expresses emotion and celebrates  Continue Reading


Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:09 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we have this letter from the SJC Republican Party Chair, Daniel Schwartz… Statement on Vaccine Mandates San Juan County Republican PartyThe Republican Party is not anti-vaccine:  it is for the right of a free and informed citizenry to make its own health choices.Never in our 245-year history have federal,  Continue Reading

Double Your Donation Of Food Bank Fish

Written on September 21, 2021 at 9:59 am, by

Local fisherman and fish-seller, Matt Marinkovich, is once again offering a pound-to-pound match of fish to the food bank. On Saturday, September 25, 10am to 1pm, Marinkovich will be selling fish through his business, Matt’s Fresh Fish, at the Port property next to the Bakery San Juan parking lot. “We did this last year and  Continue Reading

Governor Appoints Former State Agency Director to Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on September 14, 2021 at 10:01 am, by

Olympia – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Kaleen Cottingham, a life-long Washington resident, to serve on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Cottingham, of Olympia, recently retired as the director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, which provides support to the Governor-appointed Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Governor’s Salmon Recovery  Continue Reading

Black and White – The World in Shades of Grey

Written on September 13, 2021 at 10:13 am, by

Bob Stavers is pleased to announce that an exhibit of 14 Black and White photographs is currently in the lobby of the San Juan Community Theatre. The exhibit runs until September 30th, and the lobby is open noon to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 2 on Saturdays. I have always thought  Continue Reading


Written on September 12, 2021 at 10:58 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Sasha von Dassow… To the Editor: 9/11/21 At 6 am on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we in the San Juan Islands are at a standstill because a few folks working in the state ferry system decided to stage a sick out in protest of  Continue Reading

Thor Hanson Book Launch

Written on September 7, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson There is always reason to celebrate the release of a new book by San Juan Island biologist and author, Thor Hanson. If you’ve read Feathers, Seeds, and Buzz, and sat enthralled at one of Thor Hanson’s lively and informative  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteers of the Month

Written on September 5, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor is pleased to announce Jon and Kris Zerby as the APS-FH Volunteers of the Month for September 2021.  Jon Zerby is currently an APS-FH Board Member, but this husband-and-wife duo have been volunteering for APS-FH for many years; before Jon served on the board; even before APS-FH had  Continue Reading

Real Estate with Merri Ann Simonson

Written on September 4, 2021 at 9:24 am, by

Homeowner’s Hazard Insurance One thing to seriously consider in these times of escalating values for our homes on the island is the adequacy of your homeowner insurance. Our homes have increased in value over the last few years and the cost to replace has increased dramatically, therefore, your coverage may not be adequate.  In the  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Features Art Display by Robert Hare Stavers

Written on September 3, 2021 at 10:01 am, by

Indoor performances are back at San Juan Community Theatre, and the theatre lobby is once again open as a showcase for local artists’ exhibits. From now until the end of September the photographs of Robert Hare Stavers Photography will be on display. This exhibit features a series of Black and White photographs entitled “The World in Shades of Gray”.   Continue Reading

A Letter to You from SJCT

Written on September 2, 2021 at 10:36 am, by

9/1/21 Covid-19 Policy Update: Proof of Vaccination & Masking REQUIRED A Letter from the Executive Artistic Director Dear SJCT Patrons, You may have seen our social media posts today regarding the new policy requiring proof of vaccination at San Juan Community Theatre performances and events. If not, you can find our updated policies here. We  Continue Reading

Masked Musicians

Written on August 28, 2021 at 11:35 am, by

John Miller shares this photo of Masked Musicians he caught at Brickworks. Thanks for sharing John!


Written on August 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have a Heads Up from Barnaby Zall about the RHNA Annual Picnic… After careful consideration, on Saturday, August 21, the Board of Directors of the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to cancel its 2021 Labor Day Isthmus Potluck Picnic, originally scheduled for Sept. 4.   RHNA is a  Continue Reading

Artist Celebrates San Juan Island Beaches with “The Jeweled Shore” Exhibition at Friday Harbor Atelier

Written on August 23, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor Artist Shannon Borg – with guest artists Julia Wayne and Wendy Smith – presents an art installation of paintings, fiber art, jewelry and more, with an outdoor reception on Friday, August 27, 4:00 – 7:00pm  “Our island beaches are powerful, mysterious, and beautiful places, where we go to reflect, celebrate, and heal,” says  Shannon.   Continue Reading

Appraisal Day and Auction at SJIMA – Mark Your Calendar Now

Written on August 20, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Ever wonder how much a piece of art you have is worth? Now is your opportunity to find out! Specialists in the Jewelry and Fine Art-Departments from Bonhams auction house will be on location at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art to answer the probing question, “How much is this family heirloom or estate  Continue Reading


Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter from Dr. Mark Fishout… The summer of 1940 saw the Battle of Britain, the aerial conflict between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe, reach its apex. When in this speech Churchill stated ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much  Continue Reading

Town Administrator Duncan Wilson Receives WCMA 2021 Excellence Award

Written on August 17, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce that Town Administrator Duncan Wilson was presented the 2021 Excellence Award from the Washington City Management Association (WCMA). This annual award recognizes the outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. The award was presented August 12,  Continue Reading

Birdwatching at the Sculpture Park

Written on August 16, 2021 at 9:44 am, by

This Wednesday, August 18th, you’re invited to join Phil Green at the San Juan Island’s Sculpture Park for a morning of birdwatching, from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Dress appropriately and don’t forget your binoculars!

Anonymous Donor to Match the Match for PADs during the SJI Virtual County Fair

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Between August 18 and August 22, the San Juan Island Community Foundation has pledged to match up to a thousand dollars given to PADs, the first program in North America to train dogs to detect an odor associated with Parkinson’s Disease. This great news was followed by a good-hearted anonymous donor who pledged to match  Continue Reading

Coffee & Cocktails with Friends of the San Juans

Written on August 11, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Q&A with Friends’ Staff at the Virtual County Fair We are all ready for some new connections and opportunities. Through the Virtual Fair, you have an opportunity to connect with Friends of the San Juans’ staff, ask questions, and hear the passion that drives their mission.  Join the virtual couch for Q&A sessions with Friends  Continue Reading

Will an insightful outreach and education approach help bring back the Southern Resident orcas?

Written on August 7, 2021 at 8:04 am, by

Lots of people have lots of great ideas. But only a few turn their perceptive concepts into reality. The visionary-to-reality folks are the ones to follow. The Center for Whale Research’s Founder and Senior Scientist, Ken Balcomb, is one of these. Opening the ORCA SURVEY Outreach & Education Center in Friday Harbor in 2018 is  Continue Reading