Topic: People

Boyd Pratt book Launch at the Grange

Written on May 12, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Have you ever wondered how lime is made from limestone? Or gazed in wonder at the lime kilns scattered across our islands? Why, for that matter, is our State Park called Lime Kiln? Local architectural historian Boyd C. Pratt’s new book Lime: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands tells all. Boyd will review  Continue Reading

John Stimpson’s Meet and Greet Tour

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

When you don’t see a familiar face around for several months, it sometimes means that person is off on a big adventure. In the case of John Stimpson, who retired as manager of Friday Harbor Marketplace about a year ago, it will be because he’s bicycling across the United States: Anacortes ferry terminal to Bar  Continue Reading

SJI Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on May 10, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month for May is San Juan Transit. Owner Kraig Hansen offers a bit of background on how he and his wife came to the island… This will be my 4th year on the island and 4th year running San Juan Transit, Tours & Charters.  Continue Reading

Kelli Marie Ashcraft

Written on May 3, 2017 at 11:30 am, by

Kelli Ashcraft’s graveside service will be this coming Sunday at Valley Cemetery at 11:00 am with a celebration of her life following at Brickworks at 12:30 pm. Kelli died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. In her memory, Kelli’s family is running a campaign to make the island a safer place for all residents –  They  Continue Reading

Keith Entertains at Cheesecake Cafe

Written on May 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm, by

Keith Busha writes to let us know that he will be entertaining today from 5:00 to 6:00 at the grand opening celebration at the Cheesecake Cafe and Bakery. Here he is with more… I’m going to be playing at the Opening of the Cheesecake Cafe tonight. I play from 5-6. Also, there are free samples  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Memory Cafe

Written on May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am, by

Island Senior is written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last week I stopped by the Village at the Harbour to participate in a Memory Café. Memory Cafe programs originated in England about 15 years ago and have since become popular throughout Europe and the United States. The goal of the Memory Café is to provide a  Continue Reading

Good Steward Awards

Written on April 29, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The envelope, please! Yes, the time has come to hand out the much-anticipated Finnies, and what better time than Earth Day to award those who have been Good Stewards to our Islands community? There were so many good nominations it was hard to choose, but the 2017 Finnie Award recipients are Sharon Massey, Midnight’s Farm,  Continue Reading

Introducing the Master Gardener Interns

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Congratulations to the 19 community members who competed 60 hours of classroom and online training to become WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners.  As Master Gardener Interns, these volunteers will contribute 50 hours of service in their community, helping to identify plant problems, insects, and diseases, and provide research-based gardening information at Farmers Markets, Information Booths  Continue Reading

Why We March for Climate

Written on April 21, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Katie Fleming of FRIENDS of the San Juans…  On April 29, millions of people will march for climate action in 250 cities across the world. San Juan County is no exception. Join us at 12 noon at the Courthouse in Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

SJ Aviation Museum honors Bob Jamieson

Written on April 17, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

A reception will be held at the Roy Franklin Terminal at Friday Harbor Airport on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. to honor the Featured Pilot for 2017: Bob Jamieson. Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual addition to the San Juan Aviation Museum. This project, started in 2008, is jointly sponsored by  Continue Reading

New Executive Director for Home Trust

Written on April 17, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

The Board of Directors for the San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce that Mr. David S. Gow will take the helm as Executive Director on the first of June. David has called this island home since 2012 and resides here with his partner, Heather Mueller, a teacher at Friday Harbor Elementary. David  Continue Reading

Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Written on April 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm, by

A beautiful day for an Easter Egg Hunt. Check out these photos below.

New Gallery Owner

Written on April 16, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Island Studios has a new owner. Kris Drain just moved to Friday Harbor a little over a week ago and took over ownership of the gallery on Wednesday the 12th. She was a gallery director at Martin Lawrence Gallery in Dallas from 2012 – 2015 selling high end art pieces like Andy Warhol and Picasso. She had  Continue Reading

In Memory of Kelli

Written on April 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm, by

In her memory, Kelli Ashcraft’s family is running a campaign to make the island a safer place for all residents. Kelli died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and her family is raising money with a GoFundMe account to provide CO detectors for people on the island who can’t afford to buy one themselves.  Check out  Continue Reading

Milliken Mercantile

Written on April 15, 2017 at 10:22 am, by

There’s a new store in town. It’s Milliken Mercantile over on A Street, across from Serendipity Books and the Market Chef. It just opened for business last Saturday by Sara Larson who along with her husband Chuck just recently moved to the island from Portland, Oregon where they ran a preschool business. Originally from the Seattle  Continue Reading

An Evening of Science Fiction

Written on April 14, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore & The San Juan Island Library Are Presenting An Evening of Science Fiction with Eva Elasigue If you have a penchant for space travel or losing yourself in the mysteries of the galaxy with a good story, don’t miss Eva Elasigue reading from her first book in the Bones of Starlight series, Wednesday  Continue Reading

Class of 2034 Photo Op

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:05 am, by

Katie writes to invite your babies to this photo shoot… Hello San Juan Update, I came across this article you ran in 2013 announcing the class photo for the class of 2030, and I was wondering if you would be willing to do the same for our upcoming class of 2034 photo (children born between  Continue Reading

Kate on the Radio!

Written on April 11, 2017 at 9:08 am, by

Kate Schuman invites you to tune-in to Ellensburg Radio tonight… Hi San Juan Island, I just got a last-minute booking on Ellensburg Community Radio (ECR) for a show called Americana Live, streaming tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00.  I’ll be presenting original tunes and talking about my home town with host Don Shriner.  The program will be  Continue Reading

Zach and John

Written on April 10, 2017 at 5:25 am, by

Jane Burton-Bell shares this story with you… Hello SJI, I wanted to tell you a great story. Here on San Juan Island, a local man who volunteers in the STEM class at the local high school has created a fantastic opportunity for a local boy. Zach, who has cerebral palsy resulting in severe physical disabilities  Continue Reading

Staff addition at SJCT

Written on April 9, 2017 at 5:27 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Office and Events Assistant, Jane Fox, brings a variety of experience to her new job. Fox first moved to the island seven years ago from Boston (where she’d earned her Masters in Journalism) to be a photographer for the San Juan Preservation Trust. She later worked as a reporter at  Continue Reading

Round Towner

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:24 am, by

Here’s a letter from Curt VanHyning in the mailbag today… Dear Editor, Can you imagine being unable to get to your medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery store or community events? Neither can we so in 2013 we formed the non-profit shuttle service RoundTowner to serve low-income seniors, elderly and disabled rural residents of our county. At  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on March 30, 2017 at 5:18 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Emily Volkmann is the Volunteer of the Month for March. Emily has been a loyal volunteer for several months and spends every Monday morning at the animal shelter walking dogs, cuddling cats, and assisting where needed. Thanks so much, Emily for making a  Continue Reading