Topic: People

Robert Michael Browne

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

To our dear family and friends, it is with great sadness that we share this news with you. Our beloved Rob, devoted husband, father and friend passed away after nearly a 3 year, valiantly fought battle with cancer, at the UWMC. Rob was born in Seattle, to mother Inez and father Jim. He is survived  Continue Reading

Vague Family Benefit Dinner and Auction

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

A community event conceived and planned to take care of one of our own sweet island families. Saturday, March 25 at 5:00 PM at the Fairgrounds. Quincy Vague, a 16 year old sophomore at Friday Harbor High School was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We, as an island, can come together to ease  Continue Reading

Husky Linemen Paying it Forward

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

Story by Mike Martin – It began as a routine checkup at the clinic in Friday Harbor, Washington. Hollye Vague took her 16-year old son, Quincy in for a check-up. “Quincy was having headaches,” she said. Quincy was an offensive tackle for the Friday Harbor High School Wolverines — the season had just finished —  Continue Reading

Dave Hall

Written on March 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm, by

Dave Hall passed Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017 with his wife Nadine at his side. A Celebration of Life is tentatively set for Saturday, April 22. A formal obituary with details will follow soon. Cards can be sent to PO Box 815, Friday Harbor.

Maiden Voyage

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Randy and Gail Schnee, owners of Cotton Cotton Cotton had a pretty good day yesterday. They launched their brand new kayaks for their maiden voyage. By the time they got all set and made it to Jackson’s Beach, the wind had picked up and the sun had gone away, so they launched in the more protected waters  Continue Reading

Cultural Anthropology Class

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Cultural Anthropology Class offered at the San Juan Center Join Dr. Deborah Neff for a broad and rich introduction to the field of Cultural Anthropology. Learn what is known about humans as social and culture-bearing groups and individuals, from our early history — going back 50,000 years — through the present. The course will include the  Continue Reading

Letter From Dr. Diaz

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

School District Superintendent Dr. Danna Diaz shares this letter to the community… Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members: When I was searching for a way to begin writing this letter, I was wondering why is it still cold today. I wore my hat, gloves and used my space heater at work. I was  Continue Reading

2016 San Juan Island EMS Award Recipients

Written on March 4, 2017 at 8:52 am, by

San Juan Island EMS held their annual awards banquet January 28th. Pictured left to right the 2016 award recipients are as follows: Humberto Orozco – San Juan County Medical Program Director’s Award & Officer of the Year Margaret Longley – EMT of the Year Kati English – Rookie EMT of the Year Steve Alluise (not  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

Here is another San Juan Island lifestyle video from Merri Ann Simonson.  This one offer tips about the various types of waterfront properties and the benefits and amenities of each type. 

Welcome to Web Street

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm, by

Another day and 2 more ribbon cutting ceremonies. To celebrate their move to Web Street, both Friday Harbor Pet Supplies and Meat Machine Cycles cut ribbons with the Chamber and the Town on Thursday, March 2nd. Their new location at 22 Web Street, is the building where San Juan Interiors was located before their move  Continue Reading

Why is Everyone Laughing?

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Proud mom Cynthia Burke shares some happy news from her daughter Hanna… Hanna Burke wrote, produced, directed and starred in her show based on Madeline Kahn’s life.  The one hour show is a mixture of stories & songs from Madeline’s life and career and Hanna has been performing the show in New York over the  Continue Reading

New Location for The Hemp Seed

Written on March 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm, by

Wednesday March 1st was the official opening and ribbon cutting for the new location of The Hemp Seed. It’s in the back of the arcade on Spring Street where the Chamber of Commerce used to be – behind the Spring Street Deli and General Store. Originally located in the Surina Business Park this hemp products  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on March 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Allison Larson is the Animal Shelter’s Volunteer of the Month for February. Allison and her mom, Jeanine, visit the animal shelter every Monday after school and Allison helps with a wide variety of jobs. Allison has helped weigh and medicate kittens, walked dogs, cleaned litter boxes and cat beds, socialized shy animals, done dishes, laundry  Continue Reading

Annabelle Accepted to Summer Intensive

Written on February 27, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Jeanne Peihl of Salish Sea Ballet shares this good news for one of her students… San Juan Island Ballet Student Accepted to Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Anabelle Mountford, an 11 year old Friday Harbor resident, has been accepted to the Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Entrance to the program is competitive and by audition only. Oregon  Continue Reading

A Fond Farewell to Whitney Leschine

Written on February 22, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Please join us for a Memorial for Whitney Leschine at the Friday Harbor LDS Church, 1013 Lampard Road. February 25th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Move into Mindfulness

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

Hello Islanders! Some of you know my face or name, some of you know me personally. Those who are familiar with my journey to health from cancer often comment on the amazing life transformation that I’ve achieved.  You’ve heard the saying ‘It’s hell getting old.” Well, I don’t buy into that, and you don’t have  Continue Reading

Letter from Michelle Loftus

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:25 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Michelle… SJPHD takes money from Charitable Fund to give to Planned Parenthood. San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioners have decided to amend the contract with Peace Health to remove money from the charitable fund used to help people in our community who can’t afford their  Continue Reading

Letter from Sandra Frinell

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:22 am, by

And Sandra has a comment as well… The hospital board should not give $50,000 to Planned Parenthood.  There are many more noble ways to help our community with those funds. Sandra Frinell

Vote for Adriena!

Written on February 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm, by

Here’s a letter from Maude at the School District… Please help support one of our High School students in her journey to get to college! Adriena Pew is currently one of ten finalists in the “Make College Happen Challenge” which will award a $15,000 scholarship to the winner. Click on the link below and vote  Continue Reading

Affordable Housing on the Rocks

Written on February 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Steve Ulvi, Community Home Trust Board Member… Sometimes the most complex and fretful issues troubling our bucolic islands need grounding in reality. The over-heated critical area protection issues were keenly distilled down to “you have to be more careful with an island”. In the societal  Continue Reading

Printonyx: SJI Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on February 15, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Former elementary music teacher and entrepreneur, Homer Smith, started Printonyx in 1987 as a specialty souvenir shop, printing on a product called ONYX with a copy machine. Printonyx expanded into a copy, print broker and computer repair center under its second owner Ralph Walter. When current owner Kristine Brown, purchased Printonyx in 1994, souvenirs had  Continue Reading

Another Children’s Book About the San Juan Islands

Written on February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm, by

The Adventures of Hayley Cat, book 3, Hayley Cat Sails the San Juan Islands By Rhonda Banuelos, Illustrated by MaryAnn Holley Want to inspire children to find freindship and adventure? Curious Hayley Cat and his friends will show you how. In the latest release, Hayley Cat is off on another adventure to experience the famous San Juan  Continue Reading