Topic: People

Wolf Hollow at the Fair and Welcoming Summer Interns

Written on August 11, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Wolf Hollow was selected by the San Juan Island Community Foundation as this year’s featured non-profit. During the San Juan County Fair, August 16 – 19, all money raised for Wolf Hollow at the Foundation’s booth will be matched 50%.  Wolf Hollow’s Education staff will be on hand in the Green Village at Fair so stop  Continue Reading

Meet EMT of the Month Francis Smith

Written on August 10, 2017 at 8:05 am, by

From Kaitlyn Johnson at San Juan Island EMS…  Francis Smith is a senior EMT. He has been with the agency for 12 years, and was a District 3 fire captain for 17 years. Smith is currently organizing a cardiac event response team of Cape San Juan and Cattle Point residents who have completed the CPR/AED  Continue Reading

Renowned Bill Holm to Speak in Friday Harbor

Written on August 4, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents the iconic Bill Holm – expert, carver, performer, museum curator, teacher, painter, mentor and chief. Holm has enriched our understanding of NW Coast First Nation art and culture and has devoted his life to perpetuating these rich traditions. The talk will be at 7:00 p.m. on  Continue Reading

Cape San Juan Prepares For CPR

Written on August 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm, by

Cape San Juan is a community that is located at the south end of San Juan Island. It is 10.1 miles from the town of Friday Harbor and a 20-minute drive obeying traffic laws. Even then, most residents know that travel time can vary greatly depending on an active summer season. When 911 is paged,  Continue Reading

John Stimpson Arrives at Bar Harbor

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm, by

John Stimpson is almost giddy after successfully crossing the country on his bicycle. He left Friday Harbor on May 15 and today he arrived at Bar Harbor, Maine, and said by email: “I’ve had an EPIC ride!” Bar Harbor, he reports, looks “like Friday Harbor on steroids.” John rode for 71 days, and took 7  Continue Reading

Why We Live Here

Written on August 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm, by

Jack of all trades and all around nice guy Mike Martin offered to help a friend who was having trouble with a laptop. “Let me take it home and see what I can do” he said. Well he tried a number of different things, but the laptop refused to cooperate, so he headed out his  Continue Reading

World Record is Official

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:51 am, by

It’s now official as of this morning – Jim Mauldin of Mauldin’s Well Service here on the island has taken the world speed record for hydroplane racing in the 5-Liter class of hydroplanes. According to Jim’s father Al, the old record was 101 mph and Jim’s new record is 110.5 mph. This happened at the  Continue Reading

FHFF Lifetime Achievement Award – Elouise Cobell

Written on July 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

This is the third in a 3-part series on this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival. See part 1 here; see part 2 here… This year’s coveted Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented posthumously to Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. The  Continue Reading

FHFF Local Hero Award – Dylan D’Haeze

Written on July 28, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

This is the second in a 3-part series about this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival. See part 1 here… The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan Islands who has made outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, or the  Continue Reading

Jonathan Tapia-Rojas

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

On Saturday July 22nd, an island family recieved the devastating news that Jonathan Tapia-Rojas, a hardworking father of two young boys lost the battle against depression. Click here for more info and to support this family…

San Juan County Scholars Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from $300-$600 from the Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association (ICUA), who hosts the camp.  Continue Reading

Pastel Painting with Steve Hill

Written on July 24, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Lopez artist Steve Hill taught a workshop on pastel painting at three San Juan locations over the weekend. He introduced pastel techniques on Friday at the SJ Islands Museum of Art, and then encouraged participants as they painted “en plein air” on Saturday and Sunday. In the picture above, students painted in the shade of  Continue Reading

Letter from Ruth McKenna

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have a letter from Ruth McKenna, Candidate for SJI School Board… Vote for Ruth McKenna– San Juan Island Schools Director 1 Dear Editor, The schools on San Juan Island have been the center of the community for over a century. The district teaches over 800 students, employs  Continue Reading

EMT of the Month

Written on July 20, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Congratulations Kati English! Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and currently works as an ER tech at Peace Island Medical Center. She spends her time helping others, teaching her young German Shepard new tricks and flying with her fiancé, a pilot for Island Air.  Kati is very amiable and a great jokester around the station.   Continue Reading

Daniel Day Acoustic

Written on July 19, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Daniel Day writes to let you know he will be playing later this week… I’m playing a mix of my original tunes and a few favorite covers this Friday at Cynthia’s restaurant, 65 Nichols Street, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Why do sad songs make me happy? I know the good eats and drinks will  Continue Reading

Mystery and Adventure on the Blue Glacier

Written on July 8, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Join Bill Liggett for a book signing and slide presentation of the Blue Glacier and nearby rainforest in the Washington wilderness, the setting and inspiration for his debut adventure novel, Watermelon Snow. Bill spent the summer there as an 18-year-old and recently visited to do research for his book. Find out what it was like  Continue Reading

Eric Wins First Place!

Written on July 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm, by

Friday Harbor Granger, Eric Sable, won First Place at the Washington State Grange Talent Contest with his performance on Harmonica. Washington State Grange held its 128th Grange Convention at Ocean Shores from June 28th to July 1st 2017. Eric will represent the Washington State Grange at the National Grange Convention on November 10th, 2017 in  Continue Reading

WaterWorks Gallery

Written on July 7, 2017 at 9:31 am, by

The show “Birds, Bunnies, Dogs and more” featuring Barbara Duzan Sculpture and Jaime Ellsworth Paintings is running currently at WaterWorks Gallery through July 22nd. On Saturday, July 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Jaime ​​Ellsworth will lead a walk​/talk about her art. In their ​animal ​worlds, Barbara Duzan and Jaime Ellsworth draw inspiration from  Continue Reading

Grand Old Flag, Grand Army of the Republic

Written on July 5, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

It’s time for the July edition of the history column from SJI Historical Society… “You’re a high flying flag and forever in peace may you wave.” July in America brings out the patriotic flags and banners — and the islands are no exception. The San Juan Historical Society and Museum archive has many images with  Continue Reading

Mary Szymanski (12/9/1916 – 7/1/2017)

Written on July 5, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Mary Szymanski, 100+, of Friday Harbor passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017 peacefully at her home in The Village at the Harbour. She was born December 9, 1916, in Warsaw, Poland. She had one brother who perished in a concentration camp along with her father. Mary and her mother survived the camp and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: a Granddaughter’s Memories of Frank Mullis

Written on July 3, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

By Peggy Sue McRae… The smells of summer, Nootka roses, Ocean Spray, and seaweed often trigger memories for me of childhood summers spent at the beach in my grandparents cabin. Perched on a rocky point with water on three sides the cabin was affectionately named, “The Barnacle”. Decorated with garlands of fishing floats strung by  Continue Reading

Port Welcomes New Port Director

Written on June 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission and staff are pleased to welcome Todd Nicholson as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor, beginning July 5. After evaluation of more than 35 applications from around the country, Todd was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port. A native of the  Continue Reading