Topic: People

Know Your Islanders Talks – Brandon Cadwell

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Brandon Cadwell was a ranger for the National Park Service in southeast Arizona. Come hear about three small, but mighty treasures of our national heritage and his experience living on the southern border. These wild tales range from volcanic eruptions to Chiricahua Apache Wars to Spanish explorers. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the  Continue Reading

What About Gaza?

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

During May 2018, also known as The Great March of Return, over 10,000 Palestinians of all ages sustained injury along the border fence between Israel and Gaza.  This is the most serious event in Palestine/Israel since 2014. At the same time, the United States moved its embassy  from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an unprecedented action  Continue Reading

Hands for Peacemaking

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

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Dawn Alger requesting your support for her upcoming mission to Guatemala… Dear Friends and Family, Some of you may know that last August, Mark and I , along with a 6 person (small but mighty) team of family members and friends, went on a trip  Continue Reading

Gerry Lawlor to Leave Rock Island in Good Hands

Written on May 28, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Rock Island to benefit from another strong ally within T-Mobile Eastsound, WA – May 25, 2018: Three years ago, Rock Island Communications entered into an important partnership with T-Mobile US to deploy LTE Fixed Wireless to the home. Since then, Rock Island, the wholly-owned subsidiary of OPALCO, has experienced a tremendous period of growth. Rock  Continue Reading

Greenway Gardens

Written on May 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm, by

Long time islander Becky Greenway has just recently opened a new nursery business, “Greenway Gardens” on San Juan Valley Road.  She offers assorted flowers, veggies, herbs and also yard art with more things coming along soon. This has long been a dream of hers and for the last 5 years she’s been putting a lot  Continue Reading

FHHS Wins at “Imagine Tomorrow”

Written on May 23, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

FHHS Team wins ‘Best Project from a Newly Competing Team’ at WSU’s Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow science fair competition Over the weekend of May 18th – 20th, two teams from Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) competed in the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair at Washington State University. The competition challenges 9th – 12th graders  Continue Reading

Altitude: A Griffin Bay Bookstore Author Event

Written on May 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore is excited to again host Lopez Islander Gretchen K.Wing. She’s returning to the bookstore on Saturday, June 2, 2:00—4:00 pm to present Altitude, Book Three of the Flying Burgowski Trilogy. This series is delightful for both young adults and adults. Don’t miss the chance to chat with such an enthusiastic writer. After  Continue Reading

SVC Honor Roll

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Skagit Valley College announces academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter In support of student success, Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that the following students were placed on the Academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter, 2018. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average while carrying 12 or more credits.  Continue Reading

Celebration of Life for Joyce Sobel

Written on May 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Please join us in a Celebration of the life of Joyce. June 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street. We will be sharing memories and stories from 1-3pm followed by a community gathering until 5. The gathering will be casual and people of all ages are welcome. If you would  Continue Reading

A Letter from Mike and Jeri

Written on May 19, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Mike and Jeri Ahrenius… Dear Editor, Since Benjamin Jensen came to San Juan Island in the mid 1880’s, the Jensen’s have been involved in the marine industry. The first boats were built for transporting goods and people. Then the commercial fish boats and finally  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Remembering Marjorie Walker

Written on May 18, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… A new public art project is coming to Friday Harbor in June. Keep a look out for a new installation in the Sunshine Alley Breezeway, the narrow alley next to the Palace Theatre, honoring island artist Marjorie Walker. I remember  Continue Reading

Loring Files to Continue Serving as Superior Court Judge

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm, by

Kathryn (Katie) Loring has filed to stand for election to continue serving our community as San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to the court in 2017, and she wants to carry on her work for access to justice for all members of the San Juan County community as judge. Loring  Continue Reading

Economic Forecast Luncheon

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm, by

EDC presents 9th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon: The Future of Water in San Juan County Join the conversation on The Future of Water in San Juan County at the 9th Annual EDC Economic Forecast Luncheon, held at Brickworks in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The EDC’s annual luncheon will  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Boat Buying Video

Written on May 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos…

Janice Elizabeth Peterson June 14, 1943-May 7, 2018

Written on May 13, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Janice Peterson never shied away from a lively debate or an opportunity to prove her comprehensive command of language, art, politics, philosophy, and communication. She loved her family and friends fiercely and proved it every day of her life. She died May 7, after a long and brave battle against lung cancer. Janice Lindsay was  Continue Reading

Rookscroft & Company

Written on May 11, 2018 at 4:27 pm, by

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning, May 11th for a new Gallery and Studio in town called Rookscroft & Company. It is a working studio and gallery of paintings, cards, and gifts created by artist Jayne Siroshton. The paintings are portraits of 25 characters in her book, “Rookscroft – Peculiar Tales from a  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month

Written on May 11, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Tim Fry is the SJI Chamber of Commerce Member of the month… Tim is founder of 468 Communications, which specializes in location-based marketing. The company’s 468 Insider mobile apps help communities increase visitor engagement while driving local commerce. The platform has been used in a variety of ways – from rewarding visitors to the San  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteers of the Month

Written on May 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce the Volunteers of the Month for April are the six women pictured above; the all-volunteer staff of “Treasure Hounds”, the animal shelter’s new upscale retail store located at 365-C Spring Street in Friday Harbor (next to the bowling alley). These hard-working ladies are available  Continue Reading

Scholarship Awarded to Zach Fincher

Written on May 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that Zachariah (Zach) Fincher of Friday Harbor High School has been awarded a scholarship from the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities. Zach was the Town’s 2018 nominee for the award following a recommendation from Gordy Waite, Friday Harbor High School Guidance Counselor and  Continue Reading

Art Exhibit at Lavendera

Written on May 8, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Lavendera Massage on Spring Street is pleased to announce that we have just installed a new art exhibit featuring the innovative works of local artist, Jennifer Fay Rice. It started with a line from an old movie: “I searched the world to find inspiration, and I found it in those who live in their dreams.”  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

Written on May 1, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Whether they are serving up a hot lunch, delivering meals on wheels, or setting up for a pancake breakfast, volunteers are the life’s blood of our senior center.  This April in appreciation for all of those who volunteer, the  Continue Reading

John Geyman Receives Book Award

Written on May 1, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor received a silver medal in the national Benjamin Franklin Award competition for his book, Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good. The competition is sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, and Geyman was honored at the national conference in Austin, Texas, early in April.  Continue Reading