Topic: People

Biblical Insights From Living In The Middle East

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

The Friday Harbor branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is pleased to announce a special guest presentation by Susan Ellis, Ph.D. She will be speaking on the biblical insights she gained from living in the Middle East and working on excavations in Jordan. She will address how living in the Middle  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares another San Juan Island lifestyle video with you. This one is about the Friday Harbor fourth of July parade…

Tribal Leader Appointed to State Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jeromy Sullivan, chair of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, a state board that awards grants for projects to help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Sullivan has extensive experience in conservation and salmon recovery issues. He has served on the Hood  Continue Reading

Celebrate and Support the Canoe Journey

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

On Friday, July 20, tribal members from British Columbia will arrive on San Juan Island in ocean going canoes as part of the Tribal Canoe Journey “Power Paddle to Puyallup.” This inter-tribal Canoe Journey will end in the territory of the Medicine Creek Nation, which Puyallup Tribe will be hosting July 28 – August 4,  Continue Reading

EMT’s of the Month

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island EMS would like to recognize our team responders for the month of July. Brad Creesy (Team Foxtrot), Steve Alluise (Team Bravo) and Humberto Orozco (Team Delta) are reliable, efficient and dedicated volunteers each having been with the agency 10+ years. Thank you gentlemen. We hope to continue to see your expertise and  Continue Reading

New Art at Lavendera

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Lavendera invites you to meet their new featured artist… Lavendera Massage new art is the paintings of Jennifer Elise, Come meet her on Friday Night July 20th from 7 pm to 9 pm. Jennifer moved to Friday Harbor seven years ago after living in Nevada, Texas and Arkansas.  Her passion for art is rooted in  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Alex Ramel

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

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Katie Fleming… Dear Editor, Alex Ramel would be a fantastic representative for the 40th district in Washington. He is a progressive democrat who will champion climate action, affordable housing, healthcare for all, fully funded schools, equal pay for women, and gun violence prevention. Alex  Continue Reading

July 10th is WA Line Worker Appreciation Day

Written on July 8, 2018 at 5:20 am, by

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims July 10 Line Worker Appreciation Day… OPALCO’s team of line workers keep the lights on for more than 11,300 co-op members on 20 islands in San Juan County. That is no small task! Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed July 10, 2018 as Lineworker Appreciation Day and OPALCO invites its members to give  Continue Reading

Kelley Balcomb-Bartok is Back

Written on July 7, 2018 at 5:25 am, by

If you’ve driven out Beaverton Valley lately you may have noticed the rock has a new paint job. That is due to the fact that Kelley Balcomb-Bartok and family have moved back to the Island. Welcome back! Said Kelley, “we couldn’t resist!” 

A Local Meet-Up With Rita Latsinova

Written on July 6, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

A review of the recent island meet-up with Rita Latsinove written by Caren Potter… Approximately 50 San Juan Island residents gathered at the False Bay Drive home of Allison and John Moalli last Thursday to meet and learn more about Rita Latsinova, a fellow island resident who is running for an open seat on the  Continue Reading

And the Winners Are…

Written on July 5, 2018 at 10:32 am, by

Here are the prizes awarded to participants in our rockin’ Fourth of July Parade. Thanks to everyone who made it so fun to watch… ·               $600 Best use of THEME – Float – San Juan Community Theatre ·               $400 Best use of THEME – Non-Float – Community Marching Band ·               $300 Best use of THEME  Continue Reading

A Cook’s Cabin Full of Clues

Written on July 4, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for July from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… There is so much to see in this historical photograph taken at a Salmon Bank fish camp on the south end of San Juan Island. It is rare to see an island photograph of an interior scene from over 100 years  Continue Reading

Buzz by Thor Hanson

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Islander Thor Hanson has written another lively, informative, and entertaining new book—BUZZ—which is to be released on Tuesday, July 10 with great fanfare at an official launch party hosted by Griffin Bay Bookstore at Brickworks on July 10, 7:00 pm. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting another wonderful book from our favorite biologist, this  Continue Reading

CASA Volunteers Celebrated

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Services celebrated family reunification and our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. Commemorating parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles, the Washington Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care proclaimed June Washington’s Family Reunification Month. The Commission encouraged courts and  Continue Reading

2018 SJC Fair Beer and Wine Booth

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Dear Beer and Wine Fans –  The 2018 San Juan County Fair is approaching! I will again be setting-up and the Beer and Wine booth.  Pete Rose will manage the booth in my absence. And—I am looking for volunteers to help watch over the booth. If you would like to help, please click this link to  Continue Reading

David Ridgway at Waterworks

Written on June 30, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Ruth Offen at WaterWorks invites you to meet David on Saturday… Please join me in welcoming David Ridgway to the gallery on Saturday, June 30th from 11 to 1 pm. David will chat informally about what inspires his work and how he paints. David has a unique approach with landscapes: he initially removes any signs  Continue Reading

Vic’s Turns 60

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:25 pm, by

To commemorate 60 years in business at Vic’s Drive In on Thursday, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Friday Harbor Town Council held a brief ceremony after which Vic’s owners Brian and Theresa Carlson cut a big ribbon to celebrate. Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony, Vic’s also rolled back prices for 2  Continue Reading

Women’s Fund Awards Grants, Honors Carolyn Haugen

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:21 am, by

The Women’s Fund members voted to award $8,385 to 6 local nonprofits during the most recent grant cycle. The San Juan Island Family Resource Center, San Juan Island Library, UW Friday Harbor Labs, WA Vocational Services, Friday Harbor Elementary School and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood all received funds to help support projects underway this summer.  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:21 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce Myla Sowder Settles is the Volunteer of the Month for June. Myla has been volunteering at the animal shelter for several months and is a favorite of all the pets there, as well as staff. Myla can be counted on to help walk dogs,  Continue Reading

Dance Performance Benefitting Islander Cynthia Elliott

Written on June 28, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Many islanders know Cynthia Elliott. Cynthia spent her days on San Juan Island volunteering with many local organizations. Building sets for San Juan Community Theatre, mentoring Spring Street School students, and sharing her music with Island Convalescent Center staff and patients are just a few of the ways she gave of her time and talent.  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk: Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

In collaboration with Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Tami Oldham Ashcraft will talk about her book (written with Susea McGearhart) – and the movie made from it – ADRIFT: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea.   Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and  Continue Reading

Steve Brandli Announces Candidacy for SJC District Court Judge

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Steve Brandli shares this announcement of his candidacy with you… Steve Brandli is running in the November 6th election for San Juan County’s next District Court judge. Judge Stewart Andrew, the current District Court judge, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. District Court hears misdemeanors, small claims, protection orders,  Continue Reading