Topic: People

More Ways to Help Bill & Rita Ament

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

If you saw the SJ Update post on March 2nd, you know that our resident ‘Zumba King’ Bill Ament is currently recovering from radiation treatments while continuing to take immune boosting supplementation. According to Rita, the radiation treatments almost killed him, so he is struggling right now to recover.  Nourishing, healthy meals, prepared with the  Continue Reading

SJI Lifestyle Videos

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. This one is all about the pros and cons of living here.

A Vigil of Silent Compassion

Written on March 6, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

From February 17 to May 7, 2018, The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is presenting several exhibits created by five artists under the title “The Female Gaze”. The “Substrate: underlying currents” group of three artists Susan Singleton, Hannah Alex-Glasser and Kandis Susol, have as women artists, over many decades, shared an enduring commitment to  Continue Reading

Hydrogen for the Win

Written on March 6, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

This story was submitted by Carla Wright from the Rotary Club of San Juan Island… “Hydrogen” was the correct spelling for Marcia King, a 7th grader from the Friday Harbor Middle School, the first-place winner at the 13th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee on March 1. Marcia received a trophy, a check for $100. Her 7th  Continue Reading

Thank You Letter from Kaila

Written on March 5, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we find this letter from Kaila Olin… On January 16th I put on my headset for the first time as your Friday Harbor High School basketball color commentator for Friday Harbor Tiny Radio. Little did I know how much I would actually learn and experience over the course  Continue Reading

Bill & Rita Need Help

Written on March 2, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Bill & Rita Ament need your help. As so many of you know, they have served this community for over 30 years through teaching dance to 2 1/2 to 75 year olds, plus day camps for children, Zumba, and much more. Bill is experiencing advanced lung cancer. He is currently recovering from radiation treatments while  Continue Reading

2018 Reagan Dinner

Written on February 27, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan County Republican Party is proud to announce the 2018 Reagan Dinner on Saturday, March 10, 2018 Making America Great Again, the Cowboy Way… Dust off your Stetson and shine your cowboy boots!  You’re invited to the 2018 Reagan Dinner at the San Juan Island Golf Club featuring a Rancho del Cielo theme! The cowboy theme, honoring  Continue Reading

Boat-based Artist Wendy McArthur Hosts Friday Harbor Open House and Show

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Artist Wendy McArthur, living and cruising with her husband on their trawler in the Atlantic Ocean and now the Pacific Northwest, is hosting a studio open house and show “A Season in Friday Harbor” on Wednesday, February 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The open house and show will be held in her studio located  Continue Reading

The Chord of Longing

Written on February 26, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks – Mother Felicitas Curti: The Chord of Longing In a reading co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Mother Felicitas Curti will talk about her new book “The Chord of Longing: My Life as Atheist, Marxist, Mother, Nun” The book explores a musical scholar’s search for  Continue Reading

Letter from Dr. Danna Diaz

Written on February 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Greetings Students, Teachers, Parents and Community Members: This letter is to provide meaning as to why am I looking to leave the San Juan Island School District. I have reached a time in my life that I feel the need for a change both personally and professionally. I am looking for a new challenge in  Continue Reading

Kaila on Color Commentary

Written on February 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm, by

Former “Wolverines Voice” Mike Martin shares this FHHS Sports update with you… The Friday Harbor Wolverines take on the Oroville Hornets in Wenatchee Friday Night at 7:00 pm for a trip to the state tournament in Spokane. The game will be broadcast live on 1650 AM in Friday Harbor and on fhtinyradio.com. Oly Archibald and  Continue Reading

Ferry in Snow

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm, by

SJ Update reader Kristen Arnim caught this beautiful image of the Samish coming into the ferry dock this afternoon. Thanks for sharing Kristen!

Pam Fry is the Animal Shelter’s Volunteer of the Month

Written on February 17, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

From the Animal Shelter… Pam Fry is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Pam is a frequent visitor to the shelter, where she does energy balancing treatments on animals in need of help. The treatments help to clear stress and trauma and promote socializing and calmness. The treatments are tremendously helpful for  Continue Reading

Best Picture Award

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Congratulations to Tyler Roberts. His film “Be Good Now” just won Best Picture at the Oregon Short Film Festival. Tyler grew up here and graduated from FHHS in 2005 and Western Washington University in 2010. His parents are Mary and Roy, and he is the grandchild of Kip and Kitty. “Be Good Now” is a  Continue Reading

Cari Matthews, MD, joins medical team at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cari Matthews, MD, has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Matthews is a seasoned Emergency physician with special interests in remote care, aeromedical evacuation and travel medicine. She and her fellow Peace Island emergency medicine providers offer around-the-clock care, seven days a week. Matthews comes to PeaceHealth from Benefis Health System in  Continue Reading

Kati English, February EMT of the Month

Written on February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Congratulations to February EMT of the Month Kati English. Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and is also a tech at the ER AND is also taking the Fire Fighter 1 class over at San Juan Island Fire. Even though Kati’s schedule is packed with work, fire school and family life, it was noted  Continue Reading

Local Firefighter Ben Waldron to Climb Building For Blood Cancer Cure

Written on February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Local firefighter Ben Waldron will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Says Ben, “For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan  Continue Reading

The Toy Box Featured As Chamber Member of the Month

Written on February 10, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

The Toy Box was created in 1993 with the mission to have as much fun as possible while stocking the shop with creative, imaginative, educational and FUN toys, games and novelties. Over the 25 years in business, I have listened to our loyal local customers as well as the summer folks who come back every  Continue Reading

Kyle Loring Says Goodbye After Ten Friendly Years

Written on February 9, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

After ten years of public service as Friends of the San Juans’ staff attorney, Kyle Loring will be leaving the organization in June to pursue other endeavors. Starting this month, Friends will conduct a search for a talented environmental attorney to serve the people and wildlife of the San Juans. Since Friends hired Kyle in  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitor Study

Written on February 5, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Project researchers will present results from the 2017 San Juan Islands Visitor Study… Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Book Launch with Janet Dann

Written on February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island author, Janet Dann is proud to announce the launching of The Good Neighbors Trilogy, books written by both her father, John R. Dann, and herself, at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm. Islanders who remember attending folk dancing evenings with the Danns some years ago, or who were aficionados  Continue Reading

Singing Valentines

Written on February 1, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Valentines are not just for sweethearts; they are a caring gesture for anyone you cherish. And to help you express your affections, our entire chorus will arrive at your home, business or at your dinner date in our snappy costumes, with a fresh rose and a couple of special songs to serenade one, two or  Continue Reading