Topic: People

Honoring Laurie Paul

Written on August 20, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

This story was contributed by Laurie’s aunt Carol Meyer… There are very few people in this world that have a “heart and soul” such as Laurie Paul. On August 20th, that heart and soul will be recognized by many living in Friday Harbor as they gather to celebrate her 50th birthday. Fortunately for Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

“Food Preserver” Awarded to Heidi

Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Heidi Mathisen is the winner of the ACE Food Preserver Award in the Food Preservation Department at the San Juan County Fair. Ace Hardware donated a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer as a special award to the Food Preservation Department as the grand prize in the Food Preservation Department This special award goes to the exhibitor  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Frank Mullis Navigates August Traffic

Written on August 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is August on San Juan Island. The roads are dusty and the traffic is wild. This time of year dodging mopeds and navigating around long lines of bicycling tourists can fray an islander’s nerves. If you are tempted  Continue Reading

Considering Buying an Investment Property?

Written on August 13, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in again with real estate news and tips… Vacation Rental Versus Long Term Rental Now would be a good time to purchase property held for investment and due to market conditions, a rental home in the San Juans would be the best investment. We are not like the metropolitan areas nearby  Continue Reading

Another Award for Susan

Written on August 12, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Keith Busha reports more good news for Susan Williams… Dear San Juan Update, It was announced last Sunday that Susan Williams won another award at the Anacortes Art Festival. This time it was the People’s Choice Award. It was especially meaningful to her because it represents the feeling of the viewers that passed thru the  Continue Reading

Heart-felt thanks to the Stand Up Men

Written on August 10, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, here’s a letter to you from Dave Dunaway… Four years ago a simple fundraising idea on San Juan Island sparked an inspirational movement among men. That idea was to see if 100 men would take a public stand against domestic violence by donating $100 to DV/SAS of the San Juans  Continue Reading

Islands Heartbeats SJI

Written on August 9, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

  An unforgettable photographic journey through the natural wonders of San Juan Island, Washington. Written and photographed by Julie McIntire Corey. This is the must-have book of the summer! Islands Heartbeats is 272 pages with 330 spectacular photographs and stories that will make your heart beat. JulieC is one of those rare individuals that can  Continue Reading

Bruce Hansen

Written on August 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Bruce Hansen passed away on July 5, 2019. He would want everyone to: Honor your commitments; Pay your bills on time; Practice random acts of kindness*; and Remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” Bruce’s wife Francie is looking forward to hearing your remembrances at  Continue Reading

Island Rec – New Recreation Specialist on Board

Written on August 7, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome John Fyrqvist as their new Recreation Specialist. John will primarily be organizing youth, teen, and family programs and events. After growing up on San Juan Island, John spent a decade in the Midwest where he graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He is thrilled to be returning to  Continue Reading

Firefighters of the Month

Written on August 6, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the July and August 2019 Firefighters of the Month. Firefighter Missy Arata was selected as July Firefighter of the Month. Missy was selected for her outstanding contribution of time in preparing wildland fire equipment and ensuring readiness for the summer wildland season. Missy  Continue Reading

UW Labs 2019 Illg Distinguished Lecturer

Written on August 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm, by

Friday Harbor Labs is excited to welcome, Dr. Anna Metaxas, our 2019 Illg Lecturer on August 7 at the Community Theater at 7 PM. Dr. Metaxas is from Dalhousie University and her topic will be “Evidence-based conservation: designing well-connected Marine Protected Areas.” Please join us for this amazing free public lecture followed by refreshments.

Bench Honors Kristina Thalacker Ewing

Written on August 3, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Kristina Thalacker Ewing, former island resident and life-long Kiwanian, was honored in a memorial celebration July 27th by the placement of a bench in the courthouse lawn. Some of Kristina’s achievements include the Hugh O’Brien Youth Scholar, charter member of the FH Key Club, charter member of EWU Circle K International Club, member Kent AM  Continue Reading

Local Artist, Susan Williams wins two Awards at Anacortes Art Festival

Written on August 2, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Many months ago Susan submitted three photos of her work to the jury of the Arts at The Port Exhibition.  All three were accepted. While attending the opening of the Anacortes Arts Festival Gala she found that she had won the first ever Bill Mitchell Award.  Bill was the man responsible for painting all of  Continue Reading

Waterline – Split, Twisted & Bound

Written on August 2, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The awe-inspiring installation in the atrium is the largest and most lyrical shown at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). In Waterline, created by Andrew Shewman, Orcas Island resident, the whale and orca’s flukes move within the art morphing from human to vessel. Several forms make up the total art piece- Mask, Skywolf,  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteer of the Month

Written on August 2, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Carole Crowley as the Volunteer of the Month for August, 2019.  Carole started volunteering at the animal shelter shortly after retiring from her day job as a nurse and has been a loyal and regular volunteer ever since.  Not only can she can be counted on  Continue Reading

EMS Medical Program Director Transition

Written on August 1, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Dr. Michael Sullivan, EMS Medical Program Director (MPD) for San Juan County has resigned from his position as the county MPD effective today July 31, 2019.  Dr. Sullivan served as the MPD for over a decade.  The San Juan County EMS and Trauma Council extends our appreciation for his years of service to our communities  Continue Reading

Congratulations Bob!

Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Bob Stavers, avid cyclist, took second place in the Washington State Senior Games in Olympia yesterday in his age class (75-80). He won the silver in the 40 km road race with a time of 1:21. The state games lead up to the biennial National Championships which will be held in Fort Lauderdale in 2021.  Continue Reading

World Champs at 2019 ISSDC World Finals

Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Friday Harbor High School Students named World Champs at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals Last weekend, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, also known as Island Orbital Technologies (IOTech), became World Champions, at the 2019 International Space Settlement Design Competition World Finals. IOTech, alongside assigned teammates from four other schools that  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

We support Elizabeth (Liz) Lovelett for State Senate. We are impressed with Sen. Lovelett’s accomplishments in her first legislative session. We especially appreciate the bills she sponsored that improve services across state agencies for children, youth, and families; and improved boater education requirements regarding Southern Resident orcas. Sen. Lovelett is the best candidate to enact  Continue Reading

Isle (not) be Jammin’

Written on July 30, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Kirk Fuhrmeister has closed the doors to Isle Be Jammin’ for the last time. After having liquidation sales a couple weekends in a row, the few remaining items went to Cecil’s Electronics and Kirk cleared out the store. Originally called Mellowoods & Music, it first opened on Nichols Street in 1991 in the building where  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks

Written on July 30, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talk: Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team  The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has journeyed to the World Finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition, held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  They will explain the proposal that earned them a spot and how they did. Monday, August 5th  Continue Reading