Topic: People

Ridgway and Kuentzel Opening at WaterWorks

Written on June 15, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Ruth at WaterWorks Gallery shares this announcment with you… This gallery show brings together painter David Ridgway and ceramicist Pete Kuentzel. While both artists use seemingly simple forms–a rectangle, a triangle or a circle– they create lush, complex compositions on canvas or clay. David has a unique approach with landscapes: he initially removes any signs  Continue Reading

EMTs of the Month

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan EMS previously recognized one EMT each month as an “EMT of the month.”  The lieutenants who help mentor and manage our volunteers felt it was important to honor an EMT from each team that has been organized to help fill a 24/7 schedule.  There are three teams of about 11 EMTs that rotate  Continue Reading

Letter from Nick Power

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

In the mailbag today we find this letter from Nick Power… Dear Editor: There has been a lot of ink spilled regarding the sign ordinance and the fact that the County has unquestionably been violating the First Amendment rights of all citizens since the day it was enacted in 1998. Most distressingly, the County has  Continue Reading

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement

Written on June 13, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

All of the San Juan Islands are invited to the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College 2018 Commencement celebrating our island’s graduating students.  The Commencement is being held Wednesday June 13th at 1:00 PM at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.  Joining in the celebration of our graduates will be the President of Skagit Valley  Continue Reading

Dear Editor…

Written on June 12, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Tom Evans in Olga… The Art Of The Steal Good government is priceless. But it’s being stolen from us. I have 44 years of experience practicing law. Prosecutor. Assistant DA. Assistant AG. Attorney for three different police departments. City Attorney for 27 years. State  Continue Reading


Written on June 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm, by

SJISD Interim Superintendent and new School Board Director Announced The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Kari McVeigh has accepted our offer of employment as interim superintendent.  Ms. McVeigh has extensive experience as an educator starting with eleven years in the classroom followed by work as a  Continue Reading

Orpha’s Lilacs Before the Bulldozer

Written on June 11, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Those who have been reading the SJ Update for a while may recall a story from 4 years ago this month, “Before the Bulldozer“, describing how Friday Harbor resident Chinmayo saved a cherry tree that was growing on some land that was about to be bulldozed and developed for new construction. Well, she is at  Continue Reading

Letter from Dr. Diaz

Written on June 11, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a letter to you from Dr. Danna Diaz… (This reflects a correction to what was posted earlier) June 8, 2018 Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: I am proud of my time in San Juan Island and there’s no one single accomplishment I can point to, because there are so many. Our student  Continue Reading

Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are described as “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”  Greg Kucera will discuss the quilts of Gee’s Bend, their artists, history, culture and their art on June 13 at the San Juan Islands Museum of  Continue Reading

New Digs for Sound Maintenance

Written on June 4, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

On Friday June 1st, a pretty good sized crowd showed up to help celebrate the grand opening of the new facility for Sound Maintenance, LLC, an aircraft maintenance company. Wielding a huge pair of scissors, owner Dean Riley cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the location at 774 Franklin Drive. Dean and his  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Welcomes Anna Coffelt-Kuetzing

Written on June 3, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… There is a new face at the Mullis Center. Anna Coffelt-Kuetzing was hired in May to be the Mullis Center’s new facilitiy manager. Anna, who hails from a pioneer island family, grew up on Lopez and has called San Juan  Continue Reading


Written on June 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm, by

Tami Oldham Ashcraft was there at the Palace Theatre tonight to say a few words at the premiere of the movie Adrift, which is a major motion picture opening nationwide. The movie is based on her book “Red Sky in Mourning”, which tells the incredible and heartbreaking true story of her survival alone at sea  Continue Reading

Nick Power Announces Candidacy

Written on June 1, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Nicholas (Nick) Power is pleased to announce his candidacy for the position of San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. Nick hopes to provide voters with an opportunity to elect someone who is committed to honesty, transparency and accountability. Nick sees the position of Prosecuting Attorney as ultimately the citizens’ attorney – not simply the attorney for  Continue Reading

Ron Krebs Runs for Re-Election

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Dear Fellow Islanders, I was elected Sheriff of San Juan County three years ago and I am excited to announce that I’ll be running for re-election this November. As Sheriff, I’ve worked hard to promote and encourage a safer community. I’ve implemented the core beliefs of protect and serve, set higher standards of achievement throughout  Continue Reading

Defending Our Democracy

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan County Democrats are pleased to host a conversation about defending our democracy from racism and the radical right with Friday Harbor author David Neiwert and Senator Kevin Ranker. The event will be at 5-7 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Q&A will follow. David is the author  Continue Reading

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