Topic: People

New Faces at Brickworks

Written on August 18, 2017 at 11:29 am, by

There are new faces at Brickworks in Friday Harbor! The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is delighted to introduce their new (and first) Executive Director, Steph Coffey, and new Administrative Manager, Cady Davies. Former General Manager Amy Plant has happily embarked on motherhood, remaining with the Ag Guild as part-time coordinator of the Island Grown in  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s San Juans Lifestyle Video Series

Written on August 16, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another in her SJI Lifestyle video series. This time it’s tips on crabbing: Catching Cleaning and Eating… Yum!

Island Senior: The Misses Ada and Ella Mullis, Friday Harbor Milliners

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island has long been home to independent and resourceful women. There were the native women whose wisdom and generosity our early pioneers relied on. There have been stalwart farmwomen who side by side with their husbands or on their own managed to create livelihoods from crops and livestock. And then there were the  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Year

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

During their recent, “Wags to Riches” event, The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announced Jan Gray is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Year”. Jan has been a volunteer for the animal shelter for over two years. She has donated countless hours of her time walking dogs, doing administrative tasks, working in the Treasure  Continue Reading

Going Forward and Looking Back

Written on August 14, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Susan Carnes has returned to San Juan Island for the summer and will read from her two novels on Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 pm at the Library. The Way Back: A Soldier’s Journey is a novel chronicling the struggles of a World War 1 veteran dealing with PTSD. Susan’s father and several of the men  Continue Reading

Robert Low Retires

Written on August 14, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Fire District #3 Commissioner Robert Low retired from his position on Monday, August 9th, after 19 years of service on San Juan Island. Commissioner Low served as Fire Chief of the Town of Friday Harbor Fire Department from 1998 to 2006, as well as San Juan County Fire Marshal. Low moved to Quilcene, WA as  Continue Reading

Diane Martindale Named 1st Vice-Chair of State Arts Commission Board

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan Island’s Diane Martindale has been named first Vice-Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) board at their recent board meeting in Wenatchee.  Diane is co-president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and curator of the current exhibition, EMERGENCE Legendary & Emerging First Nation Artists. She also serves on the Friday Harbor Arts  Continue Reading

Local Teen Wins Bellingham Youth Regatta

Written on August 12, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Great news from Gary Cope at the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation! Perham Black won the Bellingham Youth Sailing Regatta in the Laser Radial Division. Here’s the story… Local teen sailor, Perham Black, a rising senior on the San Juan Island Youth Sailing Team won the Bellingham Youth Regatta sailing regatta held on Saturday August 5, and  Continue Reading

Wolf Hollow at the Fair and Welcoming Summer Interns

Written on August 11, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Wolf Hollow was selected by the San Juan Island Community Foundation as this year’s featured non-profit. During the San Juan County Fair, August 16 – 19, all money raised for Wolf Hollow at the Foundation’s booth will be matched 50%.  Wolf Hollow’s Education staff will be on hand in the Green Village at Fair so stop  Continue Reading

Meet EMT of the Month Francis Smith

Written on August 10, 2017 at 8:05 am, by

From Kaitlyn Johnson at San Juan Island EMS…  Francis Smith is a senior EMT. He has been with the agency for 12 years, and was a District 3 fire captain for 17 years. Smith is currently organizing a cardiac event response team of Cape San Juan and Cattle Point residents who have completed the CPR/AED  Continue Reading

Renowned Bill Holm to Speak in Friday Harbor

Written on August 4, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents the iconic Bill Holm – expert, carver, performer, museum curator, teacher, painter, mentor and chief. Holm has enriched our understanding of NW Coast First Nation art and culture and has devoted his life to perpetuating these rich traditions. The talk will be at 7:00 p.m. on  Continue Reading

Cape San Juan Prepares For CPR

Written on August 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm, by

Cape San Juan is a community that is located at the south end of San Juan Island. It is 10.1 miles from the town of Friday Harbor and a 20-minute drive obeying traffic laws. Even then, most residents know that travel time can vary greatly depending on an active summer season. When 911 is paged,  Continue Reading

John Stimpson Arrives at Bar Harbor

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm, by

John Stimpson is almost giddy after successfully crossing the country on his bicycle. He left Friday Harbor on May 15 and today he arrived at Bar Harbor, Maine, and said by email: “I’ve had an EPIC ride!” Bar Harbor, he reports, looks “like Friday Harbor on steroids.” John rode for 71 days, and took 7  Continue Reading

Why We Live Here

Written on August 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm, by

Jack of all trades and all around nice guy Mike Martin offered to help a friend who was having trouble with a laptop. “Let me take it home and see what I can do” he said. Well he tried a number of different things, but the laptop refused to cooperate, so he headed out his  Continue Reading

World Record is Official

Written on August 1, 2017 at 9:51 am, by

It’s now official as of this morning – Jim Mauldin of Mauldin’s Well Service here on the island has taken the world speed record for hydroplane racing in the 5-Liter class of hydroplanes. According to Jim’s father Al, the old record was 101 mph and Jim’s new record is 110.5 mph. This happened at the  Continue Reading

FHFF Lifetime Achievement Award – Elouise Cobell

Written on July 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

This is the third in a 3-part series on this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival. See part 1 here; see part 2 here… This year’s coveted Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented posthumously to Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. The  Continue Reading

FHFF Local Hero Award – Dylan D’Haeze

Written on July 28, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

This is the second in a 3-part series about this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival. See part 1 here… The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan Islands who has made outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, or the  Continue Reading

Jonathan Tapia-Rojas

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

On Saturday July 22nd, an island family recieved the devastating news that Jonathan Tapia-Rojas, a hardworking father of two young boys lost the battle against depression. Click here for more info and to support this family…

San Juan County Scholars Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp

Written on July 25, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from $300-$600 from the Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association (ICUA), who hosts the camp.  Continue Reading

Pastel Painting with Steve Hill

Written on July 24, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Lopez artist Steve Hill taught a workshop on pastel painting at three San Juan locations over the weekend. He introduced pastel techniques on Friday at the SJ Islands Museum of Art, and then encouraged participants as they painted “en plein air” on Saturday and Sunday. In the picture above, students painted in the shade of  Continue Reading

Letter from Ruth McKenna

Written on July 21, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have a letter from Ruth McKenna, Candidate for SJI School Board… Vote for Ruth McKenna– San Juan Island Schools Director 1 Dear Editor, The schools on San Juan Island have been the center of the community for over a century. The district teaches over 800 students, employs  Continue Reading

EMT of the Month

Written on July 20, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Congratulations Kati English! Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and currently works as an ER tech at Peace Island Medical Center. She spends her time helping others, teaching her young German Shepard new tricks and flying with her fiancé, a pilot for Island Air.  Kati is very amiable and a great jokester around the station.   Continue Reading