Topic: People

From the Mailbag…

Written on May 26, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Michelle Loftus writes in to share this news with you… Judah Finney Elected as Delegate to National Republican Convention Judah Finney, San Juan County Republican State Committee Man, was elected as an Alternate Delegate to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this upcoming July. Judah, raised on San Juan Island, has represented San County  Continue Reading

Goodbye Rachel!

Written on May 24, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

On Monday morning the County Council recognized Rachel Dietzman, County Engineer, upon the occasion of her retirement.

Retired Opalco Director Bob Myhr Receives Public Power Award

Written on May 24, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA), Bob Myhr was presented with the NWPPA Life Member Award. Myhr retired from the OPALCO Board of Directors in 2015 after nearly 30 years of service. Myhr was an advocate for safe, reliable, cost-effective electricity; energy efficiency and conservation; local generation of  Continue Reading

Infinite Body Joyful Joints™ class gains popularity!

Written on May 23, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Stephanie Prima reports that due to increased attendance, her Infinite Body Joyful Joints™ class has moved to a larger location. It’s now in the Community Room at Skagit College, Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. The class has become so popular because the gentle, flowing movements of this unique class are simple to learn but deceptively powerful on  Continue Reading

Braids

Written on May 17, 2016 at 8:11 am, by

Always ready sharp eyed roving SJ Update photographer Aaron Shepard caught this group while they paid a visit to the Spike Africa last Thursday. It’s called, “Braids.” Thanks for sharing Aaron!

Chamber Member of the Month

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Featured Chamber Member of the Month is the Office Center NW Inc. (dba Office Supplies PLUS!) Roy & Anne Clauson purchased the office supply store in 2011. It has been serving the island at different Friday Harbor locations for over 30 years. They have expanded the office supply business, adding balloons, party supplies, professional  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Resort and Volunteers Rock the RH Trail System

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

A dedicated group of volunteers has been maintaining the Roche Harbor trails for 11 years, with strong support from Roche Harbor Resort. The old logging roads and more recently built single-track paths through the woods are faithfully tended by more than a dozen neighbors. In 2015, as an example, the group logged 407 hours of  Continue Reading

Lea Mizuta

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Lea was born in Hawaii and loved the islands, sailing, warm weather, friends, family, travel, dancing, laughing, music and sharing food. She loved using her hands, especially woodworking, cooking, gardening, healing touch and Hula. She was a deeply spiritual person and a seeker all her life. Lea loved warm weather so she could wear as  Continue Reading

More Heart Healing…

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

Deb Langhans has these thoughts to share with you… Do you know any healthy person who likes pain? Most people I know, myself included, try their hardest to distance themselves from suffering in all its forms– physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Our coping strategies can include addiction, denial, numbness, suppression, hostility, rage, conformity, relentless busyness & achievement–the  Continue Reading

County Auditor of the Year

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Just heard some good news from the County… Congratulations to San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley, who received the honor of “County Auditor of the Year” at the Washington State Association of County Auditors annual meeting. Milene was presented with this prestigious award by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Congratulations Milene!

May Chamber Chat

Written on May 14, 2016 at 7:19 am, by

It’s time again for Chamber Chat, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Here comes summer. Are you ready? Be sure to let the Chamber of Commerce know if you have any events or specials that you would like us to promote for the quickly approaching visitor season. Also,  Continue Reading

What You Don’t Want To Do

Written on May 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm, by

Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission announces poetry contest winner. The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce William J. Weissinger as the winner of the Sunken Park poetry contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. His poem “What You Don’t Want To Do” was selected from 13 poems submitted by 10 San  Continue Reading

Bill & Rita

Written on May 13, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

From the SJ Update Mailbag, here’s a letter to the community from Bill and Rita Ament… With a short notice we need a home before June 30th. We need to find this home now. We are even ready to take a house that is available June 1st. We need either a: 2 bedroom + office (den)  Continue Reading

Chief Marler Receives SAR Award

Written on May 12, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Dave Vandaveer shares this story…  Former San Juan Island Fire Chief Steve Marler received the Fire Safety Commendation Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in a presentation at the Mullis Fire Station. The award was presented posthumously to his wife, Karen. Also present at the station were his daughter, Stephanie, and her  Continue Reading

Meet the New Executive Director at Wolf Hollow

Written on May 12, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Wolf Hollow welcomes Amy Saxe-Eyler as its new Executive Director. Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for education and observing and preserving natural resources.   She moved to Orcas Island in 2009 after a successful career in banking and was the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO until  Continue Reading

Kendra’s Going Exploring on the Nautilus

Written on May 10, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

FHHS Junior Kendra Clifton-Pew has been selected to explore the ocean on the “Nautilus”, the exploration vessel used by Dr. Robert Ballard when he discovered the Titanic shipwreck. Educators and students participate in groundbreaking STEM initiative exploring deep-sea biology, geology, and archaeology in the Eastern Pacific Kendra has been selected as a 2016 Honors Research  Continue Reading

Rachel Dietzman to Retire

Written on May 9, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Rachel Dietzman will retire June 3 after 9-1/2 years at County Public Works (five as County Engineer). She worked in the private sector before joining Public Works, and says at that time she “thought government work would be easy. I imagined the job would give me an opportunity for research and training and learning skills  Continue Reading

So Where Was Becki, Anyway?

Written on May 6, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Answer: Becki was visiting chamber member businesses all month. If you hadn’t heard… The Chamber of Commerce, along with Islanders Bank, sponsored a “Scavenger Hunt” of sorts, where Chamber Executive Director Becki Day would visit chamber member businesses and snap a “selfie” photo of herself, once each day all month, and post them to the Chamber’s  Continue Reading

Be Glad Your Dad…

Written on May 6, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s some press for the new book by local author and creative director Sara Jensen… On May 3, Sara Jensen read her newly released book “Be Glad Your Dad…” aloud at Friday Harbor Elementary School to grades K-4. The book is available locally at Pebble and Griffin Bay Bookstore, both located on Friday Harbor’s Spring  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on May 5, 2016 at 5:28 am, by

Lineman Okay After Electrical Arc Caused Power Outage In Eastsound Wednesday’s outage in the Eastsound area was caused when an arc occurred during a system maintenance project in the Eastsound Village area. Journeyman Lineman Roger Sandwith was working on energized equipment with a hot stick and received minor burns to three knuckles of his hand.  Continue Reading

Thank You United Way

Written on May 4, 2016 at 5:31 am, by

Teresa Tilton of FHES shares this thank you letter… Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of United Way of San Juan County. The Special Pal Program (P.I.P) is one of the programs available at Friday Harbor Elementary School designed to help each student have the most successful learning experience possible. P.I.P staff  Continue Reading

The Avian Visitor

Written on May 2, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Cynthia Burke shares this cool story of a pigeon that came to visit… Recently, on a sunny day, a beautiful bird decided to check out my husband’s custom woodworking shop.  The bird flew into his shop, walked about on the saw table, proceeded to hop on to our Golden Retriever’s back and carry on with a  Continue Reading