Topic: People

IMA Presents “Antarctica: Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region”

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

A multimedia presentation by documentary and adventure photographer Alasdair Turner Join photographer Alasdair Turner for an exploration of Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound Region at BRICKWORKS, June 30, at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are available online, at the museum or at the door. TICKETS: Members $12, Non-members $15, Students $8. From vast ice to the historic huts left  Continue Reading

New WSU Extension Director

Written on June 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

There’s gonna be a Meet & Greet Open House to welcome new WSU Extension Director, Dr. Brook Brouwer, next Tuesday at Brickworks from Noon to 2pm.

APS Volunteer of the Month

Written on June 8, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Mike Halette has been named Volunteer of the Month. Mike is regular visitor to the shelter where he walks dogs, visits with cats and helps out with odd jobs around the facility. Mike can always be counted on to help out at events and fundraisers, too.  Continue Reading

Heading North

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

From the SJ Update mailbag – just got a note from Leslie and Val Veirs – they’re heading north for the summer on their boat and hoping to make it all the way to Haida Gwai and what’s cool is you can click their link and follow their progress online as they travel. Check it  Continue Reading

Matthew Lawrence Steenkolk

Written on June 6, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Matthew Lawrence Steenkolk was born on July 10, 1993 in Corvallis, Oregon to Susie Spores-Steenkolk and Bruce Steenkolk. He attended elementary school in Newport, Oregon and high school in Friday Harbor, Washington. Matthew moved to Independence, Oregon and passed away on May 26, 2016. Matthew loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He especially  Continue Reading

Teresa Smith, Featured Artist in SJI Artists’ Studio Tour

Written on June 3, 2016 at 11:11 am, by

Teresa Smith will be one of the 51 featured artists opening their studios for visitors to view at this year’s San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. On the tour, visitors will learn more about what the artists surround themselves with and where their art is created. It allows art collectors and buyers to purchase pieces  Continue Reading

Whale Museum Mural is Coming Along

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Artist Lindsay Carron is making good progress on the mural painting on the side of the Whale Museum building. When finished, the mural will depict three orcas chasing salmon following forage fish through a bull kelp forest. All who see the mural will know that the Whale Museum not only cares for their building, but are stewards of  Continue Reading

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Ocean Annie comes to Friday Harbor on World Oceans Day! Friday Harbor Elementary School would like to invite you to dive in with empowering environmental speaker Annie Crawley and her team on June 8th, World Oceans Day, as they connect with the students for Ocean Annie’s 100 schools 100 days: Our Ocean & You campaign.  Continue Reading

Author Event: David Neiwert

Written on June 3, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to present author David Neiwert on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Library. Neiwert will talk about his book, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, just released in paperback. If you’ve seen the documentary Blackfish and have followed  Continue Reading

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