Topic: People

Welcome Daniel Schwartz

Written on December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this announcement from Loren DeShon at Westwind… Westwind Aviation adds new San Juan resident to staff Westwind is pleased to announce that Daniel Schwartz has joined our staff. Dan and his wife Kathy recently moved to San Juan Island from the Seattle area where he was a flight  Continue Reading

Meet Your Assistant Fire Chief

Written on December 20, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Noel was raised in Sedro-Woolley and after graduating high school, attempted a four-year university and spent several years in production and construction jobs in Skagit and King Counties.  In 1996, while working as a crew member for Washington Conservation Corps, Noel moved to Lime Kiln State Park. While living and working at the Park, the Ranger at the  Continue Reading

Mayor Appoints Richard to Arts Commission

Written on December 20, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Richard to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Richard, a Heritage Interpretation trainer and retired educator, brings experience in working with visual art exhibits, shows, and galleries, as well as involvement with local performing arts including volunteering with the San Juan Community Theatre and  Continue Reading

Town Honors SJC Councilman Jarman

Written on December 17, 2016 at 6:09 am, by

SJC Councilman Bob Jarman was honored with a plaque of appreciation at his final meeting with the Town Council on December 15, 2016. Mayor Carrie Lacher presented the plaque and praised Jarman for his work on key issues affecting the Town. Lacher noted Jarman’s role in working to reduce the speed limit at county transition  Continue Reading

Chamber Chat

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This Chamber Chat for December, 2016 is written By Lauren Cohen, Co-owner San Juan Canvas, LLC and Chamber of Commerce Board President… It is hard to believe that another full year has passed and the holiday season is upon us once again. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff certainly hope that all  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Island Lifestyle Video Series

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s another of Merri Ann Simonson’s San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This one offers tips on installing holiday lights and the marital discussion that accompanies them.

Certificate of Excellence Awards

Written on December 14, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual Certificate of Excellence Awards meeting and holiday social on Monday night. The certificate of excellence is awarded to chamber members who are recognized as a Chamber business member that excels in quality service and or/products, upholds the Island Friendly Spirit, practices the highest business ethics and  Continue Reading

Give to a Neighbor in Need

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s a request from Aaron… A New Computer to Finish My Book Hello, My name is Aaron D’Errico. I’m a Stan Lee Foundation Artist, indie comic book writer, Ability Advocate and fan of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, working to live up to Stan’s encouraging words and altruistic actions after taking a writing workshop from  Continue Reading

Reaching the Summit, Now the Real Work Begins

Written on December 12, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

A group of local teens, their adult team advisors and chaperones made the annual trip to Yakima for the Washington State Prevention Summit. Our youth teams from San Juan Island are sponsored with grants through the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. Our teams are Rock Solid and H.O.T.S., Jr (Helping Out Teens Society at Friday  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on December 8, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Post San Juan is the Chamber’s Featured Member for the month of December. Here’s more about that from owners Jim and Pam Cromer… Pam & I first ventured to San Juan Island in mid-1990 when we were married at a bed & breakfast in Friday Harbor. We were both working for a major Home Center  Continue Reading

Sam’s Books

Written on December 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag this morning, Emily Geyman shares this with you… Sam R. Buck II, who recently passed away, lived almost all of his 89 years on San Juan Island and wrote a trilogy of books which give a unique perspective of life in the islands from the 1920s to today. The Bucks Stopped  Continue Reading

Salty Fox Coffee

Written on November 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm, by

Andrea Hampton is the new owner of the coffee shop down there by the ferry landing. It used to be Far North Cafe owned by Eric Bienenstock and The Doctor’s Office owned by Mary Nash before that. Andrea, who worked for Eric for about a year and half, and who you may also know from  Continue Reading


Written on November 30, 2016 at 9:26 am, by

Addie Miller took first place and a $2000 prize in the Economic Development Council’s 2nd Annual Business Plan Competition for her women’s comfort clothing company, Tush & Bush. Kris Brown of Printonyx took second place and $1300 for an online printing-ordering business, tentatively named Isle Print (but don’t write that name in ink just yet). Third  Continue Reading

No Place Like Home

Written on November 28, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Jim and Minnie Knych with this note to share with you… It is very satisfying to know that, in good times or bad times, easy times or hard times, there is no place we would rather be than Friday Harbor. For the past eighteen years, we have shared  Continue Reading

New Physician for PIMC

Written on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

Family Medicine physician joins PeaceHealth Medical Group in Friday Harbor Shawn Vainio, MD, recently joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. He is available two weeks a month to provide clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized. Dr. Vainio has provided  Continue Reading

Morning on Mitchell Bay

Written on November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am, by

Theresa Simendinger shares a beautiful photo of this morning at Mitchell Bay with a rainbow reflection. Thanks for sharing Theresa!

Great Veteran’s Day Ceremonies

Written on November 16, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Ron Di Cristina with good things to say about Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at FHHS and FHES…  A sincere congratulatory note of appreciation is in order for “Jobs Well Done!” Friday Harbor High & Elementary School students, staff, parents and friends all participated in wonderful pre-Veteran’s Day Ceremonies last  Continue Reading

New Shoe Repair Business

Written on November 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm, by

Members of the the SJI Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor Carrie Lacher and Town Administrator Duncan Wilson welcomed Blaine Schmidt and his new shoe and leather repair business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 15. Blaine opened the doors to Schmidt’s Shoe & Shine LLC in early October over in the Surina  Continue Reading

Surf’s Up at Eagle Cove!

Written on November 14, 2016 at 9:12 am, by

Dan Burton shares this photo. Thanks Dan!

Bill Watson Says Thanks…

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm, by

From the SJ Update mailbag today… Dear Citizens, I want to thank all of the people who gave me encouragement and support during my campaign for San Juan County Council District 1. I consider myself fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet with and talk with so many fellow citizens of San Juan County  Continue Reading

Benefit Dinner for Karina

Written on November 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

Community Benefit Dinner for Karina Serna Wednesday, Nov. 9th Mi Casita Restaurant 4:00pm -8:30pm Come join your fellow islanders and friends of the Serna Family and have a dinner to help Karina in her fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from dinners purchased will be donated to Karina’s medical fund.

Did you Vote?

Written on November 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm, by

Today’s the day – don’t forget to fill out your ballot and mail it or put it in the drop box  before 8:00 pm tonight! Allison Dragon just put her ballot in the box across from the Elections office on the courthouse lawn on Second Street. She said she was voting for the first time, “And  Continue Reading