Topic: People

SJI Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on January 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Paula West is a studio potter who lives on San Juan Island. Originally from Connecticut, Paula moved to San Juan Island in 1990 and in 1995 set up her small, home based ceramic studio. For the next 10 years she honed her craft and sold her work at regional art and craft shows while working  Continue Reading

Ted Fitzgerald Resigns

Written on January 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm, by

Port of Friday Harbor Executive Director, Ted Fitzgerald has tendered his resignation to the Port Commission as of Wednesday, January 11. Ted sailed into Friday Harbor six months ago to take the reins at the Port.  In a statement to the press, the port commissioners related, “we enjoyed working with Ted and are grateful to  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Welcomes New Oncologist

Written on January 13, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Robert Raish, MD, has joined PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, he will be available one day per week, typically Mondays, to treat cancer patients on the island. Dr. Raish is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. He has more than 25 years’ experience providing cancer care in private  Continue Reading

Just Married!

Written on January 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm, by

Gordy and Deanna Banry and Frank and Melissa Guard have the honor of announcing the marriage of Lindsey Banry and Gavin Guard on December 31, 2016. They rung in the New Year with a covenant that will last a lifetime. Gavin and Lindsey, though they lived 2 minutes down the road from one another, officially met at  Continue Reading

Three Kings from Friday Harbor

Written on January 4, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

SJ Historical Museum checks in with their first history column entry for 2017… This photo in the San Juan Historical Museum’s archives is titled simply “Three Kings.” These particular Kings are Blair, Steven and Richard. Although the photo is not dated, we can guess that it may have been taken in the early to mid  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on January 3, 2017 at 8:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Kim Grotle is the Volunteer of the Month for December, 2016. Kim started volunteering at the animal shelter shortly after moving here about a year ago and has been a loyal and regular volunteer ever since. Not only can she can be counted on to help  Continue Reading

The Joys of Giving Back: Opportunities to Volunteer

Written on January 1, 2017 at 5:23 am, by

It always feels like a fresh start to begin a new year. If giving back to your community, meeting new people, and having fun, is how you would like to enrich your life in the coming year there are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from. The Mullis Center needs volunteers to help  Continue Reading

Last day to vote for Hanna Burke

Written on December 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm, by

Proud mom Cynthia asks your help – It’s the last day to vote for Hanna Burke – Help her win the Broadway Cabaret Award – She needs some votes Today! Here’s a note from Hanna: My Dear Friends and Family! I am surprised and very honored to find out that I have been nominated for a  Continue Reading

Notable Stories of 2016

Written on December 30, 2016 at 5:26 am, by

As things slow down like they usually do in the winter, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and take a look at some of the events that affect us and shape us as we move into 2017. So in no particular order, (other than grouping similar things by category) here are some  Continue Reading

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