Topic: People

Historic NOEL Sign

Written on December 3, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

This story was shared with the SJ Update by Jim Carroll… The old NOEL sign had its days… in wind, rain, heat, being blown over several times during rooftop storage and it was ready to be replaced, with a fancy new LED NOEL sign being considered, when a very wise suggestion was made by Town  Continue Reading

Shishmaref: Know Your Islanders Talks

Written on December 1, 2018 at 9:57 am, by

On Monday, Theresa Simendinger will share her journey to Shishmaref, Alaska, a small Threatened Island of Artists and Hunters. Shishmaref is a town of about 600 people on a small barrier island 5 miles off the coast of Alaska and just south of the Arctic Circle. The island is about 2 miles long and about  Continue Reading

Deer Are Not The Problem

Written on November 30, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag we find this letter from Allison Lance… I attended a meeting at the library last night on deer population here on San Juan Island and what I walked away with is: KILL DEER! My take is different than pretty much everyone else’s point of view at what felt like a  Continue Reading

PIMC Welcomes New Provider

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Anna Dowling, M.D., has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. She will provide women’s health (gynecology) and surgical services as a visiting specialist in Friday Harbor, one day per month. Dowling completed her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles in 2005. Her  Continue Reading

Book Signing on Saturday

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Rebecca Cook will be doing a book signing for her new children’s book “Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas” on Saturday, December 1st at Island Studios from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Here’s more information on Rebecca and her new book in a previous post on the San Juan Update from last month.

Why is Everyone Laughing?

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Cynthia Burke shares this announcement about her daughter’s upcoming show… Are you heading to New York for the holiday season? Catch one of our local graduates – off Broadway! We are hoping someday to bring this show to the SJ Community Theater. Hanna Burke, 2007 Friday Harbor High School Graduate, will be performing her hit  Continue Reading

FHHS Community Project

Written on November 27, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Emmett Carrier writes to share what he’s doing for his Community Projects class at the high school… For my community projects class at Friday Harbor High School, I worked alongside Evan Foley to do research on pollution prevention in the Port of Friday Harbor. We started our project by meeting with our mentor, Dr. Derek  Continue Reading

Shel Bedsole

Written on November 26, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Shel Bedsole, 67, passed away peacefully at home on October 12, after a short illness.  He was surrounded by his loving family, Manya Pickard, his daughter Tracy Bedsole, stepson Ebony Pickard, (Kirsten) and granddaughter Manya Pickard. He is survived by his sister Dee Polley of Boise, Idaho and nephew Shawn Surber of Boise Idaho. Shel  Continue Reading

Shahn Beats Last Year’s Record

Written on November 22, 2018 at 9:36 am, by

Shopping Spree winner Shahn McGuire again ran for the 28th Annual San Juan Lions Club Shopping Spree on Tuesday. She filled shopping carts with $2007.22 worth of groceries in her 4 minute run and donated all of it to the Food Bank, (minus a couple of chocolate bars). 5 year old Lily Easley once again picked  Continue Reading

Images from Zion

Written on November 21, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

San Juan Island photographer Bob Stavers shares some photos from his recent trip to Utah… I recently spent a week in Zion National Park with a wonderful photographer and teacher, Matt Suess. Here are a few images I am working on from that very productive trip. I hope you enjoy them.  Just click  here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/44888236@N00/albums/72157697726925890

Extinction is Forever…

Written on November 18, 2018 at 10:51 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Debbi Fincher… Hi Friends, Family and all around Supporters of J, K & L Pods,    I have to try… I can’t sit idly by when our local orca pods need our help more than ever. I want to be sure  Continue Reading

In Loving Memory

Written on November 15, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire. Yvonne was raised on the farm on Mitchell Road in Northport, WA where she would share in the  Continue Reading

Book Launch Celebration

Written on November 12, 2018 at 9:20 am, by

Please join Spring Street International School to celebrate teacher’s debut novel!  Join this literary celebration as author Jennifer Boyden talks about and reads from her debut novel, The Chief of Rally Tree. The novel received the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. Jennifer states, “I love living in a community where people show up for their  Continue Reading

Remembering Those Who Served

Written on November 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

San Juan Update reader Mary Jane Anderson shares this resource with you to see who all from San Juan County served in World War One, the war that ended 100 years ago this year. Check out the listing here: http://thirdstbooks.com/ww1sanjuan.html Thank you Mary, and thanks to all those who served.

Wolf Hollow Welcomes New Executive Director

Written on November 10, 2018 at 8:33 am, by

Wolf Hollow is excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Chanda Stone. Chanda joined Wolf Hollow in September, assuming the helm from our previous Director, Amy Saxe-Eyler.  A native of southern California, Chanda has many years of experience as an arborist, wetland restoration coordinator and volunteer specialist. She earned a graduate degree from Portland State  Continue Reading

Letter from San Juan Safaris

Written on November 10, 2018 at 8:30 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter to share with you from Brian Goodremont at www.sanjuansafaris.com… Proposed Southern Resident Orca Watching Suspension Fails to Address Science-­ Based Issues: Save the Salmon, Save the Whales Headlines are dominated by the proposal to suspend vessel-­based viewing of Southern Resident killer whales in Washington  Continue Reading

Letter from Steve Brandli

Written on November 9, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter to you from Steve Brandli… My congratulations go to Carolyn Jewett for her election as our next District Court judge. She worked hard and ran a tenacious campaign, and the results prove that it was effective. I wish Ms. Jewett well on the bench.  Continue Reading

FHFF Award Winners

Written on November 5, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

A local San Juan Island producer wins the Audience Choice Awards at the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival.  Amy Herdy, producer of the Bleeding Edge was thrilled to win the Audience Choice Awards for the best film of the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival.  Her memorable quote when accepting the award was to the filmmakers themselves  Continue Reading

Shann Weston: Sense of Place

Written on November 4, 2018 at 9:23 am, by

Know Your Islanders Talks The great Salish Sea: a history of the name, the features that make it special, and the love for, and knowledge of, our home. Plus, what do you do with a sense of place? Islander Shann Weston will cover these and more in this presentation of our home ecosystem. Refreshments are  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Vote for the Mullis Center Board.

Written on October 31, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its time to vote! Not just in the November 6 general election but its time to elect board members for the Mullis Center Operations Committee.  Eligible voters are anyone 60 years of age and older, or disabled, and a  Continue Reading

Letters for Upcoming Election

Written on October 31, 2018 at 4:30 am, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Nick Power: Colleen Kenimond Don Hall Rita Latsinova Paul Arons Bill Karges Justin Paulsen Doris M. Sumner  Continue Reading

Four Artists. One Day. Art Show

Written on October 30, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Join four San Juan Island artists for a one day, pop up art show. Laura Bauer – Painting & Sculpture Joe Miller – Watercolor & Oil Painting Joe Cooper – Painting & Sculpture Paula West – Ceramics November 3, 2018 Noon-8pm San Juan County Fairgrounds 4H Building Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Contact; Paula West  Continue Reading