Topic: People

Bert Chandler – D-Day Hero

Written on May 27, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today, we have this very special note from Cheri Hancock… My father, Bert Chandler, is one of the last remaining American D-Day heroes. He was in the first wave of boats to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. (Army, 1st Division AKA the “Big Red One”, 16th Regiment).  Continue Reading

Celebration of Life

Written on May 25, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Please come join us for the celebration of life for our beloved Son, Brother, Friend and Daddy, Brandon Robert Eric Erickson. Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 1st at 11:00 at Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor. Celebration of Life will follow at San Juan Golf and Country Club, 806 Golf Course Road, Friday Harbor.

FHHS Visual Art Students Honored at State-Wide High School Art Competition

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Friday Harbor High School is proud to announce that two art students, Soma Andrews and Lucas Chevalier are State Winners of the 46th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show. Soma Andrews (Junior) and Lucas Chevalier (Senior) attended a reception in the state capital with their Teacher, Andy Anderson, where they received their “Judges Choice” awards  Continue Reading

Bellingham Bay Builders

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Chary Caren from the SJ Community Home Trust shares this story with you… On the morning of Saturday May 18th, 11 members of the Bellingham Bay Builders, a worker’s co-operative from Bellingham, arrived in Friday Harbor for their annual retreat, a yearly bonding experience, providing 1-1/2 days of work, donating their time, skills and expertise  Continue Reading

Quarterly Review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

How Are We Doing? – A Storm is Coming – Maybe First Quarter 2019 As a child, I loved storms. I loved the calm before the storm, when the air grew heavy and ripe with the smell of rain. I loved the thunder and lightning, and the sound of rain beating on the roof. Afterwards,  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle Video Series. She says shrimping season has opened, so if you are looking for some tips, this San Juan Island lifestyle video should help.

Disc Golf Community Project

Written on May 22, 2019 at 11:16 am, by

Soma Andrews and Jaden Jones are part of the community projects class at Friday Harbor High School. Their project is improving the course at the Roche Harbor Disc Golf Course by clearing fairways, filling potholes, and creating a brochure to advertise for the course. As part of the project, hey wrote the following short article  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Supports Stand Up Men

Written on May 21, 2019 at 9:54 am, by

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men’s recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said “Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans’ Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in  Continue Reading

Life Untamed

Written on May 21, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

Check out the current exhibit at WaterWorks Gallery – Regional artists, Jamie Ellsworth and Barbara Duzan, both bring animals to life with style and whimsy thorough their mediums of oil and bronze. Barbara captures the beauty and quirks of flora and fauna in bronze. Making each subject unique while at the same time representing their  Continue Reading

On to State!

Written on May 20, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Upset Stomach Fuels Upset in Girls 200 meters 2B District Championships as Hess leads FHHS Track Team to State By Mike Martin On Saturday, May 18th, FHHS junior, Brianna Hess, captured gold in the Girls 4×100 relay and 200 meter dash 2B Bi-District Championships in improbable fashion. “On a good morning I’m not much of  Continue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team Invited to World Finals for International Space Settlement Design

Written on May 17, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges’ evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag

Written on May 17, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Dear Editor, Friends of the San Juans has been committed to protecting our environment since 1979. Throughout those forty years, Friends’ dedication to that mission has never wavered. This is why I support the Friends and serve on the board. A major issue still facing the San Juans is the seven-fold increase in tanker traffic  Continue Reading

Letter from Mark and Heather

Written on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning, we find this letter to you from Mark Fishaut and Heather Christensen… Recently a letter was sent to patients of San Juan health Care that Dr. Burk Gossom is retiring as of the end of November, 2019. This is without question a significant change and will have a  Continue Reading

New Director for Camp Eagle Rock

Written on May 15, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to welcome CJ Woods as our new Director for Camp Eagle Rock; Island Rec’s summer day camp program for K-5th graders. CJ is a student at the University of Idaho where he is currently pursuing a physical education and health degree. His ultimate goal is to receive his master’s degree in  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Launches Artist in Residence Program

Written on May 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

This June, Alchemy Art Center is launching their brand new Artists in Residence program with print maker Katy Collier and photographer Tess Malijenovsky. Katy and Tess will be residing and working at Alchemy, as well as teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops. Katy Collier is an accomplished artist and instructor based in Greensboro, North Carolina.   Continue Reading

Nautical Symmetry

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Steven K. Roberts captured this image down at the marina last week and had this to say about it: An engaging bit of nautical symmetry stopped me in my tracks yesterday evening, with two sloops on the breakwater mirrored on both axes. It’s a gorgeous photo Steve – Thanks for sharing! And by the way  Continue Reading

Home Trust Outreach Ornaments and 11th Grade Community Projects

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust member Charlene (Chary) Caren was brainstorming what to do for this year’s home trust outreach when she hit upon the idea of little wooden ornaments in the shapes of their houses – 12 different ones based on real homes in their 3 neighborhoods: Sun Rise I, Sun Rise II and  Continue Reading

BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee

Written on May 13, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Lopez Island, Wash. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 13, 2019. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry  Continue Reading

Eagle at Roche

Written on May 12, 2019 at 9:11 am, by

Kevin Holmes spotted this eagle earlier this week eating lunch on the bank at Roche Harbor and caught this image as it was flying away. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Rock Flowers

Written on May 8, 2019 at 9:29 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares this photo of flowers growing out of the rocks at the shoreline. Tenacious little things, don’t you think? Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Accessibility for All, SJI

Written on May 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm, by

You might have seen some changes down at Jackson’s Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of Friday Harbor High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto , with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user,  Continue Reading

Island Steward

Written on May 7, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

After the San Juan Preservation Trust’s 40th annual meeting on Saturday members and friends went down to the Friday Harbor marina and formally christened their new boat “Island Steward” which will enable the Trust stewardship staff to visit their different protected properties among the San Juan Islands.  The christening included the breaking of a bottle  Continue Reading