Topic: People

Letters

Written on July 4, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this note from Minnie Knych… Dear San Juan Update, This video seems really appropriate to remind people why we celebrate July 4!  Minnie  

A Lovely Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

Written on July 3, 2019 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for July from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… In this Centennial year for the Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, let’s fast forward from its opening in 1919 to October of 1935. This is when lighthouse keeper Arvel Settles arrived from his assignment in Westport, Washington to start the next phase  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on July 3, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Nancy Heacox is the Volunteer of the Month for July.  Nancy became a volunteer at the animal shelter in 2017 and has been a wonderful addition to the organization.  She visits the shelter each week to add up the King’s receipts, plus she is also  Continue Reading

SJI Women’s Fund Honors Mariluz Villa, Remembers Joyce Sobel

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:48 am, by

The Joyce L. Sobel Achievement Award was created by the Women’s Fund to honor Joyce’s legacy of service to the community. Joyce started many programs for those who had a need, most notably the SJI Family Resource Center, and she spent countless hours supporting children and families of the Island. It was a true loss  Continue Reading

Tide Bites

Written on July 2, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Traditions and Transitions Friday Harbor Laboratories Director Billie J. Swalla’s connection with FHL has spanned several decades. She moved to the University of Washington in 1999 as an Assistant Professor for the opportunity to work and teach at FHL. In 2012 she was Acting Director, then became Interim Director and was appointed FHL Director in  Continue Reading

SJIMA Welcomes New Board Member-Darleen Nixon

Written on July 2, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Darleen Nixon, a woman of many talents recently joined the board of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). She says of SJIMA, “I’m proud to be a part of our art museum which provides a beautiful venue for our local artists, as well as bringing world-renown artists to our residents, students and visitors.”  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Thank You United Way of San Juan County Friday Harbor Elementary School would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to United Way of San Juan County for supporting our after school Reading Enrichment program. Thanks to their support, we provided additional reading instruction to eighteen students in second and third grades this past spring.  Continue Reading

New at SJI School District

Written on June 30, 2019 at 7:49 pm, by

San Juan Island School District announces New Elementary School Principal and New Special Services Director The new Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal is Caspar van Haalen, who will be moving to the island from the Tukwila School District where he served as an elementary interim principal. Previously, Mr.van Haalen was a principal in Forks, WA. He  Continue Reading

SJICF Awards $177k in Scholarships, Academic Awards

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:52 am, by

Another end of the school year signals a new scholarship awards season at the San Juan Island Community Foundation! Over the last few months, SJICF has awarded $177,000 in college scholarships and awards to 39 local students for the 2019-2020 school year. 9 graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and 3 from Spring Street International School were  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Travis Ayers

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Luxel Corporation, one of the lesser known businesses on San Juan Island, provides nanometer-thick materials for applications in space astronomy, laser fusion, and semiconductors.  Travis Ayers will describe Luxel’s technology, how it is used, and will have a few samples to observe. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the  Continue Reading

Need a Replacement for Dr. Gossom

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Dr. Mark Fishaut came to the County Board of Health meeting, Wednesday June 19, with a plea for immediate action in finding a doctor to replace Dr. Burk Gossom who is retiring in November after 48 years on San Juan Island. He said, “It is important that everyone in the community understands the impact of  Continue Reading

Sen. Lovelett Visits Home Trust

Written on June 26, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

At the invitation of David Gow, Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Senator Liz Lovelett, 40th LD, and her Legislative Aide, Jordan Kronen visited Home Trust properties on June 14, 2019. They discussed various hurdles in our state which impede rapid development of affordable housing and possible remedies to those hurdles. The  Continue Reading

Travel Photography with Ray Pfortner

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

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) welcomes Vashon Island photographer Ray Pfortner for a new Travel Photography Workshop: Photography out on the Road with Ray Pfortner Sunday June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at SJIMA – 540 Spring Street Cost is $85 (SJIMA Members – $75) Class size is limited and registration  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

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

Merri Ann Simonson shares the most recent video in her San Juan Islands Lifestyle video series. This one has tips on holding a garage sale.

Rotary Club

Written on June 23, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Carla Wright, Public Relations officer for Rotary shares this Rotary Club update with you… Rotary Club of San Juan Island held their 16th annual Installation Dinner on Monday, June 17th at Vinny’s where District Governor Brad Whittaker (Chilliwack) presided at the Installation Ceremony with Area Governor Connie Milliken (LaConner).

Hailey’s Hot Dog Wagon

Written on June 22, 2019 at 5:54 am, by

There’s a new lunch spot for you in town. And it’s quick. That’s Hailey in the photo, all set up on her 2nd day of business Friday on the corner of Argyle and Nichols Streets (on the edge of the Ace Hardware parking lot). The official name of her business establishment is “Billy T’s Quick  Continue Reading

Volunteer Naturalists at Westside Preserve

Written on June 22, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Got a whale of a question? Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve this weekend. Many thanks to this collaboration with local and regional education and research groups to be providing educational opportunities and helping care for the Westside Preserve! 11am-5pm Saturday 6-22-19 depends on weather – (rain  Continue Reading

Julie’s Nursery

Written on June 21, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Remember Julie Danrich, the woman who started the nursery at Browne’s about 20 years ago and grew it into what it is today? Well she’s at it again, this time with her own business which officially opened on May 12th. “Julie’s Nursery” is over at 150 Web Street next door to Rex and Lisa Guard’s  Continue Reading

SVC 2019 Graduates

Written on June 21, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce six local graduates have received specific college degrees and certificates at the June 19th commencement held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.  The San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College commencement is always a meaningful and fun community event.  Celebrating and supporting these  Continue Reading

Jan Hansen is Everyday Hero

Written on June 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Jan Hansen recently received a Certificate of Appreciation and a $100 gift certificate as the FH Kiwanis nominee for the Everyday Hero award. In presenting the award, Kiwanis President Doug Popham stated “The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor has a history of honoring people who go above and beyond what is expected of them without  Continue Reading

Siri’s Summer Ferry Schedule

Written on June 14, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The WSF Summer 2019 Sailing Schedule is now online to help you plan any upcoming trips. Print versions will be available on vessels and at terminals soon. The summer schedule runs from Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, Sept. 28. The cover features a poem written by Friday Harbor High School student Siri Lindstrum, the #WSFHaiku  Continue Reading

Letter To The Editor

Written on June 14, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In light of Diane Ball’s retirement as principal from Friday Harbor Elementary, the Family Umbrella Group wanted to extend a thank you for her contributions to the Family Umbrella Group and this community. Diane was integral in extending our scholarship program to all qualified preschools on this island. Currently we offer scholarships to Children’s House  Continue Reading