Chris Troutner graduated from college with a degree in electrical engineering and went straight to work, but never lost touch with his original intent: to spend as much time as possible in the San Juans. In fact, it intensified.
These days her house is parked on the northeast end of the island, amidst sprawling acres of evergreens and a waterfront view. She has several permaculture gardens planted throughout the property and even keeps chickens.
Since arriving in Friday Harbor, Zula and Michaella have had an array of first-time experiences, like flying on an airplane, learning to swim and riding a bicycle. In her spare time, Zula takes hip-hop classes and Michaella recently joined the San Juan Singers.
The first-ever “Race to Alaska,” brainchild of the Northwest Maritime Marine Center, is a 750-nautical-mile journey from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska. San Juan Island’s Nick Wainwright, would-be pilot of a modestly sized and very unique boat, has his sights set on the $10,000 first-place prize.
In her new business, Inherited Horsemanship LLC, which she opened in Dec. 2014, Emma Billington, 26, works closely with the horse and its owner to help create a lifelong relationship between the two.
“Our Sacred Obligation” a documentary by Lummi tribal member Freddy Lane, chronicles the 22-day-long totem pole journey, and will screen for free at the San Juan Island Library, March 21, 7 p.m., as part of Ken Crawbuck’s series “Tragedy of the Commons.”
“We hope to be completely moved out of the existing office in the next 3-5 months,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Milne said of the agency’s pending move of its Friday Harbor headquarters into the heart of town.
Compared to some of the larger demonstration gardens maintained by Master Gardeners across Washington state, the small plot on Mullis Street may not seem like much. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to the amount of crops it yields.