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In the race for San Juan County Council District 1, Bill Watson…
This morning, voters woke up to heavy rain and dark skies. At…
Every fall the Friday Harbor Elementary School is transformed for two days…
I met Sgt. Gil Frazier during the war in Afghanistan. I was…
Long-time islander Sam Buck, Sr. passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.…
By Danna Diaz School Superintendent As I reflect on the past month,…
The fourth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival on Nov. 4–6, featured line-up…
Mary Ann Ragsdale of San Juan Island, born November 1, 1945 in Quincy, Massachusetts
Mary Ann Ragsdale of San Juan Island, born November 1, 1945 in Quincy, Massachusetts, died October 18, 2016 at St Joseph's hospital in Bellingham surrounded by her family. She was in no pain.
Amy Bienvenu loves her job, especially since it helps her to be a role model for her 7-year-old daughter.
The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association announced its winners for the 2016 Washington Better Newspaper Contest in Wenatchee, Washington. The Islands' Sounder and Journal of the San Juans took home 44 awards including general excellence. This year, the entries were judged by the New York Press Association.
The lady Wolverines faced the Orcas Vikings two weeks ago winning 9 - 0. The game resulted in injury to two Viking players, according to Viking Coach Chris Doherty. One girl has a cracked tibia and another has a cracked ankle.
After several severe storm warnings and the canceling of many community events, the final numbers show gusts reached 70 miles per hour on the coast and 40 in the interior of Western Washington. Friday Harbor experienced wind gusts up to 43 mph on Friday, and 41 mph on Saturday. As for the severe weather warning, most islanders are asking, "Where did the storm go?"
The human spirit yearns to forgo the inevitable: the closing of books, the shutting of doors and that bitter dying of the light. Eternal darkness or even the afterlife can fill us with dread, so when one individual steps up and lights an orange torch in a landscape of black, we, too, take heart.
Submitted by Susan Berta and Howard Garrett
A 29-year-old Friday Harbor man was fatally stabbed Sunday night at a link light rail station in Tukwila, Wash. The victim has been identified as Jesse L. Goncalves.
A Canadian necropsy revealed that a Southern resident orca was killed by a fungal infection possibly caused by a satellite tag.
A woman defied traditional cancer treatment by heading out on a cross-country trip instead of wasting away in a hospital bed. She passed away on San Juan Island last Friday, according to San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord.
At 8:45 this morning, a Kenmore plane with four passengers went down in Cattle Pass off the shore of San Juan Island.
When Mona Bradford saw him in the airport she did not recognize his face, but there was something familiar in his presence. Bradford was meeting her foster father Steven King, whom she hadn't seen for more than 44 years.
A "Logic and Accuracy" test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the Nov. 8 General Election is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take place in the Elections Office located at 55 Second Street, Suite A, in Friday Harbor.
Check out the upcoming "Know Your Island Walk."
The U.S. Coast Guard is in the final stages of planning for performing repairs to the foundation of the Cattle Point Lighthouse. Since 2010 the Coast Guard has been concerned about stability of the lighthouse foundation which has been progressively eroded by winds and foot traffic. The Coast Guard has worked with appropriate environmental agencies to consider possible impacts of the planned work on the lighthouse parcel and on Bureau of Land Management property the Coast Guard must cross to access the lighthouse. Tentative funding has been secured with construction work possibly starting early next year. The Coast Guard and Bureau of Land Management are hosting a public information sharing meeting on Oct. 12 to solicit community interest and concerns associated with the lighthouse and foundation repair work. The Bureau of Land Management is also considering formation of a community partnering group for the lighthouse if there is interest. Coast Guard and Bureau of Land Management personnel will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange #966, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor, Washington. Everyone is welcome to stop by to see the plans and provide their thoughts.
by Michael Bunnell
Aptly described as the love child of Jack Black and Bette Midler, Sharron Matthews brings her one-woman show to San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
With another school year about to begin, I'd like to acknowledge the important work that United Way of San Juan County does to ensure that all children in our community have the support they need to thrive in the classroom.
Jessica Lynne Whitis, 25, of Friday Harbor, is charged with: vehicular assault; assault in the third degree; two counts of reckless endangerment; violating a no-contact/protect order for domestic violence; driving under the influence ;and resisting arrest. Her arraignment is set for Sept. 2 in San Juan Superior Court.
Curtis Salgado was living in Eugene when he heard a movie was being filmed in town. It was the 1970s and the night scene was hoppin'. Salgado was playing in a band and in the middle of the song, he heard the fated words, "Belushi wants to meet you."
Two Minnesota men found in apparent murder-suicide on Lopez were part of sexual assault investigation
Two Minnesota men were found dead on a beach on Lopez Island last week. In the wake of their murder-suicide an even darker story has emerged: the couple were allegedly involved in the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old-boy.
A local diver died after experiencing medical complications near Johns Island on Tuesday afternoon.
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, kayaking and star gazing. Join us as we raise awareness about minimizing our impact on wild places.
The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.
It is your final chance to see "Romeo and Juliet" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1062 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor.
Megan Christine Mackinnon, 27, of Arlington, Wash., is charged with malicious mischief in the first degree.
The Republican National Party booth at the San Juan County Fair was vandalized last night. When Volunteers Carl and Alison Jablonski showed up for this shift on Saturday morning they were shocked to find signs ripped up into small pieces, remnants of several eggs thrown around the area and a sign that read, "Screw Donald Trump."
Chauncey Cox placed first in Island Rec's 8.8k Fair Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 20 with a time of 35 minutes and 16 seconds. He was followed by Max Haenel at 36:19 and then Andrew Moffatt at 38:13.
As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.
Francis Mainard Skidmore, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016 at Aegis of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Washington. He was born May 5, 1921 in Seattle, WA to Mainard and Catherine (Woods) Skidmore. He had a long career as a fire fighter, based at the Fire Department Headquarters in Seattle. He was the driver for Chief Vickery in the 1960s. "Skid," as he was known, was also a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, spending the majority of his service in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in the Coast Guard and the Navy. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and spent one year at the UW before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.
(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)
A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree.