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By Sheriff Ron Krebs
A basking shark has been spotted near British Columbia's Central Coast, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Washington State Democratic Party has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidential nominee at its state convention in Tacoma. San Juan County delegate Learner Limbach, from Orcas Island, attended the event on June 18–19 and was chosen to serve on the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee. There are only 187 members on the committee in the nation and Limbach is one of two Sanders supporters chosen to serve from Washington. The platform is essentially a guide for the Democratic Party and will be recommended to the Democratic Party's National Platform for approval by the convention delegates. Limbach will be traveling to Orlando, Flo., to work on the platform. The Journal asked Limbach a few questions about his new role.
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the nationally recognized Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, is proud to announce the return of ever popular Seattle Seahawk mascot Blitz for the 2016 event. This year Blitz will be joined by the driving energy of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline whose creative rhythms and style are guaranteed to thrill parade fans of all ages.
Have you ever swallowed a bug? More than 80 percent of the world's cultures eat insects - why don't we? According to the United Nations, insects could very well be the food of the future. Raising grasshoppers as a food source could combat world hunger and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent. Please join us on Monday, June 27th at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library as David Gordon, the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook takes us on an adventure in entomophagy [eating bugs], and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives to meat. The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends.
By Colleen Armstrong
Marilyn O'Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and Deputy Director.
David and Nancy Honeywell, of the now-infamous waterfront clearcut at the former Mar Vista Resort, were denied their appeal over a shoreline penalty of $55,000 on June 1 in San Juan County Superior Court. The court did grant their appeal regarding a water quality violation penalty of $12,000.
He was an older man and Susan had just turned 18. After he started physically and sexually assaulting her, she was ashamed and afraid that the community would not stand by her if she left him. When she thought he would actually kill her – seven years into their relationship – she ran away with nothing but a few clothes. She was free from bodily harm, but she had to face another obstacle: the people who did not believe her.
In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?
An influx of sexual assault crimes involving minors in San Juan County has islanders wondering what is happening to their communities.
Last year DVSAS and The Stand Up Men reached out and asked for 100 men to donate $100 to honor a woman in their lives. It wasn't just the money that mattered. It was the statement being made by the men both to their community and to the women who knew them. "Violence is not acceptable, and we will STAND UP against it" in 2015! Thanks to the many generous men, almost $12,000 was raised to support our work!
(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)
At its regular semi-annual meeting yesterday, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved proposals from Washington residents to officially designate two geographic features in the state. The committee's selections will go before the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for a final decision at one of its regular public meetings.
Albert Noel Miller, Jr., 45, of Lopez Island, has been charged with assault in the second degree domestic violence for strangulation and assault in the fourth degree. Bail has been reduced to $10,000. A omnibus hearing is scheduled for June 17 and the trial is set for July 18.
Possession of a firearm
In honor of Earth Day, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free day at all state parks on Friday, April 22. Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks.
Submitted by National Park Service
Wesley A. Watson, 33, of Friday Harbor was charged on March 29 with multiple counts of first-degree and second-degree possession of child pornography and one count of attempted voyeurism.
Recently, constituents have raged online toward Rep Larsen for his endorsement for Hillary Clinton as president when Bernie Sanders reigned supreme at Democratic caucuses across the state. And we want to know, why Larsen is swimming upstream.
Submitted by the San Juan Pilots Association
By Call me Baby
The new 30 minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.
Rep. Rick Larsen has his constituents questioning his choices after a recent endorsement on Facebook from the congressman.
Chase Eric Stoddard, 22, of Olympia, Wash., was found guilty of one count of residential burglary, a felony, and two counts of criminal trespass, a gross misdemeanor by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Don Eaton.
The next Flea and Craft Market is Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. This is an opportunity for spring cleaning, to empty out your garage, and sell those crafts you've making all winter. Don't forget to save a box to pick up a few new treasures. Vendors may sign up until the day before, May 13. Sign up at bit.ly/1RhWpdZ.
Submitted by San Juan County Democrats
Friday Harbor resident Kathleen Zuidema's dying wish will come true, she has found a home for her three Aussies.
Christian Wayne Rogers, 46, of Friday Harbor, is charged with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree and residential burglary. Rogers pleaded not guilty to the charges and his trial is set for June 6, 2016.
A Friday Harbor woman's Facebook request went viral, reaching more than 30,000 eyes.
The San Juan Island Blood Drive is Wednesday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Mullis Community Senior Center.
As Friday Harbor resident Kathleen Zuidema sits in a chair at the hospital awaiting her chemo treatment, she describes her three Aussies, their love of chasing balls and rides into town in her car with the wind on their tongues.
Early last night, a female driver crashed into two vehicles and damaged a number of barriers on a construction site on Argyle Avenue.
Island Air Ambulance and San Juan Island EMS will part ways beginning April 1. The medevac service will continue to transport San Juan County residents but will become their own fully staffed and equipped business separate from EMS.
The San Juan Island community has made it clear that programs like this are important to our community by last week’s passing of the public school’s Capitol Projects and Technology Levy.
Chase Stoddard of Olympia, Wash. is suspected of multiple break ins on San Juan Island
The fact that we live in a place where people are willing to invest in the lives others, especially younger others, means we are willing invest in ourselves and grow as people.
According to the deputy’s report, the bartender said the man had to be “escorted out because of his crazy behavior.”
Living here has been a lesson in learning that no matter how far we have gone we can always turn back, we don’t have to be slaves to the future.