James Krall

James posted 53 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Gullicksons bicycle from San Juan Island to Bar Harbor, Maine in 93 days

Well, they did it, those ambitious Gullicksons. Just like they said they…

  • Sep 19th, 2008 4:58pm

Red Team walks away with Ryder Cup title

In an event touted by some male golfers as the best local…

  • Sep 16th, 2008 9:29pm

Wolverines outscored 13-1 in first two soccer games

It’s been a rough start to the season as the Wolverine girls…

  • Sep 16th, 2008 7:50pm

Thanks to community generosity, Banry family expanding home

The walls in the Banry home on Beaverton Valley Road have looked…

  • Sep 17th, 2008 1:36am

San Juan Island School District lunch program sparks food frenzy

The new school lunch pilot program impresses students, parents, just about everyone. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy – real mashed potatoes, on the first day of school. Build-'em-yourself soft tacos was on the lunch menu the second day. Pizza – that true test of any school lunch program – was on plates Thursday.

  • Sep 11th, 2008 3:35pm

Friday Harbor Ace Hardware gets a reprieve

Foreclosure proceedings on Friday Harbor Ace Hardware were postponed this morning until 10 a.m. Oct. 3. The legal proceedings surround the default foreclosure of the real property currently occupied by Friday Harbor Ace Hardware at the corner of Argyle and Web streets in Friday Harbor. The business was not on the auction block, but the property it sits on was scheduled to be and may be again in October.

  • Sep 10th, 2008 10:49pm

Ace Hardware in Friday Harbor faces forclosure; auction set for Friday

After 30 years in business, Friday Harbor Ace Hardware on Argyle Avenue is headed toward foreclosure and an auction on the courthouse steps Friday at 10 a.m.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008 8:57pm

Base salaries go up, as do on-call demands at Inter Island Medical Center

Dr. Jan Smulovitz, a retired endocrinologist, asked about the $144,438 on the Inter Island Medical Center’s July profit and loss statement at the Aug. 20 Hospital District Commission meeting. The answer he received was, for him, disquieting.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008 4:22pm

San Juan students face changes in new school year

Tick toc, tick toc. Gather thee blackberries while thee may, for just as the dog days of summer turn the berries sweet, minutes turn to hours, hours turn to days and the ring of the school bell can be heard in the distance. Soon ... soon.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008 4:31pm

Cowell, Schuman win Kranick Memorial Golf Tournament

Rain-soaked fairways and greens wreaked havoc at the annual Herb Kranick Memorial Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday. It was the first time the tournament was opened to golfers younger than 55, and two collegiate golfers — Matt Cowell and Pearl Schuman — walked away with the tournament’s best scores.

  • Aug 28th, 2008 8:11pm

San Juan schools will have local food on menus this fall

If chef Tom French of Whidbey Island has his way, San Juan Island School District students will be eating fresh, locally grown — and sometimes organic — hot lunches at school.

  • Aug 28th, 2008 9:23pm

Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday party begins

In 1909, several noteworthy things happened in Friday Harbor and on San Juan Island.

  • Aug 16th, 2008 9:03pm

Bird, Weedon win Member/Guest

Saturday’s rainy skies toyed with the entire field, but it didn’t matter a whit to the San Juan/ Lopez duo of John Bird and Fred Weedon, who both shot 5-under their handicaps Sunday and walked away with the annual Member/Guest Tournament title at San Juan Golf and Country Club.

  • Aug 12th, 2008 6:42am

Kit could be a pollution solution

In an effort to begin to address the pollution running off our streets and into the bay, the Town of Friday Harbor has purchased a wastewater catchment system for town and charity use.

  • Aug 12th, 2008 6:40am

Dog attack blamed in ‘beloved’ alpaca’s death

A Bailer Hill family’s beloved pet alpaca, Panama Jack, was killed by dogs while the family was camping on Orcas Island July 29.

  • Aug 6th, 2008 10:00pm

San Juan School District backs off on Carter Ave. fields improvements

Citing town restrictions and concerns from neighbors, the San Juan Island School Board and the Friday Harbor Athletic Association withdrew a conditional use permit application for further improvements to the Carter Avenue sports fields site.

  • Aug 5th, 2008 5:16pm

Updated: San Juan’s Relay for Life begins today at 5:30 p.m.

They walk for their wives, their husbands, their parents and their children. Sometimes they walk for themselves. Breast cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, lung cancer ... the list of deadly culprits is as endless as the list of loved ones cancer has taken away.

  • Jul 25th, 2008 7:04pm

McKee, Bates win Two-Man Best Ball

Local duo Phil McKee and Ron Bates had little trouble at the annual Two-Man Best Ball Tournament at San Juan Golf and Country Club, shooting 65 on Saturday and a 69 on Sunday to capture the gross division.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008 9:14pm

Encampment at English Camp July 26-27

The National Park Service's 10th annual “Encampment” at English Camp July 26-27

  • Jul 24th, 2008 7:56pm

INS agents detain San Juan DUI suspect before trial

An apparent miscommunication between San Juan County Sheriff’s Department and federal immigration officials resulted in the apprehension and probable deportation of a DUI suspect before his trial.

  • Jul 16th, 2008 5:30pm

San Juan’s Stage Left reprises production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

I’m in this show. I participate in community theater and was a member of Island Stage Left’s production of "The Tempest" 10 years ago. Forgive me if this doesn’t read like my usual stuff.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008 5:07pm

San Juan County changes owner-builder fees

The San Juan County Council voted Tuesday to change the permitting fees for the county’s owner-builder program, lowering fees for the majority of permits, raising them for the top 10 percent and levying a small graduated increase for the middle third of permit applicants.

  • Jul 9th, 2008 9:51pm

‘Island Animals on Parade’

Each year, island animals are a favorite of parade watchers, whether they’re of the dachshunds-on-parade variety or the pirates-on-the-plunder kind.

  • Jul 3rd, 2008 12:00am

San Juan’s Devorah to perform songs from new CD at Pig War Picnic

Devorah, aka “Firecracker,” that whirling dervish of musical energy and talent, has just spun-off her third music compilation, “Irrepressible,” a 10-track CD that marks a sea change in her music, featuring several songs of her own writing.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 7:46pm

San Juan School District’s athletic budget restored

Down by $800,000 at the half, the San Juan Island School Board last week disclosed that by the end of the third quarter, they had nearly made a comeback, closing on their opponent — a nearly 10 percent budget shortfall — to less than $100,000. With three months to go, the $100,000 in cuts, which would have eliminated the entire athletic budget, has been averted thanks to an overwhelming and committed team effort and a spectacular end-of-the-quarter play by Islanders Bank, who came up with the last $5,400 to restore the high school’s athletic program to last year’s funding levels.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 6:07pm

EWU soccer coaches put San Juan girls through the ringer

It’s soccer camp for the high school, and an unusual one for local players. Wolverine Coach Mark Fishaut called in some coaches of a quality not normally seen on-island. George Hageage and his wife Tamara run the women’s soccer program at Eastern Washington University. They came to the island last week to offer a soccer camp for Fishaut’s team. Some 29 girls and three boys signed up for the week-long camp.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 11:00pm

Rough landings at Roche

No one was hurt in two separate incidents at Roche Harbor Airport — a wheels-up landing Friday afternoon and an aborted takeoff by a San Juan Airlines flight Saturday afternoon.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 11:33pm

San Juan waits on PeaceHealth to proceed with hospital study

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. The letter of intent must be approved by PeaceHealth’s Whatcom region Board of Directors as well as the system’s Board of Directors prior to taking effect. That approval is not scheduled until late July.

  • Jul 1st, 2008 4:32pm

Hard landing for plane at Roche Harbor

Two men walked away Friday afternoon after a unintentional "wheels-up" landing at…

  • Jun 28th, 2008 11:37pm

Hospital Commission votes to further explore construction of new medical center

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island.

  • Jun 27th, 2008 5:15pm

Hospital commission moves to hire two physicians

In an unexpected action taken in today's executive session, the San Juan Hospital Board of Commissioners voted to offer Dr. Al Johnson the full-time physician's position vacated by outgoing Dr. Greg Moran, who leaves for private practice to Dallas, Texas in July.

  • Jun 25th, 2008 12:31pm

Poisoned apples, personal growth

The more comfortable you can get them in their own skin prior to adolescence, the better they’ll be able to handle the onslaught on their identity during their teenaged years. Life skills. Empowerment. That’s why Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and activities like it are so important.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 7:50pm

Ochoa named 1A/B All-State starter

Wolverine Richie Ochoa’s solid play this year did not go unnoticed as the state’s coaches and sportswriters named him a 1A/B All-State starter.

  • Jun 24th, 2008 6:55pm

Bates takes San Juan Open golf tournament for second time

Ron Bates won his second San Juan Open, shooting a par 71 on Saturday’s first round and finishing Sunday with a 78. Bates’ combined score for both rounds was 149.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 8:59pm

San Juan County seeks assessment hike for noxious weed program

To deal with the ongoing noxious weed problem, to increase the program’s ability to do public outreach and education, and to recruit and use more volunteer labor, Amanda Azous asked the council to consider granting an increase in the county’s Noxious Weed Control property assessment. The new fee would charge $8.10 for each parcel of land and 81 cents for each additional acre. She said 93 percent of the all parcel owners would pay less than $16.21 per year.

  • Jun 19th, 2008 5:09pm

Vote to continue San Juan hospital study June 25

Citizens filled the Mullis Senior Community Center Wednesday with both support for and with concerns about a proposed Integrated Medical Center. Representatives from the Community Hospital Committee and PeaceHealth, which runs Saint Joseph's hospital in Bellingham were on hand to answer questions.

  • Jun 18th, 2008 11:32pm

Students serenade outgoing Friday Harbor Elementary School principal

Amid a chorus of voices singing "So Long, Farewell," students from Friday Harbor Elementary School gave an unexpected and heartfelt send off to Principal Jody Metzger on Monday. She was totally surprised.

  • Jun 16th, 2008 11:40pm

No tools … No ties … just time for Dad

Sure, you can opt for the tried — some might say “tired” — and true standbys, and you can be sure that the hardware stores will have specials for Father’s Day in the tool department.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008 4:47pm

Going, going gone — San Juan School Board cuts six sports programs

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting May 28, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn’t compete, stays.

  • Jun 4th, 2008 5:00pm

San Juan artists to showcase work during studio tour June 7-8

San Juan Island artists throw open their studio doors for all to come in and see this weekend in the 17th annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The event is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleven featured artists will invite in not just the public, but also 16 other local artists who will show their work in the featured artists’ galleries.

  • Jun 6th, 2008 10:01pm