"Coal Road to China" shines its spotlight on the plans of coal companies to strip mine the Powder River Basin, which straddles the Montana and Wyoming boarder, the transportation of coal by rail to Oregon and Washington state, where it would be loaded onto massive cargo ships bound for Asia.
The Friday Harbor Orca Bowl squad snared third place in the Science Expert Briefing portion of the national meet and finished 18th out of 25 other regional champions competing at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Ocean Springs, Miss.
The theme of the 2015 parade, which carries the distinction as one of the Top Ten "Small Town Parades in the U.S., is "Hooray for Hollywood." Special guests include "Blitz," mascot of the Seattle Seahawks, who will attend the Pig War Picnic for about one hour to pose for photographs, as well as the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, a perennial parade favorite.
Born in Bay City, Mich., second in a family of nine children, LaPorte migrated to San Juan Island more than 30 years ago. The father of three daughters and a foster son, and grandfather of six, he made a living in a variety of occupations over the years and gravitated with ease into the arena of local politics.
During her time on the island, Sharon additionally served as a teen mentor, judged 4H sewing and appeared in a small role in “Fiddler on the Roof.” She also sewed for many shows at the community theater. In 2014, her dog, Bogey, was asked to play the part of Sandy the Dog in Annie.
Island Rec will host an open house to honor departing director Sally Thomsen and welcome interim director Maddie Ovenell, Wednesday, June 3, 4-6 p.m. at the Island Office on Guard Street.
The grand-daddy of San Juan Island charitable events, now in its 28th year as a fundraiser for local non-profits, the Celebrity Classic kicks off Friday evening with a reception and “horse-race” event, followed by Saturday’s 18-hole competition.
Carol was born on Waldron Island in the family’s homestead home on Dec. 19, 1923. She was the youngest of five children born to John and Margaret Severson.
In the mid-1950s, Buyral joined Orcas Power & Light Company, beginning with installing the numbers on poles for 10¢ per number, and eventually becoming superintendent of the Orcas district upon his father-in-law’s (Eber Bruns) retirement. Buyral retired from OPALCO in 1990.
San Juan EMS Chief Jim Cole will be joining the PeaceHealth as coordinator of EMS service for its Oregon West Network following his departure from San Juan EMS.
Gary was a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles, and worked as a pharmacist, photographer, and restaurateur until his retirement. He brought joy and laughter to everyone he met, and will be fondly missed by his family and friends.
In keeping with the nationwide recognition of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, an aviation artifact, an A-6 Intruder windscreen, will be dedicated in memory of Lieutenant James “Kelly” Patterson, U.S. Navy, who, after 48 years, remains missing in action (MIA) somewhere in North Vietnam, as part of a May 19 ceremony in Friday Harbor.
In 1964, Ray and Bernice purchased San Juan Island property on Davison Head and built a cabin there. Ray spent much of his time fishing for salmon and in his later years celebrated his birthday there in August. It was a special place in his heart and became a treasured rest break during his working years.
In his retirement, music was at the center of Jack’s life. He played the clarinet with the Eastside Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic and Island Sinfonia in the San Juans. He took up woodworking as well, and two of his beautiful totem poles stand on his property on Shaw Island.
Gertrude's strong-willed, unfailing character was one of love and grace, coupled with a sense of humor and devotion to Jesus.
This year, in addition to support for art in the elementary school, IMA donated $13,300 toward the cost of a middle school art instructor for the 2015-16 school year. The annual donation and is intended to help bridge the gap between elementary school AEP program and the award-winning art program at Friday Harbor High School.
Chuck loved being with his family, especially participating in outdoor activities. He enjoyed gardening, boating, splitting wood, and spending time at the family cabin on Shaw Island. But his favorite activity was walking on the beach with Barbara, picking up agates and beach glass along the way.