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Hair-rasing happenings on Halloween

  • Oct 29, 2014 at 11:00AM

Begin early on All Hallow’s Day. Starting at the elementary school and then masquerading through town, this year’s annual elementary school dress-up parade begins at 9:30 a.m. (Friday is an “early release” day so the parade starts earlier than usual).

Issanjou nets penalty kick, lifts Wolverines over Grace Academy; 3-2 | Boys soccer

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 6:19PM

Arno Issanjou scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season, including opening the scoring just before halftime, and later converting a penalty kick in the dying minutes of the game to give the Wolverines the win.

Twin testimonials by two attorneys; re-elect of White | Letters

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 6:30PM

All my interactions with Joan were pleasant, efficient, and professional, representing the way that government at every level should interact with the public, but too often doesn't.

Ill at ease over EMS levy | Editorial

  • Oct 29, 2014 at 5:00AM

Mailers that declare: "44% more calls with 20% less revenue," don't do justice to what is already a complex equation. EMS and those in charge of the hospital district should go back to the drawing board, once again, and come back with a campaign that more accurately addresses the agency's financial condition, its obstacles and its prospects.

Faulty formula, costs unclear; a ‘No’ vote for EMS

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 1:24PM

My car insurance has nothing to do with the appraised value of my house. I appreciate the service (EMS), but until the costs are transparent and a better funding mechanism is proposed, I’ll be voting “No” on this measure.

Successful first season at 'A Place to Play'

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 12:47PM

A Place to Play, located at 55 Spring Street, opened its doors Memorial Day Weekend. In children’s museum style, it functions as an indoor playing space for children, where imagination and creation are at the forefront of fun.

In time of need, there's no substitute for critical care; vote 'Yes' for EMS | Letters

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 12:04PM

I was two weeks overdue with my first baby and my water broke, full of meconium, 30 minutes after the last ferry left. We called EMS and they were there within minutes, and hustled to get me on a flight to beat the rapidly approaching fog.

Sales-tax hike for streets? Friday Harbor voters will decide

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 10:52AM

While the fate of the ballot measure rests solely in the hands of the town’s 1,354 registered voters, the increase would apply to anyone that, for lack of a better term, shops in Friday Harbor, visitors and islanders alike. That’s part of the equity of the proposal, billed on the ballot as Town Proposition No. 1, according to town officials.

Orcas Island deputy awarded silver star for bravery

  • Oct 27, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Oct 28, 2014 at 10:00AM

The award was bestowed upon deputy Doug Maya for rescuing two men, both overcome by toxic fumes, from inside a smoke-filled trailer where a mattress was smoldering in late August. Maya was on a visit to San Juan Island and off-duty at the time.

Troubled by EMS campaign tactics | Letters

  • Oct 27, 2014 at 5:07PM

When comparing EMS information to the county assessor, auditor, and elections offices, the numbers don’t add up.

Marysville shooting calls for greater urgency on gun control; 'Yes' on I-594 | Letters

  • Oct 27, 2014 at 6:00AM

Mr. Guard, no one is interested in depriving supervised young adults from safely hunting legal game with legal and appropriate hunting rifles. It is scare tactics such as those expressed in your article “As I See It” (“Madden’s first deer: Inside view of I-594”) which will cause otherwise responsible people to defeat I-594.

Drugs gotta' go, common sense might help; vote Krebs for sheriff | Letters

  • Oct 26, 2014 at 7:00AM

Traffic laws are in place for good reasons; however, commons sense should come into play. Meanwhile, every student at Friday Harbor High School knows where to purchase alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin, if they so desire.

Saving lives and a whole lot more; vote 'Yes' for EMS | Letters

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 10:00AM

I am voting in favor of the EMS Levy because I believe we have an incredible EMS team. Not only are they there to help when you need them, they also work to prevent tragedy.

Nothing 'extra' about these critical services; Yes on Prop. 1 | Letters

  • Oct 25, 2014 at 8:00AM

These ‘extra’ services are critical to what makes the islands such an exceptional place to live, but, in my opinion, are by no means ‘extra’.

Payback: Wolverines dispatch Darrington in post-season preview

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 5:11PM

With the victory, the Wolverines (9-3) avenged a hard-fought early season loss on the Loggers home court and secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Northwest 2B Division playoffs, Oct. 30, at Mount Vernon Christian.

Two dead, four critically wounded in Marysville high school shooting

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 1:36PM

Witnesses say a student open fire in the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck school Friday morning. the shooting left two people dead, including the suspected shooter, believed to be an MP freshman, and four others in critical condition.

Milestones on a long road to equality | Women in Business

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 5:00PM

We instilled in our daughters the need to have a career, to be able to take care of ourselves and our families.

Soroptimist: united in a common cause | Women in Business

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

Founded 18 years ago to help better the cause of women in the community, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor doesn’t necessarily immerse itself in the world of business.

A song for Domestic Violence Awareness month

  • Oct 26, 2014 at 8:00AM

Orcas Island songstress Mandy Troxel has released a new, original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song developed from a frightening incident that unfolded between a couple, near where Troxel works.

Cat's eye of a Jack-o'-lantern? Nope... solar eclipse over San Juan

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 4:12PM

San Juan Island's Ron Stanger was near his Hillcrest neighborhood home when he snapped this photo of the Oct. 23 solar eclipse. How'd he capture the image? Read on...

Puzzled over county sheriff race | Editorial

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 10:28AM

The Islands' Sounder, sister paper of the Journal, weighs in on a campaign for San Juan County sheriff that raises questions and concerns about both candidates.

'Bite' into the San Juans, the tastiest archipelago

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 10:23AM

The monthlong celebration of local island bounty is coming to a close with the culmination of all Savor events, the first-ever “Bite of the San Juans.” The gathering of food, drink and merriment is Sunday, Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m., at Brickworks.

Dedicated, effective—not easy to replace; re-elect White | Letters

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

How many times does one get an offer of “what can I do to help?” from any service provider, let alone a member of the government? But that is exactly what Joan White embraces in both her words and actions...

Don't get snubbed by law enforcement; Krebs for sheriff | Letters

  • Oct 23, 2014 at 10:00AM

I wrote to Sheriff Rob Nou three times and left voice mail messages—none of which ever got a reply. We asked deputy Krebs for help and he came to the rescue.

Impressive 'can-do' approach, and business savvy; Krebs for sheriff | Letters

  • Oct 22, 2014 at 7:22PM

I have had an opportunity to get to know Ron in the last year, starting when I needed assistance in a civil matter concerning the return of misplaced property to me. Ron showed up with a can-do approach that was to say, at the very least, impressive.

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