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Call for release of captive killer whale resonates in Canada, too | Letters

  • Today at 3:00PM updated at 7:05PM

We’re gathering signatures and spreading information about Lolita and the Orca Network retirement plan. See www.twitter.com/bowkerwalking. Let’s keep hoping, keep working.

Captivating collection of classical talent come together in 'Melodious Notes'

  • Today at 1:44PM

Clarinetist Sue Collado has once again assembled a diverse group of musicians for what is now the fourth edition of "Melodious Notes Over the Harbor," Saturday, March 7, at San Juan Community Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

United Way targets assistance programs for financially challenged families, elderly, disabled, in 2015

  • Today at 12:43PM

A total of 31 programs will share $108,156 in United Way grants this year. Those programs, which include Hospice of San Juan, Orcas Island's Hearts and Hands, and Hamlet House and KLOI Community Radio on Lopez, provide services that often prove critical for the well-being of children, families, the elderly and disabled island residents.

Survey says? Mixed results for law enforcement; sheriff unveils top goals

  • Today at 12:57PM

What Sheriff Ron Krebs found most startling about the poll was that only 16 percent of survey responders checked excellent in response to deputies’ professionalism in their interactions with the community. “My goal is to change that quickly,” he said.

Bad egg? Retaliation against whistleblower? Building official sidelined in 'conduct' dispute

  • Feb 27, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Mar 1, 2015 at 12:34PM

Escorted out of his office two weeks ago, San Juan County's building official remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. He contends in a "whistleblower" report filed one week prior to the dismissal that revenue from permit fees has been improperly shuffled around in the department in which he works.

Bill proves as painful as injury after visit to PIMC | Letters

  • Feb 27, 2015 at 4:15PM

Two hours later, they had removed the nail and our son was left with a bill for ER of $603, for emergency room of $670, for X-rays and drugs and pharmacy and vaccine, all totaling $1,774. Outrageous.

Newborn No. 3 bumps population up to 80

  • Feb 27, 2015 at 11:02AM

A newborn orca calf was sighted Feb. 25 about 15 miles off Westport, Greys Harbor.

Anna Mae Barnard & Dallas Neil Barnard: Passages

  • Feb 26, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Feb 27, 2015 at 11:11AM

Anna Mae was a native of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, where her mother owned the movie theatre and her father owned the town bakery. She met Dallas, born in Fargo, N.D., on a blind date. They were married for over 62 years and could not be separated after a lifetime of love and devotion to one another.

And baby makes two; introducing Iris June

  • Feb 26, 2015 at 5:56PM

A 21st century woman if there ever was one, Caitlyn Johnson followed a less-than conventional route to motherhood. And, she's delighted by the result.

Win and they're in: FH Tiny Radio to broadcast boys & girls regional b-ball tournament games

  • Feb 26, 2015 at 1:35PM

Catch the action live on FH Tiny Radio, as the Friday Harbor girls and boys basketball teams battle for a berth in the 2B state tournament championships, Friday (boys), Feb. 27, and Saturday (girls), Feb. 28.

Allies go 'green' in show of support for embattled farmer | Letters

  • Feb 26, 2015 at 11:19AM

Our hope is that our quiet presence will demonstrate to everyone in the courtroom that we support the tradition of sustainable farming and agriculture in San Juan County and recognize that this legal case poses a threat to the economic potential that sustainable farming and agriculture suggests to our local economy.

Top boss of San Juan school district nets job offer in Chimacum

  • Feb 26, 2015 at 10:50AM

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rick Thompson will take over the top administrative post at Chimacum school system beginning July 1, if all goes according to plan, the Peninsula Daily News reports.

Classical island talents abound in 'Melodious Notes'

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 4:36PM

Enjoy “Melodious Notes Over the Harbor,” at the San Juan Community Theatre, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Light House Preschool to host free open house

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 4:26PM

Visit classrooms, meet the teachers and learn about our curriculum for students two and half to five years old.

Transition at the top ahead at BLM | Letters

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 4:20PM

Many of you have come to know Daniel Picard, BLM Spokane District Manager.

ACLU sues Skagit public hospital over abortion rights

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 11:50AM

Compliance with Washington state's Reproductive Privacy Act is at the center of the ACLU's recent legal action against a Skagit County public hospital, but the suit may serve as a shot across the bow of other hospitals propped up by public money as well.

Tsunami? Islands not exempt, how to survive in San Juans

  • Feb 25, 2015 at 1:00PM

Experts predict that the next big tsunami could hit the West Coast anytime in the next 50 years.

Update: Wolverines battle formidable foes in 'Round of 16' | Prep basketball

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 10:27AM

In the regional elimination round, the Friday Harbor girls basketball team will square off against 2014 state tourney runner-up, Toutle Lake, while the boys squad will match up against Life Christian (26-1) in its state 2B tournament opener.

Journal political cartoon, Feb. 25 edition | Opinion

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 10:08AM

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

Date set for Soroptomist's biggest fundraiser of the year

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 10:17AM

Soroptomist International of Friday Harbor will hold its seventeenth annual St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at San Juan Island Yacht Club, March 14, 5 p.m.

Betty V. Hastin: 1921—2015 | Passages

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 10:12AM

Betty V. Hastin, 93, of Lopez Island, Wash., passed away at Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Land Bank celebrates 25 years of conservation

  • Feb 24, 2015 at 9:48AM

The Land Bank got its start in 1990 when a group of citizens became concerned over the quickening pace of development across the islands. The big idea was to conserve as much open space as possible.

Calling all female runners

  • Feb 23, 2015 at 5:17PM

Sign up now for the all female running race March 21, 9:30 a.m. The race starts at Brickworks.

Help us in helping them stay mobile | Letter to the editor

  • Feb 23, 2015 at 4:18PM

Without the ‘RoundTowner service, impaired elders and disabled people who do not drive must stay home or spend $15 to $20 for a taxi trip for medical care or to the store and back.

Arthur Daniel Bacon III: 1931—2015 | Passages

  • Feb 23, 2015 at 11:38AM

Arthur Daniel Bacon III, of Bloomsbury, New Jersey, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at St. Lukes hospital in Phillipsburg.

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