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May 14, 2016 Shoreline Landowner Workshop

  • May 6, 2016 at 8:45AM

Shoreline landowners of San Juan County communities are invited to attend a free workshop on shoreline erosion management from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Orcas Fire and Rescue Meeting Room, 45 Lavender Ln., Eastsound. The workshop is free but registration is requested: call (360) 733-1725 or register online at The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation and hosted by the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. The format is a classroom-style presentation with time for questions, followed by a beach walk to see beach/bluff habitats and geologic processes. Topics include erosion management, alternatives to hard shoreline armoring, enhancing beach access and native vegetation for slope stability and habitat

Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a special commission meeting

  • May 6, 2016 at 9:44AM

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Port's new meeting room, 271 Front Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to conduct a Executive Session, Personnel – To evaluate the qualifications of applicants for public employment, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (g).

Plastic bag ban proposed for San Juan County

  • May 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

Should single-use plastic bags be banned in San Juan County?

Monnelly Releases For My Daughters in Time for Mother’s Day

  • May 8, 2016 at 1:30AM

Renowned landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly has paired her large-format black and white images with poems to create a book, "For My Daughters." The poetry that inspired the book was written by the photographer's mother, Dorothy Darling Kerper between 1920 and 1945, the year she died.

Island mama: Mother of three, “mom” to many

  • May 8, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:59AM

This Mother's Day the Journal decided to profile a local mother who has not only raised her children on San Juan Island, but also has a special motherly connection with local children.

Body found on Lopez

  • May 9, 2016 at 2:15PM

On Saturday, May 7, a group of kayakers reported a deceased person on the south shore of Lopez Island between Ice Berg Point and Watmough Bay. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office utilized the Sheriff's boats Guardian and Intrepid to make the recovery. At this time all that is known is the victim is a Caucasian female of unknown age and origin. It is currently unknown if foul play was involved. The remains were sent to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to be performed.

Another public records request lawsuit settled

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00AM

Last week the county settled another public records-related lawsuit to the tune of $17,000. Ed Kilduff, the plaintiff, had requested two months of emails by county land bank director Lincoln Bormann.

The town honored for providing top quality drinking water

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:46AM

Submitted by The Town of Friday Harbor

Jimmy Roller BIO

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:50AM

The Journal will be were I start my journalism career after graduating from Ohio University. While in school, I earned a scholarship to do a three-month internship overseas in Jakarta Indonesia at the Jakarta Post. After my internship I moved to the Northwest from Ohio to enjoy the fresh air and start searching for work.

San Juan Celebrity Golf Classic postponed

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:53AM

Pat O'Day, Chairman, has announced a one year postponement of this annual fund raising event. O'Day says, "The Board must do some diligent re-planning of the tournament as the costs have risen to an extent leaving little money for the nonprofits, the sole reason for which the event is held."

Dignitaries announced for the 4th of July

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:55AM

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshal's and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme "America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!", the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy, representing the Park's future. The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 years of age in 2016 and San Juan Island is excited to be able to honor these special individuals. The Chamber of Commerce is also proud to announce a special parade tribute, the 2016 "Citizens of Honor", who are chosen for their outstanding community contributions. This year's inaugural selections are Gerry and Sonnie King.

Breaking down the budget

  • May 12, 2016 at 10:03AM

With San Juan Island EMS asking the public to pass the highest levy amount possible – .50/$1000 of assessed home value – this August, locals are yearning for transparency of the budget.

Pancake breakfast

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 12, 2016 at 4:30PM

THRIVE Youth Group's pancake Breakfast and service auction will be this weekend May 14 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church. The group is hoping to fund their summer mission trip and camp through pancakes, bacon, eggs, and coffee. As well as services from the kids that will be auctioned off, including babysitting, yard work, and housecleaning. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Any questions can be answered by Contact: James O'Brien (503) 481-6237 or you can reach the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church at (360) 378-4544 (church).

Body found on Lopez identified

  • May 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:42PM

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office has positively identified the body which was found on the south end of Lopez Island last weekend a 61-year-old woman from San Antonio, TX.

Cattle Point Road Speeding

  • May 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:15AM

At last weeks San Juan County Council meeting Director of Public Works Brian Vincent expressed concern over speeding on Cattle Point Road. He suggested a few options for encouraging people to slow down. He pointed out that there weren't enough speed limit signs on the road, and a speed display board could be the best option for encouraging drivers to slow down. He also mentioned laying plastic strips down across the road to encourage drivers to check their speed. A few other possibilities discussed were curbing, narrowing the road and vegetation in the road, however these were not met with as much enthusiasm due to several factors including cost and practicality.

Charity golf tournemant postponed

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:03AM

Chairman Pat O'Day announced a one year postponement of the annual fund raising event. O'Day says, "The board must do some diligent re-planning of the tournament as the costs have risen to an extent leaving little money for the nonprofits, the sole reason for which the event is held."

Voting the Presidential Primary

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:06AM

- The fifth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley.

Update on Ferry food fight

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:08AM

Washington State Ferries is standing behind its decision to award a food service vending contract to Connecticut-based company Centerplate even though the current, Washington-based vendors have filed a legal petition against them.

Fish tacos this Friday

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:12AM

The Fish for Teeth taco team will be making fish tacos at the community theater on Friday, May 13 from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. A $7 suggested donation helps fund the Medical Teams International mobile dental van so our local dental professionals can provide dental assistance. For info, visit

Mental Health Awareness Month

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:13AM

By Barbara Starr

Artist to commence mural installation at Sunken Park

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:14AM

The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to view the installation of a mural in Sunken Park beginning May 13. A celebration of the completed work will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and will include chamber music courtesy of Sue Collado, Sasha von Dassow, Hanneke Klein-Robbenhaar, and Traci Wilson, and a reading by the winner of the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) Sunken Park poetry contest.

OPALCO lineman injured after outage

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:14AM

The May 4 outage in the Eastsound area was caused when an arc occurred during a system maintenance project in the Eastsound Village area. Journeyman Lineman Roger Sandwith was working on energized equipment with a hot stick and received minor burns to three knuckles of his hand. Sandwith was checked out at the medical center and given the all clear.

Learn the History of the Islands

  • May 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 13, 2016 at 10:15AM

Have you seen the 10,000 year old Bison antiquus skull on Orcas? Did you ever stand in the old jail on San Juan whose inhabitants included the murderer, Richard Straub, the only person to be hanged in San Juan County? Have you viewed the restored gillnetter, the Sally J, on Lopez? Make 2016 the year you visit all of the historical museums in the San Juan Islands. Not only will you have fun and learn more about our history, but you can also qualify for a chance to win one of three island getaway packages.

Opening Day Boat Parade: ‘A Community Afloat’

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:15AM

The Opening Day Boat Parade, "A Community Afloat" on May 1 was a wonderful, fun community event! Forty boats were involved in the Opening Day festivities. Orca Star with the American Legion Post 163 Color Guard led the parade, saluted by 3 volleys from the American Legion Rifle Salute Squad, and followed by the classic wooden boat Baten with Grand Marshall, Sheriff Ron Krebs. The Port of Friday Harbor and American Legion cannons added to the festivities, getting everyone's attention. Representatives of the community in the parade included the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, Community Theater, Children's Theater Workshop, Peace Island Medical Center, University of Washington Labs, Friday Harbor Power Squadron, the Library, Pintail, the Port's Pumpty Dumpty, four vessel assist boats, three Sheriff's boats, a USCG patrol boat, and a host of other community boats. The Sheriff – Fire boat Sentinel closed the parade with her water monitors spraying the harbor.

Park-and-Ride Coming to Orcas Village Ferry Terminal

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:16AM

San Juan County Public Works was awarded a $760,000 grant by the state Department of Transportation to provide parking for Orcas ferry users. The funds will go todesigning and constructing a park-and-ride facility; the first of its kind for the county. An overwhelming need exists to eliminate the unsafe parking along Orcas Road that has historically occurred. As a remedy for the problem, a plan for a park-and-ride at this Washington State Ferries owned location, has been in the works for several years.

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