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Memorial Day: Why we do this

  • May 21, 2008 at 4:00PM updated May 26, 2008 at 9:04AM

Decoration Day. That's what it was called until after World War II. It was the day graves of fallen servicemen were decorated, speeched were made and heads were bowed.

What's Happening!

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:11PM

Today: Orcas Spring Lecture Series: "Geology of Turtleback and Orcas Island," 7 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, off North Beach Road on Henry Lane, Eastsound. Dr. Ned Brown, professor emeritus of Western Washington University, gives this lecture. Sponsored by the San Juan Nature Institute. Free. Call 378-3646 or visit

Flag Etiquette

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:43PM

Get a different view of art Saturday at celebration

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:11PM

The sculptures at Westcott Bay Sculpture Park are static, yet the way the visitor sees the sculptures changes as the environment changes.

Learn how to be Firewise in your neighborhood

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:34AM

The Carefree neighborhood is the 15th San Juan Island community to seek Firewise designation.

Ryan Smith performers hold key to school funding

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:12PM

I have devised a plan to get the San Juan Island School District out of the financial crisis it is in. Permanently.

Diary points to issues that are familiar today

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:12PM

“If in describing frontier life I might speak plainly of it as I found it, I sincerely hope that what I write for my daughter’s amusement will never be allowed to hurt the feelings of anyone.” Nice try, but no cigar. James Tulloch’s cantankerous voice can still raise hackles, near to 100 years later.


  • May 20, 2008 at 1:12PM

Steve Dubail, Lee Ann and Cliff Walch are excited to announce the engagement of their son, Joseph Britton Dubail, to Taunya Michelle Gwin.

Editorial: Snarks and substantiated grumblings

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:12PM

From the "Oh, That Explains It" Department: So, you're paying more at the pump — as of Friday at The Big Store, regular cost $4.27 a gallon, plus cost $4.39, premium cost $4.49, diesel cost $5.08.

Without citizen vigilance, our fragile democracy will succumb

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:13PM

Love of country compels me to write. We enter the sixth year since the United States, under the presidency of George W. Bush and with the majority support of Congress (Washington’s Patty Murray and Rick Larsen excepted), launched an unprovoked, preemptive and illegal attack upon the independent nation of Iraq. The justification for the invasion given by President Bush and other administration officials was that Iraq possessed and was developing weapons of mass destruction, although the international weapons inspectors in Iraq had no evidence to support this assertion. 

An evening of laughter, fellowship and hope

  • May 21, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 4:08PM

Make sure your Friday evening is free so you can come to a gala of local musical entertainment, poetry, improv and maybe even a clarinet solo Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Grange Hall.

Letters to the Editor

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:19PM

Presidents, as seems reasonable, are concerned how history will perceive their tenure in office. From my perspective, here is an idea that would drastically improve the current president’s mark on history.

Principal-candidate interviews today, Thursday

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:23PM

Two candidates are interviewing this week for principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Today, the Search Committee is interviewing Anita Roth, principal intern and elementary literacy facilitator at McCarver Elementary School in the Tacoma School District. Thursday, the committee will interview Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho.

Ex-pat Liana Turner, a sweet success in P.V.

  • May 20, 2008 at 2:11PM

One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.

Hospital finance study to be made public May 28

  • May 21, 2008 at 11:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 9:50AM

How financially viable is a community hospital on San Juan Island? Islanders will find out May 28, 5:30 p.m., at the San Juan Hospital District Commission meeting in Mullis Community Senior Center.

Hylton, Mulligan elected to OPALCO board

  • May 21, 2008 at 4:41PM

A record-breaking 435 people attended the 71st annual meeting of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative on the ferry. Hylton and Mulligan were elected directors for District I (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands).

Increase in first-quarter visitors reported

  • May 21, 2008 at 7:19PM

Some local business owners have expressed concern about the state of tourism on the islands this year. Gas prices are up, real estate sales and ferry ridership are down, and some are worried that this may mean a slower-than-usual summer season. However, statistics are on the side of the islands' economy.

18-year-old allegedly assaulted Saturday

  • May 21, 2008 at 7:26PM

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the alleged assault was racially motivated; the alleged victim is African American.

Cuomo, Taylor finish ninth at state

  • May 22, 2008 at 8:00AM updated Jun 11, 2008 at 11:31AM

Megan Cuomo, a first-year Wolverine golfer, overcame a nervous debut, inclement weather and the pressure of more experienced golfers to finish in a four-way tie for ninth with a first-round 99 and a second-round 100.

Apply now to vote for state Senate endorsement

  • May 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:04PM

The 40th Legislative District will hold a vote to endorse a Democratic candidate to run for the state Senate seat of Harriet Spanel, who has announced her retirement.

Taste some 'Sounds of the San Juans'

  • May 22, 2008 at 2:51PM

San Juan's own Gary Gibbons hosts an online radio show on City Sounds Radio, Internet blues and jazz with a San Juan connection,

Soundwatch celebrates new boat

  • May 22, 2008 at 5:02PM

Soundwatch Boater Education Program is hosting a reception Friday at 6 p.m. to celebrate its new boat. The champagne-and-appetizer reception will be held at Snug Harbor Resort, Soundwatch's home port for 16 years.

Students want to take you on a world trip

  • May 23, 2008 at 3:55PM

Friday Harbor Elementary School Cultural Fair is Wednesday at 3 p.m. And it's open to the public.

Honor and remember those who died

  • May 26, 2008 at 9:18AM

No day should be complete without a thank you to the veterans who have made our country safe. Never mind the reason, the fact is that these men and women serving since 1775 have been the bulwark against the failure of the freedoms that we hold so dear. This is the most free country in the world. Sometimes we lose sight of how freedom was won.

Political Notebook

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM

40th District Senate candidate Ken Henderson has raised more than $36,000 in campaign contributions as of May 20, according to his campaign.

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