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San Juan Public Meetings | June 25-July 14

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:56AM

Port Commission, Hospital District Commission, School Board meet today

‘Velveteen rabbits’ graduate from Griffin Bay High

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM

Ninety-five friends and family members gathered June 14 afternoon in the Friday Harbor Middle School commons to celebrate the graduation of nine seniors from Griffin Bay High School.

Art spirit is alive and well in San Juans | Ferry Home Companion

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jul 23, 2008 at 10:03AM

Back in 1938, I was considering getting out of high school in mid-winter. My Omaha Central High School adviser told me it would be tough entering a good college that way unless transferring from another college.

Poisoned apples, personal growth

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jul 2, 2008 at 12:50PM

The more comfortable you can get them in their own skin prior to adolescence, the better they’ll be able to handle the onslaught on their identity during their teenaged years. Life skills. Empowerment. That’s why Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and activities like it are so important.

What’s Happening!

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jul 17, 2008 at 3:22PM

Today: Summer Reading Program kickoff with Maggie Gallivan, 1:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Elementary School field. Enjoy music with Maggie Gallivan, popcorn, lemonade and lots of fun. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library. Call 378-2798.

Around Town

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jul 17, 2008 at 3:24PM

San Juan Community Theatre is offering two Children’s Summer Theatre Workshops in July, presented by professional theater artists.

Cancer survivor participating in Relay for first year

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 2:45PM

Every year my friends and family tell me I should be recognized for being a cancer survivor. So this year, I gave in. I have been free of cervical cancer since 2001. It was  the scariest and most painful two years of my life but I made it through with the help of my family and friends! Without them, I am sure my outcome would have been different. They gave me the strength to fight it.

San Juan hospital: We like it, but have questions | Editorial

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 27, 2008 at 10:09AM

A lot of questions need to be answered about the feasibility of an integrated medical center on San Juan Island. We encourage the San Juan Hospital District Commission, which oversees Inter Island Medical Center and San Juan EMS, to approve the letter of intent that will allow a study that will answer those questions.

Coveted pedestal on the bumpy road to freedom

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 27, 2008 at 10:09AM

They didn’t see it, all those who deserved to. It simply took too long and they were unable to wait.

Students are making progress with biodiesel

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 27, 2008 at 10:11AM

When we began the Friday Harbor High School biodiesel project three weeks ago, we had no idea all the little things it would entail.

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 25

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jul 29, 2008 at 4:39PM

Have you signed up as a supporter of Judge John Linde yet? Judge Linde was appointed by the governor as our Superior Court judge for San Juan County because of his judicial experience and his unbiased application of the law during his many years of experience on the bench.

Hospital commission moves to hire two physicians

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 5:31AM

In an unexpected action taken in today's executive session, the San Juan Hospital Board of Commissioners voted to offer Dr. Al Johnson the full-time physician's position vacated by outgoing Dr. Greg Moran, who leaves for private practice to Dallas, Texas in July.

1895 county jail gets a new roof

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 30, 2008 at 12:29PM

Restoration began today on one of Washington's oldest county jails. Dana Owens restored the cupola of the 1895 San Juan County Jail, located on the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum. Bailer Hill Construction and Local Islands Roofing are doing the main roof. The entire roof of the old jail, which houses public exhibits related its history, is expected to be completed in time for the Fourth of July Pig War Picnic on the museum grounds.

Friday Harbor's Peterman sisters bicycle from Seattle to San Francisco for women's health

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jul 1, 2008 at 11:36AM

Friday Harbor High School graduates Amber and Kelsea Peterman bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco to raise money for – and awareness of – women's health issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride was called the Bike to End Fistula.

Candidate Petersen schedules 'Welcome Wednesdays' in his office

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:12PM

Gordy Petersen, candidate for County Council, San Juan South, has scheduled "Welcome Wednesdays" throughout July. He will welcome people to his downtown office each Wednesday in July from 1-4 p.m.

San Juan Democrats opening headquarters on Fourth of July

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:12PM

The San Juan County Democrats are opening a headquarters, which will be known as "Democracy Corner," on July 4 right after the parade.

Do you know the men in this photograph?

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 10:50AM

Peggy Cantrell of Friday Harbor retrieved this photo after it had been discarded by a man who bought a wallet at the Thrift Shop. "She retrieved it as a piece of history," said Minnie Knych, who has the photo.

Seattle Weekly reports on San Juan citizenship spot checks

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 12:44PM

"Kicking the Juans Out of the San Juans" is the title of a story in Seattle Weekly about the issue of citizenship spot checks in the San Juans.

Hospital Commission votes to further explore construction of new medical center

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 27, 2008 at 10:15AM

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island.

UPDATED: Bystanders, EMTs on San Juan try to revive apparent heart attack victim

  • Jun 26, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 27, 2008 at 8:26AM

Laura Bauer and her sister, Erin Flynn, were reading a menu in the window of Golden Triangle when they heard a "clunk." It was the sound of a man falling to the ground — first against a sign on the wall, onto which he rested his hand, and then onto the concrete sidewalk.

Deadline today for applications for Friday Harbor Town Council vacancy

  • Jun 27, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:12PM

Interested in serving on the Friday Harbor Town Council? Today is the deadline for applications for a vacancy, the term ending Dec. 31, 2009. Two Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment by the mayor and council: Bob Low and Noel Monin.

Old Browne Lumber site will become a parking lot July 15

  • Jun 27, 2008 at 4:53PM

The former Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street will become a lot for paid parking, operated by Dan Ward of San Juan Transit. The lot will have about 40 spaces. The Town of Friday Harbor will resurface the parking area with gravel; in exchange, Ward will conduct a parking needs survey for the town.

Hard landing for plane at Roche Harbor

  • Jun 27, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 28, 2008 at 4:37PM

San Juan waits on PeaceHealth to proceed with hospital study

  • Jul 2, 2008 at 9:00AM

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. The letter of intent must be approved by PeaceHealth’s Whatcom region Board of Directors as well as the system’s Board of Directors prior to taking effect. That approval is not scheduled until late July.

Review shows lack of follow-up on San Juan County dock permits

  • Jul 1, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jul 2, 2008 at 10:47AM

When Tom Cowan served on the San Juan County Commission from 1982-94, the county had two code enforcement officers to make sure projects were developed as approved in the permits. But of the Community Development and Planning Department’s 25 employees today, only one is devoted to code enforcement. The Policy Group reviewed 19 dock permits in Mitchell Bay, Garrison Bay, the east side of West Sound, east side of Stuart Island and the northeast corner of Lopez Island. The group found that half of the docks did not match conditions of their permits. Eight dock floats were, on average, 52 feet larger than allowed.

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