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Convicted sex offender back behind bars 24 hours after release

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 9:37AM

On Aug. 6, Troy Fitzgerald Niebling was taken into custody by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department on the heels of a complaint about the 49-year-old spending time with the woman and her child. Convicted in February of one count of voyeurism, a Class C felony, Niebling turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department upon learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to Undersheriff Bruce Distler.

2014 ‘Trashion Fashion’ show tops ‘em all | Slideshow

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 6:00PM updated at 8:04PM

This year’s tribute to boundless creativity and rebirth of castaway materials was witnessed by what Fair officials believe is the single-largest crowd ever to attend a featured entertainment event

Through the lens: 2014 county Fair flashback | slideshow

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 10:00AM

A soggy start gave way to a steady stream of sunshine. By Saturday, activities were in full stride—Loop Run, circus acts, Trashion Fashion show, music, and more. Check out the Journal slideshow for a look back at the "Farm-Tastic" 2014 County Fair.

Relay for Life: new date, new venue, same mission | Letters

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 12:17PM

Enjoy the “One More Time” band, Folklorico – Traditional Mexican Dancers- food by Spring Street Deli, and contests, prizes, auction items and gift items for sale, Sept. 27-28, at the Friday Harbor fairgrounds.

Boston couple make good on wedding gift, finish first in annual Loop Run

  • Aug 18, 2014 at 7:00PM updated Aug 19, 2014 at 12:09PM

While Lexi Abel completed the 5.4-mile course in 36 minutes, 47 seconds, and well ahead of her closest competitor, two-time reigning Loop Run women’s champ Laura Newcomb, at 38:02, boyfriend Joshua Accomando kept up his end of the bargain with a desperate last-second dash, crossing the finish line only three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Kamykowski, in 33 minutes flat.

Victor Prescott: 1922—2014 | Passages

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43AM

Born in Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 1922, Victor spent his 91 years full of curiosity about the world around him. He shared his excitement about science, math, history and ideas with his children, and he instilled in each a dedication to learning throughout life.

Hoping for your help to ‘Deck the Hall’ | Letters

  • Aug 18, 2014 at 8:03PM

Remember all the great parties and events you’ve attended at our beloved Grange Hall in Friday Harbor? Now imagine a large deck that will extend the available square footage and open up the fabulous view to the harbor and beyond.

General George E. Pickett: Life & Times

  • Aug 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

In "The Life & Times of General George E. Pickett", Michael Vouri, takes his audience back to the late 1800s in a no-holds barred retrospective of Pickett and the many events.

Corvette featured at 8th Annual ‘Concours d'Elegance'

  • Aug 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The featured model for this year's event is the Chevrolet Corvette, in honor of the car company's recent introduction of the C7.

Featured at the Fair: Blockbuster Saturday; Loop Run, Trashion Fashion, Hit Machine, and more

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 4:48PM

Entertainment is in full swing Saturday at the San Juan County Fair, with circus performances, horse riding competitions, 8.8K Loop Run, Trashion Fashion show and Main Stage headliner the "Hit Machine."

Affordable homes—a most worthwhile cause | Letters

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 12:15PM

Given the high cost of living for all of us who live in the islands, creating a few homes which are “forever affordable” seems a worthwhile effort to support. I intend to send in a donation, knowing that it will be part of that matching gift. I hope that many others do, too.

Lovers beset by stormy seas in 'Enchanted Island'

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08PM

Featured in The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores series at San Juan Community Theatre, Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m., "Enchanted Island" stars David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Placido Domingo, as Neptune.

Enshrined in song; 'The wreck of the Anna J'

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 11:40AM

While Captain Charles Chevalier and crew survived the ship’s downing—Chevalier almost miraculously so—their 20-minute ordeal off the shore of San Juan Island’s South Beach offered all the intensity, emotion and drama of a captivating sea-faring song. Singer-songwriter Jan Zurcher and husband, Jim, knew it right away.

Featured at the Fair: Rock-Bot, live karaoke, and you, Friday

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 10:32AM

Billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier live-band karaoke group, Rock-Bot provides the soundtrack, support and backup vocals for anyone with enough passion, polish or pluck to step out before an audience and let ‘er rip. Copacabana, anyone?

Sure, OPALCO cares, but about what? | As I See It

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 11:01AM

Many of us moved to San Juan County so as to live in a small community whose dealings were transparent, responsive to the residents, and largely just. Now we learn that OPALCO, whose only job is to ensure reliable electricity at a fair cost, exhibits an arrogance, clandestine manipulation, and deceit we expect to find at an Enron, a wCountrywide, the too-big-to-fail banks and General Motors.

Parking reprieve; 22 spaces in Friday Harbor extended to eight hours

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 2:59PM

Areas where parking times have been—temporarily—extended are on the north side of Court Street, adjacent to the County Courthouse, and on 1st Street, north of Court.

OPALCO lineman in stable condition, recuperating after 6-foot fall

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 3:02PM

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative technician Bob Belcher suffered minor injuries from a 6-foot fall shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. Belcher, who was taken by ambulance initially to Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor for treatment, was working to restore power in the wake of a storm-related outage on San Juan Island at the time of the fall, according to OPALCO spokeswoman Suzanne Olson.

County makes quarterfinal cut in pursuit of $5M energy prize

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 1:00PM

San Juan County is among a select group of only 52 small counties and medium-sized cities that have advanced to the competition's quarterfinal round.

Baffled, disillusioned by contract debacle | Letters

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 8:00AM

Dear Rick and Jamie... It appears that your colleague Bob Jarman unilaterally arranged to cancel that contract, and that the two of you are acquiescing. It also appears...

Building bridges of comradery over a not-so common course

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 7:00AM

Can outdoor activities, like bicycle tours, barbecues and a game of golf, help to tighten the bond between military veterans struggling with injuries and ease the discomfort of fitting in back home? The Wounded Warrior Project believes they can.

From The Journal editorial pages: Aug. 13 Edition | Opinion

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 10:00AM

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

Knocked out by ‘Twelfth Night’ | Letters

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 3:50PM

Could there be a better way to spend a summer evening than watching a timeless Shakespeare comedy, one performed outdoors by a talented and energetic cast? Umm...doubt it.

Because every kid deserves a good pair of shoes | Guest Column

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 3:16PM

All shoes collected through the Windermere San Juan Island office will be delivered on Aug. 18 to the San Juan Island Family Resource Center and distributed to island families in need, seeing to a new pair of shoes for every child on the first day of school.

John Nord | Notice of death

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 1:57PM

John Nord, 82, of Friday Harbor, Wash. passed from this life Aug. 6, 2014.

Featured at the Fair: Egg Roll Booth revival

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 1:56PM

A six-year hiatus comes to an end with the revival of the much-beloved, long-esteemed, uniquely inspired and unquestionably affordable Egg Roll Booth.

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