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The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship Public Lecture – Monday, July 11

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Paul Illg Distinguished Lectureship will present another outstanding speaker in 2016. The 18th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Todd Oakley, who is biologist and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a doctarate in marine biology from Duke University and a bachelor's and master's from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was an NIH-NRSA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, and was the recipient of an NSF-CAREER Award and the Ernst Mayr Award. His research, funded mainly by the National Science Foundation, focuses on the evolutionary origins of complex features in animals, including eyes, bioluminescent displays, and nervous systems.

Town of Friday Harbor Waterline Replacement Project Construction, Update

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Interwest Construction Inc. continues to update your Town's new water line. This is an update of what construction activities to expect in your immediate area. Construction activities will temporarily increase noise levels, dust and other disturbances. Traffic and parking will be hindered during heavy construction while working in you immediate areas. Interwest Construction Inc. is working with the Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan County to ensure the construction schedule is as least disruptive to you as possible.

Letter to the Editor Regarding EMS Election

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

How hard is it to replace a friend you have had for forty-five years? If it hadn't been for the EMS service in her small town, my friend Sharon would not have survived a major heart attack last year. Luckily, her community supports Emergency Medical Service and has a skilled cardiac care unit at their regional hospital.

Larsen ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by United States v. Texas Decision

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court's 4-4 decision on United States v. Texas, which left a lower court order on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans Program in place:

Basking shark seen in West Coast waters

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 5:30PM

A basking shark has been spotted near British Columbia's Central Coast, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“Vote Yes for SJI EMS 2016” asks for support

  • Jun 26, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 28, 2016 at 4:30PM

In August 2016, voters will be asked to vote on a replacement levy for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services. This measure supports SJIEMS - not hospital services at Peace Island Medical Center. The current levy expires on December 31, 2016, after which there will be no more funding for SJIEMS, unless voters approve a levy to continue funding this agency.

Orcas Eagle Forum for county council candidates

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 1:26PM

The Orcas Eagle Forum is sponsoring a forum for primary Council candidates on Orcas Island on July 13th. We hope you can participate. We tried to schedule it so the ferries between the islands work for San Juan Island candidates.

Sports Report

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 1:12PM

by Michael Bunnell

Islander on national democrat committee

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:21PM

The Washington State Democratic Party has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidential nominee at its state convention in Tacoma. San Juan County delegate Learner Limbach, from Orcas Island, attended the event on June 18–19 and was chosen to serve on the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee. There are only 187 members on the committee in the nation and Limbach is one of two Sanders supporters chosen to serve from Washington. The platform is essentially a guide for the Democratic Party and will be recommended to the Democratic Party's National Platform for approval by the convention delegates. Limbach will be traveling to Orlando, Flo., to work on the platform. The Journal asked Limbach a few questions about his new role.

Know before you go this 4th of July

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 28, 2016 at 11:49AM

Submitted by WSF

Sheriff’s Log

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 8:58AM

June 15

Island hiking | Editorial

  • Jun 28, 2016 at 7:30AM

This past week I decided that I would pick up a new hobby: hiking.

Choir sings a message to humans for the orcas

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:34AM

This past Saturday, June 25, Seattle's "City Cantabile Choir" held their Orca Sing annual concert in conjunction with the Friday Harbor Whale Museum, and Friends of the San Juans. While Orca's were not within sight, hopefully they were within earshot and could appreciate the performance as much as those, who lined the rocks around Lime Kiln Lighthouse.

Roche Harbor residents concerned of drainage to Westcott Bay

  • Jun 21, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 27, 2016 at 11:17AM

Small amounts of sewage are draining from Roche Harbor homes into Westcott Bay because they are not able to connect to the resort's larger system due to the current zoning. While the amount of drainage shows no sign of being harmful, Roche Harbor property owner Kevin Peterson worries about the future.

House Votes to Lift Ban on In Vitro Fertilization Services for Veterans

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:23AM

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that after a four year effort to expand reproductive services for veterans his provision to overturn a ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) services for veterans has passed the House as part of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs conference report. The conference report will now be considered by the Senate.

Enter Your Homebrew or Wine in the Fair!

  • Jun 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The San Juan County Fair is just around the corner and the organizers want to encourage wine makers and home brewers to get ready to enter their crafted wine and beer for judging and hopefully ribbons and prizes for the best wine and beer! Entries will be received in the Main Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Judging will begin at 6 pm. Info, www.sjcfair.org.

Bugs, here to solve world hunger

  • Jun 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

He has been called a champion of the obscure, and David George Gordon, writer of Eat-A-Bug Cook Book, as well as books on slugs, snails, tarantulas and cockroaches, admits that is a fair description of himself.

PeaceHealth Peace Island receives nationwide award for high-value health care

  • Jun 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center was recognized this week with the 2016 QUEST ® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading nationwide health care improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care. The medical center was honored at Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on June 21.

State protects clean water

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

The state's ongoing investments to protect clean water continue as $109 million in financial assistance heads toward 54 high-priority projects across Washington to protect the health of lakes, rivers, streams, marine waters, and the groundwater we drink.

Grellet-Tinner found guilty

  • Jun 23, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 24, 2016 at 3:46PM

UPDATE: Gerald Grillet-Tinner has been found guilty for both counts.

Come Play Summer Bingo with Soroptimists

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 10:06AM

Bingo comes back to Friday Harbor! On both Saturday, June 25 and July 2 Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor again will hold Bingo at the Mullis Center. Doors open at 1:30 PM and play will begin at 2 PM. The games will be sponsored by Friday Harbor Electric and by Vacation Doorways.

Good Stewards Awards

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 9:37AM

Each year the Stewardship Network of the San Juans presents Good Steward Awards to individuals and/or organizations that merit recognition for exemplary work as stewards of the natural resources of the islands and the Salish Sea.

UW advises Pixar on ‘Finding Dory’

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

If you're heading to theaters this weekend to see the much anticipated "Finding Dory," take note of how Mr. Ray glides effortlessly through the water, and grouchy Hank the octopus curls and lifts his tentacles.

Why don’t we eat bugs?

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 23, 2016 at 10:02AM

Have you ever swallowed a bug? More than 80 percent of the world's cultures eat insects - why don't we? According to the United Nations, insects could very well be the food of the future. Raising grasshoppers as a food source could combat world hunger and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent. Please join us on Monday, June 27th at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library as David Gordon, the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook takes us on an adventure in entomophagy [eating bugs], and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives to meat. The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends.

Larsen Statement on House Sit-in

  • Jun 23, 2016 at 9:02AM

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after more than 100 U.S. Representatives and Senators held a sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun violence prevention:

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