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Navy Jet noise is small price to pay | Letter

  • Aug 26, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 4:37PM

During the 4 of July parade (Lopez), a group protesting jet noise from NAS Whidbey participated.

San Juan Islands weather almanac | Aug 18-24

  • Aug 26, 2014 at 4:36PM

RCAS High Low Precip Aug. 18 68 58 —

Wild places: Sustenance for the soul

  • Aug 26, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 4:26PM

Most of us find indescribable solace in the mysteries of the natural world.

Rev. Joseph Carney: 1929—2014 | Passages

  • Aug 26, 2014 at 7:00AM

Joe was loved by everyone who knew him for his ready smile, his sense of humor and the joy and kindness he exuded. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The bell tolls for back to school | San Juan School District

  • Aug 25, 2014 at 2:10PM

The bell tolls for the first day of class, Aug. 28 (that’s right, a pre-Labor Day start of school is now the norm) the reconstruction of Blair Avenue, which will deliver new curbs, gutters and sidewalks as well as a new road surface, will still be in progress.

A Totem Pole story | FRIENDS of the San Juans

  • Aug 25, 2014 at 3:40PM

people of faith and local activists to learn more about this year’s journey and how they can stand with the Lummi community in support of their work to stop the Gateway Pacific coal terminal and fossil fuel exports that threaten sacred tribal sites.

American Legion Post 163 files suit over mural decision by Friday Harbor Town Council

  • Aug 25, 2014 at 4:46PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council may have expected to see a second attempt at creating a very large mural, toned down and with perhaps a little less personality.

Trashion Fashion 2015? Don’t wait | Letters

  • Aug 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you; each and every one of you who participated on stage, behind stage and behind the scenes of the Trashion Fashion Show.

Keith Jefferts: 1931—2014 | Passages

  • Aug 22, 2014 at 6:19PM

Keith was an avid outdoorsman and early member of the Mountaineers and REI— backpacking trips in the Cascades and Olympics (always with a fly rod or two) were an omnipresent part of Keith’s graduate-school and early parenting years, and he continued those adventures with his children well into their adulthoods.

How are we doing? Islands' abuzz in economic activity; county revenue on the rise | Guest Column

  • Aug 22, 2014 at 6:12PM

As a community shifts from the hunker-down mentality of recession to the beehive activity level of a healthy, vibrant community, local government prospers, as well. Indications are we’ve reached the beehive.

Community Foundation 'match program' raises $44K in donations

  • Aug 21, 2014 at 5:15PM

Under the program, the Community Foundation matched up to 50 percent of each of the eight separate non-profits represented through the program and their respective project goals, for a total of $44,000 in donations generated at the Fair.

Best Bet: don't miss last-ever performance of 'Pickett', tonight

  • Aug 21, 2014 at 10:30AM

A few of main events in Pickett’s life include the “Pig War,” when the then-commander of U.S. troops confronted Vancouver Island Governor Sir James Douglas and the Royal Navy over ownership of San Juan Island. The story culminates in the disastrous “Pickett’s Charge” that brought ruin to the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Decade of Dominance

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 1:00PM updated at 6:02PM

Whether Island Towing returns next season, either as a shadow of itself, or at all, remains to be seen. But with a 88-5 won-loss record and 10 consecutive league championships, and two off-island tournament titles and one second-place finish, the Towing team carries a record and legacy that speaks for itself.

CenturyLink faces $173K in fines for November outage

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 6:00PM

Following an eight-month investigation, staff of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission cited 15,935 violations of UTC rules and laws governing "major outages" in a report released Tuesday, Aug. 19, and recommend that the commission issue a formal complaint and $173,210 in fines against the company, the single-largest provider of telecomm services in the San Juans.

Mysterious, good, bad? Bats unveiled

  • Aug 21, 2014 at 11:00AM

Mouse-eared bats look similar from a distance and use the same frequencies to navigate and target their prey, but they vary somewhat in body proportions and behavior. Two of our mouse-eared species are actually quite rare.

Journal political cartoon; August 20 edition | Opinion

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 5:00PM

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

Many helped to make exhibit click | Letters

  • Aug 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

To all the visitors and residents of San Juan County who helped with the success of this year’s Photography Department at the San Juan County Fair.

United Way helps families to thrive | Letters

  • Aug 22, 2014 at 3:00PM

Their generous funding ensures that all island families, regardless of income, have access to education and enrichment programs that promote learning, friendship and family well-being.

Poor reception on Orcas for paddlers | Letters

  • Aug 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

And once word gets out, more kayakers might put Orcas Island on their destination list instead of Friday Harbor.

Unlimited growth is not the answer | Letters

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 2:00PM

There is a presumption that the island community should always be receptive to development; regardless of water availability, of pressure on schools, on infra-structure issues.

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.

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