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Race is on: candidate filing period opens May 11

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 2:16PM

No fewer than 41 positions that help guide an assortment of public agencies—make it 48 if you count the five quasi-public sewer and water districts—will be up for election in 2015. Here's how to get on the ballot...

It's a landslide; voters endorse new Island Rec levy in a big way

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 12:38PM

"We couldn't be happier," Island Rec Commission Chairman Bill Cumming said. "We're very appreciative with what happened with the voters and with their support for our activities, and delighted and very happy that all our hard work and the hard work of the campaign committee paid off."

OPALCO on the right course; incumbents deserve support | Letters

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 3:16PM

With their investment in the fiber backbone and their support of the new Rock Island Communications subsidiary, OPALCO board of directors have charted a course of action that is good for the county and good for the economy.

Steele turns 96; celebration in store

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 3:08PM

A come-and-go event, entitled "To the Moon and Beyond," the celebration features a historical journey that begins with photos and personal memorabilia from the 1920s through Steele's founding of the internationally renowned of Luxel Corporation in Friday Harbor.

Apples get mixed with oranges in argument against Island Rec levy | Letters

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 2:32PM

It is not the high school but our state legislature that is not doing it's job in this instance, and that is the ruling of the state Supreme Court, not just my opinion.

OPALCO's new rates? It's like Robin Hood in reverse | Guest Column

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 7:16PM

By 2019, the base rate will rise to nearly $78 per month before any electricity is used.To some, that’s not a lot of money. For others, it means difficult choices between winter heat, putting food on the table, or dipping into life savings.

Friday Harbor student earns association of cities scholarship

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 7:04PM

Isabel Gabriel was nominated for the award by the Town of Friday Harbor, one of 281 cities and towns represented by the Association of Washington Cities.

Wolverines sweep singles; Coupeville wins doubles, and the match | Girls Tennis

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 12:15PM

The Friday Harbor girls tennis team will host three consecutive matches, April 29, May 1 and May 6, beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the high school tennis courts, before finishing their regular-season schedule on the road, May 8, at Forest Ridge.

Stewart, Bates tally personal best; Lobos take the match | Golf

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 10:52AM

Newcomer Joe Stewart shot 52 to tally Friday Harbor's lowest individual score and freshman Adam Bates nearly broke the 60-stroke mark for the first time, finishing right on 60, as each player notched a personal best in the April 21 inter-island match

Squeaky clean by the sea; big 'high-five' to all GIC participants | Letters

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 7:00PM updated Apr 26, 2015 at 12:31PM

A special thank you goes to the 52 youngsters from Cub Scout Pack 4090, Paideia School, and Stillpoint School who helped clean Eagle Cove, Jackson Beach, and the streets of Friday Harbor, respectively.

Stronger support from Journal expected; vote 'Yes' on Island Rec | Letters

  • Apr 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

How can you not support an organization that keeps us healthy and participating in activities that keep us growing and developing as a community while having fun?

Garry oaks featured in Cady Mountain wildflower walk

  • Apr 24, 2015 at 3:00PM

Friends of the San Juans will host a walk among the Cady Mountain wildflowers and oak trees in a guided-walk led by landowner Shaun Hubbard and retired forester Thom Pence, Sunday, April 26, noon to 2 p.m.

Problem with plants? Master Gardeners got you covered

  • Apr 24, 2015 at 1:08PM

The Masters Gardeners “plant-problem diagnostic clinic” meets twice each month, April through September, first and third Thursdays, at the Farmers Market on Orcas and San Juan islands, and at Sunset Builders Supply on Lopez.

WSF turns to staggered release for San Juan summer sailing reservations

  • Apr 24, 2015 at 12:56PM

Beginning April 28, reservations will be available for sailings between June 14 and June 30. On April 30, sailings from July 1 through July 15 will be available (click on this story to see the chart for availability for the rest of the summer schedule).

Island Rec Director steps down; former Fair manager to lead as interim boss

  • Apr 24, 2015 at 11:54AM

“Sally will be really missed in her role as director," Island Rec Commission Chairman Bill Cumming said in a prepared statement. “Sally is directly responsible for our well run parks, excellent recreational programming and staffing, and for the administration these programs. We can't thank her enough for her dedication to Island Rec as an organization and to the citizens of San Juan Island.”

Former Friday Harbor resident dies in Whidbey Island house fire

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 7:02PM

Though never one to back down from a disagreement, either political or personal, those who knew Wendy DeWinter describe her as passionate, giving and tenacious.

More to high school sports than meets the eye; vote 'Yes' on Island Rec levy | Letters

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 1:17PM

Not all athletes are stellar students; however, the grade requirements FHHS imposes to stay eligible and play the sport they love drives them to overcome obstacles in the classroom and improve performance. I’ve seen firsthand.

Through the lens: Every 15 Minutes 2015 | Slideshow

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 12:16PM

A simulated of car crash involving an intoxicated teen driver signaled the start of a series of island-wide events—DUI arrest, mock trial, ER room treatment, teen and parent retreats and a mock funeral followed—as part of the Every 15 Minutes program, sponsored April 21-22 by San Juan EMS. Here's a look back at the simulation collision and emergency response staged at the Friday Harbor High School football field.

Poetry & nature converge in next 'Know Your Island Walk'

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 10:26AM

More bang for your boots: celebrate the Land Bank’s 25th anniversary and National Poetry Month with a nature-inspired poetry walk through the Lime Kiln Point State Park and surrounding areas, April 25, 1-4 p.m.

Wolverines tally third consecutive win; gear up for showdown vs La Conner

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 5:55PM

The Northwest 2B/1B League title will likely be up for grabs when Friday Harbor faces first the Braves (6-1) followed by the Vikings (5-2) in the final two games of the regular season.

Hats off to our team of trash-busters | Letters

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 4:40PM

Every time I see the wonderful volunteers with their bags and bright vests picking up roadside trash, it reminds me what a terrific place in which we live.

OPALCO had no choice but to raise its rates | As I See It

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 10:35AM

No matter how folksy a co-op may be, its fundamental obligation is to stay in business. It must charge whatever it takes in order to cover costs.

Sheriff: education is key to help end sexual assault | Letters

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 9:48AM

The effects of a sexual assault is dramatic and life-changing. Personal relationships fall apart, self-esteem is destroyed, depression and often suicide attempts result. But the good news is this can all be avoided by educating our children and educating ourselves.

Agnetta Wilhelmina Felthous: 1921-2015 | Passages

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 9:35AM

Agnetta was raised in north Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School. Talented in piano and accordion, she and her brother Alvin were one of the early accordion duets in Seattle.

Pedal power: Good times, good cause, good reason to get in gear

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 9:24AM

It may well be the “make-it-up-as-you-go” nature of the annual bicycle tour hosted by Lopez Island, the Tour de Lopez, that makes this springtime event the true kick-off to the tourist season in the San Juans. It's Saturday, April 25; get a head start on the festivities at the 2nd Annual Bite of Lopez, Friday, the day before the ride.

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