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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.

Meet your local firefighter: Erin Graham | Guest column

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 12:51PM

Not long after her return to San Juan Island, Erin Graham was recruited to join San Juan Island Fire & Rescue by a firefighter friend. She had no idea that she even wanted to be a firefighter, but is now very active in the department.

Our part? Only swift support and life-saving aid | Letters

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 12:35PM

Contrary to the impression left by the Journal’s article, our family had nothing to do with the altercation and unfortunate sequence of events that ultimately led to a violent situation.

Survey says: nearly twice as many homeless in San Juan County

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 11:07AM

Of the 133 people identified as homeless in the 2015 count, 80 people, including children and disabled persons, were living out-of-doors, in vehicles or in abandoned building. The remainder had temporary or unstable living arrangements, typically with family or friends.

Ranker tax plan targets ultra-high earners to help pay for public schools

  • Apr 20, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Apr 21, 2015 at 9:53AM

The plan taxes Washington’s multi-millionaires and billionaires at seven percent on the sale of stocks and bonds. The average capital gains of those who will be taxed is $1.6 million, Ranker said.

Adams, Cornelius best-suited for Co-op board | Letters

  • Apr 20, 2015 at 6:48PM

Having hosted the recent OPALCO candidate forums and followed OPALCO closely for years, we believe Randy and Winnie are best suited to help mitigate the negative impacts of these monumental shifts in our co-op.

Community Arts in the Park: the sequel

  • Apr 20, 2015 at 6:42PM

Sponsored by San Juan Island National Historical Park, in partnership with the Land Bank, "Community Arts in the Park" is a competition that celebrates ecology through art. This year’s theme is “Wildflowers & Birds of the San Juan Islands.” Click on this story to find out how to enter.

Dehydration cited in death of Lopez man in Island County jail

  • Apr 20, 2015 at 11:15AM

Following the death of a 25-year-old inmate, two corrections deputies were placed on paid administrative pending an investigation into possible violations of department policy, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.

An investment that pays big dividends; vote 'Yes' for Island Rec | Letters

  • Apr 19, 2015 at 9:14PM

I grew up in Friday Harbor and sports were an incredibly positive experience for me and paramount to keeping me “grounded” in my teenage years.

Election 2015: Harrington to run for hospital commission

  • Apr 19, 2015 at 4:00PM updated at 7:33PM

Three positions on the 5-person San Juan Island hospital district commission will be up for grabs in the Nov. 3 general election. Monica Harrington, a self-described former technology executive turned patient-rights advocate, has her sights set on one of those posts.

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