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Body found on Lopez identified

  • May 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:42PM

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office has positively identified the body which was found on the south end of Lopez Island last weekend a 61-year-old woman from San Antonio, TX.

Pancake breakfast

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 12, 2016 at 4:30PM

THRIVE Youth Group's pancake Breakfast and service auction will be this weekend May 14 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church. The group is hoping to fund their summer mission trip and camp through pancakes, bacon, eggs, and coffee. As well as services from the kids that will be auctioned off, including babysitting, yard work, and housecleaning. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Any questions can be answered by Contact: James O'Brien (503) 481-6237 or you can reach the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church at (360) 378-4544 (church).

Breaking down the budget

  • May 12, 2016 at 10:03AM

With San Juan Island EMS asking the public to pass the highest levy amount possible – .50/$1000 of assessed home value – this August, locals are yearning for transparency of the budget.

Dignitaries announced for the 4th of July

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:55AM

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshal's and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme "America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!", the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy, representing the Park's future. The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 years of age in 2016 and San Juan Island is excited to be able to honor these special individuals. The Chamber of Commerce is also proud to announce a special parade tribute, the 2016 "Citizens of Honor", who are chosen for their outstanding community contributions. This year's inaugural selections are Gerry and Sonnie King.

San Juan Celebrity Golf Classic postponed

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:53AM

Pat O'Day, Chairman, has announced a one year postponement of this annual fund raising event. O'Day says, "The Board must do some diligent re-planning of the tournament as the costs have risen to an extent leaving little money for the nonprofits, the sole reason for which the event is held."

Jimmy Roller BIO

  • May 11, 2016 at 9:50AM

The Journal will be were I start my journalism career after graduating from Ohio University. While in school, I earned a scholarship to do a three-month internship overseas in Jakarta Indonesia at the Jakarta Post. After my internship I moved to the Northwest from Ohio to enjoy the fresh air and start searching for work.

The town honored for providing top quality drinking water

  • May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:46AM

Submitted by The Town of Friday Harbor

Another public records request lawsuit settled

  • May 11, 2016 at 6:00AM

Last week the county settled another public records-related lawsuit to the tune of $17,000. Ed Kilduff, the plaintiff, had requested two months of emails by county land bank director Lincoln Bormann.

Island mama: Mother of three, “mom” to many

  • May 10, 2016 at 10:40AM

This Mother’s Day the Journal decided to profile a local mother who has not only raised her children on San Juan Island, but also has a special motherly connection with local children.

Letters: Democratic Presidential Primary

  • May 10, 2016 at 10:12AM

You may be perplexed over what Washington’s May 24 Democratic Presidential Primary means, especially if you participated in the March 24 Democratic precinct caucuses. But I encourage you to vote!

Road improvements on Tucker to begin

  • May 10, 2016 at 9:10AM

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who use Tucker Avenue will enjoy a safer and better quality roadway by mid-summer. The Town of Friday Harbor is scheduled to begin major improvements on Phase One of this project, starting Tuesday, May 10th.

Glass and concrete landfill planned for Lopez Island

  • May 7, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 9, 2016 at 4:46PM

by Meredith Griffith

Body found on Lopez

  • May 9, 2016 at 2:15PM

On Saturday, May 7, a group of kayakers reported a deceased person on the south shore of Lopez Island between Ice Berg Point and Watmough Bay. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office utilized the Sheriff's boats Guardian and Intrepid to make the recovery. At this time all that is known is the victim is a Caucasian female of unknown age and origin. It is currently unknown if foul play was involved. The remains were sent to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to be performed.

Island mama: Mother of three, “mom” to many

  • May 8, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:59AM

This Mother's Day the Journal decided to profile a local mother who has not only raised her children on San Juan Island, but also has a special motherly connection with local children.

Monnelly Releases For My Daughters in Time for Mother’s Day

  • May 8, 2016 at 1:30AM

Renowned landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly has paired her large-format black and white images with poems to create a book, "For My Daughters." The poetry that inspired the book was written by the photographer's mother, Dorothy Darling Kerper between 1920 and 1945, the year she died.

Plastic bag ban proposed for San Juan County

  • May 7, 2016 at 1:30AM

Should single-use plastic bags be banned in San Juan County?

Scheduled Internet outage

  • May 6, 2016 at 11:52AM

On May 10 at 12:01 a.m., CenturyLink technicians will upgrade the San Juan Ethernet ring. During the upgrades, Internet service will not be accessible for approximately 30 minutes.

'History Lives Here'

  • May 6, 2016 at 11:17AM

Every May the Town of Friday Harbor, the Islands’ historical museums, organizations and local businesses pull out the stops to celebrate local history. This year the month-long calendar of events kicks off with some great events you won’t want to miss!

Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a special commission meeting

  • May 6, 2016 at 9:44AM

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Port's new meeting room, 271 Front Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to conduct a Executive Session, Personnel – To evaluate the qualifications of applicants for public employment, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (g).

May 14, 2016 Shoreline Landowner Workshop

  • May 6, 2016 at 8:45AM

Shoreline landowners of San Juan County communities are invited to attend a free workshop on shoreline erosion management from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Orcas Fire and Rescue Meeting Room, 45 Lavender Ln., Eastsound. The workshop is free but registration is requested: call (360) 733-1725 or register online at The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation and hosted by the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. The format is a classroom-style presentation with time for questions, followed by a beach walk to see beach/bluff habitats and geologic processes. Topics include erosion management, alternatives to hard shoreline armoring, enhancing beach access and native vegetation for slope stability and habitat

San Juan Fire welcomes Ian Joujan

  • May 6, 2016 at 1:30AM

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue recently welcomed Ian Joujan to the team as one of its newest firefighters.

Child safety workshop at Islands Community Church

  • May 6, 2016 at 1:30AM

Beginning on May 12, DVSAS will offer a four-week child safety workshop from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Community Church on Lopez.

Versailles: Music at the court of Louis XIV

  • May 6, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a taste of the musical atmospheres generated by the celebrated musicians of the court of Louis XIV in this program entitled "Versailles" with baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan, viola da gamba player Joanna Blendulf and baroque guitarist and theorbo player John Lenti on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Brickworks.

Addams Family the musical

  • May 5, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 1:30PM

The Addams Family has been a part of American culture since 1938, when cartoonist Charles Addams first published the spooky, kooky and ooky family in The New Yorker. The images became so popular, it eventually evolved into a TV show, movies, and most recently, a Broadway musical, according to Carol Hooper, show director.

Oliviero album tour

  • May 5, 2016 at 1:30AM

Celebrating the release of their new album, "If You're Going to Be a Bear," L.A.-based indie-folk duo Oliviero will play live at 7 pm. at the Rumor Mill on Wednesday, May 18.

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