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Every 15 Minutes: Mock DUI crash and aftermath today and Thursday

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Updated: 'Missing' Bayliner found in West Sound

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM

The skipper and passengers of a Bayliner reported missing late Tuesday apparently tied up in West Sound for the night, but failed to let anyone know of the change of plans.

Contentious issue may build a bridge | Editorial

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 8:16AM

The San Juan Island solid waste transfer station, one of the most contentious issues on the island today, may help bring peace between the town and county governments. If the county vacates the Sutton Road site for another location, the town could conceivably operate its own waste transfer station. But the state Department of Ecology and the town and county’s joint planning policy discourage the operation of two waste transfer stations on the island. So, the town and county are drafting letters of intent, pledging to work toward a single solution to the island’s solid waste woes. This is a major diplomatic move and we applaud it.

Mock DUI crash will reinforce message of the consequences of DUI

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 8:01AM

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Who will be Mr. San Juan Island? Local dads raise money for PTA

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:44AM

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fund-raising with a new twist on an old idea. Six island dads will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island Saturday in Roche Harbor Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m.

SanJuanJournal.com now has an online Events Calendar

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 3:45PM

SanJuanJournal.com now has an online Events Calendar. Readers can upload their event listings directly onto the calendar. To use the Community Calendar, simply click on "Add Event." You'll be asked to create a login and password that will be yours to use anytime you want to add to the Calendar. Just follow the simple instructions and your calendar item will be posted.

Discovery Sea Kayaks moving to the former Blue Dolphin space

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:40PM

Discovery Sea Kayaks is moving from Front and Spring streets to the former Blue Dolphin space at 185 First St. Owner Richard Swanson said he expects to move into the space in two or three weeks. Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design is designing graphics for the window. Where a large blue dolphin once enticed passers-by in for breakfast, a pod of orcas will entice passers-by to go kayaking.

Proposed state cuts would take $40 million away from Medicaid payments to nursing homes

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:32PM

State lawmakers may be balancing the budget, but it’s on the backs of nursing home residents and the people who care for them. Proposed cuts would take $40 million away from Medicaid payments to nursing homes – that’s $93.8 million if federal matching funds are included. Currently, 62 percent of our population at Islands Convalescent Center rely on Medicaid to help pay for their care.

VW Superbeetle donated for school sports benefit

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 10:26AM

Purple & Gold, the support group for San Juan Island School District athletics, is sponsoring a fund-raising event to pay for the Friday Harbor High School fall sports program. A barbecued dinner, dance, live music and auction are scheduled May 2, 5 p.m., at Beaverton Valley Business Park.

Eight honored for environmental stewardship | Earth Day

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 10:30AM

Eight Good Stewardship awards were presented at “Sustainable San Juans: Greening Your Home, Business and Food,” an Earth Day event held Saturday in Friday Harbor. The awards were part of a three-day celebration of environmental stewardship sponsored by the San Juan Stewardship Network and the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

San Juan Dragons represent our community well

  • Apr 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 11:04AM

I had the pleasure of riding the ferry with the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team on Saturday. They were traveling to Bellingham to play Whatcom and I am not surprised to read they won that game. This team presented themselves, both in behavior and appearance, as winners.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens in new location May 25

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 10:42AM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art re-opens May 25 in the historic Brown House on the corner of West and First streets, Friday Harbor. According to the National Park Service, the Brown House originated at Fort Bellingham in the 1850s and was disassembled and moved to American Camp during the joint military occupation of 1859-1872. After the joint occupation ended, the house was moved to its current location, where it served a variety of commercial roles, from blacksmith shop to art gallery. The National Park plans to return the building to American Camp at some point.

San Juan man ordered to stand trial for allegedly cutting dog's throat

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 8:47AM

A San Juan Island man accused of cutting his dog’s throat — and of assaulting a neighbor who tried to take it to a veterinarian for treatment — will stand trial in early June on a series of charges, including animal cruelty.

San Juan man gets 10 days for driving offense; found innocent of meth charges

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 8:49AM

A San Juan Island man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving with a suspended license, but was found innocent by a jury of a more serious drug-related offense.

Orcas Medical Center director clarifies the record | Guest Column

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 20, 2009 at 8:16AM

I am utterly dismayed by the letter from Glenn Kaufman that appeared on SanJuanJournal.com ("Opposed to PeaceHealth/San Juan Community Hospital Committee proposal," March 9). I am the administrator of the Orcas Medical Center and am deeply concerned that I was misrepresented in paragraphs four and five of this letter.

Dragons defeat Whatcom 9-6, now firmly in second place in Skagit Conference | Lacrosse

  • Apr 19, 2009 at 6:20PM

Forest Dayton scored five goals, had two assists and snagged five ground balls in the San Juan Dragons’ 9-6 defeat of the Whatcom Warriors, Saturday at Roosevelt Park. With the win – San Juan’s fifth consecutive – the Dragons improved to 5-2 and took possession of second place in the WHSBLA Skagit Conference, behind Mukilteo (6-0). Next up for the Dragons: They host Stanwood (4-2) on Thursday, then Lynnwood (3-3) on Saturday. (Whatcom, which is now 3-2, defeated Lynnwood 9-8 on March 27).

A weekend to remember our roles as stewards of our environment

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 5:00PM updated at 7:23PM

Earth Day is April 22, and several events are being held through the weekend as a precursor to the Big Day. “Sustainable San Juans: Greening Your Home, Business and Food,” began today at The Whale Museum with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of The Whale Museum, the San Juan Preservation Trust and Friends of the San Juans. A stewardship fair and workshop is scheduled Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Friday Harbor Middle School. The fair will feature displays from local stewardship groups and green businesses, as well as presentation of the 2009 Good Steward Awards, a lunch prepared by the Experience Food Project and local chefs, and a series of workshops on how to live green at home, in the kitchen and at work. Registration is $5 before the event or $10 at the door.

Every 15 Minutes: Mock DUI crash April 22-23

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 17, 2009 at 7:22PM

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Transitions program can make going to kindergarten a little easier

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 5:51PM

A kindergarten transitions program is open to all children who register to attend kindergarten at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 20-21 at the elementary school. The transitions program offers services and support for children and parents during the summer months prior to the first day of kindergarten.

Institution of marriage: An issue of human rights

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:40PM

In the 1950s and 1960s, conservatives argued that interracial union was a threat to the institution of marriage. Legalizing interracial marriage has not diminished or threatened our culture in any way. The institution improved, when it became accessible to more people. In similar fashion, we will strengthen marriage by allowing it to include same-sex unions.

Vote for America, not big energy

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 1:25PM

Can you trust the advertising campaign (read: “propaganda”) of big energy corporations as they attack Secretary Salazar’s goal to free U.S. from their mega-mega-profiteering heartless war against the American people’s health and fair economics?!?

Expunged record would mean a better future

  • Apr 17, 2009 at 1:24PM

To any lawyers whom may be inclined to help: I am Jeffrey S. Bryant, a previous resident of Friday Harbor. Like many youths, I found my way into trouble with the law. But unlike many, I grew from the experience and have done everything I can to better myself and my community.

Act of simple kindness made her life infinitely better

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated at 8:45PM

My life is infinitely greater because of Dave's simple kindness. Thank you for recognizing the struggle and helping make a huge improvement!

San Juan Island Community Foundation accepting grant applications for annual award cycle

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 3:04PM

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2009 grant cycle. The Community Foundation supports island non-profits working in the areas of Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Community.

Sheriff: Aircraft's 'fortunate landing' due in great part to pilot's composure and skill

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:03PM

A pilot and three passengers reportedly escaped with minor injuries Wednesday night when a Beechcraft Bonanza 36 single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on Fisherman Bay Road on Lopez Island.

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