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Island Cup stays in Friday Harbor; Wolverines defeat Orcas Vikings 21-14 in OT

  • Sep 6, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 1:10PM

With the outcome in doubt and the Island Cup trophy still up for grabs, the Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Vikings took to the field to slug it out in overtime with the score knotted at 14-14, Saturday at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. Trailing by seven points almost the entire game, Orcas put another seven points on the board as sophomore quarterback Robby Padbury and senior wide-out Tyler Diepenbrock hooked up on a perfectly-placed touchdown pass in the back-corner of the end zone with 4:18 left in regulation.

Write a letter and support human rights

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 8:47AM

This fall, the local Amnesty group will provide more opportunities to write to people experiencing human rights violations and to those in governments that have the power to stop those violations. We’ll hold Write-A-Thons at the Naked Bean Café, 150B First St., in Friday Harbor, on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Remembering those who lost their lives: 9/11 commemoration Friday at base of Spring Street

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 4:51PM

This Friday is the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. To commemorate the event and honor all who lost their lives that day, there will be a simple remembrance ceremony at the base of Spring Street near Memorial Park.

Don't 'go along to get along' with the generic canned opinions of state agencies

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 4:19PM

This is a small community. It is disappointing to hear from people who have had conversations with one or two of the council members and who have come away with the observation that those council members have closed their minds to any other views on critical areas and environmental protection.

A reason why we need substantially wider shoreline buffers

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 3:48PM

On Aug. 25 in Friday Harbor, County Councilman Richard Fralick, Orcas West, presented a very good question to the Critical Areas Ordinance panel of experts. He asked what harm is done by a house on the shoreline. A state wildlife biologist thought carefully about the question, and then answered that a house removes habitat. That is a very good answer for someone who studies land-based ecology. Hearing this answer, you might then think: Well, a house removes habitat if it is near or far from the shoreline, so why do larger shoreline buffers matter?

Heed ye these environmental lessons from the Book of Vern

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 3:39PM

And these 52 souls traveled to Seattle, joining the Great Migration to one of the designated Doomed Cities, there to live out Humanity's few remaining days in the Hell that the Great Environmental Leader foretold would befall Man/Womankind Humanity who failed to convert to the Word.

Teen driver will be arraigned Thursday; attorney says he'll plead 'not guilty,' is remorseful

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:02PM

A Lopez Island teen will be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court on charges related to the death of a jogger struck by the teen's car on Lopez Sound Road July 26. Attorney Mark Kaiman of Lustick Law Firm in Bellingham said the boy will plead "not guilty." He said his client is "remorseful."

Town streets are too narrow for public safety | Guest Column

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:23PM

Change will not happen without ongoing community input. As such, I encourage you to contact the Town Council to make appropriate modifications in the current roads and for future construction before somebody is hurt.

Another big win for Matt Cowell: Bellingham Amateur at Lake Padden Golf Course

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:23PM

This is a big year for Matt Cowell. The Friday Harbor native won the Bellingham Amateur over Labor Day weekend at Lake Padden Golf Course. The win comes four months after he won the May Masters — and made his first hole in one — at the same course. And one month ago, Cowell shot 64 par-72 San Juan, setting a course record.

Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 1:52PM

Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. in Friday Harbor. The arrangements are part of a continuing effort by veteran jazz saxophonist Rich Barker to create jazz arrangements for traditional sacred music.

Charlie Chevalier still recovering at Harborview; 'He's still very weak'

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 1:15PM

Charles Chevalier is still at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from near drowning when his purse seiner sank off the southwest side of San Juan Island Aug. 28. “Yesterday, Charlie was able to get up and walk around a little, but he’s still very weak,” crew member Ken Edwards told the La Conner Weekly News today. “He’s back on the ventilator to give his lungs a rest.”

Stricter rules and tighter enforcement are needed in order to protect killer whales

  • Sep 8, 2009 at 11:53AM

For the last couple of days, we've been vacationing on San Juan Island and have been fortunate to see the orca whales several times off the southwest side of the island. What an amazing sight! It's even more amazing to see how close the whale-watching boats get to them.

Inge Elly Schepler Eiriksson Johnson | Passages

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 8, 2009 at 9:49AM

A memorial will be held in Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.; and in Seattle at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-6 p.m.

Wolverines win Island Cup 21-14 in OT; Dalton Baker injured, airlifted off

  • Sep 5, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 6, 2009 at 9:25AM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines won the Island Cup 21-14 in overtime today, at Orcas. Running back Roy Taylor scored the winning touchdown on a pitch and sweep. The Wolverines then held the Orcas Vikings at bay to end the game.

County health officials warn that swine flu could reach local schools

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 3:49PM

An estimated 2,000 Washington State University students have reported having flu-like symptoms, prompting concerns that the novel H1N1, or swine flu, virus may affect students in schools. No WSU student required hospitalization, news sources reported. Various reports differed on how many of the flu cases were swine flu. The San Juan County Health and Community Services Department warns that now that school has resumed, odds are good that if you have a school-age son or daughter, you may receive a call that you need to pick them up because they have a fever of more than 100F, a sore throat, headache and body aches.

Orcas Island, San Juan Island waste transfer stations will close on Saturdays beginning Oct. 3 to cut costs

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 2:36PM

Beginning on Oct. 3, the solid waste transfer stations on Orcas and San Juan islands will be closed on Saturdays to reduce the Solid Waste Utility’s operating costs. The utility’s revenue has dropped this year because it is receiving and handling less solid waste, the county announced.

Internationally acclaimed artist and builder James Hubbell shares his vision on San Juan Island

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Sep 4, 2009 at 12:42PM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, IMA, is sponsoring a series of events with James Hubbell, internationally acclaimed organic builder, painter, stained glass artist and visionary for world understanding. Hubbell and his wife, Anne, will be involving islanders in a series of public discussions and presentations throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Home Trust celebrates property acquisition; ribbon cutting Sept. 12

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 12:28PM

San Juan Community Home Trust will celebrate its acquisition of 5.1 acres for permanently-affordable homes on Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.

$570,000 grant for Homes for Islanders' next projects

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 12:31PM

Affordable housing group Homes for Islanders has received its third Self-Help Technical Assistance Grant — $570,777 — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant funds staff and office operations for a period of two years. During that period, Homes for Islanders will provide on-site supervision and project management for 16 families building their homes through the sweat-equity program.

Alternatives to the half-mile no-go zone | Guest Column

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 11:11AM

It is time to evaluate all the options we have with regard to the orca protection proposal by NOAA. The public comment period ends Oct. 27, less than a month from the end of our busy season. We need more time to analyze the whole of the situation and formulate alternative proposals. There are some good ideas floating out there of options and ways to deal with this.

More on research related to whales' starvation

  • Sep 4, 2009 at 10:04AM

Isn’t it a shame — and a bit typical — that your next-door neighbor complains about you to the newspaper, instead of walking 30 feet across the grass and asking you directly about things? (“Threats to local orcas,” page 8, Sept. 2 Journal). Jim Pound would have saved himself a lot of embarrassment if he had only taken the time to come over.

Minor injuries in Douglas Road car crash; power mostly restored

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 5:25PM

A woman and her grandson were shaken but escaped with only minor injuries following a single-car collision near the intersection of Douglas Road and Madden Lane that nearly toppled a power pole and left residents on the southwest side of San Juan Island temporarily without power.

Friday Harbor man injured when motorcycle strikes deer on Turn Point Road

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 5:16PM

A Friday Harbor man was medflighted off-island for treatment of a possible head injury and severe cuts on his face after his motorcycle collided with a deer on Turn Point Road just before Black Road, Wednesday about 5:30 p.m.

Car crashes into power pole at Douglas and Little roads; power line down

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 2:52PM

A car has reportedly crashed into a power pole on Douglas and Little roads on San Juan Island. One person is reportedly in the car and needs to be extricated; a live power line may be down and the areas has been blocked off.

The more folks see whales, the better it is for the whales

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 11:08AM

The super pod Aug. 31 was off of the west side of San Juan Island, swimming through ships that are taking their salmon. Hmmm. And NOAA wants to ban kayaks, but will let purse seiners run over the orcas and take their salmon. What's wrong with this picture?

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