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- May 13, 2010 at 1:14PM
As the weather warms up, you may find yourself on the ferry going to the mainland but as you get out of your car to go upstairs you are assaulted by a foul odor. Eeeyu, what is that smell? You look around and there is a big truck and trailer with only a canvas cover on the top. The smell is coming out of that truck. Several times a week, your rotting garbage goes on the road — close to 400 miles of a truck-to-train-to-truck journey to a landfill in Oregon operated by the Waste Management Corp. Every year, about 10,500 tons of garbage from San Juan Island goes to that site at a cost of $72 a ton.
San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival inaugural reception with Emmy winner László Pal on May 23
- May 11, 2010 at 12:00PM updated May 13, 2010 at 12:19PM
The San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival will host its inaugural reception with Emmy award-winning filmmaker László Pal on May 23, 3 p.m. at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. “This festival will draw visitors from all over the world to our islands,” Pal said in a press release.
- May 13, 2010 at 12:03PM
Mrs. Perry J. Sandwith — also known as Mrs. Mildred Louise Sandwith — had a marvelous 95th birthday celebration at the Grange Hall on May 2, from 1-3 p.m. About 150 people attended, some from as far away as Roche Harbor and Bellingham. Lots of hometown families were there, including but not limited to Sandwith, King, Guard, Wilson, Lawson, Wade, Buchanan and Jordan.
- May 13, 2010 at 11:57AM
"Anytime. Anywhere. We’ll be there” is the theme for the annual Emergency Services Week of May 16-20, proclaimed by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the San Juan County Council. EMS Week salutes the services provided every day, under often daunting circumstances, by the 40 EMTs and paramedics of San Juan Island EMS and their 750,000 colleagues nationwide.
- May 13, 2010 at 9:34AM
On July 25, the Animal Protection Society — Friday Harbor will hold our sixth annual “Wags to Riches” fund-raiser to benefit the animal shelter. Again, “Wags to Riches” will take place at the spacious estate of Bob and Lissa McDowell on San Juan Island and we expect another sellout crowd of 250 attendees. A canine exhibition will provide entertainment, there will be live music and a delicious gourmet menu catered by one of the island’s top chefs. There will be a live auction with some fantastic items and wine service will be skillfully coordinated by shelter staff and volunteers. And new this year, there will dancing under the stars with a live dance band.
- May 12, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:24PM
Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to counter lagging ridership with a $1 million marketing campaign to attract tourists to destinations throughout Puget Sound, including Vashon.
Could another Washington official be headed to D.C.? Gregoire reportedly considered for U.S. solicitor general
- May 12, 2010 at 3:59PM
Should Gregoire be appointed, it would change the makeup of the 2012 race for governor. It would also contribute to the Evergreen State's growing presence in the nation's capital. Former Gov. Gary Locke is secretary of Commerce. Former King County Executive Ron Sims is deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position generally referred to as the U.S. "drug czar." Defense Secretary Robert Gates owns a home on Orcas Island.
- May 12, 2010 at 1:05PM
It's playoff time for local prep sports teams: Baseball, girls tennis, golf, lacrosse, softball, track.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:08PM
Friday Harbor Wolverines Quinn Bune, Megan Cuomo, William King, Taylor Molloy, Tyler McKee and Riley Rousar compete in the District golf tournament May 13 at North Bellingham. Twenty male golfers and eight female golfers will advance to the Tri-District tournament on May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Coach Jack Rice talked with SanJuanJournal.com about his team's prospects.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:53PM
It’s do-or-die time for the Friday Harbor baseball team. The Wolverines just missed clinching a berth at the state 1A tournament May 8. Meridian’s John Murphy stroked a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to lift the Trojans to a 4-3 extra-inning victory in the District 1 championship game in Blaine. As District 1 runner-up, Friday Harbor (17-4 overall, 14-1 league) will face Cascade Christian in the opening round of the Tri-District tournament May 15 at Sehome. The winner will earn a trip to State, while the season will come to a close for the loser.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:46PM
Move over Julie Andrews, there's a new Eliza in town! The San Juan Community Theatre's production of "My Fair Lady" is hands down the most exciting and professional musical to be seen on the island in at least the past 10 years!
- May 12, 2010 at 2:38PM
It's not the outcome the Wolverines had hoped for. But the timing and the competition couldn't have been better as the Friday Harbor softball team gears up for post-season play on the heels of a decisive 10-2 defeat by Adna in their regular-season finale May 8 at home.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:16PM
Rebecca Leff is headed back into the lions' den for the second year in a row. The Friday Harbor sophomore secured a second-straight berth in the Tri-District tournament by dispatching the Wolves' Lily Doyle 6-3, 6-1, May 8 at the District 1 playoffs in Coupeville.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:18AM
Equestrians from San Juan and Lopez islands ferried over to join Orcas riders and the San Juan County Land Bank on April 11 to celebrate the reopening of some trails in the stunning Turtleback Mountain Preserve.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:05AM
Construction of the Sewer Replacement Project is in its final phase near the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant. Local contractors hope to have all the work completed by the end of May. They began work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and are proceeding up Tucker Avenue to Guard Street in front of the high school, and finally over to Culver Avenue.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:58AM
My adrenaline surged as my back arched, restarting the back pain I have been fighting. I had just gotten out of my car as the dog I had not seen in the car next to me hit its window, fiercely barking! So surprised was I, that I wanted to cry! I felt angry and assaulted. It took me the rest of the day to calm my fractured nerves.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:54AM
Joy will reign at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on May 16, noon to 2 p.m. in the Patio Garden of the San Juan Community Theatre. This is the annual free event for all San Juan children sponsored by the theater's CATS organization. There will be face painting, crafts projects ... and teddy bears. There will also be storytelling with Melina Lagios, youth services librarian at San Juan Island Library, accompanied by puppets.
- May 11, 2010 at 2:10PM
Treaty tribal and state co-managers wrapped up their annual process of setting salmon fishing seasons recently and I was again reminded of those who say that a total ban on fishing is the only path to salmon recovery. They don't truly mean a total ban though, just one on Indian and non-Indian harvesters. They don't want to talk about all of the fish lost to dams, poisoned stormwater runoff and low stream flows. Those environmental factors "harvest" salmon just like any fishery. A dead fish is a dead fish no matter how it dies.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:36PM
Two Republican candidates for 40th District state House of Representatives will visit Friday Harbor May 14 and May 21. Dusty Gulleson is running for position 1 held by retiring legislator Dave Quall, and was endorsed May 4 by state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Tom Pasma of Bow is the 40th District Democrats' nominee. John Swapp is running for position 2 held by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon. Morris, the speaker pro tem of the House, is running for reelection. You can meet Swapp May 21, 11:30 a.m., upstairs at the China Pearl Restaurant.
Pasma receives 40th District Democrats' House nomination; Morris also nominated for another term | 40th District House
- May 11, 2010 at 1:19PM
Tom Pasma of Bow won a decisive majority (75 percent) of votes cast at 40th District Precinct Officers Nominating Convention Saturday in Anacortes. Pasma is now the official Democratic Party nominee for state House Position 1. Current state Rep. Dave Quall is retiring.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:23PM
Bellingham businessman and legislative candidate Dusty Gulleson held a meet-and-greet May 4 at the American Legion Hall in Friday Harbor to introduce himself to San Juan County voters. The event featured Attorney General Rob McKenna, who introduced Gulleson and announced his endorsement of him.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:06PM
San Juan Island emergency services personnel and a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team conducted joint training in Friday Harbor on May 1. The exercise included practicing patient transfer procedures to and from an airborne helicopter, and simulating loading critically ill passengers and necessary equipment onto the helicopter.
- May 11, 2010 at 12:37PM
We love riding our bikes in Friday Harbor. Because we rarely have adequate shoulders or lanes to use, I teach my kids to use the road. That’s all about being seen. To get into the road, I teach my kids to look, signal, then move when there’s room to do so. That’s all about being safe and predictable.
- May 11, 2010 at 12:28PM
Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.
Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 4:37PM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.
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