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- Sep 21, 2009 at 2:58PM
What I have observed outside my front window in the last month should bust some myths about orca whales, but I doubt that it will. It seems as if nothing can put a dent in the orca orthodoxy. Why don’t facts matter when it comes to our beloved whales?
- Sep 21, 2009 at 1:29PM
Edward James Dougherty III passed away Sept. 10, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. He was the son of Edward Dougherty II and Alfreda Rosler. He was the great-grandson of Christopher Rosler, who came to the island with Capt. George Pickett's Company D during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island; and Anna Pike, a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, Alaska.
- Sep 20, 2009 at 11:37AM
The crowd was small, but the enthusiasm was big, at the San Juan Historical Museum's Back to the Farm fund-raiser dinner-dance, Saturday afternoon. Jazz pianist David Bayley played Joplin on the Scribner Cabin porch while a small crowd trickled in and a breeze carried the scent of Jason Black's barbecued pork across the old King Farm.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:57AM
The San Juan Island Community Foundation and another private donor have provided funding for a limited number of tickets for Back to the Farm, the San Juan Historical Museum's barn dance, dinner and fund-raiser. The event is today, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds at 405 Price St., next to St. Francis Church.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:12AM
Clara Brand and Lola Elford teamed up for two of Friday Harbor's six goals in the Wolverines' 6-0 defeat of North Sound Christian, Sept. 17 at North Sound Christian.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:01AM
Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma, left her battered body in order to enter a place of peace and health. She had a mercifully brief struggle with cancer and conceded only 30 hours short of celebrating her 90th birthday.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 6:50AM
Shaky at the start, the Wolverines put up 28 points in the second quarter, tallied three more touchdowns after the break, and ran away with a 49-12 victory over La Conner Friday at home under the lights. With the win, Friday Harbor improved to 2-1 overall thanks to its second straight victory over a familiar Division 2B foe. The Wolverines defeated Orcas 21-14 in overtime to open the season with a win, and then fell a week ago to Division 1A regional rival Meridian, 43-6.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 8:09PM
I gotta do this. Particularly after last night's council meeting in which, in my opinion, town residents just got to spend $300,000 more than they needed to. Check out the minutes of the meeting. Robert Low has his hat in the ring for mayor. I can't think of a better, more informed, more qualified person to head up the town. I know. I don't live in town, but those who read this must understand that what goes on in town affects us all.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 8:03PM
Please join us for a benefit dinner to help defray medical costs for long-time high school teacher, Greg Sawyer, as he is preparing for a kidney transplant operation. The event is Oct. 2, 5 p.m., at the Roche Harbor Pavilion. Dinner is $10 for kids/students and $15 for adults. Through this event, we’re hoping to raise awareness throughout the community regarding organ and tissue donation. This will be geared to all ages and we encourage you to bring your family and invite your friends.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 7:56PM
Three of the Town Council members passed a resolution for $600,000 for a new specialty fire engine (Thursday). They used the emergency funds that the town treasurer has saved for many years for emergencies like a break in the water transmission line or sewer line or some other catastrophic failure of the town infrastructure. And they did it by sneaking it by us. They even caught the treasurer off guard. Council member Noel Monin was the only one to vote against it.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 18, 2009 at 9:25AM
Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter died at home in Friday Harbor on Sept. 8, 2009, surrounded by the love of her four children. She was 88.
- Sep 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 18, 2009 at 9:21AM
Minutes before the 5 a.m. start, instructions are given in French. Local ultra-marathoner and county prosecutor Randy Gaylord listened intensely, but couldn't understand a word that was spoken. A few seconds before the hour, the countdown begins, in French, from 10 to one, and at the shout of "Allez!" all 800 runners, wearing headlamps, begin running in the dark and cold, as the temperatures were in the 30s and cloud deck low, similar to the Pacific Northwest. This would be a long day for all of them.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 2:03PM
Ferry Advisory Committee members asked that I provide you with a letter for publication that explains the changes in the new fall schedule that is effective Sept. 27. Summer is nearly over, and the new WSF fall schedule will take effect on Sunday, Sept. 27. There are several changes that everyone needs to understand.
- Sep 15, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 17, 2009 at 1:51PM
This November, San Juan County residents will have an opportunity to vote "yes" for our children and seniors. Proposition 1 (aka the Lid Lift Levy) will be on the ballot. This is quite a controversial issue considering the economic climate we currently find ourselves in. As much as voters may want to “just say no,” it is vital for this levy to pass or our county 4-H program will be lost.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 11:53AM
In his 95 years, Nourdine Jensen has left his imprint in the maritime industry and in community affairs. And, by virtue of his longevity, he’s a living encyclopedia of island history who brings an educated perspective to discussion of local issues. Jensen celebrates his 95th birthday today in a private party at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. Undoubtedly, he will have put in a full day at the office before going to the party.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 11:33AM
Puget Sound Concert Opera’s upcoming performance of Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon” has all the elements of a compelling event. It will be performed concert-style in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. The opera is the classic fairy tale of “Cinderella” set by Massenet, the French Romantic composer. It will be performed in its entirety by a cast and chorus of 29 singers accompanied on the piano by Dr. John Burkhardt.
More than 70 islanders have earned a pilot certificate or rating at Westwind Aviation in Friday Harbor
- Sep 17, 2009 at 11:59AM
More than 70 islanders have earned a pilot certificate or rating at Westwind Aviation in Friday Harbor. The company honored new pilots at its annual Open House Aug. 14.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 11:36AM
Coast Salish storyteller Johnny Moses will visit the San Juan Island Library on Saturday, 6 p.m., in a free event open to the public. Moses, whose traditional name is Whis.stem.men.knee (Walking Medicine Robe), lives on the Tulalip reservation. He carries the Si.Si.Wiss (sacred breath, sacred life) medicine teachings and healing ceremonies of his Northwest Coast people. He is a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 10:07AM
The Best Western Friday Harbor Suites has received the Best Western Director's Award once again for outstanding quality standards. The Director's Award recognizes Best Western International hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of all 2,400 North American properties in cleanliness and maintenance. Hotels must also meet Best Western's requirements for design and high customer service scores to qualify for the distinction.
- Sep 16, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 17, 2009 at 8:38AM
No one expected Concrete to put up much of a fight. And the Wolverines made sure expectations weren't exceeded with a crushing victory in three-straight over the Lions in their home-opener Tuesday in Turnbull Gym. The Wolverines posted winning scores of 25-10, 25-16, 25-6, in a match up of league opponents that wasn't as close as game scores might reflect. They led from start to finish and were never tested against an inexperienced Concrete squad that's been a fixture at the bottom of the league in recent years.
- Sep 16, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Sep 17, 2009 at 6:39AM
“This is the first game that counts, and I think we’re going to win,” Wolverine forward Audrey Olshefsky predicted before Tuesday's game against the Concrete Lions, the team’s first league game of the season. Sophomore forward Rebecca Leff agreed. “This game we’ll have it covered, based on our good playing against Lynden Christian." (Lynden Christian won 5-4 on Sept. 15.) “Christian’s not in our league — way above us.” Both players were right.
Lopez farmer sues San Juan County over ordinance requiring vendor permits; says law is discriminatory, unconstitutional
- Sep 16, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:20PM
Lopez Island grower Gary Franco has sued San Juan County over its ordinance requiring some vendors to obtain a permit to sell in public places. Franco teamed up with the Institute for Justice — an advocate for the rights of entrepreneurs — in the suit, announced today in a press conference on the courthouse steps.
- Sep 16, 2009 at 12:31PM
It's a stockpile that won't last forever. But for now, there are pens and pencils aplenty at the headquarters of the San Juan Island School District — calculators, glue sticks, backpacks and three-ring binders too — thanks to the first-ever Gear Up for Our Schools campaign sponsored by Islanders Bank.
- Sep 15, 2009 at 5:05PM
Kennedy McCulloch Forsyth CPAs in Friday Harbor is now Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs, the result of a merger with R. Peter Lake CPA of Vashon Island. The merger, which took effect Sept. 1, was announced Monday after the firms notified their clients of the merger.
- Sep 15, 2009 at 4:38PM
An increase in ferry fares is the top story in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands, available now on newsstands and in subscribers' mail Wednesday.
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