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

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 5:06PM

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the "fun" back in fund-raising with a new twist on an old idea. Five island fathers will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island April 25 in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.

No Victoria Clipper service this summer between Seattle and San Juans

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:55PM

The Victoria Clipper will not offer service between Seattle and the San Juan Islands this summer. The U.S. Navy will use the Victoria Clipper III and other vessels to ferry personnel from Everett to Bremerton for work on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. Service between Seattle and the San Juans is expected to resume in 2010, the company stated on its Web site.

Melba Margaret Mewhinney Davis | Passages

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:41AM

Melba Margaret Mewhinney Davis, a part-time resident of Shaw Island, died April 6, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at her Emerald Heights retirement home in Redmond. She was 97.

Aviation Museum honors veteran of three wars; exhibit chronicles Marty Stewart’s flying career

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:06AM

Martin V. Stewart’s flying career spanned 60 years, including 36 years in the Air Force and service in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After retiring to San Juan Island in 1990, Marty Stewart continued to fly actively until just months before his death from cancer in 2005. As a deacon in the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, he regularly flew various pastors to visit hospitalized parishioners, and his Cessna 182 became known as “POB Airlines” (Presbyterians On Board).

Career opportunity: Get certified as a sediment control lead

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:17AM

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center has developed a three-day erosion and sediment control instruction program that will provide participants with the required 18 hours necessary to become a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead.

Water course for real estate professionals

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:15AM

“Water in San Juan County,” a for-credit course for real estate professionals, is being offered April 24 in the San Juan Island Fire Department headquarters station on Mullis Street. The full-day course is presented by Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors.

CDPD sets up e-mail service for builders

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:13AM

The San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department is setting up an e-mail news service to inform the building community of policy statements and information related to staffing, service and other topics of interest. Its first edition is scheduled to go out this week.

Chamber launches new program: The Chamber Luncheon

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:12AM

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce introduces a new program for 2009, “The Chamber Luncheon.” This monthly event will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vinny’s Ristorante, starting this month.

Need a job? Career Center in Friday Harbor can help

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:11AM

Need a job? The Northwest Workforce Career Center can help. The Career Center, 540 Guard St., No. 210, Friday Harbor, is offering a series of free workshops.

Bocce ball, cafe expansion at Roche Harbor

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 11:10AM

A bocce ball court is being developed in front of the old kilns next to Quarryman Hall at Roche Harbor Village. The court is expected to be completed by June, according to Pat Carver of the Roche Harbor Village staff.

Wolverines go long in sweeping Concrete 13-0, 12-1 | Softball

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:56AM

Never mind the small ball. The Friday Harbor softball team flexed its muscles at the plate in tattooing back-to-back losses on Concrete Saturday at home. The Wolverines outscored the Lions by a combined score of 25-1 in a convincing sweep of the league doubleheader.

Concrete tags Wolverines with first loss of season | Baseball

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:46AM

Forget about a repeat of last season’s undefeated run through the regular season. Concrete rebounded from a 9-0 loss in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Hartman Field and dealt the Wolverines a decisive 9-1 defeat in the sequel.

Spring break over; prep sports in full swing

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:45AM

Spring break is over and prep sports are in full swing. Here's the (busy) schedule for San Juan Island's high school athletes.

PHRF and Cruising division races this weekend in Griffin Bay | Sailing

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:27AM

The Friday Harbor Sailing Club announces the following sailboat race series. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Griffin Bay and San Juan Channel. PHRF and Cruising divisions. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Griffin Bay and San Juan Channel. PHRF and Cruising divisions. The event is a two-day racing series sponsored by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club. Register online at www.fridayharborsailing.com. Entry fee: $10, covers both days sailing. Race one or both.

Key games ahead for San Juan Dragons | Lacrosse

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:31AM

The San Juan Dragons’ home lacrosse game Saturday vs. Lynnwood was rescheduled because of spring break. The Dragons (3-2) travel today to Skagit Valley (0-4). See SanJuanJournal.com for results.

Purple & Gold hosts fund-raiser to help save school sports

  • Apr 14, 2009 at 10:29AM

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.

San Juan Island man accused of cutting his dog's throat

  • Apr 13, 2009 at 7:39PM

A San Juan Island man accused of cutting his dog's throat and assaulting a neighbor who tried to rescue it will face a series of criminal charges, including animal cruelty.

Decibel levels of sonar pings: Same level as those implicated in beaked whale deaths

  • Apr 9, 2009 at 3:35PM

Decibel levels of sonar pings recorded off the west side of San Juan Island April 7-8 may have been the same level as sonar pings implicated in the deaths of several beaked whales in the Bahamas in October 2003. That's according to Dr. Val Veirs, president of The Whale Museum board and professor emeritus of physics at Colorado College. Hydrophones operated by The Whale Museum and Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School started recording sonar pings and what sounded like garbled human speech beginning at 7 p.m. on April 7. The pings and sounds continued into the early morning.

It’s Easter Week; lots of activities and services planned

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 9, 2009 at 3:09PM

A busy schedule of Easter activities and services is planned this week, capped by Easter egg hunts at Jackson Beach and Roche Harbor.

San Juan trails may get $130,000; Moran State Park wastewater improvement may get $1 million

  • Apr 9, 2009 at 3:05PM

More than $130,000 is included in the state's proposed capital budget for development of up to 15 trails in the 112-acre Cattle Point Natural Resource Conservation Area on San Juan Island. The money is intended for preservation work as well. Specifically, the money is budgeted for "natural areas facilities preservation and access." The proposed capital budget also includes nearly $1 million to repair the wastewater system in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

Say 'no' to SB 5688, HB 1727

  • Apr 3, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Apr 9, 2009 at 10:48AM

Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727 confer all the rights of marriage to domestic partnerships, stopping only at giving them the actual recognition of “marriage,” but proponents are adamant that will be the next step.

Ruling on waste transfer station EIS appeal will have to wait

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 4:25PM

Time will tell whether an environmental impact statement on proposed solid waste transfer station sites is up to snuff. The County Council agreed on Tuesday to move forward with selecting a site for a new solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island and to let the pending challenge of that impact statement play out at some point down the road.

Want to keep a waste transfer station out of your neighborhood? Open a hog farm

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:27PM

It's been said that if you want to stop growth in your neighborhood, open a hog farm. But could the threat of a hog farm influence the county's decision on where to site a new solid waste transfer station? E.J. Thorndike has made known his opposition to the possible location of a waste transfer station on Daniel Lane.

Taos Kai Addison | Births

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 5:13PM

Franchesca Hanna of Friday Harbor and Arcata, Calif., and Joseph Addison of Arcata, Calif., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taos Kai Addison.

Freckles, 1995-2009 | Tribute

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 4:51PM

He was kind of the "town dawg" and folks are already telling me how much they miss him. I miss him terribly, of course, and already am experiencing some "ghosting" going on around the house. (Wasn't that something brown and white I saw coming out of the bedroom?)

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