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Thomas Martin Smythe 'loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest' | Passages

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jan 8, 2010 at 5:24PM

Thomas Martin Smythe passed away early morning Jan. 6, 2010 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 42.

Adventurers, explorers, researchers will visit San Juan Island for third annual symposium

  • Jan 8, 2010 at 11:54AM

The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Explorers Club presents its third annual Compass Symposium April 22, 23 and 24 at Lakedale Lodge, San Juan Island. Registration deadline is Feb. 1. Contact Lynn Danaher, islandlynx@aol.com. The symposium is open to all members of the Explorers Club, “and adventurers, researchers and scientists that share our sense of curiosity,” Danaher said.

Mary Jane Leche will be remembered for devotion to family, 'spontaneous fits of laughter' | Passages

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 8, 2010 at 11:01AM

Mary Jane Leche, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died at her home in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Jan. 5, 2010. She was 80. In memory and thanksgiving for the life of Mary Jane, a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Friday Harbor. Graveside service will be conducted at Breidablik Cemetery in Poulsbo.

County health officials following up on meningitis death

  • Jan 8, 2010 at 10:35AM

The San Juan County Health Department is following up with relatives and others who may have come into contact with a 54-year-old Friday Harbor man who died of meningitis in his home on New Year’s Eve. The victim, identified by the county coroner as Mark Ambrose Trahan, had reportedly complained of earaches and headaches, but had not sought medical attention and had felt well enough to be active until at least two days before his death. His body was discovered by sheriff’s deputies after a neighbor expressed concern about his well-being.

Gary J. McKay Sr., great-grandson of pioneer Charles McKay | Passages

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 3:00PM updated at 8:04PM

Gary J. McKay Sr. was born on Jan. 2, 1936 in Friday Harbor, Wash., and passed away on Jan. 4, 2010 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 74. Gary was the great-grandson of Charles McKay, who first raised the U.S. flag on San Juan Island after British troops left in 1872.

Each and every person who walks into Islands Convalescent Center to share with residents makes a huge difference

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 4:20PM

On behalf of Islands Convalescent Center residents and staff, I would like to genuinely thank the island and inter-island community for all of your precious gifts of time at our facility this holiday season.

Friday Harbor Town Council votes 3-2 against Low's appointment, for Hushebeck's appointment to vacancy; Lacher casts two tie-breaking votes

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 2:31PM

In Friday Harbor, the mayor votes only to break a tie. During the Town Council's noon meeting, new Mayor Carrie Lacher got to fulfill that responsibility twice — to deny her former position on the council to her opponent in the November election; and two, to appoint a planning commissioner to the post. Planning Commissioner Stephen J. Hushebeck was appointed to the Town Council 3-2 today; he will be sworn in at 5:35 p.m. and will take office immediately. He will serve the two years left in the term vacated by Lacher when she was elected mayor.

Friday Harbor High School sophomore models teen fashion on Portland TV

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:35PM

Mallory Dahlquist, a sophomore at Friday Harbor High School, modeled teen fashions on Fox TV Channel 12 in Portland during Christmas break. Mallory is the daughter of Annette Crosby of Friday Harbor and Garrick Dahlquist of Beaverton, Ore.; and the granddaughter of David and Mary Ann Anderson of San Juan Island.

San Juan Islands' first baby of 2010 expected Sunday

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 2:35PM

As of Tuesday, Elijah Enochs is believed to be in the lead in the race to be the first baby of 2010 born to San Juan County parents. Elijah, the son of Lindsay Johnson and Justin Enochs of Wold Road on San Juan Island, is due Jan. 20 at Islands Hospital in Anacortes. Melinda Milligan of Eastsound is midwife.

Former EPA director Ruckelshaus will receive Theodore Roosevelt Medal for Public Service

  • Jan 7, 2010 at 11:53AM

William D. Ruckelshaus, a part-time resident of San Juan Island and former director of the EPA and the FBI, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for Public Service from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oct. 21, in Seattle. The Theodore Roosevelt Association is an historical and cultural organization dedicated to honoring the life and work of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th president of the United States.

Journal of the San Juan Islands' 2009 Citizen of the Year: Styrofoam ban crusader Doris Estabrooks

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 6:00AM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 9:33AM

Since 1941, when researchers in Dow’s Chemical Physics Lab found a way to make foamed polystyrene, Styrofoam has become a part of American daily life. You’ll find Styrofoam used as insulation, and in craft and floral products. Styrofoam keeps docks afloat. It’s used under roads and structures to prevent soil disturbances caused by freezing and thawing. It’s used for product packaging. It’s used for food and drink. After nearly 70 years of Styrofoam use, Earth — and, by extension, each one of us — is paying a big price.

San Juan County Council selects Richard Fralick as chairman for 2010

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 3:48PM

The San Juan County Council has unanimously selected Fourth District Council member Richard Fralick to chair the council for the next year and First District Council member Lovel Pratt as vice chairman.

County Council to NOAA: Emphasize enforcement in killer whale protection program

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 4:12PM

San Juan County Council members Jan. 5 signed a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) urging the agency not to establish a “No-Go Zone” for watercraft on the west side of San Juan Island, but rather to emphasize enforcement primarily of more targeted regulations to protect the endangered Southern resident killer whales.

Anti-whaling boat owned by San Juan's Sea Shepherd Society takes on water near Antarctica

  • Jan 6, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 3:29PM

A Sea Shepherd Conservation Society boat's bow was sheared off today after it was struck by a Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica, the group reported. The Associated Press reported that the vessel was taking on water and that its six crew members were safely transferred to another Sea Shepherd vessel, the newly commissioned Bob Barker. The boat is named for the American game show host who donated $5 million to buy it.

Citizen of the Year for 2009 announced in Wednesday's Journal

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:59PM

The Journal of the San Juan Islands' Citizen of the Year for 2009 is announced in the newspaper's Wednesday edition. The edition will be on newsstands late Tuesday and in subscribers' mailboxes Wednesday.

It's official: Ban on Styrofoam to-go containers approved, goes into effect April 22

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 4:57PM

The days of the ubiquitous polystyrene “to-go” container are numbered in San Juan County. The County Council voted today to ban nearly all forms of expanded polystyrene food containers. The ban takes effect on April 22, Earth Day. A similar ban approved earlier by the Friday Harbor Town Council also takes effect that day.

M&O levy has been a good investment in student success | Guest Column

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 4:22PM

Ballots will soon arrive by mail for the renewal of the San Juan Island School District’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy. Nearly 20 percent of our schools’ annual budget depends upon the M&O levy. M&O levy dollars flow directly to our classrooms and after-school programs, providing additional teachers and instructional staff. M&O levy funds support reasonable class sizes; staffing for music, visual arts, libraries, advanced placement, and vocational tech; online classes; and alternative options for all our students. These are the same programs that are subject to budget cuts when the district is pressed for funds, yet they are also the very programs that often help students succeed overall in school.

The status quo has to go | Being Frank

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 4:10PM

The status quo jeopardizes wild salmon recovery. That’s what NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency in charge of implementing the Endangered Species Act regarding salmon, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency in reviewing FEMA’s floodplain management plan. If status quo development, pollution and other ongoing factors damaging and destroying salmon habitat are allowed to continue, ESA-protected species such as threatened Puget Sound chinook and steelhead will not recover.

San Juan County will count its homeless population Jan. 28

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 3:34PM

San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons on Jan. 28. Prior to that date, it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community. The annual count was mandated by a state law passed in 2005 which seeks to reduce homelessness in the state by 50 percent by 2015. The first survey in San Juan County, performed in 2007, identified 28 people as homeless, but last year’s count totaled 73, and it is expected that number will be larger this year due to the difficult local and national economic situation, county Communications Director Stan Matthews said in a press release.

'Peter Pan’ soars; Friday Harbor High School Drama Group’s production opens Thursday

  • Dec 31, 2009 at 3:30PM

Pirates. Pixie dust. A perpetually-young boy who refuses to grow up ... oh, and an alligator that ticks. Add ’em up and it can mean only one thing. The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group is ready to fly ... literally. You’ll see cast members soar and the fantastical world of Neverland recreated on center stage at the San Juan Community Theater as Fred Yockers and his band of young thespians bring to life all the whimsy and delight of Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

Wrestlers look strong going into match vs. Concrete

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 9:20AM

There’s something about Concrete that brings out the best in the Wolverines. It may be as simple as having a chance to beat somebody else at their own game. Or it could be that the Wolverines have long played David to a Goliath-like Concrete wrestling program. Either way, expect a crowded house and an all-out struggle as the Wolverines and Lions square off Thursday in Friday Harbor’s Hall Gym. The match gets under way at 4:30 p.m.

Project completion, budget cuts mean end of jobs for San Juan Initiative coordinator, Conservation District director

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 10:27AM

Two people who have helped chart the course for natural resource management in San Juan County are looking for new jobs. "The completion of the San Juan Initiative means that my time at the Puget Sound Partnership has come to an end," wrote Amy Windrope, who coordinated San Juan Initiative's contributions to the regionwide plan to improve the health of our marine waters by 2020.

‘It still hasn’t hit me yet’: Friday Harbor man fulfills boyhood dream of climbing Himalayan peak

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 9:17AM

It doesn’t always turn out this way. But a childhood dream, when fulfilled, sometimes ends up being better than one could’ve imagined. Just ask Jason Sears. “It surpassed my expectations on every single level,” said Sears, whose boyhood dream became reality at the doorstep of the world’s tallest peaks in mid-October.

Volunteers make a big difference on San Juan Island

  • Jan 4, 2010 at 12:04PM

Thank you to the dedicated group of WSU Master Gardeners who have spent many hours composting, weeding, planting and educating at the Demonstration Garden. In 2009, they grew and harvested more than 700 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and vegetable starts for our friends and neighbors at the Friday Harbor Food Bank. These volunteers are not only dedicated to growing fresh local food, but to enhancing the well being of our community.

Maintain convenient reasonably priced self haul — and keep trash off the road sides

  • Jan 4, 2010 at 11:14AM

Roadside trash collection means there will be roadside trash. Animals and wind will see to that. It also means there will be cans, bags, and some dumpsters out along the road, some cans for days before and/or after scheduled pickup, and dumpsters all the time. So much for our “scenic byways.”

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