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- Sep 24, 2010 at 7:38AM
Brent Johnson and Rob Nou want to be the next sheriff of San Juan County — the first new sheriff in 24 years. In their own words, the sheriff is the face and voice of the Sheriff’s Office. Nou: The sheriff articulates the philosophy of the office, the vision of that office, sets the tone for what that service looks like. The sheriff interfaces with the County Council, Town Council, builds and develops relationships with agencies in the region, provides overall guidance of the office. Johnson: The sheriff gives the department direction, is a good role model, writes the budget, interacts with elected officials. The sheriff oversees emergency management and 911. The sheriff’s office is a soapbox from which the sheriff can help different activities that affect island life. Learn more about these candidates at upcoming forums. Ask them about their priorities, and how they will manage the law enforcement and budgetary challenges of the next four years.
- Sep 23, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Sep 24, 2010 at 7:32AM
Commissioners of San Juan County Fire District 3 will have a special meeting Friday, 3 p.m., in the Mullis Street Fire Station to discuss the potential impact on the district in providing fire services to the Town of Friday Harbor.
- Sep 22, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Sep 23, 2010 at 9:44AM
Friday Harbor Town Fire Chief Vern Long was expected to be back on the job Sept. 20, but as of Sept. 22 was still out on medical leave. Deputy Chief Tom Eades told The Journal last week that Long had told him he expected to return Sept. 20. Town Administrator King Fitch told the Town Council the same thing Sept. 16. But as of Sept. 22, the word in Town Hall was this: Chief Long was still out on medical leave.
- Sep 21, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Sep 23, 2010 at 9:44AM
Sheriff Bill Cumming said Ryan J. Ritter was charged with two burglaries at the time of his arrest and will likely be charged with several others once officers complete their investigation.
- Sep 21, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Sep 22, 2010 at 2:59PM
The Friday Harbor football team suffered its worst loss in school history in a 64-7 blowout Friday at Meridian. It's the most points ever allowed by the Wolverines -- they gave up 59 to Sultan in 1995 -- and the 57-point margin of defeat ties the team's previous negative point spread, a 57-0 shutout by Orcas in 1998.
- Sep 22, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 2:23PM
Sept. 21 was International Day of Peace. To honor the occasion, 10 students from Friday Harbor Elementary School flew a large peace dove around the playing fields of the school.
- Sep 22, 2010 at 11:17AM
The first thing Shari Ashbaugh noticed was the smell. Or rather, the lack of it. After breaking her hip this summer, Ashbaugh was admitted to Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands, formerly Islands Convalescent Center, for rehabilitation. Like many people, Ashbaugh thought of Life Care Center as more of a nursing home — a place associated more with aging than regaining health.
- Sep 22, 2010 at 10:11AM
This week's Journal has 28 pages of News, candidate interviews, Opinion, Business, Sheriff's Log, Almanac, Island Scene, What's Happening!, Weddings, Around Town, Sports, Classifieds, At Your Service Professional Directory, Legal Notices, and local advertising.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Sep 20, 2010 at 4:24PM
Aggressive play and goals by Clara Brand and Megan Goudie propelled the Friday Harbor Wolverines to a 3-0 win over the Orcas Vikings, Sept. 14 at Orcas. The Vikings played with high intensity, but the Wolverines outplayed them, doing an excellent job keeping the ball on their half of the field throughout the game and firing numerous shots on goal, team manager Madi McPadden reported.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Sep 20, 2010 at 11:48AM
Aspiring illustrator Aaron D'Errico of Friday Harbor has submitted a design in a contest to find a new logo for the Stan Lee Foundation. And you can help him win. The foundation was established by the Marvel Comics legend to support art, education and literacy throughout the world.
- Sep 17, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Sep 18, 2010 at 7:03PM
San Juan County Health Officer Frank James is asking parents of pre-school and school-aged children to check their children’s vaccination records and be alert for the symptoms of whooping cough, clinically known as pertussis. This summer, the health department identified three different clusters of confirmed cases on Orcas and San Juan islands.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Sep 17, 2010 at 9:55PM
Bruce and Pam Wyckoff and Gigi Zakula are delighted to announce the marriage of their children, Amanda Wyckoff and Nathan Smith, on Aug. 28, 2010.
- Sep 17, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 9:55PM
To celebrate its maritime business longevity, the shipyard will host an Anniversary Party on Sept. 18, noon to 4 p.m. The company says everyone is welcome to come enjoy fresh fish and barbecued beef while it lasts. There will be historical photos to see, as well as several Jensen-built boats to visit. Additional parking is available across the street in the old gravel pit.
- Sep 17, 2010 at 5:01PM
Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher and County Councilman Howard Rosenfeld were married Jan. 1 on Whidbey Island. While not secretive about it — they told friends and town and county officials after-the-fact — they've been quiet about it because, they say, they get enough attention as public officials. Their dinner wedding — at a friend's house on Whidbey Island — took place the day Lacher took office as mayor. No one from San Juan Island was present. The newlyweds spent their wedding night in a seaside cabin that was formerly part of the Captain Whidbey Inn.
- Sep 17, 2010 at 12:29PM
Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the Internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join instructor Victoria Compton to learn more about social media and SIM — social influence marketing.
- Sep 17, 2010 at 12:28PM
Do you have an idea for a new business? Do you already own a small business? The Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s fall Small Business Class will be held on Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m., in the Lopez Island Library beginning Sept. 27. The class is open to all San Juan County residents.
Idea that an island county should live with zero or just one point for solid waste removal is alarming
- Sep 17, 2010 at 12:02PM
While I understand that we face difficult budget choices, and apparently are going to pay dearly for our past choices in this policy area, the idea that an island county should live with zero or just one point for solid waste removal is alarming. Curbside pickup can and should be more widely used. Currently, San Juan Sanitation is not able to provide weekly pickup to many of the outlying island areas because many streets lack enough subscribers to warrant it. Obviously, if curbside pickup were mandated, the density of customers would rise and hopefully San Juan Sanitation would respond by instituting countywide weekly pickup of domestic garbage (and recycling!).
- Sep 16, 2010 at 8:00PM updated Sep 17, 2010 at 10:46AM
Sheriff candidate Rob Nou told a meet-and-greet at the China Pearl Restaurant Sept. 15 that he can step into the position of sheriff and "hit the ground running." "There's not a lot that the Sheriff's Office does that I'm not familiar with," said Nou, a former Oregon police chief and sheriff's sergeant who is now a deputy on Lopez Island. "I'm very well-prepared, I'm well-trained, and I can step in and hit the ground running."
- Sep 17, 2010 at 10:32AM
Since Sept. 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United States. Who would have thought that across the U.S., where people boast that it is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender their freedom and liberty because they so fear terrorism? Who would have thought that the U.S. would allow, much less pay for, the National Security Agency to intercept and store 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications — every single day — and pay for 30,000 people to listen in on phone conversations in the name of fighting the fear of terrorism?
Learn about efforts to save wild buffalo; Lakota/Yaqui singer and activist is guest performer at The Whale Museum
- Sep 17, 2010 at 8:56AM
The Whale Museum welcomes the Buffalo Field Campaign on Friday — today — 7 p.m., for an evening of music, storytelling and video presentation. Mike Mease, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign, will be joined by powerful Native voices, including Lakota/Yaqui musician and activist Good Shield Aguilar, as well as Phoenix AfterBuffalo. Good Shield fronts the band 7th Generation Rise, which performs indigenous soul.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 3:37PM
A recent article in The Journal reported that a promoter of the PeaceHealth hospital said that the project would generate half a million in permit fees, $4 million for local contractors, $10 million in first-year revenue, 24 new jobs, and a $4 million annual payroll, to which a town councilwoman is quoted as exclaiming, "It's like Santa Claus came to town."
- Sep 16, 2010 at 2:45PM
My name is Jan Sanburg and I am writing on behalf of the San Juan County 4-H Leaders’ Council. In 2009, our group received a grant from the local chapter of the United Way. This money was used to enhance our educational activities program for the 2009-10 4-H year.
Journal, Sounder, Weekly schedule sheriff candidate forums Sept. 28, 29 on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez islands
- Sep 15, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Sep 16, 2010 at 11:42AM
Detective Brent Johnson and Deputy Rob Nou want to be the next sheriff of San Juan County — the first new sheriff in 24 years. Here’s your opportunity to learn more about them and grill them on the issues.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 11:40AM
The San Juan County Public Works Department proposes closing two of the county's three solid waste transfer stations in order to cut costs and balance the budget of the Solid Waste Division, beginning next year. Public Works Director Jon Shannon told the County Council on Tuesday that only the Orcas Island transfer station would remain open beginning next year under the department's preliminary 2011 budget. If that preliminary budget is approved by the council as is later this year, those who live on San Juan or Lopez could either haul and dispose of their trash and recycling at the Orcas facility or rely on the county's franchise hauler, San Juan Sanitation, to pick it up.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 11:33AM
Is nonylphenol, a man-made chemical that feminizes male fish, causing bigger bellies in people? A recent peer-reviewed study found excess fat in liver and fat cells exposed to nonylphenol (See: Wada et al., J Pharmacol Sci. 2007). Such changes in fat storage lead to belly fat growth that is associated with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
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