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- Jan 3, 2011 at 3:48PM
Charles Settles, Friday Harbor resident since 1937, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 31, 2010. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Florence, just one year and two months ago; his son Charles in 1999; mother, Helga and father, Arvel.
- Jan 3, 2011 at 2:15PM
David E. Ross was born July 5, 1945 on Mercer Island, Wash. He passed away peacefully with Judie Ross at his side on Dec. 24, 2010 at University of Washington Hospital in Seattle. He developed Pulmonary Fibrosis several years ago and had a successful lung transplant on Oct. 6, 2010. Unfortunately, he was unable to win the fight against a virus.
- Jan 3, 2011 at 2:26PM
Love Pearl Yates was born Nov. 14, 1931 in Dixon, Mo., and died Dec. 27, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. She was the oldest child of Gayle Thomas and Love B. Parker. She graduated as valedictorian of Dixon High School in 1949 and began teaching at the age of 19 in her hometown of Dixon. She was a member of Alpha Phi social sorority at Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and in 1976 graduated from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, with a master’s degree in educational counseling. She completed her career as special education director at Northwest ISD, Justin, Texas, in 1988.
- Jan 3, 2011 at 2:35PM
Lopez Island resident Rick Van Eeckhout, 60, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Dec. 23, 2010. His wife of 24 years, Barbara, and sons Joseph and Nicolas survive him. Additionally, he is survived by brother, Raymond (Linda) of Lake Forest, Ill., and nephew JR. Locally, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Kathy (Kenny) Oberreit, and beloved nieces Marliese, Savannah, Rose and Hope.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jan 3, 2011 at 2:13PM
It is nearly time to usher in the new year, and once again Island Rec is providing the opportunity to celebrate in style. The annual Community New Year’s Eve party, co-sponsored by the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, is Friday, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center. The party is alcohol-free and open to all ages.
'Ground zero for the islands and how they were settled': New foundation proposed for 124-year-old Hotel de Haro
- Dec 30, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 1, 2011 at 4:34PM
Even after 124 years, the Hotel de Haro still has stories to tell. Stairs leading from the yellow brick road to a cellar under the hotel lobby is like a trip back to 1886 or before. Visible are the footings for the original log bunkhouse built by the Scurr brothers, who processed lime here after British troops left. That bunkhouse was later expanded by entrepreneur John S. McMillin into the hotel, where he lived for about 30 years and hosted customers and dignitaries.
- Jan 1, 2011 at 9:24AM
Mullis Center was a mini-Times Square of activity, fun and, when midnight New York time struck, a lot of noise, Dec. 31. Islanders crowded Mullis Center Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., for the free annual celebration presented by Island Rec and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. Islanders noshed on potluck food; played Bingo, Trivia, Twister, Wii and other games; decorated hats for the hat parade; and had their photos taken by Deborah Hopkins of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.
- Dec 21, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Dec 31, 2010 at 5:24PM
Arctic Raven Gallery, which specializes in Northwest Coast Native art, is displaying a Sun Mask carved by noted Kwakwaka'wakw Nation carver Tom Hunt. The mask is more than 8 feet wide and just under 8 foot tall. Arctic Raven owner Lee Brooks could only guess on the weight, but said it took four people to pick it up and hang it.
- Dec 28, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Dec 30, 2010 at 4:15PM
The top 10 stories of 2010, based on local impact and interest, as determined by the staff of The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 2:52PM
A pitbull has been released to its owner after a 10-day quarantine at the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter, after it bit a 3-year-old going to the San Juan Island Library to see Santa Claus. The dog was observed for signs of illness and behavioral problems, shelter manager Leslie Byron said. "It was fine. It didn't show any aggression toward anyone." The dog was released Dec. 27, she said.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 2:08PM
In keeping with your recent article supporting local businesses, we want to share how blessed we feel to have been able to enjoy and supply our customers with the bounty of local goods. We are so thankful to the numerous gardeners and farmers that met our needs and deliver to us with no additional delivery costs.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 2:05PM
Some local initiatives that counter the economic and national dismals: Cobbling together state and private monies, citizens purchased the historic Brickworks for a year-round Farmers Market. Tired of the Co-op cuddle in confined space, the San Juan Island Food Co-op expands and will open in January next to Bakery San Juan. More money will stay on island from value-added production; our community carbon footprint may be reduced.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 2:04PM
I can only be amazed at the strange logic displayed in Mr. Ludwig’s letter regarding cell towers (“No more cell towers in SJC,” page 6, Dec. 15 Journal). He urges the County Council to ban more cell towers on the basis that they cause people to break the law. After all, there are laws regulating cell phone use and prohibiting texting while driving. But his solution is to restrict the rest of us because of some people, mostly younger according to his letter, who elect to behave irresponsibly.
- Dec 21, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Dec 30, 2010 at 2:03PM
Shoppers: This is your last chance to get in on the Chamber of Commerce's "Shop Local" event and take part in the gift basket drawing that will be held on Jan. 4. To join in, just visit the following retailers between 4 and 7 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 23. You'll collect a stamp card from the first retailer you visit, and a "footprint" stamp. After you've collected all 16 stamps, turn in your stamp card for a chance to win the gift basket, valued at over $300.
- Dec 30, 2010 at 2:03PM
I am the father of the latest pitbull attack victim and I am outraged that yet again we have to deal with another attack in this community. My three-year-old son was attacked and bitten by a pitbull in the parking lot of the San Juan Island Library as he was trying to attend a children’s play group to see Santa with many other small children present.
- Dec 29, 2010 at 11:24AM
Trailing by just three points after the first period, at 17-14, the Wolverines kept pace with the Division 2A Mountaineers (6-2) early in the second quarter and had a chance to draw within four points midway through the period.
- Dec 29, 2010 at 10:32AM
The Wolverines, who missed their first 10 shots of the game, trailed 14-4 after the first quarter and played catch-up the rest of the way.
Memorial service being scheduled for Dave Ross, former president of Aeronautical Services | Passages
- Dec 28, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Dec 29, 2010 at 8:48AM
A memorial service is being planned for Dave Ross, former president of Aeronautical Services. Mr. Ross, 65, died Dec. 24 at University of Washington Hospital from complications from a lung transplant. His wife, Judie, was at his side.
- Dec 28, 2010 at 10:39AM
2010 was a tough year. We have reason to believe 2011 will be better. As of this writing, our county jobless rate is 6.9 percent. That means about 550 of our friends and neighbors are collecting unemployment checks. And the actual unemployment rate could be higher.
Price hikes in store for county building permits; cost triples for owner/builder permit, open-space application
- Dec 27, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 8:12PM
Be prepared to pay a bit more for building and land-use permits in some categories beginning Jan. 1. Among the pending price hikes, approved Dec. 7 by the County Council, perhaps the most notable is a three-fold increase in the cost of owner/builder permits, as well as for an initial plan review required for projects that fall into that "do-it-yourself" type of development.
- Dec 27, 2010 at 12:15PM
Kristine Lytton, who takes office Jan. 10 as a 40th District representative in the state House, has been selected as vice chairwoman of the House Education (K-12) Committee. She will also serve on the Capital Budget Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
- Dec 23, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Dec 27, 2010 at 10:50AM
During the holiday season, we are all encouraged to think of our neighbors and open the purse for good causes. Need on San Juan Island, however, is year-round. And the island hosts a great variety of ways to give back from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The following are just a small selection of ways in which a little time and effort can make a difference.
- Dec 23, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Dec 27, 2010 at 10:47AM
The San Juan County Citizens Salary Commission has voted to give Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord a $19,000 pay raise, putting him in a tie for the title of highest-paid public employee in the county. Bad timing. The commission should know that just because it can approve a raise, it doesn’t mean it should. Not when public positions and services have been cut and public employees are taking unpaid furloughs. We believe public employees, even those at the top, should be paid good, livable wages. We believe Gaylord’s current annual salary of almost $130,000 is a good, livable wage. We also believe public service positions are just that; they are about public service, not the paycheck.
- Dec 22, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Dec 23, 2010 at 5:27PM
San Juan County's insurance carrier — a pool of Washington counties — has settled an unlawful arrest claim for $75,000. Sheriff Bill Cumming said Dec. 22 that his officers acted appropriately during the arrest and "I think we had a defensible case."
- Dec 23, 2010 at 5:23PM
Former county information services manager George Johnson filed a claim Dec. 16 against San Juan County, alleging he was fired Aug. 23 in retaliation for reporting perceived irregularities in how equipment had been purchased by the Public Works Department. The county claims the decision to fire Johnson was made two weeks before he questioned the purchases, and that the decision was based on performance, reorganization and lack of funds.
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