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- Aug 20, 2010 at 9:48AM
The San Juan County Council is expected to decide after an Aug. 24 public hearing whether to give final approval of the Land Bank’s investment of up to $400,000 in historic preservation and open space easements at 150 Nichols St., site of a proposed year-round farmers market and events center.
- Aug 20, 2010 at 9:31AM
Each prairie is its own special system. When we have so little left, we have to conserve what remains. Let’s preserve the American Camp prairie. Let’s move the rabbits off the prairie — humanely. We hope the proponents of humane treatment of the rabbits can help.
- Aug 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Aug 20, 2010 at 9:18AM
San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley called the primary election Wednesday night for Deputy Rob Nou and Detective Brent Johnson in the race for San Juan County sheriff. With 300 ballots to be counted Thursday and an estimated 100 expected to arrive in the mail by the Sept. 1 certification date, Johnson was still the second-place finisher in the race for sheriff. "I don't expect the trend to change," Henley said.
- Aug 18, 2010 at 8:16PM
San Juan County Sheriff's Detective Brent Johnson's hold on a general election ballot spot continued to hold as ballots were counted Wednesday. With 400 ballots to be counted Thursday, Johnson was still the second-place finisher in the race for sheriff. He had 1,247 votes, Probation Officer Brad Fincher has 1,151, Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Asher had 1,121, and Sheriff's Deputy Felix Menjivar had 735. Sheriff's Deputy Rob Nou held a commanding lead, leading the five-candidate field with 2,086. The two top vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 2 general election.
- Aug 18, 2010 at 5:29PM
Thursday is Kids’ Day at the San Juan County Fair. (It’s Kids’ Day on Friday too). From noon to 5 p.m., children can enjoy unlimited rides for $20. Use the coupon on the front of The Daily Fair — available at the fair gates and The Journal booth — and get a free stick of cotton candy when you buy your wristband.
- Aug 18, 2010 at 3:05PM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands won awards in the news, special sections and Web divisions of the state Better Newspaper Contest, an annual competition presented by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Two of the winning staff members: Senior reporter Scott Rasmussen and multimedia reporter Jane K. Fox.
Sheriff: Nou is top finisher in primary, second candidate 'too close to call'; links to other results here
- Aug 17, 2010 at 7:29PM
San Juan County Sheriff's Deputy Rob Nou held a commanding lead in the race for sheriff Tuesday, leading the five-candidate field with 1,495 votes to advance to the Nov. 2 general election. The two top vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election. But who that second candidate would be was not clear Tuesday night when polls closed at 8 p.m.; Auditor Milene Henley said the race was "too close to call" between Sheriff's Detective Brent Johnson, 1,066 votes; Adult Probation Officer Brad Fincher, 956 votes; and Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Asher, 945.
- Aug 17, 2010 at 9:03AM
Today is Election Day. The top two vote-getters — regardless of party affiliation or preference — advance to the Nov. 2 general election. If you're going to mail in your ballot, it must be postmarked today. Ballot drop boxes in Friday Harbor, Eastsound and Lopez Village close at 8 p.m. Ballots can be dropped off at the Elections Office until 8 p.m.
- Aug 16, 2010 at 1:31PM
A motorist was injured after her car clipped a bicyclist and a parked car and drove through the fence of the field across the street from Friday Harbor Middle School. The driver, whose name was not available, was airlifted off the island to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. The cyclist did not suffer any serious injury. The parked car was partially damaged.
- Aug 16, 2010 at 1:42PM
The San Juan County Fair starts Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Here are some things to know.
Celebration of Doug Grossarth's life Aug. 14 — Saturday — at 4 p.m. at San Juan Golf and Country Club
- Aug 13, 2010 at 1:24PM
A celebration of Doug Grossarth's life is scheduled for Aug. 14 — Saturday — at 4 p.m. at San Juan Golf and Country Club. No-host bar. Hot dogs, salad and chips will be served. "Please join us to share stories and pictures of our dear friend, who passed away on Aug. 1 in his home in California," an invitation said.
- Aug 13, 2010 at 12:48PM
Anne and Adam Paull are proud to announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Robert Paull, on July 3, 2010.
- Aug 13, 2010 at 1:31PM
Ashley Paull graduated from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz., on Aug. 7. Paull received her doctorate of physical therapy degree and was one of 56 graduates from ASHS at its annual August commencement.
- Aug 13, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:06PM
It's very likely that Colton Harris-Moore will be coming to San Juan County to face charges of burglary. When that might be is anyone's guess. The 19-year-old "Barefoot Bandit" has been held in a private cell in a federal detention center in SeaTac since his extradition to the U.S. from the Bahamas, where he was arrested on July 11. San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord said once federal charges against Harris-Moore are resolved in Seattle, he will be sent to one of five counties in which he allegedly committed crimes: San Juan, Island, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom. Prosecutors will be meeting to determine which jurisdiction is next in line.
Public comment sought on draft plan for Protection Island and San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuges
- Aug 13, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:06PM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comment on its draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Wilderness Stewardship Plan, and Environmental Assessment for the future management of the Protection Island and San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuges.
- Aug 13, 2010 at 10:43AM
Friends for Life Animal Rescue will hold an Adopt-A-Thon on Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the field on Argyle Avenue and Malcom Street, Friday Harbor. Friends for Life is a non-profit, no-kill rescue group made up of dedicated volunteers who strive to find loving, forever homes for animals in their care. Instead of a central shelter, animals are raised in foster homes where they receive love, medical care, socialization and one-on-one attention.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 8:15PM
Florence Philo Ericksen of Stuart Island, born Jan. 28, 1920, passed into the hands of the Lord on Aug. 10, 2010. She was 90.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 3:42PM
The oldest fishing classic in the San Juans is getting some updated features — including social media and a website.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:36PM
The deadline is today for public comment to be submitted regarding the proposed removal of rabbits from the American Camp prairie.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 11:33AM
The 40th Shaw Island Classic hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club on Aug. 7 had the potential of being one of the most challenging in the event’s history, with forecasted winds of 17 knots and a nearly 10-foot tidal range creating a flooding current of over 2 knots at Reid Rock. However, with no wind developing, the fleet was basically hove to.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 11:11AM
Island Towing dominated from Day 1 to finish Island Rec’s co-ed softball season undefeated at 10-0 and with its sixth-straight A League title. Can you say dynasty? Second-place Distinctive Stone (8-2) gave the defending champs a run for their money — actually, a trophy and league title T-shirts.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 11:14AM
Test your running prowess — and raise money for scholarships — in the 33rd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run, Aug. 21. Registration is $15 for children 12 and younger, and $20 for racers 13 and older. All fees include race entry, entry into the San Juan County Fair and an event T-shirt.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 10:35AM
A $3 gate fee aimed at recycling? Or a $4 hike in the minimum disposal fee instead? The San Juan County Council agreed Aug. 10 to consider the potential fee increases to bolster the cash-strapped solid waste operation and help erase an anticipated $334,000 shortfall by the end of the coming year.
- Aug 12, 2010 at 10:17AM
Jeff Asher will make a great sheriff. When I was the public defender for San Juan County, Jeff’s work as a deputy was so good, it made my job difficult. The prosecutor’s case is only as good as the investigation and report. Jeff’s investigations were thorough. His reports were extremely detailed, accurate and relevant. His testimony in court was precise and well-delivered. His demeanor was calm and courteous. Juries loved him. It was hard to win a case if Jeff was the responding officer!
- Aug 11, 2010 at 5:12PM
Friday Harbor's five museums will be open late Thursday to celebrate the Friday Harbor Museum District, a collaborative partnership.
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