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- Nov 2, 2010 at 8:00PM updated at 10:36PM
San Juan County Councilman Bob Myhr held a slight lead -- 628 votes to 610 -- over Port Commissioner Jamie Stephens in the race for the District 6 County Council position, which represents Lopez and Shaw. County Auditor F. Milene Henley said the race was too close to call, and the next ballot count would be on Friday.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 7:00PM updated at 9:30PM
His vote on the Brickworks project may have cost Rich Peterson some friends. But it didn't cost him the election. In his first contested run for public office, Peterson cruised to victory as District 2 voters handed the 68-year-old retired fire chief from Santa Barbara a second term on the San Juan County Council, Nov. 2.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 8:12PM
"Safe and sane" fireworks have been extinguished. San Juan County voters approved a ban on "safe and sane" fireworks Tuesday, 3,580 to 3,051. It was an affirmation of the public's vote last year; the measure ended up back on the ballot after Superior Court Judge Don Eaton ruled that wording of a 2009 ballot measure challenging the county's ban had been changed without the review of the measure's sponsor, and ordered another vote.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 7:56PM
Rob Nou was elected the first new sheriff of San Juan County in 24 years Tuesday. Nou, a sheriff's deputy and former Oregon police chief and administrative sergeant, received 4,113 votes to Lead Detective Brent Johnson's 2,183. County Auditor F. Milene Henley said Nou had 64 percent of the vote and didn't expect that to change.
Election: Morris leading in county, district for reelection to state House, 40th District, Position 2
- Nov 2, 2010 at 8:48PM
Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, was leading Tuesday in his bid for reelection to the state House of Representatives, 40th District, Position 2. Districtwide as of 8:17 p.m., Morris -- who is also House speaker pro tem -- had 19,012 votes to 15,426 for Decatur Island businessman John Swapp, Republican.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 8:43PM
Anacortes School Board President Kristine Lytton was leading late Tuesday in the race for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:57PM
The crash seemed to happen in slow motion. "Nobody saw it coming," a Lopez Village Market employee working at the deli counter said. "We heard this crazy, crashing sound and saw the car coming through the window. The glass was breaking as the car was coming through. It seemed to take a long time. It was very surreal."
- Nov 2, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 12:51PM
Today is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked today or dropped into an Elections Department drop box by 8 p.m. at one of the following locations: At the Elections Office, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor; outside the County Courthouse, Second Street entrance, Friday Harbor; outside the Orcas Island Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, Eastsound; outside the Lopez Island Fire District 4 Office on Fisherman Bay Road.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 10:46AM
- Nov 2, 2010 at 12:09PM
Stephanie Ann Sandwith and Dallas Paul Osburn were married on Sept. 18, 2010 at the home of Joe and Janice Chaves on "Rancho San Lorenzo" in Los Alamos, Calif., at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:24AM
Commissioners of San Juan County Fire District 3 will have a special meeting Wednesday, 3 p.m., in the Mullis Street Fire Station to discuss a proposed agreement to provide fire protection services in the Town of Friday Harbor. The meeting is open to the public.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 9:13AM
The S-Club of Friday Harbor High School raised $245 for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter at an Oct. 28 bake sale at Friday Harbor MarketPlace. The money will be used for food for the animals and any other needs.
- Oct 28, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Nov 1, 2010 at 5:43PM
Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday. Ballots can be dropped off by Tuesday 8 p.m. at the Elections Office in Friday Harbor, or in a drop box:
- Nov 1, 2010 at 5:37PM
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carrie A. McLeish (Friday Harbor High School Class of 1989) graduated from the U.S. Army's School of Information Technology at Fort Gordon, Ga. on Oct. 29. Completion of the 950-hour Warrant Officer Advanced Course earned McLeish several certifications, including GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator, Intrusion Analyst, Incident Handler, Systems and Network Auditor, Forensic Analyst, Penetration Testor and Firewall and Ethical Hacker. GIAC stands for Global Information Assurance Certification. Fewer than 100 individuals worldwide hold all these certifications.
- Nov 1, 2010 at 5:24PM
Phil Robertson, a longtime resident of Shaw Island, passed away peacefully at home. He was 90. He was a native of San Francisco and lived there until moving to Shaw Island. A World War II veteran, he served in Europe and the Pacific.
- Oct 28, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Nov 1, 2010 at 12:16PM
The old building on First and West streets — you probably know her as the Museum of Art or the old Neil's Images building — will be moved to American Camp on Nov. 18. A significant event, indeed, but to fully grasp the significance we need to peel back a few layers. She has not only witnessed history, but been on the front lines: European contact, the settlement era, the treaty with the region's First Nations, the birth of an American city, the resolution of a territory dispute between two world superpowers, the development of an island town, and now the efforts to preserve those pieces of our story.
- Oct 29, 2010 at 3:00PM updated at 5:04PM
John D. Lacher, father of Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher, died Monday, Oct. 25 after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. John was blessed with an easeful passing in the loving presence of wife Mary, daughter Lauren Cole, and son Kurt Lacher. John was born in Seattle, Wash. on July 24, 1928. John and Mary met at the University of Washington as students. They were married on July 8, 1950. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this summer. Children and grandchildren gathered from across the country to share stories, smiles and hugs that will long be remembered.
- Oct 21, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 29, 2010 at 5:03PM
Friday Harbor's Parker Satin and Ryan Cole placed second in doubles at the District 1 tennis tournament Oct. 20 at Coupeville. They will play a pigtail match in May in an attempt to advance to the Quad-District tournament. Hayden Place finished third in singles, qualifying as a Quad-District alternate.
- Oct 29, 2010 at 3:48PM
A heartfelt thanks to the people of Friday Harbor: As many of you are aware, we lost our Nikki on the 17th of October. As painful a loss as it is to lose any family member, I have to admit how much it touched my heart to see just how dear she has been to so many people.
Letter: 'I do not have a problem with sharing my harvest. I do have a problem with someone stealing from me'
- Oct 29, 2010 at 3:41PM
For the past 10 years, someone has stole upon my property and removed all the apples, ripe for harvest, from my trees. They have done so in the darkness of night or at the light of first dawn. They are obviously islanders, as this has occurred yearly. I do not have a problem with sharing my harvest. I do have a problem with someone stealing from me.
- Oct 19, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 29, 2010 at 3:04PM
At the Oct. 13 Builders Association candidate forum, I was dismayed to hear both District 2 County Council candidates agree that Best Available Science (BAS) will be whatever four members of the County Council decide it is, suggesting it is merely a political choice. Contrary to that suggestion, BAS is not a popularity contest. It is a reasonably objective synthesis of the most applicable scientific research about the impacts of our actions on our natural surroundings and the methods for diminishing those impacts. State law establishes the criteria that scientific information must meet to be considered BAS.
- Oct 29, 2010 at 12:15PM
I appreciate the article that was written about the Medical Center ("Talk of cuts, furloughs bred fear and suspicion at IIMC," page 1, Oct. 27 Journal). As a patient who has been there way too many times in the last couple of years, I have a view that might be different from the emphasis in the paper. I too have seen problems internally. But what I have seen is an overworked staff, in all areas. If the patient count is down for 2010, the waits were sure not less, and doctors and nurses being pushed to their limits was more the norm than the odd event.
- Oct 29, 2010 at 11:50AM
Franchise? Well, perhaps – I’d rather not! Some folks have an appetite, others have taste! Now, stay with me. I’m not against franchise business on the island. As noted, we do have Carquest, NAPA, Radio Shack, Sothebys, etc. But here comes the big "but" – there is a big difference between the above mentioned franchises and franchises that sell food.
- Oct 29, 2010 at 9:36AM
Come one, come all to the third annual Great Island Giveaway at Mullis Community Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's fun and it's free.
- Oct 28, 2010 at 3:17PM
The Brown House through the years. Top photo: The Brown House is one of the two officers quarters seen at the top of the parade grounds in this plan of Fort Bellingham in the 1850s. Middle photo: Second from left, the building was moved from Fort Bellingham to American Camp and served as an officers quarters from 1867-1872. Bottom photo: The building in its current location, at West and First streets, in 1907.
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