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Relay for Life event: Amateur server night at Haley's

  • May 4, 2009 at 8:18AM

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Tuesday, it celebrates a hopeful victory over another foe. Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. Tip big between 6 and 9 p.m. — all tips will be donated to Relay for Life.

Patricia Barrett Harrah | Passages

  • May 1, 2009 at 4:25PM

Patricia Barrett Harrah of Cape San Juan passed away peacefully at home April 22 with her husband at her side, after a long struggle with kidney disease. She had just passed her 82nd birthday and she and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

San Juan County Health Department: Swine flu case could lead to school closure for seven days

  • May 1, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:04PM

The county Health Department is prepared to close a school for a minimum of seven days if a student or staff member is confirmed to have the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. School district Superintendent Michael Soltman said today that the district has been working closely with the health department and the Department of Emergency Management to develop procedures for communicating information about response to student illness and potential school closures ordered by the health department.

A loving tribute

  • May 1, 2009 at 11:35AM

Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece, Erika Davis Coffey, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

Wolverine soccer team hosts Cavelero today | Soccer

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated May 1, 2009 at 11:26AM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines soccer team (1-1-8) hosts Cavelero today, 3:30 p.m. It’s the last game of the season before district playoffs, which begin May 5.

Former Border Patrol chief could get one year in jail, three years treatment, for child rape

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:21AM

Joseph Giuliano, the former deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Northwest region, will be sentenced June 23 after pleading guilty to charges of child rape. On April 23, Giuliano, 55, pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to three counts of child rape and, according to the Bellingham Herald, will likely be sentenced to one year in jail, on work release, and three years of sexual-deviancy treatment.

Take time to thank our teachers

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:48AM

When times are tough, it is important to count your blessings and appreciate all that you do have. San Juan Island is a community full of creative, caring hard-working people and at the center of all that is our schools and all the dedicated teachers and staff that make our schools some of the best in the state.

Camp Orkila closed, 300 children sent home as swine flu precaution

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:42AM

Camp Orkila on Orcas Island is being closed and about 300 school children from King County and Richland are being sent home after six children and one adult exhibited flu-like symptoms Thursday night, the San Juan County Health Department reports. County Health and Human Services Director John Manning reported that 267 of the children arrived from the Tyee Middle School in Bellevue on Tuesday evening and another 36 of the children are from the Christ the King School in Richland. The children from the Richland area are leaving via the 10:20 a.m. ferry. At this point, health officials say none of the Richland-area children have exhibited symptoms.

Wolverines notch three straight wins | Softball

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:53PM

The Friday Harbor softball team notched three consecutive victories last week to move beyond the .500 mark and recapture some much-needed momentum with five games left in regular-season play.

Friday Harbor topples Loggers 12-1, 11-1 | Baseball

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Apr 30, 2009 at 2:52PM

Friday Harbor tallied two more wins and improved to 12-1 in Northwest 1A/2B League play by dismantling Darrington in back-to-back games Saturday at Hartman Field.

Four in a row for Friday Harbor tennis team | Tennis

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:49PM

Friday Harbor tallied four wins in a four-day, five-match whirlwind of tennis, thanks in large part to the steady play of its doubles teams.

Redemption day for the Dragons: San Juan upsets Lynnwood | Lacrosse

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:47PM

Two days earlier, Stanwood ended the Dragons’ five-game winning streak in Friday Harbor 7-6, forcing a three-way tie for second in the Division II Skagit Conference and putting the Dragons on a precarious path to the playoffs. But Saturday, the Dragons shook off the loss and defeated Lynnwood 10-9 at home.

You can be prepared the next time the lights go out | Guest Column

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:52PM

A single-car accident striking a power pole in Sedro-Woolley left more than 100,000 people in five counties without electricity. Here at the end of the long “extension cord” to the islands, power restoration started about 9 p.m., with some areas reporting the outage lasting until 10:30 p.m. In the islands, we are more used to these outages occurring during wind, or winter storms. After these storms and outages, we usually remind folks of the steps we can take as individuals to help our community prepare for these events.

Fortunate to live in this wonderful community

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:36PM

A big thank you to Fire Chief Marler and all those who responded to our 3 a.m. furnace fire on Saturday. We were grateful for the folks that jumped out of warm beds and came to our home so quickly, prepared to deal with anything and everything.

Dine out and raise money for local scholarships

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:32PM

This week, three local restaurants are donating part of their proceeds to Dollars for Scholars.

San Juan Island Fitness organizing 'Community Weight Loss Challenge'

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:02PM

A take-off of the TV program that helps participants lose weight is coming to San Juan Island. San Juan Island Fitness is organizing the Community Weight Loss Challenge, a variation of TV's "The Biggest Loser." The 15-week challenge starts May 15 and ends Aug. 15 at the San Juan County Fair. The "biggest loser" individual and team will win cash prizes.

Perhaps it's time to say 'bad owner' instead of 'bad dog'

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 10:46AM

When I first moved to the islands, I was told there were no ferocious animals living here, like bears or wolves. My new friends told me the worst thing I'd ever encounter would be a fox or an angry raccoon. Well, they were wrong. There is a monster in our midst and it hides in the back seat of cars and runs loose in our streets and fields.

You can save money and save school sports | Editorial

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 9:29AM

In this era of economic uncertainty, good news regarding savings and investments is always welcome. Here’s some: You’re going to see a sizable reduction in your 2010 property tax bill. You can help save school sports and still see a sizable reduction.

J. William 'Bill' Taylor | Passages

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 2:50PM

On April 25, 2009, Bill Taylor — a loving husband, father and grandfather — passed into the Lord’s hands, after a short illness at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. Bill, 90, was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Dec. 28, 1918, the only child of Jesse Taylor and Dorothy (Houlton) Taylor.

Nourdine Jensen will be marshal of Opening Day boat parade | Along the Waterfront

  • Apr 28, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 29, 2009 at 1:48PM

Spring has finally sprung and with it comes the boating community’s acknowledgement. Yes, it’s Opening Day that marks this event when sailors shake the moths out of their sails and the power boaters change the oil in the engines. The traditional parade of boats has a dual purpose: one, the old girl has to get her propelling mechanism up and running. And two, she has to look pretty.

Federal money could be coming to state ferry system; press conference today

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:48PM

Several U.S. senators and representatives are scheduled this morning to announce legislation that would invest $200 million a year from 2010-15 in public ferry systems, including Washington State Ferries.

Eat local and support your farmers

  • Apr 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 27, 2009 at 9:18AM

Remember folks, the farmers markets are getting going again on San Juan (courthouse parking lot), Orcas (village green) and Lopez (in the village across from Vitas). Markets open around 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The San Juan Farmers Market is also going to have a Wednesday market, so stay posted on location and times. Please eat local, support your farmer neighbor and help support our local food economy.

County won't get transportation grant this year for breast cancer patients

  • Apr 23, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 26, 2009 at 4:19PM

For several years, grants from the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure have helped pay for transportation for island women needing to visit doctors on the mainland for cancer treatment. But this year, that grant fell victim to increased needs elsewhere as well as the economic slump.

Armstrong outlines reasons for seeking OPALCO board position

  • Apr 26, 2009 at 1:09PM

The elections for directors to OPALCO provide an opportunity for cooperative members to select individuals who bring diverse skills and experience to OPALCO’s Board of Directors. I am pleased to be a candidate for election to that board.

Let’s see our beaches clean by our actions

  • Apr 26, 2009 at 11:17AM

Thanks to the 15 community members who helped clean South Beach, San Juan Island on Sunday, April 19. About 340 pounds of garbage was picked up as part of the annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup event co-sponsored by the National Park and Friends of the San Juans.

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