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- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM
The Pig War Picnic, the Fourth of July island tradition, is offering something old as well as something new for this year's event. The picnic, on the San Juan Historical Museum grounds after the parade, is being presented by the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club. The event was presented by the museum until last year, when the San Juan Island Fire Department presented the event. The Kiwanis Club now has a five-year agreement with the museum to present the event on the museum grounds.
- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 6:07 PM— updated Jun 7, 2008 at 9:29 AM
May 27-29, the government classes at Friday Harbor High School held their mock trials at the courthouse. The mock trials were held as part of National Law Month. “Students have the opportunity to interact with local attorneys,” said Jim McNairy, government teacher at Friday Harbor High School. “Students get to learn how the criminal justice system works in our country and get a further understanding and appreciation for the rights we have under the Constitution.”
- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM
The Class of 2008 will be saluted with all of the traditional pomp and circumstance in graduation ceremonies that begin this weekend.
- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 3:38 PM
The driver of the car that missed a curve at Cattle Point Road, launched into the air and crashed onto a field April 2 has been charged with reckless driving.
- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 1:17 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 2:02 PM
A baby orca was seen swimming with K-pod Tuesday, possibly bumping the endangered Southern resident killer whale population to 88. The bump in the population depends on the calf's survival in its precarious first year, and on the appearance of K-7, possibly the oldest orca among the J, K and L pods. K-7 was not seen when the pod swam past Snug Harbor Tuesday.
- posted Jun 6, 2008 at 1:45 PM— updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM
Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows. SanJuanJournal.com's eye on the town is taking note of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.
- posted Jun 5, 2008 at 4:21 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Friends and family of Jim Fred Lehde will gather Friday at noon at the Jackson's Beach boat launch. Participants can share memories and photographs and say goodbye. Lehde's ashes will be scattered at sea. Lehde, who was editor of the Friday Harbor Journal in the 1970s, died June 2 in his Friday Harbor home. He was 77. He is survived by several children and grandchildren.
- posted Jun 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:17 PM
Today is a banner day for Kelley Balcomb-Bartok. The Friday Harbor Town Council member, who has resigned to take a communications job with the City of Renton, did a radio interview this morning regarding the birth of a new orca; he's currently on the staff of the Center for Whale Research. At noon, he was presented with a proclamation by Mayor David Jones, recognizing his one year and five months on the council. Jones declared today "Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day" in Friday Harbor.
- posted Jun 5, 2008 at 9:38 AM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 9:35 AM
Ron Zee had his hands full navigating unchartered territory for the San Juan Islands Conservation District the past two years. But with the district now on a steady course, he decided the time has come to chase down a dream. Following a two-year tenure as district manager, Zee recently handed in his resignation and on May 30 left behind the agency and the many hats he wore.
- posted Jun 2, 2008 at 11:59 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:55 PM
Living in the San Juans is a joy for many reasons, not the least of which is getting to know so many fine people. Occasionally, their names are associated with historic accomplishments, e.g., Fred Hoeppner at Pearl Harbor, Roy Matsumoto with Merrill’s Marauders, the late Tuck Smith with the sinking of the Bismarck. Now, as we remember D-Day, Marty Garren joins those ranks.
- posted Jun 2, 2008 at 11:59 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 9:46 AM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.
- posted Jun 2, 2008 at 11:59 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM
Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho, is the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Superintendent Michael Soltman recommended him to the school board May 28. The school board endorsed the hiring. Pflueger’s first day on the job is July 1.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:18 AM
Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book, “Sgaana Jaad: Killer Whale Woman,” Friday at 7 p.m. in The Whale Museum.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:03 AM— updated Jun 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM
The best are back to raise money for science education. Jazz at the Labs will sell out again, you can bet on it. Last year, people packed the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs dining hall to listen to a bunch of guys from the Seattle music scene who have been playing together in various incarnations for years.
San Juan National Guard reservist called for duty, hopes locals will help cover work with Homes project
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 2:01 PM
David Tobon is a member of the National Guard. He found out just a few weeks ago that he’s headed overseas. “The rumors are we’re going to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan,” Tobon said. Tobon will be working as an engineer in the 81st Engineering Brigade out of Bellingham. The work he’s been doing with Homes for Islanders isn’t the only thing that Tobon is going to be missing out on. At the beginning of the year, he and his wife, Bianca, had their first child, David Tobon Jr.
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 2:20 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:47 AM
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 2:40 PM
The San Juan Public Schools Foundation and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have raised more than $350,000 to preserve academic and athletic programs for the 2008-09 school year. However, school district officials say an additional $125,000 in matching funds must be raised to fully restore athletic programs, instructional programs and basic services. Superintendent Michael Soltman has called a special meeting of the school board on June 11, 6 p.m. to discuss options for raising dollars necessary to fully fund the athletic program.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:01 AM— updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:07 PM
As a neighborhood group waited to meet Rep. Rick Larsen Saturday, they recited stories of the tears, laughter and truths of “sweat equity.” “Sweat equity” was a term thrown around a lot as they waited for Larsen with Carol Maas, administrator of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization which has helped islanders build homes with funding from USDA Rural Development.
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 12:16 PM— updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:07 PM
With the deadline approaching for candidates to file for positions on the Aug. 19 and Nov. 4 elections, those who have announced their intentions to run are making it official. But many more positions await candidates. Islanders will vote in the Aug. 19 primary and the Nov. 4 general election for a number of positions, from president to governor to County Council and precinct committee officers.
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:55 AM
Dictionaries define “draft” many ways, such as a current of air, a compulsory conscription, the act of pulling loads. For the Land Bank’s purposes, the meaning of “draft” is consistent with this definition: “a preliminary version, any of various stages in the development of a plan or document” — meaning “not final” and “not a done deal.” When the Land Bank issues a draft management plan, such as the recent plan for Turtleback, it means the plan is draft, subject to revision based on public comment.
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:58 AM
As the war in Iraq enters its sixth year, I wonder if there just might be a better use for the $380 million* a day it costs. For the sake of fantasy, let’s say the war shut down for just one day and all that money was sent to San Juan Island for islanders to use as they see fit. Here is how I would spend it
- posted Jun 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:00 AM
The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is so grateful for the incredible generosity of our community’s response to the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign. We are more than halfway toward meeting the “challenge gift” of $300,000! Now it is imperative that we raise the final $130,000 in order to match the remaining challenge gift.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:04 AM— updated Jun 11, 2008 at 10:43 AM
Representatives of Iran, Iraq and Israel sat next to each other in the room. This was not the United Nations, although you might have left wishing it was. And it wasn’t a meeting of tourism and convention bureaus. This was Friday Harbor Elementary School’s Cultural Fair, May 28.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:05 AM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM
It is not surprising that every summer the Stranding Network receives hundreds of calls from shoreline residents and visitors who find stranded seal pups. It can be very difficult to leave a beached pup alone, but that could be the pup’s only chance for survival.
- posted Jun 3, 2008 at 12:05 AM— updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:20 AM
It’s again time to watch whales in the San Juan Islands. May and June are the two months with the most number of days of orca sightings in Haro Strait off the west side of San Juan Island. J, K and L pods are the resident orcas of this area and, while they don’t migrate to some other area for the winter, they are more widely dispersed then.
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