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Voters will decide county property tax increase in November; would add $54 to annual tax bill of $450K home

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:07PM

Twelve cents for each $1,000 of assessed value. That’s how much more local landowners would pay in annual property taxes over the next six years to prevent an even deeper cut into county-run programs under a revenue-generating ballot measure which islanders will weigh-in on in November.

30th Round Shaw Race challenges Northwest kayakers; mixed-outrigger record set with time of 2:04:07

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 3:32PM

The 30th annual Round Shaw Race for human powered boats went off without a hitch Aug. 8, thanks in large part to a huge effort by the San Juan Outrigger Canoe and Kayak Club, which hosted the event. Paddlers from as far away as Sausalito, Calif., came to test their skills on the 14-mile course around Shaw Island. The race is the oldest race in the Pacific Northwest for canoes, kayaks and rowing shells.

Colwell and 'Barely 18' first in Shaw Island Classic | Along the Waterfront

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 3:26PM

The Shaw Island Classic, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, has been an annual summer sailing event for 39 years as best I can remember. Wally Lum of the Orcas Island Yacht Club has been showing us how to do it from Day 1, mostly successfully. But on Aug. 8, the currents outfoxed him as he finished sixth in class and 32nd overall out of 64 starters.

Look who's blogging now; community and candidate blogs launched on SanJuanJournal.com

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 1:44PM

SanJuanJournal.com is now offering blogs on its site. Veteran newsman Howard Schonberger is writing a staff blog. Carrie Lacher, a candidate for mayor, is blogging, and all other candidates for office have been invited to blog as well.

Leaning green: Mayoral candidates say 'no' to campaign yard signs

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 11:43AM

The campaign for Friday Harbor mayor is leaning green. Mayoral candidates Carrie Lacher and Bob Low have committed to no-yard-sign campaigns.

Q&A: Carrie Lacher and Robert Low, candidates for mayor of Friday Harbor

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 5:34PM

Carrie Lacher and Robert Low, candidates for mayor of Friday Harbor, participated in separate Q&As at The Journal booth during the San Juan County Fair. The election is Nov. 3. The mayor is paid $148 per meeting, with a maximum of four meetings per month (council members receive $85 per meeting). The mayor is the chief executive of the town. The mayor has ultimate hire and fire authority, although most of that responsibility is delegated to the town administrator. The mayor has the authority to appoint members of town commissions and committees, although the mayor has traditionally sought the endorsement of the Town Council. The mayor works with the town administrator and town treasurer to write the budget, but the budget is approved by the Town Council. The mayor also presides over Town Council meetings, but can vote only to break a tie. Here are highlights of what the candidates had to say.

Update: Two candidates list public e-mails as campaign contacts | Political Notebook

  • Aug 5, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 18, 2009 at 5:37PM

Two candidates for office on San Juan Island may want to change the e-mail addresses they are using in relation to their campaigns. On the contact information they provided for the county voters pamphlet, Town Council candidate Noel Monin listed his e-mail address at San Juan Island Fire Department; Port Commission candidate Greg Hertel listed his e-mail address at the port district. Monin is a captain and maintenance supervisor at the fire department. Hertel is a port commissioner.

Massachusetts man who died after bike crash loved the outdoors, skiing

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 3:26PM

The Massachusetts man who died one day after his bicycle crashed on Tucker Avenue near Larson Street enjoyed the outdoors and skiing, had homes in Woburn, Mass., and Bridgton, Maine, retired after 20 years with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and most recently was an electric power engineer with the engineering firm HNTB.

Carrie Unpingco and Elsa Prieto-Lopez | Mentor of the Month

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 2:08PM

Mentor of the Month is a monthly feature. To learn more about the Family Resource Center's mentor program, call 378-5246.

Candace Groseclose Henderson and Chuck Henderson | Anniversaries

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 10:43AM

Candace Groseclose Henderson and Chuck Henderson are celebrating their first wonderful year together. Candy and Chuck were married Aug. 23, 2008 aboard the Desert Princess, with son Nicky and daughter Kim at their sides. The ceremony was followed by a lovely moonlight dinner cruise of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, surrounded by family and friends.

Update: Bicyclist died from 'trauma'; crash ruled accidental

  • Aug 17, 2009 at 4:52PM

A 69-year-old Massachusetts man died Sunday from "blunt force injury to his head and trunk," presumably after his bicycle crashed on Tucker Avenue at Larson Street.

Massachusetts man crashes on his bike on Tucker Avenue, dies Sunday; cause of death not yet known

  • Aug 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:37PM

A 69-year-old Massachusetts man died Sunday after crashing on his bicycle a day earlier on Tucker Avenue at Larson Street. The bicyclist was identified by the Sheriff's Department as Richard Conley, 69, of Woburn, Mass. Sheriff Bill Cumming said the incident is not believed to have been caused by road conditions or traffic. "He fell down inexplicably," Cumming said.

32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run Saturday

  • Aug 14, 2009 at 5:29PM

The 32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run begins at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Runners start on Spring and Second streets, then proceed to First Street to Warbass Way to Turn Point Road to Pear Point Road to Argyle Avenue to the fairgrounds entertainment gate. The race is the grandfather (or grandmother) of island athletic events.

Get ready to rumba: Cambalache closes the San Juan County Fair tonight

  • Aug 15, 2009 at 6:00AM

Cambalache, this year’s San Juan County Fair headliner, brings its smoking-hot salsa to the fairgrounds Main Stage tonight from 7-9. The band last rocked the fair stage in 2007 and since then has been energizing audiences at events like the Alaska Folk Fest, Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, Northwest Folklife, Portland’s Rose Festival, and at venues like Lewis & Clark College, Planet Hollywood, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, Reed College, Seattle University, The Showbox in Seattle, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound.

San Juan County Coroner: Murdered woman died from strangulation

  • Aug 14, 2009 at 3:27PM

Rhan Rha, the Sammamish woman found dead on a powerboat off the west side of Orcas Island on Wednesday, died from strangulation, San Juan County Coroner Randall K. Gaylord said today.

Murder suspect's text to friend: 'I have done something really really bad'

  • Aug 14, 2009 at 4:00AM updated at 1:22PM

A Bellevue man identified as 39-year-old Albert Beutler was found dead onboard a boat in President Channel off Orcas Island Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reported finding Beutler’s body along with an apparent female murder victim, 39-year-old Rhan Rha from Sammamish.

Today is Kids Day again at the San Juan County Fair

  • Aug 14, 2009 at 9:31AM

Children get unlimited rides from noon to 5 p.m. for $20. Buy a wristband and get a free cotton candy from Paradise Amusements with the coupon in today's Daily Fair, available at the fair gates and The Journal booth.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver near Orcas Island

  • Aug 13, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 3:37PM

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing diver east of Orcas Island at 9:32 p.m., Wednesday. The Coast Guard and the San Juan County dive team ended their efforts after searching an area about 46 square nautical miles for more than five hours.

Deceased identified in apparent murder-suicide off Orcas Island

  • Aug 13, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 3:00PM

The U.S. Coast Guard, including a HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter from Port Angeles and vessels from Station Bellingham, and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report from the Bellevue Police Department that a possible murder suspect was traveling in the San Juan Islands. Bellevue Police reported that friends of the suspect had been notified by the suspect by text mail that he had killed his girlfriend and he was planning on killing himself. Bellevue Police approximated his position by "pinging" his cell phone.

Missing diver was 'very experienced,' believed to have been a Navy diver

  • Aug 13, 2009 at 8:35AM

A diver reported missing off Orcas Island Wednesday has been identified as Michael Scherner, 40, of Bellingham, the San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported today. "Mr. Scherner is described as a 'very experienced diver' and is believed to have been a diver in the U.S. Navy," Sheriff Bill Cumming reported today in a press release. "Family members were notified of his disappearance by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office."

It's Kids' Day, in more ways than one; free fair admission passes draw a big crowd at Palace Theater

  • Aug 13, 2009 at 7:37AM

Maddy Anderson and Sarah Ayre of the Palace Theater had handed out about 150 free season passes to children by 8:30 a.m. on opening day of the fair, Wednesday. A sizable crowd lined up outside the theater and employees started handing out the passes at about 8:25 a.m. Tickets are available Thursday and Friday; preference will be given to children from other islands Saturday.

Free fair admission passes draw a big crowd at Palace Theater

  • Aug 12, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Aug 13, 2009 at 7:04AM

Maddy Anderson and Sarah Ayre of the Palace Theater had handed out about 150 free season passes to children by 8:30 a.m. on opening day of the fair, Wednesday. A sizable crowd lined up outside the theater and employees started handing out the passes at about 8:25 a.m. Tickets are available Thursday and Friday; preference will be given to children from other islands Saturday.

Corrected: Spooked horse knocks down, steps on teen girl

  • Aug 10, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Aug 12, 2009 at 5:22PM

A 16-year-old girl said she was injured Aug. 10 when her horse got spooked and knocked her down. The girl responded to an earlier SanJuanJournal.com story that a 15-year-old girl had fallen from, and was stepped on, by a horse at the San Juan County Fairgrounds Aug. 10. That information was received as medical personnel were being dispatched to the scene.

Updated: This year's San Juan County Fair is a little easier on the pocketbook

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:17PM

The Palace Theater in Friday Harbor is making available a limited number of free youth admission tickets to the San Juan County Fair. Each day of the fair, the Palace Theater will give away tickets at the theater from 8:30-11 a.m., or until the day’s supply is gone, whichever is sooner. Each person can pick up a ticket only for him or herself.

Buzzell, Nightingale win Member/Guest Tournament | Golf

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 1:33PM

Bob Buzzell and Steve Nightingale made the most out of back-to-back days on the course to claim first place this weekend in the San Juan Golf and Country Club Member/Guest Tournament. The newly-minted champs edged out Jim Cox and Bill Jennings by two strokes to capture both the crown and club bragging rights.

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