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Brad Fincher, adult probation officer, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- Jun 11, 2010 at 7:59AM
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer for San Juan County, has announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff. Fincher's announcement, on the final day of the candidate filing period for the Aug. 17 primary and Nov. 2 general election, brings the field of candidates for sheriff to four. The others are Lead Detective Brent Johnson, Deputy Felix Menjivar, and Deputy Rob Nou.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 4:01PM
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new K pod calf. If it survives that critical first year, the Southern resident orca population is 90, its highest since 2006. The Center for Whale Research designated the calf K43. Center researcher Erin Heydenreich said the calf is the fifth born to K12. However, only three of those orcas are still alive, Heydenreich said.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:15PM
Katie Hover, senior warden of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor, announced Thursday that The Rev. Douglas Simonsen has been elected by the vestry of the church to be its third rector. The Right Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, will join the congregation of St. David’s at 7 p.m. on June 16, for a Celebration of New Ministry. The service is open to the public and will include local and regional clergy from the Episcopal Church as well as clergy and representatives of other local churches and faiths. A reception will follow the service.
- Jun 1, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jun 10, 2010 at 3:10PM
David Schermerhorn, 80, a retired television-commercial producer from Orcas Island, was on the flotilla that was boarded by Israeli troops Monday.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 10:14AM
Hospice of San Juan would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund for awarding us a grant for our Spring 2010 Training. Without this funding, we would find it very difficult to train our volunteers.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 8:44AM
A Friday Harbor woman's son-in-law has been named Norway's Coach of the Year. Frode Lillefjell, son-in-law of Rebecca Cook, received the honor from the Norwegian Ski Federation and Norwegian Coaches Association. The award was presented at the annual coaching seminar hosted by the coaches association at the end of May in Trondheim.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 5:13PM
Local sailor Norris Palmer became an international champion in the Swiftsure Race Series on 29 May when he and his wife, Karen, sailed Fragile Habitat to a first place in the “S” division. Lynn Adkins in Tinette also raced, but had to retire when his mainsail blew out during the start. Norris sent me the following account of the race ...
- Jun 9, 2010 at 2:54PM
This story is about Bill and Bernice Mason. But it’s also a story for certain readers out there. It’s a story for anyone who needs a reason to believe in marriage again, for anyone who longs to know whether love truly endures all. Bill and Bernice have been married 75 years. That’s longer than the average lifespan, longer than 12 U.S. presidencies. The Great Depression and the Great Recession, bread lines and gas lines, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War … all have been relegated to, or are on their way to, past tense. The Masons’ marriage has outlived them all.
Prep athletes honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at Spring Sports Awards
- Jun 3, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jun 9, 2010 at 3:44PM
Friday Harbor High School Athletic Director Rod Turnbull's review of the spring sports season took a long time, mainly because there was a lot to review. Friday Harbor's prep athletes were honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at the Spring Sports Awards on June 2.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 3:12PM
The San Juan County Planning Commission will have its chance to weigh in before the County Council settles on a work plan for the pending update of the Critical Areas Ordinance. On Tuesday, the council postponed its decision on the five-part work plan to allow for modifications based on the results of Thursday's meeting with the Planning Commission. That public meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. at the headquarters of San Juan Island Fire Department on Mullis Street.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jun 9, 2010 at 10:49AM
Once again, we are all reminded why we enjoy living on this island. A small group of local citizens planned and successfully launched a first time event called Share the Road Bicycle Celebration on May 15. The event was created to strengthen the notion that while using our roadways we all have the the same rules, rights and responsibilities toward one another.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 9:34AM
Both my husband and I were successful commercial fishermen in Alaska in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred on March 26. It devastated the herring fishery, which usually opened the first part of April. It wreaked havoc on the salmon fisheries as well and caused untold harm to the environment of Prince William Sound and the south central Alaskan Coast line.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 8:34PM
The proposed Peace Island Medical Center takes another big step forward next month. A public hearing is scheduled July 15, 5:35 p.m., at Friday Harbor Town Hall on the annexation of 22 acres for the proposed medical center. The land was purchased from the Boe family by PeaceHealth in July 2009, four months after PeaceHealth and the island's hospital district commission approved a 50-year contract authorizing PeaceHealth to build and operate a new medical center here.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 8:34PM
A helicopter crashed off Bell Island, between Crane Island and Shaw Island's Broken Point. Three boats, including the Sheriff's Boat Guardian, were en route to the scene at 2:30 p.m.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 1:08PM
The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments through June 25 on its revised Resource Management Plan for about 445,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Eastern Washington and in the San Juan Archipelago.
San Juan Island's memorable weekend: Artists, celebrities, graduates, and a bit of sunshine | Multimedia
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:49PM
It rained Friday. It rained a bit on Sunday. But Saturday, the island was bathed in sunshine, as if on cue for visitors to the island's art studios and gardens in this local summer kickoff.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:54AM
A memorial is scheduled June 9, 1 p.m., at San Juan County Park on San Juan Island for John W. Parish, who died May 31 in a single-car crash near Cattle Point Road and Madden Lane.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:39AM
Islanders and visitors are invited to take a hike and celebrate the opening of a long-sought trail link connecting English Camp with Roche Harbor Village on June 19. The San Juan Island Trails Committee, a part of Island Rec, will host a public ceremony and official ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on the parade ground at English Camp.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:36AM
In celebration of the 95th annual national celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week and Month, the Animal Protection Society Friday Harbor announces its first Be Kind to Animals Writing Contest for children in grades K-12. Submissions are to be mailed or e-mailed to the shelter office and winners will be chosen in early July 2010 by the APS-FH Board with announcements of said winners in both The Journal of the San Juan Islands and www.apsfh.org.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:18AM
The State of Washington is tightening its belt out of fiscal necessity, eliminating jobs and cutting spending where ever possible. Even the ferries are rusting because the ferry system is short of funds. San Juan County is out of money, cutting expenses and furloughing employees to save cash. The Town of Friday Harbor is furloughing employees to cut expenses. The San Juan Island School Board is so cash-strapped that Island Rec is funding athletic programs. With the current above-mentioned examples of government cash shortfalls, our state senator, Kevin Ranker, has managed to convince the state Legislature to partially fund the Permanent Farmers Market site to the tune of $375,000. This bill was pushed through the Legislature with only an elite few San Juan County citizens privy to its existence (thanks to our County Council member, Lovel Pratt).
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:24AM
Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your life. As you stand on the threshold of adulthood, prepared to take on the world, here are some things we want you to know. A lot of resources have been invested in preparing you for this moment. If we failed in anything, it was in this: Not anticipating that the world you would inherit would be so different and uncertain than the one that existed that first day of school.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:08AM
For those of you who have not heard, the former Written Word booth at the San Juan County Fair has a new name: Island Writers. Island Writers wants YOU. So dust off the keyboard, tone up the fingers, ignite your imagination and start tapping those keys. Stories, poems, non-fiction — choose your favorite genre and share it at the fair.
- Jun 6, 2010 at 1:34PM
It rained Friday. It rained a bit on Sunday. But Saturday, the island was bathed in sunshine, as if on cue for visitors to the island's art studios and gardens in this local summer kickoff. Some 14 studios were open to the public Saturday and Sunday for the annual Artists Studio Tour. Local musicians performed at select studios.
- Jun 6, 2010 at 1:12PM
Saturday, artists opened their galleries, and personalities from music, radio and sports played golf for the island’s non-profits. Sunday, some of the best runners in the region competed in the island marathon. But on Saturday, the real celebrities — at least to their families and friends — were those sitting on stage in caps and gowns. Spring Street International School kicked off a week of graduation ceremonies at local schools Saturday, saluting its 16 graduates in an afternoon commencement in the San Juan Community Theatre. Alexandra Han Freeman was valedictorian; she will attend Colorado College this fall.
A tribute to those who served: 'I am continually in awe of the men – and now women – who serve in combat'
- Jun 5, 2010 at 8:24PM
June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landing at Normandy, France, in 1944. Some 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi troops in an operation that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said required “nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot hold in Normandy and turned the tide of the war in Europe.
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