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- Nov 19, 2009 at 12:13PM
San Juan Island National Historical Park's 90-foot flagpole at American Camp was snapped in half late Nov. 18 as winds gusting to 80 mph swept the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington, downing trees and cutting power to thousands of residents.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 10:13AM
OPALCO crews worked through the night to restore power to affected areas of the islands. As of 3:30 a.m., OPALCO expected power to be restored on the west side of San Juan Island by mid-morning today. Power was restored on Shaw and Crane islands with the exception of Neck Point. Power was restored on Orcas Island with the exception of the Urner Street area.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 8:33PM
The 7:25 p.m. Anacortes to Lopez ferry was canceled tonight because of high winds and heavy seas, Washington State Ferries reported. This resulted in cancellation of the 8:35 p.m. departure from Orcas and the 9:15 p.m. arrival in Friday Harbor.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 1:33PM
Sally Thomsen of Friday Harbor in the winner of the first periodic SanJuanJournal.com GeoBee. She was the third person to correctly identify the scene in this photograph as a portion of Spruce Street in Friday Harbor. As the winner, she is invited to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 1:21PM
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high-wind warning for portions of the Northwest interior and Admiralty Inlet. The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Thursday. Southerly winds will gradually increase through the day over the Northwest interior. In areas susceptible to strong southerly winds, expect sustained wind speeds of 25-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph this afternoon and evening. This would include Island and San Juan counties, the area around Admiralty Inlet and from Arlington up through Bellingham.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM
The annual No-Cost Turkey Dinner is Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School cafeteria. The dinner is free and open to the public. To volunteer or for more information, call Dan Miller Sr., 378-2046. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 26, noon to 4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. This dinner is free and open to the public. There will be camaraderie, food, games, and televised football.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 3:10PM
Be the third person to correctly identify where this photograph was taken and you'll be the winner of the SanJuanJournal.com GeoBee, a periodic online contest. E-mail your answer to email@example.com. The winner will be allowed to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 4:33PM
More than $400 in four hours. That’s what the San Juan Historical Society raised in its annual rummage sale, Nov. 7 in the museum’s resource center.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 4:16PM
Parents attempt to prepare their kids for the future. We spend untold hours seeking the job our kids will love and at the same time be great at. Often no one seems to be helping, either our child or anyone else. About the time my first child was born, I became an active unpaid careers geek. Learning as a parent that I was not only the chief cook and bottle washer on a regular basis, but also the first teacher, medical intervention specialist and career specialist, gave me pause.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 3:30PM
Lonely Planet has announced its newest “Best in Travel” lists, ranking the San Juan Islands on its list of “World’s Top 10 Cycling Routes.” These results are featured in the book "Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010," available in book stores now.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 2:42PM
The rest of the field battled over the leftovers as two of San Juan’s top golfers carried their team to victory in the second annual Gobbler Classic, Saturday at the San Juan Golf and Country Club.
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- Nov 17, 2009 at 2:40PM
Friday Harbor fans, few in number and very cold, held out until the bitter end in hopes that the Senior Tigers would triumph in the 2009 North Cascade Youth Football League championship game on Saturday evening. The Friday Harbor Tigers faced the Burlington Tigers, who they had defeated just a few weeks earlier 18-7. From the beginning, it was a battle of defensive lines and running backs.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 2:31PM
There has been no public panic, and for that we are thankful. But there has been and is cause for concern: H1N1 has arrived on the islands. As of Friday, there have been five confirmed cases of swine flu on the islands, but officials believe there have been more. One child has been hospitalized with H1N1. Health officials will try to determine whether H1N1 was a cause of a young woman’s unexpected death last week.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 1:58PM
Assistant Fire Chief Frank Chaffee estimates the tree in his front yard toppled over sometime after 11 p.m. last night, a casualty of the high winds that struck the island. "I saw it dance around in the wind last night," Chaffee said of the tree. "When I opened the front door this morning, all I saw was green."
- Nov 17, 2009 at 11:45AM
A 6.6 earthquake struck the southern end of the Queen Charlotte Islands off Canada's Pacific Coast early Nov. 17. There were no immediate reports of injury or tsunami. The quake was felt as far away as Bulkley Valley in northwest British Columbia.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 12:34PM
The severity of the illness and its symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu: Children will have fever and either cough or sore throat, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea, and adults will commonly have fever, cough and/or sore throat often associated with body aches and headaches. In most cases, symptoms can be treated with bed rest, fluids, and fever-lowering medicines.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 10:56AM
In these difficult economic times, it is exciting to see a project that can help local businesses without negatively impacting the environment. The local produce of our farmers is, in large part, sustainably produced, using a fraction of the greenhouse gas promoting fuels that off-island produce represents.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 10:52AM
I urge the Town Council not to miss this one-time opportunity to partner with the county Land Bank and the Agricultural Guild to preserve this historic property and enhance the economy and livability of the town and the islands.
- Nov 16, 2009 at 8:48AM
Amanda Cartmill Cruz passed into her heavenly father’s hands unexpectedly on Nov. 12 at her home. She was 33. Born at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 7, 1976, she is the only daughter of Edward and Catherine Cartmill, now residents of La Conner, Wash.
- Nov 15, 2009 at 8:30AM
The Boyce Road, University Heights, and Sunday Drive communities have been awarded Firewise status, becoming the latest communities on San Juan Island to join the Firewise program. Those neighborhoods met the requirements of educational meetings, community assessments and work projects to earn this national recognition. San Juan Island has 28 Firewise communities with two more applying for membership. Orcas Island has two with a third one preparing to join.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 4:15PM
An apparent breakdown in communication is being blamed for a fire that began in the engine room of a 35-foot powerboat at Roche Harbor Marina Nov. 4. It’s the worst fire at the marina in nearly 30 years.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 4:34PM
The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center asked. And the community responded, donating 210 coats for the One Warm Coat community service project. An elated Roxanna Zalmanek, town permit technician, e-mailed a Certificate of Appreciation to the community and asked that it be published.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:22PM
Richard J. Louden of Friday Harbor, Wash., went to the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009. He was 84. He passed at the Island Convalescents Center in Friday Harbor with his wife Gloria, son Jeffrey and his wife Claudia, and niece Diane Buganski at his side. Diane and her sister, Donna Burton, were regular bedside visitors who provided limitless care and support to the family.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 2:26PM
A young child is the first San Juan County resident hospitalized with the H1N1 virus. As of noon Friday, the child, who also suffers from an underlying respiratory aliment, reportedly was in stable condition. The H1N1 virus, commonly known as "swine flu," is expected to be a complicating factor in the child's recovery, according to local officials.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:44PM
A turkey dinner to benefit the Meshaka Quilt Project is scheduled Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Learn more about the local project to help women in Meshaka, Kenya, become self-sufficient through quilting. Tickets: Adults $10, children 12 and younger $5, families $25.
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