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Alan Dortch's letter withdrawing from consideration for Town Council appointment | Political Notebook

  • Jul 8, 2010 at 8:00AM

Alan Dortch has withdrawn his application for appointment to Carrie Brooks' position on the Friday Harbor Town Council. He submitted this letter to The Journal explaining his decision.

Matt Shildneck, Barbara Starr apply for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council | Political Notebook

  • Jul 8, 2010 at 8:13AM

Two Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council.

Glad to see styrofoam food containers gone from market

  • Jul 8, 2010 at 7:53AM

Congratulations to King's Market manager John McBride and others, for working to discontinue the use of styrofoam in his operations. Hopefully many others in San Juan County and beyond will follow his example.

Knit a scarf for the military

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:09PM

Operation Gratitude is asking knitters to make scarves to be included in 60,000 care packages being sent to our military overseas for the winter season ahead. Spread the word for those that enjoy knitting. The instructions are easy and you can get the yarn and instructions at the yarn shop opposite King’s Market in town.

Praise for our island library

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:08PM

Stop, read no further if you require modestly restrained “thank you” notes with wilting roses. What follows, shortly, is nothing short of an unrestrained geyser of adoration and love. This letter is an unstopped spigot of “thank you” and “hallelujah” for the San Juan Island Library.

It was a preventable situation

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:07PM

In response to this story (“3-year-old bitten in face by dog on First and Spring,” page 24, June 30 Journal): A dog in new and unnerving surroundings tied to a bench so humans can go shopping and leave a nervous dog unattended ... a 3-year-old left unattended while her parents shop, leaving her to entertain herself. Who knows if she knows how to be around dogs?

Don’t cherry-pick science

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:05PM

Mike Kaill, president of Friends of the San Juans, seems to support “Big Dumb Buffers,” and he is spending time criticizing Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan and Island County for not embracing blanket buffers. CAPR San Juan will continue to look for exceptional ideas and ways to protect our island environment.

Fragility of our surf smelt

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:04PM

On June 25, under the light of the full moon closest to the summer solstice, millions of new lives began on the beaches of the San Juan Islands. On that night, surf smelt, a species of small forage fish, spawned at the peak of high tide. Their eggs are now deposited along the high water mark, and in as little as 14 days, these eggs will hatch, and the larval fish will return to the Sound with the tide.

Leave it to the bureaucrats

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 5:03PM

Some San Juan County residents are concerned about the ease with which the County Council majority is passing their responsibility for upland and shoreline planning to the state’s Department of Ecology, the Department of Commerce, the department of Fish and Wildlife and the ubiquitous Puget Sound Partnership’s Local Integrating Organization, (LIO).

Cattle Point Lighthouse fix not that easy; new foundation possible within two years

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 4:55PM

Cattle Point Lighthouse is endangered. Seven months ago, John M. Barberi of the Coast Guard's waterway management projects office in Seattle had hoped to bring a work crew out to the landmark by June to fix the erosion that threatens the lighthouse's foundation. The plan: Reinforce the foundation with sheet piles — driven piles of thin interlocking sheets of steel to obtain a continuous barrier in the ground — and concrete. But the erosion is beyond that remedy, Barberi said. The project has been referred to a Coast Guard civilian engineer in Oakland, Calif. who says that, if nothing were done, the lighthouse would last another two years.

Serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore is wanted in federal court

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 11:40AM

Serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore is now wanted in federal court. Harris-Moore has been charged in U.S. District Court in Seattle with interstate transportation of stolen property. He is also charged in Island County with flight to avoid prosecution and in San Juan County for forced entry burglary / burglary second degree.

Five who would be sheriff: San Juan Islands will have a new top cop for the first time in 24 years | San Juan County Sheriff

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 11:02AM

Five law enforcement professionals want to be your next sheriff. The campaign is significant for these reasons: One, islanders will have a new sheriff for the first time in 24 years. Anyone alive since 1986 has known only Bill Cumming as the county’s top cop. Two, rarely has a single position on the San Juan County ballot generated so many candidates. All are colleagues with varied backgrounds. The field includes a past sheriff candidate, a retired police chief, a Town Council member, a county advisory board chairman, and the chairman of the prevention coalition.

U.S. Embassy in Bahamas: FBI offers $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest of Harris-Moore

  • Jul 7, 2010 at 9:43AM

The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued this press release Tuesday regarding the FBI's offer of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore. Authorities believe Harris-Moore, suspected of burglaries and thefts in several states and British Columbia, landed a stolen plane off Abaco Island and is in the Bahamas.

Sole candidate for Town Council appointment withdraws, but other candidates expected

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 4:22PM

Local pilot Alan Dortch, at the beginning of the week the only candidate for appointment to Carrie Brooks' position on the Friday Harbor Town Council, has withdrawn his application because he may move out of the town limits, Town Clerk Amy Taylor said Tuesday. That means there are no candidates. But Taylor expects that to change soon.

Correct date of Calvary Chapel San Juan's “The Joy of Jesus” is Saturday, July 10, noon to 4 p.m., at Sunken Park

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jul 6, 2010 at 3:21PM

The correct date of Calvary Chapel San Juan's “The Joy of Jesus” is Saturday, July 10, noon to 4 p.m., at Sunken Park. The date was incorrect in information provided to The Journal. "We’ll have live music, free games for the kids, clowns and face painting, a certified nurse for free medical questions, free haircuts provided by a local hair salon — first come, first serve — and free food and drinks," Pastor Joe Gamez said.

Remembering San Juan Island's 2010 Fourth of July celebration | Multimedia

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 3:19PM

Fourth of July started off with a couple of hitches. First, unseasonably cool weather. Second, a Montana driver heading up Spring Street came face to face with the beginning of the parade at Spring Street and Blair Avenue, and had to negotiate his vehicle out of the way of the parade and crowds. But then, with Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful" over Pat O'Day's sound system, a bald eagle flew high over Spring Street, seemingly setting the tone for the rest of the day. And San Juan Island's celebration of the 234th anniversary of American independence began.

Fourth of July | Roche Harbor contest winners

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 3:04PM

These are the winners of Roche Harbor's various contests. Other results are expected and will be posted as received.

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition one of eight in U.S. selected for summer graduate intern program

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 2:12PM

Cara Gresham has joined the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition as a summer graduate intern for 10 weeks. The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition was one of eight Drug-Free Community coalitions in the U.S. chosen to have a 10-week summer graduate intern funded by the federal government. There are currently 746 Drug-Free Communities in the U.S., with San Juan Island Prevention Coalition being the only Drug-Free Community mentoring coalition in Washington state.

Fourth of July Parade: Have volunteers hand candy to kids only at the curb

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 11:57AM

The July 4 Parade was great! We all had a lot of fun, but we have a serious problem. I am concerned about the safety of the children picking up candy during the parade. Big truck and fire truck drivers are very careful but they are unable to thoroughly monitor their rear wheels.

'Cutthroat Pirates' win Best Float in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 11:34AM

The winners of the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade, July 4, 2010.

Authorities say Colton Harris-Moore may be in the Bahamas

  • Jul 6, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 11:06AM

A plane stolen from an airport near Indianapolis, Ind., has been found in the Bahamas. And officials believe Colton Harris-Moore was the pilot. Q-13 TV has the story.

Fourth of July Gallery | Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade

  • Jul 5, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jul 6, 2010 at 5:07AM

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