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Sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer unveils commission for Virginia Zoo; open house Jan. 3

  • Jan 1, 2010 at 4:34PM

On Jan. 3, sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer invites the public to an open house to view his latest public commission. Entitled "All Things Within All Things," the piece is a life-sized African elephant entirely composed of delicate, plasma butterflies. This is the only chance to see the sculpture before it is shipped to the East Coast for installation at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

Top 10 Stories of 2009: A look back at the year, by the editorial staff of The Journal

  • Dec 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 5:20PM

The top story:Hospital District approves PeaceHealth contract (March 18)

Owners have high hopes for The Mystical Mermaid in new location

  • Dec 30, 2009 at 3:38PM

The Mystical Mermaid is not swimming away. The Mystical Mermaid, now in its 21st year, moved Oct. 1 from its familiar location on Spring Street and is now located on A Street across from the ferry landing, in the old Sweet Spot.

Coast Guard plans to reinforce historic Cattle Point Lighthouse's foundation in summer

  • Dec 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:29PM

Cattle Point Lighthouse is one of the most photographed historic structures in the San Juans. A neighbor believes it's also one of the most threatened. Anne Haskins said she and her husband Ken take frequent walks to the lighthouse and were so shocked this week by the cumulative erosion that she was prompted to call the U.S. Coast Guard. Wind has eroded sand from beneath a portion of the 74-year-old structure. Concrete has broken away from the foundation.

Vote-counting equipment testing on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

  • Dec 30, 2009 at 1:12PM

Logic and accuracy tests for vote-counting equipment which will be used to tally mail-in ballots for the Feb. 9 Special Election are scheduled for Jan. 5. The tests will take place at 10 a.m. in the Elections Office located at 55 Second St., Suite A, in Friday Harbor. The tests are open to the public.

'New Work New Ways': Howell-Adams' newest works on exhibit at SJCT

  • Dec 29, 2009 at 3:06PM

A public reception is scheduled Jan. 2, 5-8 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theatre lobby for a new show, “New Work New Ways,” with paintings by Annie Howell-Adams created over the past year. The show celebrates her induction into the Arts Student League of New York.

It's fun and it's free: New Year’s Eve Party begins at 7 p.m. at Mullis Center

  • Dec 29, 2009 at 2:50PM

This is one party where you can do your Sinatra imitation without embarrassing your kids. Celebrate 2010 with family, friends and neighbors at the Community New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center.

Top Ten Stories of 2009, Forecasts for 2010 featured in Journal's year-end edition

  • Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 29, 2009 at 9:54AM

Year 2010 is just around the corner. In its Dec. 30 edition, The Journal of the San Juan Islands takes a look at some of the stories that affected and shaped the community: The Top 10 Stories of 2009.

San Juan County Council to vote on Styrofoam ban Jan. 5

  • Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:33PM

The days of the ubiquitous polystyrene “to-go” container appear all but numbered in San Juan County. The County Council voted Dec. 15 without dissent to approve a final version of legislation which would ban nearly all forms of so-called expanded polystyrene products as food containers.

Liz Taylor scores 13 in 41-37 loss to Coupeville | Girls Basketball

  • Dec 24, 2009 at 1:00PM

The Wolverines shook off a slow start and had a talented Coupeville club on the ropes on their own home court. They just couldn’t land that knock-out punch.

They missed it by that much: Friday Harbor holds Coupeville close until final minute | Boys Basketball

  • Dec 24, 2009 at 12:58PM

After conquering Whidbey Island, the Coupeville boys’ basketball team added Friday Harbor to its collection. The Wolves, coming off wins over Whidbey rivals South Whidbey and Oak Harbor, slipped by Friday Harbor High School 50-43 Dec. 22 in Coupeville.

Boats and whales: Give orcas the right-of-way | Guest column

  • Dec 24, 2009 at 12:34PM

The endangered Southern Resident orca whales need our help. They need less pollution and many more salmon to eat and they need fewer boats disturbing them and making underwater noise. For more than 30 years, The Whale Museum has been observing the Southern Residents and has operated the Soundwatch “on-the-water-boater-education” program for nearly 20 years. Soundwatch has worked with the whale-watch industry and the U.S. and Canadian governments to collaboratively develop “Be Whale Wise Guidelines” ( Some of these guidelines have already become Washington state law. Now, the federal government is seeking to create federal vessel regulations, based in part on these industry supported guidelines. Monitoring research by Soundwatch illustrates that voluntary guidelines don’t work and that the 2008 Washington state vessel regulation also is not working, especially when applied to private boaters.

Sheriff issues warning regarding rash of burglaries on San Juan Island

  • Dec 24, 2009 at 7:44AM

As a precaution, please lock your doors and windows. Take note of any suspicious activity, vehicle or persons in your neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors and communicate with each other. Let your neighbors know if your house will be unoccupied and for how long. Request that they notify the Sheriff’s Office of any suspicious activity.

Marjorie Puckett and Marico will ride in Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1

  • Dec 23, 2009 at 3:50PM

San Juan Island resident Marjorie Puckett and her Haflinger horse Marico will ride in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., New Year's Day. They departed from San Juan Island earlier this month to join seven other Haflinger horses and their owners in California. “I hope Marico isn’t too nervous moving between the towering bleachers packed with a live audience of more than one million,” Puckett said. “We were asked to participate last March, after Marico earned two National Haflinger Awards, but there is no real preparation for something like this.”

County health officials comment on recalled H1N1 vaccine

  • Dec 23, 2009 at 1:48PM

San Juan County health officials say local residents need not be concerned about the recall of several lots of H1N1 vaccine announced Tuesday. About 400 doses of the recalled vaccine were received and administered here in October and November.

Friday Harbor woman steps from moving truck, airlifted to mainland hospital

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Dec 23, 2009 at 8:31AM

A 19-year-old woman was flown off-island for treatment of unknown injuries late Monday after she reportedly fell from a moving vehicle on Cattle Point Road near Mill Street. The unidentified woman fell from a Dodge 4x4 being driven by someone else. The cause was not known late Monday.

There's a lot downtown to 'ooh' and 'aah'

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Dec 22, 2009 at 1:38PM

I went through town last night finding myself saying “oh” and “ah” seeing all the wonderful lights and decorations. I thought, what a lot of hard work and time decorating, business owners and town workers had done.

Recognizing our common bonds | Editorial

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 1:13PM

Like any community, San Juan Island is a community of people with different cultural traditions and different religious beliefs. December is an important time. These different observances, by virtue of being near the close of a year, come at a time for reflection on all our common bonds.

Minor injuries in rollover on icy patch of Beaverton Valley Road

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 11:25AM

Icy road conditions are being blamed for an early-morning rollover crash on Beaverton Valley Road in which two OPALCO employees escaped with minor injuries.

CBP offers tips to ease travel across the border during holiday season

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 10:50AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have approved travel documents and offers tips to make an easier entry process when traveling back into the U.S.

WSF: Plan ahead for holiday ferry travel

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 10:29AM

Washington State Ferries advises holiday travelers to expect heavy traffic on all ferry routes throughout the holiday season, and to allow extra time for ferry travel during this busy time of year.

Wolverines roll over Shoreline Christian, 50-19; Barnes, Short lead with 12 points each | Girls Basketball

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 5:28PM

The Friday Harbor girls basketball team is still in search of a win over a quality opponent. But they're taking care of business along the way. The Wolverines ran all over an overmatched Shoreline Christian squad in posting a 50-19 win Friday at home in Turnbull Gym.

Dramatic 55-49 come-from-behind victory for Wolverines | Boys Basketball

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 5:25PM

Saving the best for last can be a risky proposition. But against Shoreline Christian, it worked. The Wolverines tallied win No. 2 of the season with a dramatic 55-49 come-from-behind victory Friday at home over Shoreline Christian, and evened their record in league play, at 1-1, as well. "It took us a little while to get going," said senior Parker Lawson, who contributed 10 points to the cause. "We came out flat and they jumped on us."

Anna Belle Cole Volk | Passages

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:17PM

Anna Belle Volk died peacefully in her sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Home in Mount Vernon, Wash., where she has lived for the past several years.

The Backstage Santas of Friday Harbor: These volunteers make St. Nick's job a little easier

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:04PM

Friday Harbor is a town of hidden Santas. They are not identifiable by red suits or white beards, but they are here nonetheless. The Santa who stood in the Thrift House on Dec. 3, for example, was a Red Sox fan and drove a pickup truck. And his name was John, not Nick. "Are you looking for toys"? John Bostrom, supervisor for the Leo Club and chief facilitator of the Santa Ship, looked up. "You bet," he smiled.

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