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- Aug 25, 2010 at 10:17AM
One of the best statements we’ve heard going into the general election season came from the most unlikely of places. Scott Bell, announcer at the annual Zucchini 500 at the San Juan County Fair, opened the event Saturday with this observation: Strip away the politics, and we’ve got a pretty cool community made up of pretty cool people. Take that thought with you as we go into the general election campaign.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 5:31PM
Help get local students ready for school with Islanders Bank’s Gear Up for Our Schools campaign. Every year, teachers are found buying school supplies for students who can't afford them. To help eliminate the burden on teachers and help classroom learning, Islanders Bank teams are sponsoring the "Gear Up For Our Schools" 2010-11 campaign from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:35PM
San Juan County Council members Rich Peterson and Richard Fralick voted Tuesday to reject the deed for historic preservation and open space easements at 150 Nichols St., site of a proposed farmers market and events center. The vote was 3-2 to accept the deed; under the county charter, a 4-2 vote is required for approval. Councilwoman Lovel Pratt, a former director of the project's proponent, the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, recused herself on the advice of the prosecuting attorney.
County Council votes Tuesday on Land Bank purchases; prosecutor says Pratt cannot vote on 150 Nichols St. project
- Aug 24, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 4:52PM
Two former chairpersons of the San Juan County Land Bank Commission are urging the County Council in writing to approve the Land Bank's acquisition of 150 Nichols St., proposed as the site of a year-round farmers market and events center.One former chairman said that if the council votes Tuesday to not accept the deed for historic preservation and open space easements — a purchase it has twice approved — the council "could cause permanent damage to the ability of the Land Bank to keep the faith of the citizens of San Juan County, making their mission of land preservation much more difficult."
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:29PM
With its impressive profit earnings, top-notch new lending team, and an ever improving reputation, Whidbey Island Bank is once again in the market for new acquisitions.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:21PM
'Ewe want to race?' Mindy Hagen wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 21, at the San Juan County Fair. She can claim her prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:18PM
Former U.S. Treasurer Angela "Bay" Buchanan, co-chairwoman of Team America PAC, will join Congressional candidate John Koster in campaign appearances in the region Aug. 26.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:12PM
'Where did my horse go?' Hayden Mayer wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 20, at the San Juan County Fair. Hayden can claim a prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:00PM
'Too bad we're out of duct tape.' Kelsey Guyer wrote the winning caption in The Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 18, at the San Juan County Fair. She can claim her prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 4:05PM
'Focus, young grasshopper.' Clinton Gauthier wrote the winning caption in the Journal's Daily Photo Caption contest for Aug. 19, at the San Juan County Fair. He can claim his prize at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Or call 360-378-5696.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 3:35PM
The following residents won a year's subscription to The Journal of the San Juan Islands or The Islands' Sounder in the daily drawings at the Journal/Sounder booth at the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 18-21.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 3:05PM
R.B. Wick took off running from Garrison Bay not knowing what kind of shape he’d be in, even if he did make it to the starting line on time. As it turns out, a little blast of adrenaline may have been just what he needed. The 23-year-old Bellingham native had more than enough fuel in the tank to outpace the rest of the field in the 33rd annual 8.8K Loop Run Saturday in Friday Harbor.
Boucher endorses Lytton for 40th District state representative | 40th District state House, Position 1
- Aug 24, 2010 at 2:50PM
Thomas Boucher, former candidate for the 40th District position being vacated by retiring Rep. Dave Quall, has endorsed fellow Democrat Kristine Lytton. “I was able to spend a lot of time with Kristine and her family over the long primary campaign and witnessed firsthand someone who is ready to be a leader for the 40th District,” Boucher said. “Kristine’s dedication to the children of the state of Washington and education is unquestioned, but it is her commitment to fiscal responsibility and a plan for job growth that really impressed me.”
- Aug 24, 2010 at 12:38PM
This year’s annual Concours d’Elegance is Aug. 29 at San Juan Vineyards. Organized by the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in association with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, the event begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. Owners of classic, special interest and sports cars are invited to participate. To register a car for the event, download the schedule and registration form at www.sanjuanconcours.org or call 370-5531.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 12:43PM
While renovating a farmhouse in Ohio in 1988, we sought warmth and exuberance at Findlay Market in Cincinnati where urban, rural and suburban folk jostled in a friendly melee for seven kinds of bacon, German sausage, fresh produce and good food. Across the country, these markets served as beacons to revitalize blighted or underutilized areas. New consumers came downtown on a regular basis, and small business, the engine of American economic success, had a forum from which to sell.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 11:37AM
Northwest Educational Service District 189, in collaboration with Northwest Early Learning, is gathering information on the systems, services and supports available for infants, toddlers and their families within Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 11:31AM
The San Juan County Solid Waste Survey received responses from 26 percent of the recipients of the questionnaires mailed in late July, county Communications Manager Stan Matthews reported. Survey Consultant Nina Rook of Marketing Resources termed the response rate “Outstanding.” Rook will present the results of the survey to the County Council at a workshop held on Aug. 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the council’s hearing room in Friday Harbor. The workshop is open to the public.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 10:09AM
I rarely ever write a letter to the editor. However, when a front page article, "Our solid waste dilemma" (Aug. 18 Journal, page 1), spends about a quarter of its space treating us like little kids and threatening us with the bogey man ... "it is unlawful for any person to dispose of controlled solid waste ... except at County-authorized disposal sites ...", it is time to respond.
- Aug 23, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 24, 2010 at 9:48AM
A slideshow of the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 18-21, 2010. Photos by Journal reporter Scott Rasmussen. Produced by Journal multimedia reporter Jane K. Fox.
- Aug 20, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Aug 23, 2010 at 1:29PM
Alaire Freeman died Aug. 5, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. She was 81. Alaire was born in Madeira, Calif., to Henry and Mary (Schmitt) McMullin. They lived several places in Montana before moving to Johnson County, Wyo., in 1940. She rode horseback to school as a middle-schooler and in high school boarded with her future mother-in-law. Alaire married Parish Freeman in 1948 and they had one daughter.
- Aug 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Aug 23, 2010 at 10:06AM
We lost a great soul and a brilliant mind in the passing of Robert L. (Bob) Charters on Aug. 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Charters; children, Bill, Robin, Jean (Ream), John, and Chris; sister, Jean Van Hoomissen of Portland, Ore.; and 14 grandchildren.
- Aug 23, 2010 at 5:57AM
About 7:30 p.m. tonight, my boyfriend and I saw a vessel engulfed in flames from the Jakle's Lagoon pullout on San Juan Island. We saw a person in the water swimming toward the shore. It appeared the man was wearing a SCUBA tank on his back.
- Aug 23, 2010 at 5:27AM
Military life during the joint military occupation of 1859-1872 was brought to life Sunday at English Camp for at least two members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The island visit by Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the Appropriations Committee; and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., chairman of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, reporedly arrived on the island Saturday to visit with National Park officials here and depart Monday. The visit is part of a tour of national parks in the region.
- Aug 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Aug 22, 2010 at 5:19PM
The U.S. flag was raised for the first time in 36 years at Turn Point Light Station on Stuart Island, Aug. 12. The ceremony was conducted by people dedicated to the restoration of Turn Point Light Station. Special guests included Dan and Gloria Alexander of Olympia. They were newlyweds when the Coast Guard assigned Dan to Turn Point in 1949.
- Aug 21, 2010 at 6:16AM
rry bound for Friday Harbor turned out to be either a hoax, or, depending on who you ask, a big misunderstanding. "What we were talking about was taking some 'bong' hits and somebody I guess thought we said we had a bomb," said one of two men confronted by local authorities when the Yakima arrived at the Friday Harbor ferry landing at about 4:35 p.m. "I'm moving away from the island and we're having a party later on tonight."
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