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- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:42PM
Jim Lawson caught a 32.10-pound king in the Einar Nielsen Becky Barr Fishing Classic, outdistancing the competition to win the tournament and its first prize of $5,000. The 26th annual classic was Sept. 23-26 at Roche Harbor. All proceeds from the classic supports scholarships for graduating high school seniors. In June, the classic awarded about $15,000 in scholarships.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:39PM
Ron Bates won the San Juan Golf and Country Club club championship, in competition that ended Sept. 12. It’s Bates' second club championship; he won in 2006. Bates defeated Thane Bolger, Steve Duzan and Jim Schuman for this year's title.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:38PM
Minor Reinforcement, a new, local non-profit, and Vic’s Drive-In are working together to provide a safe place for students to meet up with friends, hang out, and eat after the two remaining home football games.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:37PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in a 49-7 runaway loss Oct. 1 at Lynden Christian. Friday Harbor, trailing by 21 midway near the end of the second quarter, tallied its only touchdown of the game on a 8-yard run by sophomore quarterback Donny Galt. That’s as close, however, as the Wolverines would come to clawing their way back into the contest.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:24PM
Since 2006, the Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team has taken as its cause increasing awareness and raising funds for breast cancer education, research and support for those who are ill. October 2010's activities have included the continued sale of "Kicks Against Breast Cancer" pins, and of pink ribbons and baked goods. The team's kickoff to the month was a mini-camp for island youth soccer players Oct. 2, led by members of the team.
'Hands on Fundraising in the Real World: Fundraising for Small Non-Profits' Oct. 19 at Skagit Valley College
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:57PM
Does your organization participate in fundraising? Do your board members and volunteers have the skills they need to be successful in finding the funds needed to support the work of the organization? Or do you and they shrink from direct contact with potential donors? Perhaps you need to rethink your fundraising plan as well as its process.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:38PM
Come January 2011, the only transfer station in the San Juans could be on Orcas Island. That cannot be the only solution to county’s Solid Waste Division’s financial woes. The $5 recycling fee is one step (it will raise some $240,000 in 15 months, offsetting some $300,000 in annual recycling expenses). Working with Friday Harbor to get the town back into the system is another (the town paid $662,584 into the system in 2008-09).
An early holiday gift: Photographer, Photo Express team up to provide assisted living residents with holiday photo greeting cards
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:09PM
Holiday cards are an important way for people to keep in touch with family and friends. But for people who must move to assisted living homes, that tradition often falls to the wayside. Holiday photos aren't taken. The process of buying cards, writing greetings, addressing envelopes and mailing is a chore. Michael Martin, a professional photographer living in Friday Harbor, remembers when his grandfather stopped sending holiday cards after he moved to assisted living. With that memory in mind, and with the holiday season rapidly approaching, Martin came up with an idea.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:30PM
San Juan County recently completed a series of “workshops” concerning proposed revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). From the beginning of the update process, Common Sense Alliance has highlighted several of the issues the County Council must address before crafting new regulations.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:12PM
Oct. 10 starts the 10th year of the United States attack on Afghanistan. Nine years of death, injuries, destruction, tragedy and horror in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The time is long past for we citizens to heed the lyrics of the song, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy,” by Pete Seeger.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:02PM
As a career manager, I recognize the importance of careful fact-finding and analysis, but I also know that successful action requires respect for the input of the team and a willingness to move forward. Not every member of the council seems to have this characteristic and we are all paying the price. I have therefore decided to vote for Laura Jo Severson for District 2 San Juan County Council, at least in part, because I feel she has the intelligence and mettle to move us off the dime and make the hard decisions.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:02PM
Brickworks supporters (many not in his district) who are angry with Rich Peterson for putting the interests of the taxpayers above their cherished hope of a raid on the county coffers are now trying to punish him — and all the county taxpayers who look to him to put their interests first — by opposing his re-election. Rich was, of course, absolutely right that his protection of the taxpayers' interests was not a death knell for the Brickworks project — it is going ahead without the additional taxpayer support its proponents had sought. The highly intemperate rhetoric that his vote was a knife in the heart of Friday Harbor has proved to be not only intemperate and offensive but dead wrong.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:01PM
San Juan County voters will do themselves a great favor if they return Rich Peterson to the San Juan County Council, North San Juan. Rich has served four years as a council member with integrity and common sense. His performance in a difficult and demanding position has always been to try and find the best policies and results for the population in general, rather than for special interests or political gain.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:01PM
I will vote for Bob Myhr. It is not often that our county leadership is endowed with someone who combines a passionate desire to preserve and enhance the beauty, community and life-giving natural resources of our county; a resume of organizational leadership and practical work experience that virtually matches the checklist of CEOs of U.S. companies and non-profits; a brilliant intellect who earned Fulbright Scholarships; a well-deserved reputation for wisdom, reflection, fairness and decisiveness; and, for the 27 years that I have known him, a middle name of "integrity."
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:01PM
The issues surrounding my vote against the purchase of the conservation and historic preservation easement on the Erickson Building seem to be remaining controversial and divisive on San Juan Island, even though this action was taken over a month ago. This letter is an effort to set out my reasoning and, ideally, provide information that may help to avoid further problems of this kind.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 12:35PM
As our Nov. 2 election is approaching us, please carefully research our candidates for sheriff. I would like to support Rob Nou as our next county sheriff, and encourage you to do the same.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 11:08AM
Please leave campaign signs alone. Although I have chosen to not use them, I do not want to interfere with other candidates' right to them a part of their campaign. This morning, a friend told me that that a number of my opponent's yard signs have been taken down. There is no one I know in my campaign who would do such a thing, and I would deplore anyone doing so.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:57AM
I was recently driving around our beautiful island when I saw a sign that said re-elect xyz candidate, and what jumped into my mind immediately was, WHY? What possible reason can any of you reading this give to justify any incumbent, at any level, being re-elected? Are you kidding me? Is it the amazing economic acumen they have displayed? Well! Let's examine the evidence.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:36AM
This letter is to acknowledge our local paper, The Journal, during National Newspaper Week, Oct. 3-9. The theme of the week is how newspapers connect communities through print and online services. This connection is very important to the residents and staff at Life Care Center of the San Juan islands (formerly Islands Convalescent Center). We are grateful for The Journal’s coverage of the events we hold and the stories our residents have to tell. This continues to keep our facility connected to the community and prevents feelings of isolation and depression.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:34AM
San Juan County voters have an opportunity to elect a new sheriff. Let’s make the correct choice. For me, Brent Johnson is that choice. Experience is a key element in determining who is best qualified for the position. Brent possesses 35 years experience in many aspects of law enforcement. He worked in a large city police force, the University of Washington Police, and, for the past eight years, as the lead detective for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:18AM
Join sheriff candidate Brent Johnson for some barbecue and conversation on Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m., at the American Legion, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, Eastsound.
Hanna Burke returning to Hollywood for continued studies at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:08AM
Hanna Burke of Friday Harbor, a student at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood, Calif., is returning to the college conservatory for the performing arts to continue her studies.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 9:35AM
Eight San Juan County sheriff's officers have endorsed Rob Nou for sheriff in the Nov. 2 election. Nou, a former Oregon police chief who joined the sheriff's department as a deputy in 2008, faces Lead Detective Brent Johnson, a former Albuquerque, N.M. police sergeant, in the election. The endorsement letter, submitted to The Journal by e-mail Monday, is signed by Herb Crowe, Bruce Distler, Doug Maya, Jeff Patterson, Nikki Rogers, Scott Taylor, Jim Tyrrell and Steve Vierthaler.
- Sep 30, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Oct 4, 2010 at 1:00PM
A former Friday Harbor man serving in the Army in Afghanistan is recovering from injuries sustained in a non-combat accident. Ryan Buckley, 33, was injured in early September. While he was unloading a Black Hawk helicopter, a truck drove into him and pinned him against the helicopter; the impact broke the femurs in both of his legs, according to a prayer request e-mailed out by Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Oct 3, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 4, 2010 at 12:21PM
The pumpkins are plump and plentiful at Guard and Connie Sundstrom's farm on San Juan Valley Road. A salvaged building and salvaged materials contributed to the construction of the farm store, still being completed on the Sundstrom farm. Molly, the Sundstrom's dog, takes a rest on the farm store porch, where customers can peruse corn, garden plants, oaks, pumpkins, and zucchini.
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