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Wolverines are advancing in skillful, and sometimes dramatic, style | Girls soccer

  • Oct 1, 2010 at 1:16PM

What kind of season is the Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team having? The girls have clinched at least a tie for the league title — and there are seven regular season games to go. In nine games, the team has allowed only four goals, one of those in a shootout. Fourteen of 18 players have scored. And the team doesn't give up. The home league game Thursday against La Conner ended in a tie, and Friday Harbor won 2-1 in a shootout.

Do you know Joe Friday? Help find him Sunday, Oct. 3

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 4:19PM

How well do you know your town? Join Island Rec on Sunday, Oct. 3 for the town-wide scavenger hunt, “Find Joe Friday,” a day of fun and suspense. Teams work together to complete challenges and solve riddles in order to find Joe Friday and win the grand prize. Get your family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers together and form a team of two to four people.

PeaceHealth finalizes land purchase for Peace Island Medical Center

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 3:09PM

PeaceHealth has finalized the purchase of 22 acres for the proposed Peace Island Medical Center. PeaceHealth said funding for the land purchase at 1049 San Juan Valley Road was made possible through a $1.2 million grant received Sept. 24 from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The property was purchased from the Boe family.

Ian Matthew Crawford and Whitney Anne Suzette Dyck | Weddings

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 12:04PM

Ian Matthew Crawford and Whitney Anne Suzette Dyck married July 31, 2010 in the presence of family and friends, at a friend's estate on Lake Samish in Bellingham. Ian is the son of William Crawford of Eugene, Ore., and Sandy Train of Bellingham. Whitney, a spirited island woman, was born on San Juan Island in October 1982. Her parents, Bob of Friday Harbor, and Pam, now of Lynden, drove her to their Cattle Point Road home three hours after her birth.

Beaverton Valley Marsh restoration is under way

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 11:04AM

The San Juan County Land Bank is leading partners in an effort to protect and restore Beaverton Valley Marsh, at more than 250 acres the largest wetland complex in the county. The latest achievement in this project was the acquisition in September of 40 acres of land at the western end of the marsh, plus a 3.5-acre conservation easement. The Land Bank intends to resell the 40-acre tract to the San Juan Preservation Trust and retain an easement on that area as well.

San Juan Island Trails Committee elects new officers for 2010-11

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 10:53AM

The San Juan Island Trails Committee has elected the following officers for 2010-11: Dave Zeretzke, chairman; Mike Lazzari, vice chairman; Liz Illg, treasurer; Jill Johnson, secretary (with backup by Sue Buettell and Susan Dehlendorf); and Bill Severson, at-large.

Vernadel Peterson resigns as executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 5:02PM

Vernadel Peterson has resigned as executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. She is moving back to Chehalis, where she will promote the Lifeline program at Providence Centralia Hospital. Her resignation is effective Oct. 31, but with vacation time her last day on the job will be Oct. 15.

San Juan-based think tank hosts symposium Sept. 30; discussion of inner politics of Gulf oil calamity

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 3:33PM

The Madrona Institute, a San Juan Island-based think tank on democracy and policy innovation, will host a free public symposium on the inner politics of the Gulf oil calamity, Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., in the Roche Harbor Pavilion. The symposium is titled “Holes in the World.”

County seeks loan from Land Bank to bail out Solid Waste, Public Works fund to help roads

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 2:51PM

San Juan County's financial team wants to borrow money from the Land Bank to bail out the Public Works Department's Solid Waste Division. County officials are also banking on a loan for up to $800,000 from Public Works' Equipment Rental and Revolving Fund to keep the Road Fund in the black and to help pay for whatever construction or maintenance projects the Road Fund would be unable to finance over the next 15 months.

About 100 attend sheriff candidates forum at San Juan Community Theatre; forums Wednesday on Orcas, Lopez

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:48PM

Detective Brent Johnson and Deputy Rob Nou want to be the next sheriff of San Juan County — the first new sheriff in 24 years. Islanders are getting several opportunities to learn more about them and grill them on the issues. About 100 people attended the Sheriff Candidates Forum presented by The Journal of the San Juan Islands, Sept. 28 in the San Juan Community Theatre’s Gubelman Theatre. Friday Harbor tinyRadio 1650 AM broadcast the forum live.

Raised the bar on candidate meetings last night

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 2:46PM

Thanks for focusing on the sheriff's contest in the manner The Journal did last night and for doing an all-around good job. First, the extension of time to respond to questions was certainly helpful. And the calm tone set by featuring just two candidates, the generous allotment of time for self-introductions, and length of the program which allowed an array of pertinent issues to be discussed left me feeling totally satisfied that I had attended such a quality meeting.

Lead, and game, escape Friday Harbor; Powell, Pruitt score for Wolverines | Football

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 2:15PM

The Wolverines started off with a bang. But a flurry of miscues and mistakes — a fumble here, an interception there — added up to a second-half shutout as Friday Harbor fell 37-14 at home Sept. 24 in its first of two regular-season meetings against Nooksack Valley.

A couple of bright spots in tough tennis loss in Coupeville; Coyne, Chadwick win exhibition doubles match 6-1, 6-2 | Boys Tennis

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 1:57PM

Strong winds and an experienced Coupeville squad prevailed Sept. 24 as the Wolverines boys tennis team fell 4-2 in the match between 1A rivals, on Whidbey Island. The Wolverines grabbed an early lead when juniors Hayden Place and Zack Reitan tallied a victory by default in No. 1 doubles.

Wolverine girls soccer team hosts camp for young players Oct. 2

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 1:48PM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team will present a soccer camp for young players, Oct. 2 from 3-5 p.m. The camp follows the Wolverines’ home game against Meridian.

Wolverines defeat Concrete, fall to Lynden Christian | Volleyball

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 1:48PM

The Lynden Christian volleyball program has earned a reputation. And the Wolverines found out in a hurry just how powerful the perennially playoff-bound Lyncs can be. Friday Harbor (1-2) fell in three straight as an overpowering Lyncs squad cruised to victory Sept. 25 on their home court. Lynden Christian (3-1) wasted little time in sealing the match by tallying scores of 25-12, 28-8 and 25-6 en route to the win.

‘It’s just good fun’: ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ opens Oct. 1

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 1:43PM

Something a little different is coming to the San Juan Community Theatre in October. "I'll Be Back Before Midnight," written by Peter Colley, is a special effects-laden comic-drama designed to make you laugh and jump in equal measures.

Milo Riley Martin | Births

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 12:48PM

Randy and Melissa "Missy" Martin announce the birth of their son, Milo Riley Martin, born July 9, at Island Hospital in Anacortes. He weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and was 22 1/4 inches long.

Oct. 4 is key registration deadline for November election

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 12:54PM

A key deadline is approaching if you want to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 2. “There is too much at stake this year to not vote,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a press release. “But you can’t vote unless you’re registered. Do it before it’s too late.”

Ranker, Morris endorse Lytton for 40th District state House, Position 1

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 11:36AM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker and Rep. Jeff Morris of the 40th District have endorsed fellow Democrat Kristine Lytton for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Dave Quall.

Sheriff candidates forum 'a very useful event'

  • Sep 29, 2010 at 10:59AM

At the direction of the Prevention Coalition Executive Board, I attended the Sheriff’s Candidate Forum yesterday (Sept. 28) at the Gubelman Room to ask what role the candidates think they should play in our county’s drinking and drug abuse prevention efforts.

Grant funding, wildland fire training available to qualified fire districts and fire departments

  • Sep 28, 2010 at 1:21PM

The state Department of Natural Resources will award grant dollars this fall to eligible fire districts and departments through the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Application deadline is Oct. 29.

Sheriff candidates forum tonight, 5 p.m., in San Juan Community Theatre's Gubelman Room

  • Sep 28, 2010 at 10:43AM

Detective Brent Johnson and Deputy Rob Nou want to be the next sheriff of San Juan County — the first new sheriff in 24 years. Here’s your opportunity to learn more about them and grill them on the issues.

Kathleen Foley is a 'Disney Conservation Hero' for her work with the San Juan Islands Bluebird Reintroduction Project

  • Sep 28, 2010 at 11:08AM

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has selected Kathleen Foley, director of education and outreach for the San Juan Preservation Trust, as one of six international 2010 Disney Conservation Heroes. Foley was chosen for her leadership of the Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project in the San Juan Islands, and is the only American to receive the award.

From booth to business: Farmers markets are often incubators for emerging businesses

  • Sep 24, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Sep 28, 2010 at 6:48AM

For tourists and locals alike, the farmers market is a feast for the senses. The brightness of flowers and produce, the sweet and savory scents of food, the fun of local musicians, all contribute to this image of bucolic loveliness. Its loveliness, however, is not the whole story. Indeed, as Friday Harbor Farmers Market manager Rosa Blair said, people don’t realize that the market has been an incubator for some successful local businesses.

Two injured when mast breaks on 127-foot charter schooner

  • Sep 27, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Sep 28, 2010 at 6:45AM

Two people were injured when the main mast broke on the 127-foot charter sailing vessel Zodiac, Sept. 25. The double-masted boat was sailing between Orcas and Lummi islands when its main mast broke in half. Coast Guard Station Bellingham responded to the scene with two 33-foot response boats, along with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash.

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