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Early registrations up 21 percent for San Juan Island Marathon | Running

  • May 13, 2009 at 12:08PM

Early registrations are up 21 percent for the King’s San Juan Island Marathon and Half Marathon. “Traditionally, most of the registrations come in four weeks prior to the race, with a surge of day-before registrations at the expo,” race co-director Paul Hopkins said. “So, we’re very pleased with these early numbers and hope the trend continues.”

Register now for Island Rec’s disc golf | Disc Golf

  • May 13, 2009 at 12:07PM

If you enjoy spending time in the woods and want to pursue a new hobby, disc golf may be for you. Disc golf is a world-wide leisure sport that appeals to people of all ages and all athletic abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the new Roche Harbor Disc Golf Course and learn all there is to know about this sport.

Kayak, canoe race-for-dinner series begins | Racing

  • May 13, 2009 at 12:06PM

The San Juan Island Outrigger Canoe and Kayak Club presents a race series at Jackson Beach on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from May to August. Canoeists, kayakers and rowers will take off from the net shed at Jackson Beach and race around Dinner Island. Every race is sponsored by a different local restaurant, and each week racers have a chance to win a gift certificate to that restaurant.

Friday Harbor is top seed at Tri-District | Baseball

  • May 13, 2009 at 11:49AM

The Wolverines grabbed a top slot at the Tri-District tournament and a berth at State with back-to-back wins over familiar foes Saturday at Pipeline Fields in Blaine. And they dodged a bullet along the way.

Wolverines win two at home against league-leading La Conner | Softball

  • May 13, 2009 at 11:47AM

The Wolverines pulled out the bats and pulled off a shocker with back-to-back victories at home over league-leading La Conner Saturday in their regular season finale. Trailing 1-0 in the opener, Friday Harbor blew the game wide open by batting around the order and tallying eight runs in the fourth inning on five timely base hits, including a pair of triples by sophomore Elle Guard.

Big win, big regular season finish for San Juan Dragons | Lacrosse

  • May 13, 2009 at 11:41AM

The San Juan Dragons defeated Whatcom 13-6 at home Saturday to clinch second place in WHSBLA Division II and advance to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Boys Division I and II state quarterfinal play gets under way May 21. The 31st boys state championships take place May 30 at Memorial Stadium near the Seattle Center.

Linde elected secretary of the Superior Court Judges’ Association

  • May 13, 2009 at 10:35AM

Washington state’s Superior Court judges elected Judge John O. Linde secretary of the Superior Court Judges’ Association at the annual spring conference this month. As treasurer, Linde will serve on the Board of Trustees, which represents 188 Superior Court judges through the state who are members of the state organization.

Learn about local efforts to save San Juan County's barns

  • May 12, 2009 at 5:05PM

For more than two centuries, American barns have stood as a symbol of hard work and a rural way of life. They are one of the most prominent relics of San Juan County’s agricultural past, yet no one knows how many historic barns there are on the islands.

Food Bank's Dorothy Lawson honored as a 'Real Hero' by Red Cross

  • May 12, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:07PM

Of the basic necessities, putting food on the table easily trumps the lot. And Dorothy Lawson has been on a mission for more than a quarter of a century to ensure the Friday Harbor Food Bank has the resources to fulfill that basic need for anyone on San Juan Island, regardless of their income.

The magic touch; Sam Banry certified as a small-animal massage specialist

  • May 12, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:07PM

By all accounts, Sam Banry’s a natural. But now he has a license and state-issued certification to back it up. And he could have a corner on the market as well. On May 2, the 18-year-old Friday Harbor student became certified as an animal massage practitioner after passing a hands-on final exam — the culmination of a six-month online course with the Redmond-based Northwest School of Animal Massage — with flying colors.

Close to $53,000 raised to sustain Friday Harbor High School's fall sports program

  • May 11, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 12, 2009 at 11:49AM

Each and everyone who attended understood the importance of making sure our athletic program stays strong for our island children — thank you!

Three special sections in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands

  • May 12, 2009 at 11:18AM

Wednesday's edition of The Journal of the San Juan Islands includes "Stay Smart, Don't Start," our annual substance abuse prevention guide; the San Juan Island National Historical Park's 2009-10 Guide to American and English Camps; and Real Estate in the San Juans.

Only viable choice for waste transfer station is the Sutton Road site

  • May 11, 2009 at 10:54AM

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee should not take the County Council's transfer site decision as a vote against the SWAC site recommendation. The head of SWAC noted and directed the SWAC board many times: “The SWAC board is not to consider ... That is not the job of the SWAC board ...” For example, the SWAC board was not to consider things like: the costs of each site, the duplication of services, the environmental issues, the taking over of services that are currently being provided by private enterprises, etc.

A great day for kayaking: Yellow Island is awash in color

  • May 9, 2009 at 7:00PM updated May 11, 2009 at 9:10AM

Yellow Island, a preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy, is awash in color from the 50 species of wildflowers now in bloom. It is accessible only by kayak or skiff. Camping is not allowed.

Another hat in the ring: Fire marshal is running for mayor

  • May 8, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 4:45PM

San Juan County Fire Marshal Bob Low said Thursday he will run for mayor of Friday Harbor in November. Low, a former town fire chief, said he expected to make a formal announcement Friday. His candidacy means that for the first time since 1997, voters will have a choice of more than one candidate for mayor: Gary Boothman ran unopposed in 2001; David Jones ran unopposed in 2005.

Pamela Nichols served as SJCT president, led campaign for Performing Arts Resource Center | Passages

  • May 8, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 4:45PM

Pam Nichols, whose fund-raising acumen and organization skills led to the funding and construction of the San Juan Community Theatre’s Performing Arts Resource Center, has died.

Friday Harbor Wolverines win league championship | Golf

  • May 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:45PM

That the undefeated Friday Harbor Wolverines would win the League Championship at par-71 San Juan Golf and Country Club, there was little doubt. But Friday Harbor's golfers weren't taking Thursday's match for granted. Not with the mercury at 49 degrees, not with a chilly breeze blowing in from Griffin Bay, not with rain making the outing a soggy one.

'Always ... Patsy Cline': Schuman, Greene are bombshells in biographical blockbuster

  • May 8, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:45PM

I was a bit ambivalent about watching a show about Patsy Cline, not being a strong country-western fan, although I remembered listening to a few of her songs back in the ’50s. I am now here to tell you that even if you never heard of her before, you will become an instant Patsy Cline fan if you attend director Merritt Olsen’s production at San Juan Community Theatre.

Larsen: $6 million for San Juan Island's Mitchell Hill included in Obama's budget

  • May 8, 2009 at 3:57PM

President Obama's budget includes $6 million to purchase Mitchell Hill and transfer it to the San Juan Island National Historical Park, according to Rep. Rick Larsen's office. "Today's announcement is great news for San Juan County, Northwest Washington and the over 250,000 people who visit the San Juan Island National Historical Park each year," said Larsen, who has worked for more than six years to transfer ownership of Mitchell Hill to the National Park from the state Department of Natural Resources.

County wins $2.5 million grant for Mount Baker Road project

  • May 8, 2009 at 3:47PM

The state County Road Administration Board has awarded San Juan County the largest grant it has ever given the county. The board’s $2.5 million grant will fund the reconstruction of Mount Baker Road on Orcas Island, between mile posts 0 and 1.1, the county communications office reported.

Sharon Marie Blake | Passages

  • May 6, 2009 at 11:42AM

Sharon led a modest life, had a positive, strong-willed spirit and was the rock of her family and friends. Her life on Lopez was full of days at the beach, gardening, keeping up with her kids' musical endeavors, sporting events, making jewelry, knitting, baking and planning events. The smell of fresh baked bread, cookies and pies always seemed to fill her house.

Season ends for Wolverines in 7-0 loss to Lynden Christian | Soccer

  • May 6, 2009 at 9:23AM

When Lynden Christian swept past the Friday Harbor Wolverines 7-0 Tuesday, they won themselves a match-up with defending state champions King's later this week. The Wolverines put the wraps on a hard, sometimes frustrating season.

The budget process explained: An interview with state Sen. Kevin Ranker

  • May 5, 2009 at 10:00AM updated May 6, 2009 at 9:03AM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker has faced a tough first several months in office. He just finished the state budget process, and says it was “one of the more difficult experiences” of his life.

Ballet Folklorico performs at Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight

  • May 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:10AM

Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School Dining Hall. The dinner features a Mexican menu by Chef Andy and the Friday Harbor Foodies.

The Gigs of April had many surprises for this ol' duffer | Ferry Home Companion

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 5, 2009 at 11:09AM

I did go to the concert for Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan at SJCT Friday night, but the sound system didn't seem to mix well. I couldn't understand a word, but it was worth it to hear the guitarist and electric piano. Awesome.

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