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Update: Two ferry runs canceled because of high winds and heavy seas

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 8:33PM

The 7:25 p.m. Anacortes to Lopez ferry was canceled tonight because of high winds and heavy seas, Washington State Ferries reported. This resulted in cancellation of the 8:35 p.m. departure from Orcas and the 9:15 p.m. arrival in Friday Harbor.

Sally Thomsen knows her island geography, wins first periodic contest

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 1:33PM

Sally Thomsen of Friday Harbor in the winner of the first periodic GeoBee. She was the third person to correctly identify the scene in this photograph as a portion of Spruce Street in Friday Harbor. As the winner, she is invited to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.

High-wind warning in effect in the San Juans; here's what you need to know to be prepared

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 1:21PM

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high-wind warning for portions of the Northwest interior and Admiralty Inlet. The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Thursday. Southerly winds will gradually increase through the day over the Northwest interior. In areas susceptible to strong southerly winds, expect sustained wind speeds of 25-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph this afternoon and evening. This would include Island and San Juan counties, the area around Admiralty Inlet and from Arlington up through Bellingham.

Community Thanksgiving dinners Nov. 22, Nov. 26 in Friday Harbor

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM

The annual No-Cost Turkey Dinner is Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School cafeteria. The dinner is free and open to the public. To volunteer or for more information, call Dan Miller Sr., 378-2046. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 26, noon to 4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. This dinner is free and open to the public. There will be camaraderie, food, games, and televised football.

Where was this photo taken? Be the third person with the correct answer and you win

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 3:10PM

Be the third person to correctly identify where this photograph was taken and you'll be the winner of the GeoBee, a periodic online contest. E-mail your answer to The winner will be allowed to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.

San Juan Historical Museum raises $400 in rummage sale; more items available

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 4:33PM

More than $400 in four hours. That’s what the San Juan Historical Society raised in its annual rummage sale, Nov. 7 in the museum’s resource center.

Careers: Take the time with your kids to discuss and consider | Superintendent's Corner

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 4:16PM

Parents attempt to prepare their kids for the future. We spend untold hours seeking the job our kids will love and at the same time be great at. Often no one seems to be helping, either our child or anyone else. About the time my first child was born, I became an active unpaid careers geek. Learning as a parent that I was not only the chief cook and bottle washer on a regular basis, but also the first teacher, medical intervention specialist and career specialist, gave me pause.

Lonely Planet names San Juan Islands to world’s Top 10 cycling routes | Cycling

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 3:30PM

Lonely Planet has announced its newest “Best in Travel” lists, ranking the San Juan Islands on its list of “World’s Top 10 Cycling Routes.” These results are featured in the book "Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010," available in book stores now.

Black, Germain lead team to Gobbler Classic win | Golf

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 2:42PM

The rest of the field battled over the leftovers as two of San Juan’s top golfers carried their team to victory in the second annual Gobbler Classic, Saturday at the San Juan Golf and Country Club.

Tigers finish second in NCYFL; Steenkolk injured during TD reception, released from hospital after evaluation | Football

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 2:40PM

Friday Harbor fans, few in number and very cold, held out until the bitter end in hopes that the Senior Tigers would triumph in the 2009 North Cascade Youth Football League championship game on Saturday evening. The Friday Harbor Tigers faced the Burlington Tigers, who they had defeated just a few weeks earlier 18-7. From the beginning, it was a battle of defensive lines and running backs.

Be informed about H1N1 vaccines | Editorial

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 2:31PM

There has been no public panic, and for that we are thankful. But there has been and is cause for concern: H1N1 has arrived on the islands. As of Friday, there have been five confirmed cases of swine flu on the islands, but officials believe there have been more. One child has been hospitalized with H1N1. Health officials will try to determine whether H1N1 was a cause of a young woman’s unexpected death last week.

Downed tree in Friday Harbor, but no power outages on the island

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 1:58PM

Assistant Fire Chief Frank Chaffee estimates the tree in his front yard toppled over sometime after 11 p.m. last night, a casualty of the high winds that struck the island. "I saw it dance around in the wind last night," Chaffee said of the tree. "When I opened the front door this morning, all I saw was green."

6.6 quake off Canada's Pacific Coast; no reports of injury or tsunami

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 11:45AM

A 6.6 earthquake struck the southern end of the Queen Charlotte Islands off Canada's Pacific Coast early Nov. 17. There were no immediate reports of injury or tsunami. The quake was felt as far away as Bulkley Valley in northwest British Columbia.

Some things you should know about H1N1

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 12:34PM

The severity of the illness and its symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu: Children will have fever and either cough or sore throat, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea, and adults will commonly have fever, cough and/or sore throat often associated with body aches and headaches. In most cases, symptoms can be treated with bed rest, fluids, and fever-lowering medicines.

Permanent farmers market site will enhance the economy of the town and island

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 10:56AM

In these difficult economic times, it is exciting to see a project that can help local businesses without negatively impacting the environment. The local produce of our farmers is, in large part, sustainably produced, using a fraction of the greenhouse gas promoting fuels that off-island produce represents.

An opportunity to preserve historic property and enhance local economy

  • Nov 17, 2009 at 10:52AM

I urge the Town Council not to miss this one-time opportunity to partner with the county Land Bank and the Agricultural Guild to preserve this historic property and enhance the economy and livability of the town and the islands.

Amanda Cartmill Cruz | Passages

  • Nov 16, 2009 at 8:48AM

Amanda Cartmill Cruz passed into her heavenly father’s hands unexpectedly on Nov. 12 at her home. She was 33. Born at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 7, 1976, she is the only daughter of Edward and Catherine Cartmill, now residents of La Conner, Wash.

Four neighborhoods join the ranks of local Firewise communities

  • Nov 15, 2009 at 8:30AM

The Boyce Road, University Heights, and Sunday Drive communities have been awarded Firewise status, becoming the latest communities on San Juan Island to join the Firewise program. Those neighborhoods met the requirements of educational meetings, community assessments and work projects to earn this national recognition. San Juan Island has 28 Firewise communities with two more applying for membership. Orcas Island has two with a third one preparing to join.

Roche Harbor boat fires caused by vapor explosion in engine room

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 4:15PM

An apparent breakdown in communication is being blamed for a fire that began in the engine room of a 35-foot powerboat at Roche Harbor Marina Nov. 4. It’s the worst fire at the marina in nearly 30 years.

Islanders donate 210 coats to the local One Warm Coat project

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 4:34PM

The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center asked. And the community responded, donating 210 coats for the One Warm Coat community service project. An elated Roxanna Zalmanek, town permit technician, e-mailed a Certificate of Appreciation to the community and asked that it be published.

Richard Joseph (Dick) Louden | Passages

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:22PM

Richard J. Louden of Friday Harbor, Wash., went to the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009. He was 84. He passed at the Island Convalescents Center in Friday Harbor with his wife Gloria, son Jeffrey and his wife Claudia, and niece Diane Buganski at his side. Diane and her sister, Donna Burton, were regular bedside visitors who provided limitless care and support to the family.

Local child hospitalized with H1N1 virus; autopsy requested in woman's death

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 2:26PM

A young child is the first San Juan County resident hospitalized with the H1N1 virus. As of noon Friday, the child, who also suffers from an underlying respiratory aliment, reportedly was in stable condition. The H1N1 virus, commonly known as "swine flu," is expected to be a complicating factor in the child's recovery, according to local officials.

Enjoy turkey dinner and learn how to help women in Africa | Weekend Events

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:44PM

A turkey dinner to benefit the Meshaka Quilt Project is scheduled Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Learn more about the local project to help women in Meshaka, Kenya, become self-sufficient through quilting. Tickets: Adults $10, children 12 and younger $5, families $25.

OPALCO will host Rep. Morris for discussion of energy issues

  • Nov 13, 2009 at 9:55AM

State Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, is one of the guest speakers scheduled at Orcas Power & Light Cooperative's annual Ambassadors Legislative Kick-Off meetings. Morris, who is speaker pro tem of the state House of Representatives, and Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association Director Kent Lopez will talk about what the coming carbon economy will mean to us in the Northwest and give a preview of energy issues that the state Legislature will be addressing in the upcoming session. There will be a question and answer session with OPALCO Manager Randy Cornelius following the presentations.

Newborn orca off San Juan photographed by observers

  • Nov 12, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Nov 13, 2009 at 7:18AM

Three whale advocates — one of them a self-described "land-based whale geek" — sighted a newborn orca calf swimming with J pod while they were watching the whales Nov. 11. Jeanne Hyde, the whale geek, sent some of her photos to Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research. He confirmed that the orca is indeed a newborn calf in J pod; he designated the whale J46.

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