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- Apr 22, 2009 at 7:44AM
The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fund-raising with a new twist on an old idea. Six island dads will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island Saturday in Roche Harbor Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 3:45PM
SanJuanJournal.com now has an online Events Calendar. Readers can upload their event listings directly onto the calendar. To use the Community Calendar, simply click on "Add Event." You'll be asked to create a login and password that will be yours to use anytime you want to add to the Calendar. Just follow the simple instructions and your calendar item will be posted.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 1:40PM
Discovery Sea Kayaks is moving from Front and Spring streets to the former Blue Dolphin space at 185 First St. Owner Richard Swanson said he expects to move into the space in two or three weeks. Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design is designing graphics for the window. Where a large blue dolphin once enticed passers-by in for breakfast, a pod of orcas will entice passers-by to go kayaking.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 1:32PM
State lawmakers may be balancing the budget, but it’s on the backs of nursing home residents and the people who care for them. Proposed cuts would take $40 million away from Medicaid payments to nursing homes – that’s $93.8 million if federal matching funds are included. Currently, 62 percent of our population at Islands Convalescent Center rely on Medicaid to help pay for their care.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 10:26AM
Purple & Gold, the support group for San Juan Island School District athletics, is sponsoring a fund-raising event to pay for the Friday Harbor High School fall sports program. A barbecued dinner, dance, live music and auction are scheduled May 2, 5 p.m., at Beaverton Valley Business Park.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 10:30AM
Eight Good Stewardship awards were presented at “Sustainable San Juans: Greening Your Home, Business and Food,” an Earth Day event held Saturday in Friday Harbor. The awards were part of a three-day celebration of environmental stewardship sponsored by the San Juan Stewardship Network and the San Juan Island Community Foundation.
- Apr 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 11:04AM
I had the pleasure of riding the ferry with the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team on Saturday. They were traveling to Bellingham to play Whatcom and I am not surprised to read they won that game. This team presented themselves, both in behavior and appearance, as winners.
- Apr 16, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 10:42AM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art re-opens May 25 in the historic Brown House on the corner of West and First streets, Friday Harbor. According to the National Park Service, the Brown House originated at Fort Bellingham in the 1850s and was disassembled and moved to American Camp during the joint military occupation of 1859-1872. After the joint occupation ended, the house was moved to its current location, where it served a variety of commercial roles, from blacksmith shop to art gallery. The National Park plans to return the building to American Camp at some point.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 8:47AM
A San Juan Island man accused of cutting his dog’s throat — and of assaulting a neighbor who tried to take it to a veterinarian for treatment — will stand trial in early June on a series of charges, including animal cruelty.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 8:49AM
A San Juan Island man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving with a suspended license, but was found innocent by a jury of a more serious drug-related offense.
- Apr 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 20, 2009 at 8:16AM
I am utterly dismayed by the letter from Glenn Kaufman that appeared on SanJuanJournal.com ("Opposed to PeaceHealth/San Juan Community Hospital Committee proposal," March 9). I am the administrator of the Orcas Medical Center and am deeply concerned that I was misrepresented in paragraphs four and five of this letter.
- Apr 19, 2009 at 6:20PM
Forest Dayton scored five goals, had two assists and snagged five ground balls in the San Juan Dragons’ 9-6 defeat of the Whatcom Warriors, Saturday at Roosevelt Park. With the win – San Juan’s fifth consecutive – the Dragons improved to 5-2 and took possession of second place in the WHSBLA Skagit Conference, behind Mukilteo (6-0). Next up for the Dragons: They host Stanwood (4-2) on Thursday, then Lynnwood (3-3) on Saturday. (Whatcom, which is now 3-2, defeated Lynnwood 9-8 on March 27).
- Apr 17, 2009 at 5:00PM updated at 7:23PM
Earth Day is April 22, and several events are being held through the weekend as a precursor to the Big Day. “Sustainable San Juans: Greening Your Home, Business and Food,” began today at The Whale Museum with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of The Whale Museum, the San Juan Preservation Trust and Friends of the San Juans. A stewardship fair and workshop is scheduled Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Friday Harbor Middle School. The fair will feature displays from local stewardship groups and green businesses, as well as presentation of the 2009 Good Steward Awards, a lunch prepared by the Experience Food Project and local chefs, and a series of workshops on how to live green at home, in the kitchen and at work. Registration is $5 before the event or $10 at the door.
- Apr 16, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 17, 2009 at 7:22PM
The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.
- Apr 17, 2009 at 5:51PM
A kindergarten transitions program is open to all children who register to attend kindergarten at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for April 20-21 at the elementary school. The transitions program offers services and support for children and parents during the summer months prior to the first day of kindergarten.
- Apr 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:40PM
In the 1950s and 1960s, conservatives argued that interracial union was a threat to the institution of marriage. Legalizing interracial marriage has not diminished or threatened our culture in any way. The institution improved, when it became accessible to more people. In similar fashion, we will strengthen marriage by allowing it to include same-sex unions.
- Apr 17, 2009 at 1:25PM
Can you trust the advertising campaign (read: “propaganda”) of big energy corporations as they attack Secretary Salazar’s goal to free U.S. from their mega-mega-profiteering heartless war against the American people’s health and fair economics?!?
- Apr 17, 2009 at 1:24PM
To any lawyers whom may be inclined to help: I am Jeffrey S. Bryant, a previous resident of Friday Harbor. Like many youths, I found my way into trouble with the law. But unlike many, I grew from the experience and have done everything I can to better myself and my community.
- Apr 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated at 8:45PM
My life is infinitely greater because of Dave's simple kindness. Thank you for recognizing the struggle and helping make a huge improvement!
- Apr 16, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 3:04PM
The San Juan Island Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2009 grant cycle. The Community Foundation supports island non-profits working in the areas of Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Community.
- Apr 16, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:03PM
A pilot and three passengers reportedly escaped with minor injuries Wednesday night when a Beechcraft Bonanza 36 single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on Fisherman Bay Road on Lopez Island.
- Apr 16, 2009 at 11:08AM
The letter last week by the Lambrights and Holts regarding Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727 made us realize that we do indeed need to contact our representatives, to assure them of our support for these bills that would extend equal rights to gays in domestic partnerships.
- Apr 15, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Apr 16, 2009 at 9:29AM
Master Tom Garriga gives a series of demonstrations of Wu Ji Chyuan Fa Kung Fu at Rennick’s Tae Kwon Do Academy. The academy is located on the corner of Guard Street and Carter Avenue, Friday Harbor.
- Apr 15, 2009 at 4:08PM
This tea party had a little bite to it. About 45 islanders converged at noon on the courthouse lawn in Friday Harbor to protest against government spending at all levels in a local rendition of the anti-tax tea parties taking place today across the nation. With signs in hand and hats adorned with tea bags, islanders from Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands shared a distaste for the taxpayer-financed bailouts of Wall Street and the banking and automobile industry, as well as this year's $3 trillion-plus federal budget. They had little appreciation for any increase in state or local taxes either.
- Apr 15, 2009 at 3:35PM
It’s taken 18 months of researching and planning, but the Shared Care program is now available on the islands. And we think it’s a great thing. Shared Care is a regional service based in Bellingham. It is operated through PeaceHealth, which operates St. Joseph’s Hospital and proposes building a hospital on San Juan Island. Because the San Juans are in the St. Joseph’s service area, PeaceHealth agreed to extend the program to us (the Orcas Island Fire Department worked with PeaceHealth to bring the program here).
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