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- Feb 2, 2010 at 10:11AM
Susan left this world peacefully and unafraid on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day in her beloved San Juan Islands. She was in the presence of family and friends, and the wonderful caregivers at Islands Convalescent Center made her last hours as comfortable as can be desired.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 9:53AM
Richard Lee Lawson was born Sept. 30, 1943 in Friday Harbor, Wash., to Gilbert and Geraldine Lawson. He lost his fight with cancer on Jan. 26, 2010 at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Richard left behind his mother, Jeri Lawson; son, Richard Jr. (wife, Tricia), son, Tommy (wife, Leah); stepson, Chris (wife, Sherry), and their sons, Chaz, Parker and Gabe; four grandchildren, Jordan, Ashley, Brandy Lee, and Dylan; brother, Victor Lawson; sister, Ruthie Paull; nieces, Cathy VanZanten and Ashley Paull; nephews, Rob Lawson, Adam Paull; and countless other relatives and friends.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 10:19AM
Kurt Daniel Johnson was born and raised in the community of Ballard in Seattle, Wash. His love for the outdoors began with time spent at the family cabin on Lake Whatcom, at Camp Orkila, Cub Scouting and family camping trips. He climbed Mount Rainier and hiked all over the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 10:14AM
Radio broadcast pioneer Charles Lewis “Chuck” Buck of Friday Harbor passed away on Jan. 14, 2010 in Oregon. He was 93. Born in Aberdeen, Wash., he moved to Alaska as a young boy to fish with his parents in the mid-1920s. He subsequently spent most of his life in Alaska until retiring to Friday Harbor in the early 1970s. Chuck graduated from Cordova High School in 1935. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and served for 13 years with the Alaska Communication Service in Alaska and Seattle.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 10:03AM
Shirley S. Potter passed away peacefully at home Jan. 31. Shirley was born in Two Rivers, Wis., in 1920. She graduated from Oshkosh Teachers College in 1942. She married Robert M. Potter in 1952. She taught in Wisconsin and Alaska until her retirement in 1974.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 9:37AM
Marsha Lois Rachlin, “MaPooh,” mother, grandmother and friend, lost her short battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2009 at age 72, leaving behind her daughters Karen Ruby and Maya Sanchez and granddaughters Rachel and Nicole Ruby.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 9:25AM
The 2010 Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee is today, 3:30 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theater. The annual contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands and features fourth- through eighth-grade classroom champions from local schools, including Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, Paideia Classical School, Griffin Bay School and Spring Street International School.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 1, 2010 at 9:47AM
Bill Wolfram was enjoying a walk on Jones Island when he spotted something unusual. The Lopez resident, who sails throughout the islands, discovered what he thinks may be a cedar totem wing, measuring 32 inches long.
- Jan 30, 2010 at 7:19AM
Maggie Andersen scored 26 points to help Friday Harbor overwhelm Darrington 55-31 Jan. 29 at Turnbull Gym, solidifying the Wolverines' hold on the Northwest 1A/2B league lead. Friday Harbor dominated from the start, leading Darrington in each period: 10-9 in the first, 21-16 in the second, 32-22 in the third, and 55-31 at the close.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 3:46PM
Wolf Bauer, who launched his engineering career in 1936 with Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. and later became a noted conservationist and outdoorsman, will be honored by the state Legislature on his 98th birthday. Bauer, who lives in Anacortes but has a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters on San Juan Island, is the subject of a resolution approved by the state House of Representatives. Bauer's birthday is Feb. 24. House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Morris and Rep. Dave Quall will present the resolution to Bauer on Feb. 26.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:10PM
Washington state Department of Health officials have determined there is a need for a critical access hospital on San Juan Island. They have issued a certificate of need, a critical step in efforts to build a hospital here. Next: Proponents will complete their fund-raising, the purchase of the property will be completed and design of the new hospital, proposed near the airport, will begin.
- Jan 28, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 29, 2010 at 12:51PM
San Juan County Clerk Joan P. White has announced she plans to seek re-election this year. The primary is Aug. 17; the general election is Nov. 2. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of San Juan County as clerk since 2007," White said in an e-mailed announcement.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 12:28PM
Richard Lawson's memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Lestralaur Ranch on San Juan Valley Road, according to Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A full obituary with time of service will be posted Monday and published in the Feb. 3 Journal.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 29, 2010 at 11:06AM
“Take one day at a time and never underestimate the power of God,” Leota Birdsong said. “I thank the hospital and ICC staff for saving my life. My faith is really strong and I'm thankful the Lord decided to give me a second chance."
- Jan 28, 2010 at 3:04PM
Photographer Chad Lyons of Friday Harbor won a photo contest sponsored by Hawaii magazine. His photo is featured in the February issue of the magazine. Lyons won first place in the Kauai category; three other photos made it into the top 40. There were more than 2,500 entries. You can see his photos on www.hawaiimagazine.com.
- Jan 28, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:40PM
Lynden School Superintendent Rick Thompson is the new superintendent of the San Juan Island School District. The school board voted 5-0 Wednesday night to offer Thompson the job, following a public forum in the Friday Harbor High School Commons in which Thompson was introduced to islanders. Thompson's first day here is July 1, school board Chairman David McCauley said. He will receive a total compensation package of $120,000 — about $108,000 in base salary, and the rest in benefits. His base pay is the same as Interim Superintendent Walt Wegener's, although the benefits package is more $1,100 more, McCauley said.
McLeish is studying computer security at Fort Gordon; one of only eight warrant officers selected for program
- Jan 28, 2010 at 1:43PM
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carrie A. McLeish (Joslin), a 1989 graduate of Friday Harbor High School, is studying computer security at Fort Gordon, Ga. The school is a nine-month program. She was one of only eight selected from 50 of the Army’s top warrant officers to participate in this course.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Jan 28, 2010 at 9:52AM
The Wolverines rang up 11 unanswered points to take control of a tightly-contested game early in the second half, and then took care of business at the free-throw line to upend La Conner 48-34 Jan. 22 at home in Turnbull Gym.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:52PM
Unique glimpses into San Juan Island’s history, people and culture come alive in San Juan Community Theatre’s intimate Gubelman Theatre during the 2010 Islands Playwrights Festival, Jan. 28-31 and Feb. 5-7 and 11-14.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:51PM
It's back to square one in the quest to find a stable source of funding for San Juan County's struggling solid waste operation. The proposed combination of a 40 percent increase in tipping fees, a $2 fee for recycling, and a $1,000 fee on newly developed parcels is no longer on the table.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 5:12PM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA), at 28 First St. in Friday Harbor, will open “A Retrospective of Helen Loggie, 1917-1952,” Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m. Helen Loggie, a nationally recognized artist, lived most of her life in Bellingham and on Orcas Island. This exhibition links San Juan Island and Orcas Island in a unique manner, for The Lambiel Museum on Orcas is loaning part of its Helen Loggie Collection of more than 100 pieces, the largest private collection in existence, to IMA for an exhibit that will run through March 7.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 5:06PM
Ask San Juan Island native and musician Ryan Browne about Salt Spring Island’s Harry Manx and he’ll tell you Manx is one of the “great talents to come out of the islands.” A successful touring performer (he just won “Acoustic Artist of the Year” from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the third consecutive year), Manx brings his unique mix of “east meets west” to the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM
It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:59PM
Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."
- Jan 27, 2010 at 1:43PM
The San Juan Island School District will restore two periods of exploratory art instruction for grades 6-8 at Friday Harbor Middle School during second semester. Re-establishing these classes is the first step in a collaborative partnership between the Islands Museum of Art and the district to raise funds and create a community-based art program at Friday Harbor Elementary and Friday Harbor Middle schools.
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