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Decibel levels of sonar pings: Same level as those implicated in beaked whale deaths

  • Apr 9, 2009 at 3:35PM

Decibel levels of sonar pings recorded off the west side of San Juan Island April 7-8 may have been the same level as sonar pings implicated in the deaths of several beaked whales in the Bahamas in October 2003. That's according to Dr. Val Veirs, president of The Whale Museum board and professor emeritus of physics at Colorado College. Hydrophones operated by The Whale Museum and Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School started recording sonar pings and what sounded like garbled human speech beginning at 7 p.m. on April 7. The pings and sounds continued into the early morning.

It’s Easter Week; lots of activities and services planned

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 9, 2009 at 3:09PM

A busy schedule of Easter activities and services is planned this week, capped by Easter egg hunts at Jackson Beach and Roche Harbor.

San Juan trails may get $130,000; Moran State Park wastewater improvement may get $1 million

  • Apr 9, 2009 at 3:05PM

More than $130,000 is included in the state's proposed capital budget for development of up to 15 trails in the 112-acre Cattle Point Natural Resource Conservation Area on San Juan Island. The money is intended for preservation work as well. Specifically, the money is budgeted for "natural areas facilities preservation and access." The proposed capital budget also includes nearly $1 million to repair the wastewater system in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

Say 'no' to SB 5688, HB 1727

  • Apr 3, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Apr 9, 2009 at 10:48AM

Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727 confer all the rights of marriage to domestic partnerships, stopping only at giving them the actual recognition of “marriage,” but proponents are adamant that will be the next step.

Ruling on waste transfer station EIS appeal will have to wait

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 4:25PM

Time will tell whether an environmental impact statement on proposed solid waste transfer station sites is up to snuff. The County Council agreed on Tuesday to move forward with selecting a site for a new solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island and to let the pending challenge of that impact statement play out at some point down the road.

Want to keep a waste transfer station out of your neighborhood? Open a hog farm

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:27PM

It's been said that if you want to stop growth in your neighborhood, open a hog farm. But could the threat of a hog farm influence the county's decision on where to site a new solid waste transfer station? E.J. Thorndike has made known his opposition to the possible location of a waste transfer station on Daniel Lane.

Taos Kai Addison | Births

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 5:13PM

Franchesca Hanna of Friday Harbor and Arcata, Calif., and Joseph Addison of Arcata, Calif., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taos Kai Addison.

Freckles, 1995-2009 | Tribute

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 4:51PM

He was kind of the "town dawg" and folks are already telling me how much they miss him. I miss him terribly, of course, and already am experiencing some "ghosting" going on around the house. (Wasn't that something brown and white I saw coming out of the bedroom?)

Whale advocates concerned about sonar in Strait

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:51PM

Orca advocate Jeanne Hyde reports on her blog,, that loud pings believed to be from a ship's sonar were recorded over an eight-hour period in Haro Strait Tuesday and today.

Friday Harbor ranked ninth in state baseball poll

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 12:56PM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines are ranked ninth in among state 1A baseball teams, according to The poll was founded in 1978 by Lem Elway, retired Anacortes High School baseball coach and teacher. Rankings are based on team performance with input from coaches and newspaper sports reporters.

“Water in San Juan County”: A for-credit course for real estate professionals

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 12:26PM

Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors are hosting "Water in San Juan County," a for-credit workshop for real estate professionals.

Relay for Life profile: Brian and Rachel Goodremont

  • Apr 8, 2009 at 10:06AM

My wife, Rachel, and I walk in memory of my mother Lynda, and all those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We also walk for the survivors who are fighting. We walk in hope that people will not suffer from cancer in the future.

American Camp Prairie restoration: Consider the methodologies, reconsider editorial

  • Apr 7, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 8, 2009 at 9:23AM

I read the recent editorial regarding the restoration of American Camp prairie ("Restoring a great natural place," page 6A, April 1 Journal). Your editorial neglected to mention that "restoring" the prairie would involved multiple applications of herbicides and extensive burning of hundreds of acres. This process seems inconsistent with "restoring the natural balance."

A new era in journalism, starting right here

  • Apr 7, 2009 at 5:21PM

Everywhere this old dinosaur goes these days, he’s confronted with condolences about the death of the newspaper business, the “fact” that the Internet is taking over, that you have to know texting and tweeting and Blackberry lingo to keep up with modern times. Well, as I did when radio was going to be our downfall, and then television, I feel sure, as my mother used to say, “This too shall pass” (TTSP to you tweetybirds). Why, just last Saturday night, I had a great example.

We can be part of the solution | Editorial

  • Apr 7, 2009 at 4:44PM

April gives us a lot more to think about than spring. This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month — three issues that plague our society yet three issues on which we can make such a big difference. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is using this month to make you aware of some important facts.

Our children are depending on us. Let’s make sure we are there to help | House Calls

  • Apr 7, 2009 at 4:42PM

Hard times are always harder on children. The challenges of ordinary life are magnified when the stress of economic difficulty is imposed on a family. Foreclosures, layoffs and budget woes can lead to desperate behaviors. The overall gloom of the times affects even those who are not at immediate risk.

School district will hire interim superintendent until 2010

  • Apr 7, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:13PM

The San Juan Island School Board plans to hire an interim school superintendent for the 2009-10 school year. The decision was made Monday at a special school board meeting in the district office. A job description will be posted on the San Juan Island School District Web site. The deadline for applications and resumes is May 8.

Will Daniel Lane get more consideration for San Juan Island solid waste transfer station?

  • Apr 2, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:33PM

They may be the leading contenders, but Beaverton Valley and Sutton Road are not the only options for a new solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island. And at least one islander believes that Daniel Lane, a 22-acre site consisting of three appropriately-zoned and privately-owned parcels on Cattle Point Road, may be better suited than the other two sites under consideration.

BC Ferries reduces landing fees by $100,000; Sidney ferry run saved in transportation budgets

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:32PM

BC Ferries has agreed to reduce landing fees for the Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney ferry by $100,000 a year for the next three years, a savings of around 25 percent, state lawmakers announced today.

Second consecutive win for Taylor at San Juan | Golf

  • Apr 3, 2009 at 2:40PM

Friday Harbor's Jordyn Taylor shot 37 to medal in his second consecutive match at par-35 San Juan Golf and Country Club, March 31 vs. the Orcas Vikings. All told, the Wolverines finished 41 strokes ahead of the Vikings, 217-258.

San Juan Singers present 'Our Town. Our Music. Our Lives'

  • Apr 3, 2009 at 10:21AM

San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.

Cub Scouts Pack 90, Den 6 visit The Journal office

  • Apr 2, 2009 at 5:00PM

Members of Cub Scouts Pack 90, Den 6, recently visited The Journal as part of a field trip. While there, Journal marketing artist Rebecca Cook explained the process of designing an advertisement. The Scouts then visited the newsroom, where reporter Scott Rasmussen explained the news-gatherinf process.

Catherine Bevens wins third place in national essay contest; she and teacher receive $1,250 each

  • Apr 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:10PM

A Friday Harbor High School student has been named a top prize winner in a national essay contest that drew more than 31,000 entries. As a participant in the Pacific region, Catherine Bevens of Friday Harbor High School was awarded third place and $1,250 in the Being an American Essay Contest sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.

A farm boy remembers the Great Depression

  • Apr 2, 2009 at 11:32AM

Our current recession, with 10 million people unemployed, has brought back childhood memories to me of the Great Depression during the 1930s. I was a kid in grade school in Friday Harbor during this time. The national unemployment rate hovered around 23 percent for several years. It fell off for a while, but by 1938 the rate was back up again.

Sports scholarship named for Bobby Boyce; fund-raising dinner April 18

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 11:16AM

The first annual Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund-raising Dinner is April 18, 4-6 p.m., at American Legion Post 163. The event is open to Post 163 members and guests. Proceeds will go to the Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund.

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