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'The World': It's luxurious. It's big. And it's coming to Friday Harbor

  • Jul 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Jul 5, 2009 at 8:28AM

The World, a luxury residential ship that is owned by its residents, will visit Friday Harbor for 48 hours on Sunday. At 644 feet 2 inches, it is believed to be the largest cruise ship ever to anchor in Friday Harbor waters, Harbormaster Tami Hayes said. The ship has a beam of 97 feet 2 inches and a draft of 22 feet. By comparison, the Bremen, which anchored off of Brown Island during a visit about 11 years ago, is 364 feet in length, with a 58-foot beam and a 16-foot draft.

Happy Fourth of July; here's what's happening today

  • Jul 4, 2009 at 6:45AM

Arguably, this will be an island Fourth of July celebration unlike any other. Representatives of the Lummi Indian Nation — the First People of San Juan Island — are special guests at the town’s Fourth of July celebration, including participation in the Fourth of July Parade. The town fire department celebrates its 100 years of service to the community with several events. And regular annual events also take place: the parade, Rock the Dock, activities in Roche Harbor, as well as fireworks shows in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor.

Airlift Northwest bases helicopter in Friday Harbor for much of summer

  • Jul 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:47PM

Airlift Northwest will again base one of its helicopters at Friday Harbor Airport this summer to expedite emergency services for residents and visitors in the San Juan Islands. The helicopter will be at the airport during the day on alternating weekends and during the San Juan County Fair.

Irving Spector | Passages

  • Jul 2, 2009 at 11:33AM

Irving Spector of San Juan Island, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., passed away peacefully on June 26, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center on San Juan Island. He was 95.

Happy Fourth of July | Editorial

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Jul 2, 2009 at 10:07AM

Any other year, if you miss the island’s Fourth of July celebration, you could say, “Oh, well, there’s always next year.” If you miss this year’s celebration, you’ll have to wait another 100 years. So don’t miss it.

Lummi Indian Nation joins Friday Harbor's centennial celebration

  • Jul 2, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 9:28AM

The scene would be familiar to the ancestors of those in the canoe that pulls up to the shore below Jack Fairweather Park about noon on Friday: The cedar-decorated bow, the pullers wearing articles of clothing made from cedar, the ancient words of request for permission to land. Canoes regularly plied the marine highway between the San Juan Islands and what is now Canada and mainland Washington state. Communities on the islands had different names then — p’kweekh-EEL-wuhlh, WH’LEHL-kluh, EH-leh-luhng, SMUH-yuh.

Boater charged with violating orca protection law

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 4:46PM

The skipper of a Bayliner photographed getting too close to an orca off the west side of San Juan Island in May has been charged with violating the state law related to protecting Southern resident killer whales. Specifically, the skipper is charged with approaching within 300 feet of an orca, according to the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The penalty is a fine of $1,025.

Sacrifices are still being made in name of liberty | Ferry Home Companion

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 4:27PM

Newspapers, schools, government ... all are among the many institutions who are chided if they don’t fly the flag on Flag Day. We used to fly it at The Journal when our offices were on Guard Street, before moving to Mullis Street a few years ago. Only trouble, we were on the first floor and we lost a few flags.

100-foot setbacks are not a solution

  • Jun 25, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Jul 1, 2009 at 3:27PM

The impact of a 100-foot setback for most properties will effectively reduce the value by 40-60 percent, or more, which will therefore shift the tax burden onto the interior properties, many of which will also suffer dramatic loss of value as result of the proposed rules.

Tourist facilities receive 'status quo' funding for 2010

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 3:24PM

Some will get more. Others will get less. But for the most part, San Juan County's tourist-related facilities will have to get by next year with about the same amount of public support that's helping them to pay the bills this year.

J. William “Bill” Taylor | Passages

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:51PM

Graveside memorial service was held June 27, 1 p.m., at Valley Cemetery for J. William “Bill” Taylor, who passed away April 25, 2009. He was 90. Worshipful Master Brad Smith and Masonic Lodge No. 175 led the service for Mr. Taylor, who served as worshipful master in 1952. Service was June 27, 1 p.m., at Valley Cemetery.

PeaceHealth's local governing board meetings, records may be public under state law

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 1:26PM

Meetings of a PeaceHealth-appointed governing board for a proposed hospital on San Juan Island could be subject to the state's Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act, according to an analysis by the state Attorney General's open government ombudsman. Tim Ford, assistant attorney general for government accountability, said the governing board could be considered a public agency, rather than just an arm of the non-profit PeaceHealth system, depending on how it was created, how much tax funding it will receive, and if it performs a governmental function.

PeaceHealth appoints officer to lead San Juan hospital implementation

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jul 1, 2009 at 11:40AM

Jim Barnhart, CEO for PeaceHealth's Siuslaw Region, has been named to lead the planning and development of the proposed critical access hospital and integrated medical center on San Juan Island. Barnhart will report to Nancy Steiger, CEO of the PeaceHealth Whatcom Region, which includes St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham and PeaceHealth Medical Group. He will begin working in this new role part-time on July 1 while transitioning from his responsibilities at Peace Harbor. He will assume his San Juan Island-based duties full-time in July 2010.

Welcome aboard: Get an inside look at two historic tall ships at Encampment 2009

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 9:47AM

The Lady Washington was shipwrecked on a sand bar off Nootka Sound in 1798, but a full-sized replica was built in 1989 and is the official ship of Washington state. She will be anchored in Garrison Bay at English Camp July 25 and 26 for the San Juan Island National Historical Park’s annual Encampment — a celebration and reenactment of island life during the mid-19th century and this year, the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island.

Basnight kicks off Music on the Lawn concert series: event helps celebrate Island Rec’s 25th year

  • Jul 1, 2009 at 10:09AM

You can help celebrate Island Rec’s 25th birthday this summer at its ninth annual Music on the Lawn concert series. Take your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and dinner to the San Juan Historical Museum lawn for free live music each Wednesday from July 8 to Aug 5.

San Juan County Council may reduce business hours

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jul 1, 2009 at 9:03AM

Islanders would have a little less time to conduct business at various county departments under legislation that's designed to help offset the impact of $1 million or more of pending budget cuts. In a 5-1 decision, the San Juan County Council voted June 9 to put the proposal into the pipeline and have its legal team prepare it for possible approval at a July 14 public hearing, which begins at 2:10 p.m.

Former Friday Harbor resident is a first-time mystery author

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 4:25PM

Kathleen Kaska's mystery, "Murder at the Arlington," won the 2008 Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and has just been released. The novel is the first in her new “hotel” murder-mystery series. The story, set in 1952 when gangsterdom and gambling were prevalent, centers around the historic Arlington Hotel, but also includes some of Hot Springs' institutions: Buckstaff Bath House, Oaklawn Race Track, Coy's Restaurant, the infamous Ohio Club.

Local journalist pens new history book about Roche Harbor; book signings July 11 and 18

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:20PM

'Roche Harbor' features more than 200 vintage images, many previously unpublished, about village's history from pre-settlement to present day

The many dangers of feeding wildlife | Guest Column

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 3:19PM

It’s Baby Season. Deer fawns, fox kits, raccoon kits and other cute little wild babies are out there and people just can’t resist the temptation to feed them. Some folks assume that a baby on its own must be hungry and they should “take care of it,” while others use food to tempt a youngster closer to get a good photo. Either way, it is not good news for the young wild animal.

We shouldn't interfere with natural processes and the web of marine life

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 2:21PM

Think about the values that brought us here. If we value salmon or orca, then perhaps we should not place a bulkhead on a forage fish spawning beach, or place a dock over eelgrass, or allow toxic chemicals or bioactive hormone mimics into our waters.

$4.6 million to remove derelict fishing gear from region's waters

  • Jun 30, 2009 at 1:57PM

The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative has been awarded $4.6 million in economic stimulus funding from NOAA to pull derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound. These funds, directed to the non-profit foundation arm of the Northwest Straits Initiative, will allow the immediate hire of vessels and crews to remove an estimated 3,000 nets from the seafloor. The project will employ 40 people, restore 645 acres of marine habitat, and will be completed in 18 months.

Crook family program returns to San Juan Island Library

  • Jun 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jun 30, 2009 at 1:05PM

Learn more about how this legendary family came to embody pioneer self-sufficiency and the island way of life as part of a Power Point presentation by San Juan Island National Historical Park historian Mike Vouri and Laura Tretter, director of the San Juan Island Library. The event begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the library on Guard Street.

Presbyterian Church offers reserved seating for Fourth of July parade

  • Jun 24, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Jun 30, 2009 at 1:04PM

Bates claims third San Juan Open title in sudden-death playoff

  • Jun 16, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Jun 30, 2009 at 1:03PM

Consistency proves key as veteran local golfer Ron Bates prevails over Friday Harbor High School senior Cody Price in head-to-head playoff round.

A fed wild animal is a dead wild animal | Editorial

  • Jun 2, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jun 30, 2009 at 12:48PM

There are activities we’ve seen on the American Camp prairie that distress us: Visitors to the park stop their cars and lure fox kits with food so they can snap a photograph. Visitors let their dogs run off leash. A jogger runs through the park, letting her dog run free and bark at wildlife. These activities are distressing because they upset the self-sustaining balance of prairie life. They are also against the law.

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