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- Jul 22, 2010 at 1:42PM
Having read the July 21 issue of The Journal, I have come up empty on the race for sheriff. The letter from four officers criticizing Jeff Asher are very much self-serving. In his own letter of defense, Asher thinks that the sheriff should have caught the Barefoot Bandit. I am left with no choice.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 1:00PM
Islanders on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan met and questioned candidates for sheriff, Legislature and Congress, July 16 and 17 at forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. The sheriff's race was the big draw. About 200 people attended the forum July 16 at Mullis Community Senior Center; the audience decreased to 50 after the sheriff's candidates were finished.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 10:29AM
Kimbell Hall, daughter of Margaret and Albert Hall of Friday Harbor, graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in May, with a major in art history and a minor in Italian.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 3:00PM updated at 5:07PM
A former Spanish language teacher at Spring Street International School has been charged with second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. Prosecuting Attorney Randall K. Gaylord filed a complaint July 12 in San Juan County District Court against Olga M. Donoro-Rodriquez, 36, of Spain. The charge is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail or a $5,000 fine, or both.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 5:07PM
A Friday Harbor woman is suing San Juan County in federal court, alleging two sheriff's deputies illegally searched her home, used excessive force and falsely arrested her on March 21. Specifically, Toni Michele's civil suit — filed July 20 in U.S. District Court in Seattle — alleges unlawful search and seizure, unlawful imprisonment, negligence, and assault.
- Jul 19, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Jul 21, 2010 at 1:32PM
A plane was photographed flying close to the water over an area where orcas were swimming, midday July 10 at Lime Kiln Point State Park. Soundwatch coordinator Kari Koski estimates the plane flew, at its lowest point, 20 to 30 feet above the water. “This was dangerous for a couple of reasons,” Koski said.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:57AM
We’re going to cut to the chase on this one. Pedestrians and vehicles must stop moving in front of vehicles as they drive off the ferry in Friday Harbor. Stop. Period.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:53AM
William B. "Bill" Morrice passed away July 18, 2010 at the Mount Baker Care Center with his family at his side. Bill was born May 15, 1918 in Seattle, Wash. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Violet R. Morrice; parents, William and Ester Morrice; daughter, Sharon Blake; son, Charles Grant Jr.; and grandsons, Dale Grant and Charles Grant.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:32AM
The Trashion Fashion Show is scheduled for opening night of the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 18, 2010. And if your life is anything like mine, time is flying. I'm encouraging you to take stock of your surroundings, your discards and your overload, and see what you can come up with designwise. You can do it, and it is fun.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:35AM
Just a special "hip, hip hooray" for Wendy Smith at San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA). She and many dedicated volunteers worked very hard to make the "Green: On the Edge" museum opening a huge success. Wendy's leadership and professionalism are a joy to behold.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 4:10PM
Steve McMurtrie and LaVon Sonnek are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Mariah McMurtrie (Friday Harbor High School Class of 2004) to Kyle Hughes of Snohomish. They married on June 24 in an intimate morning ceremony in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. It was followed by a reception in Portland, Ore.
Unused, unwanted, or expired medications around your home? Take them to the Take Back Program Aug. 4
- Jul 20, 2010 at 1:56PM
Do you have unused, unwanted, or expired medications around your home and have no idea what to do with them? The answer has arrived. The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition — in partnership with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Friday Harbor Drug, Ray’s Pharmacy, Lopez Pharmacy, Lopez Island Prevention Coalition, Orcas Island Prevention Partnership, Inter Island Medical Center, Friends of the San Juans, Mullis Community Senior Center, San Juan County Health and Community Services, and other community partners — is kicking off a Medication Take Back Program this summer.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 1:50PM
John J. Theodore, an entrepreneur whose ventures included the JJ Theodore Company, an independent salmon cannery on Griffin Bay, has died, The Seattle Times reported Sunday in its Obituaries section. Mr. Theodore died July 11, the Times reported. He was 93.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 1:29PM
Why do they want an empty field at American Camp? Take away the food source and the predators leave. Without rabbits, the eagles, fox, and all other predators will have to relocate to find food. The experts can say whatever they like, it will not change the facts. Also, if the fox were introduced to the island to control the rabbits, why suddenly has their diet changed exclusively to mice and voles?
- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:33AM
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has added a new service to ensure that women in labor have access to the care they need, as they need it. The Childbirth Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph now includes an Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) Hospitalist program.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:21AM
After President Obama signed an executive order establishing the first-ever national ocean policy Tuesday, state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D- San Juan Island, said Washington state is uniquely positioned to benefit from this unprecedented effort to coordinate national policy for our oceans and coastlines. “Nothing has highlighted our nation’s dependence on healthy oceans and coasts more than the current BP oil spill disaster,” Ranker said in a press release. “A massive spill in the Puget Sound or on our coast is unthinkable, but it’s not impossible. It’s clear that we can and must do better in how we protect and manage our oceans.”
- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:09AM
Dr. Michael Cohen, author, folk musician, and director of Project NatureConnect on San Juan Island, is the subject of an interview in the June 2010 edition of Ecopsychology magazine
Larsen endorsed for reelection by police, sheriffs, administrators organizations | U.S. House, District 2
- Jul 20, 2010 at 9:49AM
The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and the Law Enforcement Administrators of Washington (LAW) have endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. These endorsements come only a few weeks after Congressman Larsen received the endorsement of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 10:10AM
I am saddened to hear that, once again, the rabbits at American Camp are under the gun — this time possibly literally. Our visits to the "bunny field" are a regular part of our island trips and we would miss being able to watch the interaction between the rabbits, raptors and foxes. We usually spend at least a half-hour enjoying these animals in their natural habitat.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 9:54AM
The Aug. 29 Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands is accepting entries. The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Concours is open to all sports, classic, and unique vehicles; entries will be judged in several categories with awards for the winners in each class.
Mayor Lacher proclaims July 24-25 'Relay for Life Days,' encourages residents and businesses to participate
- Jul 15, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 20, 2010 at 5:04AM
Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher on Thursday proclaimed July 24 and 25 "Relay for Life Days" in Friday Harbor. Here's her proclamation.
- Jul 19, 2010 at 7:13PM
The price tag on innovation can sometimes prove too steep. But thanks to an infusion of nearly $700,000 in federal funds, San Juan County will have a big chunk of change to spend on creating new techniques to better manage growth and protect its shorelines, water and land. On July 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will distribute $30 million in federal grants over the next three years in an ongoing effort to help protect and restore Puget Sound. The grants, 36 in all, are intended to bolster Washington state’s goal of restoring the health of the Sound by 2020. Recipients include Washington state and various tribal and local governments, including San Juan, throughout the Puget Sound and Salish Sea.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 12:13PM
Photographer Mark Gardner is shooting free portraits at South Beach on July 17, 4-8 p.m. You get a free 5x7, files for use on the Web, and a 25 percent discount on additional prints.
Our local government is bigger, costs more, and still fails to get the job done in a timely cost-effective way
- Jul 16, 2010 at 11:27AM
County Council Chairman Richard Fralick reported last week that this county needs to cut $500,000 out of its budget next year. Luckily, I have a plan! The plan is getting rid of “Home Rule.”
- Jul 16, 2010 at 11:23AM
Congratulations are in order for all fireworks lovers in San Juan County. Once again a Fourth of July celebration has proved that we can enjoy our traditional fireworks on the Fourth of July without serious personal injury or property damage, as the total lack of reported problems has once again proven to be true.
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