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It's time to cut the cord on the Sutton Road site | Guest Column

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 4:09PM

In 1979, Beckwith and Associates conducted a study on siting solid waste processing on San Juan Island. Where are we 30 years down the road? Still talking about siting solid waste processing. Why has it taken so long when Orcas and Lopez have had exemplary solid waste transfer stations sites?

Reaves pleads guilty to manslaughter, sentencing Feb. 13

  • Jan 28, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 3:01PM

Jawaad Darcelle Reaves pleaded guilty Tuesday in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his brother, Jermaine. Initially, Reaves, 22, had been charged with second-degree murder following the shooting on Sept. 18 at the Tucker Avenue apartment that the two shared.

Firewise chipper is coming to town

  • Jan 29, 2009 at 1:37PM

Skagit County has lent the Firewise communities of San Juan Island a chipper to help them maintain safety zones and reduce fuel loads. Originally, the chipper was going to be here for 10 days which allowed only the new Firewise Communities access to its use. Now the plan is for about three weeks or as long as the chipper is here, to allow any present or new Firewise Community to use the chipper for a day. If any non-Firewise Community would join the free nationally recognized program, they would also qualify for a free chipper day.

Nothin' to do in January? You gotta be kidding! | Ferry Home Companion

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 12:15PM

When I first came to the islands, I lived across the road from Ross and B.J. Miner and next door to Jim and Bea Hitch. These two fine couples guided us as to the ways of the island. "There's nothin' to do in here in January," said Ross, "except freeze." I thought of that last weekend, after all the holidays including Epiphany, when Helen and I spent a quiet January Saturday that ran us ragged.

Four teens face alcohol charges following weekend rollover

  • Jan 28, 2009 at 3:32PM

An 18-year-old man and three San Juan Island girls face alcohol-related charges following a late-night rollover crash Friday near the intersection of Beaverton Valley and No. 2 Schoolhouse roads. According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Department, none of the four suffered serious injury, though one of the girls was flown off-island with possible internal injuries shortly after the crash. Those injuries proved to be relatively minor and she has since returned to the island, Undersheriff Jon Zerby said.

Strait of Juan de Fuca may be a hot spot for algal blooms

  • Jan 28, 2009 at 9:46AM

A new study funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation reveals that a part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a potential “hot spot” for toxic harmful algal blooms affecting the Washington and British Columbia coasts.

Puppy mill dogs brought to San Juan for assistance

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 4:44PM

The local Animal Protection Society is preparing to care for 12 dogs seized from two puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties last week. All told, about 600 dogs were seized by authorities. About 80 percent of the dogs are pregnant and some 1,500 puppies are expected to be born in the next few weeks.

Passages | Audra Crosby

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:58PM

Audra Crosby, a long-time Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully in Tacoma on Jan. 5, 2009. She was surrounded by family at the time. Her beloved husband, Lance, preceded her by almost two years, having passed away in Tacoma on March 26, 2007. They had been married for 67 years at the time of his passing.

The importance, and empathy, of being Ernest | Review

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 11:41AM

The production of five wonderful examples of Ernest Pugh's playwright talents at the San Juan Community Theatre was a well-deserved tribute, Jan. 16-17. It takes a keen eye and sharp ear to have such talent. And, of course, an equally talented cast and crew to bring the playwright's drama to powerful life.

San Juan EMS top-ranked in patient survey

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 11:26AM

The San Juan Island EMS system has been rated as the national leader in EMS services in a quarterly survey of its patients by the EMS Survey Team.

EMS Chief Cole serves on international board, Homeland Security task force

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 11:22AM

San Juan Island EMS Chief Jim Cole has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of EMS Chiefs. Cole has also been asked to serve on a Department of Homeland Security task force studying Homeland Security science and technology as they apply to first responders, including fire, EMS, law enforcement and emergency management.

Property taxes set; most property owners will pay less, but . . .

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 11:11AM

The total assessed value of taxable property in San Juan County increased 13.1 percent between 2007 and 2008 to about $7.976 billion, San Juan County Assessor Charles Zalmanek reported today in a press release.

Obama's inauguration: An islander's perspective

  • Jan 23, 2009 at 10:59AM

Several islanders attended Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. We asked some of them to share their experiences of this historic moment in U.S. history.

Five students disciplined for hazing at Friday Harbor High School

  • Jan 23, 2009 at 11:31AM

Five Friday Harbor High School students were suspended from school, temporarily lost sports privileges and attended a hazing workshop put on by Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services, in response to hazing in the high school locker room the last week of October.

Inauguration Notebook: Get an Inauguration Day flag ... islanders witness historic event ... inauguration potluck celebration tonight ...

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43AM

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed's office is making available U.S. flags that are being flown over the state Capitol today in commemoration of Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Passages | Memorial for Genoa Kayte London on Saturday, 1-3 p.m., at the fairgrounds 4-H Building

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 5:41AM

Genoa Kayte London, 23, passed away on Jan. 20, 2009, at her home in Eminence, Ky. Genoa was born in Seattle on March 29, 1985. She spent four years in Friday Harbor where she attended Friday Harbor Middle School and High School while living with her two grandmothers, Janna Gingras and Liz Illg.

PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of cost of medical center construction; no local bond measure would be required

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:17PM

PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of the cost of building a so-called "integrated medical center" on San Juan Island in a contract that has been negotiated with public hospital district officials and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee. Initially, it was proposed that the construction costs — estimated at $29.8 million — be shared by PeaceHealth, local philanthropy and a hospital district bond. Under the proposed contract, the hospital committee would raise $10 million through philanthropy and PeaceHealth would bear the rest of the costs.

Reaction to Obama's inauguration: 'I'm just so happy for the children'

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 2:20PM

Cookies, casseroles and homemade chili may have taken an edge off the hunger. But by the time the main course was ready to air, appetites were as strong as ever as islanders crowded into the Friday Harbor High School commons to celebrate the swearing-in of the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama, at a post-inaugural community potluck Tuesday.

Contract negotiations 'finalized' with PeaceHealth; San Juan hospital district commission discusses contract tonight

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 22, 2009 at 1:32PM

PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of the cost of building a new hospital on San Juan Island in a contract that has been negotiated with hospital district officials and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee.

'Music From Home' one-man show Jan. 31 at San Juan Community Theatre

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 11:29AM

“Listen to the stories that people tell you,” Roadside Theater’s Ron Short says. “In them, you will find the truths that people want most revealed about their lives.” Short brings his stories from the Appalachians to Friday Harbor on Jan. 31 when he and Kentucky’s Roadside Theater present "Music from Home" on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage.

Island photographers win some time with a noted juror, reviewer

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 11:18AM

Six photographers from the San Juan Islands won a personal portfolio review with Jeanne Falk Adams, CEO of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park and daughter-in-law of the late environmentalist and photographer.

Friday Harbor in Song: 'Island Life'

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 3:22PM

In the last 100 years, our seaside village has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. SanJuanJournal.com brings the music to you in this "Friday Harbor in Song" series.

Remembering Jim Fred Lehde

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 3:50PM

My sisters and I awaited Orion's appearance in the autumn sky. We each note it as our dad's "sign" and remember him. I look for the warrior, Orion, and speak to Dad.

A song for peace, on Barack Obama's inauguration

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 2:52PM

As Barack Obama takes office, many thoughts and prayers turn to hope and possibility. And always lingering somewhere on the horizon is the ongoing hope and desire for peace. So here are some reflections on peace — peace in the world, peace in our community, our homes and peace in our hearts.

Obama's victory has carried us across an important frontier in our national journey | Commentary

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 21, 2009 at 7:02AM

John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president. He was also the last Catholic president, if by that characterization we mean a political personality defined by his faith. So too Barack Obama will prove to be both the first black president and the last black president.

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