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Enjoy a Splash of Summer Color: Summer Arts Fair, Lavender Festival this weekend

  • Jul 16, 2010 at 8:31AM

Splash of Summer Color Weekend is Saturday and Sunday. This “Something for everyone” weekend is a time to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival and the fine art at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair.

‘Wags to Riches’ features something new for a good old cause

  • Jul 16, 2010 at 8:26AM

Dancing to live music will be a new feature at this year’s “Wags to Riches,” July 25, hosted by the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. This will be the sixth annual “Wags to Riches,” the shelter’s major fund-raising event of the year. It will again be held at the home of Bob and Lissa McDowell.

'Henry V': Island Stage Left puts Shakespeare’s play in a contemporary setting

  • Jul 16, 2010 at 8:20AM

The tone of Island Stage Left’s summer production will differ this year. Far from the fun and frolic-filled “As You Like It,” which toured in 2009, this summer the company will perform Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Compared to the happy mess of “As You Like It,” “Henry V” is a more sober piece of theater. It falls into the category of the Shakespearean “history plays,” a title applied to the 11 pieces which depict the lives of English kings. However, do not be daunted, director Helen Machin-Smith says.

John Paul Cook | Passages

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 4:17PM

Former Friday Harbor resident John Paul Cook died May 14, 2010, in Rathdrum, Idaho. He was born in Stockton, Calif., in 1923. He moved to Juneau in 1957 from Bend, Ore., to work as a printer with The Juneau Empire, with his family initially living above the Empire facilities, then located at Main and Front streets. Shortly after statehood, he began working at the state’s Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor. He retired in 1982 as director of Workers Compensation.

Donald ‘Bud’ P. Naseth Sr. | Passages

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 4:16PM

Bud passed away peacefully July 2 from complications of dementia in Friday Harbor’s October House. His long-time love and companions, Betty Halliday and dog Buddy, were at his side.

Says Asher's comment about Harris-Moore is 'disingenuous'

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 4:04PM

I am a 9-1-1 dispatcher and, therefore, a member of the Sheriff's Office. I am also a citizen of San Juan County. I have as much at stake in the leadership of our Sheriff's Department as anyone else. I also have a unique perspective from within that office.

Andrew Bryan Whitelaw | Passages

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 3:51PM

Andrew Bryan Whitelaw passed away on May 14, 2010 at Life Care Center in Friday Harbor, where he had lived for the past 18 months. He was 73. Bryan was born in New York City on July 17, 1936 to Andrew and Emily Whitelaw. After graduation from high school in New York, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1956 where he served as a pilot and master at arms assigned to the Lexington. He received an honorable discharge in 1960 and remained in San Diego, Calif., where he was “welding lead man” for PSA Airlines. He also designed and built boats, including one for Roy Disney.

Starr appointed to Friday Harbor Town Council; concerned about affordability of town living for families

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 2:53PM

Barbara Starr showed good political judgment before she was appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council. She said she didn't want to have the "audacity or arrogance" to reschedule a client's appointment in case the council appointed her to complete Carrie Brooks' term. As a result, she'll be 30 minutes late to her first council meeting Thursday evening.

San Juan County Council backs off on combining auditor, treasurer — for now

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 3:38PM

An attention grabber? You bet. But in the end, the San Juan County Council backed away from charting a course that might lead to the possible elimination of one or two of its fellow elected officials. On Tuesday, the council agreed that combining the auditor and treasurer's offices — and allowing the consolidated department to be managed by one elected official rather than two — is an idea worthy of further examination. However, a majority of council members agreed that it also would be premature to pursue such an idea, at least for now.

Town Council will appoint new council member; consider rain gardens, annexation for medical center

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 2:32PM

Five Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council. The applicants will be interviewed by the council Thursday at the noon meeting, with appointment following.

Colton Harris-Moore editorial is timely, unbiased, judicial, and well-written

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:44AM

Your editorial in today's print Journal of the San Juans represents journalism at its best. The editorial is timely, unbiased, judicial, and well-written. You offer leadership and responsible guidance to your readers.

Plane harassed the whales off Lime Kiln

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 10:35AM

On July 10, at about midday, a plane buzzed the waters where the whales were swimming. It was near the lighthouse in Lime Kiln Point State Park. It was not only much too close to the whales but also a danger to boaters and those on shore. Luckily, some people who were also there managed to get photographs of the plane, good enough to capture the ID number on the side.

Supports Kalb for U.S. House of Representatives

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 10:06AM

I enthusiastically support Larry Kalb, Democrat, for U.S. Congress in Washington’s 2nd District. Many candidates declare their promises of change and hope, but few are willing to make it so. I believe Larry has the leadership ability and the constituent support to bring about the needed change.

Cyclists warned of 'sticky' sealant as Public Works seal-coats roads

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:27AM

Bicyclists beware. Several of San Juan Island's most heavily-traveled roads, including Roche Harbor and Beaverton Valley, will be covered by a sticky tar-like substance at various locations, and at various times, over the next 10 days.

Welcome to the campaign: Participate | Editorial

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:18AM

They want to make decisions on your behalf. They want to decide how your tax dollars are best spent. And in some cases, the privilege of representing you will come with compensation and full health benefits – better than many of their potential constituents receive. “They” are the candidates for office in the Aug. 17 primary election.

Attend the League of Women Voters' candidates forum | Editorial

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:20AM

Here’s a reminder: The League of Women Voters’ primary Election Forum is Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Mullis Community Senior Center; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Grace Church on Lopez Island; and Saturday, 5-7 p.m., at the Orcas Island Senior Center. Islanders will vote on 14 legislative and local positions this year: County assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer; County Council District 2, District 5, and District 6; District Court judge, Superior Court judge; U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, 40th District state House Position 1, and 40th District state House Position 2. In addition, we will vote for U.S. senator; there are 15 candidates, among them three-term incumbent Patty Murray, former state senator and almost governor Dino Rossi, and NFL tight end-turned-farmer Clint Didier.

Let justice, not hype, takes its proper course | Editorial

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:19AM

Colton Harris-Moore is not a folk hero. He’s not a modern-day Jesse James. He’s not, as one Facebooker wrote, a “dude (who) went out with some style.” Harris-Moore is simply this: A suspect, accused of crimes in several states, British Columbia and the Bahamas. And now he’s entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury.

Former senator Harriet Spanel endorses Tom Pasma for state House, Position 1

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 9:11AM

40th District House Position 1 candidate Tom Pasma of Bow has been endorsed by former senator Harriet Spanel of Bellingham. Pasma, a Democrat, is one of eight candidates seeking election to the position being vacated by Dave Quall, who is retiring. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 17 primary — regardless of party affiliation — advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

'Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back': Relay for Life is July 24-25 at Friday Harbor High School track

  • Jul 15, 2010 at 8:59AM

Relay for Life San Juan County 2010 will be July 24 and 25 at the Friday Harbor High School track. Opening ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. July 24, followed by the Survivor Lap. Festivities continue throughout the evening with the Luminaria ceremony beginning at 10 p.m. Participants may come for moments or stay the entire time. Closing ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. July 25.

Rescued goats now getting love — and lots of grub — on Friday Harbor Airport property

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 4:42PM

These were the pound puppies of ruminants. Once abandoned, abused, underfed, the herd is now living in goat heaven: Eating to their heart's content, lounging in the sun, pausing for a neck scratch from their caretaker, and serving an important purpose. The 12 goats, owned by San Juan Island farmer Karen Lundin, are being used to clear Friday Harbor Airport property of noxious weeds.

'He's pretty lucky': Friday Harbor man credits assistant harbormaster with saving his life after cardiac arrest

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:38PM

Steve Cartagena walked up the stairs to the Port of Friday Harbor office so he could pay his moorage. It was July 1. He woke up four days later, on July 5, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. What he doesn't remember is his heart stopping and his lifeless body rolling down the flight of 15 stairs. And eight people carrying him up the stairs and summoning help. And Assistant Harbormaster Jeremy Talbott — who is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT — getting his heart going again. And the ambulance arriving, and the medflight to St. Joseph.

Land Bank Commission meets July 16, 10:30 a.m., in the Lopez Island Library

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 3:22PM

The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday, July 16 in the Lopez Public Library, community meeting room, 2225 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Public comment time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The public is welcome at every monthly Land Bank Commission meeting.

Q&A: Candidates for San Juan County Sheriff

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 10:59AM

The Journal of the San Juan Islands asked the candidates for San Juan County Sheriff four questions. Here are their answers.

San Juan Island needs a community youth center | Guest Column

  • Jul 13, 2010 at 5:06PM

We are your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews. We are your grandchildren. We write to you because we have a very specific need we would like to communicate with you in hopes that we can work together to make this happen. Our community needs to have a place for us, the youth of the island. We would like a cozy place to gather and hang out in the evenings that is not a bar or a party and doesn't cost us a half a day to a day's pay simply to be there.

Undersheriff, sergeant, two deputies say they don't support Asher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Jul 13, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:55PM

We feel that candidate Jeff Asher, while doing his job well as a deputy, does not have the leadership abilities or management skills to move the Sheriff's Office forward for our community. We have worked alongside Deputy Asher for many years, some of us his entire career, and based on this experience we have not seen the qualities we are looking for in our next sheriff.

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