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- Jul 23, 2010 at 10:01AM
Join County Council members Richard Fralick, Orcas West, and Gene Knapp, Orcas East, for a Town Hall conversation at Fire Protection District No. 2, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, on Aug. 4, 4-5:45 p.m.
- Jul 23, 2010 at 9:53AM
Natural balance. The rabbits help sustain it here. They have their part to play and are here for a reason. Other forms of life thrive because of them. We all know this.
- Jul 23, 2010 at 9:25AM
The extermination has already happened. A few hardy bunnies remain and NPS wants to shoot them because, just like life, rabbits refuse to go away.
- Jul 23, 2010 at 8:59AM
I would like to ask that you join me in voting for the most qualified person running for San Juan County Council, Lopez/Shaw: Jerry Gonce. Prior to coming to Lopez, Jerry had basically been a city manager for most of his working life, and doing it very successfully. During these troubled times, we need someone like Jerry, who is a "hands-on, get things done" kind of person who will tackle the problems we face with non-partisanship and fiscal responsibility. As Jerry says, "WE CAN DO BETTER!"
- Jul 23, 2010 at 8:57AM
I support Jeff Asher for San Juan County sheriff. He will do an excellent job; he has the skills and personality that a sheriff needs. I experienced these qualities in Jeff consistently during the 15 years I served on the San Juan County Dive Team under his leadership. He inspired me and the other team members to volunteer for this dangerous and uncomfortable work. I know that Jeff makes decisions that I can count on for my safety in the life-threatening situations the Dive Team encounters at each call out. He makes sure we have the training and support for the job we do.
- Jul 23, 2010 at 8:54AM
An uncommon opportunity is before us in the candidacy of Mr. Larry Kalb, a Democratic running for election to Washington's Second Congressional District. Mr. Kalb's election will replace the current representative, Mr. Rick Larsen. I support the election of Mr. Kalb and urge your readers to examine his positions on the urgent decisions that confront this Nation.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated at 5:09PM
Rebuilding Spruce Street — with new surface and storm drainage — would cost about $471,400. And it might be paid for by neighborhood residents through a limited improvement district. Next to determine: Who will be in the limited improvement district. Town Administrator King Fitch said districts, or LIDs, or usually comprised of residents whose homes face an improvement. But in this case, more homes could be included because Spruce Street provides access to Hemlock Court, Green Way, and Alder Court. It becomes Rose Lane. The number of homes in the district is important — more homes means less property tax per owner.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 5:09PM
The San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued this response to a civil rights lawsuit filed against the county by a Friday Harbor resident ("Friday Harbor woman sues San Juan County; alleges police brutality, unlawful search and seizure," July 21 SanJuanJournal.com).
- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jul 22, 2010 at 4:58PM
Dr. Bo Turnage of Friday Harbor has completed continuing dental education provided by Baylor University in the area of oral healthcare for the geriatric patient.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 3:41PM
Chris Ross of Friday Harbor is teaching Capoeria, a Brazilian dance-based martial art, at San Juan Fitness. Ross, 25, is a San Juan Island District 3 firefighter. Classes are on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 3:08PM
The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee is proposing two rain gardens at First and Spring streets – on the corner of Herb’s Tavern and Coldwell Banker -- and a tree well at Spring and Front streets to filter stormwater before it reaches the harbor.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 2:15PM
Anyone who has ever worked for a large business has had a co-worker who was OK to work with ... but if you were told they were being promoted to run the business, you would have to say "No, that's not a wise decision." Four San Juan County officers, with over 100 years of combined law enforcement experience, were concerned enough about the future of the Sheriff's Office and San Juan County that they did just that.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 1:58PM
We would like to acknowledge a few of the many thoughtful kindnesses shown our loved one in the past few years. On her behalf and on behalf of the elderly everywhere, we thank you.
- Jul 22, 2010 at 1:51PM
At the League of Women Voters Forum, I saw many fine candidates running for San Juan County sheriff in this primary. I will vote for Brad Fincher. Here's why.
- 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.
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