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- May 25, 2010 at 5:53AM
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public meeting June 5, noon to 4 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center regarding revisions to its Resource Management Plan in Washington state, including the San Juan Islands. The new plan will provide management direction for the next two decades for about 445,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Eastern Washington and in the San Juan Archipelago.
- May 24, 2010 at 6:14PM
Springtide, the annual visitors guide published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, will be on the streets this week. The National Park Service guide is included in the May 26 Journal of the San Juan Islands.
- May 11, 2010 at 5:00PM updated May 24, 2010 at 6:23AM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA) is sounding the call to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia artists to enter IMA’s juried visual arts competition, "Green: ON THE EDGE." The upcoming summer exhibition asks artists to tackle the question, "What does green mean to you?" "ON THE EDGE" is IMA’s way of saying, "Don’t be conservative, take it to the edge. Express 'Green: ON THE EDGE' in your medium. Let everyone see what you’ve got."
- May 23, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 5:45PM
The San Juan Dragons reached new heights in their history Saturday, defeating Roosevelt 7-2 to advance to the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II semifinals for the first time ever. In addition, five Dragons have been named to the All-Skagit Conference team: Senior midfielder Michael Ausilio, senior midfielder Forest Dayton, senior attackman Ryan Guard, senior goalie Calen Mehrer, and senior defender Brady Sundberg.
San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival inaugural reception with Emmy winner László Pal on May 23
- May 21, 2010 at 4:00PM updated May 23, 2010 at 9:25AM
The San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival hosts its inaugural reception with Emmy award-winning filmmaker László Pal on May 23, 3 p.m. at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The inaugural reception and showing of Pal's film, "Three Flags Over Everest, are free and open to the public. The event is being held to introduce islanders to the upcoming International Documentary Film Festival, April 1-3, 2011.
- May 21, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:58PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council will have a special meeting May 27, noon at Town Hall to discuss the County Council's request that the town finance the construction of a structure around the tipping floor at the solid waste transfer station on Sutton Road. The transfer station property is owned by the town. The county leases the site and operates the transfer station. The tipping floor is the concrete floor where garbage is dumped and then pushed into the bed of a long-haul truck. The old tipping floor cover was removed in about 2006, leaving refuse exposed to weather and resulting in polluted stormwater runoff.
- May 21, 2010 at 5:44PM
The San Juan County Citizens’ Salary Commission voted Thursday to reduce the sheriff’s salary by more than $10,000 and increase the salary for the county prosecutor by $5,000 per year. The commission responded to studies analyzing cost-of-living figures and comparative salaries for elected officials around the state. The study showed that the county sheriff’s $97,520 compensation is in the mid-range among Washington counties, but relatively high among counties with similar populations. The study also noted that the sheriff’s salary, which is has been set at 2 percent above the undersheriff’s salary, is 16 percent higher than the highest-paid sergeant.
- May 21, 2010 at 4:05PM
The fifth annual Flare Shoot is May 22, 1 p.m., at Jackson’s Beach. It’s a family event presented by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron in conjunction with the Friday Harbor Fire Department and West Marine, as a public service for Safe Boating Week. The San Juan Island Fire Department will also be participating.
Whale Museum’s annual 'Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony' fund-raising dinner, auction May 22
- May 21, 2010 at 5:45PM
The Whale Museum’s fourth annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony” fund-raising dinner and auction is May 22, 6 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor. An audio-visual program will be shared by Val Veirs of an actual orca greeting ceremony. Veirs will play acoustic recordings and show photos and video of this amazing event.
San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7 at San Juan Golf and Country Club | Golf
- May 20, 2010 at 7:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:59PM
After the celebrities have gone and the last plate of salmon has been enjoyed, there’s still some great golf to be played or watched. The San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7, 4:30 p.m. check-in, at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The scramble takes two days after the Islanders Bank San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. The nine-hole scramble includes contests for accurate drive, long drive and hit inside the circle on the eighth hole.
- May 20, 2010 at 4:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:11PM
Family, friends, fun and making memories all come together at the third annual Spring Carnival May 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Admission is free for islanders and visitors alike.
- May 21, 2010 at 12:57PM
The Sears Family is thrilled to announce two new additions to their families: cousins Scott and Tiffany. Scott Henry Sears was born April 28, 2010 to Dennis and Dori Sears. He joined his older brother John, who is 2 1/2. The very next day, Scott’s cousin arrived. Tiffany Rose Sears was born April 29, 2010 to Jerry and Kate Sears. Her older brother, James, will be 3 in July.
- May 21, 2010 at 11:36AM
Anacortes School Board President Kris Lytton has been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington in her bid for the 40th District state House seat being vacated by Dave Quall, who is retiring. Lytton is a Democrat. Other candidates are Democrat Thomas Boucher, a member of Congressman Rick Larsen’s district staff; Republican Dusty Gulleson, a Bellingham businessman; Republican Mike Newman, a real estate agent and Skagit County Republican Party precinct committee officer; Democrat Tom Pasma, a Bow rancher and nominee of the 40th Legislative District Democrats.
- May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM
Jan Sears announced May 17 she is running for a second term as San Juan County treasurer. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2.
Rob Nou, Lopez deputy, enters race for sheriff; retired as police chief in Burns, Ore. | County Sheriff
- May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM
Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Nou of Lopez Island announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff over the weekend. He is the third candidate to emerge — all from the Sheriff’s Department — since Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he was retiring after six terms.
- May 21, 2010 at 11:27AM
The Washington State Labor Council has endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for a sixth term. Larsen has represented the Second Congressional District since 2001. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Budget Committee.
- May 20, 2010 at 10:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:24AM
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, announced May 19 an initial list of local elected officials and civic leaders who will serve as members of his campaign kick-off host committee. This list adds to the more than 20 leaders from Whatcom County who publicly offered their backing to the Larsen campaign last week.
- May 21, 2010 at 11:16AM
State Sen. Don Benton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by state Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard, Rep. Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, and Steve Hammond, executive director of Citizen Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR). Benton is running for the position held by Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat.
James Stephen Hogan served as Municipal Court judge, trustee of Central Washington University | Passages
- May 21, 2010 at 7:54AM
James Stephen Hogan, a retired judge and former trustee of Central Washington University, died May 10 at his home in Yakima. He was 86. He was a judge of the Municipal Court and Justice Court of Yakima Precinct and the City of Yakima. In 1977, he was appointed by Gov. Dixie Lee Ray to the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University, and served as Wapato Municipal Court judge. He served as Exalted Ruler of the Elks in 1982-83 and was a life member of the VFW, Eagles, Moose, Kiwanis, and Footprinters.
- May 19, 2010 at 2:00PM updated May 20, 2010 at 4:23PM
The San Juan Community Theater’s SummerFest is under way, and the quality of performance is already high. Acoustic guitar master Leon Redbone played to a sold-out house May 1, and Desirae Whalen et al are wowing audiences in “My Fair Lady.” The rest of the SummerFest lineup promises equally enjoyable events. This year offers a few returning favorites, and even more exciting novelties.
- May 20, 2010 at 3:56PM
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.
- May 20, 2010 at 4:03PM
Dick worked for JC Penney for 28 years and “retired” in 1997. He truly embraced “retirement” life with Marcia by living on a boat in the San Juan Islands, owning and operating a small boat accessory business, and serving as outstation manager for the Seattle Yacht Club on Henry Island. Dick’s humor, quick wit, and genuine nature drew people to him. His eye rolls, wise cracks, and crooked smile will be missed by all.
- May 20, 2010 at 2:41PM
With a deadline drawing near, San Juan County officials hope to avoid turning the solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island into a drop-box facility by building a cover over the tipping floor. And they're hoping the Town of Friday Harbor will pay for it.
- May 20, 2010 at 10:59AM
Thanks to the support of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and United Way of San Juan County, our community’s young teens will be able to continue to develop essential life skills through the WSU 4-H Challenge Program!
- May 20, 2010 at 10:57AM
We’ve got a big change coming down the pike, one that will alter how we travel to and from the islands that we call home. Beginning in fall 2012, many of those driving onto the ferry on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes will need reservations. We’re not entirely sold on the idea, but we’re also not fully opposed. Here are two sides.
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