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Naturalist photographs boat that got too close to whale

  • May 27, 2009 at 1:00PM updated May 28, 2009 at 3:44PM

A naturalist with Prince of Whales reported taking these photos of a Bayliner that got too close to an orca May 24, between 1:15-2 p.m., in Haro Strait slightly north of Lime Kiln Lighthouse.

Howard leads first day at 1A State Golf Tournament; all five Friday Harbor golfers make the cut

  • May 27, 2009 at 5:14PM

All five Friday Harbor golfers made the cut at the 1A State Golf Tournament today, at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. Senior Dustin Howard, in his first year as a Wolverine golfer, led his team members with a 2-over 74. Tyler McKee shot 75, Tri-District champion Jordyn Taylor shot 78, Cody Price shot 79, and Megan Cuomo shot 88.

James Van Dyke named executive chef in the Bahamas | Newsmakers

  • May 27, 2009 at 4:39PM

James Van Dyke has been named executive chef at Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas. Van Dyke is the son of Jeff Van Dyke of Friday Harbor and Molly Read of Kirkland. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2003. He attended culinary school in Portland, Ore., graduating in November 2005, and mentored under Chef Chris Nugent at Les Nomades in Chicago, Ill. Prior to moving to the Bahamas, Van Dyke was the chef de cuisine for Coobah's in Chicago.

'It is for them we mourn and for them that we search our hearts for that deeper meaning that is never fully satisfied' | Guest Column

  • May 27, 2009 at 4:25PM

Memorial Day belongs to the fallen. It is for them we mourn and for them that we search our hearts for that deeper meaning that is never fully satisfied. Those of us who have been on the point of our nation’s interests know this.

Friday Harbor's Short to compete in two events at State | Track and Field

  • May 27, 2009 at 4:17PM

Friday Harbor's Kayla Short came up big when it mattered most. A junior and three-sport athlete, Short earned the right to compete at State in not just one, but two events thanks to a pair of fourth-place finishes Saturday at the Tri-District meet at King's High School.

Lola Risbell | Passages

  • May 27, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:13PM

Our beloved mother and grandmother Lola D. Risbell, Aug. 16, 1927 – May 23, 2009, fought a brave and courageous battle against cancer. She fought it with dignity and grace and is at peace now.

Mayor congratulates Legion, Auxiliary, Battery D for successful Memorial Day commemoration

  • May 27, 2009 at 2:29PM

On behalf of the Town of Friday Harbor, I thank you for producing and participating in the Memorial Day 2009 parade and event. Without your organization and hard work, the event would not have been as successful as it was.

Chamber Music San Juans celebrates the season Saturday; Grammy nominee accompanies

  • May 27, 2009 at 2:19PM

Bring together a charismatic bassoonist with a critically acclaimed pianist, add four familiar and favorite Chamber Music San Juans musicians, and you have a recipe for one inspiring and refreshing evening of classical music. The sounds of Chamber Music San Juans’ spring concert, “Spring’s Hidden Treasures,” will fill the main auditorium at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Free vision, hearing screening this weekend at MarketPlace

  • May 27, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:12PM

The Lions Health Screening Unit will visit San Juan Island on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at MarketPlace. The purpose is to screen the public for vision and hearing acuity, glaucoma and diabetes detection, and blood pressure screening. Sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club, these screenings are available free of charge. The screening unit is a program of the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight & Hearing, a 501©(3) charitable non-profit organization founded in 1969 by Lions Clubs in the Northwest.

Taking flight: Catch the heights of local talent at Spring Showcase

  • May 27, 2009 at 2:10PM

Dance Workshop II is an incubator of talent, pulsing with creative energy every day of the week. “If you want to learn any style of dance, there’s someone there to teach you,” said Elizabeth Clark, a dance instructor.

We remember ... Islanders pay tribute to war dead

  • May 25, 2009 at 5:00PM updated May 27, 2009 at 10:22AM

Once again, time stopped Monday in Friday Harbor. The noise of downtown life yielded to the sounds of marching feet, the barks of the sergeant’s commands, the flutter of the colors in the breeze. At Memorial Park, islanders and visitors gathered at the monument engraved with the names of San Juan County’s World War I dead. And once again, as generations before have done every year since 1921, the island remembered and gave thanks to America’s veterans — particularly those who gave what President Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.”

Model hydroplanes race Saturday on San Juan Island

  • May 26, 2009 at 12:00PM updated May 27, 2009 at 10:07AM

Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race on San Juan Island Saturday. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The ERCU Diamond Cup race — ERCU stands for Electric Radio Controlled Unlimiteds — begins at 11 a.m. at 1609 Beaverton Valley Road, Friday Harbor, behind Beaverton Valley Business Park.

Will the entire county end up bailing out the town? | Guest Column

  • May 18, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 26, 2009 at 1:02PM

A good decision does not need to be defended. Good choices stand on their own merits. This was not the case in the recent guest column of May 6 by County Council members Pratt and Peterson.

‘Kalama Curse’ strikes the Wolverines | Baseball

  • May 26, 2009 at 12:54PM

The Kalama Curse strikes again. The season came to an abrupt and agonizing end as the Friday Harbor baseball team fell 3-2 to top-ranked Kalama Saturday in the opening round of the 1A state tournament.

Softball team loses chance at State; tripped by Orting 3-1 | Softball

  • May 26, 2009 at 12:53PM

The Friday Harbor softball team needed three in a row to get to State. And by clobbering Seattle Christian and Bellevue Christian in back-to-back, do-or-die games Saturday at the Tri-District tournament, the Wolverines put themselves in position to pull off the improbable.

Wolverine boys, girls ousted in playoffs | Tennis

  • May 26, 2009 at 12:51PM

Coach Dick Barnes said competition increases by leaps and bounds at Quad-District. “The level of tennis is just phenomenal,” he said.

Born Learning Trail opens Saturday; Island Rec celebrates 25th anniversary

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:40PM

The opening of the Born Learning Trail at the Family Park in the San Juan County Fairgrounds will be joined with Island Rec's celebration of its 25th anniversary, Saturday, 10-11 a.m.

Memorial Day on San Juan Island: Our tradition of honoring

  • May 24, 2009 at 6:00AM

On Memorial Day 1917, a Friday Harbor girl, Caroline Reed, attended the ceremony to dedicate a new flagpole and flag on Spring Street. Later she wrote of it in her memoir, “Underpinning.” Her niece, Sue Reed of Cape San Juan, is republishing the book. Reed shared her aunt’s story of that day in 1917 ...

1859 relived: Military camp gives you a taste of the past — and of what’s to come

  • May 22, 2009 at 3:33PM

One hundred fifty years ago, American and British troops occupied San Juan Island while their two superpower nations began the arduous task of resolving a dispute over ownership of the archipelago. The occupation brought to the island several nationally-known figures (Gen. Winfield Scott, Brig. Gen. William S. Harney), as well as figures that would later become nationally known (Capt. George Pickett, Lt. Henry Robert). The occupation would change the landscape, leaving buildings and landmarks that remain today. The occupation would itself be distinguished by the fact that no shot was fired in hostility — proof that disputes, even between superpowers, can be resolved peacefully.

Big Spring Barn Dance and Community Fund-raiser Saturday at the fairgrounds

  • May 22, 2009 at 12:08PM

Put on your dancing shoes and go to the Big Spring Barn Dance and Community Fund-raiser in the San Juan County Fairgrounds’ Main Building, Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

Wolf's resignation official; only one candidate for his position

  • May 22, 2009 at 10:42AM

With seven days left for applications, Noel Monin is the sole candidate for Christopher Wolf's Town Council position.Wolf resigned effective last night to take a two-year teaching assignment at the American School of Doha, in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar. He will also go on leave of absence for two years at Friday Harbor Middle School, where he teaches humanities, current events, and speech and debate.

Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969 reunion July 18

  • May 21, 2009 at 2:02PM

Are you in this photograph? Then you'll want to attend the 40th reunion of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 1969, July 18. For more information, contact Wendy Fairweather Picinich, 378-4819, e-mail sjtrophy@rockisland.com; or Jeri Jensen Ahrenius, 378-2420, jeri@jensenshipyard.com.

More than 40 islanders receive instruction in onboard firefighting, proper flare use

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:44AM

As part of National Safe Boating Week, the Friday Harbor Power Squadron, along with the Friday Harbor Fire Department and West Marine, held its fourth annual Flare Shoot at Jackson's Beach on May 17.

New books by San Juan County authors | Island Books

  • May 21, 2009 at 10:43AM

Online columnist and new author Mary Kalbert will sign copies of her book, "Reflections on Life in the San Juan Islands," May 23, 2-4 p.m., at Griffin Bay Bookstore, 155 Spring St., Friday Harbor. "Reflections on Life in the San Juan Islands" is described as a "compilation of essays extolling island living that are wistful, introspective and laugh-out-loud funny."

IIMC plans safety corrections to keep extended-stay clinic grant

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:04AM

Pending correction of a few minor safety conditions, Inter Island Medical Center will keep its $100,000 federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant on track and soon bring up to 48 hours of extended inpatient care to San Juan Island.

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