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Asher: Candidacy is about improving the safety and quality of life of our communities

  • Aug 6, 2010 at 9:26AM

There are 30 employees in the department, and only a few are engaged in these attacks. For the most part, they represent the current leadership — the status quo. Should I not win, I will be unable to ensure that my supporters are treated fairly and professionally. Therefore, I will not ask my supporters within the department to publicly declare their support of my candidacy.

Supports Fincher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Aug 6, 2010 at 9:21AM

I find these qualities in Brad Fincher. When I was working in the courthouse, I never doubted that I could count on Brad to do his job, and do it well. I encouraged Brad to run for office, and ask you to vote Fincher for sheriff.

Small plane crashes near Roche Harbor disc golf course; three injured

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 6:00PM updated at 8:28PM

A small plane carrying three people crashed near the Roche Harbor disc golf course shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. "The plane went into trees. Everybody is OK. There were minor injuries," Sheriff Bill Cumming said. "It appears a 79-year-old gentleman will be flown off. The NTSB and the FAA will be notified."

Driver in Memorial Day fatal crash will be arraigned on vehicular homicide charge Aug. 13

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 3:37PM

Dana Richard Kempton of Friday Harbor will be arraigned on a charge of vehicular homicide Aug. 13 in San Juan County Superior Court. The charge stems from a crash on Memorial Day in which Kempton's passenger was killed. Superior Court Judge Donald E. Eaton determined Wednesday there was probable cause to arraign Kempton on the charge, based on an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Department.

Friday Harbor Town Council considers whether rain gardens would be a Spring Street pollution solution

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:16PM

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. The Friday Harbor Town Council will reconsider the proposal Thursday at noon. The meeting is open to the public.

Spruce Street residents may pay for road improvements with a neighborhood improvement district

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 9:53AM

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.

Turn up the music: Friday Harbor tinyRadio hits the airwaves

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 10:59AM

Friday Harbor has its own radio station. Seriously. San Juan Island's Ken Norris recently received a business license and Friday Harbor tinyRadio — 1650 on your AM dial — is already on the air.

Stormwater issues: The case for rain gardens | Mike Kaill

  • Aug 5, 2010 at 10:27AM

This document was written to speak to two concerns: — Do rain gardens work? How do we know that an investment like this will pay off? — What is the goal of a monitoring program? What are the reference points to show what the data means? Do we know that the data is appropriate? What do we do with the data?

Foot traffic is brisk; lodging tax revenues up 23 percent in town, 6.8 percent in county

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Aug 5, 2010 at 4:42AM

The local economy may be down, but it's not out. In fact, there's some sign of economic improvement this summer compared to the last, particularly in the tourism sector. San Juan County's share of lodging tax receipts were up 6.8 percent through the end of April, and up 23 percent in the town, compared with the first four months of 2009. Deborah Hopkins, director of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, cautions against putting too much stock in monthly lodging tax figures, noting that hotels, motels and inns are allowed to report earnings on a monthly, quarterly or an annual basis.

Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain visit Roche Harbor Aug. 4-10

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:09PM

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will make a rare stop in Roche Harbor Aug. 4-10 and offer a full slate of public activities. The vessels will fire a cannon salute to the community when they arrive at about 5:30 p.m. after an all-day passage from Anacortes.

National TV show sails into the San Juan Islands | Boating

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 12:53PM

Latitudes & Attitudes’ ninth annual NW Cruiser Party and Share the Sail event comes to the San Juans this month. The big annual party/rendezvous is Aug. 13-15 at Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes. “We expect more than 150 boats and upwards of 1,000 people,” said Bob Bitchin, publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring magazine.

Liberty wins annual Jack and Jill Race | Around the Waterfront

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 12:45PM

In this annual race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club on Saturday, 30 July, LIBERTY, skippered by Howard Lewis with crew Chantelle Vollmer, was declared the winner by Race Committee John Manning and Ed Hale. In second place was MARIANA, skippered by Fred Hoeppner and Cathy Crain crew.

Lodging tax revenue up, sales tax revenue down in Friday Harbor so far this year

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 12:39PM

Friday Harbor's town treasury has received $66,244.46 in lodging tax revenue so far this year, $8,605 more than the previous year, according to a report by Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich. That money represents revenue from two 2 percent lodging taxes collected — one for lodging facilities like public restrooms, the other for tourism promotion. Each 2 percent tax generated $33,122.23. It's the second-best year in lodging tax revenue since 2004. Sales tax revenue, not so much.

Former mayor says Nou would make a good sheriff | Political Notebook

  • Jul 8, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:55AM

Former Burns, Ore., mayor Laura Van Cleave has praise for her former police chief Rob Nou's skills as a law enforcement administrator. "If you're looking for a good sheriff, he would be perfect. I'd vote for him in a minute."

The Journal endorses Rob Nou for San Juan County sheriff | Editorial

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 11:54AM

Rob Nou has experience and ideas. He also brings fresh leadership, unencumbered by baggage that can come with being with an organization for a long time.

Thank you, farmers. May your harvest be bountiful

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 11:36AM

Thank you, farmers. It's a pleasant sight seeing you in the fields. May your harvest be bountiful.

Supports Jeff Asher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 11:24AM

While serving as San Juan County deputy sheriff, I supported Jeff in the 2002 sheriff’s election and know how difficult it can be to support a candidate that your direct supervisors (Undersheriff Jon Zerby, Sgt. Scott Brennan and Sgt. Steve Vierthaler) and senior deputies (Scott Johanson and Eric Gardiner) vehemently oppose.

Supports Jeff Asher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 11:21AM

I believe Jeff Asher to be the best qualified candidate for sheriff of San Juan County, based on my 15-year career as a Los Angeles police officer and 11-year San Juan County residency. With 25 years of service to this community, Jeff knows where the current shortfalls lie. Proper training of officers is essential, both for public safety and avoidance of lawsuits.

Supports Brent Johnson for San Juan County sheriff

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 11:11AM

I knew Brent this past year as one of the parents at Spring Street School, but I did not interact with him a lot in his professional role as a detective until this spring. After several meetings with Detective Johnson, I thought of Auden's lines above and reflected on how wonderful it was to see a master at work, practicing his craft with such precision, insight, and wisdom.

OPALCO employee population is shrinking: 22 drop 451.7 pounds in wellness challenge

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 10:56AM

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is a member-owned, member-operated electric utility that cares about its co-op family of employee-member-owners. OPALCO’s commitment to a healthy workplace includes a wellness program that encourages — and rewards — healthy habits. OPALCO gets up to a 6 percent discount on its insurance rates (through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) in exchange for hosting a wellness program — and then is required to spend that savings on employee wellness activities and incentives.

Sharing National Park lands is essential to preserving Native American culture | Being Frank

  • Aug 3, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:04AM

From bear grass to huckleberries to cedar and more, it’s getting harder and harder for the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington to find and access natural resources that are central to our culture. We need the traditional foods, medicines and materials that make us who we are. Like salmon, shellfish and wildlife, these things are part of us as Indian people. They were so important to us that we reserved our right to gather them when we signed treaties with the U.S. government.

Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In: 800-1,000 visitors, thousands of dollars generated locally

  • Aug 3, 2010 at 2:55PM

The Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In and Open House attracted between 800 and 1,000 visitors, July 24. Some 50 volunteers and staff members worked hundreds of hours to promote Friday Harbor Airport with the event, which was held as part of the Friday Harbor Port District's 60th anniversary.

The race for San Juan County sheriff: Links to information about the candidates

  • Jul 29, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Aug 3, 2010 at 3:43PM

Five candidates are running for San Juan County sheriff. The two top vote-getters in the Aug. 17 primary advance to the Nov. 2 general election. The sheriff earns $97,514 a year and manages a staff of 36 full-time employees and a budget of $2.3 million, which includes: $719,219, dispatch; $472,888, Enhanced E-911; $398,920, jail; and $209,615, Emergency Management.

In their words: Candidates for sheriff | Rob Nou

  • Aug 3, 2010 at 3:33PM

The Journal invited the five candidates for sheriff to tell you, in 400 words or less, what you need to know about what they will do as our top cop. Here are their guest columns.

In their words: Candidates for sheriff | Felix Menjivar

  • Aug 3, 2010 at 3:31PM

The Journal invited the five candidates for sheriff to tell you, in 400 words or less, what you need to know about what they will do as our top cop. Here are their guest columns.

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