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- Jun 24, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 3:33PM
The San Juan Islander, a newspaper that published in Friday Harbor from 1891 to 1914, is now available online. The newspaper is among nine newspapers — and more than 50,000 historic newspaper pages — recently contributed to Chronicling America, making Washington state’s contribution to the program a total of 16 titles and 92,000 pages.
- Jun 24, 2010 at 3:09PM
Herb's Relay for Life Team presents Island Jam, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, on June 26, 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Tanglewood Amphitheater, aka Glen Hargrove's place — 11 Tanglewood Lane, off Wold Road (look for balloons and signs).
Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island warned about communications with WSF employees
- Jun 24, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:12PM
State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island has been advised by Washington State Ferries that he could be denied ferry access if he again "engages in disruptive behavior" with ferry workers. Steven V. Rodgers, director of marine operations for WSF, wrote a letter to Distler, dated June 18, as a followup to a discussion the two had regarding a complaint from a WSF employee in Anacortes. The letter states that Distler had apologized to the terminal supervisor and the traffic attendant, "assuring them this type of behavior would not happen again."
- Jun 24, 2010 at 2:59PM
If you want to revitalize downtown, you ask the chamber of commerce and the business community what the best way to accomplish that would be. If you want to support a special-interest group with government monies, such as the Agricultural Guild, it should be done in an appropriate manner. Government should offer a hand up rather than a hand out. Handouts lead to lifelong enabling that leads to dependency, rather than sustainability.
- Jun 24, 2010 at 2:48PM
Supporting local farmers is a key component of both a healthy community and a healthy economy. Investing in a local farmers’ market, in the downtown core, is fundamental to this effort. In Friday Harbor, a local farmers’ market in the downtown core will support our local producers, their ability to preserve agricultural land; provide them a direct marketing opportunity; provide consumers fresh, local food; create a local gathering place; provide other businesses an influx of customers, and promote tourism.
- Jun 24, 2010 at 1:21PM
The San Juan County Fire Marshal's office reminds islanders and visitors that open burning closes June 30, 11:59 p.m. For more information, call Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner, 376-2331.
- Jun 23, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jun 24, 2010 at 8:07AM
San Juan Island singer-songwriter Rhiana Franklin has been selected by KMPS 94.1 FM to compete in the KMPS-Colgate Country Showdown, Friday at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Rhiana, 14, is one of 15 singers who will compete for a spot in the state final Sept. 5 at the Kittitas County Fair. State winners advance to the regional final. Regional winners advance to the national Colgate Country Showdown.
- Jun 23, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:08PM
Friday Harbor's five museums have formed the Friday Harbor Museum District, a collaboration to better promote the town's museums and improve the museum experience for islanders and visitors. Museum District participants have developed a colorful brochure, to be distributed in hotels, inns and visitor centers on the island and the mainland, promoting the features of each museum, which are within walking distance of the ferry landing.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jun 23, 2010 at 1:56PM
Three Islands Oil Spill Association workers are in the Gulf of Mexico region, helping to capture and clean oiled birds. And a bird rescue research center is asking all qualified responders to be available through the end of August. IOSA director Julie Knight and volunteer Sam Pottenger, both of Lopez Island, went to the Gulf June 12. Volunteer Amy Lum of Orcas Island joined them on June 19.
- Jun 23, 2010 at 12:41PM
Phil Gates found freedom and connection with the infinite on Jan. 28, 2010 at the age of 90. Born in 1919 in Denver, Colo., to Herman and Nelle Gates. He is survived by his sister Phyllis Fenger of Carpinteria, Calif., and her daughter Ellen Fenger of Santa Barbara, Calif.; son Scott Gates of Friday Harbor, Wash.; daughter Lisa Gates, her husband Charlie Waldron, and their son Cole Waldron, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and daughter Julie Gates of Marin, Calif.
- Jun 23, 2010 at 11:33AM
Orcas Island Fire District commissioners say fire officials from Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw islands are in agreement regarding the proposed interlocal agreement for the county fire marshal position. The parties met at a June 17 inter-district fire commissioners meeting to discuss the current situation.
- Jun 23, 2010 at 9:35AM
After graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Violet moved to Seattle and raised her three children on Queen Anne Hill. During World War II, Violet was a Civil Defense precinct operator and Grey Lady nurse, caring for the wounded as they arrived on ships from the Pacific War. Her career spanned the hotel and lumber industries and many years as an administrative assistant for the Washington State Ferry system.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 2:45PM
The Rudi Race sponsored by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club last Saturday, the 19th, was about as good as it gets. Near perfect winds, moderate but interesting and mysterious currents, warm sun and a nice turnout.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 2:40PM
Kate Storms won first place and Lynette Cabrera won second place in the Pet Poetry Contest hosted by Peace of Mind Pet Sitting. Storms received a total prize package valued at $375; Cabrera received a total prize package valued at $175.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 2:17PM
Former Friday Harbor High School golf standout Cody Price won the San Juan Open over the weekend, shooting 75-77 to win his first Open on his home course. Three-time Open winner Ron Bates finished second with 160. Bob Krueger finished third with 161.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 1:58PM
Often, high school graduation is viewed by many as a chance to celebrate with drinking alcohol or using illegal substances. Thankfully, our community once again stepped up to help offer our graduating seniors another option: Project Grad Night, an all-night, alcohol and drug-free party exclusively for them!
- Jun 22, 2010 at 1:47PM
The Youth Leadership Initiative in Grade 6 is a local effort to commence local, state and national connections for youth in coalition work. The Coalition for Anti-Drug Communities of America (CADCA) sponsors an annual National Youth Leadership Initiative in Washington, D.C. This week-long training in the capital is an opportunity for selected youth and their adult coalition advisers to come current with training and learn how to build their coalitions at home to effect community change.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 1:36PM
June 9, a Journal employee once again loaded up a pickup truck with recyclable materials and headed to the solid waste transfer station. The employee’s vehicle waited in line as three other motorists emptied their recyclable containers into the big bin. Then, the Journal employee backed in, dumped four containers of office-related paper and plastic, and two containers of paper and plastic from home, into the bin and drove off. All for free. Which begs the question, “Why?”
- Jun 22, 2010 at 1:23PM
The 11th annual Orca Sing concert — June 19, 6 p.m. at Lime Kiln Point State Park — was dedicated to the people and wildlife of the oil-stricken Gulf region. The concert featured maestro Fred West and members of the City Cantabile Choir in a celebration in song and words for the Salish Sea's resident orca whales.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 12:48PM
The Soundwatch Program had what director Kari Koski terms “catastrophic failure” on June 11. The team's boat — what it needs most to do its job — needs a new outdrive and supercharger.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 10:58AM
Findlay Maric Smith was born May 17, 11:15 p.m. in the Greenbank Birth Center, Whidbey Island. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 19 inches.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 9:26AM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business group discussion on upcoming revisions to the San Juan County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management plans. The discussion is Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the San Juan Island Library Community Room.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 9:18AM
Fourth of July is quickly approaching. And the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations to pay for this year’s fireworks display. This year’s fireworks display will cost about $15,000.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 10:54AM
Pat and Debbie Sandwith of Friday Harbor, Wash., happily announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Sandwith, Friday Harbor High School Class of 2002, to Dallas Osburn, son of Mrs. Bobbi Jo Osburn, and the late Mr. Dave Osburn, of Santa Maria, Calif.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 9:37AM
Born in Cottage Grove, Ore., Jan. 7, 1921, Marian is the daughter of Elmer and Nellie Mae Moore. She graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1938. She studied Dietary Management and Home Economics at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
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