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Styrene ban crusader Doris Estabrooks, 50-year member Joyce Harrell honored by League of Women Voters
- May 19, 2010 at 3:07PM
Doris Estabrooks, who led the successful campaign to ban styrene food containers in San Juan County, and Joyce Harrell, a 50-year member of the League of Women Voters, were honored at the local chapter’s annual meeting May 10 in the Orcas Hotel. Estabrooks received the local chapter’s first annual Woman Who Made a Difference Award. Harrell was made a lifetime member.
- May 19, 2010 at 2:15PM
It’s the final four for San Juan Community Theatre’s spring musical, Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” The play completes its 10-performance run Thursday through Sunday, with the final performance on Sunday a chance for audience members to join in a sing-along.
- May 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:08PM
A former write-in candidate for San Juan County sheriff is in Skagit County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson and unlawful possession of a firearm. Charles Eugene Feld, 53, was charged April 6 in Skagit County Superior Court; bail was set at $1.5 million. He is accused of splashing gasoline on four men and threatening to light it, shooting a gun and pointing it at one of the men, and burning one of the men's house down. The alleged incident reportedly occurred when a neighbor went to Feld's house with three other men and confronted him about some money Feld reportedly owed him.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 12:49PM
Tyler McKee qualified for the 1A State Golf Tournament and Quinn Bune and Megan Cuomo qualified as first alternates Wednesday at the Tri-District Tournament at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. It was, Coach Jack Rice said, a tough day on the course but a good day in the playoffs.
- May 19, 2010 at 12:46PM
I wanted to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s Dragons lacrosse team. For nine seasons, the Dragons have exemplified the best in island resourcefulness: playing programs affiliated with much bigger schools (Snohomish, Bellingham, Lynnwood!) and with far larger budgets, and consistently putting together teams that are focused on sportsmanship and good team play. The 2010 team is the pinnacle of those efforts.
- May 14, 2010 at 9:00AM updated May 19, 2010 at 10:55AM
Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo won the 1A District Golf Championship, Thursday at North Bellingham. Her title win came one week after she won the league tournament at San Juan. She advances to the Tri-District Tournament May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Also advancing to Tri-District: Senior Tyler McKee shot 89 to finish 10th. Junior Quinn Bune shot 94 to finish 15th. Junior Taylor Molloy shot a 97, his best score of the year, to fish 18th.
- May 19, 2010 at 10:00AM
Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race Saturday on San Juan Island. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The second annual ERCU Diamond Cup & Bill Brow Memorial begins at 11 a.m. at Sundstrom’s Pond, 1578 Roche Harbor Road.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:55AM
The season came to a screeching halt for the Friday Harbor softball team in back-to-back losses to Nooksack Valley at the District playoffs May 15 in Sedro-Woolley. The Wolverines can take some solace away from the playoffs, however, as they sandwiched a convincing 14-1, five-inning victory over Coupeville in between.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:54AM
With a berth at State up for grabs and the season on the line, Friday Harbor’s Shawn Cutting turned in what may have been his best performance of the year on the mound. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Cascade Christian southpaw Stephen Mahnken had the game of his life.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:49AM
Thirteen Wolverines advanced to Tri-Districts as Friday Harbor claimed a host of Top 3 finishes at the District 1 Track and Field Meet May 13 and 15 at Lynden Christian. A shot at State will be on the line as those 13 compete against regional 1A rivals beginning May 20 at the Tri-District Track Meet at King’s High School.
- May 19, 2010 at 10:34AM
Local businesses will have greater access to the resources and guidance of the Economic Development Council thanks to a financial contribution from the county's 2260 Fund. The County Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to contribute $8,400 from the fund, which is dedicated to financing public projects that foster economic development, to the EDC to increase its executive director's hours.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:46AM
If you enjoy spending time in the woods and want to pursuit a new hobby in your life, disc golf may be the perfect activity for you. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is a world-wide leisure sport that appeals to people of all ages and all athletic abilities.
- May 14, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 18, 2010 at 4:10PM
Beginning in the fall of 2012, San Juan County residents will need reservations to drive onto the ferry. Washington State Ferries acknowledges that some customers are alarmed.
- May 18, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:17PM
It was 30 years ago today ... On May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Mount St. Helens. The bulge and surrounding area slid away in a gigantic rockslide and debris avalanche, releasing pressure and triggering a major pumice and ash eruption of the volcano. Thirteen-hundred feet of the peak collapsed or blew outwards. As a result, 24 square miles of valley was filled by a debris avalanche; 250 square miles of recreation, timber, and private lands were damaged by a lateral blast; and an estimated 200 million cubic yards of material was deposited directly by lahars (volcanic mudflows) into the river channels. Fifty-seven people were killed or are still missing.
- May 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 18, 2010 at 11:20AM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his alleged crimes. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late Thursday/early Friday — and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner’s private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff’s Department reported in a press release Friday that the boat was “beached.”
- May 16, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 2:18PM
The San Juan Dragons defeated the Gig Harbor Fire 21-5 Saturday at Friday Harbor, advancing to the second round of playoffs for the first time in their history. Next, the Skagit Conference champion Dragons (12-2) host Roosevelt (10-3) May 22, probably at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II semi-final.
- May 15, 2010 at 8:00PM updated May 16, 2010 at 9:22AM
The San Juan Dragons defeated the Gig Harbor Fire 21-5 Saturday at Friday Harbor, advancing to the second round of playoffs for the first time in their history. Next, the Skagit Conference champion Dragons (12-2) host Roosevelt (10-3) May 22, probably at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the semi-final. That the Dragons were the dominant team was evident early. One minute into the game, Fire goalie Aaron Wolfe bumbled a shot by Dragon midfielder Weston Hedin, bumping it into the goal in an attempt to pick up the ball. Dragon attackman Ryan Guard followed up less than a minute later with the Dragons’ second goal.
- May 15, 2010 at 1:06PM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his exploits. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late May 13/early May 14 and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner's private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff's Department reported in a press release May 14 that the boat was "beached."
- May 14, 2010 at 3:28PM
In an effort to maintain a safe outdoor play area for our children, we have no choice but to keep the Head Start Playground locked after hours and closed to the public. We have made this decision as a result of reoccurring and increasing acts of vandalism and inappropriate use of our school playground over a period of many years.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:36PM
The Skagit Conference champion San Juan Dragons (11-2) host Gig Harbor (6-7) on Saturday, 1 p.m., at Friday Harbor High School, in the first round of Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association District II playoffs.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:20PM
A contingent of Friday Harbor orca advocates will participate in an international protest May 15 to call for a captive orca's return to her native Salish Sea. The international protest calls for the Miami Seaquarium to release Lolita, who was captured in Penn Cove 40 years ago. The protest begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday Harbor time. The regional coordinator is Debbi Fincher.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:02PM
Islands Convalescent Center is now Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands. The care center is owned by Life Care Centers of America, based in Cleveland, Tenn., and most of the other centers have “Life Care Center” in their names. The local administrator is Nai Saefong.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:02PM
Concepia: Your Center for Photography is moving from Churchill Corner to the former Springtree Restaurant, 310 Spring St. The Springtree Restaurant site was last occupied by the Islands Museum of Art, which moved to First Street. Concepia owner John Sinclair’s new location features a courtyard shaded by a camperdown elm (according to Wikipedia, the camperdown elm was first cultivated at Camperdown House in Sinclair’s native Scotland). The courtyard will have a community arts notice board, seating and refreshments for sale.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:01PM
Stepping Stones is moving from 54 Marguerite Place to the former King Typesetting building at 720 Park St. Director Bridget Altena said she expects to be in the new location in June. Advantages: It’s newer and freshly remodeled. There will be a toddler room and a preschool room and, eventually, an infant center.
- May 14, 2010 at 1:59PM
Oren and Peggy Combs, formerly of the Front Street Alehouse, have purchased Pazzo Vivo (175 First St.) from Mari Lariviere. They are remodeling and will reopen it in mid-June as Rumor Mill. “It’s going to be more open and bright,” Oren Combs said of the restaurant’s interior. The interior design will be “industrial modern with a nostalgia twist,” and the First Street frontage will feature a 12.5-foot glass slide garage door that will swing open to give diners the ambience of sitting outside.
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