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- May 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:45PM
That the undefeated Friday Harbor Wolverines would win the League Championship at par-71 San Juan Golf and Country Club, there was little doubt. But Friday Harbor's golfers weren't taking Thursday's match for granted. Not with the mercury at 49 degrees, not with a chilly breeze blowing in from Griffin Bay, not with rain making the outing a soggy one.
- May 8, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:45PM
I was a bit ambivalent about watching a show about Patsy Cline, not being a strong country-western fan, although I remembered listening to a few of her songs back in the ’50s. I am now here to tell you that even if you never heard of her before, you will become an instant Patsy Cline fan if you attend director Merritt Olsen’s production at San Juan Community Theatre.
- May 8, 2009 at 3:57PM
President Obama's budget includes $6 million to purchase Mitchell Hill and transfer it to the San Juan Island National Historical Park, according to Rep. Rick Larsen's office. "Today's announcement is great news for San Juan County, Northwest Washington and the over 250,000 people who visit the San Juan Island National Historical Park each year," said Larsen, who has worked for more than six years to transfer ownership of Mitchell Hill to the National Park from the state Department of Natural Resources.
- May 8, 2009 at 3:47PM
The state County Road Administration Board has awarded San Juan County the largest grant it has ever given the county. The board’s $2.5 million grant will fund the reconstruction of Mount Baker Road on Orcas Island, between mile posts 0 and 1.1, the county communications office reported.
- May 6, 2009 at 11:42AM
Sharon led a modest life, had a positive, strong-willed spirit and was the rock of her family and friends. Her life on Lopez was full of days at the beach, gardening, keeping up with her kids' musical endeavors, sporting events, making jewelry, knitting, baking and planning events. The smell of fresh baked bread, cookies and pies always seemed to fill her house.
- May 6, 2009 at 9:23AM
When Lynden Christian swept past the Friday Harbor Wolverines 7-0 Tuesday, they won themselves a match-up with defending state champions King's later this week. The Wolverines put the wraps on a hard, sometimes frustrating season.
- May 5, 2009 at 10:00AM updated May 6, 2009 at 9:03AM
State Sen. Kevin Ranker has faced a tough first several months in office. He just finished the state budget process, and says it was “one of the more difficult experiences” of his life.
- May 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:10AM
Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School Dining Hall. The dinner features a Mexican menu by Chef Andy and the Friday Harbor Foodies.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 5, 2009 at 11:09AM
I did go to the concert for Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan at SJCT Friday night, but the sound system didn't seem to mix well. I couldn't understand a word, but it was worth it to hear the guitarist and electric piano. Awesome.
- May 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM
Playoffs begin Tuesday for Friday Harbor prep sports. The boys soccer team, which finished the regular season 1-2-8 with a 0-0 finish vs. Cavelero on Thursday, will travel to Lynden Christian on Tuesday for a District 1 playoff game. A loss would end their season; if they win, they advance Thursday to Meridian.
- May 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 1:59PM
Friday Harbor Town Council member Carrie Lacher announced today her candidacy for mayor of Friday Harbor. If elected, she would be the first female mayor since the town was incorporated in 1909. She is the first candidate to announce for the position this year; Mayor David Jones told The Journal April 22 that he will not seek a second term.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 4, 2009 at 1:58PM
The San Juan Island solid-waste transfer station is staying right where it is -- at least for now. In a 4-1 decision, the County Council on Tuesday selected Sutton Road, the site of the existing transfer station, as its top choice for the future home of a new, improved and, perhaps someday, expanded solid-waste facility. The council chose Beaverton Valley Road as its second choice and Daniel Lane as its third.
- May 1, 2009 at 12:00PM updated May 4, 2009 at 9:23AM
Bob Dann of Friday Harbor, a retired chemist who taught ethnic dance and wrote six novels, has died. Mr. Dann was 87. Funeral is at noon on May 8 at St. David's Church, followed by a brief reception and then interment at Valley Cemetery.
- May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM updated May 4, 2009 at 9:23AM
A memorial service will be held May 7, 2 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Lynden for Erika Jean Coffey, granddaughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Sundstrom, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.
- May 4, 2009 at 8:18AM
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Tuesday, it celebrates a hopeful victory over another foe. Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. Tip big between 6 and 9 p.m. — all tips will be donated to Relay for Life.
- May 1, 2009 at 4:25PM
Patricia Barrett Harrah of Cape San Juan passed away peacefully at home April 22 with her husband at her side, after a long struggle with kidney disease. She had just passed her 82nd birthday and she and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.
- May 1, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:04PM
The county Health Department is prepared to close a school for a minimum of seven days if a student or staff member is confirmed to have the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. School district Superintendent Michael Soltman said today that the district has been working closely with the health department and the Department of Emergency Management to develop procedures for communicating information about response to student illness and potential school closures ordered by the health department.
- May 1, 2009 at 11:35AM
Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece, Erika Davis Coffey, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated May 1, 2009 at 11:26AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines soccer team (1-1-8) hosts Cavelero today, 3:30 p.m. It’s the last game of the season before district playoffs, which begin May 5.
- May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:21AM
Joseph Giuliano, the former deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Northwest region, will be sentenced June 23 after pleading guilty to charges of child rape. On April 23, Giuliano, 55, pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to three counts of child rape and, according to the Bellingham Herald, will likely be sentenced to one year in jail, on work release, and three years of sexual-deviancy treatment.
- May 1, 2009 at 9:48AM
When times are tough, it is important to count your blessings and appreciate all that you do have. San Juan Island is a community full of creative, caring hard-working people and at the center of all that is our schools and all the dedicated teachers and staff that make our schools some of the best in the state.
- May 1, 2009 at 9:42AM
Camp Orkila on Orcas Island is being closed and about 300 school children from King County and Richland are being sent home after six children and one adult exhibited flu-like symptoms Thursday night, the San Juan County Health Department reports. County Health and Human Services Director John Manning reported that 267 of the children arrived from the Tyee Middle School in Bellevue on Tuesday evening and another 36 of the children are from the Christ the King School in Richland. The children from the Richland area are leaving via the 10:20 a.m. ferry. At this point, health officials say none of the Richland-area children have exhibited symptoms.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 2:53PM
The Friday Harbor softball team notched three consecutive victories last week to move beyond the .500 mark and recapture some much-needed momentum with five games left in regular-season play.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Apr 30, 2009 at 2:52PM
Friday Harbor tallied two more wins and improved to 12-1 in Northwest 1A/2B League play by dismantling Darrington in back-to-back games Saturday at Hartman Field.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 2:49PM
Friday Harbor tallied four wins in a four-day, five-match whirlwind of tennis, thanks in large part to the steady play of its doubles teams.
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