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Orcas girls take fifth in state tournament | Basketball

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:32PM

The Orcas Island girls basketball team defied all expectations by knocking off the Pomeroy Pirates with a 3-point buzzer-beater and finishing fifth at the 2B state tournament Friday in Spokane. Trailing by two with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, junior Lanie Padbury grabbed a rebound off a missed free-throw and passed to Stephanie Shaw at mid-court, who in turn passed the ball back to Padbury with only a moment left on the game clock.

Carter Whalen holds on to derby lead; Chuck Payne trails by less than a pound | Fishing

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:29PM

Carter Whalen of San Juan Island grabbed the lead and Chuck Payne trails by less than a pound as both anglers netted 20-plus pound fish during Week 5 of the annual Frank Wilson Blackmouth Fishing Derby. Whalen earned a third $75 gift certificate for biggest blackmouth of the week by hauling in a 21.41-pounder. He also hooked the largest fish in Week 1 and Week 4, 18.75 and 14.44 pounds, respectively, and bumped Raymond Ploghoft, who reeled in a 19.87-pounder in Week 3, off the top the leader board with his most recent weekly winner.

State still deliberating on Washington State Ferries funding

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Mar 10, 2009 at 1:11PM

Terrible. That is how State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler sums up the current financial state of the state ferry system.

Beth Hudson: 'I thank the good people of San Juan Island and elsewhere for their prayers'

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:11PM

Beth Hudson is on the island and recovering from injuries sustained in a Dec. 21 crash on Portland Fair Road. She submitted this letter to the editor ...

Opposed to PeaceHealth/San Juan Community Hospital Committee proposal

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 3:30PM

PeaceHealth has now sweetened the $30 million Integrated Medical Facility kitty. Seventy grand worth of hype heretofore had not sugar-coated this pill enough to persuade the community to swallow. With its new $20 million pledge, PeaceHealth is plainly in a lather to get its foot in our door. The proposition is now almost irresistible, and if our enthralled Hospital District Board of Commissioners bites, part of the price will be the forfeiture of independent local control of our present and future healthcare universe to the agenda of a corporation.

San Juan Island School District buses will run on snow routes this afternoon

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 2:03PM

San Juan Island School District buses will run on snow routes this afternoon, Transportation Supervisor Terresa Sundstrom announced. The school schedule has not changed.

Spring forward one hour Sunday for Daylight Saving Time

  • Mar 6, 2009 at 2:22PM

It's time to spring forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Set your clock ahead one hour Sunday morning (or Saturday evening before you go to bed). Daylight Saving Time means you get one hour less of sleep Sunday morning. But if you're looking for some consolation, it also means sunset is one hour later.

Thomas George Holmes | Passages

  • Mar 6, 2009 at 12:43PM

Tom was born in Ukiah, Calif., and was raised in North Bend, Ore. He excelled at many things but was a standout on the football field. Tom played football at Oregon State University and later for the Arena Football League. He made many good friends throughout his life. His bright smile and wit were hard to resist.

Good news for local orcas: Another calf born in J pod

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 5:49PM

Researchers have confirmed the birth of another J pod orca, bumping the precarious Southern resident killer whale population to 86. "Thanks to a call from Jeanne Hyde, Dave Ellifrit, John Durban and I got out with J pod in Haro Strait just before sunset last night," Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research reported on the Orca Network Web site March 3. "(We) confirmed that there are now TWO new babies in J pod: J44 with J17 and J45 with J14. Both babies appeared to be in good condition and energetic."

Senate passes Neah Bay response tug legislation; next step, the House

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 5:45PM

The state Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, establishing a permanent funding source for the Neah Bay response tug. Senate Bill 5344 passed 44-4 and now goes to the House for consideration.

Six Friday Harbor firefighters will climb Seattle’s Columbia Center March 8

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 5:15PM

Six Friday Harbor firefighters are set to climb Seattle’s tallest building – the Columbia Center — March 8 in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The annual climb benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighter competition. A record 1,500 firefighters from across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Germany are entered in this year’s event.

And then there were three: Interviews March 11-13 for Lopez principal finalists

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:40PM

The Lopez Island School District has narrowed its search for a K-12 principal to three candidates. Those candidates will be interviewed March 11-13. The person selected will succeed Principal Roland MacNichol, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for residents of Homes for Islanders' latest neighborhood

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:40PM

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for residents of Homes for Islanders' latest neighborhood. That's the day that Homes for Islanders and USDA Rural Development have a Key & Dedication Ceremony to formally mark the completion of Park Plaza, nine townhomes on Park and Guard streets, across from the San Juan Island Library. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Representatives of Rep. Rick Larsen's office are expected to attend. The ceremony is open to the public.

San Juan Island School Board cuts funding for most sports; proposes contract with Island Rec

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:40PM

In Friday Harbor golf coach Bryan Germain's eyes, sports and education are one and the same. The course is a classroom, and the lesson each day is self-discipline, patience, respect for others and, above all else, honesty. "What golf teaches you is honesty more than any other sport I've ever played," Germain said. "In some sports, you can fake a foul, or the ball is out and the ref calls it in, or you act like you got charged. In golf, there's none of that."

Beth Williams-Gieger did well in the Lions' den | Column by Howard Schonberger

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Mar 5, 2009 at 10:58AM

I had my skeptic's guard up Tuesday when I attended the San Juan Lions Club meeting, where Beth Williams-Gieger, superintendent and clinic administrator of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1, was scheduled to speak about the proposed integrated medical center. Williams-Gieger was impressive enough to make a believer out of me.

Updated: Crumb rubber will be replaced this weekend

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 7:22PM

The Playground Underlayment Committee plans to replace the crumb rubber playground surface material at Friday Harbor Elementary School the weekends of March 6-8 and 13-14.

Thanks for your participation in the Centennial Celebration

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:13PM

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all the citizens and visitors who attended and participated in celebrating Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday party and for making the celebration a once-in-our-lifetime affair! We truly enjoyed having you come and hope that you enjoyed the events we had planned.

‘Your Town’: Centennial production of Wilder’s classic play is good theater | Review

  • Mar 3, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Mar 4, 2009 at 12:20PM

If you don’t make it to the San Juan Community Theatre Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights at 7:30, or Sunday at 2, you will miss a meaningful experience that no islander should miss. It’s not just the fact that it’s one of the crowning events of the Friday Harbor Centennial Celebration, nor that a cast of 24 of our talented friends and neighbors have put in long hard hours of rehearsal these recent months to bring it off. `

Help take a big stride against cancer | Editorial

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 11:04AM

Support Relay for Life and you are helping someone win a battle with cancer. You are helping educate people so they know how to live better to reduce their cancer risk. And you are helping to fund research that will someday make cancer go the way of polio.

Live clean and smart in 2009

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 11:02AM

Kudos to Jan Sears and Milene Henley, county treasurer and auditor respectively. Instead of presenting a 2008 dream budget, according to published information they estimated realistic budget revenue within acceptable percentage of overall projection. Not intending to discredit others who contributed to the process, these department heads brought to the table revenue compilations backed by prior year histories and realistic economic trends, not lucky estimates.

Soltman in running to become superintendent of Vashon Island schools

  • Mar 3, 2009 at 3:43PM

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Michael Soltman is one of two finalists for the position of Vashon Island superintendent of schools. The Vashon Island School Board on Sunday chose Soltman and Arthur Himmler, superintendent of the Steilacoom Historical School District, as finalists from a field of six.

County Council has moment of silence in memory of Jeff Wasnick

  • Mar 2, 2009 at 4:09PM

The San Juan County Council had a moment of silence Monday in memory of Jeffrey Lloyd Wasnick, the county’s code enforcement officer, who reportedly died of a heart attack Sunday. Wasnick was 55 and lived on Lopez Island. Viewing and visitation is scheduled Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Evans Funeral Chapel, 1105 32nd St., Anacortes. Memorial service is at 3 p.m.

Passages | Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor, former college and pro football lineman

  • Mar 2, 2009 at 10:36AM

Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor died Friday in Islands Convalescent Center. The former college and pro football lineman succumbed after a two-year struggle against Lou Gehrig's Disease. His age could not be immediately confirmed. He was 35 when he was the subject of a front page story in the Sept. 12, 2007 Journal.

Maybe The Journal should be renamed 'The Obama Weekly'

  • Feb 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 8:37PM

The article of letters to President Obama from the children of Stillpoint School was very sweet (“Dear Mr. President ...”, page B1, Feb. 25 Journal). However, in the eight years President Bush was in office, I don’t believe you ever printed “Dear President Bush.”

Q&A: San Juan County Council Chairman Rich Peterson on the issues

  • Feb 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:22PM

"I have a gavel and I'm not afraid to use it." San Juan County Councilman Rich Peterson is known for not taking the trappings of elected office too seriously. And the above remark, which he's uttered more than once since being elected chairman for 2009 by his council colleagues, has been made with a knowing wink and tongue-in-cheek delivery. But all kidding aside, the council will face a number of difficult decisions over the next 11 months, such as whether to relocate the solid-waste transfer station on San Juan. With gavel in hand, it'll be Peterson leading the way.

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