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Islanders meet the candidates; here’s what they said | Orcas Island candidates forum

  • Jul 22, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Jul 29, 2010 at 11:27AM

Islanders on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan met and questioned candidates for sheriff, Legislature and Congress, during primary election forums hosted by the League of Women Voters on July 16 and 17. The primary is Aug. 17; the two vote-getters advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

Bob Coleman resigns as Islanders Bank president; Brown and Kneipp directing as interim officers

  • Jul 29, 2010 at 11:12AM

Bob Coleman announced his resignation this week as president of Islanders Bank, citing medical concerns. “I'm old enough to retire,” Coleman said. “I've got some medical things to take care of so I thought it would be in the best interest of me and my family, and certainly the bank, not to be a burden on anybody.”

All sheriff candidates will attend Q&A at Salmon BBQ and Tea Party July 31 at the Big Red Barn

  • Jul 29, 2010 at 8:45AM

About 16 candidates for eight elected positions — including all five candidates for San Juan County sheriff — will attend the Salmon BBQ and Tea Party on July 31 — Saturday — 2-6 p.m., at the Big Red Barn, 1721 Cattle Point Road in Friday Harbor. The event is open to the public. A full salmon dinner is available for a donation. Call 378-3843 to RSVP.

Candidates scheduled for Tea Party gathering on San Juan Island July 31

  • Jul 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jul 29, 2010 at 8:39AM

Jonah Goldberg, editor of National Review Online, conservative author and political analyst, will be the featured speaker at the Salmon BBQ and Tea Party on July 31, 2-6 p.m., at the Big Red Barn, 1721 Cattle Point Road in Friday Harbor. The event is open to the public.

Supports Brent Johnson for San Juan County sheriff

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 5:13PM

As I have watched and listened to the response from the community regarding the candidates running for sheriff, it has become apparent that other than budget issues, the most common concern being expressed is the use and trafficking of illegal narcotics in our county. This is understandable considering the residual effect that both illegal and prescription drug abuse has had.

It's unfortunate that my question was used as a tactic to discredit Jeff Asher

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 3:24PM

The question inquired, “What would you do to reduce civil complaints and lawsuits against the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department in order to reduce the amount of money paid by the tax payers.” I appreciate that Mr. Zerby thinks that there is something more to the question, but there is not. I asked the question because of my concerns about the future of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department based on many reasons. Here are five specific reasons.

National Park superintendent: 'I don't think there are rabbits' in prairie area prepped for summer restoration work

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 2:46PM

The National Park Service sprayed the herbicide Roundup over a three-acre area of the American Camp prairie in June, in preparation for a prescribed burn and planting of native grasses. That's according to Peter Dederich, the National Park superintendent, as he prepared for a public meeting Tuesday on the proposed removal of European rabbits as part of the prairie restoration plan. The burn was postponed because of dampness and, later, because of wind. Dederich expects the burn will take place in September.

My place is American Camp, and I’m asking you to let it live

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 3:06PM

Simply by being alive – by traveling, eating, bathing – each of us chips away at the natural wonder of this place we treasure and seek to preserve. Is it fair to demand that the rabbits share this space with us, and leave no trace? Could our energies be better spent considering our own impact on our environment, rather than convincing ourselves that killing living animals with guns and bullets and blood – not even for the sport of it, not even for their meat, but simply for the sake of having them gone — will somehow make this place more beautiful?

San Juan District 3, DNR firefighters extinguish wildfire on Satellite Island

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 10:04AM

A total of 16 San Juan District 3 firefighters worked Sunday afternoon to Monday morning to contain a wildfire on the eastern side of uninhabited Satellite Island, next to Stuart Island. Between 4 and 12 acres were burned, San Juan District 3 Fire Chief Steve Marler said. District 3 is contracted by the state Department of Natural Resources to provide initial firefighting response on DNR land in San Juan County. San Juan Island firefighters spent the night bringing the blaze under control, using materials they took with them on the Sheriff’s boat Guardian, the Friday Harbor town fireboat Confidence, and a state parks landing craft.

Change would exempt 17 landowners, including San Juan County councilman, from having to pay back taxes

  • Jul 26, 2010 at 6:00PM updated Jul 28, 2010 at 8:54AM

Whether the San Juan County Planning Commission changes its mind remains to be seen. But at the behest of the County Council, the commission will take another look at potential changes to one of the county's open space "current use" programs which, if approved, could spare as many as 17 local landowners from having to pay years of back taxes, including County Councilman Gene Knapp of Orcas Island.

Heated meeting over possible plan to remove the rabbits from American Camp

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 6:08AM

Here are news reports from KOMO-4 News and Q13 News of the public meeting Tuesday at Mullis Community Senior Center regarding the National Park Service's plan to remove the rabbits from American Camp. A Journal story will be posted this morning.

Meet and greet sheriff candidate Brad Fincher July 30, Aug. 2 | San Juan County Sheriff

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jul 27, 2010 at 7:50PM

San Juan County Sheriff candidate Brad Fincher has two meet-and-greets scheduled. Fincher — — will meet islanders July 30, 4-7 p.m., in the OPAL Community Land Trust conference room, 286 Enchanted Forest Road, Eastsound; and Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., in the San Juan Island Librry conference room in Friday Harbor. Light refreshments will be served.

Supports Brad Fincher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 12:37PM

It has been my pleasure to get to know the Fincher family over the past three years as a 4-H member and leader of their son's Astronomy 4-H Club. I am writing this letter to the paper because I believe Brad Fincher would be an excellent sheriff for our community.

Help make San Juan Island radio station a reality

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 11:41AM

For several years, I have been part of a small group trying to get a radio station in Friday Harbor. Lopez Island was successful in their efforts so we are encouraged.

Supports Larry Kalb for U.S. Congress, 2nd District

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 9:44AM

Larry Kalb is a candidate for Congress on the primary election ballot. For background, he has lived in Bellingham for 16 years, is active in several civic organizations, and his job is in the financial department of Whatcom Transportation Authority. An active Democrat, he has been a Washington state delegate to two national presidential nominating conventions.

'I was absolutely stunned': First hole in one for Meg Drye at San Juan Golf and Country Club

  • Jul 25, 2010 at 8:00PM updated Jul 27, 2010 at 9:27AM

Meg Drye made a hole in one at San Juan Golf and Country Club July 10. Drye made the ace on the 109-yard No. 8, using a King Cobra 6 Baffler. It’s her first hole in one. She was golfing with her husband, Rich, and friends Michael and Cynthia Griffin.

Funding may be near for solutions to Friday Harbor ferry terminal gridlock; $230,000 approved by House committee

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 9:16AM

Curb bulbs to improve pedestrians’ sight of traffic. Directional signage. And — dare we say it? — lights to control traffic when the ferry is offloading. Those are some of the pedestrian and traffic control measures that could be funded by $230,000 earmarked for the Friday Harbor ferry terminal. The money is included in the federal transportation budget being considered by Congress.

Marguerite Rebecca Gudgell | Passages

  • Jul 27, 2010 at 9:03AM

Marguerite Rebecca Gudgell came to Orcas Island on the afternoon boat on a clear day in late summer of 1963. The wife of a school teacher and mother to three children, her arrival would change the lives of countless people for decades to come.

Protesters say American Camp rabbits should live; public meeting July 27

  • Jul 24, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jul 26, 2010 at 3:17PM

The ideas flowed as freely as the words of protest to save the American Camp rabbits: Find the rabbits new homes. Relocate them to animal sanctuaries. Let them remain on the prairie and fence off an area where native grasses can flourish without rabbit interference. All were unanimous: The American Camp rabbits should live.

Super weekend: Fly-in Saturday at Friday Harbor Airport, part of port's 60th anniversary | July 24

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 5:39PM

Friday Harbor Airport’s Fly-In and Open House is July 24, beginning at 8 a.m. The event is part of the Friday Harbor Port District’s 60th anniversary. It’s also the airport’s 25th year under port ownership and management.

Super weekend: Sail — and enjoy a burger or hot dog — at San Juan Sailing Team's Open House | July 25

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 5:37PM

Sail in a Vanguard 15 or Laser and enjoy burgers and hot dogs at the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation and the San Juan Sailing Team's Open House, July 25 — Sunday — 4-7 p.m. at Jackson's Beach. The event is open to the public. Food sales will help support high school sailing and the sailing classes on Percich Pond.

Super weekend: Relay for Life is Saturday, Sunday at Friday Harbor High School track | July 24-25

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 5:19PM

Relay for Life San Juan County is July 24-25 — Saturday and Sunday — at the Friday Harbor High School track. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, including programs that directly serve islanders.

Super weekend: All-Church Barbecue and Potluck at site of 1882 Presbyterian Church | July 25

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 5:18PM

An all-church Barbecue and Potluck will be held at the Valley Church July 25 — Sunday. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fixings, and lemonade and water will be provided. Bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Lunch will be served between 12:15 and 12:30. You may also bring shade umbrellas, camp chairs and/or picnic blankets; some seating will be available. (There will be a portable restroom available.)

Superintendent Thompson: 'I have been learning more about the district and checking off items on my transition plan list' | Guest Column

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 4:28PM

Now that I have begun work as the San Juan Island superintendent, I want to share with the community a brief update on the work so far.

Doesn't support Asher for San Juan County sheriff

  • Jul 23, 2010 at 3:35PM

I must also add my name to the others who do not support Jeff Asher for San Juan County sheriff. I have been with the Sheriff's Office for 34 years, and a sergeant for the past 20. First, I agree with the letters from Undersheriff Zerby and Sgt. Brennan. I know of no support for Asher from any of the officers within this department. That alone speak volumes about this election.

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