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Friday Harbor Town Councilwoman Carrie Brooks taken off island by medevac helicopter; undergoing tests at St. Joseph Hospital

  • Jun 29, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:57PM

Friday Harbor Town Councilwoman Carrie Brooks was taken off island by medevac helicopter Monday after she "very faint" at work at Islanders Bank. Pastor Archie Brooks, her husband, said she was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham where doctors are doing tests. She is comfortable and slept well Monday night. She will stay Tuesday night at St. Joseph and is expected to be released in time for her final council meeting Thursday; she resigned June 17 on the advice of her doctor.

12 days after Brooks' resignation announcement, no applicants for her Town Council position

  • Jun 29, 2010 at 2:51PM

You get to help decide how local tax dollars are spent. You get to make decisions that affect the quality of public services. Convince a majority of your colleagues that your idea will improve things, and you can make an indelible mark on the quality of local life. In exchange, you'll get your name forever etched into the town archives, and some nice pocket change to boot: about $4,080 a year.

Fourth of July activities featured in June 30 Island Scene

  • Jun 29, 2010 at 1:18PM

The Journal's Island Scene, in the June 30 edition available on newsstands late Tuesday, features all of the Fourth of July activities scheduled in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. In addition to the main story by Jane K. Fox, the section features a column of Fourth of July island memories by Howard Schonberger, an extensive What's Happening! community calendar, and a profile of Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal Al Sundstrom.

Six rehearsals, one show: Missoula Children’s Theatre combines speed with quality

  • Jun 29, 2010 at 10:46AM

You only have to talk to San Juan parents to know the Missoula Children’s Theatre is on to something. “It’s a fabulous idea,” says BooBoo Keane. Her daughter Julia has participated in past Missoula productions and so Keane has had direct experience with the company. On paper, it looks like hard work: Two employees of the theatre hit Friday Harbor on a Sunday and in six days cast, produce and perform a finished piece of theater using upwards of 50 children. However, Keane says that although the schedule may seem grueling, the speed is rewarding.

CarQuest celebrates 20 years in business June 26 with 'muscle car' madness

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 6:11PM

If you've got a soft spot for Detroit metal and muscles cars, here's an event that you won't want to miss. CarQuest will celebrate 20 years of business on San Juan Island June 26 — Saturday — with a blend of music, muscle cars and a whole lot more.

3-year-old bitten in face by dog on corner of First and Spring streets

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 4:11PM

A 3-year-old girl was bitten on the right cheek Friday afternoon after she approached a dog that was tied to a bench on First and Spring streets. The girl was taken by San Juan EMS to Inter Island Medical Center for treatment and possible stitches.

San Juan Island transfer station to become a self-haul 'drop box' July 5; town and commercial loads will ferry to Orcas

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:13PM

Beginning July 5, the solid waste transfer station on San Juan Island will be open only to self-haulers who can throw their trash directly into a container, similar to the way it is done in the recycling area and at the county drop box facility on Lopez Island. Packer trucks, including those used by franchise hauler San Juan Sanitation and the Town of Friday Harbor, will have to dump at the Orcas Island transfer station or on the mainland.

Bates named general manager of Best Western Friday Harbor Suites

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 11:11AM

The Best Western Friday Harbor Suites has named Ron Bates its new general manager, effective June 28. Bates is widely known in the community as former advertising manager and assistant publisher of The Journal of the San Juan Islands (2000-2010). His local connections, marketing abilities and customer service skills are well suited for the hospitality business. He and his partner, Sandy Montana, also own the Mosquito Fleet Mercantile in downtown Friday Harbor.

Virginia L. (Hay) Nelson | Passages

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 10:57AM

Virginia L. Nelson (Hay) passed away peacefully at her home in Friday Harbor on June 17, 2010. Virginia “Ginney” died quietly with her two daughters, Catherine and Diane, and their husbands at her side. Virginia was born in Great Falls, Mont., Dec. 4, 1928. She is a graduate of Queen Anne High School, Seattle, Wash., where she made many lifelong friends. Ginney planned her 60th Queen Anne High School Reunion.

San Juan schools Superintendent Wegener packing today for Baker City, Ore.; Thompson becomes superintendent on July 1

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 9:48AM

Walt Wegener is packing today and heading to Baker City, Ore., where he will be the new superintendent of schools effective July 1. Rick Thompson, the outgoing superintendent of Lynden schools, will be sworn is as superintendent of San Juan schools in a special meeting July 1, noon, at the district office.

King's, MarketPlace transitioning to compostable meat and seafood trays

  • Jun 25, 2010 at 5:46AM

King's Market and Friday Harbor MarketPlace are transitioning to compostable meat and seafood trays. King’s Manager John McBride has been looking for ways to phase out polystyrene containers and packaging at his store since becoming involved in the San Juan Island Anti-Litter Initiative. The initiative, working with lead advocate Doris Estabrooks, lobbied for bans on polystyrene food to-go containers in San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor. The bans took effect in April. A similar ban took effect in Seattle in July.

1899-1914 editions of San Juan Islander newspaper now available online

  • 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.

Herb's Relay Team's Island Jam will raise money for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

  • 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."

Land Bank’s job is about environment, not development | Guest Column

  • 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.

Market will reinforce our local tourism-based economy | Guest Column

  • 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.

Open burning ends June 30, 11:59 p.m.

  • 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.

Rhiana Franklin selected for KMPS-Colgate Country Showdown

  • 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.

Friday Harbor museums form 'Museum District,' introduce new brochure

  • 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.

Three Islands Oil Spill Association workers are in the Gulf helping to rescue oiled birds

  • 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.

Phil Gates | Passages

  • 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.

San Juan County fire districts agree on shared fire marshal contract

  • 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.

Violet Ruth Morrice | Passages

  • 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.

Possible Rudi Run title for Bacon and ‘Got to Run’ | Around the Waterfront

  • 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.

Kate Storms, Lynette Cabrera are top finishers in Pet Poetry Contest

  • 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.

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