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- Jul 15, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 2:32PM
Five Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council. The applicants will be interviewed by the council Thursday at the noon meeting, with appointment following.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:44AM
Your editorial in today's print Journal of the San Juans represents journalism at its best. The editorial is timely, unbiased, judicial, and well-written. You offer leadership and responsible guidance to your readers.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 10:35AM
On July 10, at about midday, a plane buzzed the waters where the whales were swimming. It was near the lighthouse in Lime Kiln Point State Park. It was not only much too close to the whales but also a danger to boaters and those on shore. Luckily, some people who were also there managed to get photographs of the plane, good enough to capture the ID number on the side.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 10:06AM
I enthusiastically support Larry Kalb, Democrat, for U.S. Congress in Washington’s 2nd District. Many candidates declare their promises of change and hope, but few are willing to make it so. I believe Larry has the leadership ability and the constituent support to bring about the needed change.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:27AM
Bicyclists beware. Several of San Juan Island's most heavily-traveled roads, including Roche Harbor and Beaverton Valley, will be covered by a sticky tar-like substance at various locations, and at various times, over the next 10 days.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:18AM
They want to make decisions on your behalf. They want to decide how your tax dollars are best spent. And in some cases, the privilege of representing you will come with compensation and full health benefits – better than many of their potential constituents receive. “They” are the candidates for office in the Aug. 17 primary election.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:20AM
Here’s a reminder: The League of Women Voters’ primary Election Forum is Friday, 6:30 p.m. at Mullis Community Senior Center; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Grace Church on Lopez Island; and Saturday, 5-7 p.m., at the Orcas Island Senior Center. Islanders will vote on 14 legislative and local positions this year: County assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer; County Council District 2, District 5, and District 6; District Court judge, Superior Court judge; U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, 40th District state House Position 1, and 40th District state House Position 2. In addition, we will vote for U.S. senator; there are 15 candidates, among them three-term incumbent Patty Murray, former state senator and almost governor Dino Rossi, and NFL tight end-turned-farmer Clint Didier.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:19AM
Colton Harris-Moore is not a folk hero. He’s not a modern-day Jesse James. He’s not, as one Facebooker wrote, a “dude (who) went out with some style.” Harris-Moore is simply this: A suspect, accused of crimes in several states, British Columbia and the Bahamas. And now he’s entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:11AM
40th District House Position 1 candidate Tom Pasma of Bow has been endorsed by former senator Harriet Spanel of Bellingham. Pasma, a Democrat, is one of eight candidates seeking election to the position being vacated by Dave Quall, who is retiring. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 17 primary — regardless of party affiliation — advance to the Nov. 2 general election.
'Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back': Relay for Life is July 24-25 at Friday Harbor High School track
- Jul 15, 2010 at 8:59AM
Relay for Life San Juan County 2010 will be July 24 and 25 at the Friday Harbor High School track. Opening ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. July 24, followed by the Survivor Lap. Festivities continue throughout the evening with the Luminaria ceremony beginning at 10 p.m. Participants may come for moments or stay the entire time. Closing ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. July 25.
- Jul 14, 2010 at 4:42PM
These were the pound puppies of ruminants. Once abandoned, abused, underfed, the herd is now living in goat heaven: Eating to their heart's content, lounging in the sun, pausing for a neck scratch from their caretaker, and serving an important purpose. The 12 goats, owned by San Juan Island farmer Karen Lundin, are being used to clear Friday Harbor Airport property of noxious weeds.
'He's pretty lucky': Friday Harbor man credits assistant harbormaster with saving his life after cardiac arrest
- Jul 14, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:38PM
Steve Cartagena walked up the stairs to the Port of Friday Harbor office so he could pay his moorage. It was July 1. He woke up four days later, on July 5, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. What he doesn't remember is his heart stopping and his lifeless body rolling down the flight of 15 stairs. And eight people carrying him up the stairs and summoning help. And Assistant Harbormaster Jeremy Talbott — who is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT — getting his heart going again. And the ambulance arriving, and the medflight to St. Joseph.
- Jul 14, 2010 at 3:22PM
The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday, July 16 in the Lopez Public Library, community meeting room, 2225 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Public comment time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The public is welcome at every monthly Land Bank Commission meeting.
- Jul 14, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 10:59AM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands asked the candidates for San Juan County Sheriff four questions. Here are their answers.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 5:06PM
We are your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews. We are your grandchildren. We write to you because we have a very specific need we would like to communicate with you in hopes that we can work together to make this happen. Our community needs to have a place for us, the youth of the island. We would like a cozy place to gather and hang out in the evenings that is not a bar or a party and doesn't cost us a half a day to a day's pay simply to be there.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:55PM
We feel that candidate Jeff Asher, while doing his job well as a deputy, does not have the leadership abilities or management skills to move the Sheriff's Office forward for our community. We have worked alongside Deputy Asher for many years, some of us his entire career, and based on this experience we have not seen the qualities we are looking for in our next sheriff.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 4:54PM
Regarding the story, "County Council considers increase in real estate excise tax," July 7 Journal: County Councilman Howie Rosenfeld says that if such an issue was put on the ballot it would not pass. So the real question is, why would HE vote for it?
Harris-Moore pleads guilty to entering Bahamas illegally, being deported to U.S.; could face trial in Seattle first
- Jul 13, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:49PM
Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of entering the Bahamas illegally, and is scheduled to be deported to the United States. Numerous news agencies report that the U.S. Embassy in Nassau will pay the $300 fine he received, clearing the way for his return to the U.S. for trial. Harris-Moore, 19, of Camano Island is suspected of committing burglaries and thefts in several states, British Columbia and the Bahamas over a two-year period before his arrest Sunday by Royal Bahamian Police.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 4:38PM
Two 64-car state ferries to be launched in 2011 will be named the Salish and the Kennewick. The State Transportation Commission selected the names Tuesday. The other names under consideration were Cowlitz, Samish and Tokitae. Salish is expected to be launched in spring 2011; Kennewick is expected to be launched in summer 2011, according to Washington State Ferries.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 2:20PM
As you may have heard on the news, the MV Catalyst hit a rock while whale-watching off Port Houghton on July 6 on one of their seven-day trips in Southeast Alaska. No one was injured and the boat was fine. However, all passengers were evacuated off the boat by skiff to the nearby Robert Island. There they were taken care of by the crew members, while the captain, Bill Bailey, returned to the boat to prepare her for keeling over as the tide was going out. He was able to keep the boat stable, until the tide came in hours later and she went afloat.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 2:10PM
Recently, in response to my candidacy for sheriff of San Juan County, several deputies have written and published a letter of “no confidence” in me as a potential leader for law enforcement in our community. Of course, this is disappointing to me personally, but not unexpected. Since I ran against Sheriff Cumming several years ago, it has been clear that I believe we can do better than we are currently doing. With the recently demonstrated inability of our department to deal effectively with a single teen-age serial burglar, it is no longer enough to say that we can do better. We must do better.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 12:11PM
U.S. Senate candidate Paul Akers wants to meet you. The candidate and his wife, Leanne, are hosting an open house at their home in Bellingham — July 16 at 6 p.m. — and are inviting the public to attend. "There will be food, fun and an opportunity to meet Paul and ask him questions," the e-mailed invitation states.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 11:12AM
I first met Bob Myhr when donating a preservation easement on our Lopez property to the San Juan Preservation Trust. We have been friends and fellow birders since, but it is his commitment to the conservation of these islands that has motivated me to get off my duff and help him get re-elected to the County Council.
- Jul 11, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:52PM
The Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting that Colton Harris-Moore, the serial burglary suspect, was arrested Sunday in the Bahamas and is in custody in the capital city of Nassau.
'A full solar eclipse had not occurred on Easter Island in over 1,500 years' | Lynn Danaher's Easter Island blog
- Jul 12, 2010 at 9:04AM
The day started with a drenching rain, the kind one only experiences in the tropics. The heavy rain was accompanied by very high winds, so the morning did not bode well for the eclipse. As the morning wore on, gradually the sun came out and the sky cleared except for some white puffy clouds scudding across the sky, pushed by the remaining high winds.
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