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Lytton open house June 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the San Juan Island Library | State House, 40th District

  • May 25, 2010 at 2:59PM

Kris Lytton, candidate for the 40th District state House of Representatives, Position 1, brings her campaign to the San Juan Islands with an open house in Friday Harbor on June 5. Lytton will be in the San Juan Island Library from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Fatal crash, sheriff's pay cut, town investment at transfer station, Dragons' victory are top stories in this week's Journal

  • May 24, 2010 at 6:00PM updated May 25, 2010 at 2:24PM

The May 26 Journal is 36 pages, including local news, Opinion, Obituaries, Business, Island Scene, What's Happening!, Sports, Classifieds, At Your Service business directory, Public Notices, and the 2010-11 Guide to American and English Camps.

Spring Carnival: A wonderful time was had by all

  • May 25, 2010 at 12:49PM

For a few hours on Saturday, May 22, the clouds parted and the sun was shining on the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground just in time for students, their families and many in our community to enjoy the booths, food, huge inflatables and excitement of the PTA's Spring Carnival. The crowd was large, the smiles were plenty, prizes were abundant and a wonderful time was had by all.

San Juan man dies from fall while trying to escape rolled Hummer

  • May 24, 2010 at 5:00PM updated May 25, 2010 at 10:03AM

A San Juan Island man died Saturday after his Humvee H3 went off the road on his property at 902 Miller Road and rolled onto its passenger side. Sheriff’s investigators believe Michael Russell Thor, 52, died of head and neck injuries when he fell climbing out of the vehicle. His body was found outside the vehicle by a friend who went to the property to visit him, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

Retired educator Severson running for County Council, San Juan North | County Council, District 2

  • May 25, 2010 at 9:38AM

Retired educator Laura Jo Severson has announced her candidacy for San Juan County Council District 2 (San Juan North). She is one of two candidates running for the position so far; the other is Rich Peterson, who is seeking reelection. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election. Candidates began mailing in their formal candidacy documents May 21; in-person filing is June 7-11.

Andrew seeks fourth term as San Juan County District Court judge | District Court

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 25, 2010 at 9:26AM

Stewart Andrew will seek election to a fourth term as San Juan County District Court judge. “I am asking the citizens of San Juan County to allow me to serve them for one more term,” he said in an announcement. The District Court judge is paid $109,116 a year and serves a four-year term. The position is non-partisan. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election.

BLM's management plan for its lands in the San Juans: Public meeting June 5 in Friday Harbor

  • May 25, 2010 at 5:53AM

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public meeting June 5, noon to 4 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center regarding revisions to its Resource Management Plan in Washington state, including the San Juan Islands. The new plan will provide management direction for the next two decades for about 445,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Eastern Washington and in the San Juan Archipelago.

Springtide magazine is on the streets this week; National Park guide included in May 26 Journal

  • May 24, 2010 at 6:14PM

Springtide, the annual visitors guide published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, will be on the streets this week. The National Park Service guide is included in the May 26 Journal of the San Juan Islands.

Deadline May 24 for juried visual arts competition, 'Green: ON THE EDGE'

  • May 11, 2010 at 5:00PM updated May 24, 2010 at 6:23AM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA) is sounding the call to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia artists to enter IMA’s juried visual arts competition, "Green: ON THE EDGE." The upcoming summer exhibition asks artists to tackle the question, "What does green mean to you?" "ON THE EDGE" is IMA’s way of saying, "Don’t be conservative, take it to the edge. Express 'Green: ON THE EDGE' in your medium. Let everyone see what you’ve got."

San Juan advances to semi-final; five Dragons named to All-Conference Team | Lacrosse

  • May 23, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 5:45PM

The San Juan Dragons reached new heights in their history Saturday, defeating Roosevelt 7-2 to advance to the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II semifinals for the first time ever. In addition, five Dragons have been named to the All-Skagit Conference team: Senior midfielder Michael Ausilio, senior midfielder Forest Dayton, senior attackman Ryan Guard, senior goalie Calen Mehrer, and senior defender Brady Sundberg.

San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival inaugural reception with Emmy winner László Pal on May 23

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:00PM updated May 23, 2010 at 9:25AM

The San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival hosts its inaugural reception with Emmy award-winning filmmaker László Pal on May 23, 3 p.m. at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The inaugural reception and showing of Pal's film, "Three Flags Over Everest, are free and open to the public. The event is being held to introduce islanders to the upcoming International Documentary Film Festival, April 1-3, 2011.

Town Council will consider financing tipping floor enclosure at May 27 special meeting

  • May 21, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:58PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council will have a special meeting May 27, noon at Town Hall to discuss the County Council's request that the town finance the construction of a structure around the tipping floor at the solid waste transfer station on Sutton Road. The transfer station property is owned by the town. The county leases the site and operates the transfer station. The tipping floor is the concrete floor where garbage is dumped and then pushed into the bed of a long-haul truck. The old tipping floor cover was removed in about 2006, leaving refuse exposed to weather and resulting in polluted stormwater runoff.

San Juan County Salary Commission votes to cut sheriff’s pay, increase prosecutor’s

  • May 21, 2010 at 5:44PM

The San Juan County Citizens’ Salary Commission voted Thursday to reduce the sheriff’s salary by more than $10,000 and increase the salary for the county prosecutor by $5,000 per year. The commission responded to studies analyzing cost-of-living figures and comparative salaries for elected officials around the state. The study showed that the county sheriff’s $97,520 compensation is in the mid-range among Washington counties, but relatively high among counties with similar populations. The study also noted that the sheriff’s salary, which is has been set at 2 percent above the undersheriff’s salary, is 16 percent higher than the highest-paid sergeant.

Have a hot time at Jackson's Beach; fifth annual Flare Shoot is May 22, 1 p.m.

  • May 21, 2010 at 4:05PM

The fifth annual Flare Shoot is May 22, 1 p.m., at Jackson’s Beach. It’s a family event presented by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron in conjunction with the Friday Harbor Fire Department and West Marine, as a public service for Safe Boating Week. The San Juan Island Fire Department will also be participating.

Whale Museum’s annual 'Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony' fund-raising dinner, auction May 22

  • May 21, 2010 at 5:45PM

The Whale Museum’s fourth annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony” fund-raising dinner and auction is May 22, 6 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor. An audio-visual program will be shared by Val Veirs of an actual orca greeting ceremony. Veirs will play acoustic recordings and show photos and video of this amazing event.

San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7 at San Juan Golf and Country Club | Golf

  • May 20, 2010 at 7:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:59PM

After the celebrities have gone and the last plate of salmon has been enjoyed, there’s still some great golf to be played or watched. The San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7, 4:30 p.m. check-in, at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The scramble takes two days after the Islanders Bank San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. The nine-hole scramble includes contests for accurate drive, long drive and hit inside the circle on the eighth hole.

Third annual Spring Carnival is May 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Friday Harbor Elementary School

  • May 20, 2010 at 4:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:11PM

Family, friends, fun and making memories all come together at the third annual Spring Carnival May 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Admission is free for islanders and visitors alike.

Scott Henry Sears and Tiffany Rose Sears: Cousins born one day apart | Births

  • May 21, 2010 at 12:57PM

The Sears Family is thrilled to announce two new additions to their families: cousins Scott and Tiffany. Scott Henry Sears was born April 28, 2010 to Dennis and Dori Sears. He joined his older brother John, who is 2 1/2. The very next day, Scott’s cousin arrived. Tiffany Rose Sears was born April 29, 2010 to Jerry and Kate Sears. Her older brother, James, will be 3 in July.

Lytton endorsed by National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington | 40th District House

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:36AM

Anacortes School Board President Kris Lytton has been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington in her bid for the 40th District state House seat being vacated by Dave Quall, who is retiring. Lytton is a Democrat. Other candidates are Democrat Thomas Boucher, a member of Congressman Rick Larsen’s district staff; Republican Dusty Gulleson, a Bellingham businessman; Republican Mike Newman, a real estate agent and Skagit County Republican Party precinct committee officer; Democrat Tom Pasma, a Bow rancher and nominee of the 40th Legislative District Democrats.

Sears seeks second term as county treasurer | County Treasurer

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM

Jan Sears announced May 17 she is running for a second term as San Juan County treasurer. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2.

Rob Nou, Lopez deputy, enters race for sheriff; retired as police chief in Burns, Ore. | County Sheriff

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM

Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Nou of Lopez Island announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff over the weekend. He is the third candidate to emerge — all from the Sheriff’s Department — since Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he was retiring after six terms.

Larsen endorsed by Washington State Labor Council | U.S. House, District 2

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:27AM

The Washington State Labor Council has endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for a sixth term. Larsen has represented the Second Congressional District since 2001. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Budget Committee.

25 local officials included on Larsen's campaign kickoff committee | U.S. House, District 2

  • May 20, 2010 at 10:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:24AM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, announced May 19 an initial list of local elected officials and civic leaders who will serve as members of his campaign kick-off host committee. This list adds to the more than 20 leaders from Whatcom County who publicly offered their backing to the Larsen campaign last week.

Senate candidate Benton reports endorsements, employs new media to articulate vision | U.S. Senate

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:16AM

State Sen. Don Benton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by state Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard, Rep. Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, and Steve Hammond, executive director of Citizen Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR). Benton is running for the position held by Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat.

James Stephen Hogan served as Municipal Court judge, trustee of Central Washington University | Passages

  • May 21, 2010 at 7:54AM

James Stephen Hogan, a retired judge and former trustee of Central Washington University, died May 10 at his home in Yakima. He was 86. He was a judge of the Municipal Court and Justice Court of Yakima Precinct and the City of Yakima. In 1977, he was appointed by Gov. Dixie Lee Ray to the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University, and served as Wapato Municipal Court judge. He served as Exalted Ruler of the Elks in 1982-83 and was a life member of the VFW, Eagles, Moose, Kiwanis, and Footprinters.

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