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- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 2:38PM
I was a friend of Dana's growing up, though I haven't talked to him in a long time. I met John briefly, and knew of him as Sabien. I sympathize greatly with every one affected by this tragedy (including Dana Kempton). Sabien was a really nice guy. I only met him several times but you could tell he was very kind and meant well. Dana is the same way. Unfortunately, from growing up in Friday Harbor (in the same class as Dana), I understand the reasons behind this tragedy more than most people. The drug and alcohol problem is out of control on San Juan Island. Until now, I've never been mature enough to say that myself.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 2:16PM
The San Juan Island Trails Committee is seeking volunteers and nominations for its steering committee for a one-year period starting Oct. 1. The positions to be filled are chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary, and an at-large position.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 2:14PM
The Port of Friday Harbor has contracted with Joe Buckler and Karen Lundin to provide goats to eat noxious weeds on airport property near Skagit Valley College for about one month. The goats will be kept in place with a woven electric fence, which will be moved as necessary. Outside the electric fence will be an orange guard fence to keep people and dogs away from the electric fence. Buckler will be on site most of the time to supervise the goats and answer questions.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 12:37PM
On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) presented their recommendations to the County Council for the 2011 Lodging Tax fund allocations. It was recommended by the LTAC that the San Juan County Fair Department receive $25,000. This sum is a reduction from past years’ allocation by $20,000 or 44 percent.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 6:00PM updated Jul 9, 2010 at 12:06PM
Two children and a California woman escaped a violent single-car collision Thursday on West Valley Road with only minor injuries.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 11:21AM
Soon we will have the chance once again to flex our "voting muscles" and elect those who will be guiding us in the future of our government. I don't normally get on my political soapbox, but I feel the upcoming election is important so I wanted to share my viewpoints.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 10:55AM
National Park historian Mike Vouri and folk musician Michael Cohen will take a closer look at the Irish in the antebellum U.S. Army in words and song in a program scheduled at 7 p.m., July 10, at the San Juan Island Library. The program is free. Call the library at 378-2798.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 11:03AM
National Park Service fire crews plan to conduct a prescribed fire on six acres of the American Camp prairie between July 8 and 14, weather permitting. This year’s treatment will encompass a three-acre parcel adjacent to Pickett’s Lane and another three-acre section near the Redoubt. The fire is designed to reduce the amount of organic material and eliminate non-native seeds, which enables native plants to hold their own with non-native species.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 10:12AM
I write to express my extreme dissatisfaction with the inefficient operation of our dump. We pay the highest dump rates in the state for a Public Works Department that provides the worst service in the state. There are long lines the three days the dump is open to the public, yet no lines the days the dump is open to commercial vendors.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 9:56AM
The Community Band’s participation in this year’s Fourth of July Parade could not have happened without a lot of help.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:33AM
To those speaking out against a downtown farmers market location, I’d like them to consider the following: As residents of an island, we have few buttons to push to encourage economic start-ups here. The existing farmers’ market has been just such a small business engine. Several successful town businesses began at our Saturday Markets - e.g.: Market Chef, Café Demeter, Bakery San Juan and now Pablito’s Taqueria.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:31AM
The sun shone for most of the time, the bands played, the dancers danced, faces were painted, eggs were tossed, sandwiches, hot dogs and pies were eaten, and by the end of the day nearly 2,000 attendees had strolled the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum for this year's Fourth of July Pig War Picnic.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:22PM
The five candidates for San Juan County Sheriff participated in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. Deputies Jeff Asher and Felix Menjivar rode in classic convertibles. Adult Probation Officer Brad Fincher and Detective Brent Johnson walked the parade route; Johnson handed out candy to children. Deputy Rob Nou waved from the back of a pickup truck.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:22PM
Candidates for San Juan County Council and state House of Representatives participated in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. Rich Peterson, candidate for reelection to the San Juan County Council from North San Juan, walked the parade route with his family. Laura Jo Severson, candidate for San Juan County Council from North San Juan, waved from a convertible. Donna Miller, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1, waved from a convertible driven by her son, Dan Miller Jr., a former legislative and county commission candidate.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 3:21PM
Kristine Lytton, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1, has been endorsed by the Public School Employees of Washington (SIEU 1948) and the Washington Education Association.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 2:42PM
John Swapp, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 2, has been endorsed by state Attorney General Rob McKenna, former state Rep. Cheryl Hymes, the San Juan County Republican Party, the Skagit County Republican Party, and the Whatcom County Republican Party.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 1:51PM
I am responding to Bert and Dave Moorhouse’s guest editorial about Friday Harbor Brickworks, the future year-round home of the San Juan Farmers’ Market and a community and tourism-related events center. The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and its many supporters are thrilled to be recipients of the state capital funds that, in addition to the Land Bank’s purchase of a historic preservation and conservation easement and generous private donations, will help to make this project a reality.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 1:32PM
There are ways to reduce pollution and increase fish populations while retaining private property rights. We need to look at the goals, the problems need to be identified and real solutions to those problems put into place.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 1:19PM
San Juan Unified Development Code (UDC) section 18.70.060, regarding most land use divisions in resource, conservancy and rural designations, says that “at a minimum, 60% of the area to be divided shall be maintained as open area ...“. Provided other design criteria are met, this then allows a developmental footprint of better than 87,000 square feet on a five-acre parcel.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 11:24AM
The American Camp rabbits' days are numbered. The National Park Service released for public comment Thursday an environmental assessment that proposes to control the population of non-native European rabbits at San Juan Island National Historical Park’s American Camp.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 8:49AM
San Juan Heating has new offices: on Web Street, next to The Big Store. San Juan Heating was founded in January by Kevin McCullough, a career electrician and certified "refrigeration guy." McCullough, 33, grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he learned his trade from his father. He was a certified refrigeration technician at 18, and worked as a self-employed electrician on San Juan Island for 12 years before starting San Juan Heating.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 8:40AM
Island Rec issued this press release July 7 regarding Tracy Roberson's appointment to the Island Rec Board of Commissioners.
Alan Dortch's letter withdrawing from consideration for Town Council appointment | Political Notebook
- Jul 8, 2010 at 8:00AM
Alan Dortch has withdrawn his application for appointment to Carrie Brooks' position on the Friday Harbor Town Council. He submitted this letter to The Journal explaining his decision.
Matt Shildneck, Barbara Starr apply for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council | Political Notebook
- Jul 8, 2010 at 8:13AM
Two Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 7:53AM
Congratulations to King's Market manager John McBride and others, for working to discontinue the use of styrofoam in his operations. Hopefully many others in San Juan County and beyond will follow his example.
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