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- 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.
- 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.
- May 19, 2010 at 2:00PM updated May 20, 2010 at 4:23PM
The San Juan Community Theater’s SummerFest is under way, and the quality of performance is already high. Acoustic guitar master Leon Redbone played to a sold-out house May 1, and Desirae Whalen et al are wowing audiences in “My Fair Lady.” The rest of the SummerFest lineup promises equally enjoyable events. This year offers a few returning favorites, and even more exciting novelties.
- May 20, 2010 at 3:56PM
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.
- May 20, 2010 at 4:03PM
Dick worked for JC Penney for 28 years and “retired” in 1997. He truly embraced “retirement” life with Marcia by living on a boat in the San Juan Islands, owning and operating a small boat accessory business, and serving as outstation manager for the Seattle Yacht Club on Henry Island. Dick’s humor, quick wit, and genuine nature drew people to him. His eye rolls, wise cracks, and crooked smile will be missed by all.
- May 20, 2010 at 2:41PM
With a deadline drawing near, San Juan County officials hope to avoid turning the solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island into a drop-box facility by building a cover over the tipping floor. And they're hoping the Town of Friday Harbor will pay for it.
- May 20, 2010 at 10:59AM
Thanks to the support of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and United Way of San Juan County, our community’s young teens will be able to continue to develop essential life skills through the WSU 4-H Challenge Program!
- May 20, 2010 at 10:57AM
We’ve got a big change coming down the pike, one that will alter how we travel to and from the islands that we call home. Beginning in fall 2012, many of those driving onto the ferry on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes will need reservations. We’re not entirely sold on the idea, but we’re also not fully opposed. Here are two sides.
Styrene ban crusader Doris Estabrooks, 50-year member Joyce Harrell honored by League of Women Voters
- May 19, 2010 at 3:07PM
Doris Estabrooks, who led the successful campaign to ban styrene food containers in San Juan County, and Joyce Harrell, a 50-year member of the League of Women Voters, were honored at the local chapter’s annual meeting May 10 in the Orcas Hotel. Estabrooks received the local chapter’s first annual Woman Who Made a Difference Award. Harrell was made a lifetime member.
- May 19, 2010 at 2:15PM
It’s the final four for San Juan Community Theatre’s spring musical, Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” The play completes its 10-performance run Thursday through Sunday, with the final performance on Sunday a chance for audience members to join in a sing-along.
- May 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:08PM
A former write-in candidate for San Juan County sheriff is in Skagit County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson and unlawful possession of a firearm. Charles Eugene Feld, 53, was charged April 6 in Skagit County Superior Court; bail was set at $1.5 million. He is accused of splashing gasoline on four men and threatening to light it, shooting a gun and pointing it at one of the men, and burning one of the men's house down. The alleged incident reportedly occurred when a neighbor went to Feld's house with three other men and confronted him about some money Feld reportedly owed him.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 12:49PM
Tyler McKee qualified for the 1A State Golf Tournament and Quinn Bune and Megan Cuomo qualified as first alternates Wednesday at the Tri-District Tournament at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. It was, Coach Jack Rice said, a tough day on the course but a good day in the playoffs.
- May 19, 2010 at 12:46PM
I wanted to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s Dragons lacrosse team. For nine seasons, the Dragons have exemplified the best in island resourcefulness: playing programs affiliated with much bigger schools (Snohomish, Bellingham, Lynnwood!) and with far larger budgets, and consistently putting together teams that are focused on sportsmanship and good team play. The 2010 team is the pinnacle of those efforts.
- May 14, 2010 at 9:00AM updated May 19, 2010 at 10:55AM
Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo won the 1A District Golf Championship, Thursday at North Bellingham. Her title win came one week after she won the league tournament at San Juan. She advances to the Tri-District Tournament May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Also advancing to Tri-District: Senior Tyler McKee shot 89 to finish 10th. Junior Quinn Bune shot 94 to finish 15th. Junior Taylor Molloy shot a 97, his best score of the year, to fish 18th.
- May 19, 2010 at 10:00AM
Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race Saturday on San Juan Island. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The second annual ERCU Diamond Cup & Bill Brow Memorial begins at 11 a.m. at Sundstrom’s Pond, 1578 Roche Harbor Road.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:55AM
The season came to a screeching halt for the Friday Harbor softball team in back-to-back losses to Nooksack Valley at the District playoffs May 15 in Sedro-Woolley. The Wolverines can take some solace away from the playoffs, however, as they sandwiched a convincing 14-1, five-inning victory over Coupeville in between.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:54AM
With a berth at State up for grabs and the season on the line, Friday Harbor’s Shawn Cutting turned in what may have been his best performance of the year on the mound. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Cascade Christian southpaw Stephen Mahnken had the game of his life.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:49AM
Thirteen Wolverines advanced to Tri-Districts as Friday Harbor claimed a host of Top 3 finishes at the District 1 Track and Field Meet May 13 and 15 at Lynden Christian. A shot at State will be on the line as those 13 compete against regional 1A rivals beginning May 20 at the Tri-District Track Meet at King’s High School.
- May 19, 2010 at 10:34AM
Local businesses will have greater access to the resources and guidance of the Economic Development Council thanks to a financial contribution from the county's 2260 Fund. The County Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to contribute $8,400 from the fund, which is dedicated to financing public projects that foster economic development, to the EDC to increase its executive director's hours.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:46AM
If you enjoy spending time in the woods and want to pursuit a new hobby in your life, disc golf may be the perfect activity for you. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is a world-wide leisure sport that appeals to people of all ages and all athletic abilities.
- May 14, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 18, 2010 at 4:10PM
Beginning in the fall of 2012, San Juan County residents will need reservations to drive onto the ferry. Washington State Ferries acknowledges that some customers are alarmed.
- May 18, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:17PM
It was 30 years ago today ... On May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Mount St. Helens. The bulge and surrounding area slid away in a gigantic rockslide and debris avalanche, releasing pressure and triggering a major pumice and ash eruption of the volcano. Thirteen-hundred feet of the peak collapsed or blew outwards. As a result, 24 square miles of valley was filled by a debris avalanche; 250 square miles of recreation, timber, and private lands were damaged by a lateral blast; and an estimated 200 million cubic yards of material was deposited directly by lahars (volcanic mudflows) into the river channels. Fifty-seven people were killed or are still missing.
- May 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 18, 2010 at 11:20AM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his alleged crimes. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late Thursday/early Friday — and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner’s private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff’s Department reported in a press release Friday that the boat was “beached.”
- May 16, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 2:18PM
The San Juan Dragons defeated the Gig Harbor Fire 21-5 Saturday at Friday Harbor, advancing to the second round of playoffs for the first time in their history. Next, the Skagit Conference champion Dragons (12-2) host Roosevelt (10-3) May 22, probably at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II semi-final.
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