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Meet celebrated Canadian historian Barry Gough tonight in the San Juan Island Library

  • Aug 24, 2009 at 4:14PM

Celebrated Canadian historian Barry Gough will discuss how Royal Navy policies kept the peace in the north Pacific while affirming British interests, in a lecture tonight at 7 in the San Juan Island Library.

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy fire chief | Passages

  • Aug 24, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 4:06PM

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy chief of the Yakima Fire Department and father of Trish Harris of Friday Harbor, died Aug. 11, 2009 in Yakima.

Ed Tuck was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s, 1940s | Passages

  • Aug 24, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:13PM

Ed Tuck, who was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s and 1940s, has died. Mr. Tuck, who lived in Tacoma, died Aug. 17, his daughter, Cookie Tuck-Lowe, wrote in an e-mail received Saturday. "Dad sailed away Monday to join Mother," Tuck-Lowe wrote.

Ecology’s wetlands guidance has proven, practical track record | Opinion

  • Aug 21, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Aug 24, 2009 at 7:05AM

Ecology has provided training on wetland science to more than 1,500 people from local, state, federal and tribal governments and business. Over 100 local jurisdictions have already based their wetland ordinances on our guidance.

220 run in the 32nd annual 8.8K Loop Run; see highlights in slideshow

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 21, 2009 at 3:37PM

John Collins made his first-ever visit to San Juan Island a memorable one. The 37-year-old from Oak Harbor kicked into high-gear at the base of the hill below the fairgrounds and catapulted to first place Saturday in the 32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run.

Local radio station takes big step toward 'on-air' goal

  • Aug 21, 2009 at 2:21PM

San Juan Island's community radio station, KSJU FM 91.9, is now certified by the IRS as a non-profit organization and, as such, can accept tax-deductible donations.

Low says he may replace Fitch with a new town administrator if elected mayor

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:57PM

After each election since he's served as town administrator, King Fitch has offered the incoming mayor his resignation. Because the town administrator serves at the pleasure of the mayor, Fitch’s offer gives the new chief executive the opportunity to make a change if he sees fit. Fitch made the offer to James Cahail, Bill LaPorte, Gary Boothman, David Jones. For the first time, Fitch may have a taker.

San Juan Island man gets nine-year prison term for near-fatal shooting

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 3:56PM

A San Juan Island man who shot his girlfriend in the chest with a handgun at point-blank range was ordered to serve nine years in prison after pleading no contest in mid-July to first-degree assault, a class A felony. On Aug. 12, Douglas Paul Curnow, 36, was sentenced in San Juan County Superior Court to a total of 112 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,550 in fines and fees. The amount of restitution Curnow will be ordered to pay will be determined at a hearing slated for mid-October.

It's official: Styrofoam to-go containers are banned in Friday Harbor; law takes effect in April

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 3:05PM

Styrofoam’s days are numbered in Friday Harbor — at least in the form of to-go food containers. The Friday Harbor Town Council today voted 5-0 to approve a ban on Styrofoam to-go food containers. The ban will take effect April 22. The council asked town staff to draft an ordinance after a presentation Aug. 6 by members of the San Juan Anti-Litter Initiative, which has long proposed a ban. Members say the ban fulfills the desires of more than 1,000 islanders and visitors who signed a petition supporting the ban. “I’m thrilled to death,” said Doris Estabrooks, who’s led a three-year campaign to rid the island of Styrofoam.

Supports Bob Low for mayor of Friday Harbor | Letter to the Editor

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:56PM

I am honored to recommend and support Robert “Bob” Low for mayor of Friday Harbor. I have known Bob for seven years and worked under his direction for four of those years. During that time, Bob taught me that, above all else, the people of Friday Harbor are his top priority.

Two Canadians arrested, 132 pounds of marijuana seized, in Cattle Pass

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:06PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents on border security patrol in the San Juan Islands chain intercepted a 30-foot Canadian-registered Bayliner near Cattle Point, southeast of San Juan Island on Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. | Passages

  • Aug 17, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 20, 2009 at 11:23AM

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. of Montecito, Calif., and Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Aug. 16, 2009 as a result of liver cancer. He was 78.

'The Quiet Giver': A Tribute to Jerry Inskeep Jr.

  • Aug 20, 2009 at 10:10AM

To his family, how blessed you have been and will continue to be, to have had known his angelic and giving spirit. May everyday grow a little easier with his passing, and may you always remember his quiet and giving acts of kindness will remain in the hearts of those he touched.

Journal wins in state press contest; all staff members named as honorees

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Aug 20, 2009 at 9:44AM

The Journal won one or more awards in the News, Advertising and Special Sections divisions of the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Staff members responsible for the winning entries are, in alphabetical order, Ron Bates, Rebecca Cook, Michael D’Abrosca, Scott Rasmussen, Howard Schonberger and Richard Walker. The Journal also won one or more staff awards.

County Council workshop Aug. 25 on Critical Areas Ordinance, Shoreline Master Plan

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 5:19PM

The San Juan County Council has scheduled a three-and-one-half hour workshop on the Critical Areas Ordinance and the Shoreline Master Plan, Aug. 25, 1 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theater. The workshop is open to the public. The Critical Areas Ordinance is being revised in compliance with provisions of the Growth Management Act. Work is also beginning on the updated Shoreline Master Plan, due in 2012.

Friday Harbor Town Council is poised to approve ban on Styrofoam to-go containers

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 5:14PM

Styrofoam’s days are numbered in Friday Harbor — at least in the form of to-go food containers. The Friday Harbor Town Council is expected to approve Thursday a ban on Styrofoam to-go food containers. The council will consider the ordinance at its noon session.

Voters will decide county property tax increase in November; would add $54 to annual tax bill of $450K home

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:07PM

Twelve cents for each $1,000 of assessed value. That’s how much more local landowners would pay in annual property taxes over the next six years to prevent an even deeper cut into county-run programs under a revenue-generating ballot measure which islanders will weigh-in on in November.

30th Round Shaw Race challenges Northwest kayakers; mixed-outrigger record set with time of 2:04:07

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 3:32PM

The 30th annual Round Shaw Race for human powered boats went off without a hitch Aug. 8, thanks in large part to a huge effort by the San Juan Outrigger Canoe and Kayak Club, which hosted the event. Paddlers from as far away as Sausalito, Calif., came to test their skills on the 14-mile course around Shaw Island. The race is the oldest race in the Pacific Northwest for canoes, kayaks and rowing shells.

Colwell and 'Barely 18' first in Shaw Island Classic | Along the Waterfront

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 3:26PM

The Shaw Island Classic, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, has been an annual summer sailing event for 39 years as best I can remember. Wally Lum of the Orcas Island Yacht Club has been showing us how to do it from Day 1, mostly successfully. But on Aug. 8, the currents outfoxed him as he finished sixth in class and 32nd overall out of 64 starters.

Look who's blogging now; community and candidate blogs launched on

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 1:44PM is now offering blogs on its site. Veteran newsman Howard Schonberger is writing a staff blog. Carrie Lacher, a candidate for mayor, is blogging, and all other candidates for office have been invited to blog as well.

Leaning green: Mayoral candidates say 'no' to campaign yard signs

  • Aug 19, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 11:43AM

The campaign for Friday Harbor mayor is leaning green. Mayoral candidates Carrie Lacher and Bob Low have committed to no-yard-sign campaigns.

Q&A: Carrie Lacher and Robert Low, candidates for mayor of Friday Harbor

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 5:34PM

Carrie Lacher and Robert Low, candidates for mayor of Friday Harbor, participated in separate Q&As at The Journal booth during the San Juan County Fair. The election is Nov. 3. The mayor is paid $148 per meeting, with a maximum of four meetings per month (council members receive $85 per meeting). The mayor is the chief executive of the town. The mayor has ultimate hire and fire authority, although most of that responsibility is delegated to the town administrator. The mayor has the authority to appoint members of town commissions and committees, although the mayor has traditionally sought the endorsement of the Town Council. The mayor works with the town administrator and town treasurer to write the budget, but the budget is approved by the Town Council. The mayor also presides over Town Council meetings, but can vote only to break a tie. Here are highlights of what the candidates had to say.

Update: Two candidates list public e-mails as campaign contacts | Political Notebook

  • Aug 5, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 18, 2009 at 5:37PM

Two candidates for office on San Juan Island may want to change the e-mail addresses they are using in relation to their campaigns. On the contact information they provided for the county voters pamphlet, Town Council candidate Noel Monin listed his e-mail address at San Juan Island Fire Department; Port Commission candidate Greg Hertel listed his e-mail address at the port district. Monin is a captain and maintenance supervisor at the fire department. Hertel is a port commissioner.

Massachusetts man who died after bike crash loved the outdoors, skiing

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 3:26PM

The Massachusetts man who died one day after his bicycle crashed on Tucker Avenue near Larson Street enjoyed the outdoors and skiing, had homes in Woburn, Mass., and Bridgton, Maine, retired after 20 years with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and most recently was an electric power engineer with the engineering firm HNTB.

Carrie Unpingco and Elsa Prieto-Lopez | Mentor of the Month

  • Aug 18, 2009 at 2:08PM

Mentor of the Month is a monthly feature. To learn more about the Family Resource Center's mentor program, call 378-5246.

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