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Town Council sets Nov. 20 on proposed annexation

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:09PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council has scheduled a Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. public hearing on the proposed annexation of the so-called Buck/Boreen property.

Jennifer Guard, Cody Anderson engaged; summer wedding planned

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 2:09PM

Doug and Lori Guard, long-time residents of the island, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Guard, to Cody Anderson of Murrieta, Calif. The young couple met at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif. They became engaged June 5, 2008.

Reaves posts bail; trial starts Feb. 9

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 10:36AM

Jawaad Reaves pleaded innocent Friday to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his brother, Jermaine. Superior Court Judge John O. Linde scheduled trial for Feb. 9. Bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. Reaves posted bail Saturday and was released from Island County Jail. His employer, Miller Drywall, said he was back at work Monday.

Volleyball team gains ground, almost steals the show from undefeated La Conner

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:54AM

It’s easy to forgive Friday Harbor volleyball coach Travis Mager and the rest of the Wolverines for accentuating the positive despite being swept at home by La Conner last week in three straight games. The Wolverines nearly pulled off what no other team has against the perennially playoff-bound Braves, who have yet to lose even a single game this season. Friday Harbor gave La Conner, 7-0 in league, all it could handle in two rounds and almost stole the opener.

Soccer team sweeps season series with La Conner

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 10:23AM

After an even and scoreless first half, the Wolverines — undefeated in league, 8-2 overall — came out strong and dominated the second session. Elle Guard broke the ice with a Steven Gerrard-like strike from 30 yards in the 44th minute.

Orca survival trumps profits, ‘ownership’ | Editorial

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 10:14AM

It’s time for Lolita to be returned home. The Southern Resident orca, you may recall, was captured in 1970 in our waters and now resides, and performs on demand, at the Miami Seaquarium. Since 1995, Orca Network and the San Juan Island-based Center for Whale Research have lobbied for the whale’s return to the Salish Sea, but the aquarium’s ownership rights have apparently trumped the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other animal welfare laws.

Tennis team rebounds for two straight wins

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:56AM

The Friday Harbor tennis team righted the ship last week with back-to-back wins on the road at Coupeville and Lynden high schools. The Wolverines (5-3) avenged a recent loss against 1A rival Coupeville with a convincing 4-1 win on Oct. 8.

Big plays, but Friday Harbor falls to Lynden Christian 27-21

  • Oct 15, 2008 at 9:44AM

In a game loaded with big plays, none proved bigger for Friday Harbor than having a pass picked off on the first play of overtime. It set the stage for a dramatic 27-21 loss to Lynden Christian which, though arguably tops in entertainment value, knocked the Wolverines down to the bottom rung in the competition for post-season play.

Mo-ped rider injured in collision with car on Blair Avenue

  • Oct 14, 2008 at 4:44PM

Officers were left to sort out the details after the driver of a Honda sedan struck a woman riding a mo-ped on Blair Avenue at about 1 p.m. today. Sheriff's deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene just minutes after the collision occurred. The woman, strapped and secured to a body board, was transported by ambulance to Inter Island Medical Center for evaluation.

Friday Harbor becomes a time machine with presentations, walking tours and the historical museum’s auction

  • Oct 14, 2008 at 1:04PM

Jim Crook, whose family homesteaded the former British Royal Marine Camp at Garrison Bay after the U.S.-British boundary dispute was settled in 1872, embodied the island way of life. Items from the San Juan Historical Museum’s Jim Crook Collection have been digitized and are now available for the first time online as part of a cooperative project between the San Juan Island Library, the museum and the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Initiative.

'Rumors': It doesn’t get better than this

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Oct 14, 2008 at 1:00PM

Some things in this life can be disappointing. The market. The weather. Your aching back. Forget it. If you go to a performance of a play directed by Andrew McLaglen, written by Neil Simon and performed by our local thespians at our beautiful theater, you can be sure you won’t have a gloomy thought.

Second-quarter retail sales drop 15.6 percent in San Juan County

  • Oct 13, 2008 at 7:59PM

Statewide taxable retail sales declined 2.4 percent to $29.1 billion during the second quarter of 2008, the state Department of Revenue reported today. Among counties, travel destinations appeared to be hardest hit, with San Juan and Island counties experiencing 15.6 percent and 13.7 percent declines in retail trade, respectively. Skagit County retail sales dropped 10.9 percent.

Van Luven endorsed by law enforcement association in state Senate race

  • Oct 13, 2008 at 2:20PM

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs has endorsed Steve Van Luven for election to the 40th District state Senate position. Van Luven, Republican, is a Samish Island native who represented Bellevue in the state House of Representatives for more than 17 years. He now lives on Samish Island. He is running against San Juan County Councilmasn Kevin Ranker, the Democratic Party nominee.

Journal Q&A: Gordy Petersen, candidate for San Juan County Council, San Juan South

  • Oct 9, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Oct 13, 2008 at 8:25AM

About this series: The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As for the Nov. 4 election continues this week with candidates for San Juan County Council, San Juan South.

Journal Q&A: Lovel Pratt, candidate for San Juan County Council, San Juan South

  • Oct 13, 2008 at 8:19AM

About this series: The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As for the Nov. 4 election continues this week with candidates for San Juan County Council, San Juan South.

San Juan County's list of 'inactive voters' tops 1,000

  • Oct 9, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:01PM

As of Monday, more than 1,000 local voters had been listed as "inactive" and might not receive a ballot for the upcoming November election.

Sad news for local orca pods; population declines by six

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 7:40PM

Six orcas have apparently disappeared from the Southern Resident orca pods this year, dropping the population to 83, the lowest since 2003. The Center for Whale Research and others are blaming marine pollution, depleted salmon runs, and acoustic impacts from dredging, seismic testing and military sonar for the decline in the population. The Southern Resident orcas are listed as endangered in Canada and the U.S.

Candidates forum Oct. 11 in Friday Harbor

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Oct 8, 2008 at 4:32PM

Meet the candidates who want your vote in November. Find out how they stand on the issues that matter to you. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has scheduled two general election forums Oct. 11.

50 spots left in Roche Harbor’s Blackmouth Salmon Classic

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 3:56PM

The sixth annual Salmon Classic Invitational at Roche Harbor Resort is Feb. 5-7. The blackmouth derby is a three-day sportfishing event that attracts anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada. There are more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Students take a different kind of 'bus' to school

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 1:41PM

Lack of physical activity is believed to be a leading cause in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Driving students to school by private vehicle contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. The local Safe Routes to School program believes it has an answer. Today, Friday Harbor Elementary School students and parents participated in the Walking School Bus and walked to school.

Long-time visiting scientist at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs wins Nobel Prize

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 12:33PM

A long-time visiting scientist at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a luminous green substance in jellyfish that redefined the way researchers uncover biological processes.

Bates, Fagan, Wingate elected to San Juan Golf and Country Club Board of Trustees

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 11:34AM

Ron Bates, Frank Fagan and Bob Wingate were elected to three-year terms Sunday on the San Juan Golf and Country Club Board of Trustees. The board consists of 10 members who elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Members also serve on committees: Finance, Greens, Handicap/Memorial, House, Membership, Publicity, Special Projects, Tennis, and Tournaments.

Wolverine soccer team now 7-2 after win over North Sound Christian

  • Oct 8, 2008 at 6:30AM

Three Wolverines scored goals in Friday Harbor's 5-2 win over North Sound Christian, Tuesday at Friday Harbor. The Wolverines are now 7-2 overall, and remain undefeated in league play.

That's a lot of years; town employees honored for length of service

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 5:13PM

Twenty employees of the Town of Friday Harbor were recognized by the Town Council Thursday for their years of service. Among the honorees were Jerry Gates of the Street Department, who has worked for the town since February 1974. Mike Wilks, Town Shop superintendent, joined the town in September 1976.

Leadership San Juan Islands hosts open houses to recruit Class of 2009

  • Oct 7, 2008 at 5:20PM

Leadership San Juan Islands will host three open houses this month to recruit current and aspiring leaders for the Class of 2009. LSJI seeks candidates from all sectors of the community, from businesses and non-profits, to education and government. Alumni from LSJI Classes 2005-08 are also invited to the open houses, as well as graduates of other leadership programs held around the country who now live and/or work in the San Juans.

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