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- May 14, 2010 at 1:59PM
Oren and Peggy Combs, formerly of the Front Street Alehouse, have purchased Pazzo Vivo (175 First St.) from Mari Lariviere. They are remodeling and will reopen it in mid-June as Rumor Mill. “It’s going to be more open and bright,” Oren Combs said of the restaurant’s interior. The interior design will be “industrial modern with a nostalgia twist,” and the First Street frontage will feature a 12.5-foot glass slide garage door that will swing open to give diners the ambience of sitting outside.
- May 14, 2010 at 1:59PM
Madden Surbaugh, formerly of Steps Wine Bar & Grill in Friday Harbor, is opening The Quilted Pig in the waterfront veranda of the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort. The resort reopens Friday with the new restaurant, a refurbished spa, and guest accommodations. The Barto family of Anacortes purchased the 30-acre resort in 2008 from Olympus Real Estate Partners.
- May 14, 2010 at 1:58PM
The building at Front and Spring streets formerly occupied by San Juan Brewing Co. and Front Street Alehouse is available for lease. The price: $8,000 a month, according to attorney Stephanie Johnson O’Day. O’Day predicts that an upscale restaurant will ultimately occupy the site. “It’s a prime location,” she said.
- May 14, 2010 at 1:55PM
Want to make a difference in the community? There are several opportunities to do so, and you don’t have to be elected. Volunteering on San Juan County boards and committees gives you the opportunity to help shape policies regarding agriculture, community development, health and human services, the marine environment, veterans services and other aspects of community life.
Island Gardens Company will be honored for its preservation of the c1900 Smoots/Gerard House at 860 Guard St.
- May 14, 2010 at 1:43PM
Jean Turner and Steve Schramm of Island Gardens Company will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Historic Preservation award for their restoration of the historic c1900 Smoots/Gerard House at 860 Guard St.
- May 14, 2010 at 12:45PM
Jerry passed away peacefully in his home on May 10, 2010 surrounded by his wife LouAnne, daughters Tiffany and Ashley, and brother-in-law Paul Fantin. As a boy, Jerry and his family summered on San Juan Island. He decided then that he would someday raise his family here. Jerry and LouAnne married Dec. 30, 1983 in Seattle, WA. They moved their family to Friday Harbor in 1988.
- May 14, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:43PM
Chelan Taylor, a junior at Friday Harbor High School, is raising $13,000 to replace the fence around the horse arena at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. It’s a sacred mission of sorts. No mere arena, this is a field of dreams, where ambition and courage have been tested for generations, a place where memories have been made, where events have become part of the fabric of our history.
- May 14, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:43PM
The San Juan County Land Bank, National Park Service and the San Juan Island Trails Committee invite islanders to the official dedication of the Frazer Homestead Preserve on San Juan Island. A brief ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on May 15. Parking will be at the preserve’s north entrance off of Rosler Road.
- May 14, 2010 at 8:51AM
Rodney Wayne Shippee died around April 29 in Friday Harbor. He was 63. Born Aug. 10, 1946 in Turlock, Calif. Graduated Turlock High School 1964, attended Modesto Junior College, U.S. Air Force veteran (16 months in Korea), graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1974.
- May 13, 2010 at 2:40PM
The Whale Museum, built in 1892, is undergoing some improvements. Insulation is being installed under the building (which is seasonally inhabitated by a large river otter). New energy efficient windows are being installed. And the building is being reroofed.
- May 13, 2010 at 2:17PM
Paradise Lanes now has three 300 games in its record book. On Dec. 7, of course, Jim Cumming bowled the lane's first 300 game in the second game of the night's league play. It's his first perfect game. In early February, Nate Smith bowled a non-league 300. (The game's governing body, the United States Bowling Congress, records and awards a ring for 300 games bowled in sanctioned league play.) It's Smith's first perfect game. Then two weeks ago, lane manager Scott Olinger bowled a non-league perfect game. Olinger now has five league 300 games and four non-league 300 games to his credit.
- May 13, 2010 at 1:42PM
Thank you, bowlers, for a successful winter season. For those of you not bowling Summer League, I'll see you after Labor Day. Summer League starts May 17 — 6:15 meeting, 6:30 start. I still have a couple of individual openings.
- May 13, 2010 at 1:14PM
As the weather warms up, you may find yourself on the ferry going to the mainland but as you get out of your car to go upstairs you are assaulted by a foul odor. Eeeyu, what is that smell? You look around and there is a big truck and trailer with only a canvas cover on the top. The smell is coming out of that truck. Several times a week, your rotting garbage goes on the road — close to 400 miles of a truck-to-train-to-truck journey to a landfill in Oregon operated by the Waste Management Corp. Every year, about 10,500 tons of garbage from San Juan Island goes to that site at a cost of $72 a ton.
San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival inaugural reception with Emmy winner László Pal on May 23
- May 11, 2010 at 12:00PM updated May 13, 2010 at 12:19PM
The San Juan Island International Documentary Film Festival will host its inaugural reception with Emmy award-winning filmmaker László Pal on May 23, 3 p.m. at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. “This festival will draw visitors from all over the world to our islands,” Pal said in a press release.
- May 13, 2010 at 12:03PM
Mrs. Perry J. Sandwith — also known as Mrs. Mildred Louise Sandwith — had a marvelous 95th birthday celebration at the Grange Hall on May 2, from 1-3 p.m. About 150 people attended, some from as far away as Roche Harbor and Bellingham. Lots of hometown families were there, including but not limited to Sandwith, King, Guard, Wilson, Lawson, Wade, Buchanan and Jordan.
- May 13, 2010 at 11:57AM
"Anytime. Anywhere. We’ll be there” is the theme for the annual Emergency Services Week of May 16-20, proclaimed by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the San Juan County Council. EMS Week salutes the services provided every day, under often daunting circumstances, by the 40 EMTs and paramedics of San Juan Island EMS and their 750,000 colleagues nationwide.
- May 13, 2010 at 9:34AM
On July 25, the Animal Protection Society — Friday Harbor will hold our sixth annual “Wags to Riches” fund-raiser to benefit the animal shelter. Again, “Wags to Riches” will take place at the spacious estate of Bob and Lissa McDowell on San Juan Island and we expect another sellout crowd of 250 attendees. A canine exhibition will provide entertainment, there will be live music and a delicious gourmet menu catered by one of the island’s top chefs. There will be a live auction with some fantastic items and wine service will be skillfully coordinated by shelter staff and volunteers. And new this year, there will dancing under the stars with a live dance band.
- May 12, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:24PM
Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to counter lagging ridership with a $1 million marketing campaign to attract tourists to destinations throughout Puget Sound, including Vashon.
Could another Washington official be headed to D.C.? Gregoire reportedly considered for U.S. solicitor general
- May 12, 2010 at 3:59PM
Should Gregoire be appointed, it would change the makeup of the 2012 race for governor. It would also contribute to the Evergreen State's growing presence in the nation's capital. Former Gov. Gary Locke is secretary of Commerce. Former King County Executive Ron Sims is deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske is director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position generally referred to as the U.S. "drug czar." Defense Secretary Robert Gates owns a home on Orcas Island.
- May 12, 2010 at 1:05PM
It's playoff time for local prep sports teams: Baseball, girls tennis, golf, lacrosse, softball, track.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:08PM
Friday Harbor Wolverines Quinn Bune, Megan Cuomo, William King, Taylor Molloy, Tyler McKee and Riley Rousar compete in the District golf tournament May 13 at North Bellingham. Twenty male golfers and eight female golfers will advance to the Tri-District tournament on May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Coach Jack Rice talked with SanJuanJournal.com about his team's prospects.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:53PM
It’s do-or-die time for the Friday Harbor baseball team. The Wolverines just missed clinching a berth at the state 1A tournament May 8. Meridian’s John Murphy stroked a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to lift the Trojans to a 4-3 extra-inning victory in the District 1 championship game in Blaine. As District 1 runner-up, Friday Harbor (17-4 overall, 14-1 league) will face Cascade Christian in the opening round of the Tri-District tournament May 15 at Sehome. The winner will earn a trip to State, while the season will come to a close for the loser.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:46PM
Move over Julie Andrews, there's a new Eliza in town! The San Juan Community Theatre's production of "My Fair Lady" is hands down the most exciting and professional musical to be seen on the island in at least the past 10 years!
- May 12, 2010 at 2:38PM
It's not the outcome the Wolverines had hoped for. But the timing and the competition couldn't have been better as the Friday Harbor softball team gears up for post-season play on the heels of a decisive 10-2 defeat by Adna in their regular-season finale May 8 at home.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:16PM
Rebecca Leff is headed back into the lions' den for the second year in a row. The Friday Harbor sophomore secured a second-straight berth in the Tri-District tournament by dispatching the Wolves' Lily Doyle 6-3, 6-1, May 8 at the District 1 playoffs in Coupeville.
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