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Herb Meyer, Luke Esser are guest speakers at Tea Party Hoe Down, Aug. 22, 2-5 p.m.

  • Aug 4, 2009 at 2:49PM

The Big Red Barn is the venue for the Tea Party Hoe Down, Aug. 22, 2-5 p.m. The Big Red Barn is located at the Thorndike Farm, 1721 Cattle Point Road. Admission and dinner by donation.

San Juan County Fair Guide in this week's Journal

  • Aug 4, 2009 at 9:08AM

The 24-page San Juan County Fair Guide. Our annual series of information pages about the Southern resident orcas. And Opinion, Sports, Island Scene, Mary Frances Crossword, Classifieds and Public Notices. It's all in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands.

Guard Street resident finds his home is landlocked; town says driveway would be too hazardous

  • Jul 31, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 7:21PM

David Taylor is in a difficult fix. He’s able to park his car in front of his home at 520 Guard St., but traffic gets perilously close to his car, making getting in and out of his vehicle a challenge. He's been knocked over by a motorcycle.

Malnourished seal taken from Friday Harbor beach to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for care

  • Jul 31, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 11:37AM

The Marine Mammal Stranding Network removed a malnourished seal pup from a pocket beach below Downriggers Restaurant today and delivered it to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for care.

National Marine Fisheries Service proposes wider berth, safety zone for endangered killer whales

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 11:36AM

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing new rules on vessel traffic aimed at further protecting Southern Resident killer whales. The resident killer whale pods, the subject of intense curiosity — from kayakers as well as tourists crowding the decks of commercial whale-watching vessels — were added to the Endangered Species list in late 2005. Their population is 85, according to the Center for Whale Research.

Guard family commemorates the 120th anniversary of their arrival on San Juan Island

  • Aug 2, 2009 at 9:08AM

Members of the Guard family gathered Saturday at the San Juan Historical Museum to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the Paul Guard family on San Juan Island. Family members came from near and far; one relative came from Abu Dhabi, another from Alabama, and a group of relatives came from Alberta, Canada.

Islanders leaving on mission trip to Dominican Republic; read their blog here

  • Jul 31, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Aug 2, 2009 at 8:47AM

A team of islanders leaves Saturday morning on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. "Yesterday afternoon some of the team gathered together to pack in suitcases the donated items from our community to take down with us to the Dominican Republic," Vic Woodward wrote on the group's blog. "What an outpouring ..."

Newspaper advertisers target of new credit card fraud

  • Jul 31, 2009 at 3:53PM

Bainbridge Police Detective Trevor Ziemba said Friday that people should never give financial information over e-mail or on an incoming call.

Experts: County should focus regulatory energies on upland areas rather than shorelines

  • Jul 30, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jul 31, 2009 at 9:26AM

An estimated 300 islanders crowded into Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gym on Tuesday to hear a panel of well-credentialed experts take issue with the state's best available science and pending changes to the county's Critical Areas Ordinance. The heat did little to dampen interest in the forum, sponsored by the Common Sense Alliance. The public meeting on the state-required CAO update featured four panelists who called on islanders to take a critical look at the "best available science" developed by various state agencies and cautioned against accepting it on face value.

Celebration of Nancy Adkins' life Aug. 22 | Passages

  • Jul 30, 2009 at 4:04PM

Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. Though she was diagnosed with melanoma in 2001, Nancy never let that slow her down. As recently as 2008, she drove across the country visiting friends and family as far away as Tennessee. She will always be remembered as a unique woman with a fascination and fervor for life.

More than 80 children participate in Vacation Bible School

  • Jul 30, 2009 at 11:50AM

More than 80 children participated in Vacation Bible School at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, July 13-17. More than 30 leaders and volunteers coordinated activities for the youngsters.

Memorial service Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon | Passages

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Jul 30, 2009 at 11:55AM

Memorial service is Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon of Friday Harbor. Mrs. Tobon passed away July 25. She was 64. Her family remembered her today as a person who loved children, loved dancing and parties, and enjoyed the company of friends.

Celebration of Gale Carter’s life Saturday | Passages

  • Jul 23, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jul 30, 2009 at 11:45AM

Gale Carter, a pioneer in convalescent care on San Juan Island, has died. His passing was announced by Pam Fry, RN, at Mullis Community Senior Center today.

'Mom and pops,' Navy sonar are the real problems

  • Jul 30, 2009 at 10:25AM

I have read enough letters to the editor from people who think that whale-watching boats are harassing the orcas, that we are causing them to become disoriented in their environment, that we are causing them stress and are making it impossible for them to find food.

Beat the heat at Islands Convalescent Center

  • Jul 29, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Jul 30, 2009 at 8:16AM

Need a place to beat the heat? Then get over to Islands Convalescent Center. With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees and humidity at levels rarely felt in the islands, Islands Convalescent Center has opened its doors and its air-conditioned living and dining rooms as a "cooling station," and is inviting anyone needing to escape the heat to stop by.

Critical Areas Ordinance: Protect our heritage in the waters around our islands

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:35PM

Thirty years ago, the waters around the San Juan Islands teemed with waterfowl, salmon, rockfish, and ling cod. The fish and waterfowl fed on the locally spawned forage fish. Now, the birds and the larger fish are almost gone. There is little left for them and for the orcas to eat.

Only you can put out forest fires; San Juan County burn ban now in effect

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:35PM

If you start any kind of fire this summer, you're going to pay the price. The San Juan County Fire Marshal has issued a burn ban for the county, which means campfires, fire pits, free-standing fixtures, and beach fires are all banned. Those who disregard the ban will be fined and/or billed the cost of fighting the fire if the fire department gets called.

Critical Areas Ordinance: 50-foot setback is adequate

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:35PM

I understand that many of you don’t believe that real estate sales are being affected by the council’s decision to move forward on the 100-foot shoreline setback portion of the CAO. As a REALTOR, on the front line, I can attest that there is an impact, and it is a huge economic impact to our community.

Public meeting on Critical Areas Ordinance today in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gym

  • Jul 27, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Jul 28, 2009 at 8:34AM

Common Sense Alliance is hosting a public meeting on the Critical Areas Ordinance today, 5 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gymnasium.

One dead, two hurt in Lopez Island crash; excessive vehicle speed is suspected cause

  • Jul 27, 2009 at 6:00PM updated at 8:27PM

A man from British Columbia is dead and a Lopez Island teen is in a Seattle hospital after a collision Sunday afternoon on Lopez Sound Road. Paul John Jaholkowsky, 26, was jogging southbound on Lopez Sound Road at about 2:30 p.m. when, according to authorities, he was struck head-on by a 1974 Chevy Nova sedan driven by a 15-year-old Lopez boy who was driving north at what is believed to be a high rate of speed.

The Pig War: Little-known facts about the joint military occupation of San Juan Island

  • Jul 24, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jul 27, 2009 at 8:55AM

What we now call the Pig War was referred to in 19th century documents and press coverage as the “San Juan Affair,” “San Juan Imbroglio,” and “San Juan Difficulty.” The term “Pig War” is likely a local creation. “It is a 20th century iteration,” historian Mike Vouri said. “I have never seen it in 19th century documents.”

San Juan Island man pleads no contest, faces at least five years in prison for shooting his girlfriend

  • Jul 24, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:45PM

A San Juan Island man will face a minimum of five years in prison after pleading no contest two weeks ago to allegations that he acted recklessly when he shot his live-in girlfriend in the chest with a .40-caliber handgun. On July 13, Douglas Curnow, 36, pleaded no contest in San Juan County Superior Court to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, a Class A felony; and to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class C felony.

'Pig War' began 150 years ago; British consul, tall ships will attend events this weekend

  • Jul 22, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jul 24, 2009 at 4:42PM

History was made on San Juan Island 150 years ago. While the event is a mere footnote in world history books, it was an event of national and international importance. In 1859, American and British troops occupied San Juan Island to defend their claims to the archipelago. What ensued over the next 12 years was a peaceful occupation that proved that nations, even superpowers, can resolve conflicts without bullets or blows.

The Pig War: Several descendants live on the island

  • Jul 24, 2009 at 4:41PM

Numerous islanders are descendants of American soldiers and British marines who served here during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island.

Celebration of Joan Komen's life Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Roche Harbor Pavilion | Passages

  • Jul 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:20PM

Joan Komen passed away July 23 at her home in Roche Harbor after a courageous two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 71. A celebration of her life will be held at Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion on July 29, 2 p.m.; and at Seattle Golf Club on Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.

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