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- 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.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:18AM
Equestrians from San Juan and Lopez islands ferried over to join Orcas riders and the San Juan County Land Bank on April 11 to celebrate the reopening of some trails in the stunning Turtleback Mountain Preserve.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:05AM
Construction of the Sewer Replacement Project is in its final phase near the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant. Local contractors hope to have all the work completed by the end of May. They began work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and are proceeding up Tucker Avenue to Guard Street in front of the high school, and finally over to Culver Avenue.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:58AM
My adrenaline surged as my back arched, restarting the back pain I have been fighting. I had just gotten out of my car as the dog I had not seen in the car next to me hit its window, fiercely barking! So surprised was I, that I wanted to cry! I felt angry and assaulted. It took me the rest of the day to calm my fractured nerves.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:54AM
Joy will reign at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on May 16, noon to 2 p.m. in the Patio Garden of the San Juan Community Theatre. This is the annual free event for all San Juan children sponsored by the theater's CATS organization. There will be face painting, crafts projects ... and teddy bears. There will also be storytelling with Melina Lagios, youth services librarian at San Juan Island Library, accompanied by puppets.
- May 11, 2010 at 2:10PM
Treaty tribal and state co-managers wrapped up their annual process of setting salmon fishing seasons recently and I was again reminded of those who say that a total ban on fishing is the only path to salmon recovery. They don't truly mean a total ban though, just one on Indian and non-Indian harvesters. They don't want to talk about all of the fish lost to dams, poisoned stormwater runoff and low stream flows. Those environmental factors "harvest" salmon just like any fishery. A dead fish is a dead fish no matter how it dies.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:36PM
Two Republican candidates for 40th District state House of Representatives will visit Friday Harbor May 14 and May 21. Dusty Gulleson is running for position 1 held by retiring legislator Dave Quall, and was endorsed May 4 by state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Tom Pasma of Bow is the 40th District Democrats' nominee. John Swapp is running for position 2 held by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon. Morris, the speaker pro tem of the House, is running for reelection. You can meet Swapp May 21, 11:30 a.m., upstairs at the China Pearl Restaurant.
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