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Orca Relief says more whale-watch protests to come

  • Jul 17, 2009 at 5:10PM

Orca Relief Citizens Alliance says more protests are to come, after initial July 11 on-the-water protest of commercial whale-watching vessels. The protest began a few miles off San Juan Island’s west side. The group included Isla Cropper, Suzanne Franklin, Adrian Kilpatrick, Peter Kilpatrick, Rowan North, and boat skipper Henry Wendt, past CEO of SmithKlineBeacham.

Abbey Road Live!: Fab Four fun tonight at SJCT

  • Jul 17, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:46PM

It’s a “Hard Days Night” of classic rock at the San Juan Community Theatre, tonight at 8, when Abbey Road Live! performs on the Whittier stage.

Open meetings are necessary and required | Editorial

  • Jul 17, 2009 at 2:26PM

State law and the state Supreme Court indicate meetings and records of PeaceHealth’s governing board, to be appointed to oversee operations of the proposed hospital on San Juan Island, must be open to the public. Openness is a good thing. And we are encouraged by Jim Barnhart’s comments; he is CEO of PeaceHealth’s Suislaw Region in Oregon and has been appointed by PeaceHealth to lead the planning and development of the proposed hospital here. He said of open public meetings and public records requirements: “We, of course, would abide by any requirements that exist.”

Enjoy a splash of summer color; Summer Arts Fair and Lavender Festival this weekend

  • Jul 17, 2009 at 2:19PM

There’s a little something for everyone at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Splash of Summer Color Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend features two popular events: the San Juan Island Lavender Festival and the Summer Arts Fair.

Duzan makes hole-in-one at Pacific Dunes; uses 9-iron on the 141-yard No. 14

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Jul 17, 2009 at 8:45AM

Steve Duzan of Friday Harbor made a hole-in-one at Pacific Dunes Course, in Bandon, Ore., today. It's Duzan's fourth hole-in-one. He made the ace with a 9-iron on the 141-yard No. 14.

County Council schedules special meeting on levy increase election

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 4:40PM

The San Juan County Council has scheduled a special council session July 22 to consider putting a proposal on the November ballot that would increase the county’s property tax. State law limits annual property tax increases to 1 percent; an increase of more than 1 percent requires voter approval.

Gathering celebrates 120th anniversary of the Guard family's arrival on San Juan Island

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 3:39PM

The Guard family loves a picnic. And one is scheduled on Aug. 1 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the Paul Guard family on San Juan Island.

ACLU is needed now because freedom cannot defend itself | Guest Column

  • Jul 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 16, 2009 at 11:40AM

I invite anyone who questions the current importance of the ACLU to visit the ACLU Web site at The ACLU has worked since 1920 in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Summarized below are but a few examples of the recent diverse activities of the ACLU.

Send CAO back to the Citizens’ Committee for more information and facts

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 11:34AM

Our property is our nest, and we care about it more than government planners or people who do not own property. I model my interest in the environment by volunteering in numerous recycling efforts. The issue facing all of us is not whether to protect the environment, but how.

Critical Areas Ordinance is arbitrary, invasive and unnecessary

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 11:31AM

I have lived on the island for more than 20 years. I enjoy the ambiance of the island and its varied wildlife, and would like to see it continue the same way for the rest of my life. I do not believe the increased buffers outlined in the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Guidelines are needed. In fact, they constitute an illegal taking of property.

Odyssey runs aground on Leo Reef; about 80 passengers evacuated

  • Jul 16, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 8:24AM

The veteran excursion and whale-watch vessel Odyssey ran aground on Leo Reef Rocks off Lopez Island Wednesday, necessitating evacuation of nearly 80 passengers by other whale-watch charter boats and the United States Coast Guard.

County Council schedules special meeting on levy increase election

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 4:04PM

The San Juan County Council has scheduled a special council session July 22 to consider putting a proposal on the November ballot that would increase the county’s property tax. State law limits annual property tax increases to 1 percent; an increase of more than 1 percent requires voter approval.

County: Coast Guard allows touring watch in Friday Harbor; early run saved for now

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 11:12AM

It appears that Washington State Ferries will be able to avoid drastic reductions in morning sailings from the San Juans this fall, thanks to a decision announced Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has notified Washington State Ferries that it can continue to schedule “touring watches” on its Anacortes-to-San Juan Islands routes on a trial basis. Touring watches allow WSF to schedule crew members to finish a shift in the San Juans, spend the night, then begin a new shift here the next morning.

County offices reduce public hours beginning Monday

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:34AM

The hour changes were made official Tuesday after the County Council voted to give County Administrator Pete Rose the authority to modify the hours county agencies are open to the public for periods of up to three months.

Firefighters want to feed you lots of pancakes Saturday and Sunday

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:34AM

The Town of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island fire departments host their annual pancake breakfast at the town fire hall on July 18 and 19. They will serve from 7 a.m. to noon both days. Breakfast is a helping of ham, scrambled eggs, coffee, OJ and all the delicious pancakes you can eat.

Friday Harbor's Lynn Danaher tours 'The World'

  • Jul 15, 2009 at 9:19AM

Lynn Danaher of Friday Harbor, co-founder of the Pacific Islands Research Institute ( and a member of the Explorers Club, visited The World cruise ship when it anchored off San Juan Island July 5-6. Here is her account of her visit ...

Demands double for utility assistance programs, Food Bank services

  • Jul 14, 2009 at 3:24PM

Most years, the Town of Friday Harbor's utility payment assistance program gets only a few requests and money in the fund is carried over to the next year. Not in 2009. The fund was exhausted by July 2, with 11 households representing 23 individuals asking for help paying their water bills. That's up from five households in all of 2008, according to Joyce Sobel of the Family Resource Center, which administers the program for the town.

San Juan Island Community Foundation will award $50K to local non-profits to alleviate impacts of economic downturn

  • Jul 13, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Jul 14, 2009 at 10:33AM

The San Juan Island Community Foundation will award more than $50,000 in grants to local non-profits Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. in a ceremony at the San Juan Community Theatre. The event is open to the public. The funds will be used to support basic-food distribution, healthcare and children's services. A portion of the funds will be dedicated to improving the capacity of our existing community organizations that are faced with rapidly growing requests for services.

Friday Harbor alumni baseball game Aug. 1

  • Jul 13, 2009 at 5:00PM updated at 7:35PM

This year’s clash of Wolverines from seasons past is more than just a chance for former ball players to swat a clutch hit, snag a hot grounder or make a diving catch on a hot line drive (there will no doubt be a lot of that going on).

Island a la Carte coupon book: $2,000 in savings for $29.95

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 4:28PM

Island a la Carte, the new local coupon book created by Mullis Community Senior Center, contains — by Virginia Otto's estimate — about $2,000 worth of local savings. Here's the kicker: The book costs $29.95. And proceeds help support Mullis Center.

Charles A. Hudson | Passages

  • Jul 8, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jul 10, 2009 at 3:13PM

Charles A. Hudson, “Charlie,” was born in Oklahoma on Sept. 15, 1967. Most of his adventures were in the Seattle area. Charlie moved to Lopez Island, Wash., in May 2002 and fell in love with the island and the people. He said this was the most beautiful place he had ever been.

'As You Like It': Another summer of Shakespeare by Island Stage Left

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:20PM

“Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?” asks Rosalind in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” In Island Stage Left’s presentation of this comedy, there’s no such thing as “too much of a good thing.”

Last chance to see ‘Life & Times of George Pickett’; historian Vouri ends 14-year run at SJCT

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:20PM

It’s soon the final curtain for San Juan Community Theatre’s longest-running play, “The Life & Times of General George Pickett.” Island historian Mike Vouri is closing the last chapter of his 14-year one-man drama tonight at 8 on the Whittier stage. Vouri said he’s grown out of the part (Vouri’s 61, and Pickett died when he was 50) and it’s time to move on to another history project.

Donovan and Betty Jane Craddock celebrate their 65th anniversary

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:20PM

Donovan and Betty Jane Craddock of Cape San Juan celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary July 18. The Craddocks are natives of Pueblo, Colo., and met in high school there. They were married July 18, 1944 in Pearl Island Chapel, Langley Field, Va.; three weeks later, Don piloted a B-17 to England and later flew 35 missions over Germany.

'Wednesday Lunch for All' at Mullis Center

  • Jul 10, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:20PM

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is funding "Wednesday Lunch for All" at Mullis Community Senior Center, beginning July 22. There is no age limit; lunch is open to all.

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