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The budget process explained: An interview with state Sen. Kevin Ranker

  • May 5, 2009 at 10:00AM updated May 6, 2009 at 9:03AM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker has faced a tough first several months in office. He just finished the state budget process, and says it was “one of the more difficult experiences” of his life.

Ballet Folklorico performs at Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight

  • May 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:10AM

Ballet Folklorico performs at the Cinco de Mayo-themed Community Dinner tonight, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School Dining Hall. The dinner features a Mexican menu by Chef Andy and the Friday Harbor Foodies.

The Gigs of April had many surprises for this ol' duffer | Ferry Home Companion

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 5, 2009 at 11:09AM

I did go to the concert for Heather Masse and Aoife O'Donovan at SJCT Friday night, but the sound system didn't seem to mix well. I couldn't understand a word, but it was worth it to hear the guitarist and electric piano. Awesome.

Let the post-season begin: Playoffs start Tuesday

  • May 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM

Playoffs begin Tuesday for Friday Harbor prep sports. The boys soccer team, which finished the regular season 1-2-8 with a 0-0 finish vs. Cavelero on Thursday, will travel to Lynden Christian on Tuesday for a District 1 playoff game. A loss would end their season; if they win, they advance Thursday to Meridian.

Town Council member Carrie Lacher announces candidacy for mayor

  • May 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 1:59PM

Friday Harbor Town Council member Carrie Lacher announced today her candidacy for mayor of Friday Harbor. If elected, she would be the first female mayor since the town was incorporated in 1909. She is the first candidate to announce for the position this year; Mayor David Jones told The Journal April 22 that he will not seek a second term.

County Council: Transfer station will stay at Sutton Road

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated May 4, 2009 at 1:58PM

The San Juan Island solid-waste transfer station is staying right where it is -- at least for now. In a 4-1 decision, the County Council on Tuesday selected Sutton Road, the site of the existing transfer station, as its top choice for the future home of a new, improved and, perhaps someday, expanded solid-waste facility. The council chose Beaverton Valley Road as its second choice and Daniel Lane as its third.

John Robert (Bob) Dann | Passages

  • May 1, 2009 at 12:00PM updated May 4, 2009 at 9:23AM

Bob Dann of Friday Harbor, a retired chemist who taught ethnic dance and wrote six novels, has died. Mr. Dann was 87. Funeral is at noon on May 8 at St. David's Church, followed by a brief reception and then interment at Valley Cemetery.

Erika Jean Davis Coffey | Passages

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM updated May 4, 2009 at 9:23AM

A memorial service will be held May 7, 2 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Lynden for Erika Jean Coffey, granddaughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Sundstrom, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

Relay for Life event: Amateur server night at Haley's

  • May 4, 2009 at 8:18AM

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Tuesday, it celebrates a hopeful victory over another foe. Island Group Sotheby's will serve food and beverages at Haley's on Cinco de Mayo to raise money for Relay for Life. Tip big between 6 and 9 p.m. — all tips will be donated to Relay for Life.

Patricia Barrett Harrah | Passages

  • May 1, 2009 at 4:25PM

Patricia Barrett Harrah of Cape San Juan passed away peacefully at home April 22 with her husband at her side, after a long struggle with kidney disease. She had just passed her 82nd birthday and she and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

San Juan County Health Department: Swine flu case could lead to school closure for seven days

  • May 1, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:04PM

The county Health Department is prepared to close a school for a minimum of seven days if a student or staff member is confirmed to have the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. School district Superintendent Michael Soltman said today that the district has been working closely with the health department and the Department of Emergency Management to develop procedures for communicating information about response to student illness and potential school closures ordered by the health department.

A loving tribute

  • May 1, 2009 at 11:35AM

Connie Sundstrom of San Juan Valley used a riding mower to create this tribute to her husband's niece, Erika Davis Coffey, who was killed in a vehicle collision April 24 in Florida. She was 29.

Wolverine soccer team hosts Cavelero today | Soccer

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated May 1, 2009 at 11:26AM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines soccer team (1-1-8) hosts Cavelero today, 3:30 p.m. It’s the last game of the season before district playoffs, which begin May 5.

Former Border Patrol chief could get one year in jail, three years treatment, for child rape

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:21AM

Joseph Giuliano, the former deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Northwest region, will be sentenced June 23 after pleading guilty to charges of child rape. On April 23, Giuliano, 55, pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to three counts of child rape and, according to the Bellingham Herald, will likely be sentenced to one year in jail, on work release, and three years of sexual-deviancy treatment.

Take time to thank our teachers

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:48AM

When times are tough, it is important to count your blessings and appreciate all that you do have. San Juan Island is a community full of creative, caring hard-working people and at the center of all that is our schools and all the dedicated teachers and staff that make our schools some of the best in the state.

Camp Orkila closed, 300 children sent home as swine flu precaution

  • May 1, 2009 at 9:42AM

Camp Orkila on Orcas Island is being closed and about 300 school children from King County and Richland are being sent home after six children and one adult exhibited flu-like symptoms Thursday night, the San Juan County Health Department reports. County Health and Human Services Director John Manning reported that 267 of the children arrived from the Tyee Middle School in Bellevue on Tuesday evening and another 36 of the children are from the Christ the King School in Richland. The children from the Richland area are leaving via the 10:20 a.m. ferry. At this point, health officials say none of the Richland-area children have exhibited symptoms.

Wolverines notch three straight wins | Softball

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:53PM

The Friday Harbor softball team notched three consecutive victories last week to move beyond the .500 mark and recapture some much-needed momentum with five games left in regular-season play.

Friday Harbor topples Loggers 12-1, 11-1 | Baseball

  • Apr 29, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Apr 30, 2009 at 2:52PM

Friday Harbor tallied two more wins and improved to 12-1 in Northwest 1A/2B League play by dismantling Darrington in back-to-back games Saturday at Hartman Field.

Four in a row for Friday Harbor tennis team | Tennis

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:49PM

Friday Harbor tallied four wins in a four-day, five-match whirlwind of tennis, thanks in large part to the steady play of its doubles teams.

Redemption day for the Dragons: San Juan upsets Lynnwood | Lacrosse

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 2:47PM

Two days earlier, Stanwood ended the Dragons’ five-game winning streak in Friday Harbor 7-6, forcing a three-way tie for second in the Division II Skagit Conference and putting the Dragons on a precarious path to the playoffs. But Saturday, the Dragons shook off the loss and defeated Lynnwood 10-9 at home.

You can be prepared the next time the lights go out | Guest Column

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:52PM

A single-car accident striking a power pole in Sedro-Woolley left more than 100,000 people in five counties without electricity. Here at the end of the long “extension cord” to the islands, power restoration started about 9 p.m., with some areas reporting the outage lasting until 10:30 p.m. In the islands, we are more used to these outages occurring during wind, or winter storms. After these storms and outages, we usually remind folks of the steps we can take as individuals to help our community prepare for these events.

Fortunate to live in this wonderful community

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:36PM

A big thank you to Fire Chief Marler and all those who responded to our 3 a.m. furnace fire on Saturday. We were grateful for the folks that jumped out of warm beds and came to our home so quickly, prepared to deal with anything and everything.

Dine out and raise money for local scholarships

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:32PM

This week, three local restaurants are donating part of their proceeds to Dollars for Scholars.

San Juan Island Fitness organizing 'Community Weight Loss Challenge'

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:02PM

A take-off of the TV program that helps participants lose weight is coming to San Juan Island. San Juan Island Fitness is organizing the Community Weight Loss Challenge, a variation of TV's "The Biggest Loser." The 15-week challenge starts May 15 and ends Aug. 15 at the San Juan County Fair. The "biggest loser" individual and team will win cash prizes.

Perhaps it's time to say 'bad owner' instead of 'bad dog'

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 10:46AM

When I first moved to the islands, I was told there were no ferocious animals living here, like bears or wolves. My new friends told me the worst thing I'd ever encounter would be a fox or an angry raccoon. Well, they were wrong. There is a monster in our midst and it hides in the back seat of cars and runs loose in our streets and fields.

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