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- 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.
- Jul 10, 2009 at 1:11PM
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Public Works will hire an engineer to manage San Juan Island transfer station project; will add $100K-150K to cost
- Jul 10, 2009 at 2:02PM
San Juan County's Department of Public Works will cast a line outside its ranks to hook an engineer to oversee the pending construction of an improved solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island. The expense of bringing an outside engineer onboard would be folded into the overall cost of the project and is expected to run somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000, according to Public Works Director Jon Shannon.
- Jul 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 10, 2009 at 11:53AM
Singer-songwriter Devorah is on bicycle en route to ABC Studios in Los Angeles, hoping to arrive in time for her birthday Aug. 5. Devorah hopes to get an appearance on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show. She sent the following e-mail this morning. You can follow her bicycle tour on Twitter.
- Jul 8, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Jul 10, 2009 at 10:10AM
Here's a well-deserved shout-out for Paul Spencer, firefighter/mechanic for the Friday Harbor Fire Department. Spencer took a break from scrambling eggs at the department's July 5 pancake breakfast to help a Lummi Nation artist whose car wouldn't start.
- Jul 8, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Jul 10, 2009 at 9:31AM
PeaceHealth officials announced July 8 they have signed a purchase agreement on a 22-acre site near Friday Harbor Airport where they plan to build a new integrated medical center and critical access hospital, scheduled to open in summer 2012.
San Juan Golf and Country Club Women's Association is sponsoring a four-day women's golf clinic July 20-23
- Jul 9, 2009 at 5:30PM
San Juan Golf and Country Club Women's Association is sponsoring a four-day women's golf clinic July 20-23. The clinic is open to members, non-members and newcomers to the game. Golf Pro Darren Black will lead the clinic; the fee is $10 each day.
- Jul 9, 2009 at 4:29PM
Michael Hoeller, 12, and Me’tairie Kilpatrick-Boe, 14, were recently presented with their first-degree black belts by their instructor, Senior Master Michael Rennick. The two students had tested for their belts in March, and thus were surprised and thrilled when they received their belts in class on June 1.
- Jul 9, 2009 at 11:21AM
Economic recovery funding is available for Class A water systems (15 or more homes), and smaller systems combining to become Class A, through the Department of Health Drinking Water State Revolving Funds program. Priority will be given to improvements that address new sources, or treatment that addresses bacteriological, protozoan or chemical contaminants that affect public health. Applications need to be made this summer.
- Jul 9, 2009 at 10:55AM
Adam Ledgerwood, Keira Gorski and Vincent Huerta of Stepping Stones wave to the crowds in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. Their day care center was incorrectly identified in the July 8 Journal, page 12. For more pictures from the island's Fourth of July celebrations, see the July 8 Journal and SanJuanJournal.com
- Jul 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:58PM
Some people think ground-level power transformers are eyesores. Others have larger concerns: the health effects from the EMF, or electromagnetic field, radiation the transformers release.
- Jul 8, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM
San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose announced today that Ron Henrickson, director of Community Development and Planning, has "left the county’s staff" in a departmental reorganization. The reorganization will move elements of CDPD into the County Administration and the Health and Community Services departments.
- Jul 7, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 8, 2009 at 11:16AM
This year's Fourth of July celebration will long be remembered for its crowds, its commemorations of the town and fire department centennials, and the presence of Lummi Indian Nation representatives as grand marshals of Friday Harbor's parade. But it will also be remembered for its winners.
- Jul 8, 2009 at 10:51AM
I spent a career in Alaska, watching clear-cuts take place. And sitting in lectures in which “biologists” told us that clear-cuts were GOOD for deer. Yeah. With slash 8 feet deep, hillsides eroding into the streams in the rain, and drying up when it was sunny. Unhappily, similar things are happening around here. Not as bad as clear-cuts, or maybe they are as bad, everything considered.
- Jul 7, 2009 at 5:12PM
The Friday Harbor Fire Department celebrated its 100th birthday over the Fourth of July weekend. As part of its celebration, antique fire trucks from Washington state and Canada participated in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. In addition, Mayor David Jones proclaimed July 5 as "A Day of Recognition & Appreciation for Our Fallen Heroes and Surviving Veterans."
Rhiana Franklin will sing on the KWJZ 98.6 FM Stage at the Tacoma Freedom Fair on the Fourth of July
- Jul 2, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jul 7, 2009 at 2:37PM
Rhiana Franklin, 14, of Friday Harbor will sing on the KWJZ 98.6 FM Stage at the Tacoma Freedom Fair on the Fourth of July. Rhiana, daughter of Ken and Suzanne Franklin of Friday Harbor, performed from 12:45-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. She will be accompanied by Bob Leytze on accoustic guitar and Cecil DeMeerleer on bass.
- Jul 7, 2009 at 12:56PM
Air Force Lt. Col. Carleton H. Hirschel has deployed to an overseas forward operating base to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
- Jul 7, 2009 at 11:56AM
Fourth of July marks the beginning of the busiest part of summer on San Juan Island, and this year was no exception. Hotels were booked solid, restaurants had lines out the door, and crowds flooded the streets for the parade.
- Jul 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Jul 5, 2009 at 8:28AM
The World, a luxury residential ship that is owned by its residents, will visit Friday Harbor for 48 hours on Sunday. At 644 feet 2 inches, it is believed to be the largest cruise ship ever to anchor in Friday Harbor waters, Harbormaster Tami Hayes said. The ship has a beam of 97 feet 2 inches and a draft of 22 feet. By comparison, the Bremen, which anchored off of Brown Island during a visit about 11 years ago, is 364 feet in length, with a 58-foot beam and a 16-foot draft.
- Jul 4, 2009 at 6:45AM
Arguably, this will be an island Fourth of July celebration unlike any other. Representatives of the Lummi Indian Nation — the First People of San Juan Island — are special guests at the town’s Fourth of July celebration, including participation in the Fourth of July Parade. The town fire department celebrates its 100 years of service to the community with several events. And regular annual events also take place: the parade, Rock the Dock, activities in Roche Harbor, as well as fireworks shows in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor.
- Jul 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:47PM
Airlift Northwest will again base one of its helicopters at Friday Harbor Airport this summer to expedite emergency services for residents and visitors in the San Juan Islands. The helicopter will be at the airport during the day on alternating weekends and during the San Juan County Fair.
- Jul 2, 2009 at 11:33AM
Irving Spector of San Juan Island, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., passed away peacefully on June 26, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center on San Juan Island. He was 95.
- Jul 1, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Jul 2, 2009 at 10:07AM
Any other year, if you miss the island’s Fourth of July celebration, you could say, “Oh, well, there’s always next year.” If you miss this year’s celebration, you’ll have to wait another 100 years. So don’t miss it.
- Jul 2, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 9:28AM
The scene would be familiar to the ancestors of those in the canoe that pulls up to the shore below Jack Fairweather Park about noon on Friday: The cedar-decorated bow, the pullers wearing articles of clothing made from cedar, the ancient words of request for permission to land. Canoes regularly plied the marine highway between the San Juan Islands and what is now Canada and mainland Washington state. Communities on the islands had different names then — p’kweekh-EEL-wuhlh, WH’LEHL-kluh, EH-leh-luhng, SMUH-yuh.
- Jul 1, 2009 at 4:46PM
The skipper of a Bayliner photographed getting too close to an orca off the west side of San Juan Island in May has been charged with violating the state law related to protecting Southern resident killer whales. Specifically, the skipper is charged with approaching within 300 feet of an orca, according to the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The penalty is a fine of $1,025.
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