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- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:36AM
The San Juan Island Fitness Swim Team competed in its first intramural swim meet Saturday at the San Juan Island Fitness pool. Events consisted of 25-yard freestyle for the younger group to a 200-yard freestyle relay and most everything in between.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:14AM
I am writing to you in the hope of gaining some well-deserved recognition for the San Juan Youth Soccer teams and coaches who have represented our island so well this fall and will continue to do so until their season ends in early December. These teams play in off-island leagues against other teams who play year-round soccer and often have 50+ players turn out to try out to make the team. In spite of this, our teams play heroically, ferociously, and have a lot of fun. They are a joy to watch and make our island proud every weekend.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:23AM
Friday Harbor goalkeeper Hannah Snow was named an All-Region award winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for her contributions on and off the field over the course of the 2009 season. The NSCAA award program is designed to recognize excellence in soccer, academics and service to the game by collegiate, high school and youth players across the nation. Each year, the NSCAA recognizes as many as 10,000 players at all levels for their contributions to the game of soccer.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:00AM
Bellevue Police have determined that a Sammamish woman whose body was found on a boat off Orcas Island in August was murdered in Bellevue. Detectives have evidence that Albert Carl Beutler of Bellevue strangled Rhan Rha around 2 a.m. on Aug. 12, when she was visiting his condominium apartment. Beutler, who had been dating Rha, took her body with him to Seattle and then to the San Juan Islands in a powerboat.
- Nov 21, 2009 at 7:48PM
If you felt as if you were under siege Friday afternoon, you're not alone. Bolts of lightning did indeed touch down in numerous spots in Friday Harbor as a short-lived storm blew rain and lightning across San Juan Island beginning at about 4 p.m. Though brief, the storm, which passed over the island in about an hour, left many islanders in a state of shock and others shaking their heads in disbelief.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 1:51PM
Friday Harbor Postmaster Dan Fleming is being transferred to Oak Harbor, effective Saturday. Fleming, Friday Harbor's postmaster since April 1, 2008, said Thursday he was notified the day before that he was being transferred and that his first day at Oak Harbor is Saturday. His last day in Friday Harbor is today. In Oak Harbor, he is reportedly succeeding a postmaster who was transferred to another job.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 7:10AM
High winds forced a freighter onto Conconi Reef in Navy Channel near Pender Island on Wednesday night, the Gulf Islands Driftwood reported online. The 241-meter bulk carrier Hebei Lion, from Hong Kong, dragged its anchor in the storm and ended up on the reef overnight, the Driftwood reported.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 6:29AM
The number of accepted offers on real estate bumped up in the San Juan Islands in October, thanks in part to the federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers and prices lowered in response to the recession. Ditto in Western Washington, which saw a 63 percent jump in pending sales in October compared to the same month a year ago, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which tracks real estate transactions listed with agents in 19 counties. The MLS does not track sales by owner.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Nov 20, 2009 at 6:49AM
A woman found strangled on a boat off Orcas Island in August had been killed in her Bellevue condo, The Seattle Times is reporting. The woman's boyfriend then took her body to the boat, which he piloted to the San Juans where he killed himself when authorities boarded his boat.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:18PM
A SanJuanJournal.com slideshow pays tribute to the mayors of Friday Harbor — from Gene Gould (1909-10) to Carrie Lacher (2010-). A commemorative page was published in the Nov. 11 Journal. Copies are available at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor; or by calling 378-5696.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:19PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council will host a public forum tonight, 5:30 p.m., on the proposed farmers market site on Nichols Street. The public forum will be held in Mullis Community Senior Center. The San Juan Agricultural Guild proposes buying the former Friday Harbor Electric site on Nichols Street for a year-round farmers market, as well as other uses — what architect David Waldron calls “part small park and part town square.”
- Nov 19, 2009 at 1:57PM
Power lines and flag poles weren't the only casualties of Wednesday's high winds. Three massive fir trees were uprooted and the largest, as it fell, tore off a section of roof and wall of the garage of a waterfront home on San Juan Island's Griffin Bay. The damage left the interior of the garage exposed to the weather.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 2:13PM
The last in a series of strong low-pressure systems is scheduled to pass through the islands late Thursday afternoon and into the evening, the Town and County Department of Emergency Management reports. More rain and strong winds are in the forecast, similar to what the islands saw Wednesday night. The peak of the latest round of winds should occur roughly between 6 p.m. and midnight on Thursday.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:23PM
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is the need for islanders to take care of one another. Check in on your neighbor’s house when things get cold, call that older couple who you see at the Post Office to see how they’re doing, and offer to split some fire wood for the fellow recovering from knee surgery. Islanders helping islanders is an old and essential part of life here.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Nov 19, 2009 at 12:22PM
Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor have provided ferry tickets for cancer patients on San Juan Island under their Cancer Treatment Support Mission since May 2005. The Komen Foundation recently removed financial support for San Juan County programs for breast cancer patients, so now the financial need is even greater. Soroptimist typically spends more than $12,000 annually to fund this project through events and raffle ticket sales.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 12:13PM
San Juan Island National Historical Park's 90-foot flagpole at American Camp was snapped in half late Nov. 18 as winds gusting to 80 mph swept the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington, downing trees and cutting power to thousands of residents.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 10:13AM
OPALCO crews worked through the night to restore power to affected areas of the islands. As of 3:30 a.m., OPALCO expected power to be restored on the west side of San Juan Island by mid-morning today. Power was restored on Shaw and Crane islands with the exception of Neck Point. Power was restored on Orcas Island with the exception of the Urner Street area.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 8:33PM
The 7:25 p.m. Anacortes to Lopez ferry was canceled tonight because of high winds and heavy seas, Washington State Ferries reported. This resulted in cancellation of the 8:35 p.m. departure from Orcas and the 9:15 p.m. arrival in Friday Harbor.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 1:33PM
Sally Thomsen of Friday Harbor in the winner of the first periodic SanJuanJournal.com GeoBee. She was the third person to correctly identify the scene in this photograph as a portion of Spruce Street in Friday Harbor. As the winner, she is invited to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Nov 18, 2009 at 1:21PM
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high-wind warning for portions of the Northwest interior and Admiralty Inlet. The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Thursday. Southerly winds will gradually increase through the day over the Northwest interior. In areas susceptible to strong southerly winds, expect sustained wind speeds of 25-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph this afternoon and evening. This would include Island and San Juan counties, the area around Admiralty Inlet and from Arlington up through Bellingham.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM
The annual No-Cost Turkey Dinner is Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School cafeteria. The dinner is free and open to the public. To volunteer or for more information, call Dan Miller Sr., 378-2046. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 26, noon to 4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. This dinner is free and open to the public. There will be camaraderie, food, games, and televised football.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 3:10PM
Be the third person to correctly identify where this photograph was taken and you'll be the winner of the SanJuanJournal.com GeoBee, a periodic online contest. E-mail your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be allowed to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 4:33PM
More than $400 in four hours. That’s what the San Juan Historical Society raised in its annual rummage sale, Nov. 7 in the museum’s resource center.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 4:16PM
Parents attempt to prepare their kids for the future. We spend untold hours seeking the job our kids will love and at the same time be great at. Often no one seems to be helping, either our child or anyone else. About the time my first child was born, I became an active unpaid careers geek. Learning as a parent that I was not only the chief cook and bottle washer on a regular basis, but also the first teacher, medical intervention specialist and career specialist, gave me pause.
- Nov 17, 2009 at 3:30PM
Lonely Planet has announced its newest “Best in Travel” lists, ranking the San Juan Islands on its list of “World’s Top 10 Cycling Routes.” These results are featured in the book "Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010," available in book stores now.
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