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Teddy Bear Picnic May 16, noon to 2 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre patio garden

  • 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.

Tribes have higher standard for salmon recovery than the Endangered Species Act | Being Frank

  • 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.

GOP candidates for 40th District state House visit Friday Harbor May 14, 21 | 40th District House

  • 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.

Pasma receives 40th District Democrats' House nomination; Morris also nominated for another term | 40th District House

  • May 11, 2010 at 1:19PM

Tom Pasma of Bow won a decisive majority (75 percent) of votes cast at 40th District Precinct Officers Nominating Convention Saturday in Anacortes. Pasma is now the official Democratic Party nominee for state House Position 1. Current state Rep. Dave Quall is retiring.

Dusty Gulleson holds meet-and-greet with Attorney General Rob McKenna | 40th District House

  • May 11, 2010 at 1:23PM

Bellingham businessman and legislative candidate Dusty Gulleson held a meet-and-greet May 4 at the American Legion Hall in Friday Harbor to introduce himself to San Juan County voters. The event featured Attorney General Rob McKenna, who introduced Gulleson and announced his endorsement of him.

San Juan Island emergency personnel and USCG train for summer season

  • May 11, 2010 at 1:06PM

San Juan Island emergency services personnel and a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team conducted joint training in Friday Harbor on May 1. The exercise included practicing patient transfer procedures to and from an airborne helicopter, and simulating loading critically ill passengers and necessary equipment onto the helicopter.

Educate yourself and your children on how to share the road

  • May 11, 2010 at 12:37PM

We love riding our bikes in Friday Harbor. Because we rarely have adequate shoulders or lanes to use, I teach my kids to use the road. That’s all about being seen. To get into the road, I teach my kids to look, signal, then move when there’s room to do so. That’s all about being safe and predictable.

10 promoted at Islanders Bank administration and branches

  • May 11, 2010 at 12:28PM

Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.

Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010

  • May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 4:37PM

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.

Brent Johnson, lead detective, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010

  • May 6, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 7, 2010 at 4:36PM

Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff. His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November. Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.

St. Joseph Hospital is now PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

  • May 7, 2010 at 3:38PM

After more than 118 years, the name of St. Joseph Hospital is changing. The name is now PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. PeaceHealth officials said the change "more accurately reflect(s) the range of healthcare services now provided by the hospital, as well as its clinics, centers, laboratory and medical group. As the community served by the hospital has grown over the past century, so have the community’s healthcare needs and PeaceHealth’s efforts to meet those needs."

Gulf spill: Reflect on what we can do to make sure this never happens in our area

  • May 7, 2010 at 7:48AM

I lived in Alaska and worked as a commercial fisherman in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in the then-pristine Prince William Sound. I worked on the front lines during the spill. I coordinated the vessel leasing office to assist in the cleanup. I also did dead seabird counts, bags and bags and bags of them. It was a nightmare, like a war zone ... very difficult even now to watch the news about the Gulf spill without feeling emotional!

12 Islands Oil Spill Association volunteers on list to help clean oiled wildlife in the Gulf

  • May 6, 2010 at 4:45PM

Twelve Islands Oil Spill Association volunteers are on a list to help clean oiled wildlife, in the event help is needed, in the Gulf region. Jackie Wolf of IOSA contacted the BP Horizon Hotline; a BP representative called her back, had Wolf fill out a form, and passed the information on to BP's wildlife coordinator. "They have thousands of people who have volunteered already. But 12 local volunteers have called me and said they want to go if they are needed," Wolf said.

Gaylord running for reelection as San Juan County prosecuting attorney

  • May 6, 2010 at 11:20AM

Randall K. Gaylord is seeking a fifth term as San Juan County prosecuting attorney. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The prosecuting attorney serves a four-year term and is paid $130,000 a year. The state pays 60 percent of the prosecuting attorney’s salary, the county pays 40 percent.

Grateful for funding for permanent Friday Harbor farmers market

  • Apr 16, 2010 at 8:00AM updated May 6, 2010 at 11:22AM

I was overjoyed to read that the final state budget includes funding toward the purchase of the historic Friday Harbor Brick & Tile Co. on Nichols Street for a permanent farmers' market facility and — equally important, in my opinion — the upgrading of a dreary part of downtown. In just a few years, I'm sure no one will believe we didn't always have this vibrant, busy community center.

Friday Harbor Town Council tours the San Juan Historical Museum today; first collective look at improvements being made

  • May 6, 2010 at 7:21AM

A sage once said of the importance of history, “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.” The Friday Harbor Town Council takes a walk on that road Thursday, proclaiming May Historic Preservation Month, appointing a member of the Historic Preservation Review Board and touring the San Juan Historical Museum.

San Juan Dragons win Skagit Conference lacrosse championship | Lacrosse

  • May 5, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 1:09PM

The San Juan Dragons won the Skagit Conference lacrosse title Tuesday with a 12-4 win over Whatcom, at Whatcom Community College. The Dragons (10-2) host North County (1-10) on Saturday at 2 p.m. to close out the regular season; North County lost its last meeting with the Dragons 13-5. Division II playoffs had not been scheduled by Wednesday morning.

Macdonald resigns from Solid Waste Advisory Committee, citing accountability, land purchases, 'errors in judgment'

  • May 5, 2010 at 1:00PM

Mike Macdonald resigned May 4 from the San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, citing a failure to "provide honest public accountability at every level," "unnecessary land purchases," and "serious errors in judgment" which have led to a worsening situation for trash collection. MacDonald submitted the following letter to County Council Chairman Richard Fralick and Solid Waste Advisory Committee Chairman Sam Jacobson.

Former Ferry Advisory Committee member says proposed summer schedule cuts service to F.H.; community meeting May 6

  • May 5, 2010 at 1:07PM

Washington State Ferries will host a San Juan Islands Community Meeting May 6, 11:35 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on the interisland ferry. The ferry departs Friday Harbor at 11:35 a.m., Orcas at 12:25 p.m., Shaw at 12:40 p.m., and Lopez at 1 p.m. Topics for discussion include: recap of the legislative session, priorities for 2010, fare change process and emergency service planning. At least one islander plans on bringing up the issue of the summer schedule.

San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming says he'll retire this year, won't seek seventh term

  • May 4, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 5:44PM

Sheriff Bill Cumming announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year. He will not run for reelection in November. Cumming, 62, said he will continue as an elected member of the Island Rec board. Here is the statement he issued by e-mail.

County Council gives go-ahead to San Juan Island solid waste drop box

  • May 4, 2010 at 5:38PM

In a special meeting Tuesday, the San Juan County Council gave the Public Works Department conditional authorization to proceed with plans to convert the current San Juan Island transfer station to a “drop box” facility to enable it to continue to operate after June 30. The council asked to be consulted again if the cost of conversion was to be higher than $50,000 or the facility could not be modified to handle trash packer trucks from the Town and franchise hauler San Juan Sanitation deposited directly in the drop box.

Friday Harbor advocates join international protest calling for orca's release from Miami Seaquarium

  • May 4, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:04PM

A contingent of Friday Harbor orca advocates will participate in an international protest May 15 to call for a captive orca's return to her native Salish Sea. The international protest calls for the Miami Seaquarium to release Lolita, who was captured in Penn Cove 40 years ago. The protest begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday Harbor time. The regional coordinator is Debbi Fincher.

Friday Harbor girls find success at Lopez meet | Track & Field

  • Apr 29, 2010 at 10:00AM updated May 4, 2010 at 2:44PM

The girls team won its first meet of the season as Dasuni Guringhe took first place in the 100 (13.39) and 200 (27.99) meter dashes, while Fei Cooper took first in the 800m, Kelsey Barnes earned a first-place finish in the shot putt, and senior Kayla Short took first in both the javelin and the long jump.

San Juan Dragons fall to Snohomish in double O.T. | Lacrosse

  • Apr 29, 2010 at 10:00AM updated May 4, 2010 at 2:43PM

Tied 9-9 after the end of the first overtime, Snohomish's Josh Pederson scored the game-winner on an assist from Laruen Danielson with just under two minutes remaining in the second overtime.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Lions | Ferry Home Companion

  • Apr 29, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 4, 2010 at 12:20PM

I hated to go to the Lions Club that day but I did my duty, stopped at the bank ATM and started to the Legion Hall. Suddenly, my one good eye started to flash on and off.

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