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County Council snuffs out personal fireworks

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

To some, it signals the end of an era.

Students get a taste of the justice system in annual Mock Trials

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 9:29AM

May 27-29, the government classes at Friday Harbor High School held their mock trials at the courthouse. The mock trials were held as part of National Law Month. “Students have the opportunity to interact with local attorneys,” said Jim McNairy, government teacher at Friday Harbor High School. “Students get to learn how the criminal justice system works in our country and get a further understanding and appreciation for the rights we have under the Constitution.”

Surprises in store at Pig War Picnic

  • Jun 8, 2008 at 6:00AM

The Pig War Picnic, the Fourth of July island tradition, is offering something old as well as something new for this year's event. The picnic, on the San Juan Historical Museum grounds after the parade, is being presented by the Friday Harbor Kiwanis Club. The event was presented by the museum until last year, when the San Juan Island Fire Department presented the event. The Kiwanis Club now has a five-year agreement with the museum to present the event on the museum grounds.

Friday Harbor, Spring Street graduations this weekend

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 4:24PM

The Class of 2008 will be saluted with all of the traditional pomp and circumstance in graduation ceremonies that begin this weekend.

Reckless driving charge for airborne driver

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 3:38PM

The driver of the car that missed a curve at Cattle Point Road, launched into the air and crashed onto a field April 2 has been charged with reckless driving.

San Juan artists to showcase work during studio tour June 7-8

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 3:01PM

San Juan Island artists throw open their studio doors for all to come in and see this weekend in the 17th annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The event is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eleven featured artists will invite in not just the public, but also 16 other local artists who will show their work in the featured artists’ galleries.

New baby orca spotted with pod off San Juan Island | Text and video

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 1:17PM

A baby orca was seen swimming with K-pod Tuesday, possibly bumping the endangered Southern resident killer whale population to 88. The bump in the population depends on the calf's survival in its precarious first year, and on the appearance of K-7, possibly the oldest orca among the J, K and L pods. K-7 was not seen when the pod swam past Snug Harbor Tuesday.

San Juan National Guard reservist called for duty, hopes locals will help cover work with Homes project

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 2:01PM

David Tobon is a member of the National Guard. He found out just a few weeks ago that he’s headed overseas. “The rumors are we’re going to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan,” Tobon said. Tobon will be working as an engineer in the 81st Engineering Brigade out of Bellingham. The work he’s been doing with Homes for Islanders isn’t the only thing that Tobon is going to be missing out on. At the beginning of the year, he and his wife, Bianca, had their first child, David Tobon Jr.

New Friday Harbor Elementary School principal to take the reins July 1

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:57PM

Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho, is the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Superintendent Michael Soltman recommended him to the school board May 28. The school board endorsed the hiring. Pflueger’s first day on the job is July 1.

Remembering Friday Harbor man's place in D-Day invasion

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:55PM

Living in the San Juans is a joy for many reasons, not the least of which is getting to know so many fine people. Occasionally, their names are associated with historic accomplishments, e.g., Fred Hoeppner at Pearl Harbor, Roy Matsumoto with Merrill’s Marauders, the late Tuck Smith with the sinking of the Bismarck. Now, as we remember D-Day, Marty Garren joins those ranks.

San Juan Community Briefs: International school in Friday Harbor looking for host families

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:52PM

Spring Street International School is seeking to expand its boarding offerings to include host family stays for international and U.S. boarding students.

Advice to text-happy grads seeking work: spell it out

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:43PM

Noted historian David McCullough gave the commencement address at Boston College last month. In his speech. he urged the graduating class of 2008 to improve their communication skills by eliminating needless words such as “like,” “you know,” and “actually” from their speech. Good advice, to be sure, but not enough. Today’s graduates need practical, “real world” advice that will help them get a job.

San Juan Engagements: Carrie Burke and Juan Upingco

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:28PM

Roy and Janie Burke of Friday Harbor are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Burke, to Juan Unpingco. Carrie, 24, was born and raised in Leavenworth, Wash., where she graduated from Cascade High School. Carrie went on to attend Central Washington University, where she met Juan. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in community health. She now works here on San Juan Island at Inter Island Medical Center.

Banner day for councilman: It's Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day in Friday Harbor

  • Jun 5, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 1:17PM

Today is a banner day for Kelley Balcomb-Bartok. The Friday Harbor Town Council member, who has resigned to take a communications job with the City of Renton, did a radio interview this morning regarding the birth of a new orca; he's currently on the staff of the Center for Whale Research. At noon, he was presented with a proclamation by Mayor David Jones, recognizing his one year and five months on the council. Jones declared today "Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day" in Friday Harbor.

San Juan spring is prime time to see orca pods

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:20AM

It’s again time to watch whales in the San Juan Islands. May and June are the two months with the most number of days of orca sightings in Haro Strait off the west side of San Juan Island. J, K and L pods are the resident orcas of this area and, while they don’t migrate to some other area for the winter, they are more widely dispersed then.

Keeping one's distance helps San Juan mammals survive

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:19AM

It is not surprising that every summer the Stranding Network receives hundreds of calls from shoreline residents and visitors who find stranded seal pups. It can be very difficult to leave a beached pup alone, but that could be the pup’s only chance for survival.

San Juan foundation closer to 'saving' schools, but still needs help

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 11:00AM

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is so grateful for the incredible generosity of our community’s response to the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign. We are more than halfway toward meeting the “challenge gift” of $300,000! Now it is imperative that we raise the final $130,000 in order to match the remaining challenge gift.

Single day of Iraq War money could completely reshape San Juan Island

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:58AM

As the war in Iraq enters its sixth year, I wonder if there just might be a better use for the $380 million* a day it costs. For the sake of fantasy, let’s say the war shut down for just one day and all that money was sent to San Juan Island for islanders to use as they see fit. Here is how I would spend it

Land Bank commissioner: San Juan agency is listening to public

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:55AM

Dictionaries define “draft” many ways, such as a current of air, a compulsory conscription, the act of pulling loads. For the Land Bank’s purposes, the meaning of “draft” is consistent with this definition: “a preliminary version, any of various stages in the development of a plan or document” — meaning “not final” and “not a done deal.” When the Land Bank issues a draft management plan, such as the recent plan for Turtleback, it means the plan is draft, subject to revision based on public comment.

New arrival marks start of seventh generation on Lopez Island for family

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:47AM

Dance Happy returns to San Juan Community Theatre with June 14 show

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:32AM

Join Bill and Rita Ament and more than 60 island performers, ages 2 through adult, as they entertain you in their 23rd annual celebration of dance and song June 14, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

New York museum director to meet with locals, discuss creation of accredited art museum on San Juan

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:31AM

Dr. Annette Blaugrund, director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York, will meet with trustees of the Westcott Bay Institute and the Visual Arts Museum June 14 to discuss issues related to creating an accredited art museum on San Juan Island. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library conference room.

San Juan Public Meetings

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:19AM

A list of upcoming meetings around the San Juan Islands.

Haida artist April White to sign new book June 6 at Friday Harbor Whale Museum

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:18AM

Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book, “Sgaana Jaad: Killer Whale Woman,” Friday at 7 p.m. in The Whale Museum.

San Juan Florist now offering cakes and crafts | San Juan Business Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 10:15AM

San Juan Florist features locally baked and created goods...Friday Harbor Best Western wins award.

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