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Whale Museum’s annual 'Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony' fund-raising dinner, auction May 22

  • May 21, 2010 at 5:45PM

The Whale Museum’s fourth annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony” fund-raising dinner and auction is May 22, 6 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor. An audio-visual program will be shared by Val Veirs of an actual orca greeting ceremony. Veirs will play acoustic recordings and show photos and video of this amazing event.

San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7 at San Juan Golf and Country Club | Golf

  • May 20, 2010 at 7:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:59PM

After the celebrities have gone and the last plate of salmon has been enjoyed, there’s still some great golf to be played or watched. The San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7, 4:30 p.m. check-in, at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The scramble takes two days after the Islanders Bank San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. The nine-hole scramble includes contests for accurate drive, long drive and hit inside the circle on the eighth hole.

Third annual Spring Carnival is May 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Friday Harbor Elementary School

  • May 20, 2010 at 4:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 4:11PM

Family, friends, fun and making memories all come together at the third annual Spring Carnival May 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Admission is free for islanders and visitors alike.

Scott Henry Sears and Tiffany Rose Sears: Cousins born one day apart | Births

  • May 21, 2010 at 12:57PM

The Sears Family is thrilled to announce two new additions to their families: cousins Scott and Tiffany. Scott Henry Sears was born April 28, 2010 to Dennis and Dori Sears. He joined his older brother John, who is 2 1/2. The very next day, Scott’s cousin arrived. Tiffany Rose Sears was born April 29, 2010 to Jerry and Kate Sears. Her older brother, James, will be 3 in July.

Lytton endorsed by National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington | 40th District House

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:36AM

Anacortes School Board President Kris Lytton has been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington in her bid for the 40th District state House seat being vacated by Dave Quall, who is retiring. Lytton is a Democrat. Other candidates are Democrat Thomas Boucher, a member of Congressman Rick Larsen’s district staff; Republican Dusty Gulleson, a Bellingham businessman; Republican Mike Newman, a real estate agent and Skagit County Republican Party precinct committee officer; Democrat Tom Pasma, a Bow rancher and nominee of the 40th Legislative District Democrats.

Sears seeks second term as county treasurer | County Treasurer

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM

Jan Sears announced May 17 she is running for a second term as San Juan County treasurer. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2.

Rob Nou, Lopez deputy, enters race for sheriff; retired as police chief in Burns, Ore. | County Sheriff

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:00PM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:28AM

Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Nou of Lopez Island announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff over the weekend. He is the third candidate to emerge — all from the Sheriff’s Department — since Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he was retiring after six terms.

Larsen endorsed by Washington State Labor Council | U.S. House, District 2

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:27AM

The Washington State Labor Council has endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for a sixth term. Larsen has represented the Second Congressional District since 2001. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Budget Committee.

25 local officials included on Larsen's campaign kickoff committee | U.S. House, District 2

  • May 20, 2010 at 10:00AM updated May 21, 2010 at 11:24AM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, announced May 19 an initial list of local elected officials and civic leaders who will serve as members of his campaign kick-off host committee. This list adds to the more than 20 leaders from Whatcom County who publicly offered their backing to the Larsen campaign last week.

Senate candidate Benton reports endorsements, employs new media to articulate vision | U.S. Senate

  • May 21, 2010 at 11:16AM

State Sen. Don Benton, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by state Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard, Rep. Mike Hope of Lake Stevens, and Steve Hammond, executive director of Citizen Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR). Benton is running for the position held by Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat.

James Stephen Hogan served as Municipal Court judge, trustee of Central Washington University | Passages

  • May 21, 2010 at 7:54AM

James Stephen Hogan, a retired judge and former trustee of Central Washington University, died May 10 at his home in Yakima. He was 86. He was a judge of the Municipal Court and Justice Court of Yakima Precinct and the City of Yakima. In 1977, he was appointed by Gov. Dixie Lee Ray to the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University, and served as Wapato Municipal Court judge. He served as Exalted Ruler of the Elks in 1982-83 and was a life member of the VFW, Eagles, Moose, Kiwanis, and Footprinters.

SummerFest sizzles; San Juan Community Theatre series has something for everyone

  • May 19, 2010 at 2:00PM updated May 20, 2010 at 4:23PM

The San Juan Community Theater’s SummerFest is under way, and the quality of performance is already high. Acoustic guitar master Leon Redbone played to a sold-out house May 1, and Desirae Whalen et al are wowing audiences in “My Fair Lady.” The rest of the SummerFest lineup promises equally enjoyable events. This year offers a few returning favorites, and even more exciting novelties.

Hildegard Goss engaged a community of friends with her art, activism, love of learning | Passages

  • May 20, 2010 at 3:56PM

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.

Richard Craig Plows managed Seattle Yacht Club outstation on Henry Island | Passages

  • May 20, 2010 at 4:03PM

Dick worked for JC Penney for 28 years and “retired” in 1997. He truly embraced “retirement” life with Marcia by living on a boat in the San Juan Islands, owning and operating a small boat accessory business, and serving as outstation manager for the Seattle Yacht Club on Henry Island. Dick’s humor, quick wit, and genuine nature drew people to him. His eye rolls, wise cracks, and crooked smile will be missed by all.

County asks town to pay for construction of tipping floor roof at solid waste transfer station

  • May 20, 2010 at 2:41PM

With a deadline drawing near, San Juan County officials hope to avoid turning the solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island into a drop-box facility by building a cover over the tipping floor. And they're hoping the Town of Friday Harbor will pay for it.

Are our youth learning skills needed to become leaders? | Voices for Health

  • May 20, 2010 at 10:59AM

Thanks to the support of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and United Way of San Juan County, our community’s young teens will be able to continue to develop essential life skills through the WSU 4-H Challenge Program!

Two sides on proposed ferry reservations | Editorial

  • May 20, 2010 at 10:57AM

We’ve got a big change coming down the pike, one that will alter how we travel to and from the islands that we call home. Beginning in fall 2012, many of those driving onto the ferry on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes will need reservations. We’re not entirely sold on the idea, but we’re also not fully opposed. Here are two sides.

Styrene ban crusader Doris Estabrooks, 50-year member Joyce Harrell honored by League of Women Voters

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:07PM

Doris Estabrooks, who led the successful campaign to ban styrene food containers in San Juan County, and Joyce Harrell, a 50-year member of the League of Women Voters, were honored at the local chapter’s annual meeting May 10 in the Orcas Hotel. Estabrooks received the local chapter’s first annual Woman Who Made a Difference Award. Harrell was made a lifetime member.

‘My Fair Lady' will conclude with an audience sing-along; play is getting rave reviews

  • May 19, 2010 at 2:15PM

It’s the final four for San Juan Community Theatre’s spring musical, Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” The play completes its 10-performance run Thursday through Sunday, with the final performance on Sunday a chance for audience members to join in a sing-along.

Former sheriff's candidate charged with attempted murder in Guemes Island incident

  • May 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 2:08PM

A former write-in candidate for San Juan County sheriff is in Skagit County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson and unlawful possession of a firearm. Charles Eugene Feld, 53, was charged April 6 in Skagit County Superior Court; bail was set at $1.5 million. He is accused of splashing gasoline on four men and threatening to light it, shooting a gun and pointing it at one of the men, and burning one of the men's house down. The alleged incident reportedly occurred when a neighbor went to Feld's house with three other men and confronted him about some money Feld reportedly owed him.

Friday Harbor's McKee advances to State, Bune and Cuomo qualify as alternates | Golf

  • May 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 12:49PM

Tyler McKee qualified for the 1A State Golf Tournament and Quinn Bune and Megan Cuomo qualified as first alternates Wednesday at the Tri-District Tournament at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. It was, Coach Jack Rice said, a tough day on the course but a good day in the playoffs.

Praise for the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team

  • May 19, 2010 at 12:46PM

I wanted to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s Dragons lacrosse team. For nine seasons, the Dragons have exemplified the best in island resourcefulness: playing programs affiliated with much bigger schools (Snohomish, Bellingham, Lynnwood!) and with far larger budgets, and consistently putting together teams that are focused on sportsmanship and good team play. The 2010 team is the pinnacle of those efforts.

Friday Harbor's Megan Cuomo wins 1A District Golf Championship | Golf

  • May 14, 2010 at 9:00AM updated May 19, 2010 at 10:55AM

Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo won the 1A District Golf Championship, Thursday at North Bellingham. Her title win came one week after she won the league tournament at San Juan. She advances to the Tri-District Tournament May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Also advancing to Tri-District: Senior Tyler McKee shot 89 to finish 10th. Junior Quinn Bune shot 94 to finish 15th. Junior Taylor Molloy shot a 97, his best score of the year, to fish 18th.

Model hydroplanes to race at Sundstrom's Pond Saturday in ERCU Diamond Cup

  • May 19, 2010 at 10:00AM

Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race Saturday on San Juan Island. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The second annual ERCU Diamond Cup & Bill Brow Memorial begins at 11 a.m. at Sundstrom’s Pond, 1578 Roche Harbor Road.

Friday Harbor softball season ends with back-to-back losses to Nooksack Valley | Softball

  • May 19, 2010 at 9:55AM

The season came to a screeching halt for the Friday Harbor softball team in back-to-back losses to Nooksack Valley at the District playoffs May 15 in Sedro-Woolley. The Wolverines can take some solace away from the playoffs, however, as they sandwiched a convincing 14-1, five-inning victory over Coupeville in between.

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