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Upcoming events connect islanders with rich heritage of the San Juans

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

For thousands of years before the Spaniards first saw the San Juans in 1791, the islands were the home of Coast Salish peoples and a culture that was intertwined with the natural beauty and resources offered by the archipelago. Coast Salish peoples were forced to move to reservations, but their cultures and ties to the islands — and those of other Northwest Coast Native peoples — survive. And in the next few weeks, several events will take place that will help San Juan residents connect with the original cultures of the islands.

San Juan Library hosts non-book club book club | A&E Calendar

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 10:32PM

— Early Learning Luncheon, 2 p.m., Mullis Community Senior Center. An event to mobilize business and policy leaders to join parents, teachers and caregivers in building a new public-private partnership for early childhood learning. Keynote address by William Gates Sr. of the Gates Foundation. Call Joyce Sobel at the Family Resource Center, 378-5246.

A look at four of the latest by San Juan authors

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 10:32PM

“MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis,” by Allison Shadday; “Of the Law,” by Susan M. Wingate; “Naturally Attracted: Connecting with Michael J. Cohen,” by Michael J. Cohen; “Getting Around in China: Notes from an American Traveler,” by Fred Richardson

Sleepovers return to San Juan Whale Museum June 28

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00AM

Pod Nods return to The Whale Museum for four nights of marine science adventures this summer: June 28, July 5, 11, and 25. These popular “pajama party” sleepovers in the museum for children ages 5-9 will be led by a museum educator, with assistance from other adult professionals and students.

Relay for Life profile: Jobelle Lees

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33PM

Relay for Life — July 25-26, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Catching up with an old San Juan reporter

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00AM

One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on VallartaBlog.com. Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.

San Juan art galleries celebrate birthdays | Around the San Juans

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 10:06AM

Updates and announcements of various happenings in the San Juan Islands.

Lessons I learned from my exchange student

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 10:33PM

Next week, I lose a member of my family. For the past year, my husband, daughters and I have been a host family for a Norwegian exchange student. Although I wasn’t surprised we decided to embark on such an adventure, I’d be lying if I said we did much pre-planning for the experience.

San Juans, state blessed with choices in '08 | Editorial

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM

Shortage of local candidates? That’s so last year. You’re going to have to study for the Aug. 19 and Nov. 4 elections. And that’s a good thing — a field of candidates results in a discussion of ideas and issues. Campaigns and candidate forums allow us to get to know those vying for the opportunity to make decisions on our behalf.

San Juan Rotarians are helping write polio’s final chapter

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 10:07AM

It isn’t every organization that receives a $100 million matching grant from the Gates Foundation. Then again, Rotary International isn’t just any organization.

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 18

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jul 29, 2008 at 4:39PM

When the county adopted the council form of government, with six non-partisan seats assigned to districts, it was the hope of the freeholders that this would encourage more participation in local government.

Friday Harbor High School lacrosse defeats alumni, 13-12

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00PM

The second annual Dragons Lacrosse Alumni Game began Saturday at Friday Harbor High School with some of the nicest weather most Dragons players have ever seen.

Nine 'velveteen rabbits' graduate from Griffin Bay

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 18, 2008 at 5:05AM

Kim Norton: “(Griffin Bay) is becoming better at what it does. It’s an opportunity for students in the San Juan School District."

UPDATED: Smaller ferry to serve San Juans till July 7

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 3:03PM

Maintenance on one of the Washington State Ferries' largest vessels is not scheduled to be finished until July 7, causing a ripple effect that began when a smaller vessel was sent here Sunday, when the summer schedule began.

Experience the 'Sounds of the San Juans'

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 4:50PM

San Juan's own Gary Gibbons hosts an online radio show on City Sounds Radio, Internet blues and jazz with a San Juan connection, www.citysounds.biz.

Grammy nominee among performers at San Juan Theatre June 21

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 10:09AM

Chamber Music San Juans presents “Music for a Summer Solstice” on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier Stage on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Artistic director and clarinetist Patricia Kostek brings together some of CMSJ’s favorite performers, including violinist Ron Patterson, violist Roxanna Patterson, and Grammy Award-nominee bassoonist Martin Kuuskman.

San Juan Relay for Life profile: Frank Wilson

  • Jun 28, 2008 at 6:00AM

Relay for Life — July 25-26, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families are invited to submit photos of loved ones who have fought the battle. Write Richard Walker, The Journal, P.O. Box 519, Friday Harbor 98250. E-mail rwalker@sanjuanjournal.com

Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 10:09AM

SanJuanJournal.com's eye on the town is taking note of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.

Friday Harbor High School band wins cruise festival title

  • Jun 19, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 10:19AM

The Friday Harbor High School Concert Band won the 2008 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Concert Band Class AA, based on its performance during the cruise festival season onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.

Missoula Children's Theatre's Little Red Truck rolls back into town

  • Jun 19, 2008 at 12:31PM

Directing their energy: Auditions Monday for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

Ruckelshaus, Sutherland will attend next San Juan Initiative meeting

  • Jun 20, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 4:05PM

A new report points to the progress the residents of the San Juan Islands have made in ecosystem protection efforts – and how those efforts can be a model for the restoration of the entire Puget Sound ecosystem. But it also shows that shoreline alterations are occurring in some of the most ecological sensitive areas of the islands, putting critical habitat at risk.

Updated: Get to know the candidates — and visit Waldron Island

  • Jun 20, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:11PM

The Waldron Community Meeting will host a forum July 12, 2-4 p.m., for candidates for County Council, Orcas West; and Superior Court judge.

Pratt schedules campaign meetings June 26, July 24

  • Jun 20, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:11PM

Lovel Pratt, candidate for County Council, San Juan South, has scheduled campaign meetings for June 26, noon; and July 24, 5:15 p.m., in the San Juan Island Library’s meeting room.

James Desermeaux, former San Juan County assessor, dies

  • Jun 22, 2008 at 8:00AM updated Jun 23, 2008 at 8:37AM

James Leon Desermeaux, former San Juan County assessor and 42-year resident of Friday Harbor, has died. Mr. Desermeaux died at home on June 18. He was 75.

Adventuress runs aground in Wasp Passage

  • Jun 23, 2008 at 2:20PM

A historic schooner that many locals have seen navigating island waters for years ran aground in Wasp Passage today. No injuries were reported.

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