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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

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'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.

San Juan County enjoying lower unemployment than state

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 2:00PM

So, the real estate market is sluggish. Your town utility bill is going up. You’re paying more at the pump. Take a look at the bright side: Overall, the island economy is not too bad.

Friday Harbor Fire Engine 6 is out; town borrows truck from Orcas

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:25PM

Engine is "showing its age,” said Fire Chief Vern Long. Engine 6 has had brake problems, a leaking water tank, and now pump problems. “We’re just trying to nurse (Engine 6) through it ... It just couldn’t wait till spring."

New group working to increase access to early education

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:54PM

We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age 5, we have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.

Want to quit smoking? DSHS can help

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:53AM

Beginning July 1, 2008, the Department of Social and Health Service medical programs’ coverage will expand to include a new smoking cessation benefit for clients.

Early deadlines for the Fourth of July

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:54AM

The Journal will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Some deadlines have been changed for the July 9 edition.

Westcott Bay Sea Farms is being downsized, is up for sale

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:23PM

Westcott Bay Sea Farms is being downsized to a clam operation with periodic harvest of mussels and oysters. Its surrounding acreage is for sale.

Political Notebook

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:54AM

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

New deputy administrator was Hawaii’s deputy A.G.

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:54AM

When San Juan County’s new deputy county administrator moved from Hawaii to Eastsound and set up a legal practice in 2007, it was a homecoming.

Town birthday photo Sept. 20; party Feb. 9

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:54AM

A year of special events will begin at the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 16-19, and will conclude at the 2009 San Juan County Fair. Events include a community photograph Sept. 20 on the San Juan County Courthouse lawn (all residents can assemble there to be included in the photo); and a town-sponsored birthday party Feb. 9, 3-6 p.m., at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

Adventuress hits rock in Wasp Passage

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jul 2, 2008 at 4:04PM

The 133-foot schooner Adventuress ran aground in Wasp Passage Monday, forcing the evacuation of 27 passengers and crewmembers.

‘Extinctions’ the subject of Illg Lecture Sunday

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:54AM

The U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ 10th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College and director of the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport.

San Juan Initiative meeting will have big draw

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55AM

Puget Sound Partnership Chairman Bill Ruckelshaus and state Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland will attend a meeting of the San Juan Initiative Policy Group Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center.

Sheriff’s Log

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55AM

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls ...

State Department of Health

  • Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55AM

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions against the following health care provider in San Juan County:

Bates takes San Juan Open golf tournament for second time

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 1:59PM

Ron Bates won his second San Juan Open, shooting a par 71 on Saturday’s first round and finishing Sunday with a 78. Bates’ combined score for both rounds was 149.

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