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Several San Juan candidates make campaigns official, but holes still loom in many positions

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:07PM

With the deadline approaching for candidates to file for positions on the Aug. 19 and Nov. 4 elections, those who have announced their intentions to run are making it official. But many more positions await candidates. Islanders will vote in the Aug. 19 primary and the Nov. 4 general election for a number of positions, from president to governor to County Council and precinct committee officers.

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.

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

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.

They were wrapped in love

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:35PM

Law is silent with relation to race

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:36PM

Program is helping families

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:37PM

Start thinking about ‘trashion’

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:39PM

Likes site, but where are blogs?

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:40PM

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

Special meeting June 11 to coordinate fundraising for San Juan school sports programs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:40PM

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have raised more than $350,000 to preserve academic and athletic programs for the 2008-09 school year. However, school district officials say an additional $125,000 in matching funds must be raised to fully restore athletic programs, instructional programs and basic services. Superintendent Michael Soltman has called a special meeting of the school board on June 11, 6 p.m. to discuss options for raising dollars necessary to fully fund the athletic program.

Zee resigns as head of San Juan Islands Conservation District

  • Jun 5, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 9:35AM

Ron Zee had his hands full navigating unchartered territory for the San Juan Islands Conservation District the past two years. But with the district now on a steady course, he decided the time has come to chase down a dream. Following a two-year tenure as district manager, Zee recently handed in his resignation and on May 30 left behind the agency and the many hats he wore.

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.

Former Friday Harbor Journal editor Lehde passes away at 77

  • Jun 5, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 6, 2008 at 9:55AM

Friends and family of Jim Fred Lehde will gather Friday at noon at the Jackson's Beach boat launch. Participants can share memories and photographs and say goodbye. Lehde's ashes will be scattered at sea. Lehde, who was editor of the Friday Harbor Journal in the 1970s, died June 2 in his Friday Harbor home. He was 77. He is survived by several children and grandchildren.

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.

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

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2008 at 4:57PM

Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows.'s eye on the town is taking note of your attitude, your deeds, your jokes, your personality.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Town Council seeking new member | Friday Harbor Political Notebook

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:08PM

A glimpse of political happenings in the San Juan Islands.

Election: Voters will test ‘top two’ primary system for the first time

  • Jun 10, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:08PM

This election season, there’s been a lot of talk about change. As the campaign season gets under way locally, there will also undoubtedly be a lot of talk about choices.

County Council snuffs out personal fireworks

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

To some, it signals the end of an era.

Remains will be turned over for repatriation

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

Human remains recovered from the home of a Deer Harbor man nearly two years ago will be turned over to the state Department of Archeology, which is expected to repatriate them to the Canadian First Nation on whose territory the remains were found some 30 years ago.

In the Courts

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM

A San Juan Island man was ordered to serve two months in jail for possession of cocaine following an ill-timed trip to the Sheriff’s Department, in which he was arrested while inquiring about the status of a traffic-accident report.

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