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Contaminated soil found in Lopez Village causes concern for water quality
If you haven’t already heard the rumblings, or even if you have, I can confirm them for you here: this will be my last edition with the Journal of the San Juans.
Howard was involved with a number of service groups, and was the very definition of an engaged citizen.
A series of wins in basketball and wrestling has set the teams up for next-level competition
The meeting was the first with the three new members, and also the first with new EMS Chief Jerry Martin.
Friday Harbor Wolverine's faced Mt. Vernon Christian Jan. 29 in a boys basketball home game, winning 60 to 11.
Few living-wage jobs, transportation challenges, low availability of affordable housing, difficulties of finding affordable medical care or not being insured were some top issues that the study addressed.
Arthur Whiteley Lecture Series features researchers looking into ocean voyages, sharks, shoreline armoring and more.
Judge Eaton has dismissed a class action lawsuit against San Juan County that alleges the county over-billed for building and land-use fees, and for misusing the fees after collection.
Sometimes the most effective ways to make change in the world is not to focus on problems across the world, but rather the ones closest to home.
This year’s Friday Harbor High School’s Community Service-Learning Class went as far as Papua New Guinea and Romania, and as close as the high school itself.
A myriad of issues stack up against parents who are trying to make it by in the San Juan Islands, including a small stock of affordable housing, high rental prices and the financial difficulties that come with seasonal jobs and, sometimes, seasonal unemployment. Despite the islands being an outdoor vacation destination for many people, some parents have difficulties finding time to spend time with their children outside of home.
San Juan County Parks and Fairgrounds is offering early camping reservations at any of county campgrounds for year-round residents.
The legislative hearing room was full of concerned citizens at a special council meeting on the Shoreline Master Program Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Have you ever gotten lost in a book, and never wanted it to end?
The last San Juan County Public Hospital District Board meeting of the year looked back on issues from 2015, and forward to opportunities of 2016, with an update on the Civil Investigative Demand from the Attorney General’s office and welcoming two new commissioners including the new EMS Chief Jerry Martin.
The Elwha Washington state ferry, servicing routes from San Juan Island to Anacortes, was out of commission again this past week, causing route cancellations and delayed ferry times.
It was cold, crisp night, just before midnight, and Scott Damon had settled down to watch a movie on his boat, docked at West Sound Marina on Orcas Island.
Commissioners Monica Harrington and Bill Williams were sworn in today by Judge Donald E. Eaton in San Juan County Superior Court.
An alternative to the usual drinking and revelling is Island Rec’s New Year’s Eve Community Celebration.
The Washington State Ferries has issued a travel alert that the Elwha is out ofservice for repairs, affecting ferry travel. The Hyak will be replacing the Elwha routes for Dec. 30 service.
Local author Rod Kulbach has come out with a collection of short stories and poems from a lifetime of travels. "Seventeen Stories… and more" includes stowing away on a ship, facing loss and love, and quiet life observations. The Journal sat down with Kulbach to ask him some questions about the book, his process and life through the lens of writing.
The beginning of this winter has been a blustery one to say the least, with frequent wind advisories and storm warnings as weather fronts batter the Pacific Northwest up and down the coast. A dry summer that created a state of emergency of drought in parts of Washington and raging wildfires turned into a winter of wind and rain, causing flooding in a number of cities in Washington and Oregon. Here on the islands trees have blown over, the power has gone out a few times and the ferry rides have gotten rougher.
– Submitted by San Juan Island School District
– Submitted by Islands Community Church
Carla Reyes has been named the new assistant secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services' Behavioral Health Administration.
San Juan County Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice has reversed a decision made by the county on a request to remove hazardous trees off of a 38-acre parcel owned by Dave and Nancy Honeywell.
By Anna V. Smith
By Elizabeth Cooney
The number thirteen might be unlucky for some, but the thirteen-member Wolverine wrestling team at Friday Harbor High School have high hopes of making it to state at the Tacoma Dome again this year for the 2015-2016 season. The squad sent three of their teammates James Guard (120), Sara Rist (155) and Haley Pyle (145) to the 2014-2015 championships.
— San Juan Island Grange #966 and 3rd Saturday Contra Dance
"This is 28 carbs," Sara Jensen said, handing an ice cream cone to her son Henry as he pulled his blood sugar test kit out of a silver iridescent fanny pack. You don't often hear parents talking to their kids about watching their carb count, unless they're a parent like Jensen with a child who has diabetes.
The Journal is happy to announce that Heather Spaulding is joining the Journal as a part-time reporter and office manager.
By A.J. Kurtz
Deb Langhans, owner of Wholistic Health Options, has just become a Certified Grief Specialist in "The Grief Recovery Method," a comprehensive method of grief recovery created 35 years ago by the internationally-respected Grief Recovery Institute. This certification allows Langhans to work with groups and individuals to help them recover from all kinds of personal loss. 8-week workshops and 7-week one-on-one sessions provide time-tested curriculum to help participants heal from loss due to death, divorce, illness, unemployment, pet loss and many other significant life changes.
Starting Saturday Jan. 9 the "Ski Bus" will leave Friday Harbor on the 8:05 a.m. ferry, headed to Mt. Baker Ski Resort.
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind warning is in effect for San Juan Island until 7 p.m. this evening.
Swimming, hiking and boating may be in the future for the 50 acre Zylstra Lake off San Juan Valley Road. The lake has found a buyer in a joint venture of the San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust, which has proposed to buy the property that includes 312 acres of farmland for a purchasing price of $3 million dollars.
When Roxanna Zalmanek was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemotherapy treatment, the San Juan Island community did what it does best: supported her in a time of need.
Gene Knapp passed away Oct. 18 at his home on Orcas Island. Knapp was a San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney and involved with the Land Bank, county council, Orcas Medical Center, and more.