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The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.
It is your final chance to see "Romeo and Juliet" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1062 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor.
Megan Christine Mackinnon, 27, of Arlington, Wash., is charged with malicious mischief in the first degree.
The Republican National Party booth at the San Juan County Fair was vandalized last night. When Volunteers Carl and Alison Jablonski showed up for this shift on Saturday morning they were shocked to find signs ripped up into small pieces, remnants of several eggs thrown around the area and a sign that read, "Screw Donald Trump."
Chauncey Cox placed first in Island Rec's 8.8k Fair Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 20 with a time of 35 minutes and 16 seconds. He was followed by Max Haenel at 36:19 and then Andrew Moffatt at 38:13.
As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.
Francis Mainard Skidmore, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016 at Aegis of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Washington. He was born May 5, 1921 in Seattle, WA to Mainard and Catherine (Woods) Skidmore. He had a long career as a fire fighter, based at the Fire Department Headquarters in Seattle. He was the driver for Chief Vickery in the 1960s. "Skid," as he was known, was also a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, spending the majority of his service in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in the Coast Guard and the Navy. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and spent one year at the UW before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.
(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)
A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree.
The San Juan County Fair, Aug. 17 – 20, is not only a fun event, but a celebration of agriculture and islanders who are maintaining practices of the past. Why is that important? The short answer is farming makes for better communities. But a life of toiling in the soil is not always easy.
Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1
Bernie Day 71, a resident of Friday Harbor for 26 years, passed unexpectedly on July 3, 2016 during a five-week cruise to Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands, British Columbia, Canada. She was born in Walsenburg, Colo. on Aug. 28, 1944. The daughter of Julia and Charles John Simansky. Bernie grew up in Erie and Westminster Colorado and graduated from Westminster High School in Colorado. Following high school, she started a career in various administration roles at several technology companies and later as a senior administrator at Western Electric and AT&T Bell Laboratories. In New Jersey, she started a technology value-added reseller (VAR) company D&D CompuTech, Inc. and enjoyed its rise in the AT&T VAR program ranks.
(Editor's note: A grass fire allegedly caused by a homemade firecracker started on Goose Island June 26 and smoldered for many days. The island is located off of Cape San Juan, between San Juan and Lopez.)
This past weekend I climbed Mt. Adams, a peak I aspired to summit more than seven years ago.
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A civil case in San Juan Superior Court alleges that Sarah and John Coffelt of Orcas Island embezzled at least $580,297 from William and Valerie Anders.
William Blackmon, of Friday Harbor, made the dean's list for the spring 2016 quarter (which ended June 10 ) at Eastern Washington University. For more info, go to www.ewu.edu/deanslist.
Imagine your 80-year-old great grandmother awoke one night with chest pains and was worried it was a heart attack. Her 85-year-old husband, who suffers from a shattered vertebra in his neck, was unable to drive her to the emergency room. She called 911 and minutes later a volunteer EMT was at her door and began basic life-saving protocols. Minutes later an ambulance arrived with two paramedics who stabilized her and transported her safely to Peace Island Hospital for further care. What if when she dialed 911 there were no EMTs? No paramedics? No ambulance?
The special work session of the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees scheduled for July 19 has been cancelled. The board plans to reschedule this session at a later date.
We all look forward to summer, but it's easy to forget that it can be a time of stress for young families. Many parents are working long hours while school is out and their childcare options may be limited. United Way of San Juan County recognizes the importance of providing safe, structured activities for children and working parents in our community during the summer months. United Way's support of our Youth Mentoring Program enables school-aged kids – mostly from single-parent families – to be paired one-on-one with an adult mentor. Together, Mentor and Mentee meet weekly to do everything from hiking to summer reading, as well as getting involved in wonderful 4-H activities. Likewise, United Way funding enables our center to offer free parent-child playgroups four mornings a week through our Family Support Program, providing valuable time for new parents (and grandparents!) to connect with one another while their infants and preschoolers build social skills through cooperative play and group activities. It's a terrific way for families to stay connected even when schools are closed for the summer. We encourage community members to support United Way of San Juan County and the efforts they make to ensure that local families have access to active, healthy summer activities.
By Sheriff Ron Krebs
A basking shark has been spotted near British Columbia's Central Coast, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Washington State Democratic Party has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidential nominee at its state convention in Tacoma. San Juan County delegate Learner Limbach, from Orcas Island, attended the event on June 18–19 and was chosen to serve on the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee. There are only 187 members on the committee in the nation and Limbach is one of two Sanders supporters chosen to serve from Washington. The platform is essentially a guide for the Democratic Party and will be recommended to the Democratic Party's National Platform for approval by the convention delegates. Limbach will be traveling to Orlando, Flo., to work on the platform. The Journal asked Limbach a few questions about his new role.
Have you ever swallowed a bug? More than 80 percent of the world's cultures eat insects - why don't we? According to the United Nations, insects could very well be the food of the future. Raising grasshoppers as a food source could combat world hunger and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 60 percent. Please join us on Monday, June 27th at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library as David Gordon, the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook takes us on an adventure in entomophagy [eating bugs], and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives to meat. The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends.
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the nationally recognized Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade, is proud to announce the return of ever popular Seattle Seahawk mascot Blitz for the 2016 event. This year Blitz will be joined by the driving energy of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline whose creative rhythms and style are guaranteed to thrill parade fans of all ages.
By Colleen Armstrong
Marilyn O'Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and Deputy Director.
David and Nancy Honeywell, of the now-infamous waterfront clearcut at the former Mar Vista Resort, were denied their appeal over a shoreline penalty of $55,000 on June 1 in San Juan County Superior Court. The court did grant their appeal regarding a water quality violation penalty of $12,000.
He was an older man and Susan had just turned 18. After he started physically and sexually assaulting her, she was ashamed and afraid that the community would not stand by her if she left him. When she thought he would actually kill her – seven years into their relationship – she ran away with nothing but a few clothes. She was free from bodily harm, but she had to face another obstacle: the people who did not believe her.
In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?
An influx of sexual assault crimes involving minors in San Juan County has islanders wondering what is happening to their communities.
Last year DVSAS and The Stand Up Men reached out and asked for 100 men to donate $100 to honor a woman in their lives. It wasn't just the money that mattered. It was the statement being made by the men both to their community and to the women who knew them. "Violence is not acceptable, and we will STAND UP against it" in 2015! Thanks to the many generous men, almost $12,000 was raised to support our work!
Albert Noel Miller, Jr., 45, of Lopez Island, has been charged with assault in the second degree domestic violence for strangulation and assault in the fourth degree. Bail has been reduced to $10,000. A omnibus hearing is scheduled for June 17 and the trial is set for July 18.
(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)
At its regular semi-annual meeting yesterday, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved proposals from Washington residents to officially designate two geographic features in the state. The committee's selections will go before the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for a final decision at one of its regular public meetings.
Possession of a firearm
In honor of Earth Day, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free day at all state parks on Friday, April 22. Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks.
Submitted by National Park Service
Wesley A. Watson, 33, of Friday Harbor was charged on March 29 with multiple counts of first-degree and second-degree possession of child pornography and one count of attempted voyeurism.