San Juan photographer Chad Lyons wins Hawaii magazine photo contest

Photographer Chad Lyons of Friday Harbor won a photo contest sponsored by Hawaii magazine. His photo is featured in the February issue of the magazine. Lyons won first place in the Kauai category; three other photos made it into the top 40. There were more than 2,500 entries. You can see his photos on

  • Jan 28th, 2010

McLeish is studying computer security at Fort Gordon; one of only eight warrant officers selected for program

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carrie A. McLeish (Joslin), a 1989 graduate of Friday Harbor High School, is studying computer security at Fort Gordon, Ga. The school is a nine-month program. She was one of only eight selected from 50 of the Army’s top warrant officers to participate in this course.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

100 years of stories: A special centennial Playwrights Festival opens Jan. 28

Unique glimpses into San Juan Island’s history, people and culture come alive in San Juan Community Theatre’s intimate Gubelman Theatre during the 2010 Islands Playwrights Festival, Jan. 28-31 and Feb. 5-7 and 11-14.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Helen Loggie exhibit opens Jan. 29 at Islands Museum of Art

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA), at 28 First St. in Friday Harbor, will open “A Retrospective of Helen Loggie, 1917-1952,” Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m. Helen Loggie, a nationally recognized artist, lived most of her life in Bellingham and on Orcas Island. This exhibition links San Juan Island and Orcas Island in a unique manner, for The Lambiel Museum on Orcas is loaning part of its Helen Loggie Collection of more than 100 pieces, the largest private collection in existence, to IMA for an exhibit that will run through March 7.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Susan Meredith | Passages

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Canada’s acoustic artist of the year performs at SJCT Feb. 3

Ask San Juan Island native and musician Ryan Browne about Salt Spring Island’s Harry Manx and he’ll tell you Manx is one of the “great talents to come out of the islands.” A successful touring performer (he just won “Acoustic Artist of the Year” from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the third consecutive year), Manx brings his unique mix of “east meets west” to the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Matthew William Percich | Births

Brett and Sandra Percich are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew William Percich, on Dec. 18, 2009. Matthew was born at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., at 2:33 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. Matthew and his parents live in Chula Vista, Calif.

  • Jan 27th, 2010

‘All Things within All Things’ safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk Zoo

Matthew Gray Palmer's sculpture "All Things within All Things" was safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk, Va., last weekend. "Heartfelt thanks to all in our island community for your outpouring of support and interest in the project," the artist and his wife, Danielle Dean Palmer, said in an e-mail.

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Desi Whalen will represent American Legion Post 163 in the state American Legion Oratorical Contest

Desi Whalen has been selected to represent American Legion Post 163 in the finals of the Washington State American Legion Oratorical Contest. Desi, the daughter of Carol Whalen and Ron Whalen of Friday Harbor is a junior at Friday Harbor High School.

  • Jan 26th, 2010

Jill Picinich, Martin Whitfield | Engagements

Wendy and Dave Picinich are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Martin Whitfield. Jill is a 2001 Friday Harbor High School graduate and is employed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Martin, the son of Mattie and Bobby White, and David and Robin Whitfield, is employed by the Clark County School District.

  • Jan 25th, 2010

Phoebe Gwen Sandwith Bowers | Births

On Christmas Day at 6:37 a.m., Amy Sandwith and Robert Bowers were blessed with the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Phoebe Gwen. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.

  • Jan 25th, 2010

‘Song & Dance’ on San Juan: Jenny Knapp returns to the island for winter performing arts festival

A San Juan Island winter is not cold in the area of culture. Between Christmas festivals and theater productions, the public is not deprived of variation. Local choreographer Linda Downs is convinced the best is yet to come. Indeed, the line-up that Downs, director of Dance Workshop II, has produced for this year’s Winter Song and Dance Festival (Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.) offers exceptionally high standards of performing art.

  • Jan 22nd, 2010

Jones brought heart to his job; retiring after public career dating to 1960s

Pinpoint when Warren F. Jones’ devotion to public service was born. Perhaps 1960, when he became a charter member of the San Juan Lions Club. Perhaps 1967, when he became a Friday Harbor Town Council member. But it might have been earlier than that.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Ann Elizabeth Mahoney Pullman | Passages

Ann Pullman had lived in Friday Harbor, Wash., for 20 years with her husband, Wayne, and son Michael and daughter Michelle (Shelley). Ann was born to Geraldine and John Mahoney, and was later joined by her brother, John M. Mahoney. She earned a B.S. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., where she also taught English. Ann then earned her pre-med degree from Seattle University. She was working as a respiratory therapist in Orange County, Calif., when she met her husband, J. Wayne Pullman. Ann and Wayne married July 4, 1974, in Los Angeles, Calif. She owned and operated a dessert catering business in Beverly Hills, Calif., for eight years, and a gourmet food shop and deli in Ojai, Calif., before moving to Friday Harbor in 1989.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Parker Timothy Aylward | Births

Sean and Melissa Aylward (both 2002 Friday Harbor High School graduatess) are happy to announce the birth of their son Parker Timothy Aylward, born Jan. 9, 2010 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Parker weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

  • Jan 19th, 2010

Green pastures: Equine expert Cynthia Elliott opens an ‘elder horse-stal’ for San Juans’ horses

Cynthia Elliott is pleased with her husband’s joke. “He calls it my “elder-horse-stal,” she smiles. Sitting in her living room, tucked up upon the sofa, Elliott exudes the cheerful determination of someone in the process of changing dreams to reality. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid ... I didn’t have a horse, but I would help out with my friends’ horses. I would feed and care for them.”

  • Jan 19th, 2010

Advocate for wounded warriors became a wounded warrior; Bauschke will climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for injured soldiers

Tom Bauschke of San Juan Island was an Army veteran and local house painter when he became active in the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2005 and 2006, he hiked the 96-mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier to raise pledges for the WWP, which assists wounded men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He never suspected that in three years he would become a wounded warrior too.

  • Jan 18th, 2010

Swing Jan. 16 with Pearl Django at SJCT

For 15 years, Pearl Django has been sharing the groove of their Hot Club style across the divides of musical tastes. And for the sixth time in those 15 years, they bring that eclectic musical recipe to the San Juan Community Theater.

  • Jan 17th, 2010

San Juan County’s first baby of 2010: Elijah Mathew Enochs

Elijah Mathew Enochs, son of Lindsay Johnson and Justin Enochs of San Juan Island, is San Juan County's first baby of 2010. Elijah was born Jan. 14, 12:45 a.m., in Island Hospital in Anacortes; Melinda Milligan of Eastsound was the midwife. He weighed 8 pounds 2.2 ounces and measured 20.6 inches long. Elijah wins The Journal’s Baby Derby and about $600 worth of prizes from 16 local merchants.

  • Jan 14th, 2010

Friday Harbor Elementary School students collect 830 cans of food for Food Bank

Cans, cans and more cans filled the office at Friday Harbor Elementary School, Jan. 11. The school's Food Drive (inclusive of both people and pet food) wrapped up with all 830 cans bagged, grabbed and shoved into a truck heading for the Friday Harbor Food Bank.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe | Passages

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 81. He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Elias and Dagne Moe on Jan. 29, 1928 and grew up in Mount Vernon and Stanwood, graduating from Twin City High School in Stanwood. Johnny played football in high school but excelled in music, playing the coronet. He formed Johnny Moe and His Orchestra in Snohomish and entertained in Washington for many years.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Thomas Martin Smythe ‘loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest’ | Passages

Thomas Martin Smythe passed away early morning Jan. 6, 2010 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 42.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Mary Jane Leche will be remembered for devotion to family, ‘spontaneous fits of laughter’ | Passages

Mary Jane Leche, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died at her home in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Jan. 5, 2010. She was 80. In memory and thanksgiving for the life of Mary Jane, a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Friday Harbor. Graveside service will be conducted at Breidablik Cemetery in Poulsbo.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Gary J. McKay Sr., great-grandson of pioneer Charles McKay | Passages

Gary J. McKay Sr. was born on Jan. 2, 1936 in Friday Harbor, Wash., and passed away on Jan. 4, 2010 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 74. Gary was the great-grandson of Charles McKay, who first raised the U.S. flag on San Juan Island after British troops left in 1872.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Friday Harbor High School sophomore models teen fashion on Portland TV

Mallory Dahlquist, a sophomore at Friday Harbor High School, modeled teen fashions on Fox TV Channel 12 in Portland during Christmas break. Mallory is the daughter of Annette Crosby of Friday Harbor and Garrick Dahlquist of Beaverton, Ore.; and the granddaughter of David and Mary Ann Anderson of San Juan Island.

  • Jan 7th, 2010

San Juan Islands’ first baby of 2010 expected Sunday

As of Tuesday, Elijah Enochs is believed to be in the lead in the race to be the first baby of 2010 born to San Juan County parents. Elijah, the son of Lindsay Johnson and Justin Enochs of Wold Road on San Juan Island, is due Jan. 20 at Islands Hospital in Anacortes. Melinda Milligan of Eastsound is midwife.

  • Jan 7th, 2010

‘Peter Pan’ soars; Friday Harbor High School Drama Group’s production opens Thursday

Pirates. Pixie dust. A perpetually-young boy who refuses to grow up ... oh, and an alligator that ticks. Add ’em up and it can mean only one thing. The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group is ready to fly ... literally. You’ll see cast members soar and the fantastical world of Neverland recreated on center stage at the San Juan Community Theater as Fred Yockers and his band of young thespians bring to life all the whimsy and delight of Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”

‘It still hasn’t hit me yet’: Friday Harbor man fulfills boyhood dream of climbing Himalayan peak

It doesn’t always turn out this way. But a childhood dream, when fulfilled, sometimes ends up being better than one could’ve imagined. Just ask Jason Sears. “It surpassed my expectations on every single level,” said Sears, whose boyhood dream became reality at the doorstep of the world’s tallest peaks in mid-October.

Sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer unveils commission for Virginia Zoo; open house Jan. 3

On Jan. 3, sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer invites the public to an open house to view his latest public commission. Entitled "All Things Within All Things," the piece is a life-sized African elephant entirely composed of delicate, plasma butterflies. This is the only chance to see the sculpture before it is shipped to the East Coast for installation at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

  • Jan 2nd, 2010

‘New Work New Ways’: Howell-Adams’ newest works on exhibit at SJCT

A public reception is scheduled Jan. 2, 5-8 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theatre lobby for a new show, “New Work New Ways,” with paintings by Annie Howell-Adams created over the past year. The show celebrates her induction into the Arts Student League of New York.

  • Dec 29th, 2009

It’s fun and it’s free: New Year’s Eve Party begins at 7 p.m. at Mullis Center

This is one party where you can do your Sinatra imitation without embarrassing your kids. Celebrate 2010 with family, friends and neighbors at the Community New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center.

  • Dec 29th, 2009

The Backstage Santas of Friday Harbor: These volunteers make St. Nick’s job a little easier

Friday Harbor is a town of hidden Santas. They are not identifiable by red suits or white beards, but they are here nonetheless. The Santa who stood in the Thrift House on Dec. 3, for example, was a Red Sox fan and drove a pickup truck. And his name was John, not Nick. "Are you looking for toys"? John Bostrom, supervisor for the Leo Club and chief facilitator of the Santa Ship, looked up. "You bet," he smiled.

  • Dec 21st, 2009

Children pack the Grange for chance to meet Santa Claus

Children and their parents packed the San Juan Island Grange Saturday for "Christmas Island," three hours of Christmas cookies, face painting, picture coloring, and pictures with St. Nick.

  • Dec 21st, 2009

Santa sets up shop in town Saturday; Grange Hall becomes ‘Christmas Island’

There's nothing quite like a teddy bear at Christmas. And Santa Claus will have an assortment of cute and cuddly ones to deliver to every girl and boy, young and old, on Saturday when the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor is magically transformed into "Christmas Island."

San Juan Singers make a joyful noise this weekend; choral concert Saturday and Sunday at SJCT

The San Juan Singers present a choral concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. Featured this winter is John Rutter’s extended work, “Magnificat.” Directing will be Yariv Aloni of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra.

  • Dec 17th, 2009

Chef Greg Atkinson leads Whale Museum’s Black & White Night progressive dinner Thursday

Wear black, wear white, wear black and white. You don't have to wear a tuxedo. But the dinner and event is classy enough to be formal. And the proceeds support a good cause. The Whale Museum’s Black & White Night is Thursday, 5:30 p.m., beginning at Friday Harbor House. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education and research programs.

  • Dec 17th, 2009

The Journal: Two sections, 32 pages of local news and more

The Dec. 16 edition of The Journal consists of two sections and 32 pages: local news, Opinion, Sports, Obituaries, Island Scene, What's Happening!, Business, Classifieds, At Your Service Professional Directory, Legal Notices, and Project Home magazine. This week's edition is available at newsstands later today.

  • Dec 15th, 2009

Marley’s ghost returns to the Roche Harbor Pavilion in Island Stage Left production

Although only in its second Christmas run, Island Stage Left’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” was so well received last year and so anticipated this year, that it now seems part of the San Juan Christmas scene.

  • Dec 15th, 2009

Devorah sings live on ‘Wake Up with Al Roker’ on Dec. 11 at 6:50 a.m. EST

Local singer/songwriter Devorah has landed a gig on "Wake Up with Al Roker," on The Weather Channel. She will sing live on Dec. 11 at 6:50 a.m. EST. Devorah had initially thought she would tape on Dec. 11 for broadcast Dec. 14, but learned early yesterday that she would perform live. She expects to sing a song from her new CD, "5770."

  • Dec 9th, 2009

Success for San Juan Island’s Festival of Trees: $58,650

This year's Festival of Trees was a luminous event of festive decoration, fine wines and fund raising.

  • Dec 8th, 2009