Friday Harbor becomes a time machine with presentations, walking tours and the historical museum’s auction

Jim Crook, whose family homesteaded the former British Royal Marine Camp at Garrison Bay after the U.S.-British boundary dispute was settled in 1872, embodied the island way of life. Items from the San Juan Historical Museum’s Jim Crook Collection have been digitized and are now available for the first time online as part of a cooperative project between the San Juan Island Library, the museum and the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Initiative.

  • Oct 14th, 2008

Students take a different kind of ‘bus’ to school

Lack of physical activity is believed to be a leading cause in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Driving students to school by private vehicle contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. The local Safe Routes to School program believes it has an answer. Today, Friday Harbor Elementary School students and parents participated in the Walking School Bus and walked to school.

  • Oct 8th, 2008

‘Rumors’: It doesn’t get better than this

Some things in this life can be disappointing. The market. The weather. Your aching back. Forget it. If you go to a performance of a play directed by Andrew McLaglen, written by Neil Simon and performed by our local thespians at our beautiful theater, you can be sure you won’t have a gloomy thought.

Vets, widows, widowers: We want you Oct. 11 | Ferry Home Companion

Every one of our 61 vets in the Legion and any other local vets or widows or widowers of WWII service men or women, will be guests for a catered dinner at the Legion Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.

Passages: Stewart Powell Redfern

Stewart Powell Redfern of Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Sept. 28, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. He was 65. Stew was born June 24, 1943 in Seattle, Wash., to Don and Mary Redfern. Stew grew up with a love of the outdoors and exploring the many places of the Pacific Northwest. The proverbial wild child, Stew had a small habit of finding trouble where no trouble seemed to be. If trouble could not be found, he would settle for mischief. These traits were with him to the end.

  • Oct 6th, 2008

Coast Salish master storyteller Johnny Moses in Friday Harbor Oct. 12

Johnny Moses, a Coast Salish master storyteller and memory keeper, will speak Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. Admission is $20, but no one will be turned away. Children younger than 12 get in free. The event is billed as a potluck celebration.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Folk singer/songwriter Tom Rush at SJCT Saturday; helped shape folk’s revival

For more than 40 years Tom Rush has been making an impact on American music. James Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.”

  • Oct 2nd, 2008

Find yourself in the Centennial Photo in this week’s Journal

More than 400 people (an estimate; we lost count) participated in the Centennial Photo Sept. 20 on the courthouse lawn. The photo is published as a full page, in color, in the Oct. 1 Journal.

  • Sep 30th, 2008

Performing Arts Society concert Sunday, 3 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church

Grisha Krivchenia and Sally Browne will be joined by Ayako English, a violinist from the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ll hear Franz Schubert’s “Piano Trio Op. 99 in B flat major” and “Impromptu in A flat major,” and Krivchenia’s “Impromptu” and “Postlude from the Poison Arrow.”

  • Sep 26th, 2008

May Boyce celebrates her 102nd birthday Monday at Islands Convalescent Center

May Boyce celebrates her 102nd birthday on Monday at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. A check of assisted living facilities, care centers and senior services offices on the islands indicates she may be the oldest resident of the San Juans. She was born on San Juan Island on Sept. 29, 1906 to Julius Oscar Bergman and the former Mary Ellen Madden. Her Irish-born grandfather, Daniel Madden, emigrated to the U.S. in 1855 and settled on San Juan Island in 1862.

  • Sep 25th, 2008

Weddings: Rose Risucci and Alex Smith

With great happiness, Kim and Keoki Raymond and Victor and Phebe Smith announce the marriage of Rose Risucci to Alex Smith. They were married in a small but memorable celebration of family and friends in Friday Harbor, Aug. 17, 2008.

  • Sep 24th, 2008

‘Savor the San Juans’ and ‘Artstock’ create a new season of fun on the island

Summer may have ended Monday, but the fun sure hasn’t. Sure, the air may be a bit cooler, it’s getting darker earlier and the leaves are changing color. But the spirit of summer lives in a month of art, culture and music events.

  • Sep 24th, 2008

Blues master Lloyd Jones rocks San Juan Community Theatre Saturday

Ask Lloyd Jones how to describe his soulful and intelligent fusion of funk, blues and R&B and he’ll call it “storytelling with a Memphis groove.” The Northwest guitarist and singer/songwriter brings that groove to the San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sep 24th, 2008

Gullicksons bicycle from San Juan Island to Bar Harbor, Maine in 93 days

Well, they did it, those ambitious Gullicksons. Just like they said they…

Project Home: Helpful, useful information in free magazine

The latest Project Home magazine is filled with all kinds of useful…

  • Sep 18th, 2008

Thanks to community generosity, Banry family expanding home

The walls in the Banry home on Beaverton Valley Road have looked…

68th wedding anniversary Sunday for Honey and Granddad Hoisington

David B. and Elizabeth S. Hoisington of Davison Head celebrate their 68th…

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Noted pianist, cellist headline at Chamber Music concert

Cleveland’s chamber music pianist Frances Renzi and Los Angeles-based cellist Rowena Hammill…

  • Sep 11th, 2008

San Juan Island School District lunch program sparks food frenzy

The new school lunch pilot program impresses students, parents, just about everyone. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy – real mashed potatoes, on the first day of school. Build-'em-yourself soft tacos was on the lunch menu the second day. Pizza – that true test of any school lunch program – was on plates Thursday.

‘Galloping Gourmet’ Graham Kerr tests Friday Harbor school lunch menu today

International culinary icon Graham Kerr — best known as the Galloping Gourmet — kicks off the school district's “Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch” series today.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

San Juan Community Theatre offers acting workshop to November | Around Town

Both new and veteran actors get a chance to “exercise that acting muscle” in a series of classes taught by San Juan island’s own Susan Williams.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Elli Blaine, Jeanie Tran, Lily Sky are top writers in San Juan essay contest

Young adult writers were recently challenged to write about “Preserving What’s Important in a Changing World” and ‘Imagine the Islands Without Land Conservation” in essay or poem format for the third annual Young Adult Essay Contest sponsored by the San Juan County Land Bank.

  • Sep 10th, 2008

Passages: Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler

Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler was born on April 8, 1920 and raised in Bloomington, Ind. Bob passed away peacefully at September House in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2008.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

Matt Johnson ‘loved the Lord and lived by example to others’

Matt Johnson, son of Kerwin and Margaret Johnson and son-in-law of Rick and Karen King, has passed away. His wife, Jackie, announced on the family's Web site that he took his last breath at 3:16 p.m. Thursday. He was 35.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Hundreds pray for Matt Johnson

In the cold, sterile environment of the intensive care unit, Matt and Jackie Johnson are not alone. As Matt and his doctors attack his leukemia with willpower and medical science, hundreds of people — in churches, in homes, during quiet moments at work — are lifting him and his family up in prayer.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

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

Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows.'s eye on the town is taking note. Here's this week's list.

  • Sep 2nd, 2008

Concours d’Elegance: Classics with a cause

Classic car lovers, unite.

  • Aug 30th, 2008

Rhythm, sequins would improve local elections | Jill Urbach

What a relief the primary is over. Local politics add such stress…

  • Aug 29th, 2008

Northwest vocalist Greta Matassa jazzes up Whittier Stage Sept. 5

Ask her to sing one of your favorite jazz tunes and, most likely, Greta Matassa will know it and be ready to pound out one incredible version.

  • Aug 28th, 2008

Michael J. Cohen, Steve Dyer and Ian Boulton perform at Griffin Bay Bookstore

Griffin Bay Bookstore continues its series of Saturday night "coffee house concerts" this weekend with music from Michael J. Cohen, Steve Dyer and Ian Boulton. All music is acoustic and presented in an intimate setting.

  • Aug 28th, 2008

Former F.H. man killed in Chuckanut Drive collision; service Sunday in Tulalip

Service is Sunday, Aug. 24, 1 p.m., at the Tulalip Tribes gymnasium for Shawn McCarthy, a former Friday Harbor man who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Chuckanut Drive.

  • Aug 26th, 2008

Vouri’s latest book, ‘The Pig War’, has never-before-published photos; public discussion and book signing Friday at museum

Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia Publishing Co. published “The Pig War” as part of its Images of America series. It’s the third book on the topic by Vouri; he’s also the author of “The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay” and “Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island.”

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Interview with ‘Pig War’ author Mike Vouri; book signing Friday, 6:30 p.m. at museum

National Park historian Mike Vouri is the author of a new book, "The Pig War," published by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. The book employs 190 photos — many of them never before published — to tell the story of the events and people of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island (1859-1872). It's Vouri's third book on the subject.

  • Aug 22nd, 2008

Local presidential candidate offers a different choice

Gus, the golden retriever that received 28 write-in votes for San Juan County Commission in 2004, is setting his sights higher this election season. Gus, who is owned by David Rand of The Sign Company, announced in an e-mail today that he is running for president of the United States.

  • Aug 21st, 2008

Rural Confidential: The Mona Story

Driving out Roche Harbor Road, you pass many wonderful scenes — seasonal wetlands, hayfields and pastures, San Juan Vineyards with the old No. 22 Schoolhouse now converted to a wine-tasting room, and across the road … Is that a camel? What’s she doing here?

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Renowned storyteller will present at English Camp

Join renowned Washington state storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history with “Sisters in Times,” a collection of vignettes about 19th century frontier women, scheduled 2 p.m., Aug. 23 at English Camp.

  • Aug 20th, 2008

Liliana Elisabeth Compton: The newest work of art at Westcott Bay Institute

Liliana Elisabeth Compton was born to Westcott Bay Institute director Victoria Compton on Aug. 7, 2008 at 4:31 p.m.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

The Rembrandts of sidewalk chalk art

More than 70 people participated Island Rec’s 2008 Chalk It Up sidewalk art contest July 19.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Island Museum of Art: Book signing tonight at Bryn Barnard’s “Smaerd” exhibit

Bryn Barnard’s illustrations for the book, “The Land of Smaerd,” are on exhibit in the Island Museum of Art.

  • Aug 15th, 2008