Life

State giving away nicotine gum and patches to combat stress-related smoking

To help people overcome personal smoking triggers like stress, the state offers free coaching and a supply of nicotine patches or gum (more than $145 in value) through the quit line. “We know the tough economy is hitting people hard,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “It’s another good reason for those who smoke to try quitting. It will improve their health and they’ll save money at the same time. Our quit line is free, and callers receive at least a two-week supply of nicotine patches or gum at no charge.”

  • Jan 7th, 2009
The first baby of 2009 is a boy born in Island Hospital to Orcas Island parents. A story is forthcoming.

First baby of 2009: Jacob William Wright of Orcas Island

Jacob William Wright was born to Orcas Island parents Amanda Murray Wright and Buddy Wright on Jan. 5, 2009 at Island Hospital in Anacortes -- the first baby to be born to San Juan County parents in 2009.

  • Jan 7th, 2009
The first baby of 2009 is a boy born in Island Hospital to Orcas Island parents. A story is forthcoming.
Don’t let the smokin’ hot cover fool you. This book poses a plausible scenario of survival after a natural catastrophe. And it's set in the San Juans.

Let’s hope the next big tsunami doesn’t strike here

“Phoenix Island” is one of those books I can’t decide whether to love or hate. The cover art implies a bodice ripper, and sex and violence both run an undercurrent through the book, yet neither erupt with the force that their foreshadowing imply. The writing verges on potboiler, but the survival story it tells is certainly relevant, and of widespread current interest. It sold a million copies in its day.

Don’t let the smokin’ hot cover fool you. This book poses a plausible scenario of survival after a natural catastrophe. And it's set in the San Juans.
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Top 10 Stories of 2008

A look back at the year, by the staff of The Journal and SanJuanJournal.com

  • Jan 2nd, 2009
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‘Grease’ is only the second musical ever presented by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group. It features a cast of between 60 and 64 students. It opens Jan. 8 in the San Juan Community Theatre. Top row from left

It’s still ‘the word’; Friday Harbor High School’s drama group presents ‘Grease’ at San Juan Community Theatre

Rock into the new year with the hit Broadway show, “Grease,” performed by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group, Jan. 8-11 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This smash-hit musical — the eighth longest-running Broadway show — is the second high school musical ever performed by the drama group.

‘Grease’ is only the second musical ever presented by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group. It features a cast of between 60 and 64 students. It opens Jan. 8 in the San Juan Community Theatre. Top row from left
Jill Urbach sings ‘My Favorite Things’ at the Festival of Trees. ‘She did the best M.C. job we’ve seen to date

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! | Ferry Home Companion

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.

Jill Urbach sings ‘My Favorite Things’ at the Festival of Trees. ‘She did the best M.C. job we’ve seen to date
'Counting our blessings'

Friday Harbor Food Bank’s numbers double

Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.

'Counting our blessings'
Lorie Narum of Second Act admires the teddy bear she received during Santa's early pass through the island. He's expected to visit downtown Friday Harbor today.

Santa expected to make early visit to downtown today

On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

Lorie Narum of Second Act admires the teddy bear she received during Santa's early pass through the island. He's expected to visit downtown Friday Harbor today.

Churches plan special events, services for holiday

Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned

  • Dec 24th, 2008

‘Marley’ Christmas Eve performance cancelled due to ‘unexpected health emergency’

Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
As the song says

Santa Claus is coming to town. And you can track him

It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

  • Dec 24th, 2008
As the song says
An unidentified couple walks along a beach at Cattle Pass this afternoon. A brisk breeze was blowing. The woman is holding a small dog under each arm.

Latest arctic storm packs a punch on San Juan

Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”

  • Dec 23rd, 2008
An unidentified couple walks along a beach at Cattle Pass this afternoon. A brisk breeze was blowing. The woman is holding a small dog under each arm.
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Another honor for San Juan Island war hero Roy Matsumoto

General presents Roy Matsumoto with special medallion in recognition of his service to the United States

  • Dec 18th, 2008
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A snowboarder gets some air at Lafarge Park (the former gravel pit)

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Send us your pictures

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Perhaps sledding on a hilly street in the neighborhood. Or honing your snowboarding skills at Lafarge Community Park (aka the former gravel pit). Or building the perfect snowman. Or staying in where it's warm and baking the perfect pie.

  • Dec 16th, 2008
A snowboarder gets some air at Lafarge Park (the former gravel pit)
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Kasey Rasmussen wins second straight Geo Bee title

And then there were two. Ten of Friday Harbor Middle School's best and brightest geography students took center stage Wednesday with the school's annual Geo Bee title up for grabs.

  • Dec 14th, 2008
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The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor Sunday

Update: Compassionate Friends candle lighting today, 7 p.m.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor today, 7 p.m., on the corner of Spring and Second streets. The event is open to the public. Kathleen Wilson and Pat Gislason will sing a song that Wilson wrote in memory of her late brother, Frank Wilson, the long-time San Juan EMS chief. Joyce Jones will speak. The names of local children of all ages who have passed away will be read.

  • Dec 14th, 2008
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor Sunday
Making holiday plans? Check the Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands. You'll find feature stories and calendars of events.

NBC veteran Ted Soares develops his umpteenth big show to raise money for San Juan Community Theatre

The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season, is this week. If you attend on Preview Night, you’ll find it’s likely the best night of entertainment for the price: $5.

  • Dec 13th, 2008
Making holiday plans? Check the Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands. You'll find feature stories and calendars of events.
Crime writer Ann Rule ... she visits Friday Harbor for a book-signing Monday.

Crime-writer Ann Rule visits Friday Harbor on Monday; latest book features Orcas Island woman

Crime writer Ann Rule, whose 30 books include “No Regrets,” about the Ruth Neslund murder case, will sign copies of her latest book at Boardwalk Bookstore Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rule's newest book, “Mortal Danger,” has been published by Pocket Books. Her updated version of “The Stranger Beside Me,” will be published by Pocket Books in January

  • Dec 12th, 2008
Crime writer Ann Rule ... she visits Friday Harbor for a book-signing Monday.
The Dance of the Elders is colorful and at times humorous. The event kicks off two days of celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can read about it

Two events this week commemorate a watershed moment for the Mexican people

Friday Harbor will be alive with the bright, bold colors of Mexico during back-to-back celebrations this week. On Thursday, the streets of Friday Harbor will be the setting for the Dance of the Elders. Now in its fourth year, the procession will feature folk dancers from the local Mexican-American community, adorned in traditional Mexican dress, leading a procession through town.

The Dance of the Elders is colorful and at times humorous. The event kicks off two days of celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can read about it
A percentage of the proceeds for every copy of 'Ecology A to Z' sold at this event will go the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA.

‘Ecology from A to Z’ story telling, book signing will raise money for elementary school PTA

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
A percentage of the proceeds for every copy of 'Ecology A to Z' sold at this event will go the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA.
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.

Holiday shopping season begins; Friday Harbor stores open late

Today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season, a day when turkey dinner-induced drowsiness is replaced by the rush that comes from crowds, decorations, goodies and finding good shopping deals.

  • Nov 28th, 2008
Friday Harbor businesses will be open late the day after Thanksgiving.
John Boy Weyiouanna’s ‘Inupiat Man’ is carved of fossilized whalebone

‘First Snow’ opens Friday at Arctic Raven Gallery

As early as September, the first snow falls on the Inupiat village of Shishmaref — on a disappearing sand spit on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska — and on desolate St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Lee Brooks of Arctic Raven Gallery plans his travel to that region after the first snow, a time when artists start carving, to search for the Northwest Native art treasures featured in the annual show, aptly titled “First Snow.”

  • Nov 26th, 2008
John Boy Weyiouanna’s ‘Inupiat Man’ is carved of fossilized whalebone
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Gorilla my dreams: A review of ‘Impenetrable Forest’ | Island Books by Beth Helstien

I’ve been reading Robert Fulghum’s “True Love,” a book of true love stories. Surprisingly, many of them are the stories of people who are in love with people they don’t know. I am one of those people this week. I am in love with Thor Hanson, the author of “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”

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‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ opens Friday at San Juan Community Theatre

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” opens Friday, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH available at the door.

  • Nov 19th, 2008
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24

Stage Left’s ‘Marley’ is a story of redemption, with a twist

Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.

Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24
Battlefield Band ... San Juan's favorite Scottish band returns to Friday Harbor

Famed Scottish band returns to F.H. with a creative new album

The band walks onto the stage and the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. As the music begins, groupies up on the mezzanine clap and stomp. The first song leaves the musicians and the audience with pumped-up blood pressure and a bit of sweat. This is not a rock concert at the Paramount. This is the Battlefield Band at San Juan Community Theatre — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

  • Nov 12th, 2008
Battlefield Band ... San Juan's favorite Scottish band returns to Friday Harbor
Rusty Pollock loved his family

Service Saturday for ICC director Rusty Pollock

Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died in Island Hospital Nov. 7, about a week after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 58. A memorial service is scheduled Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public. A reception will follow at the church.

  • Nov 12th, 2008
Rusty Pollock loved his family
Fayette

A tribute to Fayette, ‘a hard-working service dog’ and loyal friend

She was a hard-working service dog who guided Darlene through airports, big cities and small towns, and national parks too numerous to mention. She went everywhere, scrunched up in automobile footwells, marching in Fourth of July and Memorial Day parades, padding through snow and across slick pavement. In all their years together, she never steered Darlene the wrong way.

  • Nov 7th, 2008
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Middle-school students get a chance to exercise their future right to vote

Tuesday's general election was a memorable experience for many middle-school students, most of them four to six years from voting age. A mock election, which mimics the national election, was held Tuesday at Friday Harbor Middle School. Throughout the school day, students took the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, as well as candidates for local and state offices.

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Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares the timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage

Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program gives life to Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera

A handsome visitor from the big city sends a young girl’s heart and soul into high gear. Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares that timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares the timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation visits Friday Harbor today to talk about plastics on our ocean and the threat they pose to animal and human life. This photo was taken by Algalita on Kamilo Beach

Learn more about ‘Plastics in our Oceans’ today at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs

“Plastics in Our Oceans,” a lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, is scheduled Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ Commons.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation visits Friday Harbor today to talk about plastics on our ocean and the threat they pose to animal and human life. This photo was taken by Algalita on Kamilo Beach

Ottomatics add to Halloween fun Friday at Bella Luna

The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.

  • Oct 30th, 2008
The look of Homecoming

Homecoming Day … some things never change | Ferry Home Companion

Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.

The look of Homecoming
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Republicans welcome San Juan County’s newest American citizen

San Juan County Republicans gathered at E.J. Thorndike’s big red barn for a country hoedown Oct. 11. Included with a mix of politics, music and dancing, the group took time to congratulate Bianca Tobon, San Juan County’s most recent U.S. citizen.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008
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Dora Ukra ... going to 'jail' to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Dora Ukra going to ‘jail’ to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Dora Ukra is going to jail Oct. 30. The accuser: Not known. The crime: She's got a big heart. Ukra, who with her husband owns and operates Post San Juan, must raise $1,600 "bail" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by month-end.

  • Oct 17th, 2008
Dora Ukra ... going to 'jail' to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Jennifer Guard of Friday Harbor and Cody Anderson of Murrieta

Jennifer Guard, Cody Anderson engaged; summer wedding planned

Doug and Lori Guard, long-time residents of the island, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Guard, to Cody Anderson of Murrieta, Calif. The young couple met at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif. They became engaged June 5, 2008.

  • Oct 15th, 2008
Jennifer Guard of Friday Harbor and Cody Anderson of Murrieta
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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
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A gaggle of grade-schoolers crosses at Market and Nash streets this morning on a Walking School Bus ride — or walk — to Friday Harbor Elementary School. The Walking School Bus is a program of the local Safe Routes to Schools program to promote walking and pedestrian safety.

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
A gaggle of grade-schoolers crosses at Market and Nash streets this morning on a Walking School Bus ride — or walk — to Friday Harbor Elementary School. The Walking School Bus is a program of the local Safe Routes to Schools program to promote walking and pedestrian safety.
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‘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.

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Howard Schonberger received this print from World War II artist Howard Brodie. It was reprinted on the cover of Yank magazine the week of V-J Day.

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.

Howard Schonberger received this print from World War II artist Howard Brodie. It was reprinted on the cover of Yank magazine the week of V-J Day.