News

Sea lion’s prognosis ‘not good’

It's hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are, let's say, amusing. In less than 24 hours, it gave chase to several boats — hoisting itself out of the water and onto the back of one boat — and then chased off a mother, son and family dog during the sea lion's temporary takeover of Jackson's Beach. But local biologists say there's nothing funny about the affliction that the animal is probably suffering from. If they're on target, its days could be numbered.

Real Estate in the San Juans is now online

Real Estate in the San Juans, a monthly magazine published by The Islands' Sounder and The Journal of the San Juan Islands, is now online.

  • May 28th, 2008

Islands’ firefighters join in fire training

The San Juan Island Fire Department was joined by firefighters from Friday Harbor in two recent live fire training exercises.

  • May 28th, 2008

Ranker testifies before U.S. Senate panel

San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker told a U.S. Senate Subcommittee today that Washington state is especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and quoted a University of Washington study which estimates sea levels in the Puget Sound may rise by half a foot over the next 40 years.

  • May 27th, 2008

Dining for Scholars Thursday at Steps

The May Dining for Scholars host will be Steps Wine Bar & Cafe on Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m.

  • May 27th, 2008

Council to decide on fireworks ban June 3

San Juan County could become a year-round fireworks free-zone, depending on the outcome of a public hearing and decision of the County Council June 3.

Mock trials this week, open to the public

May is National Law Month. To celebrate it, local high school government classes are holding mock trials through Thursday, 6-9 p.m., in the Superior Court courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse.

  • May 27th, 2008

18-year-old allegedly assaulted May 17

An 18-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by another 18-year-old man on Spring and Second streets May 17 about 8 p.m.

  • May 27th, 2008

Gary Pflueger is new F.H. Elementary School principal

Superintendent Michael Soltman announced today that Gary Pflueger will be recommended to the school board as the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Library. The meeting is open to the public.

  • May 27th, 2008

Fair introduces Soroptimists to volunteer opportunities

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor held its first Committee Fair at its regular meeting on May 21.

  • May 26th, 2008

Gas prices dampening your travel plans?

Gas prices dampening your travel plans?

  • May 26th, 2008

EMS enhances Island Air ambulance equipment

San Juan Island EMTs will now be able to more effectively monitor the vital signs of patients who are being flown to the mainland.

  • May 26th, 2008

Hylton, Mulligan elected to OPALCO board

Dave Hylton was reelected to the OPALCO board of directors May 17. George Mulligan was elected to the position vacated by Nourdine Jensen, who retired from the board.

  • May 26th, 2008

Political Notebook

40th District Senate candidate Ken Henderson has raised more than $36,000 in campaign contributions as of May 20, according to his campaign.

  • May 26th, 2008

Honor and remember those who died

No day should be complete without a thank you to the veterans who have made our country safe. Never mind the reason, the fact is that these men and women serving since 1775 have been the bulwark against the failure of the freedoms that we hold so dear. This is the most free country in the world. Sometimes we lose sight of how freedom was won.

  • May 26th, 2008

Memorial Day: Why we do this

Decoration Day. That's what it was called until after World War II. It was the day graves of fallen servicemen were decorated, speeched were made and heads were bowed.

Students want to take you on a world trip

Friday Harbor Elementary School Cultural Fair is Wednesday at 3 p.m. And it's open to the public.

  • May 23rd, 2008

Soundwatch celebrates new boat

Soundwatch Boater Education Program is hosting a reception Friday at 6 p.m. to celebrate its new boat. The champagne-and-appetizer reception will be held at Snug Harbor Resort, Soundwatch's home port for 16 years.

  • May 23rd, 2008

Hospital finance study to be made public May 28

How financially viable is a community hospital on San Juan Island? Islanders will find out May 28, 5:30 p.m., at the San Juan Hospital District Commission meeting in Mullis Community Senior Center.

  • May 22nd, 2008

Painful trade-offs

Gone is half the athletic program’s budget. Gone is the Primary Intervention Program for at-risk elementary school students. Gone is the food service program for every student. Gone are teachers’ aides, secretarial jobs and custodians.

18-year-old allegedly assaulted Saturday

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the alleged assault was racially motivated; the alleged victim is African American.

  • May 22nd, 2008

What’s Happening!

Wednesday: Orcas Spring Lecture Series: “Hydrology of Cascade Creek Watershed,” 7 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, off North Beach Road on Henry Lane, Eastsound. Jeff Bash, watershed lead for the state Department of Ecology, gives this lecture. Sponsored by the San Juan Nature Institute. Free. Call 378-3646 or visit www.sjnature.org.

  • May 22nd, 2008

What’s Happening!

Today: Orcas Spring Lecture Series: "Geology of Turtleback and Orcas Island," 7 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, off North Beach Road on Henry Lane, Eastsound. Dr. Ned Brown, professor emeritus of Western Washington University, gives this lecture. Sponsored by the San Juan Nature Institute. Free. Call 378-3646 or visit www.sjnature.org.

  • May 22nd, 2008

Newsmakers

The following Friday Harbor students made the Dean's List at the University of Washington for winter quarter:

  • May 22nd, 2008

Hylton, Mulligan elected to OPALCO board

A record-breaking 435 people attended the 71st annual meeting of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative on the ferry. Hylton and Mulligan were elected directors for District I (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands).

  • May 21st, 2008

Electric pickup is a real charge (cost of driving isn’t bad either)

Diesel prices have passed the $5 mark. The price of regular gas, as of Friday, neared the mid-$4 mark. But you won’t hear a gripe from Brad Pillow of Friday Harbor, especially since it only costs him 31.71 to fill ’er up.

  • May 21st, 2008

Flag Etiquette

When raising or lowering the flag, or when the flag is passing…

  • May 21st, 2008

Fourth Leadership San Juans class graduates May 30

Leadership San Juan Islands newest class will graduate May 30, 3-5 p.m. at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.

  • May 21st, 2008

21 are now local Beach Watchers

The third class of San Juan County/WSU Beach Watchers has graduated after attending nearly 100 hours of classroom training and field experience about the San Juans’ marine and watershed environment.

  • May 21st, 2008

Relay for Life Events

Order a Relay for Life luminaria and you can honor a loved one and raise money for the fight against cancer.

  • May 21st, 2008

Contractor gets year in prison for theft

A former Oregon man who three years ago moved to San Juan Island to help a couple remodel their home — and took off instead with thousands of dollars of their belongings — was ordered to serve a year in prison for theft and for failing to register as a sex offender.

Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported responding to these calls.

  • May 21st, 2008

Fundraisers are a hit

When a batch of cookies sparks a bidding war and sells for…

  • May 21st, 2008

News Briefs

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2008 grant cycle.

  • May 21st, 2008

Ex-Okanogan man gets 60 days for misdemeanors

A former Okanogan man — a familiar face in local courts — was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors, including attempted possession of an explosive device.

Public Meetings

Thursday — County Councilman Bob Myhr, 4-5:30 p.m., Lopez Island Library. Discussion of local and county issues, including County Charter implementation status, Lopez Village UGA and parking, Odlin Park South, Fisherman Bay Road Plan, ferries, and other current issues. 

  • May 21st, 2008

Vehicular homicide trial scheduled for Sept. 15

Trial is expected to begin Sept. 15 in Superior Court for Robert Benedict, who is charged with vehicular manslaughter in a fatal crash March 5, 2007 near Cattle Point Estates.

  • May 21st, 2008

Four-year scholarship for Wynn Barnard

Friday Harbor High School graduating senior Wynn Barnard has received a Sullivan Leadership Award to attend Seattle University.

  • May 21st, 2008

Around Town

The Tulalip Tribes Foundation has donated $5,000 to the United Way of San Juan County.

  • May 21st, 2008

Fairgrounds requests revisions to its use permit

The San Juan County Fair Board has asked the county to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would reclassify the fairgrounds property, allowing additional new activities to occur.

  • May 21st, 2008