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Former Friday Harbor Journal editor Lehde passes away at 77

Friends and family of Jim Fred Lehde will gather Friday at noon at the Jackson's Beach boat launch. Participants can share memories and photographs and say goodbye. Lehde's ashes will be scattered at sea. Lehde, who was editor of the Friday Harbor Journal in the 1970s, died June 2 in his Friday Harbor home. He was 77. He is survived by several children and grandchildren.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Friday Harbor Town Council will discuss councilman’s resignation Thursday

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Zee resigns as head of San Juan Islands Conservation District

Ron Zee had his hands full navigating unchartered territory for the San Juan Islands Conservation District the past two years. But with the district now on a steady course, he decided the time has come to chase down a dream. Following a two-year tenure as district manager, Zee recently handed in his resignation and on May 30 left behind the agency and the many hats he wore.

Special meeting June 11 to coordinate fundraising for San Juan school sports programs

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have raised more than $350,000 to preserve academic and athletic programs for the 2008-09 school year. However, school district officials say an additional $125,000 in matching funds must be raised to fully restore athletic programs, instructional programs and basic services. Superintendent Michael Soltman has called a special meeting of the school board on June 11, 6 p.m. to discuss options for raising dollars necessary to fully fund the athletic program.

  • Jun 4th, 2008

‘Idols’ raise $1,707

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  • Jun 4th, 2008

Human remains will be turned over to state for repatriation to B.C. First Nation

Human remains recovered from the home of a Deer Harbor man nearly two years ago will be turned over to the state Department of Archeology, which is expected to repatriate them to the Canadian First Nation on whose territory the remains were found some 30 years ago.

  • Jun 4th, 2008

New Friday Harbor hospital would require $12.8M taxpayer bond

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million — $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island’s property tax-supported hospital district.

  • Jun 3rd, 2008

Councilman Balcomb-Bartok resigns, accepts job in Renton

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

  • Jun 1st, 2008

Proponents: $29.8 million hospital would break even by third year, make profit by fifth

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million -- $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island's property tax-supported hospital district.

  • May 30th, 2008

Update: $23,000 will save sports programs

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

San Juan schools now $125K short of full restoration

Roche Harbor pledges $10,000; Rich and Joan Komen pledge $10,000; matching funds raised total $175,000; additional $125,000 needed to fully restore athletics and essential staffing; long-range planning task force forming

  • May 30th, 2008

Friday Harbor Food Bank to open Saturdays

There's a new era in store for the Friday Harbor Food Bank. Located on Market Street, the Food Bank will be open Saturdays, 2-5 p.m., beginning June 7. That's in addition to its existing hours of operation, Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.

  • May 29th, 2008

San Juan ferry task force dissolved

The best of intentions couldn't spare a newly-created ferries task force from an untimely demise. Citing absence of a game plan, as well as its own lack of leadership and support, the San Juan County Council last week dissolved the task force which it intended to be its eyes and ears, and its advocate, in Olympia and at the headquarters of the state ferry system in Seattle, and beyond.

Update: $23,000 will save sports programs

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

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