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Obituaries| Kevin Scott Obbink

Kevin Scott Obbink, son of Rodney John Obbink of Holland, Mich., and Terry Lembeck of San Juan Island, Wash., died suddenly at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., from complications of a lung infection.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Newsmakers | Rebecca Funke

Rebecca N. Funke of Friday Harbor earned a spot on the spring quarter honor roll at Central Washington University.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Last Pod Nod of season Friday at Whale Museum | Around Town

The last Pod Nod of the summer is Friday.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Abandoned fishing gear, crab pots are ‘perpetual killing machines’ in San Juan waters

Perhaps it should comes as no surprise, but the enormity of the problem is stunning in its own right. And the statistics and casualties just keep piling up.

For the Record | Clarifications and Corrections

Regarding the story, “First-time felony offender gets 15 days for vandalism spree,”…

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

San Juan, B.C. coroners study possible link in foot find

Officials in British Columbia have asked for information which could determine if there is a connection between human remains found in San Juan County in 2007 and a human foot recovered with a shoe on Valdes Island more than a year later.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Political Notebook

Lovel Pratt has been endorsed by the Democrats of San Juan County.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Updated: Jimmie Jones, San Juan Island’s Mr. Christmas, dies

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Valley Cemetery for Jimmie Jones. His granddaughter told The Journal today that he died over the weekend. He was 89. Jones, a 36-year island resident who still retained a bit of drawl from his native Texas, was known as Mr. Christmas because of his generosity.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Westcott Bay Institute, Visual Arts Museum agree to merger

Westcott Bay Institute for Art & Nature and the Visual Arts Museum of San Juan County will merge and create a new organization under a new name.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Town will accept petition for annexation of Buck property

Friday Harbor Town Council members approved Thursday the circulation of a petition for annexation of the 46-acre Buck property, 15 acres of which would be an affordable-housing neighborhood developed by the San Juan Community Home Trust.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Can ‘patch’ end ballot flap?

County Elections officials will use a patch on barcodes on local ballots as an additional measure to protect voter identity.

Blakely Island group takes aim at fireworks ban

Local voters overturned a set of stormwater fees in the first-ever referendum under San Juan County’s county charter.

One source of harbor detergents in San Juans found

An incorrectly plumbed sink at Sweet Retreat on Spring Street is believed to be a cause of detergents detected in the harbor.

  • Jul 21st, 2008

Writers read from their works tonight at 6:30

Five local writers will read from their work tonight at 6:30 in the San Juan Island Library. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Jul 19th, 2008

Nash Street reopens, prompts complaints from Friday Harbor locals

Prompted by neighborhood complaints, the council will take a second look at remedies that might lessen traffic impacts on Nash Street when it sets priorities next week in the annual update of the town’s six-year transportation improvement plan.

Westcott Bay, Visual Arts Museum agree to merger

Westcott Bay Institute for Art & Nature and the Visual Arts Museum of San Juan County will merge and create a new organization under a new name. The merger means both organizations will work together to build an accredited county arts museum, preferably in Friday Harbor.

  • Jul 19th, 2008

San Juan Island waste transfer station EIS will be released July 28

The draft Environmental Impact Statement for the San Juan Island waste-transfer station project will be presented to the County Council, the state Department of Ecology and released to the public on July 28. The release marks the beginning of a 45-day public comment period.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

EMS Chief Jim Cole designated a chief medical officer

San Juan Island EMS Chief Jim Cole has been designated a chief medical officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing of the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

Quick Schedule of Fourth of July Events

A quick glance at Friday's island events.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

MSNBC lists San Juans’ Fourth of July among country’s best

The word is out. And thanks to MSNBC, the Fourth of July celebrations in the San Juans are no longer flying under the radar. The cable news station recently pegged the archipelago’s festivities as being among the nation’s top 10, rivaling those of Boston, Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore.

Tom Odegard, San Juan County Fire District 3 | Firefighter of the Month

Full name: Thomas S. OdegardWhere were you born?: Amherst, Mass.Familial status (married/children/pets):…

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Around Town | Events on San Juan

The Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society’s museum at Turn Point opened July 4.

  • Jul 17th, 2008

Myhr named to Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council

The County Council has affirmed the designation of Councilman Bob Myhr, Lopez/Shaw, as San Juan County’s representative on the Puget Sound Partnership Salmon Recovery Council.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan public meetings scheduled this week

A list of meetings happening on San Juan, starting July 17.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Around San Juan Island | Briefs

The annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Fire Department Firefighters Associations is Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon in the Friday Harbor Fire Station.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan County’s 113-year-old jail yields surprises

It was like something out of an “Antiques RoadShow” episode. While reroofing the old county jail on the grounds of the San Juan County Historical Museum, June 24 through July 3, Al Gonzales and two other men made an unexpected find in the rafters of the 113-year-old building.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan’s early-year tourism stats show slight decline; lodging tax dips

The local lodging industry will have some ground to make up in order to tally another 12-month period of steady growth.

Splash of Summer Color July 19-20 in Friday Harbor

July 19 and 20 is the Splash of Summer Color Weekend, a time for everyone to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, the fine art and crafts at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair and special guests, Lummi and Turtle Mountain Chippewa artists.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Special conservation section included in San Juans’ newspapers

Many say that the San Juans are paradise — so how do we keep them that way? An eight page full color insert coming out July 15 and 16 in all three local papers gives actions we can all take to help. Make sure you get a copy of “Caring for our natural resources … a way of life in the San Juans.”

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Written Word deadline July 20

The Written Word is San Juan County Fair's opportunity for all local writers to show their stuff.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Whale Museum lecture topic: Impact of noise on orcas

The Whale Museum’s 2008 lecture series begins with a talk by Dr. Marla Holt at the museum tonight at 7.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Want to vote in Aug. 19 primary? Better get registered by Saturday

If you want to vote in the Aug. 19 primary election, here’s a wake-up call for you: You have until Friday to register in person at the Elections Office on Second and Reed streets. If you mail your registration in, it’s got to be postmarked no later than Saturday.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan Island to Portland via Boeing Field | News Briefs

Portland-based SeaPort Airlines has begun flight service to Boeing Field.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

What’s Happening! San Juan Island | July 16

Summer Reading Program with Wolf Hollow, 1:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Elementary School field. Learn all about birds of prey and become more aware of the birds living around us. Learn how your activities can cause problems for these animals, and consider what you can do to help. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library. 378-2798.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Eight San Juan students named to UW Dean’s List

Eight students from San Juan Island and two from Lopez were named to the University of Washington Dean’s List for the spring quarter.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan County Sheriff’s Log | July 16

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

  • Jul 16th, 2008

INS agents detain San Juan DUI suspect before trial

An apparent miscommunication between San Juan County Sheriff’s Department and federal immigration officials resulted in the apprehension and probable deportation of a DUI suspect before his trial.

Door opens for Friday Harbor growth

The San Juan County Council last week joined the Town of Friday Harbor in an agreement over how development of the town’s urban growth area will be managed.

Sharing Samish’s legacy at marine educators conference

Cultural director Rosie Cayou James of the Samish Indian Nation tells a conference of marine educators in Mullis Community Senior Center Thursday about the traditional marine stewardship practices of the islands’ First Peoples.

  • Jul 16th, 2008