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Passages: Dolores (Dee) May (Vickers) (Nash) Estell

Dolores (Dee) May (Vickers) (Nash) Estell passed away Aug. 16, 2008 in Mount Vernon, Wash., from complications of a stroke. She was born May 31, 1930 in Helena, Mont. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. She married Carleton Edward Nash in 1950.

  • Aug 21st, 2008

Passages: Duane Roger Gangelhoff

Duane Roger Gangelhoff of Oak Harbor, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., and Roche Harbor, passed away Aug. 18.

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Griffin Bay Bookstore hosts Bob Tripp for book signing

Griffin Bay Bookstore will present Bob Tripp, a longtime pilot and author, on Aug. 23 from 2-4 p.m. Tripp, a San Juan Island resident, will be on hand to sign and discuss his first novel, "Last Clear Chance," a riveting story about the aftermath of a disastrous crash at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport.

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Passages: Big John Vejvoda, retired police officer, dies

Big John Vejvoda, a retired police officer and a long-time member of the San Juan Lions Club who was a fixture at its fund-raising events, has passed away.

  • Aug 18th, 2008

Chinese poetry Aug. 20 at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs

Visiting professor Fu-Shiang Chia of Saltspring Island will discuss the translation of millenium-old Chinese lyric poetry into English on Aug. 20, 5 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs Commons.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday party begins

In 1909, several noteworthy things happened in Friday Harbor and on San Juan Island.

San Juan Journal Around Town | Aug. 13

The San Juan County Public Safety and Education Group was recently awarded a grant for $13,296 to purchase an interactive model house for fire and life safety education.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

San Juan Journal Newsmakers | Aug. 13

Arnell Haws, former director of San Juan Island senior services and a force behind the development of Mullis Community Senior Center, is recovering from a stroke.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

San Juan Journal Public Meetings | Aug. 13

August 13
-- San Juan Island Fire District Commission, 3 p.m., headquarters fire station on Mullis Street.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Lupo, DiCicco top finishers in 8.8k Loop Run

Kim Lupo and Derek DiCicco were the first female and male finishers in the 31st annual 8.8-kilometer Friday Harbor Loop Run today. Lupo, 34, finished with a time of 36:46, good enough for seventh overall. DiCicco, 29, finished with a time of 29:53.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Steppenwolf is reborn; concert tonight at the fair

Goldy McJohn, founding member of legendary rock group, performs tonight at 7

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Calf born in L pod; two L pod whales may be missing

A calf has been born in L pod, possibly bringing the population of the pod to 44 and the overall population of the beleaguered Southern residents to 89.

  • Aug 14th, 2008

San Juan County Fair begins today

The Town of Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday celebration kicks off today and continues with a year of events that conclude at the fair in 2009. Be sure and visit the Centennial Booth in the main exhibit hall.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

150-foot setbacks? Won’t happen

The Critical Areas Ordinance Review Committee will drop proposed changes to building setbacks near shorelines after the state Supreme Court ruled those decisions fall under the Shoreline Management Act, not the Growth Management Act.

Rachael Ray films a ‘vacation’ on S.J.

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray visited the San Juan Islands Aug. 1-5 to film a segment for her series, “Rachael’s Vacation,” on the Food Network.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Stoddard: ‘Salmon Yoga’ has serious message

Timothy “Cleaver” Stoddard is not your typical candidate for office.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Centennial Mural Project will beautify wall on Blair Avenue

Artists Chinmayo and Beth Spadafora are enlisting volunteers for the Centennial Tile Mural Project.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

San Juan man gets 30 days for selling two grams of pot

A San Juan Island man who sold 2 grams of marijuana to an informant in an undercover sting will serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a felony drug-related offense.

San Juan County faces budget cuts amid sluggish market

A slowdown in the local real estate market has county officials seeing red. That’s red, as in a blow to the bottom line of San Juan County’s budget for this year and presumably the next.

San Juan County Fair begins Wednesday; fair guide in Journal, Sounder

The San Juan County Fair begins Wednesday. The fair guide is included in Wednesday's editions of The Journal and The Sounder, available at newsstands tonight.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Two new board members for San Juan Community Home Trust

Sharon Pigman and Charles Richardson were elected to the board of directors of the San Juan Community Home Trust on July 16, bringing the total number of directors to 11.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Grow a beard and you could make local history

Finally, a good excuse to not shave. Grow a beard that would rival the gentlemen’s in the photograph, and you could win your own place in town history.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Few entries, so no Trashion Fashion

The Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show has been canceled this year because of a lack of entries.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Gary Bowman recovering at ICC

Ian Byington of San Juan Update shared this Aug. 7 report on Gary Bowman, who is recovering from injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident:

  • Aug 12th, 2008

An Orcas Island woman facing a charge of felony theft

An Orcas Island woman facing a charge of felony theft will serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty last week to lesser charges.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Judge rules Benedict competent to stand trial

A San Juan Island man accused of causing a fatal crash which led to the death of a friend was determined competent to stand trial in a decision handed down last week in San Juan County Superior Court.

Mailer adds heat to hot race

Campaigns can turn heated when the stakes are high.

Kit could be a pollution solution

In an effort to begin to address the pollution running off our streets and into the bay, the Town of Friday Harbor has purchased a wastewater catchment system for town and charity use.

Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show canceled because of lack of entries

The Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show has been canceled this year because of a lack of entries. The event was scheduled for Thursday night at the San Juan County Fair and was expected to be a fair highlight. "A lack of entries has forced us to cancel the event," Fair Manager Rev Shannon reported.

  • Aug 11th, 2008

San Juan man charged in friend’s death deemed competent to stand trial

A San Juan Island man accused of causing a fatal crash which led to the death of a friend was determined competent to stand trial in a decision handed down last week in San Juan County Superior Court.

Cooling system failure blamed for Elwha’s power loss

`The state Transportation Department's Ferries Division moved the 90-car ferry Sealth on Wednesday to Anacortes to replace the 144-car Elwha, while repairs are made to the Elwha’s propulsion system.

  • Aug 8th, 2008

De Freitas appointed to Friday Harbor Town Council

Anna Maria de Freitas — a B&B owner, restauranteur and cookbook author — was appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council today. She succeeds Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, who resigned June 6 to take a communications position at the City of Renton. The term ends Dec. 31, 2009.

  • Aug 8th, 2008

Sheriff defends Taser use on 72-year-old man

A deputy who used a Taser last week to subdue a 72-year-old San Juan Island man responded appropriately given the circumstances, according to San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming.

Council candidates online, not in voters’ guide

The voters guide for the Aug. 19 primary election recently began arriving in local mailboxes.

New phone number for Stillpoint School

Stillpoint School’s new phone number is 378-2331.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

New trustees for San Juan Preservation Trust

The San Juan Preservation Trust announced the appointment of five new trustees at its first annual Summer Social, Saturday on Dodie Gann’s Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Caring for someone with memory loss? Give them a call

Caring for someone with memory loss? Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups can help.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

2007-08 a big year for Soroptimists

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor reported a productive 2007-08 year under President Ellen Roberts.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Darrah Ellyse Windham arrived in the world on May 21 | Births

Darrah Ellyse Windham arrived in the world on May 21 in Anacortes, Wash. She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

A cool idea on a warm day

Some things don’t change. From left, Oscar Churape, Ricardo Garcia, Jesus and…

  • Aug 6th, 2008