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

  • 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

  • May 22nd, 2008


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

F.H. boy competes in national Geo Bee

Mark your calendar and spin a globe.

Gaylord says Ogle’s death ruled accidental

Christopher Ogle’s death has been ruled accidental, Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord said last week.

  • May 21st, 2008

Officials ask for D.C.’s help with spot checks

Getting a dozen islanders to agree on anything can prove next to impossible. Perhaps even more so if they're all politicians. But that hasn’t stopped elected officials of San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor from joining forces and creating what could be a nearly united objection to the citizenship spot checks by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Anacortes ferry terminal.

Ex-pat Liana Turner, a sweet success in P.V.

One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.

Principal-candidate interviews today, Thursday

Two candidates are interviewing this week for principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Today, the Search Committee is interviewing Anita Roth, principal intern and elementary literacy facilitator at McCarver Elementary School in the Tacoma School District. Thursday, the committee will interview Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho.

  • May 20th, 2008

Pedal for the Planet May 26-30

Pedal for the Planet is a bike-to-school day event that promotes the bicycle as a healthy, fun and environmentally sustainable alternative to the automobile.

  • May 20th, 2008

Schools’ funding crisis is week’s top story

No teachers will be laid off in San Juan Island schools. But hours were cut for classified staff members and district officials are still scrambling to raise another $165,000 money to qualify for all pledged matching funds and fully eradicate the district's budget shortfall. That's the top story in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands, which is available tonight at some outlets. It will be available at all carriers and newsracks and in the mail Wednesday.

  • May 20th, 2008

Road fund may be tapped for stormwater loan

Turns out the idea of using the Land Bank as leverage proved too hot to handle. So the San Juan County Council last week set its sights on the county's multi-million-dollar road fund instead. Road revenue, the council agreed at its May 13 meeting, will provide a line of credit that hopefully will convince state officials of the county’s commitment to fulfill its obligation to manage stormwater runoff in the Eastsound Urban Growth Area.

Former superintendent of schools dies

Frank Kelly, former superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, died Wednesday in Redmond. He was 68. A Celebration of Life will be held May 18, 1 p.m., at 11525 19th Ave. SE (Bothell/Everett Highway), Everett.

  • May 19th, 2008

Tell them you want local radio

Since San Juan Island Community Radio’s construction permit application was held up, due to possible interference with Canadian broadcasting by some 1,500 yards, we have contracted with an FCC-approved broadcast engineer to finish our application, which is now on file with the FCC for public inspection.

  • May 16th, 2008

Thought extinct, glass sponge reef found in S.J.

Thought to have gone extinct, glass sponge reefs were rediscovered in Georgia and Hecate Straits during the 1990s. Professor Paul Johnson, an oceanographer at the University of Washington and chief scientist on 38 deep-water cruises, has spent most of his career working on hydrothermal systems on the Juan de Fuca Ridge and became involved “obliquely.”

  • May 16th, 2008

Sealth will replace Hiyu for busy season

Memorial Day traditionally means the arrival of summer crowds desiring to board a Washington state ferry en route to a long weekend of fun. Adding sunshine and blue skies to this three-day weekend can mean traffic backups on Friday afternoons and evenings westbound and again on Monday, eastbound, as travelers return home.

  • May 16th, 2008

Relay for Life: Here’s how you can help

You can honor a loved one by sharing their story, sing in "Relay Idol," and try some standup comedy ...

  • May 16th, 2008

School district makes painful trade-offs to fix budget

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.

‘You have to take the hit, but where’s it going to end?’

Some Friday Harbor residents expect to tighten their belts more — and do away with extras — to meet the costs of escalating utility rates

  • May 15th, 2008

Town, county may team up against citizenship spot checks

Impact on tourism cited as local elected officials look to Senators Cantwell and Murray, and Congressman Larsen, for help in changing inspection procedures

Third-grader a finalist in Google art contest

The San Juan Island School District is in a budget crunch. A third-grader with a penchant for doodling hoped to help.

  • May 14th, 2008

And a good time was had by all …

This week's Journal features a page of photos from prom, Opening Day of boating season, and the Children's Festival.

  • May 14th, 2008

Friday Harbor’s new postmaster has 28 years of experience

Daniel Flemming, 48, is the new postmaster of Friday Harbor. Flemming brings 28 years of experience with him, working his way up from a variety of different jobs. “My first job with the postal service was as a letter sorting machine operator,” he said.