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San Juan School District backs off on Carter Ave. fields improvements

Citing town restrictions and concerns from neighbors, the San Juan Island School Board and the Friday Harbor Athletic Association withdrew a conditional use permit application for further improvements to the Carter Avenue sports fields site.

Dead killer whale calf found on Henry Island

A dead orca calf was recovered from a beach on Henry Island’s Open Bay, Saturday, by the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Updated: Gaylord, Linde didn’t list sanctions on questionnaire for candidates

Randy Gaylord and John Linde each failed to disclose an action taken against them — Gaylord, a sanction; Linde, an admonishment — when they were interviewed for the Superior Court judge appointment last year.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Obituaries | Carl Angelo Perovich, 1942-2008

Carl Angelo Perovich of Friday Harbor, Wash., died unexpectedly on Thursday, June…

  • Jul 30th, 2008

Wedding: Merri Ann Simonson and Tim Gambrell

Tim Gambrell and Merri Ann Simonson celebrated Merri Ann’s 50th birthday by sharing their wedding vows on July 6, 2008.

  • Jul 30th, 2008

Canoe Journey may yield important information about our sea

Some of the oldest technology on the sea is being paired with some of the newest technology to provide a more complete picture of the health of the region's waters. Thirteen Coast Salish canoes arrived at Roche Harbor today as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey: the ultimate destination is the territory of the Cowichan First Nation near Duncan, B.C. A free community welcome dinner is scheduled tonight at 7; the canoes depart Saturday morning.

  • Jul 30th, 2008

Encampment at English Camp July 26-27

The National Park Service's 10th annual “Encampment” at English Camp July 26-27

Inter Island Medical Center to host open house farewell to Dr. Moran on Monday

Inter Island Medical Center hosts an open house farewell to Dr. Greg Moran on July 28, 5-7 p.m., in the medical center lobby. The event is open to the public.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Canoe Journey comes to San Juan today

Twelve, possibly 13, Coast Salish canoes depart Shaw Island for Roche Harbor this morning, as part of the 2008 Intertribal Canoe Journey. Canoes are expected to begin arriving at Roche Harbor early afternoon.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Relay for Life Profile: Alice Gertrude Douglas Groseclose

Relay for Life — Friday, 5:30 p.m., to Saturday, 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families submitted to The Journal photos of loved ones who fought the battle. See SanJuanJournal.com for other profiles

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Relay for Life Profile: Sheila McLaglen

Relay for Life — Friday, 5:30 p.m., to Saturday, 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families submitted to The Journal photos of loved ones who fought the battle. See SanJuanJournal.com for other profiles

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Relay for Life Profile: Patti Benz

Relay for Life — Friday, 5:30 p.m., to Saturday, 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families submitted to The Journal photos of loved ones who fought the battle. See SanJuanJournal.com for other profiles

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Stuff you need to know about the county fair Aug. 13-16

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Relay for Life Profile: Dolores Fantin

Relay for Life — Friday, 5:30 p.m., to Saturday, 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field — raises money for the American Cancer Society. To put a face on the fight against cancer and encourage participation in Relay for Life, families submitted to The Journal photos of loved ones who fought the battle. See SanJuanJournal.com for other profiles

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

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