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Motorcyclist still in serious condition after collision with deer

A San Juan Island man remains in serious condition following a collision June 25 in which his motorcycle struck a deer. Gary Bowman, 46, suffered severe head injuries in the crash. He was breathing on his own but still unconscious as of early this week, according to a source close to the family.

San Juan waits on PeaceHealth to proceed with hospital study

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. The letter of intent must be approved by PeaceHealth’s Whatcom region Board of Directors as well as the system’s Board of Directors prior to taking effect. That approval is not scheduled until late July.

Newsmakers

Four San Juan County residents graduated from University of Washington in June.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Disasters can come in big and small packages

We now have a disaster center right here in island city at Mullis!

San Juan Lions host speakers

The following are scheduled speakers at the San Juan Lions Club luncheons.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Award-winning choir performs here July 10-13

Seattle’s Imani Fellowship Choir, winners of the 2008 McDonalds Gospelfest, headlines at this year’s annual Gospel Tent Meeting, July 10-13, 7 p.m. nightly, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Around Town

Several local veterans went to Inter Island Medical Center on Saturday for treatment and medication evaluations by Veterans Administration personnel.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Old Browne Lumber site to become a parking lot

The former Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street will become a lot for paid parking, operated by Dan Ward of San Juan Transit.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Around Town

It’s not a barn-raising, but a playground raising that will bring together members of the island community July 14 and 15.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

District Court

District Court

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Additional charges for alleged airborne driver

Pretrial hearing is July 23, 10 a.m. in District Court for the driver of a car that got airborne and crashed on Cattle Point and Golf Course roads, injuring the driver and killing his dog.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Two local firefighters head to Grant County to help contain wildfire

The San Juan Island Fire Department dispatched two firefighters and a wildland fire engine to Grant County on Monday, to help firefighters contain a more than 3,000-acre wildland fire near Warden.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

1895 county jail gets a new roof

Restoration began today on one of Washington's oldest county jails. Dana Owens restored the cupola of the 1895 San Juan County Jail, located on the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum. Bailer Hill Construction and Local Islands Roofing are doing the main roof. The entire roof of the old jail, which houses public exhibits related its history, is expected to be completed in time for the Fourth of July Pig War Picnic on the museum grounds.

  • Jun 30th, 2008

Hard landing for plane at Roche Harbor

Two men walked away Friday afternoon after a unintentional "wheels-up" landing at…

Old Browne Lumber site will become a parking lot July 15

The former Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street will become a lot for paid parking, operated by Dan Ward of San Juan Transit. The lot will have about 40 spaces. The Town of Friday Harbor will resurface the parking area with gravel; in exchange, Ward will conduct a parking needs survey for the town.

  • Jun 27th, 2008

Hospital Commission votes to further explore construction of new medical center

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island.

UPDATED: Bystanders, EMTs on San Juan try to revive apparent heart attack victim

Laura Bauer and her sister, Erin Flynn, were reading a menu in the window of Golden Triangle when they heard a "clunk." It was the sound of a man falling to the ground — first against a sign on the wall, onto which he rested his hand, and then onto the concrete sidewalk.

  • Jun 27th, 2008

UPDATED: Smaller ferry to serve San Juans till July 7

Maintenance on one of the Washington State Ferries' largest vessels is not scheduled to be finished until July 7, causing a ripple effect that began when a smaller vessel was sent here Sunday, when the summer schedule began.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

Friday Harbor Fire Engine 6 is out; town borrows truck from Orcas

Engine is "showing its age,” said Fire Chief Vern Long. Engine 6 has had brake problems, a leaking water tank, and now pump problems. “We’re just trying to nurse (Engine 6) through it ... It just couldn’t wait till spring."

  • Jun 26th, 2008

New group working to increase access to early education

We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age 5, we have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

Seattle Weekly reports on San Juan citizenship spot checks

"Kicking the Juans Out of the San Juans" is the title of a story in Seattle Weekly about the issue of citizenship spot checks in the San Juans.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

Westcott Bay Sea Farms is being downsized, is up for sale

Westcott Bay Sea Farms is being downsized to a clam operation with periodic harvest of mussels and oysters. Its surrounding acreage is for sale.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

Do you know the men in this photograph?

Peggy Cantrell of Friday Harbor retrieved this photo after it had been discarded by a man who bought a wallet at the Thrift Shop. "She retrieved it as a piece of history," said Minnie Knych, who has the photo.

  • Jun 26th, 2008

San Juan Public Meetings | June 25-July 14

Port Commission, Hospital District Commission, School Board meet today

  • Jun 25th, 2008

State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions against the following health care provider in San Juan County:

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Political Notebook

The Waldron Community Meeting will host a forum July 12, 2-4 p.m., for candidates for County Council, District 4; and Superior Court judge.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

San Juan Initiative meeting will have big draw

Puget Sound Partnership Chairman Bill Ruckelshaus and state Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland will attend a meeting of the San Juan Initiative Policy Group Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

San Juan County enjoying lower unemployment than state

So, the real estate market is sluggish. Your town utility bill is going up. You’re paying more at the pump. Take a look at the bright side: Overall, the island economy is not too bad.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Hospital commission moves to hire two physicians

In an unexpected action taken in today's executive session, the San Juan Hospital Board of Commissioners voted to offer Dr. Al Johnson the full-time physician's position vacated by outgoing Dr. Greg Moran, who leaves for private practice to Dallas, Texas in July.

Town birthday photo Sept. 20; party Feb. 9

A year of special events will begin at the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 16-19, and will conclude at the 2009 San Juan County Fair. Events include a community photograph Sept. 20 on the San Juan County Courthouse lawn (all residents can assemble there to be included in the photo); and a town-sponsored birthday party Feb. 9, 3-6 p.m., at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Early deadlines for the Fourth of July

The Journal will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Some deadlines have been changed for the July 9 edition.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Want to quit smoking? DSHS can help

Beginning July 1, 2008, the Department of Social and Health Service medical programs’ coverage will expand to include a new smoking cessation benefit for clients.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

‘Extinctions’ the subject of Illg Lecture Sunday

The U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ 10th annual Illg Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College and director of the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

New deputy administrator was Hawaii’s deputy A.G.

When San Juan County’s new deputy county administrator moved from Hawaii to Eastsound and set up a legal practice in 2007, it was a homecoming.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

‘Velveteen rabbits’ graduate from Griffin Bay High

Ninety-five friends and family members gathered June 14 afternoon in the Friday Harbor Middle School commons to celebrate the graduation of nine seniors from Griffin Bay High School.

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Adventuress runs aground in Wasp Passage

A historic schooner that many locals have seen navigating island waters for years ran aground in Wasp Passage today. No injuries were reported.

  • Jun 23rd, 2008

James Desermeaux, former San Juan County assessor, dies

James Leon Desermeaux, former San Juan County assessor and 42-year resident of Friday Harbor, has died. Mr. Desermeaux died at home on June 18. He was 75.

  • Jun 23rd, 2008

Ruckelshaus, Sutherland will attend next San Juan Initiative meeting

A new report points to the progress the residents of the San Juan Islands have made in ecosystem protection efforts – and how those efforts can be a model for the restoration of the entire Puget Sound ecosystem. But it also shows that shoreline alterations are occurring in some of the most ecological sensitive areas of the islands, putting critical habitat at risk.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

Updated: Get to know the candidates — and visit Waldron Island

The Waldron Community Meeting will host a forum July 12, 2-4 p.m., for candidates for County Council, Orcas West; and Superior Court judge.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

Friday Harbor High School band wins cruise festival title

The Friday Harbor High School Concert Band won the 2008 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Concert Band Class AA, based on its performance during the cruise festival season onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.

  • Jun 19th, 2008