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It’s Homecoming! Parade begins at 4:45 p.m. Friday; homecoming football game Saturday at 3 p.m.

In the high school halls, Wolverine pride is running deep as students gear up for two days of Homecoming events — beginning Friday, with the ever popular parade of floats, and ending Saturday, with a traditional Homecoming dance. King and queen will be crowned during the pep rally at Turnbull Gym Friday afternoon. Wolverine spirit spreads into the evening at a local church, Friday Harbor Presbyterian, where high school students will gather for a tasty bowl of chili, card games and more.

In-person voter registration deadline is Oct. 20

If you aren’t currently registered to vote in Washington and want to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, you have until the Oct. 20 deadline to so in person at your county elections office. Secretary of State Sam Reed is urging eligible residents to register in person to vote by Monday’s deadline so they can take part in the election.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Ven. Lama Pema Wangdak leads Tibetan Buddhist retreat on San Juan Island

Ven. Lama Pema Wangdak, one of the first young monks sent by the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, is at Sakya Kachod Choling Tibetan Buddhist retreat center on San Juan Island today through Oct. 21.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Washington breaks voter registration record

Washington has just set a new record for voter registrations, topping the 3.5 million figure set in the hotly competitive 2004 election year. The latest number, reported by the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office on Oct. 7, is 3,515,393. The tally is expected to grow each day as crews process registration applications that were submitted by the major deadline Oct. 4.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

San Juan County Green Party endorses Pratt, Rosenfeld, Kayl for council

The Green Party of San Juan County announced the following endorsements in the Nov. 4 general election

  • Oct 17th, 2008

OPALCO hosts Rep. Jeff Morris for legislative session kickoff meeting, energy talk

Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, will participate in Orcas Power & Light Cooperative's annual Ambassador’s Legislative Kick-Off meetings scheduled on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Election officials cleaning voter rolls; felons a ‘work in progress’

Washington is making dramatic and steady progress on cleaning up the state’s voter registration rolls, particularly in removing duplicate or deceased voters from the lists, but the difficult task of culling ineligible felons remains a challenge, the state Elections Division reported.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Reunion Saturday for members of Friday Harbor High School Class of 1998

Reunion for the Friday Harbor High School Class of 1998 — titled "10-Year Reunion Done 'Island Style'" — is Saturday, Oct. 18, noon at Cady Seiler’s House, 625 Park St., Friday Harbor.

  • Oct 16th, 2008
Joe Giuliano ... Customs and Border Protection official is charged with child rape of a 14-year-old.

U.S. Border Patrol’s Giuliano accused of child rape

It was just six months ago that the U.S. Border Patrol's second-highest ranking official in the region was in Friday Harbor defending citizenship spot checks at the Anacortes ferry terminal and the agency's enforcement of federal immigration law. Now, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Giuliano has trouble with the law of his own.

Joe Giuliano ... Customs and Border Protection official is charged with child rape of a 14-year-old.

Town Council sets Nov. 20 on proposed annexation

The Friday Harbor Town Council has scheduled a Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. public hearing on the proposed annexation of the so-called Buck/Boreen property.

  • Oct 15th, 2008

Reaves posts bail; trial starts Feb. 9

Jawaad Reaves pleaded innocent Friday to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his brother, Jermaine. Superior Court Judge John O. Linde scheduled trial for Feb. 9. Bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. Reaves posted bail Saturday and was released from Island County Jail. His employer, Miller Drywall, said he was back at work Monday.

  • Oct 15th, 2008
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Mo-ped rider injured in collision with car on Blair Avenue

Officers were left to sort out the details after the driver of a Honda sedan struck a woman riding a mo-ped on Blair Avenue at about 1 p.m. today. Sheriff's deputies and paramedics arrived at the scene just minutes after the collision occurred. The woman, strapped and secured to a body board, was transported by ambulance to Inter Island Medical Center for evaluation.

  • Oct 14th, 2008
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Second-quarter retail sales drop 15.6 percent in San Juan County

Statewide taxable retail sales declined 2.4 percent to $29.1 billion during the second quarter of 2008, the state Department of Revenue reported today. Among counties, travel destinations appeared to be hardest hit, with San Juan and Island counties experiencing 15.6 percent and 13.7 percent declines in retail trade, respectively. Skagit County retail sales dropped 10.9 percent.

  • Oct 14th, 2008

Van Luven endorsed by law enforcement association in state Senate race

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs has endorsed Steve Van Luven for election to the 40th District state Senate position. Van Luven, Republican, is a Samish Island native who represented Bellevue in the state House of Representatives for more than 17 years. He now lives on Samish Island. He is running against San Juan County Councilmasn Kevin Ranker, the Democratic Party nominee.

  • Oct 13th, 2008
Gordy Petersen ... candidate for San Juan County Council

Journal Q&A: Gordy Petersen, candidate for San Juan County Council, San Juan South

About this series: The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As for the Nov. 4 election continues this week with candidates for San Juan County Council, San Juan South.

  • Oct 13th, 2008
Gordy Petersen ... candidate for San Juan County Council
Lovel Pratt ... candidate for San Juan County Council

Journal Q&A: Lovel Pratt, candidate for San Juan County Council, San Juan South

About this series: The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As for the Nov. 4 election continues this week with candidates for San Juan County Council, San Juan South.

  • Oct 13th, 2008
Lovel Pratt ... candidate for San Juan County Council

San Juan County’s list of ‘inactive voters’ tops 1,000

As of Monday, more than 1,000 local voters had been listed as "inactive" and might not receive a ballot for the upcoming November election.

  • Oct 9th, 2008
James Hillaire

Sad news for local orca pods; population declines by six

Six orcas have apparently disappeared from the Southern Resident orca pods this year, dropping the population to 83, the lowest since 2003. The Center for Whale Research and others are blaming marine pollution, depleted salmon runs, and acoustic impacts from dredging, seismic testing and military sonar for the decline in the population. The Southern Resident orcas are listed as endangered in Canada and the U.S.

  • Oct 9th, 2008
James Hillaire

Candidates forum Oct. 11 in Friday Harbor

Meet the candidates who want your vote in November. Find out how they stand on the issues that matter to you. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has scheduled two general election forums Oct. 11.

  • Oct 8th, 2008
Dr. Osamu Shimomura ... former post-doctoral scientist at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs has won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of a luminous green substance in jellyfish that redefined the way researchers uncover biological processes.

Long-time visiting scientist at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs wins Nobel Prize

A long-time visiting scientist at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a luminous green substance in jellyfish that redefined the way researchers uncover biological processes.

  • Oct 8th, 2008
Dr. Osamu Shimomura ... former post-doctoral scientist at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs has won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of a luminous green substance in jellyfish that redefined the way researchers uncover biological processes.
Mayor Pro Tem Carrie Brooks applauds town employees honored for their longevity of service to Friday Harbor

That’s a lot of years; town employees honored for length of service

Twenty employees of the Town of Friday Harbor were recognized by the Town Council Thursday for their years of service. Among the honorees were Jerry Gates of the Street Department, who has worked for the town since February 1974. Mike Wilks, Town Shop superintendent, joined the town in September 1976.

  • Oct 8th, 2008
Mayor Pro Tem Carrie Brooks applauds town employees honored for their longevity of service to Friday Harbor

Leadership San Juan Islands hosts open houses to recruit Class of 2009

Leadership San Juan Islands will host three open houses this month to recruit current and aspiring leaders for the Class of 2009. LSJI seeks candidates from all sectors of the community, from businesses and non-profits, to education and government. Alumni from LSJI Classes 2005-08 are also invited to the open houses, as well as graduates of other leadership programs held around the country who now live and/or work in the San Juans.

  • Oct 8th, 2008

Better coverage, or health hazard? County Council sets the stage for new cell-phone rules

The days of dead zones and spotty cell phone coverage could be nearing the end. But it will take a massive overhaul in the way cell-phone towers, or wireless antennas, are regulated, reviewed and permitted in order to make that happen, according to members of a recently-created cell-phone task force.

San Juan man heads back to prison for felony theft

A San Juan Island man with a lengthy criminal history — and who recently duped a relative into cashing a pair of stolen checks — was sentenced to 366 days in prison for felony theft.

Weapons offense prompts 5-day jail term for driver in crash

A San Juan Island man who survived a violent high-speed crash earlier in the year, which claimed the life of his dog, was sentenced to five days in jail for a misdemeanor weapons offense.

Here comes influenza season; new vaccine and new recommendations

This year, the CDC has expanded its influenza vaccination recommendations to include all children and teens up to their 19th birthday; flu clinics scheduled on the islands

  • Oct 7th, 2008
Willie Cavenaugh ... posters announcing his passing reflected his sense of humor.

Willie Cavenaugh, San Juan Island humorist and retired teacher, dies at home

Willie Cavenaugh, a retired educator, one-time write-in candidate for San Juan County Commission, and proprietor of the fictitious Wild Willie’s Roadkill Mortuary, has died. Mr. Cavenaugh died Oct. 2 in his home on Lampard Road. He was one day shy of his 73rd birthday.

  • Oct 7th, 2008
Willie Cavenaugh ... posters announcing his passing reflected his sense of humor.

Passages: Celebration of Barbara Graves’ life Oct. 12 at Cattle Pass

To all friends of Barbara Graves: Join in a celebration of her life Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m., at Cattle Pass, at the old Coast Guard building. Bring memories of Barbara to share. If weather is inclement, the celebration will move inside.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Rosario Resort & Spa will remain a resort

Marketing director Christopher Peacock said Rosario Resort & Spa was purchased by an Anacortes-based, family-owned investment and development group with deep roots in the San Juans. The group is slated to take over the resort on or around Oct. 30.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

The only thing we have to fear is … stupidity | Ferry Home Companion

Being a columnist, I have the luxury of pontificating my thoughts in a free press in a free country. We try to avoid being too political, but this election is so interesting, I have to share my feelings.

Reader comments now featured on SanJuanJournal.com

Starting today, your community news site is adding a lot more community. Visitors to our site can now contribute their own comments to all of our news stories, editorials and letters to the editor. You are invited to participate.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Passages: Joan T. May

Joan T. May, 81, of Friday Harbor, passed away on Oct. 1, 2008, at Island Hospital in Anacortes. Arrangements are pending.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Passages: Elizabeth Ann Burton

Elizabeth Ann Burton, 82, of Friday Harbor, passed away on Oct. 2, 2008, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Arrangements are pending.

  • Oct 2nd, 2008

Rosario Resort sells fast for $5.45 million; will remain open as a resort

At 1:45 p.m., only 45 minutes after bidding began, the gavel came down and Rosario Resort was sold at auction for $5.45 million, plus the buyers' fee. Laurie Cameron, executive director of the seller, Olympus Real Estate Partners, would not divulge the buyer's name, but did say that the successful bidder is from the area, though not the islands, and loves Rosario.

  • Oct 2nd, 2008

Reaves charged with second-degree murder in brother’s death; arraignment Oct. 10

Jawaad Darcelle Reaves, 21, was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in the death of his brother, Jermaine. Reaves was transferred from San Juan County Jail to Island County Jail. He is being held on $100,000 bail. Arraignment is scheduled here Oct. 10, 9 a.m. His attorney is Bill Jaquette of the Snohomish County Public Defender's Office.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

You Should Know | Public Meetings

The following public agencies meet this week. The meetings are open to the public.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Cantwell, Larsen endorse Ranker for state Senate

San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker has been endorsed for state Senate by Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Rick Larsen. Ranker is the Democratic nominee; former state representative Steve Van Luven of Samish Island is on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Hazelton retiring as Customs boss in Friday Harbor

Dennis Hazelton, 65, is retiring as Friday Harbor port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service. A retirement salute is planned Saturday, 4 p.m., in American Legion Post 163 downstairs. The event is open to the public.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Brother ordered held in shooting; bail set at $100,000

Jawaad Darcelle Reaves, 21, was ordered held Monday on $100,000 bail in connection with the death of his older brother, Jermaine. Reaves is being held in San Juan County Jail and the Prosecuting Attorney's office has until Wednesday to file charges.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Green Party Q&A: Lovel Pratt, candidate for County Council, San Juan South

The Green Party of San Juan County asked local candidates for their views on the following topics.

  • Sep 30th, 2008