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Anna Maria de Freitas signs her oath of office today after being appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council.

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
Anna Maria de Freitas signs her oath of office today after being appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council.

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
Soroptimists installed their new officers on June 8 at a private party at Vinny’s Restaurant. Seated from left

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
Soroptimists installed their new officers on June 8 at a private party at Vinny’s Restaurant. Seated from left

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
Some things don’t change. From left

A cool idea on a warm day

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

  • Aug 6th, 2008
Some things don’t change. From left

Public Meetings

Today— San Juan Island School Board, 2:30 p.m., District Office, 285 Blair…

  • Aug 6th, 2008
The San Juan County Fair is Aug. 13-16

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

Designers and models in the Trashion Fashion Show must participate in the dress rehearsal Monday.

  • Aug 6th, 2008
The San Juan County Fair is Aug. 13-16
Dispatcher Gary Gibbons and Deputy James Tyrrell of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office presented two scholarships from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriff’s in the amount of $1

Stegman twins win scholarships

Dispatcher Gary Gibbons and Deputy James Tyrrell of the San Juan County…

  • Aug 6th, 2008
Dispatcher Gary Gibbons and Deputy James Tyrrell of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office presented two scholarships from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriff’s in the amount of $1

County approves $14 million for roads

San Juan County will spend roughly $14 million over the next six years on road improvements, marine access and walking trails under the latest revision of its six-year transportation improvement plan.

$467,000 in grants awarded for local projects

They may not have gotten everything they asked for. But all three applicants came away with a share of San Juan County’s economic development dollars as part of last week’s annual distribution of the so-called HB 2260 fund.

Panama Jack belonged to Dale and Ruth Downs and was cared for by the Downs’ daughters

Dog attack blamed in ‘beloved’ alpaca’s death

A Bailer Hill family’s beloved pet alpaca, Panama Jack, was killed by dogs while the family was camping on Orcas Island July 29.

Panama Jack belonged to Dale and Ruth Downs and was cared for by the Downs’ daughters
‘The Pig War’ ... Mike Vouri’s photo history of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island is his third book on the subject. It was published by Arcadia Publishing Co.

Author Vouri signs ‘Pig War’ book Aug. 22 | Island Books

Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum.

  • Aug 6th, 2008
‘The Pig War’ ... Mike Vouri’s photo history of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island is his third book on the subject. It was published by Arcadia Publishing Co.

Galt receives Lions’ Melvin Jones Fellowship | Newsmakers

Don Galt, former president of the San Juan Lions Club, has received the organization’s Melvin Jones Fellowship.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

What’s Happening!

Today: Brown Bag Lunch Series, noon to 1 p.m., Village at the Harbour, 547 Spring St. Skagit Hospice Services hosts discussion on issues surrounding end of life. Registration requested, (800) 894-5877.

  • Aug 6th, 2008
The M.V. Elwha ... lost power today and is being towed to Anacortes.

Elwha loses power, being escorted to Anacortes

The Elwha is out of service and being escorted to Anacortes this morning after it lost power and drifted in deep water about a half-mile from Blakely Island.

  • Aug 6th, 2008
The M.V. Elwha ... lost power today and is being towed to Anacortes.

Simonsen filling in at St. David’s during transition | Newsmakers

The Rev. Doug Simonsen is the priest in charge at St. David’s Episcopal Church during the transition in rectors at the church.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Town’s centennial kicks off Aug. 13 at fair

Friday Harbor’s year-long Centennial Celebration begins Aug. 13 at the San Juan County Fair.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

San Juan’s Save Our Schools within $93,000 of reaching goal

Superintendent Michael Soltman reported that the combined “challenge” and “matching” gifts have reached $413,076 toward addressing the $600,000 budget shortfall for 2008-09. These funds have restored all teaching positions and have sustained class sizes and instructional programs.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

More support for Henderson and Ranker

Former Whatcom County Councilman Ken Henderson has been endorsed for state Senate by The Bellingham Herald and Anacortes Port Commissioner Steve Hopley.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Yacht Haven is a Firewise Community

The Yacht Haven area of San Juan Island officials became a Firewise Community July 30.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Karin Agosta says her name should not be listed on Guard campaign ad

Karin Agosta of San Juan Island said her name is listed as a supporter of Lisa Guard, candidate for San Juan County Council, San Juan South, in a campaign ad and on Guard’s Web site.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

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
Carl Angelo Perovich

Obituaries | Carl Angelo Perovich, 1942-2008

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

  • Jul 30th, 2008
Carl Angelo Perovich
Merri Ann Simonson and Tim Gambrell ... they celebrated her 50th birthday by sharing their wedding vows on July 6

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
Merri Ann Simonson and Tim Gambrell ... they celebrated her 50th birthday by sharing their wedding vows on July 6
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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
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A look at 2007 Encampment: Top

Encampment at English Camp July 26-27

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

A look at 2007 Encampment: Top

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
Coast Salish canoes arrive in Roche Harbor today as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey. A community welcome dinner is scheduled tonight at 7.

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
Coast Salish canoes arrive in Roche Harbor today as part of the 2008 Canoe Journey. A community welcome dinner is scheduled tonight at 7.
Allie Douglas Groseclose

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
Allie Douglas Groseclose
Sheila McLaglen

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
Sheila McLaglen
Patti Benz

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
Patti Benz
The San Juan County Fair is Aug. 13-16

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
The San Juan County Fair is Aug. 13-16
Dolores Fantin ... cancer warrior

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
Dolores Fantin ... cancer warrior

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