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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.

San Juan EMTs work to revive an apparent heart attack victim on First Street

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
San Juan EMTs work to revive an apparent heart attack victim on First Street

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
Bill Gates Sr. and Monica Harrington discuss early childhood education

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
Bill Gates Sr. and Monica Harrington discuss early childhood education
The issue of citizenship spot checks issue at the Anacortes ferry terminal is the subject of a feature story in Seattle Weekly. Included is a Journal photo by James Krall.

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
The issue of citizenship spot checks issue at the Anacortes ferry terminal is the subject of a feature story in Seattle Weekly. Included is a Journal photo by James Krall.
Doree and Bill Webb came up with the idea for gourmet oysters after seeing scallops grown in lantern nets in Japan. Their brainchild

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
Doree and Bill Webb came up with the idea for gourmet oysters after seeing scallops grown in lantern nets in Japan. Their brainchild
Peggy Cantrell found this photo

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
Peggy Cantrell found this photo

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
The Adventuress

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
The Adventuress

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

San Juan County seeks assessment hike for noxious weed program

To deal with the ongoing noxious weed problem, to increase the program’s ability to do public outreach and education, and to recruit and use more volunteer labor, Amanda Azous asked the council to consider granting an increase in the county’s Noxious Weed Control property assessment. The new fee would charge $8.10 for each parcel of land and 81 cents for each additional acre. She said 93 percent of the all parcel owners would pay less than $16.21 per year.

San Juan Lodging Tax Committee doles out $315K in grants

On June 10, the County Council allocated $315,000, which the 2 percent tax is expected to generate in 2008, between eight local non-profits and two government agencies. Those allocations are based in large part on the recommendations of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which divvied up the projected total following a review of 25 funding requests.

San Juan Public Meetings | June 18-July 14

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

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Friday Harbor women receive degrees from Oregon State | San Juan Newsmakers

A quick look at newsmakers around San Juan Island.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Coast Guard steps up enforcement of drifting vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up enforcement of rules prohibiting fishermen from allowing their vessels to drift while the entire crew sleeps.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Vote to continue San Juan hospital study June 25

Citizens filled the Mullis Senior Community Center Wednesday with both support for and with concerns about a proposed Integrated Medical Center. Representatives from the Community Hospital Committee and PeaceHealth, which runs Saint Joseph's hospital in Bellingham were on hand to answer questions.

San Juan solid waste transfer station site will be chosen in 2009

It's taken more than two years to get here. But the process of deciding whether San Juan Island's solid-waste transfer station will stay on Sutton Road or move to a new location appears to be headed down the home stretch.

Dr. David Duggins

Whale of a project: Fin whale cranium raised from San Juan sea bottom

The cranium of a whale skeleton that has been on the ocean bottom near the San Juan Islands since November 2006 finally resurfaced on June 1, after a long, exhausting weekend for a team of U.W. Friday Harbor Labs divers and vessel operators.

  • Jun 18th, 2008
Dr. David Duggins
Superintendent Michael Soltman beams at Felix C. Padilla as Kim Norton announces Padilla's receipt of the Arthur McGovern Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for an additional year and is worth $1

Nine ‘velveteen rabbits’ graduate from Griffin Bay

Kim Norton: “(Griffin Bay) is becoming better at what it does. It’s an opportunity for students in the San Juan School District."

  • Jun 18th, 2008
Superintendent Michael Soltman beams at Felix C. Padilla as Kim Norton announces Padilla's receipt of the Arthur McGovern Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for an additional year and is worth $1
Jim Lehde

Former Friday Harbor editor Lehde was ‘One of the last great eccentrics’

It was short notice, but it was done Jim Lehde’s way. Before Jim Fred Lehde died at home at the end of last month, he had ordered that his obituary be written by a good writer, former Journal staffer Chris Craven. He told her to keep it to 200 words — concise and straightforward, like any good news story.

Jim Lehde

Friday Harbor man gets deportation reprieve

Israel Aguayo has one year to get an attorney, build his case and get a green card. He has applied for a visa to keep him here temporarily, as his attorney recommended. But his case is still pending.

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Center

150 attend Miner memorial

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Center
Outgoing Principal Jody Metzger received hugs from the entire school Monday

Students serenade outgoing Friday Harbor Elementary School principal

Amid a chorus of voices singing "So Long, Farewell," students from Friday Harbor Elementary School gave an unexpected and heartfelt send off to Principal Jody Metzger on Monday. She was totally surprised.

Outgoing Principal Jody Metzger received hugs from the entire school Monday

Kountouros drops out of state Senate race

At the conclusion of the 40th Legislative District endorsement process, Stephanie Kountouros declared that she will no longer seek the Senate seat. "Since the beginning of this race, I have stood by my position that the Senate seat in the 40th LD must be kept by a strong Democrat who will lead the Legislature in addressing social justice issues and work to improve the lives of Washingtonians," she said in a press release.

  • Jun 13th, 2008