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Saturday, learn about English Camp’s unique garry oaks

Saturday, learn about English Camp’s unique garry oaks which grow on the slopes of Young Hill and elsewhere in the park and island.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Derelict net entangled, killed 3,500 animals in 15 years

New research estimates mortality of marine species caused by derelict fishing nets

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Firefighter training begins June 21

Upon completion of the 32-hour class, participants will have earned a “red card,” the nationally recognized wildland firefighter certification.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Public Meetings

Today: Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, noon, Town Hall Council Chambers. Discussion of funding process.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Land Bank seeks $4 million in grants

The San Juan County Land Bank is pursuing $4 million in state grants, $1.5 million of which would be a reimbursement for money spent to buy Turtleback Mountain.

The Levinson garden is graced by madrone trees and other native species.

Wonders abound at the annual Garden Tour

“Bird friendly, deer tolerant and water wise” is how one owner of a garden on this year’s Garden Tour described her garden.

  • Jun 11th, 2008
The Levinson garden is graced by madrone trees and other native species.

Election: Voters will test ‘top two’ primary system for the first time

This election season, there’s been a lot of talk about change. As the campaign season gets under way locally, there will also undoubtedly be a lot of talk about choices.

  • Jun 11th, 2008
Magician James Warren performs a physics trick with Friday Harbor Middle School serventh-grader Warren Clark. His magic show was mixed with an anti-bullying message.

Island People

Oren and Peggy Combs, owners and operators of the Front Street Ale House in Friday Harbor, have been recognized for their continued support of activities sponsored by the Friday Harbor Fire Department.

  • Jun 10th, 2008
Magician James Warren performs a physics trick with Friday Harbor Middle School serventh-grader Warren Clark. His magic show was mixed with an anti-bullying message.

Food, games and mystery bands at July 4 Pig War Picnic

The Pig War Picnic, the Fourth of July island tradition, is offering something old as well as something new for this year’s event.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

In the Courts

A San Juan Island man was ordered to serve two months in jail for possession of cocaine following an ill-timed trip to the Sheriff’s Department, in which he was arrested while inquiring about the status of a traffic-accident report.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Remains will be turned over for repatriation

Human remains recovered from the home of a Deer Harbor man nearly two years ago will be turned over to the state Department of Archeology, which is expected to repatriate them to the Canadian First Nation on whose territory the remains were found some 30 years ago.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

County Council snuffs out personal fireworks

To some, it signals the end of an era.

Reckless driving charge for airborne driver

The driver of the car that missed a curve at Cattle Point Road, launched into the air and crashed onto a field April 2 has been charged with reckless driving.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
The left eyepatch and a faint saddle are visible on the newest member of K pod

New baby orca spotted with pod off San Juan Island | Text and video

A baby orca was seen swimming with K-pod Tuesday, possibly bumping the endangered Southern resident killer whale population to 88. The bump in the population depends on the calf's survival in its precarious first year, and on the appearance of K-7, possibly the oldest orca among the J, K and L pods. K-7 was not seen when the pod swam past Snug Harbor Tuesday.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
The left eyepatch and a faint saddle are visible on the newest member of K pod
David Tobon works on a home at Park Plaza

San Juan National Guard reservist called for duty, hopes locals will help cover work with Homes project

David Tobon is a member of the National Guard. He found out just a few weeks ago that he’s headed overseas. “The rumors are we’re going to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan,” Tobon said. Tobon will be working as an engineer in the 81st Engineering Brigade out of Bellingham. The work he’s been doing with Homes for Islanders isn’t the only thing that Tobon is going to be missing out on. At the beginning of the year, he and his wife, Bianca, had their first child, David Tobon Jr.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
David Tobon works on a home at Park Plaza

New Friday Harbor Elementary School principal to take the reins July 1

Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho, is the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Superintendent Michael Soltman recommended him to the school board May 28. The school board endorsed the hiring. Pflueger’s first day on the job is July 1.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Marty Garren Jr.

Remembering Friday Harbor man’s place in D-Day invasion

Living in the San Juans is a joy for many reasons, not the least of which is getting to know so many fine people. Occasionally, their names are associated with historic accomplishments, e.g., Fred Hoeppner at Pearl Harbor, Roy Matsumoto with Merrill’s Marauders, the late Tuck Smith with the sinking of the Bismarck. Now, as we remember D-Day, Marty Garren joins those ranks.

Marty Garren Jr.

San Juan Community Briefs: International school in Friday Harbor looking for host families

Spring Street International School is seeking to expand its boarding offerings to include host family stays for international and U.S. boarding students.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Carrie Burke and Juan Unpingco ... engaged to be married.

San Juan Engagements: Carrie Burke and Juan Upingco

Roy and Janie Burke of Friday Harbor are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Burke, to Juan Unpingco. Carrie, 24, was born and raised in Leavenworth, Wash., where she graduated from Cascade High School. Carrie went on to attend Central Washington University, where she met Juan. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in community health. She now works here on San Juan Island at Inter Island Medical Center.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Carrie Burke and Juan Unpingco ... engaged to be married.
Mayor David Jones presents outgoing Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok with a proclamation declaring today 'Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day' in Friday Harbor. Balcomb-Bartok has resigned after one year and five months on the council to take a job in Renton.

Banner day for councilman: It’s Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day in Friday Harbor

Today is a banner day for Kelley Balcomb-Bartok. The Friday Harbor Town Council member, who has resigned to take a communications job with the City of Renton, did a radio interview this morning regarding the birth of a new orca; he's currently on the staff of the Center for Whale Research. At noon, he was presented with a proclamation by Mayor David Jones, recognizing his one year and five months on the council. Jones declared today "Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day" in Friday Harbor.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Mayor David Jones presents outgoing Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok with a proclamation declaring today 'Kelley Balcomb-Bartok Day' in Friday Harbor. Balcomb-Bartok has resigned after one year and five months on the council to take a job in Renton.

San Juan Public Meetings

A list of upcoming meetings around the San Juan Islands.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book

Haida artist April White to sign new book June 6 at Friday Harbor Whale Museum

Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book, “Sgaana Jaad: Killer Whale Woman,” Friday at 7 p.m. in The Whale Museum.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book
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Former Friday Harbor Journal editor Lehde passes away at 77

Friends and family of Jim Fred Lehde will gather Friday at noon at the Jackson's Beach boat launch. Participants can share memories and photographs and say goodbye. Lehde's ashes will be scattered at sea. Lehde, who was editor of the Friday Harbor Journal in the 1970s, died June 2 in his Friday Harbor home. He was 77. He is survived by several children and grandchildren.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
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Friday Harbor Town Council will discuss councilman’s resignation Thursday

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Zee resigns as head of San Juan Islands Conservation District

Ron Zee had his hands full navigating unchartered territory for the San Juan Islands Conservation District the past two years. But with the district now on a steady course, he decided the time has come to chase down a dream. Following a two-year tenure as district manager, Zee recently handed in his resignation and on May 30 left behind the agency and the many hats he wore.

Special meeting June 11 to coordinate fundraising for San Juan school sports programs

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation and the San Juan Island Community Foundation have raised more than $350,000 to preserve academic and athletic programs for the 2008-09 school year. However, school district officials say an additional $125,000 in matching funds must be raised to fully restore athletic programs, instructional programs and basic services. Superintendent Michael Soltman has called a special meeting of the school board on June 11, 6 p.m. to discuss options for raising dollars necessary to fully fund the athletic program.

  • Jun 4th, 2008
Jason Loop sings a heartfelt rendition of Tim McGraw’s ‘Don’t Take the Girl

‘Idols’ raise $1,707

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  • Jun 4th, 2008
Jason Loop sings a heartfelt rendition of Tim McGraw’s ‘Don’t Take the Girl

Human remains will be turned over to state for repatriation to B.C. First Nation

Human remains recovered from the home of a Deer Harbor man nearly two years ago will be turned over to the state Department of Archeology, which is expected to repatriate them to the Canadian First Nation on whose territory the remains were found some 30 years ago.

  • Jun 4th, 2008

New Friday Harbor hospital would require $12.8M taxpayer bond

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million — $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island’s property tax-supported hospital district.

  • Jun 3rd, 2008

Councilman Balcomb-Bartok resigns, accepts job in Renton

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

  • Jun 1st, 2008

Proponents: $29.8 million hospital would break even by third year, make profit by fifth

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million -- $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island's property tax-supported hospital district.

  • May 30th, 2008

Update: $23,000 will save sports programs

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

San Juan schools now $125K short of full restoration

Roche Harbor pledges $10,000; Rich and Joan Komen pledge $10,000; matching funds raised total $175,000; additional $125,000 needed to fully restore athletics and essential staffing; long-range planning task force forming

  • May 30th, 2008

Friday Harbor Food Bank to open Saturdays

There's a new era in store for the Friday Harbor Food Bank. Located on Market Street, the Food Bank will be open Saturdays, 2-5 p.m., beginning June 7. That's in addition to its existing hours of operation, Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.

  • May 29th, 2008

San Juan ferry task force dissolved

The best of intentions couldn't spare a newly-created ferries task force from an untimely demise. Citing absence of a game plan, as well as its own lack of leadership and support, the San Juan County Council last week dissolved the task force which it intended to be its eyes and ears, and its advocate, in Olympia and at the headquarters of the state ferry system in Seattle, and beyond.

Update: $23,000 will save sports programs

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

This female California sea lion has pursued boats and chased a family and their dog off Jackson's Beach

Sea lion’s prognosis ‘not good’

It's hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are, let's say, amusing. In less than 24 hours, it gave chase to several boats — hoisting itself out of the water and onto the back of one boat — and then chased off a mother, son and family dog during the sea lion's temporary takeover of Jackson's Beach. But local biologists say there's nothing funny about the affliction that the animal is probably suffering from. If they're on target, its days could be numbered.

This female California sea lion has pursued boats and chased a family and their dog off Jackson's Beach
Real Estate in the San Juans ... monthly magazine is now online

Real Estate in the San Juans is now online

Real Estate in the San Juans, a monthly magazine published by The Islands' Sounder and The Journal of the San Juan Islands, is now online.

  • May 28th, 2008
Real Estate in the San Juans ... monthly magazine is now online
Town and island fire- fighters burned two  structures on False Bay Road as part of a joint live fire training exercise.

Islands’ firefighters join in fire training

The San Juan Island Fire Department was joined by firefighters from Friday Harbor in two recent live fire training exercises.

  • May 28th, 2008
Town and island fire- fighters burned two  structures on False Bay Road as part of a joint live fire training exercise.

Ranker testifies before U.S. Senate panel

San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker told a U.S. Senate Subcommittee today that Washington state is especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and quoted a University of Washington study which estimates sea levels in the Puget Sound may rise by half a foot over the next 40 years.

  • May 27th, 2008