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The Friday Harbor Port Commission wrote off $8,800 in bad debt Jan. 13. The amount was comprised of debt that had been held in collections for two years. Some $2,000 of that debt was from the now-defunct Island Dive. Another chunk was from unpaid slip rent for a sailboat that has been impounded.
The Mystical Mermaid is not swimming away. The Mystical Mermaid, now in its 21st year, moved Oct. 1 from its familiar location on Spring Street and is now located on A Street across from the ferry landing, in the old Sweet Spot.
All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Friday, in observance of Christmas. Most state stores will be open on New Year’s Day. Contract liquor stores may be open on both holidays. Contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.
San Juan County Association of Realtors presents $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank
The San Juan County Association of Realtors presented $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank, Tuesday. The association presented the money in lieu of its annual canned food drive.
Warehouse Coffee has a new name: Solid Grounds Coffee Shop. Solid Grounds is located at 301 Tucker Ave. It is owned by Clinton Mills, who bought it in September from Dwight Ware.
OPALCO plans to use the settlement funds to support Project PAL, the energy assistance program that gives co-op members a hand up with their heating bills when times are tough; and to support a new weatherization program that will launch in early spring 2010.
Two meetings planned on Critical Areas Ordinance; Coldwell Banker hosts seminar Dec. 15, CAPR hosts presentation Dec. 19
Proposed changes to San Juan County’s Critical Areas Ordinance could change how we build, and where we build, in the San Juan Islands. Two community meetings are planned regarding those proposed changes.
The Friday Harbor Town Council on Thursday agreed to stay the course in the proposed purchase of the Friday Harbor Electric Co. site, touted as the future location of a year-round farmers market and public town square. But the council may not stay the course for long.
The San Juan County Economic Development Council and Agricultural Resources Committee will host an open house on Dec. 16, 3-5 p.m., at their offices, 540 Guard St., Suite 110. Refreshments will be served. The EDC will introduce its new executive director, Victoria Compton. She is the founder of At Home magazine and former director of Westcott Bay Institute. She succeeded Bill Watson, who retired from the position. Her first day on the job was Dec. 1. The ARC will introduce its new coordinator Peggy Bill. She succeeded Eliza Buck, who left to pursue a master's degree.
This second grant is specifically for the development of a corridor management plan, an essential element in Scenic Byway development. The process will bring together citizens, businesses, organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies to define the community’s vision, goals and branding of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. It will also develop plans for interpretation, define the infrastructure development needs, identify resource protection areas and methods, and define marketing approaches.
Loving Hands, a pet grooming service, has moved from 1021 Guard St. to 385-B Carter Ave., below Hillside House. Melody Rice employs the use of chemical-free shampoos and conditioners. Her grooming is hands-on, no cage drying. Her services range from nails to full grooms to clip downs.
Sweet Retreat — 264 Spring St., Friday Harbor — is now owned by Dave and Michele Morton, who purchased the business from Dave's mom, Kathie. Dave Morton worked alongside his mom since the business was founded in May 1998 and is "thrilled" to keep the family tradition alive.
Griffin Bay Bookstore is celebrating 30 years of book selling in Friday Harbor with an open house No. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is selling all books 20 percent off, and offering complimentary treats from Bakery San Juan, Cynthia’s of Course and the bookstore’s signature coffee, Caffe Umbria.
The building and land that’s home to Ace Hardware in Friday Harbor is back under local ownership. And a new tenant is expected to be announced by the end of the week: an extension of the Ace Hardware in Anacortes, owned by Randy Burgess and Pat Strand.
Grand opening is Nov. 13, beginning at 4 p.m., for Mary Oettinger’s San Juan Vacation Rentals LLC, located at 100 First St., Suite A. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
People are visiting Friday Harbor but spending less. That’s what the statistics seem to say: The town has received $518,304.58 as its share of sales tax this year, almost $102,000 less than the same period last year. But the town has received about $9,400 less in lodging tax than it received last year. Month-by-month lodging tax revenues have been about $1,000 less than in the same months of the previous year.
Some $95,000 in promotional funds was awarded to seven organizations Sept. 17 by the Friday Harbor Town Council. That amount is $30,000 less than last year, a reflection of the economic times.
Vernadel Peterson, formerly the executive director of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, is the new executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. Today is her first day on the job. She succeeds Debbie Pigman, who retired Sept. 15.
The Journal of the San Juan Islands won seven awards in the 2009 Better Newspapers Contest hosted by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards included a Best Special Section first place for the newspaper's Friday Harbor Centennial special section published in February.
More than 70 islanders have earned a pilot certificate or rating at Westwind Aviation in Friday Harbor
More than 70 islanders have earned a pilot certificate or rating at Westwind Aviation in Friday Harbor. The company honored new pilots at its annual Open House Aug. 14.
The Best Western Friday Harbor Suites has received the Best Western Director's Award once again for outstanding quality standards. The Director's Award recognizes Best Western International hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of all 2,400 North American properties in cleanliness and maintenance. Hotels must also meet Best Western's requirements for design and high customer service scores to qualify for the distinction.
Kennedy McCulloch Forsyth CPAs in Friday Harbor is now Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs, the result of a merger with R. Peter Lake CPA of Vashon Island. The merger, which took effect Sept. 1, was announced Monday after the firms notified their clients of the merger.
‘Where is Tomorrow’s Farmer?’ filmed on San Juan Island; explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming
Filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island has filmed a 10-minute video, "Where Is Tomorrow's Farmer?", on San Juan Island. The film includes footage of the Community Garden at Ackley's Corner, Heritage Farm, the Farmers Market, and Thirsty Goose Farm. It explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming, and features commentary from island farmers and other community members who talk of how important it is that we look at the value of this kind of work, and how important it is that the age-old knowledge of how to feed ourselves is retained and passed on.
Jacoba Porter has joined San Juan Property Management as the newest member of this vacation rental team. Porter, who is an island native, joins the company from Island Group Sotheby’s International Realty. San Juan Property Management owner Travis Mager said Porter brings a strong, proven background in customer service, office administration and marketing implementation.
Gary Franklin, broker of Windermere San Juan Island, is joining forces with the Scott family of Anacortes and Mount Vernon to buy Windermere San Juan Island in Friday Harbor. John Dunning, who owns the Windermere office on Orcas Island, is the seller. He will retain ownership of Windermere San Juan Island's vacation rental business. He also owns commercial real estate in La Conner.
In the San Juan Islands, women have long held positions of civic and political leadership | Women in Business
Today is National Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of the date that the 19th Amendment was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
The Journal won one or more awards in the News, Advertising and Special Sections divisions of the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Staff members responsible for the winning entries are, in alphabetical order, Ron Bates, Rebecca Cook, Michael D’Abrosca, Scott Rasmussen, Howard Schonberger and Richard Walker. The Journal also won one or more staff awards.
Bainbridge Police Detective Trevor Ziemba said Friday that people should never give financial information over e-mail or on an incoming call.
Friday Harbor House has appointed Michael O’Dell as general manager. In his new position, O’Dell will manage all employees, hotel operations and overall guest experience at the 23-room waterfront inn.
Bigger might not necessarily be better when it comes to the size of a home. But it won't cost any extra when you pay for a permit to build one in San Juan County. The County Council on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision and eliminated a so-called surcharge on building permits for homes of more than 3,500 square feet. That surcharge would also have applied to an addition of an existing home that bumped its size beyond that 3,500-square-foot mark.
News that San Juan County has the lowest jobless rate in the state may come as small comfort to the 500 or so islanders who are collecting unemployment checks. San Juan County's jobless rate was 5.4 percent in June, far better than the U.S. rate of 9.5 percent — the nation's highest in 26 years — and the state rate of 9 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department. It was also far better than in neighboring counties: Island County, 8.7 percent; Whatcom, 8.4; Skagit, 9.9; Snohomish, 10.1, King, 8.8. The worst unemployment rate was in Lewis County, where almost 13 of every 100 working-age residents is out of a job.
It’s not too late for teens to nail down that summer job. The Workforce Development Council matches students between the ages of 16 and 20 with internships at various businesses and non-profits in the community and pays for the students to work these positions that are usually only available to volunteers.
Membership grows from 168 to 350 businesses and merchants during Pigman's nine-year tenure as chamber director.
Ten businesses that have refused to pay fire inspection fees – saying they shouldn’t have to pay for inspections by the county fire marshal or that the fee is burdensome – have been sent to collections. The San Juan Island Fire Department Board of Commissioners voted May 12 to send the delinquent accounts to AllianceOne, a collection agency. Any money collected by AllianceOne would be posted to the fire department’s budget.
Westcott Bay Sea Farm, at the end of Westcott Drive, will reopen on weekends for the season beginning Friday. The sea farm, known worldwide for its oysters and other shellfish, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning June 22, the sea farm will be open week-long through the summer.
Village at the Harbour assisted-living apartments is offering a furnished studio apartment for short-stay respite care. “We have had several requests for these services from folks in the community,” administrator Seanene Kennedy said. “We all know how important it is for caregivers to get a break from around-the-clock care for a loved lone. We can provide that break by caring for the loved one in a safe, comfortable environment. The minimum stay is one week and maximum, 30 days.”
San Juan Colors, a local paint store approaching its 20th year of business, has a new location. San Juan Colors has moved from Airport Center Road to the Surina Business Park, 50 Malcolm St., No. 504, Friday Harbor. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for service, 378-2806, other times.
The Washington Employment Security Department has released the preliminary employment data for March and the data show that the unemployment rate for San Juan County rose during the month to 7.7 percent. The March rate was three-tenths of a percentage points above the revised February rate of 7.4 percent.
Discovery Sea Kayaks is moving from Front and Spring streets to the former Blue Dolphin space at 185 First St. Owner Richard Swanson said he expects to move into the space in two or three weeks. Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design is designing graphics for the window. Where a large blue dolphin once enticed passers-by in for breakfast, a pod of orcas will entice passers-by to go kayaking.
Roche Harbor has a new filling station. The single-pump station is located in the upper parking lot at the top of the hill. The parking lot has been regraded and reconfigured, and is being landscaped with 75 red maples.