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- Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00PM updated at 5:24PM
"Few members oppose OPALCO having a lead role in expanding broadband capacity for the cooperative and its members. What we expect, however, is honesty from the board about what it is doing, what it is costing and what risk the cooperative may be taking on in the process. It is worth noting that OPALCO still hasn’t..."
- Apr 19, 2014 at 4:50PM
The new compensation package totals $134,820 and will become effective June 24, the first anniversary of Mike Thomas' first day on the job. Thomas, a former Enumclaw city administrator, was hired a year ago at a salary of $120,000, plus 5 percent in deferred compensation.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 7:00AM
Spring Street International School has launched Inland Ocean Studies, an immersive summer program for 14-18 year olds devoted to marine science and maritime ecology. The program’s goal is to introduce inquisitive young people to world-class scientists researching the marine environment of these biologically diverse islands.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 6:00AM
Vaccines are one of the most controversial topics among parents these days, with a growing number questioning whether to give their kids recommended shots. Nearly 40 percent of parents have delayed or declined at least one of their children's shots—a practice that's fueling outbreaks of infectious diseases, from mumps to measles and whooping cough, that were once nearly eliminated by vaccination
- Apr 17, 2014 at 11:26AM
OPALCO is moving ahead with expanding its Island Network services from its base of fiber optic cable servicing its electric grid. It is already an internet service provider and a network provider, mostly in populated areas like Friday Harbor and Eastsound, and it resells "backhaul" fiber connections to ISPs such as Rock Island, The Computer Place, CenturyLink, NoaNet and Zito Media.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 3:10PM
I urge the County Council to purge county boards and commissions of those who have a vested interested in pursuing destructive policies; and I urge local citizens with no vested interests to volunteer for these positions.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00PM
Our eight-page section features products, services, articles and ideas for getting your home and garden shipshape and ready for spring and summer, and beyond. Click on the headline to view the section in the "Green Edition" of SanJuanJournal.com; find it in the April 16 edition of the Journal and at the Journal office as well.
- Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Apr 16, 2013 at 3:25PM
Canada's National Energy Board selected 1,650 individuals and entities, including San Juan County and four local groups, to participate in the review of the Kinder Morgan tar sands shipping project; 468 applications were denied.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 2:48PM
The Friday Harbor softball team shook off the rust, fired up the offense and left Concrete in the dust to seal a 14-11 win, notching its highest-scoring output of the season along with the victory.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 4:00PM
At the top of the batting order, leadoff hitter Casey Rothlisberger, 2-of-4 at the plate, scored two runs, Gabe Lawson had two hits and a pair of runs as well, and Amer Melic was 2-of-3 at the plate and added three runs.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 3:00PM
Linda Degnan Cobos, Heidi Evans, Lenora Johnson were honored at this year's Friday Harbor Soroptimists annual awards luncheon.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00AM
You can pick up a copy of “Deadly Echoes,” by author Philip Donlay at Griffin Bay Books, Saturday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m.
- Apr 17, 2014 at 2:00PM
CATS annual Elegant Edibles, 9 a.m. to noon in the theatre lobby, features holiday treats for sale, a “spring basket” raffle drawing, musical entertainment by San Juan Island’s very own Baker Boys.
- Apr 19, 2014 at 9:00AM
Erin Benzakein owner of Mount Vernon-based Floret Flowers and a leader in the so-called “slow-flower” movement, will be in Friday Harbor Saturday, April 26, to kick off the WSU Master Gardeners Spring Gardening Workshop as the keynote speaker.
- Apr 17, 2014 at 11:00AM
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson’s Beach, sponsored by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 20. d plastic ones, too, which can be redeemed for prizes (no more than two per child). The hunting grounds will be divided into four areas to accommodate children of varying ages.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 6:00AM
First-half of the year property tax payments are due April 30. Payment can be made by check or cash, or online by credit card: www.pointandpay.net (online payment includes a fee).
- Apr 16, 2014 at 3:00PM
Parents seeking to enroll their child in the 2014-15 kindergarten session should call the school to set up an appointment (378-5209, ext. 1).
- Apr 17, 2014 at 8:00AM
The Journal extends an enthusiastic “thank you” to those who collected nearly three tons of litter from the islands’ roadsides and beaches. And the 25th annual Hazardous Waste Roundup takes place April 26 and June 21 respectively.
- Apr 20, 2014 at 7:00AM
According to Dr. Ronald Schultz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, puppies absolutely need to be vaccinated for canine parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus, but for decades he has also spoken out against over-vaccinating adult pets.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 12:00PM
There are major challenges ahead in the process of planning broadband services and delivering them to a wide audience in San Juan County. The nature of business relationships between OPALCO and other network service providers (such as Rock Island Internet) need careful thought and discussion.
- Apr 18, 2014 at 5:00PM
Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.
- Apr 16, 2014 at 9:34AM
‘It was a better reception than we expected,’ — Mike Monson, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve
- Apr 15, 2014 at 1:28PM
Get ready for Easter and help support local health care with the purchase of an Easter Basket from Peace Island Volunteers. Baskets will be on sale Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lobby of Peace Island Medical Center, 1117 Spring Street.
- Apr 15, 2014 at 11:41AM
The latest state audit of the San Juan hospital district’s books noted that financial controls “are inadequate to ensure accurate reporting,” but found no wrongdoing, misappropriation of funds or noncompliance which would require reporting to other government agencies or the legislature. District commission Chairman Dr. Michael Edwards said, “The auditors accepted our commitment to address the issues identified and said they will follow up during..."
- Apr 15, 2014 at 10:57AM
A grand total of 3,500 pounds of litter was collected from our roadsides and beaches. The students from Stillpoint School, who combed the town streets between their school and the library, and collected four huge garbage bags full of litter – had this to say: “We love being a part of this event every year. Our loads were lightened when a police officer... "
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