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- Jun 12, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 4:07PM
$10,000 more needed to fully fund programs; school administration forgoes cost-of-living raise to increase matching fund donations by $32,000
- Jun 12, 2008 at 3:47PM
So, the real estate market is sluggish. Your town utility bill is going up. You're paying more at the pump. There is a bright side: Overall, the island economy is not too bad.
- Jun 12, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:10PM
Kevin Ranker won 74 percent of the vote of 40th Legislative District Democrats today in his bid for state Senate. The endorsement comes on the heels of endorsements from the Washington Education Association, Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, and others.
- Jun 12, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:09PM
Kevin Ranker, Democratic candidate for 40th District state Senate, was endorsed this week by the Washington Education Association, Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, Village Books owners Chuck and Dee Robinson, and Skagit County Democratic Party Vice Chairperson Gail Nicolls.
- Jun 13, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 18, 2008 at 10:36AM
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 13, 2008 at 1:24PM
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 18, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:32PM
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.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 4:35PM
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.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 10:55AM
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.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 10:09AM
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.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:10PM
Seventy-four percent of 40th Legislative District Democrats voted Thursday to endorse Kevin Ranker for state Senate.
- Jun 16, 2008 at 10:30PM
A quick look at newsmakers around San Juan Island.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 4:49PM
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 18, 2008 at 12:00AM
- Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM
John Towson and golfing members of the Leo Club stood behind a check for $500 for the Save Our Schools fund, at the conclusion of the second annual Leo Club Spring Scramble Golf Tournament June 8 at San Juan Golf and Country Club.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 4:51PM
It only took Rich Rae 14 years — and probably close to 1 million swings at a golf ball — to produce his first hole-in-one. It happened during Saturday Men’s Club competition at San Juan Golf and Country Club. He used a 9-iron to sink the hole-in-one on the 156-yard par 3 sixth hole.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 4:51PM
Dunkin’ at Sunken, the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Sunken Park, has been cancelled this year because of poor registration.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 4:53PM
With two sailing events in one week, the Friday Harbor Sailing Club outdid itself.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 4:54PM
A wrap of sporting events on San Juan Island.
- Jun 16, 2008 at 10:31PM
When Vic’s Drive-In opened 50 years ago June 28, it resembled a drive-in more than it does now. It was a smaller version of “American Graffiti’s” Mel’s, a mom-and-pop shop where you could pull up, place your order, and enjoy your meal in the comfort of your car — one of America’s favorite eating venues in the Eisenhower era. There was just the kitchen then, and an order window. There was no indoor seating, just tables along the side and in back. Cars parked diagonally along Second Street then.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 10:00AM
Business updates and announcements from around the San Juans.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 9:50AM
The following public agencies meet this week. The meetings are open to the public.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 19, 2008 at 9:53AM
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.
- Jun 16, 2008 at 10:32PM
A Friday Harbor man has been given one year to get an attorney, build his case and get a green card so he can stay in the United States. Israel Aguayo, 19, was born in Mexico but moved with his family to the U.S. when he was 6. He attended Friday Harbor High School and Griffin Bay High School and received his GED. He is married to the former Tara Melbourne of Friday Harbor and is now attending a community college in Tacoma. On May 21, 2007, Aguayo was one of 11 islanders taken into custody by the U.S. Coast Guard for possible immigration violations while returning from a construction job site on Stuart Island.
- Jun 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 3:18PM
For thousands of years before the Spaniards first saw the San Juans in 1791, the islands were the home of Coast Salish peoples and a culture that was intertwined with the natural beauty and resources offered by the archipelago. Coast Salish peoples were forced to move to reservations, but their cultures and ties to the islands — and those of other Northwest Coast Native peoples — survive. And in the next few weeks, several events will take place that will help San Juan residents connect with the original cultures of the islands.