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- May 14, 2008 at 8:00PM updated May 20, 2008 at 10:21AM
For Matt Johnson and his wife, Jackie, sleep and calm are catch as catch can. Keep the car filled up with gas, check on the kids. Remember to eat.
- May 14, 2008 at 11:00AM
I decided to do a three-dot column à la Herb Caen or Emmett Watson, to note a few things I thought about writing on before goofing off in the sun ... we needed the break. Here goes ...
- May 14, 2008 at 11:00AM updated May 15, 2008 at 12:58PM
We have to search for words that appropriately express our gratitude to the donors who have given so much to help our local schools through this financial crisis. As of Friday, six donors had given $285,000 to help make up some of the school district’s projected budget shortfall, and islanders contacted by phone in Thursday’s phone-a-thon had pledged $55,000 more.
- May 14, 2008 at 2:00PM updated May 21, 2008 at 2:33PM
So-called exempt wells could potentially run our rivers dry. Our rivers are connected to the ground waters and what affects one affects the other.
- May 13, 2008 at 4:29PM
Jan Kampbell, CenturyTel's business account representative for San Juan County, wants to warmify CenturyTel's relationship with islanders. She be in CenturyTel's Friday Harbor office on May 29-30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to meet customers.
- May 13, 2008 at 4:38PM
The "new" San Juan Journal Online is such an improvement. I looked at the old one occasionally but was never impressed. I will become a regular reader.
- May 14, 2008 at 5:00PM updated May 15, 2008 at 5:29PM
You can honor a loved one by sharing their story, sing in "Relay Idol," and try some standup comedy ...
- May 14, 2008 at 1:00PM updated May 15, 2008 at 9:09AM
Friday Harbor's Jordyn Taylor won the 1A Bi-District Golf Tournament for the second consecutive year Tuesday, this time at Eagles Pride Golf Course at Fort Lewis. Taylor, a junior, shot an even round 72 at the course, voted the sixth-best golf course in the entire military by Travel and Leisure magazine.
- May 14, 2008 at 3:47PM
Impact on tourism cited as local elected officials look to Senators Cantwell and Murray, and Congressman Larsen, for help in changing inspection procedures
- May 14, 2008 at 5:01PM
Some Friday Harbor residents expect to tighten their belts more — and do away with extras — to meet the costs of escalating utility rates
- May 15, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 12:44PM
Junior tennis player Peter Duggins lost his quad-district qualifier Monday in Coupeville but, according to him, the win couldn't have gone to a nicer guy. "He's a really friendly guy, " Duggins said. "It was a cordial match. We were evenly matched."
- May 15, 2008 at 12:43PM
Gone is half the athletic program's budget. Gone is the Primary Intervention Program for at-risk elementary school students. Gone is the food service program for every student. Gone are teachers' aides, secretarial jobs and custodians.
- May 19, 2008 at 6:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 12:32PM
Who knows who's naughty and nice in Friday Harbor? The Shadow knows.
- May 16, 2008 at 8:00AM updated May 19, 2008 at 8:54AM
Frank Kelly, former superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, died Wednesday in Redmond. He was 68. A Celebration of Life will be held May 18, 1 p.m., at 11525 19th Ave. SE (Bothell/Everett Highway), Everett.
- May 16, 2008 at 11:09AM
Memorial Day traditionally means the arrival of summer crowds desiring to board a Washington state ferry en route to a long weekend of fun. Adding sunshine and blue skies to this three-day weekend can mean traffic backups on Friday afternoons and evenings westbound and again on Monday, eastbound, as travelers return home.
- May 16, 2008 at 11:26AM
By now, San Juan Island residents should have received Island Rec’s 20-page summer recreation program guide in the mail. Regretfully, the dates listed for Bill & Rita Ament’s Summer Creative Arts Day Camp are wrong. The correct dates for their camps are July 7-10; July 14-17; July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7.
- May 16, 2008 at 1:13PM
Since San Juan Island Community Radio’s construction permit application was held up, due to possible interference with Canadian broadcasting by some 1,500 yards, we have contracted with an FCC-approved broadcast engineer to finish our application, which is now on file with the FCC for public inspection.
- May 19, 2008 at 2:13PM
There will be a live and silent auction and a chance to eat all the lasagna you can handle. Dinner is lasagna, salad, bread, fruit crisp, iced tea and lemonade. High school team members will be on hand to serve and answer any questions that you may have about the auction items or about the team. All the money raised will go toward travel expenses, gas and off-island regattas.
- May 20, 2008 at 10:03AM
Turns out the idea of using the Land Bank as leverage proved too hot to handle. So the San Juan County Council last week set its sights on the county's multi-million-dollar road fund instead. Road revenue, the council agreed at its May 13 meeting, will provide a line of credit that hopefully will convince state officials of the county’s commitment to fulfill its obligation to manage stormwater runoff in the Eastsound Urban Growth Area.
- May 20, 2008 at 10:20AM
No teachers will be laid off in San Juan Island schools. But hours were cut for classified staff members and district officials are still scrambling to raise another $165,000 money to qualify for all pledged matching funds and fully eradicate the district's budget shortfall. That's the top story in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands, which is available tonight at some outlets. It will be available at all carriers and newsracks and in the mail Wednesday.
- May 20, 2008 at 12:40PM
Pedal for the Planet is a bike-to-school day event that promotes the bicycle as a healthy, fun and environmentally sustainable alternative to the automobile.
- May 20, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 4, 2008 at 12:44PM
The background music was critical in making it a success. David Bayley, renowned pianist from our island, gave of his time and piano playing this year as well as he did last year. The songs, "The Entertainer" and the "Maple Leaf Rag" made us want to dance. A big THANK YOU for such delightful entertainment. The music is as important as the tea and cookies.
- May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 8:49AM
Gone is half the athletic program’s budget. Gone is the Primary Intervention Program for at-risk elementary school students. Gone is the food service program for every student. Gone are teachers’ aides, secretarial jobs and custodians.
- May 20, 2008 at 1:04PM
Getting a dozen islanders to agree on anything can prove next to impossible. Perhaps even more so if they're all politicians. But that hasn’t stopped elected officials of San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor from joining forces and creating what could be a nearly united objection to the citizenship spot checks by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Anacortes ferry terminal.
- May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:57PM
Diesel prices have passed the $5 mark. The price of regular gas, as of Friday, neared the mid-$4 mark. But you won’t hear a gripe from Brad Pillow of Friday Harbor, especially since it only costs him 31.71 to fill ’er up.