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Meet your local firefighter: Brien Sesby, station No. 31 | Guest column

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 1:04PM

Wildland fires are slower going as a rule, while structure fires are faster burning, but Brien Sesby loves each challenge equally. He likes that firefighters go into dangerous areas when everyone else are going in the opposite direction.

Winging it across valley; 'wedges' of Skagit's winter wonderland | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:01PM

Normal people like me refer to ‘flocks’ of swans, but if you are better educated, it would be a "wedge," named so because they fly in a V-pattern, like geese. That isn’t too hard to remember and may impress your girlfriend, guys (if you have one).

Of the proposed moratorium on marijuana growing facilities | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:37PM

I proposed a limited moratorium on issuing greenhouse permits in order to give the county and planning commission an opportunity to review the issues and develop a balanced policy regarding growing facilities. The same approach would have been applied to any new unregulated, large-scale business (agricultural or otherwise) that may have a significant impact on neighborhoods.

FH boys fall to Overlake in Classic title bout; girls rebound to claim third

  • Dec 7, 2014 at 7:31PM

Friday Harbor picked off enough passes and parlayed those into a steady diet of break-away lay-ins to remain within striking distance, trailing 38-27, at the start of the second half. But even after draining four 3-pointers in the opening half, Overlake's Katon Minhas had more in store from beyond the third-point arc and for the Wolverines.

Museum within a museum; a bold new exhibition

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 11:21AM

Bold, intricate and creative--the Museum of History and Industry will function as a permanent exhibit, and could put the Historical Museum on the map for top things to do on San Juan.

San Juan Singers go straight to the 'heart' of Christmas

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 9:36AM

San Juan Island's Community chorus's upcoming performance, "The Heart of Christmas," is sure to warm your soul.

My grumbles with the WSF reservation system | Reporter's notebook

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:11AM

Although the new ferry reservation system doesn't affect me really at all, I decided to register for an account just for the fun of it, and to determine whether the new system will be as easy as WSF claims.

Navy visits Lopez, reopens scoping process

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 5:11PM

Inside the community center, 25 representatives for the Navy have answered those request and speak with islanders at different booths labeled public involvement, Growler operations and aircraft noise.

Contract offer rejected by county labor union

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 11:48AM

According to a county issued press release, the county will cease providing cost-of-living adjustments and benefit contributions called for in the current labor contract unless a new contract is signed. The current labor contract expires Dec. 31.

Memorial Service: James Meredith | Passages

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:38PM

A graveside service for James Lawrence Meredith will take place at Valley Cemetery on Madden Lane, Tuesday, Dec. 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Born in 1924, Meredith died Sunday, Dec. 7, at the age of 90.

New art museum 'unveiled' in Friday Harbor

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:56PM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art opened its doors for the first time Fri., Dec. 5, with “Unveiling: the Best of the IMA’s Artist Registry” as its inaugural show.

Holiday luncheon, fundraiser draws a crowd

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:20PM

In addition to the Christmas tree silent auction, and bidding on the handmade quilt, donated by Rainshadow Quilt Guild, which raised $1,000 for the volunteers' projects benefitting the medical center, attendees were treated to a performance of holiday season songs by the Island Carolers.

Tree stumps, cinderblock buildings, edgy art? What's happened to Friday Harbor | Letters

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 3:47PM

Our town is rapidly and steadily losing its charm and quaintness. Does anyone like that whale tail statue? How many street trees could we have planted with the money spent on that?

'Hush house' for Growlers backed by Larsen, Murray

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 7:00AM

Construction of a noise mitigation hangar at Whidbey Island's Ault Field would help reduce the amount of noise and decibel levels from on-ground engine testing and maintenance, according to Congressman Rick Larsen.

Kathleen 'Kate' Kimmons: 1948—2014 | Passages

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 10:00AM

Kate had a love of the outdoors, travel, adventures and a good laugh. She had a close relationship with God, and always put others before herself. Her kindness and generosity will be missed.

Wolverines prevail over Shoreline in O.T.; Wood to the rescue | Girls basketball

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 5:02PM

Early on, Friday Harbor rode the hot hand of junior Madi Kincaid, who scored 16 of the Wolverines first 20 points, before Wood tallied eight straight in a pivotal run to end the third period, and that carried over into the fourth.

Through the lens: Winter wonderland kick-off weekend | Slideshow

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 4:00PM

Christmas carols, trees lit up in holiday lights, a basketball tournament, an entertainment extravaganza at the theatre, Friday Harbor was abuzz in activity in the first weekend of December. Here's a look back at some of the highlights.

Season's spirit of giving alive & well on San Juan Island | Letters

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 10:05AM

Operation Christmas Child received 186 shoeboxes from our island that will be part of over 10 million gifts sent to children in over 140 countries... God bless all of you who helped make this project possible...

San Juan tops in state demolition 'turn-in' program; five dismantled in two days time

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Dec 12, 2014 at 10:29AM

Four made of fiberglass, measuring 21 to 27 feet in length, respectively, proved rather routine and crumbled quickly, but even the old-hands at Deer Harbor winced a bit when it came time to gut and disassemble a 38-foot wooden Owens cabin cruiser, its former glory only faintly eclipsed by the passing of time.

Winter sports preview: Roster reinforced by youth; familiar foes await | Wrestling

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 10:16AM

Division 2B competition has meant significant change in regular-season opponents and post-season prospects for many of Friday Harbor’s athletic teams. Not so much for the Wolverines wrestlers. “We’re still grinding it out with Concrete and Darrington,” Head Coach Taine Pyle said.

Of water, wells and San Juan real estate | Guest Column

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 1:07PM

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone.

Where are they now? Itsy-bitsy to tuxedo, Oliver at Thanksgiving

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 12:41PM

Six-month-old Oliver Thomas Greenwood is the son of Lynnwood’s Donald and Samantha Greenwood, the couple’s first child, and a descendent of Lopez Island’s Greenwood family. He is the great great-grandson of John Henry Greenwood, who homesteaded on Lopez during the frontier era.

Winter sports preview: New season, lofty goals, rugged rivals | Girls basketball

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 7:00AM

For the Friday Harbor girls basketball team, competition at the 2B level means going toe-to-toe with some of the state’s toughest teams in both the 2B and 1B divisions, and with the outcome of each and every game having impact on its position in the Northwest 2B/1B League standings and its prospects of post-season play.

No patience with poachers at San Juan's south end | Letters

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 8:00AM

We intercepted the guys at their vehicle parked at the gated south entrance on Cattle Point Road. They fled the scene, but we were able to give the Sheriff's Department an accurate vehicle description and part of the license plate number.

Winter sport preview: Built for battle in the paint, speed on the wings | Boys basketball

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 11:00AM

Sure, every team likes its chances at the start of a new season. Friday Harbor is no different in that regard. But having a bounty of proven assets to wield would appear to make a healthy dose of optimism for the prospects ahead something more than a simple inclination for pre-season wishful thinking.

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