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Ranker testifies before U.S. Senate panel

  • May 27, 2008 at 2:52PM

San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker told a U.S. Senate Subcommittee today that Washington state is especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and quoted a University of Washington study which estimates sea levels in the Puget Sound may rise by half a foot over the next 40 years.

Sea lion's prognosis 'not good'

  • May 29, 2008 at 10:59AM

It's hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are, let's say, amusing. In less than 24 hours, it gave chase to several boats — hoisting itself out of the water and onto the back of one boat — and then chased off a mother, son and family dog during the sea lion's temporary takeover of Jackson's Beach. But local biologists say there's nothing funny about the affliction that the animal is probably suffering from. If they're on target, its days could be numbered.

Six high school sports programs cut

  • May 29, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:26PM

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

San Juan ferry task force dissolved

  • May 29, 2008 at 2:15PM

The best of intentions couldn't spare a newly-created ferries task force from an untimely demise. Citing absence of a game plan, as well as its own lack of leadership and support, the San Juan County Council last week dissolved the task force which it intended to be its eyes and ears, and its advocate, in Olympia and at the headquarters of the state ferry system in Seattle, and beyond.

Friday Harbor Food Bank to open Saturdays

  • May 29, 2008 at 2:23PM

There's a new era in store for the Friday Harbor Food Bank. Located on Market Street, the Food Bank will be open Saturdays, 2-5 p.m., beginning June 7. That's in addition to its existing hours of operation, Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Update: $23,000 will save sports programs

  • May 29, 2008 at 4:00PM updated May 30, 2013 at 8:54AM

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting last night, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn't compete, stays.

Supporters say $30M hospital in San Juans would earn money by fifth year

  • May 30, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:56AM

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million — $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island's property tax-supported hospital district.

San Juan schools now $125K short of closing budget gap

  • May 30, 2008 at 7:16AM

Roche Harbor pledges $10,000; Rich and Joan Komen pledge $10,000; matching funds raised total $175,000; additional $125,000 needed to fully restore athletics and essential staffing; long-range planning task force forming

There's room for more teams in Relay for Life

  • May 30, 2008 at 10:05AM

Twenty-six teams have signed up for Relay for Life, the local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The goal is 35 teams. The event is July 25, 5:30 p.m., to July 26 at 11 a.m. on the Friday Harbor High School football field.

Lovel Pratt announces candidacy for San Juan County Council, San Juan South

  • May 30, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Sep 16, 2013 at 9:05PM

San Juan County Planning Commissioner Lovel Pratt has announced her candidacy for San Juan County Council, San Juan South. Pratt is one of three candidates to announce a candidacy for the San Juan South position. The others are Dan Miller Jr., a landscaper and past candidate for the state Legislature and County Commission; and Chuck Rust, a town firefighter and retired Santa Rosa, Calif., parks and recreation director.

San Juan's RE/MAX, Friday Harbor Realty will merge, become Sotheby's

  • May 30, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 11, 2013 at 11:21AM

The owners of RE/MAX San Juan Island will buy Friday Harbor Realty and the combined offices will become Island Group Sotheby's International Real Estate, effective July 1. Paul LeBaron, co-owner of RE/MAX, said today all employees of the merged companies will be located in what is now the Friday Harbor House building. LeBaron said he and his RE/MAX partners — Sybil Mager, Travis Mager and Chris Spaulding — are not buying the Friday Harbor Realty building.

Councilman Balcomb-Bartok resigns, accepts job in Renton

  • May 31, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 6:57PM

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

New Friday Harbor hospital would require $12.8M taxpayer bond

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 8:00AM

Building a new community hospital in Friday Harbor would cost $29.8 million — $10 million of which would be raised through philanthropy, $7 million from PeaceHealth and $12.8 million from a bond backed by the island’s property tax-supported hospital district.

Remembering Friday Harbor man's place in D-Day invasion

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 1:55PM

Living in the San Juans is a joy for many reasons, not the least of which is getting to know so many fine people. Occasionally, their names are associated with historic accomplishments, e.g., Fred Hoeppner at Pearl Harbor, Roy Matsumoto with Merrill’s Marauders, the late Tuck Smith with the sinking of the Bismarck. Now, as we remember D-Day, Marty Garren joins those ranks.

Friday Harbor Town Council will discuss councilman's resignation Thursday

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 9:46AM

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Kelley Balcomb-Bartok announced Friday he is resigning effective June 6 to move to Renton, where he will work as communication specialist in the Renton mayor’s office.

New Friday Harbor Elementary School principal to take the reins July 1

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 1:57PM

Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho, is the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Superintendent Michael Soltman recommended him to the school board May 28. The school board endorsed the hiring. Pflueger’s first day on the job is July 1.

‘Idols’ raise $1,707

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

San Juan National Guard reservist called for duty, hopes locals will help cover work with Homes project

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 2:01PM

David Tobon is a member of the National Guard. He found out just a few weeks ago that he’s headed overseas. “The rumors are we’re going to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan,” Tobon said. Tobon will be working as an engineer in the 81st Engineering Brigade out of Bellingham. The work he’s been doing with Homes for Islanders isn’t the only thing that Tobon is going to be missing out on. At the beginning of the year, he and his wife, Bianca, had their first child, David Tobon Jr.

Haida artist April White to sign new book June 6 at Friday Harbor Whale Museum

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18AM

Noted Haida artist April White will sign copies of her new book, “Sgaana Jaad: Killer Whale Woman,” Friday at 7 p.m. in The Whale Museum.

Rep. Larsen tours Homes for Islanders neighborhoods

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Sep 16, 2013 at 9:07PM

As a neighborhood group waited to meet Rep. Rick Larsen Saturday, they recited stories of the tears, laughter and truths of “sweat equity.” “Sweat equity” was a term thrown around a lot as they waited for Larsen with Carol Maas, administrator of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization which has helped islanders build homes with funding from USDA Rural Development.

Ellensburg man sets new course record in San Juan Marathon

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 9:56AM

Manuh Santos, 28, of Ellensburg obliterated the competition in Sunday’s sixth annual King’s Market San Juan Island Marathon, shattering the old course record of 2:43.22 and finishing a full 30 minutes faster than last year’s winning time.

Former UW, NFL star lights up course at San Juan Celebrity Golf Classic

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 9:58AM

They’re probably still dousing down the hot spots over at the San Juan Golf and Country Club. Former Husky and NFL tight end Cam Cleeland and company set the course on fire for a sizzling first-place finish at the 22nd annual Wells Fargo San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. Cleeland, a familiar face at the annual charitable event, was teamed with local golfers Travis Mager, Kevin McCullough, Scott Williams and Jake Phillips in the event. They smoked the rest of the field by shooting a blistering 56 in 18 holes of golf.

British soccer camps returing to Friday Harbor | San Juan Sports Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 9:59AM

Sports updates and announcements from around the San Juan Islands.

Going, going gone — San Juan School Board cuts six sports programs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:01AM

At the San Juan Island School Board meeting May 28, the budget ax hit the spreadsheet and six sports programs hit the floor. Football stays. Girls soccer stays. Boys and girls basketball teams stay. Baseball, softball and girls tennis stay. Boys tennis and girls volleyball are gone. Boys soccer is gone. The co-ed sports — golf, track and wrestling — are gone. Cheerleading, not technically a sport since the team doesn’t compete, stays.

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