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'You have to take the hit, but where's it going to end?'

  • 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

Lehr, Lopez, Milkis at quad-district today

  • 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."

School district makes painful trade-offs to fix budget

  • 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.

The Shadow

  • 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.

Former superintendent of schools dies

  • 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.

Sealth will replace Hiyu for busy season

  • 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.

Correction to Island Rec guide

  • 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.

Tell them you want local radio

  • 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.

Eat plenty of lasagna and help the sailing team

  • 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.

Road fund may be tapped for stormwater loan

  • 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.

Schools' funding crisis is week's top story

  • 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.

Pedal for the Planet May 26-30

  • 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.

Silver Tea was a success

  • 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.

Painful trade-offs

  • 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.

Officials ask for D.C.’s help with spot checks

  • 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.

Electric pickup is a real charge (cost of driving isn't bad either)

  • 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.

F.H. boy competes in national Geo Bee

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:30AM

Mark your calendar and spin a globe.

Fundraisers are a hit

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:05PM

Pre-primary win for Ranker

  • May 21, 2008 at 7:00PM updated Sep 16, 2008 at 9:04PM

County Councilman Kevin Ranker has emerged the top choice of Democratic Party precinct committee officers in his bid for state Senate.

News Briefs

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:05PM

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2008 grant cycle.

Public Meetings

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:05PM

Thursday — County Councilman Bob Myhr, 4-5:30 p.m., Lopez Island Library. Discussion of local and county issues, including County Charter implementation status, Lopez Village UGA and parking, Odlin Park South, Fisherman Bay Road Plan, ferries, and other current issues. 

Fairgrounds requests revisions to its use permit

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:31AM

The San Juan County Fair Board has asked the county to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would reclassify the fairgrounds property, allowing additional new activities to occur.

Around Town

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:31AM

The Tulalip Tribes Foundation has donated $5,000 to the United Way of San Juan County.

Longley film will document lives, struggles of homeless

  • May 20, 2008 at 1:06PM

Margaret Longley of San Juan Island, a sophomore at College of the Atlantic, will spend the summer creating a film on the disenfranchisement of the homeless.

Four-year scholarship for Wynn Barnard

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:31AM

Friday Harbor High School graduating senior Wynn Barnard has received a Sullivan Leadership Award to attend Seattle University.

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