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- Feb 23, 2014 at 5:03PM
At the Feb. 6 public meeting to review new preliminary designs for the SSL building, architect Peter Brachvogel of BC&J Architects unveiled a two-building package having roughly 1,000 square feet more than the previous structure. The main building would have an upper level restaurant of about 4,000 square feet, plus a considerably larger deck to offer customers more outdoor dining space.
- Feb 23, 2014 at 9:03PM
Between 9 and 11 million pets die every year in animal shelters in the U.S. The great tragedy of this is that it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s up to us—those of us who choose to include pets as part of our family, to create a new and better reality for those who cannot speak for themselves.
- Feb 23, 2014 at 9:09PM
When you learn that the people who clearcut 80 trees and several acres of shrubs at Mar Vista were only slapped on the wrist with a $3,000 fine you get angry. When you get angry you decide to go swim with the orcas; When you swim with the orcas you get hyperthermia; when you get hyperthermia...
- Feb 25, 2014 at 12:05PM
Forget about cooking and have a dog-gone good time while contributing to the cause at the 6th annual Friday Harbor APS "Spay-ghetti" benefit dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Mullis Center, beginning at 5 p.m.; ticket available at the door.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 4:16PM
Plans for a restaurant on a newly constructed second story of Jeri's Mall have been shelved, as the prospective new owners of the building reportedly intend to turn the top floor into living space.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:03PM
I enjoy bike riding and have commuted during elementary school, middle school, high school, college, medical school, residency, and finally here in Friday Harbor. I have commuted in Los Angeles, Denver, Portland, and Washington D.C. and other cities. Nowhere have I felt it more dangerous than in the town of Friday Harbor.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:27PM
Whether it was representing the Lion’s Club in the Fourth of July Parade in Friday Harbor, taking a grandchild out for ice cream, escorting a bride to church, or taking Margaret out on the town to join friends at the San Juan Yacht Club, Neil always enjoyed being behind the wheel.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 4:08PM
Along with the top spot on the derby leader-board, Brenda Schmidt pocketed $75 for landing the biggest of the week. She hooked the burly behemoth Sunday morning, somewhere (she won’t say where) off the north side of San Juan Island. “The big boy fought me for about 20 minutes,” she said. “He was all about trying to get away.”
- Feb 26, 2014 at 10:47AM
More than 80 No Discharge Zones have been established in 26 states; there are currently no NDZs in Washington state... The No Discharge Zone would require a change in practices by those on the water, but it’s a change from which we, and future generations, will benefit.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 1:04PM
WDFW's Ryan Lothrop said the new catch limit will ensure compliance with conservation objectives and state-tribal management plans in Puget Sound. Fish & Wildlife will continue to monitor the fishery in Marine Area 7 through April 30, when it is scheduled to close.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 1:50PM
In a San Juan Ferry Advisory Committee press release, Chairman Jim Corenman contends that until the legislature is willing to establish sustainable operational and capital funding for ferries, service disruptions, such as the many that have occurred in the San Juans this winter, are likely to become more frequent.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 4:03PM
The annual meeting of the the San Juan Islands Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society will be held at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, 152 N. First St., Saturday, March 1, beginning at 12:15 p.m.
- Feb 27, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00AM
Visitors to the GSA website will find the following text prominently displayed: “President Obama’s Open Government Directive instructs all federal agencies to actively open their operations to the public. GSA’s efforts are rooted in three principles at the heart of the directive: Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration.” Yeah, I know. Let that quote sink in. In no way does it resemble the procurement of Customs offices in Friday Harbor.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 9:24AM
San Juan County was back in court this week to defend its unequal-sized residency districts and handling of the three Charter Review Commission-backed ballot propositions that, among other items, reshaped the county council and the manner by which council candidates are elected.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 9:24AM
Opening Friday, Feb. 27, Lilies on the Land, part memoir, part musical, part period piece, features WWII-era costumes and special effects, and, with nine different songs, including Silent Night, in German, Italian and English, showcases the vocal talents of its veteran cast.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 9:53AM
The economy of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island depends on reliable ferries for tourism, laborers, students, and the very necessities of life. As mayor of a ferry-dependent community, I am asking for your support of SHB1129.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 1:09PM
Born at Island Hospital, Anacortes, at 4:58 p.m., Owen Carl weighed six pounds, three ounces at birth, and was 19-inches in length. He is the son of Danielle and Kevin Kindelberger and joins siblings Elsa, 8, Luke, 6 and Jude, 4, in the family's Friday Harbor home.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00PM
I have one major objection to the Master Plan as presented: the aesthetic is quite Space Age... Friday Harbor is a 100-year-old seaside village, not a research hub for NASA. I would like to see fewer “cold steel rails” and more wood (sustainably harvested).
- Mar 2, 2014 at 6:27PM
Aaron D'Errico says town Administrator Duncan Wilson and Mayor Carrie Lacher needed little convincing to help make town streets safer and navigating across the street easier for those with mobility challenges. "it took somebody like Aaron to make us aware of the situation," Wilson said. "He's been gracious thanking us, but we should thank him."
- Mar 2, 2014 at 6:39PM
Twenty-five years ago, the small communities of Prince William Sound, dependent (as are we) upon a healthy environment for their economic survival, suffered a devastating loss that is still being felt today. Are we prepared?
- Mar 3, 2014 at 6:48PM
Following a successful debut a year ago in Friday Harbor, this year’s Ag Summit will take place on Orcas Island, March 7-8. The event, hosted by Orcas Island School, in Eastsound, offers two days of information and inspiration, workshops and panel discussions with local elected officials, a seed sweep, and more.
- Mar 3, 2014 at 6:36PM
The most far-reaching amendment abandons the complex, site-specific 13-category wetland and water quality rating system devised by the county in 2012 and substitutes a four-category rating system developed by the Washington state Department of Ecology.
- Mar 3, 2014 at 7:03PM
John Kulseth, an attorney by training, has worked in the assessor's office for 10 years. He's worked for that office as an appraiser, manager and database administrator.
- Mar 3, 2014 at 7:13PM
I was driving west on Bailor Hill Road the other day, out in front of Martel's field and home. It was windy and overcast, and I slowed with heavy heart to look across the field toward Denny's house and shop. I noticed a hawk...
- Mar 4, 2014 at 9:27AM
The problem is that Olympia treats our ferry system differently than the rest of our state’s transportation system. That mentality is the first thing that must change. In addition to that, there are three steps that Olympia must take to make a noticeable difference in our ferry system. First...