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Defeat of I-522 deconstructed | Guest column—The Petri Dish

  • Nov 14, 2013 at 9:18AM

At times, it seemed those running the Yes on 522 campaign had not learned many lessons from the defeat of a nearly identical food labeling initiative in California in 2012. As a result the ballot measure, which 66 percent of potential voters endorsed in a September Elway Poll, is on track to finish with only 49 percent voting for it.

Hard times & the holidays: Concert, unity, faith to help community heal

  • Nov 14, 2013 at 9:00AM

It is in this spirit that a very special choral concert is being offered to our community on November 23rd

Arne Briane Ferchen: 1955—2013 | Passages

  • Nov 14, 2013 at 11:00AM

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

‘Tall tales’ of local wildlife explored

  • Nov 14, 2013 at 2:00PM

Research by Whale Museum reveals facts behind long-standing myths

Hey, can you hear me now? | Editorial

  • Nov 14, 2013 at 5:00PM

A community responded to make sure we remain safe, secure and healthy and we were reminded again that "we're all in this together."

Lack of ‘profit’ no proof of failure for farm tax-break program

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 5:00AM updated at 10:24AM

Assessor in error, farms needn’t be ‘profitable’ to qualify for tax breaks

Students united for wetlands sake

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 9:00AM

The Land Bank acquired the Beaverton Valley Marsh property, home to one of the largest expanses of critical wetland habitat in the county, some years ago.

Home for the Holidays

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 2:00PM

The days may be shorter, the nights longer, and temperatures cool and growing colder still, but there’s plenty to do and lots of entertainment

Medical Center celebrates first anniversary Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 6:45PM

Peace Island Medical Center will commemorate its one-year anniversary with an Open House and a celebration of "firsts" in the arena of local health care, Sunday, Nov. 17, noon to 4 p.m.

State utilities panel to investigate outage, response by CenturyLink

  • Nov 16, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Nov 17, 2013 at 6:12PM

“We recognize this outage caused serious disruption and inconvenience to the people of the San Juan Islands,” said David Danner, UTC Chairman. “Our investigation will look into the cause of the outage, the company’s emergency preparedness and response, restoration efforts, and communication with the public.”

CenturyLink: Fiber cable repaired, communications restored

  • Nov 16, 2013 at 1:23PM

At noon Friday, Nov. 15, CenturyLink Northwest Region President Brian Stading informed the Journal, "Our fiber has been repaired and is now fully operational as of this morning. We are making arrangements to install microwave radios for diversity purposes even after the fiber is restored."

Excessive cost of health care is nothing to celebrate | Letters

  • Nov 17, 2013 at 10:04AM

As someone who works construction, and as a parent of two children I have had numerous occasions to visit the old IIMC for care. Yes, the floors were cracked linoleum, the walls needed another coat of paint and the lighting was harsh fluorescents, but you left there after being treated satisfied that you were not being outrageously gouged by the cost of medical care, alas something I have yet to experience at Peace Health.

How does his garden grown? Find out at the Grange fall lecture series

  • Nov 17, 2013 at 5:26PM

Island author Jim Nollman will read from his book, "Why We Garden", and talk about his personal approach to gardening in the next episode of the Grange Fall Lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, beginning at 7 p.m.

Memorial gathering for Rama Fire, Saturday, at the Grange

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 10:09AM

Family and friends of Rama Fire will hold a memorial gathering and potluck Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.

Panel finds ferry crew at fault in collision with motor yacht

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 10:31AM

A board of inquiry, convened by WSF on the day of the crash, determined that human error and miscommunication between the captain and second mate contributed to the collision, in which a 28-foot motor yacht was crippled and eventually sank, and that it could have been avoided.

Criticism over 'outage' comments met by graceful response | Letters

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 10:48AM

I am writing this because I believe that if all differences of opinion were handled the way that Brandon (Cowan) handled this one, our county, state and certainly our country would be a far better place.

Big belly flop by Ferries in customer service | Letters

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 10:44AM

I came to Friday Harbor on business; but as a result of the experience, my chances of ever returning for a pleasure trip, to spend money on the ferry and the local economy, is near zero.

Helen Griffin Benedict: Sept. 13, 1918—Nov. 13, 2013 | Passages

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 10:55AM

Helen loved the house she and her husband, Nate, built out in San Juan Valley and her decorating talents made it a beautiful and welcoming home. Helen had a green thumb and she found much joy in creating stunning gardens that the entire family enjoyed.

US Customs to hold town hall meeting about pending move to FH Center

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 11:49AM

Meanwhile, an ad hoc group of islanders will conduct a town hall meeting of their own Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Brickworks, to discuss impacts and concerns of Customs pending relocation into the "core" of the town; the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Weight on Food Bank rises in winter | Guest Column

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 12:00PM

Cutbacks in public programs, like food stamps, mean more challenges in store

Barbara Albers Shorett: 1932—2013 | Passages

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 3:00PM

Barbara Shorett was active in her community and was a valued member of the San Juan County Weavers Guild.

Buoyed by voters; excited to serve | Letters

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 9:00PM

I thank the voters of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 for affording this new commissioner the opportunity to serve and learn.

Public benefits from viable farmland | Letters

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 5:00AM updated at 9:09AM

Farmland provides ecological services such as water filtration and habitat, as well as social services such as open space and local food.

IMA rings in 'Echoes' of art

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 9:00AM

Entitled “Echoes of the Tides,” the month-long exhibit of visual art at the Islands Museum of Art.

Would-be robbers sentenced to 15 months following failed home invasion

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 1:46PM

According to court documents, the two men barged their way into the Linder Street apartment of a man whom they both knew in mid-July, plotting to steal prescription medication that they believed to be in the home at the time. They both wore masks to disguise their identities.

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