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Update: Mechanics of local gov't in the spotlight at League of Women Voters meeting

  • Feb 3, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Feb 8, 2015 at 1:37PM

In a presentation entitled "Government 101," Friday Harbor town administrator Duncan Wilson will be featured speaker at the Monday, Feb. 9, meeting League of Women Voters, noon to 2 p.m., at the library.

Captive killer whale included in ESA listing of Southern Resident orcas

  • Feb 7, 2015 at 10:12AM

While welcome news for advocates of the orca whale that’s been living in captivity for more than forty years, the new status does not impact its residence at Miami’s Seaquarium.

Benefits & control; up side of coal exports at Cherry Point | Letters

  • Feb 6, 2015 at 7:47PM

If the Gateway Terminal Project is not approved, the coal shipments will travel to export terminals in British Columbia. This means Washington will have little, if any, control over the process and lose any benefits, like jobs, tax revenue, economic growth... Is this what we truly want?

Town, Legion strike agreement, controversial mural gets green light

  • Feb 6, 2015 at 7:21PM

In a unanimous decision, the town Council Feb. 5 overturned an earlier denial of a conditional-use permit as part of a negotiated settlement that will allow American Legion Post 163 to proceed with painting its weather-worn retention wall in the colors of red, white and blue, and to be executed as first conceived.

Battle looms in Olympia over student test scores, teacher evaluations, No Child Left Behind

  • Feb 6, 2015 at 10:42AM

State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, introduced two bills this week that would require that results from state student assessments be calculated into teacher performance reviews, starting with the 2016-17 school year. Hearings on the bills are expected next week.

Lowest rate in the state? Vexed over vaccinations | Letters

  • Feb 6, 2015 at 9:56AM

Now, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but even I know that climate change is real, bad calls were made in the Super Bowl, and the autism vaccine link has been debunked. Folks, get your heads out of the sand.

Images of nine island photographers to adorn state's newest ferry

  • Feb 5, 2015 at 7:05PM

The images selected by each of the local photographers will be among a collection of 18, 21-inch-by-28-inch framed prints gracing the interior of the M/V Samish, a 362-foot Olympic Class vessel under construction at Seattle's Vigor shipyard.

Journal political cartoon, Feb. 4 edition | Opinion

  • Feb 5, 2015 at 10:47AM

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on as well.

Ferry reservations? What's not to like? | As I See It

  • Feb 5, 2015 at 10:09AM

My belief is that the system will be a fantastic benefit to all of us going to and from the “mainland” and we will look back with only one complaint.... "why wasn’t this done earlier?"

Banker's hours for island vets? Cruel fate for family pet| Letters

  • Feb 5, 2015 at 9:44AM

I just hope that nobody else has to endure watching a beloved pet dying in pain with the lack of veterinary care on a weekend in San Juan Island.

Promote health, two recipes for fermented foods

  • Feb 4, 2015 at 12:06PM

Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha contain live bacteria. When consumed they can help restore and maintain balance in the gut, and result in an improved overall health.

Calling all writers, theatre calls for submissions

  • Feb 4, 2015 at 12:08PM

Organizers seek 5-minute monologues, 10-20 minute short plays or 30 minute one-acts by May 1.

Defendant skips arraignment for felony theft; $10K arrest warrant issued

  • Feb 4, 2015 at 11:33AM

According to prosecutors, Sheri Denielle Deraimo used the numbers of a credit card belonging to a 95-year-old Orcas Island woman to purchase $507 worth of ferry tickets online over a two-week period beginning in mid-August.

Celebrate with cast and crew following one-night only performance of 'Prince of the Rain Realm'

  • Feb 4, 2015 at 11:26AM

Don a favorite fantasy costume for the show and then join the cast, crew and dancers of Prince of the Rain Realm for a post-performance party at Tops'l restaurant, Saturday, Feb. 7, after the show.

Curtain call: Theatre artistic director to step down

  • Feb 3, 2015 at 11:56AM

Susan Williams will step down as San Juan Community Theatre artistic director to concentrate on family, art, acting and directing.

Preserve & protect: of trees, carbon and tax breaks | Letters

  • Feb 3, 2015 at 10:53AM

I have thousands of trees at least 10 years old. I will lease the trees’ ability to transform CO2 to oxygen to someone who wants to offset their fossil fuel or carbon output.

San Juans' fine-feathered friends of winter featured in Audubon field trip

  • Feb 3, 2015 at 10:30AM

Bird enthusiasts of all levels are encouraged to join in Saturday's field trip—beginners and novices, in particular. Plenty of veteran birders will be on hand to offer expertise about the sights, sounds and species spotted along the way.

UFOs in Friday Harbor? It appears Vashon has 'em, too | Letters

  • Feb 2, 2015 at 5:51PM

The strange phenomena that I can only describe as fireballs were extremely bright, orange disks with pinkish-bright edges or centers. I might have seen a bit of metallic rim to one, as I tried to observe as closely as I could.

2015 Knowledge Bowl: Annual battle of education returns

  • Feb 2, 2015 at 12:00PM updated at 5:45PM

If knowledge is power then prepare for an influential evening when the twenty-first annual Knowledge Bowl returns Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Community Theatre.

Super Bowl XLIX in pictures | Slideshow

  • Feb 2, 2015 at 5:13PM

Photos from Daily Herald/Sound Publishing photographers Kevin Clark and Genna Martin.

Charles T. Karpf: 1921-2015 | Passages

  • Feb 2, 2015 at 12:15PM

Charles (Chuck) Karpf died at his home in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Jan. 30. He was 93.

Morris legislation would strengthen privacy laws, limit data collection by drones

  • Feb 2, 2015 at 9:25AM

“Just as you can’t hop the fence onto your neighbor’s private property and take photos of them in their bathroom, you shouldn’t be able to fly your drone in front of their window and do the same,” Morris said in support of the would-be legislation.

Friday Harbor falls to free-throw savvy Falcons; 60-53 | Boys basketball

  • Feb 1, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Feb 2, 2015 at 8:17AM

Over the course of the 32-minute game, the Wolverines knocked down six of only 10 attempts at the free-throw line. The Falcons buried 29 attempts in 34 trips to the charity stripe.

No money for new ambulance? What happened to capital reserve? | Letters

  • Jan 31, 2015 at 5:06PM

Long ago, a capital reserve fund was in place to provide funds to replace aging ambulances... at present it is not in place and there have been no ambulances purchased. I assume the monies were transferred to the general fund... and, if so... why?

Friday Harbor Village fetches $940K at foreclosure sale

  • Jan 31, 2015 at 4:55PM

Carson Rasmussen of Fairview Investment Fund said the firm's intent for the apartments is to "rent them" and that he and his partners have no immediate plan to alter the rent restrictions on the 26 units that have historically made them affordable for low to moderate income households.

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