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Sixth-graders will be elementary schoolers in September; six teaching positions will be eliminated

  • Apr 23, 2009 at 11:00AM

The San Juan Island School Board has voted to issue notice to employees that the district expects to eliminate six positions in the 2009-10 school year. The board made the vote Tuesday, anticipating a $1 million budget shortfall because of expected reductions in the state education budget. Though the state budget reductions will not be known until the legislative session concludes April 26, state law and teachers’ union contracts require that districts provide anticipated reduction-in-force notices to affected employees by May 1.

Now's the time to hire, shop and buy locally

  • Apr 23, 2009 at 10:25AM

Please take a moment to consider what our island has to offer the next time you are spending money. Let's support our local economy. It helps us all.

Friday Harbor Wolverines crush Concrete Lions, 11-0 | Baseball

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 9:01PM

Senior southpaw Richie Ochoa fanned 13, gave up one base hit and drove in four runs as the Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season with a rout on the road.

New use for crumb rubber: Horse arena surface

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 8:23PM

Where children once played, horses tread. Crumb rubber, removed from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground on March 7-8 after a citizens committee raised money for its replacement, was sold to Roxanne Christensen of Horseshu Ranch on Douglas and San Juan Valley roads.

NMFS proposes federal protection for three rockfish species

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:15PM

The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed to list three populations of rockfish in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia for protection under the Endangered Species Act. A final decision on the three will be made a year from now.

Who will be the next mayor of Friday Harbor? | Political Notebook

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 1:13PM

Who will be the next mayor of Friday Harbor? Mayor David Jones told The Journal Wednesday that he will not seek a second term. Jones' four-year term ends Dec. 31. His retirement as the centennial-year mayor leaves a big question mark on who might run to succeed him. It also raises the possibility that a political ceiling will be shattered.

Hatchery chinook fishing will open in winter in San Juans | Fishing

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 12:53PM

While the San Juan Islands have been closed to fishing during the winter months for 10 years or more, it is now reopen for hatchery chinook salmon. Due to negotiations with the state, San Juan Island fishing has been expanded from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.

Remedy, Paper Moon win Friday Harbor Sailing Club's Spring Series | Along the Waterfront

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 12:01PM

The Spring Series, the beginning of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club's racing year, opened this last weekend with a two-day event better suited to power boats.

Ecology says county out of compliance at waste transfer station; ordered to get 'industrial stormwater' permit

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 11:17AM

The San Juan County Public Works Department has violated state law by allowing contaminated water at the Sutton Road waste transfer station to come into contact with groundwater, according to an administrative order hand-delivered to Public Works Director Jon Shannon by the state Department of Ecology. The county is also in violation for not having an Industrial Stormwater General Permit from Ecology.

Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still, Heather Masse of Wailin’ Jennys in concert Friday at SJCT

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Apr 22, 2009 at 9:55AM

Alternative-bluegrass singer Aoife O’Donovan teams with Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys for a night of folk in the San Juan Community Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Weston Douglas Callender | Passages

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 9:52AM

Weston D. Callender, born in Seattle, Wash., June 20, 1948 and a long-time resident of Friday Harbor, peacefully entered into rest April 15, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 60.

Legalized alcohol use: How low do we go? | Guest Column

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 9:28AM

Underage and high-risk drinking, alcohol abuse and binge drinking are complex problems. No one strategy can remedy the risks, but one effective, proven approach is the higher (age 21) Minimum Legal Driving Age, or MLDA.

The McReas thank you for your loving kindness

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 9:19AM

We wish to thank everyone for all the concern during the several weeks Alex was in the Convalescent Center and Margaret was recovering from cancer surgery. Your prayers, cards, flowers and wonderful food all raised our spirits and were indeed appreciated. Thank you all so very much.

Every 15 Minutes: Mock DUI crash and aftermath today and Thursday

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Updated: 'Missing' Bayliner found in West Sound

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM

The skipper and passengers of a Bayliner reported missing late Tuesday apparently tied up in West Sound for the night, but failed to let anyone know of the change of plans.

Contentious issue may build a bridge | Editorial

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 8:16AM

The San Juan Island solid waste transfer station, one of the most contentious issues on the island today, may help bring peace between the town and county governments. If the county vacates the Sutton Road site for another location, the town could conceivably operate its own waste transfer station. But the state Department of Ecology and the town and county’s joint planning policy discourage the operation of two waste transfer stations on the island. So, the town and county are drafting letters of intent, pledging to work toward a single solution to the island’s solid waste woes. This is a major diplomatic move and we applaud it.

Mock DUI crash will reinforce message of the consequences of DUI

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 8:01AM

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

Who will be Mr. San Juan Island? Local dads raise money for PTA

  • Apr 22, 2009 at 7:44AM

The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fund-raising with a new twist on an old idea. Six island dads will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island Saturday in Roche Harbor Pavilion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m.

SanJuanJournal.com now has an online Events Calendar

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 3:45PM

SanJuanJournal.com now has an online Events Calendar. Readers can upload their event listings directly onto the calendar. To use the Community Calendar, simply click on "Add Event." You'll be asked to create a login and password that will be yours to use anytime you want to add to the Calendar. Just follow the simple instructions and your calendar item will be posted.

Discovery Sea Kayaks moving to the former Blue Dolphin space

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:40PM

Discovery Sea Kayaks is moving from Front and Spring streets to the former Blue Dolphin space at 185 First St. Owner Richard Swanson said he expects to move into the space in two or three weeks. Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design is designing graphics for the window. Where a large blue dolphin once enticed passers-by in for breakfast, a pod of orcas will entice passers-by to go kayaking.

Proposed state cuts would take $40 million away from Medicaid payments to nursing homes

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 1:32PM

State lawmakers may be balancing the budget, but it’s on the backs of nursing home residents and the people who care for them. Proposed cuts would take $40 million away from Medicaid payments to nursing homes – that’s $93.8 million if federal matching funds are included. Currently, 62 percent of our population at Islands Convalescent Center rely on Medicaid to help pay for their care.

VW Superbeetle donated for school sports benefit

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 10:26AM

Purple & Gold, the support group for San Juan Island School District athletics, is sponsoring a fund-raising event to pay for the Friday Harbor High School fall sports program. A barbecued dinner, dance, live music and auction are scheduled May 2, 5 p.m., at Beaverton Valley Business Park.

Eight honored for environmental stewardship | Earth Day

  • Apr 21, 2009 at 10:30AM

Eight Good Stewardship awards were presented at “Sustainable San Juans: Greening Your Home, Business and Food,” an Earth Day event held Saturday in Friday Harbor. The awards were part of a three-day celebration of environmental stewardship sponsored by the San Juan Stewardship Network and the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

San Juan Dragons represent our community well

  • Apr 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 11:04AM

I had the pleasure of riding the ferry with the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team on Saturday. They were traveling to Bellingham to play Whatcom and I am not surprised to read they won that game. This team presented themselves, both in behavior and appearance, as winners.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens in new location May 25

  • Apr 16, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Apr 21, 2009 at 10:42AM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art re-opens May 25 in the historic Brown House on the corner of West and First streets, Friday Harbor. According to the National Park Service, the Brown House originated at Fort Bellingham in the 1850s and was disassembled and moved to American Camp during the joint military occupation of 1859-1872. After the joint occupation ended, the house was moved to its current location, where it served a variety of commercial roles, from blacksmith shop to art gallery. The National Park plans to return the building to American Camp at some point.

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