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- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:13PM
Those of us who wish to see the South Beach rabbits stay are not suggesting that “cute” rabbits are more valuable than any other species. We are simply opposed to eradicating a beloved, living, breathing island phenomenon.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:08PM
The National Park Service will host a Star Party from 8:30-11 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the redoubt at American Camp. The Star Party is being held in celebration of dark night skies and the awe they inspire. A limited number of telescopes and binoculars will be provided. Visitors who own their own scopes are encouraged to bring them.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:57PM
Last week, I vigorously and vociferously opposed the action of the County Council to charge $5 for "recycling only" trips to our transfer stations. I consider the council action to be totally inconsistent with everything we have heard from our citizens, a complete reversal of our county policy to encourage recycling, and, especially, will not address the serious revenue shortfall in our solid waste system.
Calvary Chapel San Juan is now worshipping at 620-B Guard St., in the former Pig War Museum building
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:54PM
Calvary Chapel San Juan is now worshipping at 620-B Guard St., in the former Pig War Museum building. "The Lord has opened the door for us to lease it and we (have) begun holding services there," Pastor Joe Gamez said in an e-mail. "Also, we have a new service time. We are now worshipping at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday and 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights."
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:48PM
A letter to the editor in response to Megan Dethier ("Supports National Park Service’s plan to control the rabbits at American Camp," Sept. 3 SanJuanJournal.com): I am not your "neighbor," but I am a 40-year resident on San Juan Island so perhaps you are my neighbor (like it or not). I do take offense to your letter. I would think that honoring the UW you would not have stepped into a pile of controversy. I see that you are in the marine biology field. Perhaps you should keep to that.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:30PM
On Sept. 13, the League of Women Voters of San Juan County will host a program devoted to a discussion of the Citizens United vs. FEC, a Supreme Court decision which was rendered in January.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:11PM
The recent three "yes" votes by our County Council, on the approval of spending Land Bank funds to develop a Farmers Market site on Nichols Street, is very troubling. These three council members' willingness to vote "yes" on an issue without answering or investigating the concerns voiced about this project, or in considering the legal consequences, should be embarrassing to these council members. It was clear that approval of this purchase would have triggered a lawsuit and an ethics complaint being filed against Council member Lovel Pratt, whether she voted or not on the project.
- Sep 5, 2010 at 6:40PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines defeated the La Conner Braves 29-8 in their season opener, Friday at La Conner. A game story will be posted Tuesday. (And look for our annual Fall Sports Preview in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands.) Next up for the Wolverines: The Island Cup. Friday Harbor hosts Orcas on Friday, Sept. 10.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 2:16PM
A retooled defensive and offensive line will get their first taste of action when the Friday Harbor Wolverines open the 2010 season Friday on the road at La Conner. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
Friday Harbor fire chief suspended, goes on medical leave; five firefighters resign, cite 'no confidence'
- Sep 1, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Sep 3, 2010 at 2:15PM
Friday Harbor Fire Chief Vern Long was suspended for two days by Town Administrator King Fitch, after photos posted on SanJuanJournal.com showed a firefighter battling a car fire without proper apparatus. Long was suspended without pay Aug. 16-17. He went on medical leave Aug. 18; Fitch said Long indicated at their disciplinary meeting that he had medical appointments scheduled.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:24AM
Thirteen new or transferred teachers and support staff were welcomed to San Juan Island public schools Aug. 31 at a faculty and staff breakfast. The staff members are ...
- Sep 3, 2010 at 10:24AM
Barbara Phelps of Lopez Island, Wash., passed away Aug. 30, 2010 at home surrounded by family. She was 86. She was born Barbara Jean Plummer on Feb. 20, 1924 in Fort Collins, Colo., the daughter of Cecil and Velda Plummer. She was the oldest of three siblings.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:30AM
The final race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club racing season Saturday, 28 August, ended without the bang with which it started. With a good turnout of nine boats and a nice light breeze, the fleet got off to a good start. Kevin Lewis as Race Committee ordered a nice course from Mitchell Bay, across Haro Strait to Kelp Reef, then around Low Island off the County Park and back to Mitchell Bay. All went well until we reached mid-channel and felt the full force of the ebb.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:44AM
As I finish up my first school day as superintendent, what a pleasure it has been. I began my day wondering how the parking would go at Friday Harbor High School, and so far so good. I attended the weekly Rotary meeting. Fellow Rotarians were very curious about the first day of school. I saw one primary age girl who missed her mom and the staff was doing their best to provide support and encouragement to help her adjust to her home away from home. One third-grade student, when asked what a superintendent did, said I was a “substitute.” That warmed my heart.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:43AM
At the risk of horrifying my neighbors, I feel that as a scientist I have to stand up for the Park Service’s plan to control the rabbits at American Camp. I think everyone would agree that National Parks are treasures that we value highly in this country, whether they be purely natural and scenic (like the Grand Canyon) or largely historic (like Gettysburg). Our local national parks are some of both. The Park’s mission, in law, is to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects ...” Unfortunately, the bunnies don’t qualify as either. They are an invasive species to which our local ecosystem is NOT adapted; they are destroying both the natural elements of the park (the prairie) and the historical elements (the redoubt).
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:41AM
County Council members Fralick and Peterson should not reconsider their votes on the Brickworks (Editorial, page 6, Sept. 1 Journal). Their decision was the right one for the taxpayers of the county. One can completely understand why those who would benefit from this project would like the taxpayers to subsidize a major portion of the cost, and provide a reduced tax burden down the road by reducing the assessed value of the property. What local business — and yes, farming is a business — wouldn’t love to have the taxpayers pay a substantial portion of their rent? But every reduction in our tax base means that the difference must be made up by all the county’s taxpayers. Why should the taxpayers not only in Friday Harbor but on Orcas, Lopez and all the other islands subsidize these businesses?
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:40AM
Back in 2005, when my fellow freeholders and I crafted the home rule charter for this county, we deliberately made the County Council positions non-partisan on the basis that strong ideological views were inappropriate in local politics. We simply wanted elected officials to make sound, unemotional and reasoned decisions to make this parcel of the U.S. a better place in which to live and bring up our families.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:57AM
Padraic McManus and Whitney Clem exchanged vows on Aug. 7, 2010 at the home of Terry and Phyllis Clem of Friday Harbor. Patt is the son of Judy McManus of Friday Harbor and Tim McManus of Coupeville, Wash., and Whitney is the daughter of Terry and Phyllis Clem of Friday Harbor.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:14AM
Roy Berg, long-time resident of Lopez Island, passed away Aug. 27, 2010 in Mukilteo, Wash. He was 85. He was laid to rest Sept. 2 at a graveside service at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett next to his second wife, Bonnie Belle, who died of cancer in 1964.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:12AM
Mary Margaret Gavin Champlin was born April 19, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She married David Champlin in November 1940. They moved to California where she was actively involved at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, as a Scout den mother, in Cotillion and PTA, and in camping, sailing and gardening.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:28AM
The Friday Harbor volleyball team will open the 2010 season by participating in a multi-team jamboree Saturday at Mount Vernon Christian. After Saturday's jamboree, a pre-season showcase, the Wolverines will then be playing for keeps as they begin a 15-game regular-season schedule Sept. 8 on the road at Coupeville.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:20AM
Friday Harbor native Matt Cowell, now of Bellingham, shot 144 over two rounds to finish tied for second in the PNGA Amateur Public Links Championship at Lake Padden Golf Course, Aug. 28-29. Jack Kelly of North Bend won with 137.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 5:06AM
The San Juan Historical Museum hosts an “old island” historical home tour on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to tour four historically significant homes each with wonderful grounds. Each home is over 100 years old. The tour is self-guided and at your own pace.
- Sep 1, 2010 at 4:07PM
Three Southern resident orcas have not been seen for at least three months — one of the three hasn’t been seen since October. And that has the Center for Whale Research worried. When Darwin Norris collapsed during a bike ride up Flaherty’s Hill on Orcas Island last week, his family watched precious moments ticking away as they frantically tried to call 911. But because of spotty cell coverage, the call was routed to a 911 center in Canada. Within a day of County Council member Richard Fralick and Rich Peterson’s votes killing the Land Bank’s purchase of conservation and historical preservation easements on the property, Ag Guild member Mark Madsen said the Guild would try to get more time from the property owners and raise from other sources the $400,000 that would have been obtained from the sale of the easements. Those stories are the top stories in the Sept. 1 Journal of the San Juan Islands — in stores and newsracks for 75 cents a copy.
- Sep 1, 2010 at 12:41PM
Following the successful run of Ed Strum’s comedy “The Connoisseurs” at San Juan Community Theatre comes the drama “Only a Ridgeline Away” by island writer Miguel Herbert. The piece is sober at heart and, SJCT executive director Merritt Olsen says, “It is powerful.”
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