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- Aug 7, 2009 at 8:37AM
It has been a month now and I have searched each issue of The Journal for the expected reports of fireworks-caused forest fires, homes and barns burned down, human deaths or injuries from fireworks, even reports of animal injury. And what horror stories have I found? None! Nothing, nada, zero. Another safe and sane Fourth of July!
- Aug 7, 2009 at 8:50AM
We’re starting to see some light on the horizon when it comes to restoring salmon, and we have good management to thank for it. But despite the ground we've gained, we are losing habitat faster than we can restore it.
- Aug 7, 2009 at 8:41AM
In his Aug. 5 letter, John Boyd suggested that I "turn myself in" and that I apologize to Kari Koski (and everyone who volunteers for Soundwatch) for making the point that Koski, in her role as Soundwatch spokesperson, serves as an echo chamber for the whale-watch industry. To Koski, I would say, if you’re going to act as a spokesperson and be quoted in the newspaper on public policy issues, you have to be ready for people to disagree with you.
- Aug 6, 2009 at 11:53AM
The Journal will host a series of Candidate Mini-Forums at The Journal Booth during the San Juan County Fair. Each forum will be about 30 minutes in length. Each candidate will be interviewed by a Journal staff member, and members of the public will be allowed to ask questions as well. The forum will be reported in The Daily Fair, on SanJuanJournal.com and in The Journal. Audio from each interview will also be uploaded onto SanJuanJournal.com.
- Aug 6, 2009 at 10:47AM
The remains of a man found floating in the water near Sucia Island May 23 lie in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office at Paine Field, awaiting identification. Authorities are asking for the public's help in obtaining information that will help identify him.
- Aug 6, 2009 at 10:42AM
Grace Eltinge was the youngest and Jackie Douglas Hubbard was the oldest family member at the Guard family reunion Saturday at San Juan Historical Museum.
- Aug 5, 2009 at 10:48AM
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from a grounded 30-foot recreational boat in the northern San Juan Islands, late Tuesday. At about 11 p.m. the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, was near Sucia Island State Park when the crew came across the 30-foot wooden boat, Gypsy, grounded on some rocks.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Aug 5, 2009 at 8:53AM
First, the good news: Friday Harbor merchants and innkeepers are doing better. Now, the tough news: They are doing better than 2004. The latest sales and hotel-motel tax figures from the Town of Friday Harbor shows receipts lagging behind 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In only one month, April, did we almost do as well as last year.
- Aug 5, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 8:53AM
A house in the San Juans for less than $400,000? How about a house for less than $300,000? Or a quarter-acre town lot at around $100,000, a half-acre lot for $120,000, or a five-acre parcel for $175,000? Real estate prices have dropped, and the market is starting to chug along.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Aug 5, 2009 at 6:53AM
A fund-raising matchup between Friday Harbor High School baseball Wolverines past and present raised $3,000 Saturday at Hartman Field. The money from the second annual alumni game will go to the Friday Harbor Baseball Boosters Club to help cover the cost of maintaining the baseball field.
- Aug 5, 2009 at 4:47AM
Friends, here I am at a serious crossroad! Today is one year since my life was change (not stopped), thank God. Today is also officially my retirement from VanderYacht Propane. I have never been without a job since 1962, so it does hit me as an adjustment. They gave me a wonderful opportunity to challenge my abilities and convictions, but I must finally admit that they deserve a full-bodied person and I will focus on self-advancement of getting back to normal. I'm not giving up, just shifting gears.
- Aug 5, 2009 at 4:36AM
Following recent reports to the Legislature that minority students continue to lag behind in school and 2009 WASL results confirming the gap isn’t shrinking quickly enough, a new Achievement Gap and Oversight Committee will take on the challenge of improving academic achievement for every child in our state.
Washington Association of School Administrators presents Quall with its most prestigious award | Political Notebook
- Aug 5, 2009 at 4:33AM
State Rep. Dave Quall, D-Mount Vernon, was gaveled at the Washington Association of School Administrators summer conference in July, but unlike being gaveled on the floor of the House, this was something to celebrate.
Human/whale encounters in the whale’s environment is nothing but positive for both species | Guest Column
- Aug 4, 2009 at 3:11PM
Orca Relief would better serve the orca if they would stop splitting hairs over what you perceive as a loophole in the whale-watching rules and stop distracting the public from the real issues these whales are facing that may cause their demise: salmon depletion and pollution of their environment.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 2:59PM
When tragedies happen in our island communities, anger, grief and shock can pull us together or pull us apart. Sometimes it’s a little of both.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 2:33PM
Friday Harbor Town Council member Carrie Lacher, candidate for mayor, announced today a quick and easy way to let her know your concerns about the Town of Friday Harbor. You can quickly post your comments and questions to her blog, www.carrielacher.blogspot.com.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 2:55PM
I re-read "Atlas Shrugged" recently and was dumbfounded that a book written in the '50s was so eerily current; almost a prophesy of where our nation is headed if we stand by and continue to be star struck with this amazingly charismatic politician.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:53PM
Robert Abell in Remedy showed the way, taking 3 hours 15 minutes. Howard Lewis in Liberty followed with 5 hours 13 minutes, John Manning in 6 hours 3 minutes and Ed Hale in C’Est La Vie 6 hours 15 minutes. Fred Hoeppner in Mariana and Bill VanSkyhawk in Scarlet de Haro drew a DNF.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 1:39PM
We're doing this for EVERYBODY'S GRANDCHILDREN, not just ours. The more we can find out about what is good for us and all creatures large and small, the better off we'll be.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 2:02PM
Fall sports practice begins Aug. 19 for Friday Harbor High School football, Aug. 24 for cheerleading, girls soccer, boys tennis, and volleyball.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 2:49PM
The Big Red Barn is the venue for the Tea Party Hoe Down, Aug. 22, 2-5 p.m. The Big Red Barn is located at the Thorndike Farm, 1721 Cattle Point Road. Admission and dinner by donation.
- Aug 4, 2009 at 9:08AM
The 24-page San Juan County Fair Guide. Our annual series of information pages about the Southern resident orcas. And Opinion, Sports, Island Scene, Mary Frances Crossword, Classifieds and Public Notices. It's all in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands.
- Jul 31, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 7:21PM
David Taylor is in a difficult fix. He’s able to park his car in front of his home at 520 Guard St., but traffic gets perilously close to his car, making getting in and out of his vehicle a challenge. He's been knocked over by a motorcycle.
Malnourished seal taken from Friday Harbor beach to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for care
- Jul 31, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 11:37AM
The Marine Mammal Stranding Network removed a malnourished seal pup from a pocket beach below Downriggers Restaurant today and delivered it to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for care.
- Jul 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Aug 3, 2009 at 11:36AM
The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing new rules on vessel traffic aimed at further protecting Southern Resident killer whales. The resident killer whale pods, the subject of intense curiosity — from kayakers as well as tourists crowding the decks of commercial whale-watching vessels — were added to the Endangered Species list in late 2005. Their population is 85, according to the Center for Whale Research.
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