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- Oct 20, 2009 at 9:09AM
Surrounded by an environment of unanswered questions, the virus leaves many people scrambling for the correct response
- Oct 16, 2009 at 3:28PM
Three generations of the Guard family — Lynette Guard, her son Rex, and several grandchildren — were present on the family farm Aug. 18. The reason? To move a herd of sheep across the street from Lynette's property to Rex and Lisa's.
- Oct 16, 2009 at 3:45PM
A change is coming to enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code for businesses and new construction on Orcas Island. Orcas Fire District commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 13 to continue participating in the interlocal agreement to administer the fire marshal program — for now.
- Oct 16, 2009 at 2:58PM
- Oct 16, 2009 at 11:17AM
Matthew Stepita is excited. He has a life jacket, a backpack and a happy face. “It’s a perfect day for it,” his father, Mike Stepita, says. And it is a perfect day: The afternoon is ripening under a clear October sky. Blue and white Mount Baker breaks the horizon. The two have come to the University of Washington Labs at Friday Harbor to participate in a research trip in San Juan Channel. The expedition, led by former Labs director Dennis Willows, will see the boat "Centennial" trawling for samples of sea life in the channel. It will be educational, windy and, as Matthew points out, a lot of fun.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 15, 2009 at 5:09PM
Since Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" premiered in 1875, the comic opera and its music ("Les Toreadors," "Habanera") have become immortalized on stage and in film. Hard to infuse something unique into such a classic, particularly after so many film adaptations (the 1983 film directed by Carlos Saura was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and Beyonce Knowles starred in an MTV “hip hopera” version in 2001). And yet, Opera Pacifica's "Carmen" — Oct. 24 and 25 at the San Juan Community Theatre — will have its own unique flair.
- Oct 15, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:07PM
Five American Red Cross volunteers from San Juan Island will assist firefighters battling the Tommy Thompson trestle fire in Anacortes. Emergency personnel from five agencies are on the scene. Island Red Cross volunteers will be part of the feeding crew, feeding firefighters who are expected to battle the fire through the night and into Friday morning.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 15, 2009 at 5:06PM
A calf has been born to L pod, bumping the Southern Resident killer whale population to 86. Center for Whale Research director Ken Balcomb said today that the calf was born sometime between Sept. 20, when the pod was last seen without a new calf, and Oct. 10, when the calf was sighted off Port Townsend.
- Oct 15, 2009 at 4:30PM
As they headed back to their trucks, one man said, "What time is it? I have to get up and go to work." Just after 4. I repeated my mantra — "thank you, thank you" — a million times, "thank you so much, you're my heroes." It all sounded more inadequate than ever. Fifteen minutes later, they were gone.
- Oct 15, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:42PM
The Wolverines, plagued this season by injuries and illnesses, turned in what may have been their best performance of the year as a patchwork lineup gave a talented Shoreline Christian squad all it could handle despite coming out on the losing end of three consecutive games Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
- Oct 15, 2009 at 2:29PM
The Friday Harbor Port Commission on Oct. 14 approved the following tribute to Nourdine Jensen, a member of the first Port Commission. Jensen, 95, died Oct. 11.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Oct 15, 2009 at 1:30PM
As moderator Susan Dehlendorf speed-read the ballot statement against the Islands Rec levy Tuesday, there was little doubt the candidate forum – seven candidates, five ballot arguments – would finish on schedule. In fact, it finished about 15 minutes early. “Did you even take a breath while reading that,” a reporter asked Dehlendorf. “She didn't have time,” Island Rec levy proponent Brent Snow responded. There was humor, there were stumbles, there were no-shows at the forum presented by the League of Women Voters Tuesday in the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons.
- Oct 15, 2009 at 9:54AM
Gordy Petersen and other committed critics of the County Council and administration have developed a technique of piling on so many partial facts and misleading conclusions that they collectively portray a county government run by reckless spenders and incompetents. I would like to respond to some of their deceptive arguments in the following paragraphs.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:45PM
The Evergreen State pulled up to the ferry landing as Dave Jorgensen and Sonia Mattoon exchanged wedding vows on the Orcas Hotel lawn Aug. 15. It was an extra special moment for the bride, who might have considered the ferry more wedding guest than seagoing vessel. She was born on the ferry 30 years ago.
Island Rec levy would renew funding for rec district, establish funding source for school sports | November ballot measures
- Oct 14, 2009 at 3:40PM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on the Nov. 3 ballot seems an easy sell: A renewal of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would keep Island Rec’s stable of youth and adult programs going for another six years. An additional 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation would provide a stable source of funding for school sports programs for six years. Meanwhile, a school bond measure of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation expires at year end. So even if voters approve the Island Rec levy, their property tax bill will decrease 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation – for most property owners, a savings of about $300 a year. But proponents of the Island Rec levy aren’t taking any chances.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 3:34PM
Even if county government is facing a real budget problem, there is something truly disheartening in the cynical way it is asking us taxpayers to raise our taxes. It is as if the County Council has become its own cadre of tea baggers and decided that if the fictional notion of “Death Panels” can undercut meaningful discussion about health-insurance reform, then perhaps “Death Panels” can scare county voters into increasing our property taxes.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:52PM
Two different Friday Harbor soccer teams took the field against North Sound Christian Tuesday at home. The first team seemed to find every possible way to not score despite outshooting their opponents 50-2, allowing the first half to end 0-0. A bit of coaching "encouragement" perhaps helped turn things around for the final 40 minutes.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00AM updated at 9:09AM
The Journal has been covering the campaign issues since long before the campaigns began. We’ve watched the issues develop, we’ve covered the discussions in public forums, we’ve talked to the candidates as they emerged and became involved. We’ve questioned the candidates, investigated their claims, explored their pledges. The following candidates are the ones we feel have the best understanding of issues, the most solid plans for the future, the most ability to build consensus on difficult issues, and the best skills to get the job done. We recommend their election.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 5:06AM
He designed and/or built more than 150 boats in his tenure at the yard while at the same time serving his community in capacities such as: first Friday Harbor Port Commission, 1950-1973; Friday Harbor Town Council, 1953-1959; OPALCO board, 1965-69 and 1975-2008; and as a school board member, a volunteer firefighter, member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, charter member of the San Juan Island Yacht Club, and member of the San Juan Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:44AM
I wish to add my name to the list of those who have publicly endorsed Carrie Lacher as their candidate for mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. During the months that I have served with Carrie on the council, I have noticed two traits that make her an exceptionally qualified candidate.
Supports Lacher for mayor 'because of her experience on the council and knowledge of the local government'
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:51AM
I don't live in Friday Harbor anymore but I've been following the mayor's race. I'm leaning toward Carrie Lacher, simply because of her experience on the council and knowledge of the local government.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 2:52PM
Some $95,000 in promotional funds was awarded to seven organizations Sept. 17 by the Friday Harbor Town Council. That amount is $30,000 less than last year, a reflection of the economic times.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 2:55PM
People are visiting Friday Harbor but spending less. That’s what the statistics seem to say: The town has received $518,304.58 as its share of sales tax this year, almost $102,000 less than the same period last year. But the town has received about $9,400 less in lodging tax than it received last year. Month-by-month lodging tax revenues have been about $1,000 less than in the same months of the previous year.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:38PM
Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch has a daughter and grandchildren in Nashville, where the H1N1 flu virus re-emerged this fall. His 8-year-old granddaughter, Eleanor, was one of the first to become ill — and she became very ill. At Fitch's request, his daughter Stephanie Shippen, described the experience in an email to share with people who have not yet seen the effect swine flu can have on young children. Here is her description of how the disease progressed.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 13, 2009 at 2:42PM
"Lost" gill nets are never really lost. Fishing boat operators cut loose snagged nets and get their boats free and head for port. The derelict nets remain where they were snagged — often for decades — catching and killing marine life.
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