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- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:16PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. for a budget work session. The meeting is open to the public. This meeting is a continuation of an earlier meeting, in which the Town Council discussed ways to cut personnel expenses 20 percent in order to help balance the 2010 budget. Cuts to programs and projects are proposed. One alternative to cutting hours has not been considered: The council should help shoulder some of the burden.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:11PM
The preliminary Friday Harbor town budget released Sept. 29 wasn’t pretty: It showed seven of 14 town funds spending more than they would take in in 2010.Three funds — the Current Fund, the Refuse Fund and the Street Fund — were projected to finish 2010 in the red; the others would be balanced with money carried over from 2009. Today in a special budget work session, the Town Council reviews a budget that is balanced, but still not much prettier.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 1:07PM
Carrie Lacher, 54, was elected Friday Harbor's 28th mayor Tuesday. She is the first woman elected to the job in the town's 100-year history.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Nov 4, 2009 at 11:53AM
Put away the fireworks, the party is over. Voters on Tuesday ratified a local ordinance approved by the County Council more than a year ago that bans the use of all types of so-called consumer fireworks, including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers.
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released into Griffin Bay | Video Report
- Nov 3, 2009 at 11:14AM
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center were released into Griffin Bay Oct. 22. All three seals had been taken malnourished to Wolf Hollow earlier this year. One seal had been found on Jackson Beach, another on a pocket beach below Downriggers restaurant, and the other on Lummi Island.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 6:44AM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on Tuesday's ballot seemed 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 approved 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. Voters agreed.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:18PM
Carrie Lacher downplayed her gender during her campaign for mayor, but all of those mayoral portraits on the wall in the Council Chambers wouldn't let her escape this obvious fact: Since Friday Harbor's inception 100 years ago, there has never been a female mayor. Women have held important positions in all other corners of local and county government, but the mayoralty was like an incomplete chapter in the story of women in leadership. Until Tuesday.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:16PM
Felix Menjivar is a San Juan County sheriff's deputy, president of the sheriff's guild, and a town planning commissioner. Tonight, voters gave him a new set of responsibilities.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:13PM
Amy Windrope is used to getting positive results. And her first-ever run at elected office proved no different. As of 8:16 p.m. today, Windrope edged past fellow candidate Jeremy Talbott 1,420 to 941 votes to earn a position on the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District board of commissioners.
Voters approve Proposition 1, will raise money for county programs and services; Orcas voters create recreation district
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:11PM
An 11th-hour reprieve stood between some of the more popular publicly-funded programs in San Juan County and the chopping block. Today, voters granted that reprieve.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:47PM
Greg Hertel was elected to a fourth six-year term on the Friday Harbor Port Commission tonight. As of 8:16 p.m., Hertel received 1,531 votes to online journalist Sharon Kivisto's 967. Hertel was unavailable for comment. He spent Election Day off-island. Kivisto, owner of sanjuanislander.com, also could not be reached; she is doubling as candidate and election-night reporter.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:44PM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on today's ballot seemed 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 approved 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. Voters agreed.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 3, 2009 at 3:45PM
Flo Settles, much-loved and well-known Friday Harbor resident, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in Friday Harbor. Flo was born on July 17, 1926 in Tarrytown, N.Y., one of four children born to John and Susan Dunn. She had three brothers: Sydney Henry, Fred Lee and Paul Dunn. Flo met and married Chuck Settles on July 29, 1945 while he served on the USS Brooklyn, based in New York.
Voter turnout expected to be high in this election; 5,537 have been received of 11,535 mailed out countywide
- Nov 3, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:58PM
By noon, the voter turnout was already 50 percent. Most San Juan Island ballots have been received, the county elections office reported at 12:30 p.m. Ballots were expected to be received from Orcas Island later this afternoon, and from Lopez Island on Wednesday.
It's Election Day: Voters will choose a mayor, council member; decide fate of school sports, county funding, and fireworks
- Nov 3, 2009 at 4:00AM updated at 10:31AM
The candidate appearances and forums are over. The last letters to the editor of the campaign season have been published. The last ballots are being mailed or dropped off today. Today is Election Day.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 1:35PM
As of Friday afternoon, the San Juan County Health and Community Services Department had received and distributed about 1,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine, the county communications office reported. Because the initial shipments of vaccine have been small, health officials have not been able to expand the group receiving the vaccine beyond its highest priority groups.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 9:46AM
The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade was a big hit Friday. Bananaman, fairies, a jumping hot dog, princesses, Supergirl, transformers, and the usual cast of spooky characters paraded from the school down Argyle Avenue to Spring Street to the applause of throngs of parade watchers. The skies were clear and the temperatures were pleasant — ideal parade weather. The Journal's Jane K. Fox and Scott Rasmussen produced this slideshow of the parade.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 11:41AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines lost 1-0 to Lynden Christian at Oak Harbor Saturday, ending a season that included a league title, a long string of shutouts and a 12-6 record.
Funding approved for purchase of Mitchell Hill; land will be annexed into San Juan Island National Historical Park
- Nov 2, 2009 at 7:51AM
Mitchell Hill, a 312-acre chunk of land that includes trails and a pristine portion of road built beginning in 1853 by the Hudson's Bay Co., is on its way to becoming part of San Juan Island National Historical Park. President Obama on Friday signed the bill that provides the funding for the purchase. “With President Obama’s signature, the National Park Service now has $6 million available to purchase Mitchell Hill," said Rep. Rick Larsen, who sponsored the bill. "This funding is a huge win for San Juan Island residents and future generations of visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park.”
It's official: Our waters are the Salish Sea; cartographers must use designation on maps and atlases
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 1, 2009 at 7:10PM
The state Board on Geographic Names today approved "Salish Sea" as the collective name for the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Georgia Strait. The new designation does not change or eliminate the names of any of the several bodies of water within the Salish Sea on either side of the international border. It does mandate that cartographers use "Salish Sea" on all maps and in all atlases.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Nov 1, 2009 at 7:09PM
Crowds thronged Friday Harbor Ace Hardware Wednesday to take advantage of a sale of 50 percent off all items. The building and land, formerly owned by J. Phillip Miller, was purchased at auction Oct. 9 by Lynn Danaher and David Moorhouse. The owners of the Ace Hardware in Anacortes are negotiating with Danaher and Moorhouse for a lease for the Friday Harbor site.
- Oct 31, 2009 at 7:05AM
The last time Lynden Christian and Friday Harbor met on the football field, the game was settled by three points, a Reid Bode field goal. Ah, but that game was 23-20, settled in overtime. Friday night? Again settled by a Bode field goal. But this time, it was the only three points of the whole game.
- Oct 31, 2009 at 5:10AM
A chemical dependency counselor running for Town Council has applied with the state for a license to sell beer and wine at Warehouse Coffee, which he bought in September. Warehouse Coffee, at 301 Tucker Ave., is located half a block north of Friday Harbor High School.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:59PM
The San Juan County Sheriff’s boat Guardian has been recognized by the State of Washington as a licensed ambulance, following a three-year process of fund-raising, planning, modification and training. “For many years to come, this multipurpose, dual hull twin-engine catamaran will serve and augment the emergency medical transport and water rescue needs of all of San Juan County through its upgraded capability,” EMS Chief Jim Cole said in a press release.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:48PM
On Monday, Nov. 2, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, will host a telephone "town hall meeting" with constituents from across the 2nd Congressional District to discuss the Affordable Health Care for America Act that was introduced in the House on Thursday.
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