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Race relations are still an issue

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 2:05PM

Many people have begun thinking, and having discussions with more optimism about race relations than they have in a long time. I must assume that some of these same people have never discussed race relations. I don’t share their optimism.

Don’t give up your voice on health care | Editorial

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 2:03PM

Today, if you have a concern about the quality of medical care at Inter Island Medical Center, you can take your concerns up with your elected board of commissioners. They work for you. You can talk about issues of concern at public meetings. If you are not satisfied with a commissioner’s performance, you can vote for change at the ballot box. In the future, if you have a concern about the quality of medical care at the new integrated medical center operated by PeaceHealth, you can take your concerns up with ... well, that’s not clear.

That was some tasty ‘spay’ghetti

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 2:01PM

The Friday Harbor Animal Shelter would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended our first annual “Spay”Ghetti Dinner, held in celebration of “Spay Day USA,” at Mullis Center on Feb 24.

Start at the top with budget cuts

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 1:58PM

It is interesting to observe different philosophies used by a couple of our public entities during these times of economic challenges. During the past few weeks, we’ve seen the San Juan Island School Board struggle to make cuts to their budget while trying to preserve services to their students and families. The School Board has proposed making cuts involving ALL levels of their organization, from principals down to regular employees. Contrast this approach to the one taken by the County Council.

Marie Cunniff | Passages

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:33PM

Marie Cunniff could pass her son off as a younger brother and get away with it, crochet an afghan in record time, and at 100 make a TV interviewer blush. She was always punctual, preferring to be early to appointments in the event she could be seen early. "Always wanting to be early, she did, however, surpass her brother Anthony, who passed at 100," her son, Herb Cunniff, said after his mother passed away Feb. 19 at the age of 101.

Update: Water main break will cost OPALCO $1,000

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 11:25AM

Homes in the Friday Avenue area were without water for about five hours Feb. 23 after an OPALCO worker broke a water main while digging to replace a light pole.

On San Juan Island in the 1800s, settlers endured on hard work and faith

  • Feb 25, 2009 at 4:44PM

By 1870, there was church every Sunday, not by the itinerant missionary from Victoria but San Juan’s own resident … sandy sideburned, beloved T.J. Weekes. As it happened, probably in the late 1860s, young T.J. Weekes, who was born in Kent, England, left his home and sailed around the Horn to land in Victoria, Vancouver Island. Here he met Thomas Summerville. In 1870, Summerville sent young Weekes to the San Juan Island Church to become their regular pastor.

Lincoln Day dinner at the Grange — bloodied but unbowed | Ferry Home Companion

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 5:16PM

One thing you can count on after a general election: most of the speakers at this San Juan County Republican Party gathering like to face things as they are. That certainly was the case down the line Saturday at the San Juan Island Grange,

Dr. Willows is guest at Discovery Speaker Series | Environmental Briefs

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 4:16PM

Dr. Dennis Willows, former director of the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs, is the guest at this week's Spring Street School Discovery Speaker Series presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Date and venue: Thursday, 7 p.m., Friday Harbor House San Juan Conference Room.

Griffin Bay Book Club topic: 'The Geography of Bliss' by Eric Weiner

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 1:57PM

Griffin Bay Book Club will meet Friday, 7 p.m., at the book store, 155 Spring St. Topic: "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner.

Basketball Hot-Shot Shootout March 1 for grades 4-8

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 1:45PM

Island Rec is holding its first-ever basketball shooting competition for grades 4-8. This is the chance to show off all those skills learned during the season. Competitions include: Free Throw Contest, Hot Spot Shoot-out, 3-Point Shoot-out and dribbling contests. Awards will be given to first, second and third place in each category.

What will NOT be found under the King Farmhouse? 'The skeleton of the Pig War pig'

  • Feb 24, 2009 at 1:31PM

Robin Jacobson had the winning answer to the question, "What will NOT be found under the 1894 King Farmhouse?" The contest was co-sponsored by the San Juan Historical Society and SanJuanJournal.com.

Close call for home; smoldering electric blanket burns hole in mattress

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Feb 23, 2009 at 12:10PM

An electric blanket burned through a mattress in a bedroom at 817 Sunday Drive in Friday Harbor, Feb. 16. Renter Christine Dawson and her family were off-island at the time of the fire. A neighbor, Gary Hanson, heard the smoke alarm and called sheriff's dispatch. The call was received at 1:26 p.m.; Friday Harbor and San Juan Island District 3 firefighters went to the home.

Updated: Stimulus package benefits ferries, schools; San Juan School District will receive $233,000

  • Feb 18, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Feb 23, 2009 at 11:53AM

Ferries and schools will benefit from the federal stimulus package approved by Congress and signed by President Obama Tuesday. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "will invest more than $44 million to modernize schools, fund special education and help kids learn, including investments in Title I, IDEA and school modernization and repair" in the 2nd Congressional District, according to Rep. Rick Larsen's Web site.

Two new orca calves, but one adult whale is missing

  • Feb 17, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Feb 23, 2009 at 11:37AM

Researchers have confirmed the birth of two Southern resident orca calves, bringing the population to 85. However, the news comes as one 31-year-old male orca is believed missing, emphasizing the challenges the endangered whale pods face in their recovery.

Wolverines ousted from postseason by Coupeville, 51-44

  • Feb 20, 2009 at 4:39PM

F.H. comeback spoiled in 30-point barrage by Coupeville's Megan Smith

Wolverines season ends in 64-58 playoff loss

  • Feb 20, 2009 at 4:37PM

Fueled by a 25-point outburst after the break, the Wolves parlayed a distinct size advantage down low into repeated points in the paint and outpaced Friday Harbor by eight points in the second half to claim the postseason winner-takes-all contest.

Great Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, Feb. 21 at Mullis Center

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 2:01PM

Great Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, takes place Feb. 21 at Mullis Community Senior Center. Drop off items and social is at 8:30-9:45 a.m. Event begins at 10 a.m. The event is presented by Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor.

Ash Wednesday service Feb. 25 at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 1:38PM

There will be an Ash Wednesday Service on Feb. 25, noon, in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. "Join us in the spiritual journey toward Easter with this noontime service, noting the beginning of the Lenten season with prayers of hope and healing."

Ursula Heiting | Passages

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 1:35PM

Ursula courageously fought and beat cancer three times over the last 30 years and her positive outlook in the face of adversity is an inspiration to all who knew her. An avid traveler, she made yearly trips to Europe to visit her daughter and friends, even last summer at the age of 91.

Direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income | Guest Column

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 11:29AM

An extension of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was passed recently and direct distributions from an IRA can be made to certain charities without it counting as taxable income.

Darren Black hired as golf pro at San Juan Golf and Country Club

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 10:08AM

Darren Black, assistant golf pro at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Ore., has been hired as the head golf pro at San Juan Golf & Country Club. Black succeeds Brad Dally. More details to come as the story develops.

NAS Whidbey plans for more training – and more flyovers

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 11:12AM

The skies may get a lot noisier over Lopez and San Juan islands. The Navy plans to increase training for crews at its Northwest Training Range Complex off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

Sutton: Sidney run, domestic ferry are 'safe'

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 10:46AM

It was a busy day in our state Capitol. More than 200 Washingtonians rallied in Olympia on Feb. 18 to speak out about the proposed options for future ferry service and present a petition with 8,000 signatures.

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