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Bump in the road for proposed Styrofoam ban

  • Jun 16, 2009 at 12:21PM

In a 3-2 decision, the council on June 9 fell one vote shy of sending a proposed ban, presented by the San Juan Anti-Litter Initiative and modeled after similar legislation in effect in Seattle, onward and into the process by which it could be crafted into local law.

Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Jun 11, 2009 at 9:27AM

Heidi Fish Swimwear will do a photo shoot on San Juan Island June 14. Swimwear designed by Heidi Fish Designer Swimwear has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition three years in a row. Heidi Fish was also featured on "Evening Magazine" and "Northwest Afternoon" on Seattle's TV channel 5.

Centennial Fourth: Lummi Nation will be special guest for Fourth of July

  • Jun 11, 2009 at 9:07AM

Friday Harbor reaches into its history for its centennial Fourth of July celebration – a historical and cultural connection that predates incorporation and predates the settlement era. Members of the Lummi Indian Nation, the First People of San Juan Island, will be special guests at the town’s Fourth of July celebration with three days of special presentations, including participation in the Fourth of July Parade.

Centennial Fourth: Friday Harbor Fire Department celebrates its 100th

  • Jun 11, 2009 at 9:06AM

During Fourth of July weekend, the town fire department will celebrate its 100 years of service to the community with several events. On July 3, a dozen antique fire trucks will arrive by ferry from Canada and the U.S. A spaghetti supper will follow at the fire station at 5 p.m.

Seattle's Nick Shalygin takes first at San Juan Island Marathon

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 3:45PM

The seventh annual San Juan Island Marathon and Half Marathon, sponsored by Kings Market, drew 324 participants, 64 of whom braved the 26.2 mile course and another 260 that either ran or walked the 13.1-mile half marathon.

Meet the newest group of WSU Beach Watchers

  • Jun 3, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jun 10, 2009 at 3:26PM

Eighteen dedicated lovers of the marine environment received their certificates of completed studies on May 21 at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. These certificates represent more than 20 days of training in the WSU Beach Watchers program. Each Beach Watcher will provide more than 100 hours of community service to educate and inform islanders and visitors of the importance of responsible marine stewardship.

Shaw Island Fire District commissioners meet June 15

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 3:13PM

The San Juan County Fire Protection District 5 board of commissioners will meet June 15 (Monday), 4:30 p.m., in the Shaw Community Building. The meeting is open to the public.

Land Bank protects Cattle Point Road farmland

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 2:26PM

The San Juan County Land Bank has purchased a conservation easement over 27 acres owned by Nate Howard and Elisa Scott-Howard on Cattle Point Road, San Juan Island.

Jobs at stake as county prepares $1 million in budget cuts

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 2:13PM

Four employees have been laid off at the county Community Development and Planning Department since the beginning of the year. And it would appear that's just the beginning, as county officials prepare this week to cut $1 million or more out of the 2009 budget in order to keep pace with a sluggish economy.

Budget cuts: Council member warns of costs of delay in budget reductions

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 1:39PM

San Juan County Council budget committee chairman Richard Fralick is distributing a chart that shows the potential cost of delaying county budget cuts in human terms. The council is facing the task of balancing the 2009 budget in the face of a revenue shortfall of $1 million to $1.5 million, with only six months left in the fiscal year.

9-year-old wages effort to save Friday Harbor school arts program

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jun 10, 2009 at 12:18PM

When nine-year-old Kelly Payne heard that the arts program at Friday Harbor Elementary School was going to be cut, she didn’t waste any time. Within two days, she had written a letter explaining why the program should be saved, and got it signed by her classmates and Principal Gary Pflueger. She next organized a booth selling lemonade, cupcakes and cookies at the school carnival on May 31, and rallied her classmates to the tune of $123 and more than 40 signatures on a petition to save the arts.

America's drug policy is failing

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jun 10, 2009 at 9:23AM

Regarding the story, “County health officer warns of contaminated street drugs,” June 4 SanJuanJournal.com: San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James’s warning about contaminated street drugs is just another counterproductive aspect of America’s long failed drug crusade.

Maintenance and weatherization help available for low-income homeowners

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 8:56AM

With the warmer weather finally here now is the time to get your house ready for next winter’s inclement weather. There are a couple of programs available to help low-income San Juan County homeowners with weatherization or make needed repairs to their homes.

County Council signs 2009-12 contract with labor union

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 7:59AM

After six months of negotiations, the San Juan County Council has signed a four-year contract with Local 49 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. The contract gives the represented employees a 1.25 percent cost of living increase, retroactive to January 2009, and another 1.25 percent increase effective July 1. The contract sets cost of living increases at 3 percent for the remaining three years of the contract.

Awards still coming in for Spring Street International School graduates

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:30PM

Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre, but awards were still coming in three days later.

A letter to the Class of 2009 | Editorial

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 5:00PM

Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your life. As you stand on the threshold of adulthood, prepared to take on the world, here are some things we want you to know.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee to sponsor community forums on Trash Talk

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:43PM

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee will sponsor regular, community forums on issues related to solid waste and its impact in the community. The committee, commonly known by its abbreviation SWAC, hopes to engage the community in a grass-roots participatory process as they work through agenda items like funding and long-term planning.

Lack of candidates continues to haunt Stuart Island Cemetery District Commission

  • Jun 7, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jun 9, 2009 at 4:53PM

The dearth of candidates in any election is no more dire, and no more persistent, than on Stuart Island. Two of three members of the island's cemetery district commission have moved off-island. The term of the commission's senior member, David W. Ericksen, is poised to be automatically extended because no one, including him, filed as a candidate. He didn't run for reelection after his last six-year term expired and, lacking candidates, his term has been automatically extended each year.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee to sponsor community forums on Trash Talk

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:43PM

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee will sponsor regular, community forums on issues related to solid waste and its impact in the community. The committee, commonly known by its abbreviation SWAC, hopes to engage the community in a grass-roots participatory process as they work through agenda items like funding and long-term planning.

Alex H. McRea | Passages

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:44AM

Alex H. McRea of Friday Harbor died before midnight June 7, 2009. He was 92. There will be a memorial service June 19, 1:30 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, followed by private family burial.

Thank you for giving blood

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:27AM

On behalf of patients in our community’s hospitals, I wish to extend our thanks. During your blood drive on June 3, Puget Sound Blood Center registered 85 donors and collected 76 units of blood. This will benefit up to 228 patients.

General Aviation is in peril

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:25AM

Each month, volunteer pilots from Angel Flight West fly patients needing specialized medical care, including chemotherapy and dialysis, to hospitals throughout Washington. Many of these patients are from rural areas and would otherwise be hard-pressed to receive the care they need.

New life for old homes

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:24AM

Thanks to everyone that had a hand in my nomination and most importantly the selection of Argyle Suites to receive Thew Village Stewardship Award. I think it is an important distinction to make that property can be developed and historic structures can be restored in good taste, all the while maintaining the historic character of our wonderful town and its historic structures. All this is possible by using sound environmental and economic principals.

Critical Areas Ordinance has some real problems

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:17AM

I have served as one of nine appointed members of the GMA Critical Area Ordinance review committee for two years. A polarizing and contentious issue during this entire process has been whether the committee should address the shorelines.

Rest easy, Alex McRea

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:16AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex and Margaret McRea three years ago when he was a patient at San Juan Physical Therapy. Two things stood out from that initial encounter: The first was that, after 60 plus years of marriage, they were as courteous and solicitous of each other as a couple on a first date. The second was the sense of purpose and determination that Alex exhibited throughout his therapy. (He was a mere pup of 91 at the time).

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