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- May 18, 2009 at 7:00PM updated May 19, 2009 at 11:55AM
Ten businesses that have refused to pay fire inspection fees – saying they shouldn’t have to pay for inspections by the county fire marshal or that the fee is burdensome – have been sent to collections. The San Juan Island Fire Department Board of Commissioners voted May 12 to send the delinquent accounts to AllianceOne, a collection agency. Any money collected by AllianceOne would be posted to the fire department’s budget.
- May 18, 2009 at 7:30PM
Chalk up another victory for pedestrians of the town. And history buffs as well. Not only did the Friday Harbor Town Council unanimously embrace the proposed Beach Court Trail, it upped the ante May 7 by designating the trail a Centennial project and dipping into the town's birthday account — $1,000 — to help fund its construction.
- May 18, 2009 at 7:23PM
With a request on the table, the Friday Harbor Town Council has agreed to enter into negotiations with the county on a possible sale or long-term lease of a portion of its property on Sutton Road. In a 4-0 decision, the council May 7 authorized town staff and its attorney to begin negotiations which may lead to a possible change in ownership of a 6.7-acre slice of the property, which includes the area the town currently leases to the county for its solid-waste transfer station.
- May 18, 2009 at 7:21PM
Learn basic hands-on trail planning, construction and maintenance skills at a free workshop offered by the San Juan Island Trials Committee on May 29 and 30. The workshop will consist of a three-hour classroom session from 6-9 p.m. on May 29, and a field session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 30.
- May 14, 2009 at 5:00PM updated May 18, 2009 at 6:01PM
Usually, the San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic has a guest star who headlines the list of celebrity regulars in the fund-raiser for the islands' non-profits. This year, there will be four: Four-time World Series pitcher Jeff Nelson, U.W. football Hall of Famer Sonny Sixkiller, KING-5 Weekend Sports anchor Lisa Gangel, and Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney.
- May 18, 2009 at 1:14PM
Westcott Bay Sea Farm, at the end of Westcott Drive, will reopen on weekends for the season beginning Friday. The sea farm, known worldwide for its oysters and other shellfish, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning June 22, the sea farm will be open week-long through the summer.
- May 18, 2009 at 1:13PM
Village at the Harbour assisted-living apartments is offering a furnished studio apartment for short-stay respite care. “We have had several requests for these services from folks in the community,” administrator Seanene Kennedy said. “We all know how important it is for caregivers to get a break from around-the-clock care for a loved lone. We can provide that break by caring for the loved one in a safe, comfortable environment. The minimum stay is one week and maximum, 30 days.”
- May 14, 2009 at 1:00PM updated May 18, 2009 at 1:10PM
San Juan Colors, a local paint store approaching its 20th year of business, has a new location. San Juan Colors has moved from Airport Center Road to the Surina Business Park, 50 Malcolm St., No. 504, Friday Harbor. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call for service, 378-2806, other times.
- May 18, 2009 at 9:48AM
Matt Cowell of San Juan Island aced the 12th hole en route to winning the May Masters tournament May 9 at Lake Padden Golf Course. It was Cowell's first hole in one — 145 yards with a pitching wedge. Cowell started the back nine with an eagle, par, eagle, ace.
- May 15, 2009 at 2:09PM
In real life, Patsy Cline was bigger than life. When Schuman launched into "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy," we fell back in time, or Patsy came to us, her fans. Audience members sang along with Patsy. Some danced with Louise Seger downstage, while others cheered, applauded, or dabbed at their eyes. Amazing. Do not miss this show.
- May 15, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 11:52AM
David Lee Spurgeon of San Juan Island died May 13 of complications from a chronic respiratory condition, the San Juan Island Yacht Club announced Thursday.
- May 14, 2009 at 9:00AM updated May 15, 2009 at 10:42AM
For National Historic Preservation Month, I decided to review David Richardson’s history. As I sat to write up my thoughts about it, I was also thinking about the impact of the recent “Every 15 Minutes” program to reduce drinking and driving. So I dedicate this review to the many lives of islanders lost or maimed due to alcohol abuse.
- May 15, 2009 at 9:51AM
This profile is part of a series of profiles of Relay for Life team captains and other volunteers.
- May 15, 2009 at 9:12AM
Sound Publishing took home a trio of top prizes in Suburban Newspapers of America's 2009 Local Community Web Site Contest.
- May 14, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:32PM
Actor and activist Raul Julia-Levy (“The Champagne Game,” “Clash,” “Vengeance” will give an update on his work with the “Free Lolita” campaign at The Whale Museum’s third annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony,” Saturday at Mullis Community Senior Center. The fund-raising dinner and auction begins at 6 p.m.
- May 14, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:16PM
Arielle Mancuso, Friday Harbor High School Class of 2005, graduates this month from McGill University in Montreal with an honors degree in International Development and a minor in Biochemistry. She is a candidate for the Peace Corps and hopes to work in French-speaking Africa.
- May 13, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 5:42PM
Arlene Rhonwen Forgie passed away May 8, 2009 in Friday Harbor, Wash., with her daughters and granddaughters by her side. Arlene was born to Leslie and Alice Cannon and raised in Victoria, B.C. Canada. In 1959, Arlene married Hugh Douglas Forgie. They were married until 1991. They raised three children together.
- May 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:23PM
Four players advanced as the Wolverines made the most out of home court advantage and nearly ran the tables at the District 1 playoff Saturday in Friday Harbor.
- May 13, 2009 at 12:28PM
Since 1996, Mike Vouri has given George Pickett the opportunity to give his version of the events of his life in a one-man show, “The Life & Times of George E. Pickett.” The production has been staged throughout the U.S., including before the annual meeting of The Pickett Society in Virginia. But now, after the longest run in the San Juan Community Theatre’s history, the show is being retired. “Pickett” will be staged for the last time May 23 and July 10 at SJCT.
- May 13, 2009 at 12:10PM
Jordyn Taylor, a senior at Friday Harbor High School, will golf for Western Washington University in fall. Taylor has competed in state tournaments as a Wolverine golfer and wrestler.
- May 13, 2009 at 12:08PM
Early registrations are up 21 percent for the King’s San Juan Island Marathon and Half Marathon. “Traditionally, most of the registrations come in four weeks prior to the race, with a surge of day-before registrations at the expo,” race co-director Paul Hopkins said. “So, we’re very pleased with these early numbers and hope the trend continues.”
- May 13, 2009 at 12:07PM
If you enjoy spending time in the woods and want to pursue a new hobby, disc golf may be for you. Disc golf is a world-wide leisure sport that appeals to people of all ages and all athletic abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the new Roche Harbor Disc Golf Course and learn all there is to know about this sport.
- May 13, 2009 at 12:06PM
The San Juan Island Outrigger Canoe and Kayak Club presents a race series at Jackson Beach on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from May to August. Canoeists, kayakers and rowers will take off from the net shed at Jackson Beach and race around Dinner Island. Every race is sponsored by a different local restaurant, and each week racers have a chance to win a gift certificate to that restaurant.
- May 13, 2009 at 11:49AM
The Wolverines grabbed a top slot at the Tri-District tournament and a berth at State with back-to-back wins over familiar foes Saturday at Pipeline Fields in Blaine. And they dodged a bullet along the way.
- May 13, 2009 at 11:47AM
The Wolverines pulled out the bats and pulled off a shocker with back-to-back victories at home over league-leading La Conner Saturday in their regular season finale. Trailing 1-0 in the opener, Friday Harbor blew the game wide open by batting around the order and tallying eight runs in the fourth inning on five timely base hits, including a pair of triples by sophomore Elle Guard.
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