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The more folks see whales, the better it is for the whales

  • Sep 3, 2009 at 11:08AM

The super pod Aug. 31 was off of the west side of San Juan Island, swimming through ships that are taking their salmon. Hmmm. And NOAA wants to ban kayaks, but will let purse seiners run over the orcas and take their salmon. What's wrong with this picture?

Barnes wins title at Cowichan, paired with Danish champ in 55 Doubles at grass court championship | Tennis

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Sep 3, 2009 at 5:45AM

As a tennis coach, Dick Barnes of Friday Harbor has helped many young players exceed their expectations and he’s coached many Wolverines to championships. As an advocate for tennis, he’s introduced many people to a healthy game that they can play for the rest of their lives. He’s done it for no reward other than to be connected to a game he loves. But the last week of July at Vancouver Island’s South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club — where Barnes has mowed the grass courts just for fun for several years in preparation for tournament play — the long-time coach and player came away with a well-deserved honor: a doubles title.

Supreme Court Justice Sanders: 'The court must protect all the legal rights of all the citizens who come before it'

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:03PM

The Citizens Alliance for Property Rights hosted a presentation Tuesday by state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders concerning private property rights and the courts. Sanders was as big a hit as the tri tip dinner and the camaraderie which filled the Grange Hall to capacity.

Time running out to comment on ferry fare increase

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 4:03PM

The Washington state Transportation Commission, held a public meeting onboard an inter-island ferry Monday. The meeting was an opportunity for public comment regarding proposed ferry fare increases. If adopted, inter-island fares for a vehicle and driver would increase 7.5 percent as of Oct. 11, 2009. The current inter-island fare for auto and driver is $16.95. The proposal would increase that fare to $17.95 in October of this year. Another increase to $18.75 is proposed for October 2010.

Low responds to Aug. 26 Journal article | Letter to the Editor

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:55PM

Regarding the story, “Low says he may replace Fitch with a new town administrator if elected mayor,” Aug. 26 Journal, page 1: A friend of mine reminded me of a saying by Samuel Clemens: “Don’t get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” But I still think clarification is needed.

Thanks for making a great event better

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:50PM

There are too many to list individually, but thank you to those who volunteered and worked a shift or two at the booth during the fair. I also want to thank everyone who bought a burger or hot dog at the American Legion Auxiliary booth at the fair.

Island Cup is Saturday; game gives a look at what to expect ... and it’s a lot of fun

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:06PM

There’s more than just bragging rights at stake when Friday Harbor and the Vikings of Orcas High School square off Saturday in the 2009 season-opener at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. There’s the hardware, of course, and to the victor go the spoils. The coveted Island Cup, the crown jewel of the inter-island rivalry, has been a fixture in the Wolverines’ trophy case ever since Friday Harbor upset the balance of power and clawed its way to a 2-point victory in 2004.

Gale Carter was truly one of God’s affable creatures

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:48PM

I remember Gale Carter. I was come-lately in Gale’s life. I was at Mullis Center perhaps a couple years ago when this bear of a man out of the blue seized my hand, pumped it several times and asked who I was, what I was doing there and what I had done with my life. At that point, Gale did not know me or I him, but from the vise-grip he had on my paw I was convinced he did not intend that state of affairs to continue.

The real threat to our local orcas

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:46PM

If we really want to save the whales, we should be focusing our efforts on these issues rather than perceived notions and unproven claims based on an organization’s agenda that will have little or no impact.

An opportunity to recycle your agricultural plastics

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:42PM

Save the dates: This year’s recycling collections of agricultural plastics are as follows (all from noon to 5 p.m.).

Make health care available to all

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:44PM

Many of us are not fully aware that all industrialized countries except the United States guarantee necessary health care to all their citizens, and usually to visitors as well.

Let voters decide legality of fireworks

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:38PM

In response to a recent letter from an interested citizen regarding this July’s Independence Day celebrations, we share the sentiment that it is wonderful that there were only a few minor fires and no reported fireworks-related injuries in our county.

There's a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:40PM

As a resident of Lopez Island, I wish to share a little story about a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island. My son and wife were visiting from New Wilmington, Pa., and wanted to visit San Juan Island and to stay in a B&B, and with bikes they could explore the island. Upon meeting a family on the ferry, they were told about a great ride out Roche Harbor way.

Bacon in Got to Run wins Single Handed Race | Along the Waterfront

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:14PM

The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.

June Young worked as a congressional secretary, nurse, library volunteer | Passages

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 2:49PM

June Young (Marion June Young) died in her sleep from heart failure Aug. 19, 2009 in Placerville, Calif. She was 87. A former resident of Friday Harbor, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., June was born Sept. 20, 1921 in La Crosse, Wis., to William and Rose Krismer. She graduated there from Aquinas High School. June moved to Washington, D.C. when she was 18, during World War II. She secured a job as a secretary in Congress, working for one of the representatives. After WWII, June graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital in Illinois, beginning a career as a registered nurse.

Friday Harbor Town Council should right this wrong | Editorial

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:47PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council should grant David Taylor’s request for a driveway at his house on Guard Street. For two years, Taylor has wanted to get in and out of his car without fear of getting struck by a passing vehicle. For two years, he has wondered how his property, facing a minor arterial road, came to be landlocked, without access from the front or rear of the property. And he’s wondered why he can’t have a driveway although his neighbor has one.

Births in Spring Street Aquarium could be sign of cleaner water

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:29PM

Dr. Mike Kaill, manager of the Spring Street Aquarium, reports live birth is taking place in the aquarium. "Live-bearing surf perch are producing babies," Kaill reported by e-mail.

Art as a weapon of survival; learn more about Borucan indigenous art at Friday Harbor exhibit

  • Aug 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 10:39AM

Traveling deep into the back country of Costa Rica we arrive at Palmar Norte, our stop for lunch. As our driver speaks no English, I ask him in my shaky Spanish if he wants to continue driving my friends Katie and Roberto and I further into the mountains to the Boruca indigenous village. I tell him, if so, he must do his tarea and find out how to get there. He asks around and we are off.

Come on ‘Back to the Farm’; highlights include a barn dance, contests, live music, dinner, and other good ol’ fashioned fun

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 5:28PM

This is the kind of event the grandparents might have gone to when they were kids and cows were as common as cars are now. The San Juan Historical Museum’s first annual Back to the Farm barn dance and fund-raiser is Sept. 19, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds. The museum’s heritage buildings will be open for tours. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.: pork barbecued by Jason Black, beans, cole slaw, rolls, watermelon, berry cobbler for dessert, and lemonade.

Richard Fulton Schmalz Jr. and Michaela Lynda Bennett | Weddings

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 1, 2009 at 5:26PM

Richard Fulton Schmalz Jr., 25, and Michaela Lynda Bennett, 23, will marry Sept. 12, 3 p.m., at 77 Little Road, Friday Harbor. A reception will follow. They are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Researchers pursue report of orca calf carcass

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 5:20PM

On Aug. 30, a private boater broadcast a report over marine radio Channel 16 that they had discovered what appeared to be a killer whale calf floating off of Lawrence Point near Orcas Island. The observer stated that the placenta was still attached to the carcass. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department heard the broadcast and passed the information on to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. A fishing tender also picked up the information and notified the network’s coordinator, Amy Traxler.

Islanders Bank is collecting supplies for San Juan Island public schools

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:16PM

Every year, teachers must buy school supplies for their students who can’t afford them. To help eliminate the burden on our teachers and help classroom learning, Islanders Bank is sponsoring a Gear Up for Our Schools campaign.

State Supreme Court justice visits today for talk on property rights

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 2:16PM

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders will speak on property rights and the Constitution at the next meeting of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan, today at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Island Grange.

Chevalier in ICU at Harborview; no environmental impacts from sinking of Anna J

  • Aug 30, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 8:08AM

Saturday morning, the sea began to give back some of what it took from the crew of the Anna J the night before. The front of the pilot house. A varnished wood hatch. A storage bin. Dry suits. A ball cap. Coffee mugs. Photographs. A clock, half filled with water, its hands stopped at 6 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds. Of course, the first thing the sea surrendered was the crew. All hands survived the sinking of the venerable purse seiner off South Beach Friday night.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee will recommend parcel fee to provide steady revenue source for solid waste utility

  • Aug 30, 2009 at 7:59AM

Islanders could pay an annual parcel fee of $50 per developed lot and $25 per undeveloped lot, as well as a $5 fee each time they deposit refuse at the solid waste transfer station, to help fund solid waste services in San Juan County. Those fees, unanimously endorsed Thursday by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, are intended to provide a reliable revenue stream for capital improvements and other system investments. Currently, the solid waste transfer stations are funded by tipping fees, which fluctuate based on use.

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