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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.

Crowds throng Ace Hardware; half-off sale continues today

  • 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.

Wolverines lose by a field goal, 3-0, to Lynden Christian | Football

  • 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.

Council candidate applies for beer, wine license for his coffee shop

  • 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.

Sheriff's boat Guardian is San Juan County's newest ambulance

  • 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.

Larsen to host health care reform telephone 'town hall' with 2nd District constituents

  • 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.

Do-or-die time for Wolverines after opening-round playoff loss | Soccer

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:48PM

There's no margin of error left for the Wolverines. Outplayed in its post-season opener, the Friday Harbor soccer team tumbled into the consolation bracket of the District 1 playoffs after falling to Meridian 3-1 Thursday in Oak Harbor. The Wolverines face Lynden Christian (4-13) at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday in a must-win situation, and with the season on the line.

Change rules for cemetery districts | Editorial

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:48PM

The rules for election of water district commissioners are a good example of why we should change the rules for cemetery districts. Water districts are municipal governments, but the rules for election to district commissions are different than for other junior taxing districts.

Mitchell Hill funding awaits president's signature; could be signed tonight

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:41PM

The U.S. House and Senate on Thursday passed appropriations legislation that includes $6 million secured by Rep. Rick Larsen for the National Park Service to purchase Mitchell Hill, more than 300 acres of forestland near San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Island Stage Left's 'Rabbit Hole' opens at Roche Harbor; continues through Nov. 29

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 10:51AM

Island Stage Left's "Rabbit Hole" opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday, and continues through Nov. 29. "Rabbit Hole" was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and first presented in 2005. Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.

Three-book deal for novelist/blogger Susan Wingate

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 30, 2009 at 9:48AM

San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. The publisher has not been disclosed. Wingate will write a three-book follow-up to her "Bobby's Diner," which was a finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards and the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. "Bobby's Diner" was published by Cambridge Books.

Play-Rite Boys perform Friday at Front St. Ale House

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 4:44PM

The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Friday — Halloween Eve — 6-9 p.m., at the Front St. Ale House.

Wolverines fall to La Conner in regular-season finale | Volleyball

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:38PM

The Friday Harbor volleyball team staked out new territory with a landmark performance in its regular-season finale Tuesday at home against league-leading La Conner. Though the visiting Braves, undefeated in league play, at 11-0, claimed the best-of-five-game match with three consecutive wins, Game 2 was up for grabs up until the very end.

Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team | Soccer

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:29PM

Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team. The Wolverines (13-4), who defeated La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 1A/2B title, enter the District 1 playoffs as the Northwest region's top-seeded team. They can clinch a berth at the upcoming Tri-District playoffs with a victory in their first match at districts.

Kyle Stickle and Tiffany Lau | Weddings

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 3:50PM

Kyle Stickle, son of Rex and Susan Stickle of San Juan Island, and Tiffany Lau, daughter of Robert Ladner and Dorothy Lau of San Jose, Calif., were married on Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Voting is our opportunity to help create what we want in our town, our community, and our country

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 3:39PM

Voting is particularly meaningful to me this year because I am running for mayor. And of course, I would appreciate your vote because your vote for me is a vote for a positive and dynamic future for Friday Harbor. I see a challenging but bright future for our town. I am committed to collaboration, active listening, and creative workable solutions for our town. I bet you are, too.

Veterans: Our Unforgotten Heroes | Guest Column

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:44PM

Now there are so many veterans, lost and found, that the whole world is again changed just as it had been altered in previous wars. The thing I know and the thing I want to tell you is this: I want us to give them love. I want us to give them respect. I want us to help them as much as we can. As much as they CAN let us. Because they are OUR HEROES. Now and forever, veterans from all wars.

Point/Counterpoint: Move farmers market to the county fairgrounds

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:44PM

Some compelling facts are that the fairgrounds is already owned by the county, meets the conditions for hotel/motel money and capital funding for both local and state, and has a historic building on the grounds that would be perfect for developing. If the proposed site for the Farmers Market is approved, the market will compete with the fair, parks, theater, and all the other entities needing and qualifying for those funds. Why keep cutting the pie at the peril of other established departments? Why not go for the larger view of sustainable communities and instead of purchasing additional sites needing more tax dollars and funding?

You must have been a beautiful pumpkin, 'cause baby look at you now

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:28PM

Island babies enjoyed the annual Halloween party at the Family Resource Center, Tuesday. "They were very cute and everyone had a good time," Family Resource Center director Joyce Sobel said. More Halloween activities are planned this week.

Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:18PM

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor's Great Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center. Item drop-off and social is at 10 a.m. Event begins at 11 a.m. In these tough economic times, this event — the second annual — offers the opportunity to renew, refresh, recycle and exchange items and ideas in a social setting. Gather up five of your good, clean, functional items that you no longer need or want, and in exchange take home other things that you do need or want.

Point/Counterpoint: Supports permanent farmers market site on Nichols Street

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 11:07AM

From ancient times, markets have been in cities, towns and villages because they are a vibrant part of the landscape that connects farmers with their customers. To relegate the farmers’ market in this community to the fairgrounds like another entertainment, sideshow or traveling antique show will damage the relationship between the town, the country and our visitors.

Linoleum block print workshop Nov. 7

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 10:51AM

Learn the ancient art of print making. Island Rec is offering a linoleum block-print making workshop for teens and adults on Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday Harbor quilter brings hope to African village

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 5:42PM

This is not a story about just one woman; it is about an entire village. However, it takes one woman to tell the story, and that is exactly what Kitty Sorgen does. On a gray day in October, the 66-year-old Friday Harbor resident stands before the Lions Club to talk about Kenya, about quilting and hope.

New trail on Cattle Point Road the result of months of volunteer work

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 5:03PM

In a recent agriculture-themed lecture, Saltspring Island author/farmer Michael Ableman addressed the importance of pleasure as motivator. He noted that guilt is too often used to induce people to care for their environment. Instead, Ableman says, we should invoke pleasure: If reminded that a connection with the planet is satisfying, the public is presented with a greater incentive to behave in a proactive way. On Oct. 24, volunteers from the San Juan Island Trails Committee embodied this exhortation on the Frazer property. Greeted with Saturday’s clear skies and sunshine, the workers were able to enjoy the land and see the rewards of months of work.

Mitchell Hill, historic military road, could become part of national park when federal budget is approved

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 3:47PM

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 expected to become part of San Juan Island National Historical Park once Congress approves the 2010 federal budget. The fiscal year began Oct. 1, but budget approval is being held up by the debate on health care reform. The 2009 budget wasn't approved until April.

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