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- Dec 22, 2009 at 10:50AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have approved travel documents and offers tips to make an easier entry process when traveling back into the U.S.
- Dec 22, 2009 at 10:29AM
Washington State Ferries advises holiday travelers to expect heavy traffic on all ferry routes throughout the holiday season, and to allow extra time for ferry travel during this busy time of year.
Wolverines roll over Shoreline Christian, 50-19; Barnes, Short lead with 12 points each | Girls Basketball
- Dec 21, 2009 at 5:28PM
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team is still in search of a win over a quality opponent. But they're taking care of business along the way. The Wolverines ran all over an overmatched Shoreline Christian squad in posting a 50-19 win Friday at home in Turnbull Gym.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 5:25PM
Saving the best for last can be a risky proposition. But against Shoreline Christian, it worked. The Wolverines tallied win No. 2 of the season with a dramatic 55-49 come-from-behind victory Friday at home over Shoreline Christian, and evened their record in league play, at 1-1, as well. "It took us a little while to get going," said senior Parker Lawson, who contributed 10 points to the cause. "We came out flat and they jumped on us."
- Dec 21, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:17PM
Anna Belle Volk died peacefully in her sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Home in Mount Vernon, Wash., where she has lived for the past several years.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:04PM
Friday Harbor is a town of hidden Santas. They are not identifiable by red suits or white beards, but they are here nonetheless. The Santa who stood in the Thrift House on Dec. 3, for example, was a Red Sox fan and drove a pickup truck. And his name was John, not Nick. "Are you looking for toys"? John Bostrom, supervisor for the Leo Club and chief facilitator of the Santa Ship, looked up. "You bet," he smiled.
Double-duty for Judge Hancock; no push for Superior Court appointment, but four express interest in the job
- Dec 21, 2009 at 1:32PM
Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock has the challenging task of filling in as interim judge in another county while continuing his judicial duties in Coupeville. What makes it even more emotionally difficult is that Hancock is temporarily replacing one of his dearest friends. San Juan Superior Court Judge John Linde, 62, died Dec. 3 while snorkeling in Hawaii. “I knew him well,” Hancock said. “He was a long-time friend and colleague and I’m having a hard time dealing with his untimely death.”
- Dec 21, 2009 at 11:34AM
Sheryl L. Bryner of Friday Harbor has earned placement on the Scholastic Honor Roll for fall term at Oregon State University. Bryner is a senior majoring in natural resources. She is one of 611 students with a 4.0 grade point average. Another 2,756 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 10:45AM
Jack Giard will be feted by family and friends on his 70th birthday Dec. 26. Giard, of Lopez Island, also marks his 30th year as his island's unofficial weather data keeper, and his reappointment by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the Pacific Salmon Commission Fraser River Panel.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 10:19AM
All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Friday, in observance of Christmas. Most state stores will be open on New Year’s Day. Contract liquor stores may be open on both holidays. Contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.
- Dec 21, 2009 at 5:47AM
Children and their parents packed the San Juan Island Grange Saturday for "Christmas Island," three hours of Christmas cookies, face painting, picture coloring, and pictures with St. Nick.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Dec 21, 2009 at 5:40AM
There's nothing quite like a teddy bear at Christmas. And Santa Claus will have an assortment of cute and cuddly ones to deliver to every girl and boy, young and old, on Saturday when the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor is magically transformed into "Christmas Island."
San Juan County Association of Realtors presents $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank
- Dec 15, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Dec 18, 2009 at 4:13PM
The San Juan County Association of Realtors presented $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank, Tuesday. The association presented the money in lieu of its annual canned food drive.
- Dec 18, 2009 at 6:20AM
Julie Seadrick's fiancé had just gotten his check and his Christmas bonus from work, and she carefully separated the money for bills and holiday shopping and went to the Friday Harbor Thrift House to buy gifts. But as the young couple did their annual holiday gift shopping, a Grinch was lurking in the shadows: Seadrick says her purse was stolen as she tried on a sweater for her mother.
- Dec 18, 2009 at 5:43AM
Friday Harbor Mayor David Jones presided over his last scheduled Town Council meeting Thursday. His term ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31. Carrie Lacher, who took the oath of office Thursday, becomes mayor Jan. 1. Councilwoman Carrie Brooks wrote this tribute to Jones, a retired Navy officer who served on the Town Council from Jan. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2005, and then as mayor from Jan. 1, 2006 through the town's centennial year.
Friday Harbor Town Council votes 3-2 to stay with farmers market project; purchase deadline believed extended to June 30
- Dec 17, 2009 at 5:23PM
Initially, the clock seemed to be working against the Nichols Street farmers market proposal. The Friday Harbor Town Council, feeling pressed to commit lodging tax funds to the project despite unanswered questions as a Dec. 18 deadline approached, almost backed out of the deal Dec. 3. Thursday, the project went into extra innings. And the project took on new life.
- Dec 17, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:05PM
- Dec 17, 2009 at 2:45PM
Former Friday Harbor Wolverine Fletcher Vynne is advancing in his baseball coaching career. Vynne, a graduate assistant baseball coach at Seattle University, will join the West Coast League's Wenatchee AppleSox as an assistant coach in summer 2010. Like teams in the Alaska League and the Cape Cod League, West Coast League teams consist of college players. As college players, they are not compensated but are housed with host families. Many West Coast players go on to play professionally.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 5:18PM
Warehouse Coffee has a new name: Solid Grounds Coffee Shop. Solid Grounds is located at 301 Tucker Ave. It is owned by Clinton Mills, who bought it in September from Dwight Ware.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 5:08PM
The San Juan Singers present a choral concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. Featured this winter is John Rutter’s extended work, “Magnificat.” Directing will be Yariv Aloni of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:58PM
A resident of San Juan Island since 1989, Virginia died on Dec. 14, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. David’s Episcopal Church.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 4:27PM
Wear black, wear white, wear black and white. You don't have to wear a tuxedo. But the dinner and event is classy enough to be formal. And the proceeds support a good cause. The Whale Museum’s Black & White Night is Thursday, 5:30 p.m., beginning at Friday Harbor House. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education and research programs.
2010 season will be the Friday Harbor Wolverines' last at Hartman Field, hope to move to Carter Avenue sports fields
- Dec 16, 2009 at 3:33PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines hope to begin playing baseball at the Carter Avenue sports fields beginning March 2011. The school district has been notified by St. Francis Church, owner of Hartman Field, that it plans to build a fellowship hall and that the field will be needed to accommodate parking and stormwater retention. In other words, the 2010 baseball season will be the Wolverines' last at Hartman Field.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 12:50PM
The San Juan Cruisers, led by President David Stegman, has donated the $3,000 required to significantly remodel the Friday Harbor High School Tech Building. The Tech Building hosts most of the school’s technology classes. The Cruisers wanted to support the Auto Tech program and learned that funding was an obstacle to adding a garage door and some partitions to the building.
- Dec 16, 2009 at 12:19PM
Fair or foul, the Lighted Boat Parade goes on as it has for 18 years. This Saturday it was cold, about 28 degrees and 5 knots of northerly wind. But, no matter. Ten boats put on a beautiful parade along the harbor shoreline lead by the Friday Harbor fireboat and tailed by the sheriff’s boat. Must admit that the flashing blue lights made me a bit nervous.
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