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Visitors Bureau representatives attend ‘Tourism Day’ in Olympia

  • Mar 18, 2009 at 12:29PM

Deborah Hopkins and Robin Jacobson of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, as well as Carol and Bogdan Kulminski of the Blue Heron B&B on Orcas Island, represented the San Juan Islands during “Tourism Day” in Olympia.

29 percent more farms in San Juan County

  • Mar 18, 2009 at 12:28PM

Farming in San Juan County is growing — and growing faster than national and state averages, according to a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics service.

Friends of the San Juans awarded grant from conservation program

  • Mar 18, 2009 at 12:26PM

Friends of the San Juans has been awarded a three-year support grant worth $5,000 per year from the ESRI Conservation Program. The ESRI Conservation Program is the non-profit support arm of the Environmental Systems Research Institute. This program has helped to create and develop spatial analysis, computer mapping and geographic information systems capability among thousands of non-profit organizations and individual projects of all sizes and types worldwide.

Pit bulls have been poorly bred for a long time

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 3:49PM

Last year, I heard strange dog sounds coming from the woods near my house for a couple of weeks and my cats acted nervous. Then, one afternoon, my cat narrowly missed being caught by a pit bull. The dog was completely unresponsive to me telling it to “go home”; its master was equally verbally unresponsive to my phone call.

San Juan Preservation Trust, Skagit Land Trust working to purchase mountain on Guemes Island

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 1:34PM

A new contract gives the San Juan Preservation Trust and Skagit Land Trust an extended opportunity to buy Guemes Mountain. A new contract lowers the price by $600,000, from $2.8 million to $2.2 million.

Walk with owner on a downtown street became fight for survival for local dog

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 17, 2009 at 1:33PM

Under county law, dog owners are required to have their pets on a leash or otherwise under control. A dog that bites another animal or a person can be labeled a “dangerous dog” by the Sheriff’s Department; subsequent bites can lead to an order that the dog be euthanized. In this letter, first published as part of a special report in the March 11 Journal, Valerie Tibbett shares her story about what happened when three dogs got loose while she was walking her pets in Friday Harbor.

It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 11:57AM

In response to the story about poor Dini, I am incensed ("Dini's dilemma," page 1A, March 11 Journal. This is now the second time that I am writing a letter reminding people to properly secure their animals, whether it be in your vehicle, at your home/neighborhood, or on a walk. It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash.

Dispose of toxic liquids in a safe and environmentally sensitive way

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 11:59AM

A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets, and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot, combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.

Put hospital proposal on the ballot

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 12:24PM

Do we want to be the smallest cog in a large organization and tie our future to its management for the next 50 years? Personally, this terrifies me. The building of a hospital should go to a vote. I call on the Hospital District board to stop the back-room politics and do the right thing. Put this on a ballot.

Allow the public to vote on proposed hospital

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 12:29PM

Bernie Madoff guaranteed us 12 percent earnings for life and we know where that got us. We never get anything for nothing and a PeaceHealth monopoly of island health care is too important an issue to leave to the hospital commissioners to vote on without a direct input from the citizens of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1.

Move the transfer station to a larger site

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 12:41PM

We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.

Forever in EMTs and paramedics' debt for their skill, talent and dedication

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 12:14PM

My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.

County should sell property for Beaverton Valley Hospital

  • Mar 17, 2009 at 11:19AM

I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!

'Lots of rust, lots of pent-up energy'; Dragons lose home lacrosse opener 12-3

  • Mar 15, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 1:25PM

Lots of rust, lots of pent-up energy. That’s how Rob Cuomo described the Skagit Conference lacrosse opener Saturday in Friday Harbor, where the San Juan Dragons suffered disappointment at the hands of Mukilteo 12-3.

Update: San Juan Dragons begin season Saturday at home vs. Mukilteo | Lacrosse

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 12:42PM

It would not be an overstatement to say this is the year the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team plays for a title. Because the Dragons ARE playing for a title, with the confidence that a title is within their grasp. No longer underdogs, the scrappy team that finished 5-5 last year, tying for first in the Skagit Conference, has more advantages going into this season, which kicks off at home vs. Mukilteo, March 14, 2 p.m. at Friday Harbor High School.

Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke | Weddings

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 12:33PM

Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke of San Juan Island married Feb. 2, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. The couple first met during the construction of the bride’s house and were later reacquainted by mutual friends from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club.

She's free from liberal thinking

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 8:40AM

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that's just it — I wasn't. I was "feeeeling." Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, "What is the government going to do for me?" I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

She’s free from liberal thinking

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 8:24AM

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that’s just it — I wasn’t. I was “feeeeling.” Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, “What is the government going to do for me?” I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

Meet the ACLU's Washington state field director

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 8:21AM

I write to you on behalf of the Steering Committee of the San Juan Island chapter of the American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington. We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you and your guests to a potluck dinner and social gathering in the charming Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on March 31, 6-8:30 p.m. The purposes of this free community gathering are to meet each other, to visit, to share thoughts, to enjoy the dinner, and to have fun.

PeaceHealth eliminating 70 full-time positions in its Oregon region

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Mar 13, 2009 at 2:56PM

PeaceHealth Oregon Region, which provides hospital and health care services in an eight Oregon counties, announced Friday it will eliminate the equivalent of 70 full-time positions from its payroll in response to deteriorating economic conditions that have resulted in increased expenses for uncompensated care. Accounting for attrition and other factors, the actual reduction in force will involve 57 employees.

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday in Friday Harbor

  • Mar 13, 2009 at 1:39PM

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.

Four Friday Harbor Wolverines named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B All-League teams

  • Mar 13, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:09PM

Four Friday Harbor Wolverines were named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B Boys and Girls All-League basketball teams. Four others received honorable mentions. The selections were announced Thursday. Austin Scheffer, a senior guard, was named to the boys All-League first team.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, auction Saturday at Yacht Club

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM

The 13th annual Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Dinner and Auction is Saturday in the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles. The live auction of various products and services begins at 7:30 p.m.

San Juan Island goes Irish; concert, sessions this week

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM

The seven-day Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp got under way Monday in Friday Harbor with classes at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. The week includes seisuns — or music sessions — at Downriggers and The Place. The week is capped by a concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Be heard on proposed major changes | Editorial

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 10:49AM

San Juan Island is at the threshold of major changes that will be felt 50 years from now. Attend these meetings. Be sure you are heard.

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