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'In 2010, keep pollutants out of our runoff' | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:22PM

In 2010, I am also hoping to finally get my official button: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!” Seriously, please contact me if I can answer any questions about safe chemical handling and disposal, and keeping pollutants out of the environment.

‘Our educational values will not waver’ | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:20PM

My predictions for 2010 are that this community’s deeply rooted educational values will not waver, and together we will achieve success for our children and preserve hope for our future.

‘2010 will be a year of challenges, frustrations and progress’ | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:19PM

generate controversy as we struggle to identify regulations that both protect the environment and preserve the rights and interests of our citizens. There are obvious areas of common ground but there are also differences of opinion on the regulations needed. The likelihood of reaching broad public consensus on the multitude of details associated with this seems remote but I believe it can be obtained with cooperation, mutual respect, and reason.

Desi Whalen will represent American Legion Post 163 in the state American Legion Oratorical Contest

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 2:05PM

Desi Whalen has been selected to represent American Legion Post 163 in the finals of the Washington State American Legion Oratorical Contest. Desi, the daughter of Carol Whalen and Ron Whalen of Friday Harbor is a junior at Friday Harbor High School.

Jose L. Sanchez joins Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jan 26, 2010 at 1:31PM

Jose L. Sanchez, a certified public accountant, has joined Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs. He will focus on business management, tax, accounting and personal financial advice. He brings to the firm experience in law and accounting.

Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Fishing Derby begins Feb. 1

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 1:27PM

The sixth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby begins Feb. 1 and continues until April 15. Entry fee is $50. Special T-shirts will be available to order for the derby. All proceeds support San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Sometimes a dead fish is just a dead fish

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 12:23PM

We need to establish a genuinely supportable nexus between problem and solution. We need to take alarming claims out of the realm of psychology and fear, and establish a framework to rationally answer the questions that are posed.

Not sure styrofoam is worse than 'biodegradable' products

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 11:50AM

I asked Neil Hansen, the Lopez guru of garbage, about the acceptability of recyclable food containers. Knowing the corrugated paper board that has absorbed oil is not acceptable for recycling, I wondered about messy little paper boxes that have remnants of food stuck to them. “Our present vendor would not accept them,” was his answer.

Supports renewal of San Juan EMS levy

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 11:43AM

While partnering with island community leaders to work toward a new critical access hospital in Friday Harbor, I have been privileged to get to know some of the people and programs serving the island communities’ healthcare needs.

San Juan superintendent candidate from Lynden to meet with public tonight

  • Jan 25, 2010 at 8:00PM updated Jan 26, 2010 at 11:38AM

San Juan Island School District could have a new superintendent picked, and possibly this week. In a special board meeting Jan. 15, the school board voted to invite Lynden Schools Superintendent Rick Thompson to apply for the position here. Thompson’s interest set off a flurry of special board meetings and a public meet-and-greet session with Thompson here Tuesday, 5-6 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons.

Richard Lawson dies in mainland hospital; long-time contractor, former port commissioner

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 10:11AM

Richard Lawson, a well-known contractor whose roots on the island date to 1856, died early today in a mainland hospital. He was 66, his daughter-in-law Leah Lawson said. Mr. Lawson died at 6 a.m. this morning in University of Washington Medical Center, Leah Lawson said. He died from thyroid cancer, she said.

Beach Watchers' training begins March 25 | Beach Watchers Journal

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 11:19AM

At this time of year, as seasonal rains quench these thirsty islands, our drives and dirt roads look more like a satellite view of the Minnesota lake country and rubber boots are strategically positioned on every porch just to retrieve the mail.

Jill Picinich, Martin Whitfield | Engagements

  • Jan 25, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:00PM

Wendy and Dave Picinich are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Martin Whitfield. Jill is a 2001 Friday Harbor High School graduate and is employed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Martin, the son of Mattie and Bobby White, and David and Robin Whitfield, is employed by the Clark County School District.

Phoebe Gwen Sandwith Bowers | Births

  • Jan 25, 2010 at 11:53AM

On Christmas Day at 6:37 a.m., Amy Sandwith and Robert Bowers were blessed with the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Phoebe Gwen. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.

'Spring Street International School Presents: South American Dinner and Concert' Jan. 30 at Mullis Center

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jan 23, 2010 at 4:18PM

"Spring Street International School Presents: South American Dinner and Concert" is Jan. 30 at Mullis Center. All proceeds go toward travel scholarships and to an orphanage in Cusco, Peru.

'Passport to Vancouver': Your ticket to the 2010 Olympics

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 4:08PM

Let the Olympics coverage begin. "Passport to Vancouver," Sound Publishing Co.'s 2010 Winter Olympics news page, is now live at http://blogs.pnwlocalnews.com/olympics.

Spend $19.95, save $500; price of 2009 Island a la Carte coupon discount books discounted

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 2:57PM

The 2009 Island A La Carte coupon discount book has been discounted, from $29.95 to $19.95. Call Virginia Otto, 317-6728, or buy a book at Friday Harbor Drug or Mullis Center. There are about 50 books left.

Fix for solid-waste funding woes includes $2 gate fee for recycling

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 22, 2010 at 2:22PM

In a 5-1 decision, the council endorsed the combination of higher rates and new fees, and directed county staff to craft an ordinance for review at its Jan. 26 meeting, and for possible adoption at a public hearing on Feb. 9.

Herb Mason named EMT of the Year; Rebecca Smith named Officer of the Year

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 11:36AM

San Juan Island EMS members were acknowledged with special awards at the annual EMS Banquet on Jan. 16. The EMT of the Year Award and the Chief’s Award went to Herb Mason. Rebecca Smith was the Officer of the Year. The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Humberto Orozco. The physicians of the Inter Island Medical Center gave the Frank Wilson Service Beyond Self Award to Emily Hallock.

Battle of the brains: 17th annual Knowledge Bowl Feb. 4

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 9:56AM

The 17th annual Knowledge Bowl is Feb. 4 in the San Juan Community Theatre. The Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:40 p.m., and the Friday Harbor Middle School PTA will offer bake sale treats.

Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee is Feb. 2 in San Juan Community Theater

  • Jan 22, 2010 at 9:52AM

The 2010 Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee will be held in the San Juan Community Theater on Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m. The annual contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands and features fourth- through eighth-grade classroom champions from local schools, including Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, Paideia Classical School, Griffin Bay School and Spring Street International School.

'Song & Dance' on San Juan: Jenny Knapp returns to the island for winter performing arts festival

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jan 21, 2010 at 4:05PM

A San Juan Island winter is not cold in the area of culture. Between Christmas festivals and theater productions, the public is not deprived of variation. Local choreographer Linda Downs is convinced the best is yet to come. Indeed, the line-up that Downs, director of Dance Workshop II, has produced for this year’s Winter Song and Dance Festival (Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.) offers exceptionally high standards of performing art.

Bellingham man challenges Rep. Rick Larsen in primary

  • Jan 21, 2010 at 2:49PM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, will have a challenge in the primary. Larry Kalb, 55, announced his candidacy Jan. 15 for the 2nd Congressional District seat, to which Larsen was elected in 2000. Kalb lives in Bellingham, works for the Whatcom Transportation Authority finance department, and is president of Health Care for All, a statewide organization advocating single-payer health care.

Snohomish County Council member challenging Larsen for Congress

  • Jan 13, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 21, 2010 at 3:19PM

Snohomish County Councilman John Koster has announced he is running for Congress against Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett. His campaign Web site is www.KosterCountry.com. The two last faced each other in 2000, when both sought to succeed the retiring Jack Metcalf. Larsen led Koster in San Juan County 2,098 to 1,098, or 56.25 percent to 36.47 percent.

Advisory vote needed on fire department | Editorial

  • Jan 21, 2010 at 2:12PM

Mayor Carrie Lacher said during her campaign that one of her goals is to establish an independent funding source for streets. Our recommendation: The Friday Harbor Town Council should place an advisory vote on the town ballot, asking town property owners if they would support Friday Harbor Fire Department becoming part of the San Juan County District 3 Fire Department.

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