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- Oct 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:45PM
The Evergreen State pulled up to the ferry landing as Dave Jorgensen and Sonia Mattoon exchanged wedding vows on the Orcas Hotel lawn Aug. 15. It was an extra special moment for the bride, who might have considered the ferry more wedding guest than seagoing vessel. She was born on the ferry 30 years ago.
Island Rec levy would renew funding for rec district, establish funding source for school sports | November ballot measures
- Oct 14, 2009 at 3:40PM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on the Nov. 3 ballot seems an easy sell: A renewal of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would keep Island Rec’s stable of youth and adult programs going for another six years. An additional 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation would provide a stable source of funding for school sports programs for six years. Meanwhile, a school bond measure of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation expires at year end. So even if voters approve the Island Rec levy, their property tax bill will decrease 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation – for most property owners, a savings of about $300 a year. But proponents of the Island Rec levy aren’t taking any chances.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 3:34PM
Even if county government is facing a real budget problem, there is something truly disheartening in the cynical way it is asking us taxpayers to raise our taxes. It is as if the County Council has become its own cadre of tea baggers and decided that if the fictional notion of “Death Panels” can undercut meaningful discussion about health-insurance reform, then perhaps “Death Panels” can scare county voters into increasing our property taxes.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:52PM
Two different Friday Harbor soccer teams took the field against North Sound Christian Tuesday at home. The first team seemed to find every possible way to not score despite outshooting their opponents 50-2, allowing the first half to end 0-0. A bit of coaching "encouragement" perhaps helped turn things around for the final 40 minutes.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00AM updated at 9:09AM
The Journal has been covering the campaign issues since long before the campaigns began. We’ve watched the issues develop, we’ve covered the discussions in public forums, we’ve talked to the candidates as they emerged and became involved. We’ve questioned the candidates, investigated their claims, explored their pledges. The following candidates are the ones we feel have the best understanding of issues, the most solid plans for the future, the most ability to build consensus on difficult issues, and the best skills to get the job done. We recommend their election.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 5:06AM
He designed and/or built more than 150 boats in his tenure at the yard while at the same time serving his community in capacities such as: first Friday Harbor Port Commission, 1950-1973; Friday Harbor Town Council, 1953-1959; OPALCO board, 1965-69 and 1975-2008; and as a school board member, a volunteer firefighter, member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, charter member of the San Juan Island Yacht Club, and member of the San Juan Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:44AM
I wish to add my name to the list of those who have publicly endorsed Carrie Lacher as their candidate for mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. During the months that I have served with Carrie on the council, I have noticed two traits that make her an exceptionally qualified candidate.
Supports Lacher for mayor 'because of her experience on the council and knowledge of the local government'
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:51AM
I don't live in Friday Harbor anymore but I've been following the mayor's race. I'm leaning toward Carrie Lacher, simply because of her experience on the council and knowledge of the local government.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 2:52PM
Some $95,000 in promotional funds was awarded to seven organizations Sept. 17 by the Friday Harbor Town Council. That amount is $30,000 less than last year, a reflection of the economic times.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 2:55PM
People are visiting Friday Harbor but spending less. That’s what the statistics seem to say: The town has received $518,304.58 as its share of sales tax this year, almost $102,000 less than the same period last year. But the town has received about $9,400 less in lodging tax than it received last year. Month-by-month lodging tax revenues have been about $1,000 less than in the same months of the previous year.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:38PM
Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch has a daughter and grandchildren in Nashville, where the H1N1 flu virus re-emerged this fall. His 8-year-old granddaughter, Eleanor, was one of the first to become ill — and she became very ill. At Fitch's request, his daughter Stephanie Shippen, described the experience in an email to share with people who have not yet seen the effect swine flu can have on young children. Here is her description of how the disease progressed.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 13, 2009 at 2:42PM
"Lost" gill nets are never really lost. Fishing boat operators cut loose snagged nets and get their boats free and head for port. The derelict nets remain where they were snagged — often for decades — catching and killing marine life.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 2:23PM
Marjorie was employed as a secretary in Portland for 25 years, before her retirement in 1983. Robert H. Webb and Marjorie were united in marriage in 1943. Marjorie was a beloved wife, loving sister, favorite aunt, dear neighbor, and cherished friend. She was an exceptional lady, special in her own unique way to each person. She had grace, effortless beauty, and simple elegance – always carrying herself with dignity.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:48PM
A huge “thank you” to so many who made the fundraiser for Greg Sawyer so successful! Well over $17,000 was raised to help defray medical expenses, and it was heartwarming to see so many in our community come together to support Mr. Sawyer.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:38PM
How about our president being selected for the Nobel Prize? I don’t really expect anyone to understand the special inner glow I feel about this and all other honors and respect being shown these days for black people! Each time something like this happens, I feel a surge of pride and gratitude as real as if the honoree was one of my kids!
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:36PM
It would appear that my previous letter to the editor (Sept. 30 Journal) refuting Janet Alderton’s contention that we need wider shoreline buffers was misinterpreted by Sandra Harold (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 7 Journal). My published remarks concerned those lots on the periphery of the islands in this county which border on a free-flowing tidal stream, not lots facing bays and estuaries.
Supports Island Rec levy and county Proposition 1: 'Directly affecting the quality of life which we value'
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:30PM
I strongly support both the San Juan County Proposition 1 levy and the Island Rec levy. As islanders, we share laughter, as well as arguments, but we all care deeply about each other and our islands. I feel both these levies represent a broad consensus to support our children, youth, senior citizens and other programs which directly affect the quality of life which we value.
Supports Island Rec levy and county Proposition 1: 'Values that make our island one of the most civilized places on earth'
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:28PM
We’ve decided to vote yes in the November election for the levies for San Juan County and our island Recreation District. Both of these levies further the values that make our island one of the most civilized places on earth.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:23PM
When I came to Friday Harbor last fall, I was eager to understand the issues facing the town and got hooked on watching the Town Council meetings on public access cable TV. My first impression of Carrie Lacher was that she is articulate and knowledgeable when discussing the many complex issues facing the town.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:13PM
I am writing in support of Carrie Lacher for mayor of Friday Harbor. For many years, I lived in town in senior housing with my mother. This apartment complex is not far from where Carrie herself lives in an affordable-housing neighborhood. Over the years I have known Carrie, I have come to appreciate her passion for town living and her commitment to those who often feel marginalized or overwhelmed by government.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:32PM
The recession means that things are tight across the economy. Families are concerned. Seniors are concerned. Home values are down. Local tax receipts are down. County revenues from fees are down. The County Council, like many families, has had to reduce expenses to balance the budget. One area that should not be cut is the support for the county’s 4-H program.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:26PM
The following letter was written by my son, Otto, and posted at our local bulletin board on Shaw Island last spring. He collected more than $400 for Friday Harbor High School’s athletic program from our community for his sponsored run from Friday Harbor to Roche Harbor and back.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 12:24PM
This is not a “blank check.” We should continue to pressure the County Council to make more responsible financial decisions. There will be a group of freeholders elected next year to review our home rule charter. I expect there will be further changes proposed for the charter that will provide for lower costs in the administrative area.
- Oct 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:38PM
Nourdine Jensen — boatbuilder and former town councilman, school board member, port commissioner and OPALCO board member — died Sunday in Island Hospital after cancer surgery. He was 95. He was hospitalized shortly after a birthday celebration at the Grange in September. Doctors discovered cancer during a CT scan. Up to the time of his hospitalization, he was dutifully at work in his office overlooking Albert Jensen & Son Shipyard. An obituary will follow.
- Oct 10, 2009 at 6:50PM
Friday Harbor was defeated by Lynden Christian in overtime 23-20. Lynden Christian senior Reid Bode propelled the Lyncs to victory with a 27-yard field goal.
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