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Budget cuts: Council member warns of costs of delay in budget reductions

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 1:39PM

San Juan County Council budget committee chairman Richard Fralick is distributing a chart that shows the potential cost of delaying county budget cuts in human terms. The council is facing the task of balancing the 2009 budget in the face of a revenue shortfall of $1 million to $1.5 million, with only six months left in the fiscal year.

9-year-old wages effort to save Friday Harbor school arts program

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jun 10, 2009 at 12:18PM

When nine-year-old Kelly Payne heard that the arts program at Friday Harbor Elementary School was going to be cut, she didn’t waste any time. Within two days, she had written a letter explaining why the program should be saved, and got it signed by her classmates and Principal Gary Pflueger. She next organized a booth selling lemonade, cupcakes and cookies at the school carnival on May 31, and rallied her classmates to the tune of $123 and more than 40 signatures on a petition to save the arts.

America's drug policy is failing

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jun 10, 2009 at 9:23AM

Regarding the story, “County health officer warns of contaminated street drugs,” June 4 San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James’s warning about contaminated street drugs is just another counterproductive aspect of America’s long failed drug crusade.

Maintenance and weatherization help available for low-income homeowners

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 8:56AM

With the warmer weather finally here now is the time to get your house ready for next winter’s inclement weather. There are a couple of programs available to help low-income San Juan County homeowners with weatherization or make needed repairs to their homes.

County Council signs 2009-12 contract with labor union

  • Jun 10, 2009 at 7:59AM

After six months of negotiations, the San Juan County Council has signed a four-year contract with Local 49 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. The contract gives the represented employees a 1.25 percent cost of living increase, retroactive to January 2009, and another 1.25 percent increase effective July 1. The contract sets cost of living increases at 3 percent for the remaining three years of the contract.

Awards still coming in for Spring Street International School graduates

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:30PM

Spring Street International School's graduation was Saturday at the San Juan Community Theatre, but awards were still coming in three days later.

A letter to the Class of 2009 | Editorial

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 5:00PM

Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your life. As you stand on the threshold of adulthood, prepared to take on the world, here are some things we want you to know.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee to sponsor community forums on Trash Talk

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:43PM

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee will sponsor regular, community forums on issues related to solid waste and its impact in the community. The committee, commonly known by its abbreviation SWAC, hopes to engage the community in a grass-roots participatory process as they work through agenda items like funding and long-term planning.

Lack of candidates continues to haunt Stuart Island Cemetery District Commission

  • Jun 7, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jun 9, 2009 at 4:53PM

The dearth of candidates in any election is no more dire, and no more persistent, than on Stuart Island. Two of three members of the island's cemetery district commission have moved off-island. The term of the commission's senior member, David W. Ericksen, is poised to be automatically extended because no one, including him, filed as a candidate. He didn't run for reelection after his last six-year term expired and, lacking candidates, his term has been automatically extended each year.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee to sponsor community forums on Trash Talk

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 4:43PM

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee will sponsor regular, community forums on issues related to solid waste and its impact in the community. The committee, commonly known by its abbreviation SWAC, hopes to engage the community in a grass-roots participatory process as they work through agenda items like funding and long-term planning.

Alex H. McRea | Passages

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:44AM

Alex H. McRea of Friday Harbor died before midnight June 7, 2009. He was 92. There will be a memorial service June 19, 1:30 p.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, followed by private family burial.

Thank you for giving blood

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:27AM

On behalf of patients in our community’s hospitals, I wish to extend our thanks. During your blood drive on June 3, Puget Sound Blood Center registered 85 donors and collected 76 units of blood. This will benefit up to 228 patients.

General Aviation is in peril

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:25AM

Each month, volunteer pilots from Angel Flight West fly patients needing specialized medical care, including chemotherapy and dialysis, to hospitals throughout Washington. Many of these patients are from rural areas and would otherwise be hard-pressed to receive the care they need.

New life for old homes

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:24AM

Thanks to everyone that had a hand in my nomination and most importantly the selection of Argyle Suites to receive Thew Village Stewardship Award. I think it is an important distinction to make that property can be developed and historic structures can be restored in good taste, all the while maintaining the historic character of our wonderful town and its historic structures. All this is possible by using sound environmental and economic principals.

Critical Areas Ordinance has some real problems

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:17AM

I have served as one of nine appointed members of the GMA Critical Area Ordinance review committee for two years. A polarizing and contentious issue during this entire process has been whether the committee should address the shorelines.

Rest easy, Alex McRea

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 11:16AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex and Margaret McRea three years ago when he was a patient at San Juan Physical Therapy. Two things stood out from that initial encounter: The first was that, after 60 plus years of marriage, they were as courteous and solicitous of each other as a couple on a first date. The second was the sense of purpose and determination that Alex exhibited throughout his therapy. (He was a mere pup of 91 at the time).

Four contested races on San Juan Island; special filing period added for several races

  • Jun 5, 2009 at 5:16PM

This will be an election season to remember: The first contested race for mayor of Friday Harbor since 1997. Contested races for Friday Harbor Town Council, Friday Harbor Port Commission, and San Juan Island Park and Recreation Commission.

Local state legislators, County Council members 'experience the food'

  • Jun 5, 2009 at 1:06PM

The San Juan County Council took two state legislators to lunch Friday. School lunch.

Hung Woon “Harold” Ahn, decorated Army veteran, avid golfer | Passages

  • Jun 5, 2009 at 11:42AM

Hung Woon “Harold” Ahn — father of Jenny Ahn Wangoe, father-in-law of Peter J. Wangoe Sr., and grandfather of Peter J. Wangoe II, all of San Juan Island — succumbed to extensive medical issues at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He was 84. He was a summer “snowbird” for many years on San Juan Island.

San Juan Community Theatre receives $60,000 challenge grant from Confidence Foundation

  • Jun 5, 2009 at 10:37AM

The San Juan Community Theatre is receiving a boost in efforts to maintain its 20-year-old facility. The Confidence Foundation of Southern California has awarded the theater a $60,000 challenge grant to aid in repairs to its roof and replacement of an exterior wall.

Our Big Fat Sports Weekend: San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic Friday, Saturday; San Juan Island Marathon Sunday

  • Jun 4, 2009 at 5:13PM

This weekend’s art, music and outdoor events comprise the island’s Summer Kickoff Weekend, as promoted by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. But consider just the sports events, and this weekend could be called San Juan Island’s Big Fat Sports Weekend.

$5 Fridays at San Juan Island Fitness | Swimming

  • Jun 4, 2009 at 5:08PM

San Juan Island Fitness is presenting “$5 Fridays.” On Fridays, anyone age 15 and younger can swim in the center’s heated, Olympic-sized pool for $5.

First Rusty Pollock Racquetball Tournament June 21-22

  • Jun 4, 2009 at 5:06PM

The first annual Rusty Pollock Memorial Racquetball Tournament is June 21 and 22 at San Juan Island Fitness Club. This is a USA Racquetball-sanctioned event. Call Vinnie, 378-8308, or visit to sign up.

Leo Club Golf Scramble Monday | Golf

  • Jun 4, 2009 at 5:05PM

The San Juan Leo Club Golf Scramble, the only fund-raiser for the 33-member club, is Monday at 5 p.m. This third-annual event includes a putting contest, nine holes of scramble golf, awards for longest and most accurate drives, awards for winning teams, a barbecue induction dinner, and an auction.

Monin appointed to Friday Harbor Town Council vacancy; so far, 30 candidates for 42 positions countywide

  • Jun 4, 2009 at 4:17PM

Noel Monin was appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council today, filling a vacancy caused by the resignation of Christopher Wolf. Monin must win the next election — Aug. 18 or Nov. 3, depending on number of candidates — in order to complete the term, which expires Dec. 31, 2011. Monin filed his declaration of candidacy today with the county elections office.

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