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Street legal: Ranker bill would expand use of electric vehicles in the San Juans; increased registration fee could follow
- Feb 11, 2010 at 10:26AM
Legislation proposed by Sen. Kevin Ranker and unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday evening would expand the use of neighborhood electronic vehicles (NEVs) for residents of San Juan County. Senate Bill 6346 would allow residents of San Juan County to operate NEVs and medium-speed electronic vehicles on town streets and county roads that are not state routes, provided the road has a speed limit of 45 mph or less. The bill is specific to the San Juan Islands.
- Feb 10, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Feb 11, 2010 at 9:49AM
Eleven down and one to go. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team moved one step closer to bagging its first league championship in almost 20 years with a decisive 52-21 win at home Tuesday over Concrete. The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead and never looked back after outscoring the lowly Lions (1-10 league) 16-4 in the opening period. They turned a 24-9 halftime lead into a 26-point advantage by the end of the third period, and then let the starters take a break as their backups, who outscored the visitors 14-10 down the stretch, sealed the victory in the final eight minute of regulation.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 11, 2010 at 9:48AM
Friday Harbor High School's winter sports teams are four days away from post-season play.
- Feb 10, 2010 at 2:35PM
San Juan County’s property tax bills will be mailed about two weeks later than usual this year as a result of delays caused by a changeover to a new computer software system.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 7:38PM
San Juan County voters overwhelmingly renewed property tax levies supporting schools and emergency medical services Tuesday. With results posted at 8:24 p.m., San Juan Island School District's maintenance and operations levy was approved 1,869 votes to 841, or 68.97 percent to 31.03 percent. The San Juan Island EMS levy was approved 2,057 votes to 658, or 75.76 percent to 24.24 percent.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 4:34PM
Today is Election Day and those who have not put their ballots into drop boxes must do so by 8 p.m. today. Drop boxes are located in front of the county courthouse in Friday Harbor, the Senior Center on Orcas Island and the fire station on Lopez Island. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by today.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 4:43PM
Mahius Concord proposed to his long-time girlfriend Kristina Collins at the Space Needle during the New Year's party. They both attended Friday Harbor High School. Mahius, son of Eric and Laura Concord, graduated in 2003, and currently works as a computer technician. Kristina, daughter of Liz and Dan Collins, graduated in 2004. She then graduated from New York Institute of Photography in 2006. Kristina currently works as a freelance photographer.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 11:20AM
Teams from Friday Harbor placed first and fourth in the Washington State Ocean Sciences Bowl, or Orca Bowl, Saturday in Seattle. Friday Harbor High School's Stewart Bell, Audrey Olshefsky, Nick Roberts, Matthew Skeels and Hannah Snow won first place. Friday Harbor's B team of Nicki LeBaron, Graham Ellis, Elle Guard and Gavin Guard placed fourth. The students were coached by Max Maliska, a graduate student at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs; and Nick Frazee, a teacher at Friday Harbor High School.
- Feb 8, 2010 at 4:42PM
Dr. Frederick Ellis, a founding member of the San Juan Preservation Trust, died in his Shaw Island home Feb. 5. He was 93. No funeral arrangements had been set by press time Monday. Visit SanJuanJournal.com this week for updated information.
Special election Tuesday for EMS, M&O levies; measures pay for emergency medical services, education
- Feb 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:49PM
The 2009 special election to decide whether to extend tax levies for education and emergency medical services is Tuesday. Similar measures are on ballots on Lopez and Orcas islands. A total of 11,154 ballots have been mailed to voters countywide; on San Juan Island, 5,520 ballots were mailed out, Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller said.
- Feb 8, 2010 at 11:23AM
Friday Harbor Elementary School third-graders Joseph Kaden and Claire Rathburn correctly identified the meaning of the word — get ready for this — "floccinaucinihilipilification" in the local Grange's dictionary contest. They each received a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity Book Store, and a 100 Grand candy bar from Pomona Grange member Pat Ball. Claire is a student in Darlene Clark's class. Joseph is a student in Tessa DeGavre's class.
- Feb 6, 2010 at 4:29PM
Eight Friday Harbor male wrestlers are advancing to the 1A Regional Tournament, Feb. 13 at Bellevue Christian. Friday Harbor's Kia Johns was one of 76 female wrestlers at the Subregional Tournament at Squalicum High School today vying for a spot at the Girls Region 1 Tournament Feb. 14 at Liberty High School. All wrestlers have their eye on the big prize: The storied Mat Classic XXII, Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 5:47PM
We know that protecting and restoring habitat are the keys to wild salmon recovery. But how are we really doing on that front? Puget Sound chinook and steelhead, Hood Canal summer chum and Lake Ozette sockeye are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Meanwhile, our culture, treaty rights and way of life – everything that makes us Indian people – are disappearing a little every day, just like the salmon.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 5:20PM
What images represent the true essence of the San Juan Islands? Submit your ideas to inspire the design of a logo for the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 4:52PM
With one hour of fishing left in the second day of the three-day Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, Raymond Francois of Mount Vernon took the lead with a 16.4-pound catch. Earlier in the day, only one ounce separated the three leaders of the seventh annual classic, which began Feb. 4 and concludes Feb. 6.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:54PM
One ounce separates the top three leaders in the seventh annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, which began Feb. 4 and continues to Feb. 6. The derby was sold out, with 100 boats arriving at Roche Harbor Marina Feb. 4 for the derby kickoff. Joel Shangle of KJR 950 sports radio will broadcast live from the derby all day Feb. 6, with guest Tony Floor, Roche Harbor derby judge.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 4:00PM
Bud and Jan Sears of Friday Harbor announce the engagement of their son, Jason Wheeler Sears, to Shaena Ann Berg. She is the daughter of Tim and Ann Berg of Yakima, Wash.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 3:01PM
The San Juan Lions Club team defended their Knowledge Bowl crown Thursday at the San Juan Community Theatre. It was a one-point victory that came down to the last question in the Jeopardy-format competition: "Port au Prince is located on which island in the Caribbean?"
- Feb 3, 2010 at 6:00PM updated Feb 5, 2010 at 2:57PM
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team moved one giant step closer to clinching its first league title in more than 20 years with an impressive 54-43 win on the road Feb. 2 at Orcas.
- Feb 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Feb 5, 2010 at 11:22AM
In what plaintiffs in a landmark school funding lawsuit called “a huge victory for Washington school children,” a Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 4 the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to amply provide for the education of all children.
- Feb 5, 2010 at 9:34AM
Jacob Seiler’s parents are proud to announce his engagement to Pamella Correia Sanches of Brazil. Jacob has been traveling and working in Brazil for the past nine months. His parents are John Stamey and Lenore Bayuk; Kim Seiler-Bell and Scott Bell of Friday Harbor. He is brother to Cady Seiler, Audrey Espinoza, Paul Espinosa, and Emily Bayuk-Johnson. Pamella’s parents are Italo Enso Sanches Lloris and Suzeti Correia Sanches Lloris of Mato Grosso State, Brazil. She has one sister, Paola.
- Feb 4, 2010 at 3:31PM
A new superintendent of schools has been hired for the San Juan Island School District. We welcome Lynden School Superintendent Rick Thompson to our district. But our warmest applause must go to Walt Wegener. Our interim superintendent handled the search for his successor with class. We hope to see him in the position he desires in time for the 2010-11 school year.
- Feb 4, 2010 at 12:37PM
Dalton Ayres, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, won the 2010 Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee Feb. 2 at the San Juan Community Theater.
- Feb 3, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Feb 4, 2010 at 9:01AM
A new book about San Juan Island is being authored by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society and Museum. The book, titled "San Juan Island," will be published this summer by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. Other Arcadia books of local interest: "Orcas Island," "The Pig War," "Friday Harbor," and "Roche Harbor." (A book on Lopez Island is forthcoming.)
- Feb 3, 2010 at 10:57AM
Near the end of the film, Mr. Bingham begins to “feel.” He feels sorrow, love, and heartbreak, things he isn’t used to feeling. In the end, he accomplishes his goal, and he realizes that, in getting what he wanted, it isn’t what he truly wanted at all.
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