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Larsen leading in bid for fifth term in U.S. House of Representatives

  • Nov 4, 2008 at 8:42PM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, was coasting Tuesday to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2. At 8:10 p.m. Larsen was leading with 65,976 votes to Rick Bart's 41,066, according to the Secretary of State's office. Votes had been reported in Island and Snohomish counties. Elections officials were still awaiting results from King, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

San Juan County voter turnout expected to reach 90 percent

  • Nov 4, 2008 at 2:54PM

Libby Nieland of the Secretary of State's office watched as San Juan County elections workers processed ballots in the tight quarters of the elections office. She was impressed.

It's Election Day: Ballots must be postmarked by 3 p.m., placed in drop box by 8 p.m.

  • Nov 4, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 1:10PM

Ballots must be postmarked by 3 p.m. today. If you miss the post office, you have until 8 p.m. to drop your ballot off at the county Elections Department at Second and Reed streets, or in a drop box in front of the County Courthouse, the Lopez Fire Station or the Orcas Senior Center.

County auditor predicts San Juan voter turnout will reach 90 percent

  • Nov 3, 2008 at 1:15PM

Sixty-three percent of voters in San Juan County had turned in their ballots by Monday morning, and County Auditor Milene Henley expected the final turnout to be 90 percent. Tuesday is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by 3 p.m. Tuesday. If you miss the post office, you have until 8 p.m. to drop your ballot off at the county Elections Department at Second and Reed streets, or in a drop box in front of the County Courthouse, the Lopez Fire Station or the Orcas Senior Center.

Learn more about ‘Plastics in our Oceans’ today at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs

  • Nov 3, 2008 at 2:09PM

“Plastics in Our Oceans,” a lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, is scheduled Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ Commons.

New site needed for solid waste transfer station

  • Nov 3, 2008 at 10:44AM

The presence of the transfer station was not a concern for me until the volume of activity there increased while the forest that buffered the noise quietly died. Now it’s a problem.

Friday Harbor Elementary School student wants crumb rubber removed

  • Nov 3, 2008 at 10:28AM

Last night, I was sitting down to compose a letter about my concerns about the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground’s new underlayment, crumb rubber. My daughter asked me what I was doing, so I told her.

District should allow parents to remove crumb rubber from playground

  • Nov 3, 2008 at 10:27AM

Please allow concerned parents and citizens of San Juan Island to remove the crumb rubber from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground at no cost to the school district or the taxpayers.

School district consolidation will be discussed at public meeting Monday

  • Nov 2, 2008 at 4:35PM

The superintendent of the local educational service district will present the possibilities and pitfalls of consolidating the islands' school districts Monday, noon, at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The meeting is open to the public and will constitute a special meeting of the San Juan Island School Board. Lopez and Orcas school officials are expected to participate.

Damaged cable leaves Orcas, Lopez and Shaw without 911 coverage or off-island calling

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Nov 2, 2008 at 4:26PM

In case of emergency, those without phone service are asked to contact their local fire station or emergency medical services (EMS) so emergency calls can be routed to the Sheriff's office in Friday Harbor and emergency personnel can be contacted

Plastics in Our Oceans, presentation Monday at UW Labs

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 5:16PM

On Monday, Capt. Moore, a pioneer in oceanic research and advocate for clean oceans, will be at the UW Friday Harbor Labs to talk about plastics and pollution in the world's oceans as part of a lecture entitled, "Synthetic Polymers in the Marine Environment: A Rapidly Increasing, Long Term Threat".

Cable repaired, 911 service restored

  • Oct 31, 2008 at 4:19PM

At about 3:15 p.m., Bill Henikman of Century Tel confirmed that repair crews had fixed the damage and telephone service on Orcas, Shaw and Lopez islands had been restored and is fully operational.

Land Bank requests farm lease proposals

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 3:46PM

The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its King Sisters Property. Acquired from the King family in 2005, the land includes about 40 acres of farmland in addition to woodlands and wetlands. A well and perimeter fencing will be included in the lease. The Land Bank worked closely with members of the Agricultural Resources Committee, a county advisory group, in developing this opportunity.

Home Trust’s annual Dessert Night to feature plans for the Buck/Boreen property

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 3:21PM

The San Juan Community Home Trust's seventh annual Dessert Night and membership meeting is Nov. 3, 7 p.m. in the Skagit Valley College Community Room in Friday Harbor. An update on the Home Trust’s progress on a new neighborhood on the Buck/Boreen property will be given by emeritus board member Larry Soll.

Ag Guild awarded USDA Farmers Market promotion program grant

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 3:19PM

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is one of 85 nationwide recipients of a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The $10,000 grant is for the planning and design of the Ag Guild’s Permanent Farmers’ Market project, a multi-use agricultural facility on San Juan Island.

Ottomatics add to Halloween fun Friday at Bella Luna

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 2:35PM

The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.

Red flags raised over pending cut in juvenile probation

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 1:45PM

For local law enforcement officials, such a cut would not only be shortsighted, it would be a serious setback in the county's ability to reduce or prevent juvenile crime, keep children in school and keep troubled teens under watch but close to home.

What you should know about Steller sea lions | Beach Watchers

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 1:28PM

Tragically, as with many marine species these days, the Western stock is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and our Eastern stock’s official status is threatened. Steady decline in the populations of these amazingly powerful creatures, who have flourished in these waters for centuries, has been attributed to over fishing and the decimation of habitats that support their food supply. This just happens to parallel with an increase in the population and activities of a two-legged environmental predator who has moved into the region over the last 100 years.

Lessons for the San Juans from Hurricane Ike | Guest Column

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 1:20PM

I’m just back from South Texas and, as is always the case when I find myself close to a disaster working on the response, I wonder how our own community will fare when it’s our turn. The islands aren’t hurricane country, but the impacts of an earthquake or severe winter storm (google “1962 Columbus Day Storm” for an example) are similar to what Texas is facing. No fuel, food, water or electricity. Limited medical care. Damage to roads and homes. The list goes on.

We have to be salmon tough | Being Frank

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 1:09PM

We need to be as tough as the salmon themselves if we’re going to see their recovery. South Fork Nooksack River native spring chinook are almost extinct and need our help. It wasn’t long ago when about 13,000 of these early-timed chinook came back to the river each year. They were the first salmon to arrive each spring, feeding Indian people after long winters, when no other salmon were in the river.

Porter scores four goals as Wolverines advance in district playoffs

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 11:05AM

Whitney Porter scored her 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season to help lead the Wolverines to a first-round soccer district playoff win Wednesday against Coupeville. The Wolverines, who finished the regular season 9-1 league, 10-5 overall, defeated Coupeville 4-2. They could advance to the tri-district tournament Nov. 5 with a win against Meridian at Whatcom Community College. Win or lose, Friday Harbor plays Saturday at Oak Harbor High School against a to-be-determined opponent.

Concerns continue about Ballot Tracker

  • Oct 30, 2008 at 11:23AM

We would like to update the community on the status of Ballot Tracker, which defies state and federal law by linking your name to your ballot’s serial number barcode, permitting officials and vendors to know how you vote, and facilitating election rigging through its un-certified, corruptible “audit.”

Pat Speer 'was everyone's favorite teacher'

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 10:54AM

Retired Friday Harbor High School art teacher Pat Speer died in her sleep Sunday evening in her brother's home in Plattsmouth, Neb. She was 62. Speer retired from teaching in June after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973.

Homecoming Day ... some things never change | Ferry Home Companion

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 8:31AM

Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.

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