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Increases scuttled for now; transfer stations will close on Fridays

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:51PM

It's back to square one in the quest to find a stable source of funding for San Juan County's struggling solid waste operation. The proposed combination of a 40 percent increase in tipping fees, a $2 fee for recycling, and a $1,000 fee on newly developed parcels is no longer on the table.

Helen Loggie exhibit opens Jan. 29 at Islands Museum of Art

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 5:12PM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA), at 28 First St. in Friday Harbor, will open “A Retrospective of Helen Loggie, 1917-1952,” Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m. Helen Loggie, a nationally recognized artist, lived most of her life in Bellingham and on Orcas Island. This exhibition links San Juan Island and Orcas Island in a unique manner, for The Lambiel Museum on Orcas is loaning part of its Helen Loggie Collection of more than 100 pieces, the largest private collection in existence, to IMA for an exhibit that will run through March 7.

Canada’s acoustic artist of the year performs at SJCT Feb. 3

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 5:06PM

Ask San Juan Island native and musician Ryan Browne about Salt Spring Island’s Harry Manx and he’ll tell you Manx is one of the “great talents to come out of the islands.” A successful touring performer (he just won “Acoustic Artist of the Year” from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the third consecutive year), Manx brings his unique mix of “east meets west” to the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Western bluebirds are back in the San Juans

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM

It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.

Susan Meredith | Passages

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 3:59PM

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

Foundations, IMA help restore art classes in Friday Harbor schools

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 1:43PM

The San Juan Island School District will restore two periods of exploratory art instruction for grades 6-8 at Friday Harbor Middle School during second semester. Re-establishing these classes is the first step in a collaborative partnership between the Islands Museum of Art and the district to raise funds and create a community-based art program at Friday Harbor Elementary and Friday Harbor Middle schools.

Matthew William Percich | Births

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 11:08AM

Brett and Sandra Percich are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew William Percich, on Dec. 18, 2009. Matthew was born at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., at 2:33 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. Matthew and his parents live in Chula Vista, Calif.

Recycling fee: Don't tax civic and environmental virtue

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 10:13AM

That the commissioners would seek to tax civic and environmental virtue is short-sighted at best, and 100 percent bass-ackwards (sic) at worst. If they must, they should keep the proposed one-time $1,000 development fee, but instead of levying a tax on conservation-minded citizens, raise the trash tipping-fees even higher yet and use the overage to offset the recycling costs.

Wolverines rout Mount Vernon Christian, 53-33; host La Conner in pivotal league showdown Friday | Girls Basketball

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 26, 2010 at 4:54PM

With the victory, Friday Harbor clinched its fifth win in a row in Northwest 1A/2B League play, improved to 5-1 against league competition and set up what will no doubt prove to be a pivotal match up Friday at home against La Conner.

La Conner takes advantage of absent F.H. offense; Wolverines bid for title share falters 49-41 | Boys Basketball

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:53PM

La Conner feasted on free throws with the game on the line and spoiled Friday Harbor’s bid for a share of the league lead by dealing the Wolverines a 49-41 defeat Jan. 22 in Turnbull Gym. The Braves (7-0 league, 13-2 overall) prevailed in the matchup of Northwest 1A/2B League leaders despite knocking down just a single field goal in the fourth and final period.

'All Things within All Things' safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk Zoo

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 4:09PM

Matthew Gray Palmer's sculpture "All Things within All Things" was safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk, Va., last weekend. "Heartfelt thanks to all in our island community for your outpouring of support and interest in the project," the artist and his wife, Danielle Dean Palmer, said in an e-mail.

'We must discuss new revenue and evaluate our taxes' | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:28PM

Jan. 11 marked the beginning of our 2010 session in Olympia, and every indication tells us we are in for a bumpy ride. Just a year after tackling a $9 billion budget deficit — the largest in our state’s history — we’re faced with another $2.6 billion shortfall. This means we’ll be forced to look at even more program cuts and savings enhancements to keep Washington fiscally sound as well as keep our well-established social safety net in place for our most vulnerable.

‘If we give salmon a chance, they will recover’ | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:32PM

The stakes are high. Island citizens are engaged in tasks that are leading to salmon recovery. Continued support is needed for salmon recovery efforts to be successful and we must make a long-term commitment toward completion of this work.

‘Hope for the best, and be kind to one another’ | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:30PM

Our town isn’t just about whales and ferries. It’s about neighbor helping neighbor, children growing up and creating families of their own, small businesses serving the community and thriving, and a shared feeling of security and well-being.

'Our economy will recover when the jobless rate turns' | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:26PM

Until government spending is brought under control, small businesses will be uncertain about the economy and will not begin to hire new employees or borrow money for expansion. That will keep the economy in limbo for some time to come.

'We can diversify the local economy beyond construction and tourism' | Forecasts for 2010

  • Jan 26, 2010 at 2:24PM

We can protect our community’s natural resources and beauty while streamlining our local land-use regulations to make the rules and processes effective and efficient. These efforts will enable our community of businesses and citizens to maintain their quality of life and sustainability.

'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.

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