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- Sep 17, 2010 at 12:28PM
Do you have an idea for a new business? Do you already own a small business? The Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s fall Small Business Class will be held on Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m., in the Lopez Island Library beginning Sept. 27. The class is open to all San Juan County residents.
Idea that an island county should live with zero or just one point for solid waste removal is alarming
- Sep 17, 2010 at 12:02PM
While I understand that we face difficult budget choices, and apparently are going to pay dearly for our past choices in this policy area, the idea that an island county should live with zero or just one point for solid waste removal is alarming. Curbside pickup can and should be more widely used. Currently, San Juan Sanitation is not able to provide weekly pickup to many of the outlying island areas because many streets lack enough subscribers to warrant it. Obviously, if curbside pickup were mandated, the density of customers would rise and hopefully San Juan Sanitation would respond by instituting countywide weekly pickup of domestic garbage (and recycling!).
- Sep 16, 2010 at 8:00PM updated Sep 17, 2010 at 10:46AM
Sheriff candidate Rob Nou told a meet-and-greet at the China Pearl Restaurant Sept. 15 that he can step into the position of sheriff and "hit the ground running." "There's not a lot that the Sheriff's Office does that I'm not familiar with," said Nou, a former Oregon police chief and sheriff's sergeant who is now a deputy on Lopez Island. "I'm very well-prepared, I'm well-trained, and I can step in and hit the ground running."
- Sep 17, 2010 at 10:32AM
Since Sept. 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United States. Who would have thought that across the U.S., where people boast that it is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender their freedom and liberty because they so fear terrorism? Who would have thought that the U.S. would allow, much less pay for, the National Security Agency to intercept and store 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications — every single day — and pay for 30,000 people to listen in on phone conversations in the name of fighting the fear of terrorism?
Learn about efforts to save wild buffalo; Lakota/Yaqui singer and activist is guest performer at The Whale Museum
- Sep 17, 2010 at 8:56AM
The Whale Museum welcomes the Buffalo Field Campaign on Friday — today — 7 p.m., for an evening of music, storytelling and video presentation. Mike Mease, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign, will be joined by powerful Native voices, including Lakota/Yaqui musician and activist Good Shield Aguilar, as well as Phoenix AfterBuffalo. Good Shield fronts the band 7th Generation Rise, which performs indigenous soul.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 3:37PM
A recent article in The Journal reported that a promoter of the PeaceHealth hospital said that the project would generate half a million in permit fees, $4 million for local contractors, $10 million in first-year revenue, 24 new jobs, and a $4 million annual payroll, to which a town councilwoman is quoted as exclaiming, "It's like Santa Claus came to town."
- Sep 16, 2010 at 2:45PM
My name is Jan Sanburg and I am writing on behalf of the San Juan County 4-H Leaders’ Council. In 2009, our group received a grant from the local chapter of the United Way. This money was used to enhance our educational activities program for the 2009-10 4-H year.
Journal, Sounder, Weekly schedule sheriff candidate forums Sept. 28, 29 on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez islands
- Sep 15, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Sep 16, 2010 at 11:42AM
Detective Brent Johnson and Deputy Rob Nou want to be the next sheriff of San Juan County — the first new sheriff in 24 years. Here’s your opportunity to learn more about them and grill them on the issues.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 11:40AM
The San Juan County Public Works Department proposes closing two of the county's three solid waste transfer stations in order to cut costs and balance the budget of the Solid Waste Division, beginning next year. Public Works Director Jon Shannon told the County Council on Tuesday that only the Orcas Island transfer station would remain open beginning next year under the department's preliminary 2011 budget. If that preliminary budget is approved by the council as is later this year, those who live on San Juan or Lopez could either haul and dispose of their trash and recycling at the Orcas facility or rely on the county's franchise hauler, San Juan Sanitation, to pick it up.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 11:33AM
Is nonylphenol, a man-made chemical that feminizes male fish, causing bigger bellies in people? A recent peer-reviewed study found excess fat in liver and fat cells exposed to nonylphenol (See: Wada et al., J Pharmacol Sci. 2007). Such changes in fat storage lead to belly fat growth that is associated with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Sep 16, 2010 at 11:03AM
The Board of Trustees of the San Juan Island Library has selected Marjorie Harrison of Scottsbluff, Neb., as the new library director. The hire was announced Wednesday. Harrison succeeds Laura Tretter, who resigned to move to the Bayfield Public Library near Durango, Colo.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 10:51AM
Former congressional candidate Diana McGinness and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, met in Bellingham last week to discuss the importance of the 2nd Congressional District race. She and Larsen sent out this joint statement Thursday.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 10:26AM
I would like to thank the community of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island for the love, kindness, and generosity you have shown Phil McKee during his fight to overcome non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As Phil’s (geographically) closest blood relative, I know I speak for every member of his family in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and here in the U.S. when I say that the support he has received from this community has been a constant source of strength and encouragement to him throughout his ordeal.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 9:47AM
The Special Pal Program (otherwise known as P.I.P.) at Friday Harbor Elementary School has been a favorite program of teachers, students and parents for over 20 years. It provides one-on-one and small group time for kids who are going through a difficult time. The program provides them with a caring adult to listen to them, helps them feel more linked to school, and 75-100 percent of the time consistently shows results such as increased positive behavior by students who are enrolled in the program.
- Sep 16, 2010 at 7:06AM
We likely all know by now that family farmers on our ferry-dependent islands provide us with "food security". They produce meat, poultry, eggs and dairy, from well-fed healthy animals. They grow grains, fruits and vegetables using safe methods which also build our soils and make them more and more productive as the years go by. In addition, they provide jobs for local people, and they strengthen our economy.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 3:58PM
Our Town — The Centennial, which was so lovingly celebrated a few months ago. Our Town — small, knit together on a wonderful, beautiful island, enjoying, welcoming visitors for our colorful county fair. And there, on the busiest, most traveled corner of Our Town, was displayed the symbol of hate, destruction, evil, tyranny, despotism and murder so heinous I can hardly breathe thinking of him.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 3:57PM
Voters in District 2 on San Juan can help in November by voting for Laura Jo Severson to replace Rich Peterson.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 3:56PM
I will be voting on Nov. 2 for Laura Jo Severson for County Council member, District 2, San Juan North. I urge other eligible voters to do the same. Incumbent Rich Peterson does not represent the progressive values of his district or county. Sixty percent of voters of District 2 who voted in the primary on Aug. 17 voted for Patty Murray. Mr. Peterson represents the vocal conservative minority in our community. His votes on the council reflect those interests.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 3:34PM
San Juan County children returned to school Sept. 1. With youngsters going to and from school on our local streets, it’s a good idea to be extra cautious when driving. And parents, make sure your children know the safety rules for traveling by bicycle, bus and foot to and from school. The San Juan County Fire Marshal shares these safety tips from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 3:28PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines finished third in the Yakima Sundome Volleyball Festival, Sept. 10. In their performance, the Wolverines gave notice to everyone that they have been practicing hard and have come along way in the past few years. The Sundome Festival is filled with teams that make regular appearances to the State Championships every year; half of the 32 teams that were at this event made it to the State playoffs last year.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 2:42PM
Friday Harbor running back Micah Powell ran 55 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Wolverines on the scoreboard and keep the team's hopes alive. But Orcas Vikings running back Michael Longworthy followed up with a touchdown of his own — his second of the night — to seal the Vikings' Island Cup victory, Friday at Friday Harbor.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 1:13PM
Mirabella Skin Care is introducing a new concept in skin care to San Juan Island. Beginning Sept. 23, owner Mary-Brooke Barger will begin hosting “Tech Thursdays,” reflecting a growing trend found in progressive, urban skin centers.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 12:32PM
The Everett Herald has endorsed Snohomish County Councilman John Koster for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2.
- Sep 15, 2010 at 12:28PM
If you’re not registered to vote in the big General Election on Nov. 2, you should register soon, Secretary of State Sam Reed said. “Now is the time to register,” said Reed, Washington’s chief elections officer. “It’s easier, faster and more convenient than ever. If your voting information is outdated, you have plenty of time to correct it with your county elections office so you can vote in this key election.”
- Sep 15, 2010 at 12:21PM
State House candidate Kristine Lytton has named Red Cross organizer Katie Drewel as her campaign manager. Lytton, the top vote-getter in the Aug. 17 primary for the 40th District, Position 1 seat, said she was looking for someone that could deal with the many different tasks a campaign faces daily.
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