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- Apr 30, 2009 at 2:49PM
Friday Harbor tallied four wins in a four-day, five-match whirlwind of tennis, thanks in large part to the steady play of its doubles teams.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 2:47PM
Two days earlier, Stanwood ended the Dragons’ five-game winning streak in Friday Harbor 7-6, forcing a three-way tie for second in the Division II Skagit Conference and putting the Dragons on a precarious path to the playoffs. But Saturday, the Dragons shook off the loss and defeated Lynnwood 10-9 at home.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 12:52PM
A single-car accident striking a power pole in Sedro-Woolley left more than 100,000 people in five counties without electricity. Here at the end of the long “extension cord” to the islands, power restoration started about 9 p.m., with some areas reporting the outage lasting until 10:30 p.m. In the islands, we are more used to these outages occurring during wind, or winter storms. After these storms and outages, we usually remind folks of the steps we can take as individuals to help our community prepare for these events.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 12:36PM
A big thank you to Fire Chief Marler and all those who responded to our 3 a.m. furnace fire on Saturday. We were grateful for the folks that jumped out of warm beds and came to our home so quickly, prepared to deal with anything and everything.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:32PM
This week, three local restaurants are donating part of their proceeds to Dollars for Scholars.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 12:02PM
A take-off of the TV program that helps participants lose weight is coming to San Juan Island. San Juan Island Fitness is organizing the Community Weight Loss Challenge, a variation of TV's "The Biggest Loser." The 15-week challenge starts May 15 and ends Aug. 15 at the San Juan County Fair. The "biggest loser" individual and team will win cash prizes.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 10:46AM
When I first moved to the islands, I was told there were no ferocious animals living here, like bears or wolves. My new friends told me the worst thing I'd ever encounter would be a fox or an angry raccoon. Well, they were wrong. There is a monster in our midst and it hides in the back seat of cars and runs loose in our streets and fields.
- Apr 30, 2009 at 9:29AM
In this era of economic uncertainty, good news regarding savings and investments is always welcome. Here’s some: You’re going to see a sizable reduction in your 2010 property tax bill. You can help save school sports and still see a sizable reduction.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 2:50PM
On April 25, 2009, Bill Taylor — a loving husband, father and grandfather — passed into the Lord’s hands, after a short illness at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. Bill, 90, was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Dec. 28, 1918, the only child of Jesse Taylor and Dorothy (Houlton) Taylor.
- Apr 28, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 29, 2009 at 1:48PM
Spring has finally sprung and with it comes the boating community’s acknowledgement. Yes, it’s Opening Day that marks this event when sailors shake the moths out of their sails and the power boaters change the oil in the engines. The traditional parade of boats has a dual purpose: one, the old girl has to get her propelling mechanism up and running. And two, she has to look pretty.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:48PM
Several U.S. senators and representatives are scheduled this morning to announce legislation that would invest $200 million a year from 2010-15 in public ferry systems, including Washington State Ferries.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 27, 2009 at 9:18AM
Remember folks, the farmers markets are getting going again on San Juan (courthouse parking lot), Orcas (village green) and Lopez (in the village across from Vitas). Markets open around 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The San Juan Farmers Market is also going to have a Wednesday market, so stay posted on location and times. Please eat local, support your farmer neighbor and help support our local food economy.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 26, 2009 at 4:19PM
For several years, grants from the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure have helped pay for transportation for island women needing to visit doctors on the mainland for cancer treatment. But this year, that grant fell victim to increased needs elsewhere as well as the economic slump.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 1:09PM
The elections for directors to OPALCO provide an opportunity for cooperative members to select individuals who bring diverse skills and experience to OPALCO’s Board of Directors. I am pleased to be a candidate for election to that board.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 11:17AM
Thanks to the 15 community members who helped clean South Beach, San Juan Island on Sunday, April 19. About 340 pounds of garbage was picked up as part of the annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup event co-sponsored by the National Park and Friends of the San Juans.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:46PM
A car crash on Highway 20 near Sedro-Woolley last night knocked out power to four north Puget Sound counties, including San Juan, leaving residents and businesses in some areas without electricity for more than four hours.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 3:09PM
Pilgrim will conduct a book and computer drive April 25, May 2 and May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the old Sam's Shoe Shop at 187 Spring St. Pilgrim is conducting the drive to help the students of Beacon of Hope Secondary School in Soroti, Uganda, build a library collection and increase their access to education.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 1:18PM
One can’t help but like Charlie Noble, the live-aboard investigator in love with wooden boats, just learning to love a new woman after the painful death of his first wife, whom he still grieves.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 12:30PM
The Washington Employment Security Department has released the preliminary employment data for March and the data show that the unemployment rate for San Juan County rose during the month to 7.7 percent. The March rate was three-tenths of a percentage points above the revised February rate of 7.4 percent.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:52AM
Four San Juan Island Firewise residents recently attended the biennial Firewise Conference in Tampa, Fla. Attending the conference: Brent Johnson, North Forty; Jon Zerby, Hillview Terrace III; Rex Stickle, Westside Story; and Ron Garner, Alaska Place.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:40AM
Friday Harbor golfers continue to dominate the Northwest 1A/2B League. The Wolverines, 7-0, possibly set a record at Similk Beach Golf Course April 23, shooting 188 to La Conner's 243 over nine holes. Senior Jordyn Taylor led with a 3-under 33, followed by Dustin Howard, 35; Cody Price, 36; Tyler McKee, 41; William King, 43; Quinn Bune, 45; and Megan Cuomo, 50.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:25AM
Freshmen Micky Leytze and Mandy Turnbull gave the Wolverines a shot to win with a turnaround performance and 7-6 victory in the second set Friday on the road at Coupeville.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:23AM
With two on the court, the Wolverines prevailed in a big way, taking seven of nine doubles matches and earning a victory on the road April 15 at Cavalero Mid High in Lake Stevens.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:16AM
May Boyce, a lifelong resident of Friday Harbor who was born more than two years before the town was established, died Thursday in Island Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. She was 102 and possibly the oldest resident of the San Juans. Evans Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Funeral arrangements hadn't been made this morning. They will be reported as soon as received.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 10:52AM
In loving memory of Ida Pellandini Hammond. Ida passed away on April 21, 2009, in Pinegrove, Calif., due to complications of a recent stroke. Nearly 97 years of age, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Ida was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Ceres, Calif., to Louis and Marie Pellandini. She spent most of her life in Sonoma, graduating from Sonoma High School, class of 1931. It is believed that Ida was the last surviving member of that graduating class.
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