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- Apr 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:27PM
It's been said that if you want to stop growth in your neighborhood, open a hog farm. But could the threat of a hog farm influence the county's decision on where to site a new solid waste transfer station? E.J. Thorndike has made known his opposition to the possible location of a waste transfer station on Daniel Lane.
- Apr 8, 2009 at 5:13PM
Franchesca Hanna of Friday Harbor and Arcata, Calif., and Joseph Addison of Arcata, Calif., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taos Kai Addison.
- Apr 8, 2009 at 4:51PM
He was kind of the "town dawg" and folks are already telling me how much they miss him. I miss him terribly, of course, and already am experiencing some "ghosting" going on around the house. (Wasn't that something brown and white I saw coming out of the bedroom?)
- Apr 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:51PM
Orca advocate Jeanne Hyde reports on her blog, whale-of-a-porpoise.blogspot.com, that loud pings believed to be from a ship's sonar were recorded over an eight-hour period in Haro Strait Tuesday and today.
- Apr 8, 2009 at 12:56PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines are ranked ninth in among state 1A baseball teams, according to WashingtonBaseballPoll.com. The poll was founded in 1978 by Lem Elway, retired Anacortes High School baseball coach and teacher. Rankings are based on team performance with input from coaches and newspaper sports reporters.
- Apr 8, 2009 at 12:26PM
Friends of the San Juans, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and the San Juan Island Association of Realtors are hosting "Water in San Juan County," a for-credit workshop for real estate professionals.
- Apr 8, 2009 at 10:06AM
My wife, Rachel, and I walk in memory of my mother Lynda, and all those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We also walk for the survivors who are fighting. We walk in hope that people will not suffer from cancer in the future.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Apr 8, 2009 at 9:23AM
I read the recent editorial regarding the restoration of American Camp prairie ("Restoring a great natural place," page 6A, April 1 Journal). Your editorial neglected to mention that "restoring" the prairie would involved multiple applications of herbicides and extensive burning of hundreds of acres. This process seems inconsistent with "restoring the natural balance."
- Apr 7, 2009 at 5:21PM
Everywhere this old dinosaur goes these days, he’s confronted with condolences about the death of the newspaper business, the “fact” that the Internet is taking over, that you have to know texting and tweeting and Blackberry lingo to keep up with modern times. Well, as I did when radio was going to be our downfall, and then television, I feel sure, as my mother used to say, “This too shall pass” (TTSP to you tweetybirds). Why, just last Saturday night, I had a great example.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 4:44PM
April gives us a lot more to think about than spring. This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month — three issues that plague our society yet three issues on which we can make such a big difference. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is using this month to make you aware of some important facts.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 4:42PM
Hard times are always harder on children. The challenges of ordinary life are magnified when the stress of economic difficulty is imposed on a family. Foreclosures, layoffs and budget woes can lead to desperate behaviors. The overall gloom of the times affects even those who are not at immediate risk.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:13PM
The San Juan Island School Board plans to hire an interim school superintendent for the 2009-10 school year. The decision was made Monday at a special school board meeting in the district office. A job description will be posted on the San Juan Island School District Web site. The deadline for applications and resumes is May 8.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:33PM
They may be the leading contenders, but Beaverton Valley and Sutton Road are not the only options for a new solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island. And at least one islander believes that Daniel Lane, a 22-acre site consisting of three appropriately-zoned and privately-owned parcels on Cattle Point Road, may be better suited than the other two sites under consideration.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:32PM
BC Ferries has agreed to reduce landing fees for the Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney ferry by $100,000 a year for the next three years, a savings of around 25 percent, state lawmakers announced today.
- Apr 3, 2009 at 2:40PM
Friday Harbor's Jordyn Taylor shot 37 to medal in his second consecutive match at par-35 San Juan Golf and Country Club, March 31 vs. the Orcas Vikings. All told, the Wolverines finished 41 strokes ahead of the Vikings, 217-258.
- Apr 3, 2009 at 10:21AM
San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 5:00PM
Members of Cub Scouts Pack 90, Den 6, recently visited The Journal as part of a field trip. While there, Journal marketing artist Rebecca Cook explained the process of designing an advertisement. The Scouts then visited the newsroom, where reporter Scott Rasmussen explained the news-gatherinf process.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:10PM
A Friday Harbor High School student has been named a top prize winner in a national essay contest that drew more than 31,000 entries. As a participant in the Pacific region, Catherine Bevens of Friday Harbor High School was awarded third place and $1,250 in the Being an American Essay Contest sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 11:32AM
Our current recession, with 10 million people unemployed, has brought back childhood memories to me of the Great Depression during the 1930s. I was a kid in grade school in Friday Harbor during this time. The national unemployment rate hovered around 23 percent for several years. It fell off for a while, but by 1938 the rate was back up again.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 11:16AM
The first annual Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund-raising Dinner is April 18, 4-6 p.m., at American Legion Post 163. The event is open to Post 163 members and guests. Proceeds will go to the Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund.
The Gerbil: J-26 tells all in interview; voice-recognition software enables orca to share views with humans
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:41AM
Voice-recognition software has been developed that enables researchers at The Whale Museum to translate Southern resident orca dialect into English. For the first time, researchers employed the technology to conduct an interview with a killer whale — and get answers to age-old questions. J-26 will now take your questions.
The Gerbil: Chamber of Commerce will spend stimulus money to start program to help islanders feel better about the economy
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:37AM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced it will spend some of its federal stimulus money to start a program to help islanders feel better about the economy. Chamber Director Debbie Pigman said the program will employ Disney characters as morale boosters.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:34AM
Throwing the door open on a new career, Woody — the congenial, though sometimes conflicted, cowboy of “Toy Story” movie fame — last week announced he will run for San Juan County sheriff in 2010. “I’ve got proven problem-solving skills and a knack for getting things done,” said Woody, who goes by the single name by which he’s commonly known.
The Gerbil: Mutant crabs found living at waste transfer station; ‘proof of contamination,’ proponents of move say
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:27AM
Neighbors say the discovery of a colony of mutant crabs living at the Sutton Road solid waste transfer station is proof that the site is contaminated. Scientists from the state Department of Ecology believe the population is descended from crabs that migrated from the harbor up a stream to a wetlands outside the transfer station site, where they adjusted to living in fresh water. Over time, however, they mutated because of exposure to nitrates and other pollutants that reportedly leach from the transfer station into the wetlands, experts say.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 12:55PM
Minimally fixing up the current transfer station has been widely advocated, because at first glance it appears to be obviously the cheapest option. In fact, it would be wasting money. To see why requires delving a bit deeper. There is another option that is not only cheaper but also better.
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