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- Oct 12, 2010 at 4:07PM
We all know the stereotype: The cute and popular girl, the peppy outfit, the perpetual smile. There is not much room for variation in the image of the cheerleader. That image, however, fails to stand up in Friday Harbor High School: The nine-girl squad achieves levels of physical and mental ability that set them far apart from stereotype.
- Oct 12, 2010 at 3:58PM
Alan Henry "Micky" Minsch 91, passed away in Chehalis, Wash. Alan moved to Friday Harbor after the war. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific. After arriving in Friday Harbor, he met and married school teacher Lois Wehrly. Alan worked for San Juan Ag.
- Oct 12, 2010 at 3:22PM
Friday Harbor Fire Chief Vern Long has been on medical leave since Aug. 18. He reportedly told town officials he expected to be back on the job Sept. 20, but as of this posting is still out. Meanwhile, the town has hired a Seattle law firm to investigate concerns about Long’s leadership, raised in a letter of no confidence filed by a firefighter and four fire officers who resigned.
- Oct 12, 2010 at 3:20PM
The prospect of a Subway food franchise locating in Friday Harbor has sparked a vigorous debate over the impact such an enterprise would have on island culture. As the Friday Harbor Town Council learned when it updated its sign ordinance, you can’t keep a business from locating at a site if it meets applicable laws. To not allow a business to locate here for no other reason than we don’t like that kind of business ownership model is discriminatory. But this can be legislated: A community can influence what a business looks like; Leavenworth is an example. A community can prevent Golden Arches from being erected by writing a sign ordinance. A community can control litter commonly associated with a certain business by adopting an anti-litter law.
- Oct 12, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 1:25PM
San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce's business showcase, called The Style, debuted on Oct. 9. The event pulled in packed crowds to one of the waterfront condos at 123 West St. Businesses from the island took the opportunity to showcase their products and services before walking in The Style fashion show.
- Oct 11, 2010 at 10:04AM
The San Juan Builders Association is hosting a forum for San Juan County Council District 2 candidates Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in Mullis Community Senior Center.
- Oct 7, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Oct 11, 2010 at 7:59AM
Someone needs to buy Aaron D'Errico a lottery ticket. He meets Michael Madsen on the set of "Free Willy," and the actor-poet writes about him in "The Crooked Prince." He meets his idol, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, and a woman in a Catwoman outfit takes him in her arms when he hyperventilates. His latest adventure: The aspiring illustrator's design placed third in voter balloting and eighth in judges' balloting in the logo contest for the Stan Lee Foundation. That's right — he placed in the top 10 twice.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 9:15PM
Lopez Island Fire Chief Jim Ghiglione has endorsed Rob Nou for San Juan County Sheriff. Nou, a former Oregon police chief serving as a sheriff's deputy on Lopez Island, faces Lead Detective Brent Johnson on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 9:15PM
The campaign to reelect Rich Peterson to the San Juan County Council, Second District, will host a meet and greet for the candidate Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon; and Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at 285 Spring St., next to the Little Store.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 9:15PM
Congressman Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, is scheduled to visit with the San Juan County Economic Development Council Oct. 9, 11 a.m., in The Bean coffee shop.
- Sep 25, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Oct 8, 2010 at 5:17PM
Brent Johnson and Rob Nou have experience as sheriff’s officers and as city cops. But Johnson said his big city experience – as a police sergeant in populous Albuquerque, N.M. – sets him apart as the more qualified candidate for sheriff. Johnson worked as a sergeant for a department that fielded 40,000 calls for service a month. He regularly supervised a squad of eight to 10 officers -- prioritizing, delegating and motivating in a demanding environment. “No one in this department has that type of experience,” he said. “That's what sets us apart.”
- Oct 8, 2010 at 4:42PM
Food, games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair on Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mullis Street Fire Station. Participating agencies include the Friday Harbor Fire Department, the San Juan Island Fire Department, San Juan Emergency Medical Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Marshal, the Red Cross, Firewise, San Juan County Health Department and the San Juan Ham Radio Operators.
- Oct 7, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Oct 8, 2010 at 12:32PM
Here's what Pat O'Day's phone machine message might sound like soon. "This is Pat O'Day, thanks for calling. If you're interested in real estate, press 1. If you feel like your life is spinning out of control, press 2. If you're interested in a low-fat club sandwich, a sunrise melt or a $5 footlong for lunch, press 3." O'Day — real estate agent, pitchman for Schick Shadel Hospital, and rock radio pioneer — is considering branching into food.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 8:59AM
Florence was born in Seattle to William A.H. and Catherine Philo, two immigrants from England. She grew up in Seattle, attending seven different schools as her family moved frequently. Before she met Ralph, she attended school with his niece Charlotte and they became lifelong friends.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 8:52AM
Bill Hamel, born Oct. 18, 1936, passed away Oct. 5, 2010 in Ellensburg, Wash., while traveling to Arizona. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and moved to Orcas Island with his wife in 1985. He came to the Pacific Northwest through his employment with Boeing.
- Oct 7, 2010 at 3:16PM
Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands invites islanders to join them for some holiday-themed events. On Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., join Life Care Center residents and the Friday Harbor High School S Club for some pumpkin decorating. Friday Harbor MarketPlace donated the pumpkins.
- Oct 7, 2010 at 11:12AM
A killer whale died at SeaWorld Orlando on Oct. 4, the third killer whale death at a SeaWorld marine park in four months.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Oct 7, 2010 at 11:15AM
Like thousands of other Nisei sent to internment camps during World War II, Roy Matsumoto was American-born and eager to prove his loyalty to his country. The White House estimates 6,000 Nisei — or Japanese Americans born here to immigrant parents — served in battle in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. Matsumoto and others in the MIS "intercepted radio transmissions, translated enemy documents, interrogated enemy prisoners of war, volunteered for reconnaissance and covert intelligence missions, and persuaded enemy combatants to surrender.”
- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:36PM
San Juan County voters will do themselves a great favor if they return Rich Peterson to the County Council. Rich has served four years as a council member with integrity and common sense. His performance in a difficult and demanding position has always been to try and find the best policies and results for the population in general rather than for special interests or political gain.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:34PM
We find a recent letter to the editor from Mr. Dehlendorf rather troubling. In charging Mr. Peterson with the accusation that he “ignored the wishes of island voters,” he is not correct. Concerning the Land Bank issue, Councilman Peterson paid attention to the people who were worried about the permissive wording in the easement that could have resulted in a loss of more than $400,000 that the Land Bank was going to pay for it. He represented concerns from many residents that the easement document was too loosely phrased to guarantee protection for the taxpayers, and he had a responsibility to make a sound decision for us.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:04PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys tennis team has prevailed two of the last three outings, with wins against South Whidbey and Lake Stevens and Coupeville continuing to be the toughest hurdle on the courts.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 1:36PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines volleyball team fell 3-1 in its only regular-season bout against Division 1A regional rival Meridian, Oct. 2 in Turnbull Gym. The Wolverines clinched a game midway through the match to keep their hopes of an upset alive, but the Trojans, who improved to 4-2, rallied to seal the victory in four games. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped their fourth consecutive match and fell to 1-3 in Northwest 1A/2B League play and 1-5 overall.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 12:56PM
The mud and the water have always been a source of food. But when we start to see shorelines and rivers not as places where we get our food, but where we can make money developing property for the best views and highest value, we dishonor the importance of our surroundings. When pollution has gotten so bad that we can't fish or harvest shellfish from our home waters, we start depending on food from other sources, sometimes thousands of miles away. Folks down on the Gulf Coast are going through that right now.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 5:08PM
Well, the youngest and newest sailor in the club, Kevin Lewis, showed the rest of us how to do it. We’re talking about the second annual Mitchell Bay International Regatta on Haro Strait Oct. 2 and 3.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:53PM
Two-time San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race winner John Pachuta came up short this year. Kirkland resident Peteris Ledins finished the Sept. 25 race in 4 hours 8 minutes to win the 2010 title. Course Producer/Manager Brent Molsberry included kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering, trekking, and a couple of “special” tasks for the competitors this year. Special tasks included bike polo and standup paddleboard.
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