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- Feb 3, 2009 at 2:55PM
Junior wrestler Justin James shook off an opening-round loss and muscled his way to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Nooksack Valley Invitational. Not to be outdone, Friday Harbor senior Calen Mehrer dismantled a pair of opponents in succession in the 215 weight division to earn a fourth-place finish as well.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 2:43PM
The state Legislature has introduced two bills — one sponsored by our state senator, Kevin Ranker; the other co-sponsored by our state representatives, Jeff Morris and Dave Quall — which would require the cargo, cruise and oil industries to pay for a year-round response tug at Neah Bay to prevent oil spills. The Legislature should make the requirement law.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 11:18AM
Friday Harbor is pulling out all the stops for its 100th birthday Feb. 9. The town’s centennial will be celebrated at three venues that day, with free exhibits, a time capsule, birthday cakes, daylong refreshments, live music and dancing, a speech by Mayor David Jones, and the judging of the beard-growing contest, capped by a community dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:38PM
The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care and adult care centers for some costs associated with providing meals.
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:35PM
Westcott Bay Orchards was a big winner at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The competition was in December but results were released Monday.
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:33PM
The ordinance change, requested by local businesses, would allow illumination of signs and display cases after business hours.
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:30PM
Local accounting firm Hawley & Nicholson has merged with Hilsinger & Company, an accounting firm with offices in the Mount Vernon area. Sandra Hawley and Beth Nicholson will continue to be associated with the firm’s Friday Harbor office, which takes the name Hilsinger & Company SJI PS. They will continue to offer a full range of accounting services, including audits, bookkeeping, consulting, tax preparation, and valuations.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Feb 2, 2009 at 8:30AM
Many of us believe that Gov. Gregoire and Plan B in the draft Long Range Plan of Washington State Ferries propose to eliminate the Sidney ferry. This is an incorrect characterization of the proposal, and one that does much damage to our community’s interests.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 4:09PM
In 1979, Beckwith and Associates conducted a study on siting solid waste processing on San Juan Island. Where are we 30 years down the road? Still talking about siting solid waste processing. Why has it taken so long when Orcas and Lopez have had exemplary solid waste transfer stations sites?
- Jan 28, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 3:01PM
Jawaad Darcelle Reaves pleaded guilty Tuesday in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his brother, Jermaine. Initially, Reaves, 22, had been charged with second-degree murder following the shooting on Sept. 18 at the Tucker Avenue apartment that the two shared.
- Jan 29, 2009 at 1:37PM
Skagit County has lent the Firewise communities of San Juan Island a chipper to help them maintain safety zones and reduce fuel loads. Originally, the chipper was going to be here for 10 days which allowed only the new Firewise Communities access to its use. Now the plan is for about three weeks or as long as the chipper is here, to allow any present or new Firewise Community to use the chipper for a day. If any non-Firewise Community would join the free nationally recognized program, they would also qualify for a free chipper day.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Jan 29, 2009 at 12:15PM
When I first came to the islands, I lived across the road from Ross and B.J. Miner and next door to Jim and Bea Hitch. These two fine couples guided us as to the ways of the island. "There's nothin' to do in here in January," said Ross, "except freeze." I thought of that last weekend, after all the holidays including Epiphany, when Helen and I spent a quiet January Saturday that ran us ragged.
- Jan 28, 2009 at 3:32PM
An 18-year-old man and three San Juan Island girls face alcohol-related charges following a late-night rollover crash Friday near the intersection of Beaverton Valley and No. 2 Schoolhouse roads. According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Department, none of the four suffered serious injury, though one of the girls was flown off-island with possible internal injuries shortly after the crash. Those injuries proved to be relatively minor and she has since returned to the island, Undersheriff Jon Zerby said.
- Jan 28, 2009 at 9:46AM
A new study funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation reveals that a part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a potential “hot spot” for toxic harmful algal blooms affecting the Washington and British Columbia coasts.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 4:44PM
The local Animal Protection Society is preparing to care for 12 dogs seized from two puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties last week. All told, about 600 dogs were seized by authorities. About 80 percent of the dogs are pregnant and some 1,500 puppies are expected to be born in the next few weeks.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:58PM
Audra Crosby, a long-time Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully in Tacoma on Jan. 5, 2009. She was surrounded by family at the time. Her beloved husband, Lance, preceded her by almost two years, having passed away in Tacoma on March 26, 2007. They had been married for 67 years at the time of his passing.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:41AM
The production of five wonderful examples of Ernest Pugh's playwright talents at the San Juan Community Theatre was a well-deserved tribute, Jan. 16-17. It takes a keen eye and sharp ear to have such talent. And, of course, an equally talented cast and crew to bring the playwright's drama to powerful life.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:26AM
The San Juan Island EMS system has been rated as the national leader in EMS services in a quarterly survey of its patients by the EMS Survey Team.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:22AM
San Juan Island EMS Chief Jim Cole has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of EMS Chiefs. Cole has also been asked to serve on a Department of Homeland Security task force studying Homeland Security science and technology as they apply to first responders, including fire, EMS, law enforcement and emergency management.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:11AM
The total assessed value of taxable property in San Juan County increased 13.1 percent between 2007 and 2008 to about $7.976 billion, San Juan County Assessor Charles Zalmanek reported today in a press release.
- Jan 23, 2009 at 10:59AM
Several islanders attended Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. We asked some of them to share their experiences of this historic moment in U.S. history.
- Jan 23, 2009 at 11:31AM
Five Friday Harbor High School students were suspended from school, temporarily lost sports privileges and attended a hazing workshop put on by Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services, in response to hazing in the high school locker room the last week of October.
Inauguration Notebook: Get an Inauguration Day flag ... islanders witness historic event ... inauguration potluck celebration tonight ...
- Jan 20, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43AM
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed's office is making available U.S. flags that are being flown over the state Capitol today in commemoration of Barack Obama’s inauguration.
- Jan 22, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 5:41AM
Genoa Kayte London, 23, passed away on Jan. 20, 2009, at her home in Eminence, Ky. Genoa was born in Seattle on March 29, 1985. She spent four years in Friday Harbor where she attended Friday Harbor Middle School and High School while living with her two grandmothers, Janna Gingras and Liz Illg.
PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of cost of medical center construction; no local bond measure would be required
- Jan 22, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:17PM
PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of the cost of building a so-called "integrated medical center" on San Juan Island in a contract that has been negotiated with public hospital district officials and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee. Initially, it was proposed that the construction costs — estimated at $29.8 million — be shared by PeaceHealth, local philanthropy and a hospital district bond. Under the proposed contract, the hospital committee would raise $10 million through philanthropy and PeaceHealth would bear the rest of the costs.
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