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- Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:51PM
It's back to square one in the quest to find a stable source of funding for San Juan County's struggling solid waste operation. The proposed combination of a 40 percent increase in tipping fees, a $2 fee for recycling, and a $1,000 fee on newly developed parcels is no longer on the table.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 5:12PM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA), at 28 First St. in Friday Harbor, will open “A Retrospective of Helen Loggie, 1917-1952,” Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m. Helen Loggie, a nationally recognized artist, lived most of her life in Bellingham and on Orcas Island. This exhibition links San Juan Island and Orcas Island in a unique manner, for The Lambiel Museum on Orcas is loaning part of its Helen Loggie Collection of more than 100 pieces, the largest private collection in existence, to IMA for an exhibit that will run through March 7.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 5:06PM
Ask San Juan Island native and musician Ryan Browne about Salt Spring Island’s Harry Manx and he’ll tell you Manx is one of the “great talents to come out of the islands.” A successful touring performer (he just won “Acoustic Artist of the Year” from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the third consecutive year), Manx brings his unique mix of “east meets west” to the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM
It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:59PM
Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."
- Jan 27, 2010 at 1:43PM
The San Juan Island School District will restore two periods of exploratory art instruction for grades 6-8 at Friday Harbor Middle School during second semester. Re-establishing these classes is the first step in a collaborative partnership between the Islands Museum of Art and the district to raise funds and create a community-based art program at Friday Harbor Elementary and Friday Harbor Middle schools.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 11:08AM
Brett and Sandra Percich are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew William Percich, on Dec. 18, 2009. Matthew was born at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., at 2:33 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. Matthew and his parents live in Chula Vista, Calif.
- Jan 27, 2010 at 10:13AM
That the commissioners would seek to tax civic and environmental virtue is short-sighted at best, and 100 percent bass-ackwards (sic) at worst. If they must, they should keep the proposed one-time $1,000 development fee, but instead of levying a tax on conservation-minded citizens, raise the trash tipping-fees even higher yet and use the overage to offset the recycling costs.
Wolverines rout Mount Vernon Christian, 53-33; host La Conner in pivotal league showdown Friday | Girls Basketball
- Jan 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 26, 2010 at 4:54PM
With the victory, Friday Harbor clinched its fifth win in a row in Northwest 1A/2B League play, improved to 5-1 against league competition and set up what will no doubt prove to be a pivotal match up Friday at home against La Conner.
La Conner takes advantage of absent F.H. offense; Wolverines bid for title share falters 49-41 | Boys Basketball
- Jan 26, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:53PM
La Conner feasted on free throws with the game on the line and spoiled Friday Harbor’s bid for a share of the league lead by dealing the Wolverines a 49-41 defeat Jan. 22 in Turnbull Gym. The Braves (7-0 league, 13-2 overall) prevailed in the matchup of Northwest 1A/2B League leaders despite knocking down just a single field goal in the fourth and final period.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 4:09PM
Matthew Gray Palmer's sculpture "All Things within All Things" was safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk, Va., last weekend. "Heartfelt thanks to all in our island community for your outpouring of support and interest in the project," the artist and his wife, Danielle Dean Palmer, said in an e-mail.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:28PM
Jan. 11 marked the beginning of our 2010 session in Olympia, and every indication tells us we are in for a bumpy ride. Just a year after tackling a $9 billion budget deficit — the largest in our state’s history — we’re faced with another $2.6 billion shortfall. This means we’ll be forced to look at even more program cuts and savings enhancements to keep Washington fiscally sound as well as keep our well-established social safety net in place for our most vulnerable.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:32PM
The stakes are high. Island citizens are engaged in tasks that are leading to salmon recovery. Continued support is needed for salmon recovery efforts to be successful and we must make a long-term commitment toward completion of this work.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:30PM
Our town isn’t just about whales and ferries. It’s about neighbor helping neighbor, children growing up and creating families of their own, small businesses serving the community and thriving, and a shared feeling of security and well-being.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:26PM
Until government spending is brought under control, small businesses will be uncertain about the economy and will not begin to hire new employees or borrow money for expansion. That will keep the economy in limbo for some time to come.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:24PM
We can protect our community’s natural resources and beauty while streamlining our local land-use regulations to make the rules and processes effective and efficient. These efforts will enable our community of businesses and citizens to maintain their quality of life and sustainability.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:22PM
In 2010, I am also hoping to finally get my official button: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help!” Seriously, please contact me if I can answer any questions about safe chemical handling and disposal, and keeping pollutants out of the environment.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:20PM
My predictions for 2010 are that this community’s deeply rooted educational values will not waver, and together we will achieve success for our children and preserve hope for our future.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 2:19PM
generate controversy as we struggle to identify regulations that both protect the environment and preserve the rights and interests of our citizens. There are obvious areas of common ground but there are also differences of opinion on the regulations needed. The likelihood of reaching broad public consensus on the multitude of details associated with this seems remote but I believe it can be obtained with cooperation, mutual respect, and reason.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 2:05PM
Desi Whalen has been selected to represent American Legion Post 163 in the finals of the Washington State American Legion Oratorical Contest. Desi, the daughter of Carol Whalen and Ron Whalen of Friday Harbor is a junior at Friday Harbor High School.
- Jan 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jan 26, 2010 at 1:31PM
Jose L. Sanchez, a certified public accountant, has joined Lake Kennedy McCulloch CPAs. He will focus on business management, tax, accounting and personal financial advice. He brings to the firm experience in law and accounting.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 1:27PM
The sixth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby begins Feb. 1 and continues until April 15. Entry fee is $50. Special T-shirts will be available to order for the derby. All proceeds support San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
- Jan 26, 2010 at 12:23PM
We need to establish a genuinely supportable nexus between problem and solution. We need to take alarming claims out of the realm of psychology and fear, and establish a framework to rationally answer the questions that are posed.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 11:50AM
I asked Neil Hansen, the Lopez guru of garbage, about the acceptability of recyclable food containers. Knowing the corrugated paper board that has absorbed oil is not acceptable for recycling, I wondered about messy little paper boxes that have remnants of food stuck to them. “Our present vendor would not accept them,” was his answer.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 11:43AM
While partnering with island community leaders to work toward a new critical access hospital in Friday Harbor, I have been privileged to get to know some of the people and programs serving the island communities’ healthcare needs.
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