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I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! | Ferry Home Companion

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:17PM

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.

A good time to count our blessings | Editor's Notebook

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:09PM

An arctic storm brought a big freeze to the islands. Our school district faces a $717,000 deficit. Our community and state are caught in the national recession. Businesses are struggling to hold on as islanders tighten their purse strings. It’s easy to be grumpy, what with having to navigate icy roads while worrying about the economy and that IRA and/or 401K. But a neighbor said something to me the other day that set me on a path of realizing just how fortunate we are.

Non-point pollution is our problem, and that's the point | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:07PM

Scientists call it “non-point pollution,” meaning it emanates from sources that aren’t specific or readily identifiable. Oil leaks from automobiles and chemical treatments on lawns are two good examples, swept as they are by rainwater through ditches and storm drains and into the waters of Puget Sound. Another example: the septic systems of shoreline homes, which over time send untreated waste oozing out to contaminate our waterways.

How to simulate being a sailor | Around the Waterfront

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:06PM

How to simulate being a sailor: 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.

Education must be our top priority | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:43PM

Undoubtedly, the financial situation that the 2009 state Legislature deals with when in goes into session in January will be far more difficult than when those legislators announced their candidacies for office in spring and summer 2008. With the state in a recession, Gov. Christine Gregoire is looking at cutting several billion dollars out of the state budget. The budget deficit could reach $6 billion, some reports stated last week. Education must be a priority, not just for the Legislature but for all of us.

Friday Harbor Food Bank's numbers double

  • Dec 26, 2008 at 9:30AM

Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.

Santa expected to make early visit to downtown today

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

Churches plan special events, services for holiday

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned

'Marley' Christmas Eve performance cancelled due to 'unexpected health emergency'

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54PM

Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.

Spring Street International School students spread holiday cheer

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:35AM

Spring Street International School students spent their last day before the holiday break baking, caroling and creating cards for the community. More than 40 handmade Christmas cards and 30 plates of cookies were given to area friends, neighbors and businesses Dec. 19. Students baked and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. Gingerbread men complete with suits and smiles were stacked onto plates ready for delivery.

Help find Mary Hammond's dog, Coco

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:14AM

Mary Hammond's dog, Coco, is missing. He is a 13-year-old Husky mix, black with gray face. He's very friendly and has tags on his collar.

San Juan Islands awarded $341,000 for salmon restoration work

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:59AM

State funds four projects, including removal of wood-chip waste from beaches at Thatcher Bay

Santa Claus is coming to town. And you can track him

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:27AM

It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

'County News' page premieres on San Juan County Web site

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:49PM

A redesigned County News page went into service this week on San Juan County's Web site, www.sanjuanco.com/news. The former news page was more oriented to print news releases and offered documents in PDF file format.

County plows, sanders will be working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:46PM

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, snow, freezes and thaws through Christmas night, adding to already hazardous conditions on county roads

20 selected for Leadership San Juan Islands Class of 2009

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:24PM

Leadership San Juan Islands has selected 20 diverse individuals from the community for the 2009 class

County Public Works, Town of Friday Harbor sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:00PM

The San Juan County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program this year. Trees will be chipped for mulch and not sent to a landfill. Help reduce the volume of holiday trash by bringing your clean, undecorated natural trees (no flocked or artificial trees) to your island's solid waste facility between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11 during regular open hours.

Fincher elected chairman of San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 1:39PM

Brad Fincher was elected chairman of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Dec. 19. Fincher is probation officer at the San Juan County Courthouse. He is also a member of the San Juan County Fair Board.

Update: Island woman loses lower right leg to crash injuries; another surgery scheduled

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:47AM

Beth Hudson, 62, of San Juan Island is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. Hudson was in surgery Monday. Her right leg was amputated below the knee. Her left leg is "stabilized" and she is scheduled to have surgery on it Thursday, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. She has several broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a bruised pancreas, and broken bones in her right shoulder.

Online video helps businesses plan for, prepare and pay taxes and premiums

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01AM

Washington State has launched a multi-agency streaming video that gives new and small businesses easy-to-understand basics on how to plan for, prepare and pay state business taxes and insurance premiums.

Weather Update: Friday Harbor Taxi offering free rides within town; games cancelled, hospital district commission meeting cancelled

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 4:43PM

Friday Harbor Taxi, 298-4434, is offering free taxi service within the town limits

Latest arctic storm packs a punch on San Juan

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 4:39PM

Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”

Public Works ops manager warns of treacherous road conditions as temperature warms

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 4:16PM

San Juan County Public Works Operations Manager Russ Harvey said shortly after 2 p.m. today that the roads are getting more treacherous as the temperature is warming. “People shouldn’t think that it is a good time to get out on the road and run errands just because the sun has come out,” he said in a press release issued by the county communications office.

Revised: Woman injured in four-car collision on Portland Fair Road

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:57PM

A Friday Harbor woman was in surgery this morning at Harborview Medical Center for injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. The Sheriff’s Department only identified the woman as a 62-year-old San Juan Island resident.

Obituaries | Marilyn Patterson Koral

  • Aug 13, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 22, 2008 at 1:46PM

Marilyn Koral was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of C.V. and Dorothy W. Patterson, and was a former resident of Kalamazoo, Mich.

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