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What does Obama's inauguration mean to you? Share with us

  • Jan 16, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Jan 20, 2009 at 11:41AM

What does the inauguration of Barack Obama mean to you? How will you observe this historic event? Share with us for a story we are doing. Write or Here's a list of ways that islanders will be observing the inauguration of our nation's 44th president ...

Friday Harbor in Song: 'Haro Strait'

  • Jan 16, 2009 at 11:05AM

The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, will feature Friday Harbor-related music.

Three parties, one big day; town turns 100 on Feb. 9

  • Jan 16, 2009 at 6:26PM

Have any vintage clothing? Take out those duds and dust them off: 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.

Passages: Marta Kristin Anderson Iverson

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 3:54PM

Family and friends will gather Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Iverson home to remember Marta Kristin Anderson Iverson. Marta Iverson was born March 19, 1959. She died Jan. 13, in the presence of family and friends, of ovarian cancer.

Meet Dr. Gladys Mwiti and learn about the work of Oasis Africa

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 3:35PM

Islanders have two opportunities Jan. 20 to meet Dr. Gladys Mwiti and learn about the work of Oasis Africa, an indigenous African counseling and training center. Mwiti will speak at the San Juan Lions Club meeting, noon, in the American Legion hall downstairs; and at 7 p.m. at Paideia School. The presentations are open to the public.

Help Sadie get a walk; island resident needs to borrow an electric wheelchair

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:05PM

Do you have an electric wheelchair that is not being used? You can put it to good use and make a difference in someone else's life. Toni Shiurba of Friday Harbor is recovering from injuries incurred in a car accident. She wants to pay for use of an electric wheelchair, but can't pay the $250 per month she said she's been quoted.

'Friday Harbor in Song:' Music about our town

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 15, 2009 at 11:48AM

The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, will feature Friday Harbor-related music. The series begins with the Battlefield Band's "Leaving Friday Harbor."

Soroptimist Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Auction March 14

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 9:22AM

Recent new members of Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are Carol Christensen, Bonnie Hendrickson and Deanna Rogers. They will join more than 80 other members of this local business women’s service club that has been helping our community for 12 years.

Obama's ethnicity is not worth mentioning

  • Jan 15, 2009 at 7:07AM

President-elect Obama is NOT African-American. He is bi-racial. This error is made consistently in the press. Hopefully somebody will start describing his ethnicity correctly (or better yet, not at all).

Ranker sworn in as senator; vice chairman of two committees, member of two others

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 3:41PM

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, was sworn on Monday when the Senate convened for its 105-day regular session. “There is a lot to do, and I am more than ready to get started on solutions to the major challenges we are facing, both locally and statewide,” Ranker said in a press release.

New home for Curves of Friday Harbor

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 1:49PM

In an ongoing effort to accommodate the women of Friday Harbor, Curves has relocated to 535 Market St., suite B (next to Whidbey Island Bank). This convenient location is within walking distance of the town core and has ample parking. Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-11 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Forecast | We can be bullish on San Juan Island real estate

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 1:47PM

Let’s not mince words. The real estate market on San Juan Island during the last half of 2007 and all of 2008 has been, activity wise, in a deep recession. Realtors and sellers of real estate have found this to be the case through personal experience. What is interesting, however, is how well the market has retained its value.

County Council, Ferry Advisory Committee reject WSF's Plan B

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:40PM

The San Juan County Council and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a response to Washington State Ferries’ Long Range-Planning Options that calls the lower-cost Plan B “an unrealistic representation of state ferry service.”

Council endorses San Juan Initiative report; document will guide local involvement in restoration of Sound’s health by 2020

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 10:51AM

Bold. Unique. Innovative. A model for the rest of the state. There was no shortage of superlatives as the County Council gave a hearty endorsement to the San Juan Initiative and its final report and list of recommendations.

Father-Daughter Dance Feb. 6 at Mullis Center

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 10:07AM

Island Rec’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center. Tickets are available at Island Rec. The dance is open for girls of all ages accompanied by their father or a significant male figure in their life.

Morris questions funding priorities: $11.7 million for Enhanced Driver License program while cancelling Sidney run to save $9.4 million

  • Jan 13, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Jan 14, 2009 at 9:58AM

During today’s House Transportation Committee hearing, in which members of the committee scoured Gov. Gregoire’s proposed budget for 2009-11, state Rep. Jeff Morris, D–Mount Vernon, questioned the consistency of a policy that includes $11.7 million for the Enhanced Driver License (EDL) program, while cancelling the primary maritime route between Washington and Canada.

Call for artists for the 2009 San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 9:56AM

The 2009 San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair is July 18 and 19 in Friday Harbor. Applications for acceptance as an artist are due by March 16.

Driver suspected of DUI after off-road crash on Turn Point Road and Gladys Way

  • Jan 14, 2009 at 9:51AM

A San Juan Island woman was arrested for DUI following a bone-rattling detour off the road, up an embankment and into the brush late Saturday, near the intersection of Gladys Way and Turn Point Road.

‘Our Town: A Century in the Making’ begins Jan. 18

  • Jan 13, 2009 at 2:00PM

What has shaped our community into what it is today? How different are we from those who called Friday Harbor home 100 years ago? How does our past influence our future? A series of events related to the town’s centennial addresses those questions and more.

Friday Harbor at 100: A new book captures 100 years in the life of a community

  • Jan 13, 2009 at 1:48PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new book about Friday Harbor tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village. And, according to all sources, it’s an entertaining read.

2009 Book of the San Juans is on the streets

  • Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17PM

The 2009 Book of the San Juan Islands, the annual information and relocation almanac published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is on the streets. Copies are available at the newspapers' offices, on ferries and in ferry terminals, in B&Bs and inns, and in chambers of commerce, real estate offices and visitors bureaus on the islands and the mainland.

SWAC makes choice official; recommends Beaverton Valley Road site for San Juan Island solid waste transfer station

  • Jan 12, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Jan 13, 2009 at 7:08AM

The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee made it official Monday. The committee voted 6-3 to recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. The outcome of the meeting mirrorred the committee’s Dec. 29 meeting. A 20-acre site on Daniel Lane, next to the new San Juan Business Park, was rated second of the three potential sites. The current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.

Annual Asia dinner benefits Spring Street International School

  • Jan 12, 2009 at 6:32PM

Spring Street International School invites the community to an annual fund-raiser dinner at Mullis Community Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 16, 5:15-8:30 p.m.

Coin drive under way for community garden

  • Jan 12, 2009 at 6:27PM

A coin drive to help build a new community garden is under way. Money raised will help pay for fencing, soil preparation, and a water catchment system. The Gardens at Ackley's Corner is located one mile past the airport and is open for anyone interested in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.

Local Day of Service on Monday remembers the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Jan 12, 2009 at 6:25PM

A day of service is planned in Friday Harbor on Jan. 19, a legal holiday and birthday of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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