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- Jan 26, 2010 at 10:11AM
Richard Lawson, a well-known contractor whose roots on the island date to 1856, died early today in a mainland hospital. He was 66, his daughter-in-law Leah Lawson said. Mr. Lawson died at 6 a.m. this morning in University of Washington Medical Center, Leah Lawson said. He died from thyroid cancer, she said.
- Jan 26, 2010 at 11:19AM
At this time of year, as seasonal rains quench these thirsty islands, our drives and dirt roads look more like a satellite view of the Minnesota lake country and rubber boots are strategically positioned on every porch just to retrieve the mail.
- Jan 25, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:00PM
Wendy and Dave Picinich are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Martin Whitfield. Jill is a 2001 Friday Harbor High School graduate and is employed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Martin, the son of Mattie and Bobby White, and David and Robin Whitfield, is employed by the Clark County School District.
- Jan 25, 2010 at 11:53AM
On Christmas Day at 6:37 a.m., Amy Sandwith and Robert Bowers were blessed with the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Phoebe Gwen. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.
'Spring Street International School Presents: South American Dinner and Concert' Jan. 30 at Mullis Center
- Jan 22, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jan 23, 2010 at 4:18PM
"Spring Street International School Presents: South American Dinner and Concert" is Jan. 30 at Mullis Center. All proceeds go toward travel scholarships and to an orphanage in Cusco, Peru.
- Jan 23, 2010 at 4:08PM
Let the Olympics coverage begin. "Passport to Vancouver," Sound Publishing Co.'s 2010 Winter Olympics news page, is now live at http://blogs.pnwlocalnews.com/olympics.
- Jan 22, 2010 at 2:57PM
The 2009 Island A La Carte coupon discount book has been discounted, from $29.95 to $19.95. Call Virginia Otto, 317-6728, or buy a book at Friday Harbor Drug or Mullis Center. There are about 50 books left.
- Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 22, 2010 at 2:22PM
In a 5-1 decision, the council endorsed the combination of higher rates and new fees, and directed county staff to craft an ordinance for review at its Jan. 26 meeting, and for possible adoption at a public hearing on Feb. 9.
- Jan 22, 2010 at 11:36AM
San Juan Island EMS members were acknowledged with special awards at the annual EMS Banquet on Jan. 16. The EMT of the Year Award and the Chief’s Award went to Herb Mason. Rebecca Smith was the Officer of the Year. The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Humberto Orozco. The physicians of the Inter Island Medical Center gave the Frank Wilson Service Beyond Self Award to Emily Hallock.
- Jan 22, 2010 at 9:56AM
The 17th annual Knowledge Bowl is Feb. 4 in the San Juan Community Theatre. The Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:40 p.m., and the Friday Harbor Middle School PTA will offer bake sale treats.
- Jan 22, 2010 at 9:52AM
The 2010 Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee will be held in the San Juan Community Theater on Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m. The annual contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands and features fourth- through eighth-grade classroom champions from local schools, including Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, Paideia Classical School, Griffin Bay School and Spring Street International School.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Jan 21, 2010 at 4:05PM
A San Juan Island winter is not cold in the area of culture. Between Christmas festivals and theater productions, the public is not deprived of variation. Local choreographer Linda Downs is convinced the best is yet to come. Indeed, the line-up that Downs, director of Dance Workshop II, has produced for this year’s Winter Song and Dance Festival (Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.) offers exceptionally high standards of performing art.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 2:49PM
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, will have a challenge in the primary. Larry Kalb, 55, announced his candidacy Jan. 15 for the 2nd Congressional District seat, to which Larsen was elected in 2000. Kalb lives in Bellingham, works for the Whatcom Transportation Authority finance department, and is president of Health Care for All, a statewide organization advocating single-payer health care.
- Jan 13, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 21, 2010 at 3:19PM
Snohomish County Councilman John Koster has announced he is running for Congress against Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett. His campaign Web site is www.KosterCountry.com. The two last faced each other in 2000, when both sought to succeed the retiring Jack Metcalf. Larsen led Koster in San Juan County 2,098 to 1,098, or 56.25 percent to 36.47 percent.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 2:12PM
Mayor Carrie Lacher said during her campaign that one of her goals is to establish an independent funding source for streets. Our recommendation: The Friday Harbor Town Council should place an advisory vote on the town ballot, asking town property owners if they would support Friday Harbor Fire Department becoming part of the San Juan County District 3 Fire Department.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 2:10PM
In a talk with a leader of CAPR (Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights) it was suggested that I stick to facts, and not philosophy. That is advice that I will take in this letter. I am arguing in favor of leaving as much protection as possible between households and the shoreline. Certainly more than is suggested by CAPR. The reference to “canaries” refers to the canary that dies in an unsafe mine, providing a warning signal. Animals dying in the Spring Street Aquarium may be offering a similar warning.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 2:08PM
Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. As they have when disaster has struck other parts of the nation and world, islanders are responding to assist relief efforts. Here are ways that you can help.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 12:25PM
Pinpoint when Warren F. Jones’ devotion to public service was born. Perhaps 1960, when he became a charter member of the San Juan Lions Club. Perhaps 1967, when he became a Friday Harbor Town Council member. But it might have been earlier than that.
- Jan 21, 2010 at 11:30AM
Ann Pullman had lived in Friday Harbor, Wash., for 20 years with her husband, Wayne, and son Michael and daughter Michelle (Shelley). Ann was born to Geraldine and John Mahoney, and was later joined by her brother, John M. Mahoney. She earned a B.S. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., where she also taught English. Ann then earned her pre-med degree from Seattle University. She was working as a respiratory therapist in Orange County, Calif., when she met her husband, J. Wayne Pullman. Ann and Wayne married July 4, 1974, in Los Angeles, Calif. She owned and operated a dessert catering business in Beverly Hills, Calif., for eight years, and a gourmet food shop and deli in Ojai, Calif., before moving to Friday Harbor in 1989.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 3:53PM
In a special board meeting Jan. 15, the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors voted to invite Lynden Schools Superintendent Rick Thompson to apply for the position of superintendent.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 2:32PM
Calling Class of 2027 high school graduates! If your child was born between Sept. 1, 2008 and Aug. 31, 2009, bring your baby for a group photo on Feb. 27, 2010 at 10 a.m. in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 1:52PM
Sean and Melissa Aylward (both 2002 Friday Harbor High School graduatess) are happy to announce the birth of their son Parker Timothy Aylward, born Jan. 9, 2010 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Parker weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:19PM
Juanita Rouleau, a retired teacher on Stuart Island and in Friday Harbor who was active in preserving San Juan Island history, has died. Mrs. Rouleau died in her Argyle home Saturday afternoon (Jan. 15). She was 93.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 12:23PM
San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA, offers another “Kids Night Out.” The first "Kids Night Out" of 2010 will be held on Jan. 23, 5-7:30 p.m. for elementary school grades 2-6. The fun includes swimming under the watchful eye of approved lifeguards, and court games under adult supervision. Cheese pizza and beverage will also be served.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 12:20PM
Splash Kitty, 25 years, died Jan. 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. She was ready to go. I asked Annie to check and she said that she is ready. Susan Besel agreed, so Splash went to play with all of the dogs she knew: Barney, Tucker, Bogie and, last but not least, Humphrey.
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