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Tonight's Town Council meeting canceled; evening agenda items moved to noon meeting

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:28PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council's 5:30 p.m. meeting today has been canceled because of inclement weather. The council will meet at noon in the Town Hall Council Chambers; the evening's agenda items have been moved to the noon meeting.

Weather forces more cancellations: Christmas Bird Count, Mark Gardner book-signing, Island Rec meeting, indoor sports programs

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 4:28PM

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count has been rescheduled for Jan. 3 because of weather. "Thank you to those that e-mailed me to support this change and thank you to the brave souls (only a couple) that were willing to brave the conditions," coordinator Barbara Jensen e-mailed.

Gregoire proposes elimination of Sidney run

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 3:37PM

Gov. Christine Gregoire has proposed cutting the level of service in Washington State Ferries, including eliminating the Sidney run, in an effort to close a projected $5.7 billion shortfall. The 2009-11 state budget, proposed Dec. 18, closes the shortfall through a combination of program reductions; suspension of state employee, teacher and care worker salary increases; changes in pensions; and using the state’s rainy day fund.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from The Journal staff

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 3:25PM

The staff of The Journal of the San Juan Islands wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. We look forward to being your local information source and your partner for progress in 2009.

Another honor for San Juan Island war hero Roy Matsumoto

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 11:17AM

General presents Roy Matsumoto with special medallion in recognition of his service to the United States

Wolverines bury La Conner in home opener, 63-44

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Dec 18, 2008 at 10:08AM

Jordan Nash notches double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Aylward tallies 18 points in debut at home

San Juan Island public schools will start 90 minutes late Thursday; buses will use snow routes

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 8:00PM updated Dec 18, 2008 at 7:26AM

San Juan Island public schools will start 90 minutes late Thursday, the fourth consecutive day of late starts because of the weather. Again, buses will use snow routes.

San Juan Island Library Board special meeting today

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 7:13AM

A special meeting of the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees is scheduled today at 11:30 a.m. to discuss hiring policy. The meeting, in the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard St., is open to the public.

San Juan Island EMS adds five new EMTs

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 7:11AM

Five San Juan Island residents have completed their training and certification as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B) and are serving with San Juan Island EMS. The new EMTs at San Juan Island EMS are David Howitt, Humberto Orozco, Rebecca Phillips, Jeremy Talbott and Noah Waldron.

Find your faves in Friday Harbor

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 3:44PM

Trish Lehman told me about David Bentley’s article, to “play tourist and shop Friday Harbor.” I jumped into the fray after she joyfully shared her positive experience and was reminded once again what a wealth of goodies and people we have here in Friday Harbor.

Wednesday Church Night at St. David's Episcopal Church is cancelled

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:48PM

Wednesday Church Night at St. David's Episcopal Church is cancelled because of weather

School district cancels tonight's meeting on restructuring

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 10:52AM

The San Juan Island School District has canceled tonight's meeting regarding possible restructuring to erase a forecasted $717,000 budget deficit. The meeting was canceled because of snow. Superintendent Michael Soltman said he hopes to reschedule the meeting in early January, followed by a regular school board meeting Jan. 14.

San Juan: Third consecutive late start for public schools; buses are using snow routes

  • Dec 17, 2008 at 7:51AM

The arctic storm that reached the region late last week brought more snow to San Juan Island early today -- as well as a third consecutive late start for public schools. San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes today.

San Juan weather causes several cancellations

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 1:17PM

The San Juan Anti-Litter Initiative meeting Thursday has been cancelled because of the weather. The next meeting is Jan. 15 ... Strider Construction Co. has stopped work on the upland sewer project until Jan. 5 due to inclement weather. The shutdown comes at no cost to the Town of Friday Harbor ...

Frozen pipes: a disaster you can avoid

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 1:17PM

While an arctic front continues to push temperatures below freezing, now is the time to protect your home from frozen pipes and costly repairs. An average of a quarter-million families across the country experience severe damage to their homes each winter because water pipes freeze and burst.

Chamber Downtown Forum meets Thursday, 8:30 a.m., at Whidbey Island Bank

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 10:24AM

The next Chamber Downtown Forum will meet on Thursday, 8:30 a.m., at Whidbey Island Bank. Joy Sevier and Peggy Long, members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will facilitate the meeting, continuing the topic "What can we do NOW to improve our local economy?"

Another late start for San Juan Island public schools

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 8:32AM

San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes today, for the second consecutive day. Island roads were expected to be icy this morning, following three days of frigid temperatures – Monday’s early-morning low of 13 was the coldest since 1990.

Islanders should catch Cole Franklin and the Linfield Wildcats

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 6:30AM

As a proud graduate of Linfield College, I was pleased to finally see a bit about Friday Harbor's own Cole Franklin and his season with the Linfield football team this past season in The Journal.

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Send us your pictures

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 6:19AM

How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Perhaps sledding on a hilly street in the neighborhood. Or honing your snowboarding skills at Lafarge Community Park (aka the former gravel pit). Or building the perfect snowman. Or staying in where it's warm and baking the perfect pie.

Late start Monday, snow routes for San Juan Island public schools

  • Dec 14, 2008 at 5:35PM

San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes Monday.

Kasey Rasmussen wins second straight Geo Bee title

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Dec 14, 2008 at 1:32PM

And then there were two. Ten of Friday Harbor Middle School's best and brightest geography students took center stage Wednesday with the school's annual Geo Bee title up for grabs.

San Juan Island's first snow of the season has arrived

  • Dec 14, 2008 at 7:05AM

Islanders awakened to a winter wonderland this morning. The first snow of the season fell overnight, and snow showers were likely this morning and this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Update: Compassionate Friends candle lighting today, 7 p.m.

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 14, 2008 at 7:28AM

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor today, 7 p.m., on the corner of Spring and Second streets. The event is open to the public. Kathleen Wilson and Pat Gislason will sing a song that Wilson wrote in memory of her late brother, Frank Wilson, the long-time San Juan EMS chief. Joyce Jones will speak. The names of local children of all ages who have passed away will be read.

NBC veteran Ted Soares develops his umpteenth big show to raise money for San Juan Community Theatre

  • Dec 5, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Dec 12, 2008 at 9:11PM

The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season, is this week. If you attend on Preview Night, you’ll find it’s likely the best night of entertainment for the price: $5.

Cumming has two tackles in bowl win; Western Washington Vikings defeat Colorado Mines 25-10

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Dec 12, 2008 at 9:09PM

Former Friday Harbor football standout Danny Cumming had two tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, Saturday in Western Washington University’s 25-10 Dixie Rotary Bowl win over Colorado School of Mines. The game was played before a crowd of 2,598 at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah. It was the fifth-largest crowd of the Vikings’ season and the site of their 20-14 win over Dixie State on Nov. 1.

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