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Keep public business open, not on a PDA | Editorial

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM

This hasn’t happened here yet. But in this new technological age, it could. And it shouldn’t. That’s the reason for the following editorial.

Bills would require oil, cargo, cruise industry to pay for year-round response tug

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 4:26PM

Legislation introduced today in the Washington state Senate and House would require the oil, cargo and cruise industry to pay for a year-round response tug to stand by at Neah Bay to prevent vessel oil spills.

Spring Street students 'connect the dots' with observance of Obama inauguration, MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 3:31PM

At Spring Street International School, Inauguration Day was an opportunity to connect the dots. The day began with a general assembly during first and second periods that featured a double-dose of U.S. milestones. Prior to watching the inauguration in real-time on satellite feed, students got a glimpse of just how far the nation has come in bridging its racial divide by watching historic footage of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial some 45 years ago.

Wolverine girls clipped by Concrete 32-30

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 3:17PM

Four points in the final period weren’t enough to keep the Lions at bay. With a frenetic comeback in the waning moments of regulation, Concrete shed a five-point deficit at the half and knocked down just enough free-throws at crunch time to deal the Wolverines a stinging 32-30 defeat Friday in Turnbull Gym.

Convincing win vs. Concrete for Wolverine boys

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 3:15PM

The Friday Harbor boys basketball team controlled the boards and the scoreboard from start to finish to tally a convincing 62-45 victory at home Friday over a cold-shooting Concrete squad. The Wolverines, with senior guard Michael Sandifer contributing seven points and fellow seniors Austin Scheffer and Jordan Nash each adding six, took a 29-21 advantage into the locker room at the break. They withstood several third-quarter rallies and outscored the Lions 18-11 in the final period to seal the victory.

Friday Harbor wrestlers shine vs. Darrington

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 3:11PM

Friday Harbor faced an uphill battle even before the first wrestler hit the mat. But the Wolverines’ Maverick Blake, Michael Davis and Jordyn Taylor gave the home crowd plenty to cheer and a lesson or two for Darrington to ponder as the two Northwest 1A/2B rivals squared off Thursday in Hall Gym.

Passages | Richard Carl (Rich) Trainer

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 2:49PM

Richard Carl (Rich) Trainer passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. He was 65 and had fought a courageous 28-month battle with cancer.

Sports Briefs | Swimmers clock 34 miles in Swim-a-Thon; Kids’ Night Out Friday, Saturday

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 2:36PM

On Jan. 11, San Juan Island Fitness hosted a swim-a-thon as a fund raiser for the Swim Team ... San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the local PTAs, offers another “Kids Night Out.” Cost is $7.

Expect fair winds and calm seas in 2009 | Fred Hoeppner

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Jan 20, 2009 at 2:33PM

Friday Harbor boaters can expect Fair Winds and Calm Seas for the year 2009. How do we know this? Well, for a number of years now, Gloria and John Bentzen, and Judy and Arne Bentzen have celebrated their Danish tradition of “Saluting the Compass” on New Year's Day by hosting this marine ritual on the waters off Brown Island. The essential element is, of course, the toast to Thor, god of thunder, lightning and wind.

Contract negotiations 'finalized' with PeaceHealth; San Juan hospital district commission discusses contract Wednesday

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 2:03PM

Contract negotiations have been “finalized” between PeaceHealth, San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee. The hospital district commission is expected to discuss the contract’s status at its meeting Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., in the Frank Wilson EMS Building. The meeting is open to the public.

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.

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