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Make health care available to all

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:44PM

Many of us are not fully aware that all industrialized countries except the United States guarantee necessary health care to all their citizens, and usually to visitors as well.

Let voters decide legality of fireworks

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:38PM

In response to a recent letter from an interested citizen regarding this July’s Independence Day celebrations, we share the sentiment that it is wonderful that there were only a few minor fires and no reported fireworks-related injuries in our county.

There's a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:40PM

As a resident of Lopez Island, I wish to share a little story about a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island. My son and wife were visiting from New Wilmington, Pa., and wanted to visit San Juan Island and to stay in a B&B, and with bikes they could explore the island. Upon meeting a family on the ferry, they were told about a great ride out Roche Harbor way.

Bacon in Got to Run wins Single Handed Race | Along the Waterfront

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 3:14PM

The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.

June Young worked as a congressional secretary, nurse, library volunteer | Passages

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 2:49PM

June Young (Marion June Young) died in her sleep from heart failure Aug. 19, 2009 in Placerville, Calif. She was 87. A former resident of Friday Harbor, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., June was born Sept. 20, 1921 in La Crosse, Wis., to William and Rose Krismer. She graduated there from Aquinas High School. June moved to Washington, D.C. when she was 18, during World War II. She secured a job as a secretary in Congress, working for one of the representatives. After WWII, June graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital in Illinois, beginning a career as a registered nurse.

Friday Harbor Town Council should right this wrong | Editorial

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:47PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council should grant David Taylor’s request for a driveway at his house on Guard Street. For two years, Taylor has wanted to get in and out of his car without fear of getting struck by a passing vehicle. For two years, he has wondered how his property, facing a minor arterial road, came to be landlocked, without access from the front or rear of the property. And he’s wondered why he can’t have a driveway although his neighbor has one.

Births in Spring Street Aquarium could be sign of cleaner water

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:29PM

Dr. Mike Kaill, manager of the Spring Street Aquarium, reports live birth is taking place in the aquarium. "Live-bearing surf perch are producing babies," Kaill reported by e-mail.

Art as a weapon of survival; learn more about Borucan indigenous art at Friday Harbor exhibit

  • Aug 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 10:39AM

Traveling deep into the back country of Costa Rica we arrive at Palmar Norte, our stop for lunch. As our driver speaks no English, I ask him in my shaky Spanish if he wants to continue driving my friends Katie and Roberto and I further into the mountains to the Boruca indigenous village. I tell him, if so, he must do his tarea and find out how to get there. He asks around and we are off.

Come on ‘Back to the Farm’; highlights include a barn dance, contests, live music, dinner, and other good ol’ fashioned fun

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 5:28PM

This is the kind of event the grandparents might have gone to when they were kids and cows were as common as cars are now. The San Juan Historical Museum’s first annual Back to the Farm barn dance and fund-raiser is Sept. 19, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds. The museum’s heritage buildings will be open for tours. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.: pork barbecued by Jason Black, beans, cole slaw, rolls, watermelon, berry cobbler for dessert, and lemonade.

Richard Fulton Schmalz Jr. and Michaela Lynda Bennett | Weddings

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 1, 2009 at 5:26PM

Richard Fulton Schmalz Jr., 25, and Michaela Lynda Bennett, 23, will marry Sept. 12, 3 p.m., at 77 Little Road, Friday Harbor. A reception will follow. They are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Researchers pursue report of orca calf carcass

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 5:20PM

On Aug. 30, a private boater broadcast a report over marine radio Channel 16 that they had discovered what appeared to be a killer whale calf floating off of Lawrence Point near Orcas Island. The observer stated that the placenta was still attached to the carcass. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department heard the broadcast and passed the information on to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. A fishing tender also picked up the information and notified the network’s coordinator, Amy Traxler.

Islanders Bank is collecting supplies for San Juan Island public schools

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:16PM

Every year, teachers must buy school supplies for their students who can’t afford them. To help eliminate the burden on our teachers and help classroom learning, Islanders Bank is sponsoring a Gear Up for Our Schools campaign.

State Supreme Court justice visits today for talk on property rights

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 2:16PM

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders will speak on property rights and the Constitution at the next meeting of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan, today at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Island Grange.

Chevalier in ICU at Harborview; no environmental impacts from sinking of Anna J

  • Aug 30, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 8:08AM

Saturday morning, the sea began to give back some of what it took from the crew of the Anna J the night before. The front of the pilot house. A varnished wood hatch. A storage bin. Dry suits. A ball cap. Coffee mugs. Photographs. A clock, half filled with water, its hands stopped at 6 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds. Of course, the first thing the sea surrendered was the crew. All hands survived the sinking of the venerable purse seiner off South Beach Friday night.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee will recommend parcel fee to provide steady revenue source for solid waste utility

  • Aug 30, 2009 at 7:59AM

Islanders could pay an annual parcel fee of $50 per developed lot and $25 per undeveloped lot, as well as a $5 fee each time they deposit refuse at the solid waste transfer station, to help fund solid waste services in San Juan County. Those fees, unanimously endorsed Thursday by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, are intended to provide a reliable revenue stream for capital improvements and other system investments. Currently, the solid waste transfer stations are funded by tipping fees, which fluctuate based on use.

Coast Guard, Department of Ecology, IOSA respond to sheen produced by capsized fishing vessel

  • Aug 29, 2009 at 8:26AM

The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Ecology and Islands' Oil Spill Association are responding to the sheen created by the sinking of the fishing vessel Anna J, about a half-mile south of Eagle Cove, Friday. Agencies are conducting over-flights to determine the extent of the sheen and possible environmental impact, as well as coordinating with oil recovery specialists.

Purse seiner Anna J capsizes off South Beach: Six rescued, Charles Chevalier taken to Harborview in critical condition

  • Aug 28, 2009 at 9:56PM

Veteran island fisherman Charles Chevalier nearly drowned and a family member was injured when his purse seiner, the Anna J, rolled and sank while taking on a load of humpies off South Beach.

Purse seiner capsizes off South Beach, six rescued; two medflighted to mainland medical centers

  • Aug 28, 2009 at 8:00PM updated at 10:44PM

A purse seiner rolled and sank off South Beach early this evening. Six people were retrieved from the strait, reportedly by U.S. Coast Guard and nearby fishing vessels. Sheriff Bill Cumming said the boat was the Anna J. The skipper, Charles Chevalier, and a crew member, Nick Nash, were medflighted – one to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, the other to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.

Jacoba Porter joins San Juan Property Management as office manager

  • Aug 28, 2009 at 2:35PM

Jacoba Porter has joined San Juan Property Management as the newest member of this vacation rental team. Porter, who is an island native, joins the company from Island Group Sotheby’s International Realty. San Juan Property Management owner Travis Mager said Porter brings a strong, proven background in customer service, office administration and marketing implementation.

Town of Friday Harbor is 4 acres, 11 homes bigger

  • Aug 28, 2009 at 10:06AM

The Town of Friday Harbor grew by four acres and a potential 11 homes Aug. 6. The Town Council finalized the annexation of the Country Village Estates neighborhood off Lampard Road. An adjacent part of the neighborhood – consisting of 25 lots – already receive town water, wastewater and stormwater service. Annexation clears the way for the 11 annexed lots to be connected to town utilities as well.

New owners of Windermere San Juan Island: Gary Franklin and Scott family of Skagit Valley

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:39PM

Gary Franklin, broker of Windermere San Juan Island, is joining forces with the Scott family of Anacortes and Mount Vernon to buy Windermere San Juan Island in Friday Harbor. John Dunning, who owns the Windermere office on Orcas Island, is the seller. He will retain ownership of Windermere San Juan Island's vacation rental business. He also owns commercial real estate in La Conner.

Special Town Council meeting today at noon on structural stability of Trout Lake Dam

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:06PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council will have two special meetings — one today and one on Tuesday. Both meetings are open to the public. Today's meeting begins at noon in the Town Council Chambers in Town Hall. The council will hear a presentation by URS Corporation regarding structural stability analysis of the Trout Lake Dam.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee considers 'sustainable rate structure' for solid waste service today

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 3:06PM

At its meeting today, the San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee expects to finalize its recommendations on a long-term sustainable rate structure for the county’s Solid Waste Utility.

Same-sex rights address historic injustices | Guest Column

  • Aug 26, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Aug 27, 2009 at 11:48AM

When I thought about the experiences and challenges I’d face as your state senator, I didn’t think that in my first year I’d find myself on the front lines of a fight that’s been brewing over the last 40 years. From the Stonewall riots of 1969 in New York, to the protests last year in California over the passage of Proposition 8, to rallies at state capitals this year, same-sex couples have been fighting against discrimination and working toward equality all across America — with limited success.

Endorsement for Monika Wieland's blog

  • Aug 27, 2009 at 9:23AM

I am aware of the ongoing debates about the orcas and the boat traffic. It sounds like the whole thing is escalating rapidly. For a very thoughtful approach to the issue, you should check out Monika Wieland's blog at www.orcawatcher.blogspot.com dated Aug. 26. Perhaps it is something that should be shared with your readers.

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