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- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:36PM
San Juan County voters will do themselves a great favor if they return Rich Peterson to the County Council. Rich has served four years as a council member with integrity and common sense. His performance in a difficult and demanding position has always been to try and find the best policies and results for the population in general rather than for special interests or political gain.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:34PM
We find a recent letter to the editor from Mr. Dehlendorf rather troubling. In charging Mr. Peterson with the accusation that he “ignored the wishes of island voters,” he is not correct. Concerning the Land Bank issue, Councilman Peterson paid attention to the people who were worried about the permissive wording in the easement that could have resulted in a loss of more than $400,000 that the Land Bank was going to pay for it. He represented concerns from many residents that the easement document was too loosely phrased to guarantee protection for the taxpayers, and he had a responsibility to make a sound decision for us.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 3:04PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys tennis team has prevailed two of the last three outings, with wins against South Whidbey and Lake Stevens and Coupeville continuing to be the toughest hurdle on the courts.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 1:36PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines volleyball team fell 3-1 in its only regular-season bout against Division 1A regional rival Meridian, Oct. 2 in Turnbull Gym. The Wolverines clinched a game midway through the match to keep their hopes of an upset alive, but the Trojans, who improved to 4-2, rallied to seal the victory in four games. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped their fourth consecutive match and fell to 1-3 in Northwest 1A/2B League play and 1-5 overall.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 12:56PM
The mud and the water have always been a source of food. But when we start to see shorelines and rivers not as places where we get our food, but where we can make money developing property for the best views and highest value, we dishonor the importance of our surroundings. When pollution has gotten so bad that we can't fish or harvest shellfish from our home waters, we start depending on food from other sources, sometimes thousands of miles away. Folks down on the Gulf Coast are going through that right now.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 5:08PM
Well, the youngest and newest sailor in the club, Kevin Lewis, showed the rest of us how to do it. We’re talking about the second annual Mitchell Bay International Regatta on Haro Strait Oct. 2 and 3.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:53PM
Two-time San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race winner John Pachuta came up short this year. Kirkland resident Peteris Ledins finished the Sept. 25 race in 4 hours 8 minutes to win the 2010 title. Course Producer/Manager Brent Molsberry included kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering, trekking, and a couple of “special” tasks for the competitors this year. Special tasks included bike polo and standup paddleboard.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:47PM
Run Ladies Run, the women-only running group, is sponsoring a half-marathon Oct. 17. At 13.1 miles, the half-marathon is roughly twice the distance of the group’s first event, a 10K run/walk that drew 123 participants on a drizzly day in March.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:42PM
Jim Lawson caught a 32.10-pound king in the Einar Nielsen Becky Barr Fishing Classic, outdistancing the competition to win the tournament and its first prize of $5,000. The 26th annual classic was Sept. 23-26 at Roche Harbor. All proceeds from the classic supports scholarships for graduating high school seniors. In June, the classic awarded about $15,000 in scholarships.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:39PM
Ron Bates won the San Juan Golf and Country Club club championship, in competition that ended Sept. 12. It’s Bates' second club championship; he won in 2006. Bates defeated Thane Bolger, Steve Duzan and Jim Schuman for this year's title.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:38PM
Minor Reinforcement, a new, local non-profit, and Vic’s Drive-In are working together to provide a safe place for students to meet up with friends, hang out, and eat after the two remaining home football games.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:37PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in a 49-7 runaway loss Oct. 1 at Lynden Christian. Friday Harbor, trailing by 21 midway near the end of the second quarter, tallied its only touchdown of the game on a 8-yard run by sophomore quarterback Donny Galt. That’s as close, however, as the Wolverines would come to clawing their way back into the contest.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 4:24PM
Since 2006, the Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team has taken as its cause increasing awareness and raising funds for breast cancer education, research and support for those who are ill. October 2010's activities have included the continued sale of "Kicks Against Breast Cancer" pins, and of pink ribbons and baked goods. The team's kickoff to the month was a mini-camp for island youth soccer players Oct. 2, led by members of the team.
'Hands on Fundraising in the Real World: Fundraising for Small Non-Profits' Oct. 19 at Skagit Valley College
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:57PM
Does your organization participate in fundraising? Do your board members and volunteers have the skills they need to be successful in finding the funds needed to support the work of the organization? Or do you and they shrink from direct contact with potential donors? Perhaps you need to rethink your fundraising plan as well as its process.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:38PM
Come January 2011, the only transfer station in the San Juans could be on Orcas Island. That cannot be the only solution to county’s Solid Waste Division’s financial woes. The $5 recycling fee is one step (it will raise some $240,000 in 15 months, offsetting some $300,000 in annual recycling expenses). Working with Friday Harbor to get the town back into the system is another (the town paid $662,584 into the system in 2008-09).
An early holiday gift: Photographer, Photo Express team up to provide assisted living residents with holiday photo greeting cards
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:09PM
Holiday cards are an important way for people to keep in touch with family and friends. But for people who must move to assisted living homes, that tradition often falls to the wayside. Holiday photos aren't taken. The process of buying cards, writing greetings, addressing envelopes and mailing is a chore. Michael Martin, a professional photographer living in Friday Harbor, remembers when his grandfather stopped sending holiday cards after he moved to assisted living. With that memory in mind, and with the holiday season rapidly approaching, Martin came up with an idea.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:30PM
San Juan County recently completed a series of “workshops” concerning proposed revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). From the beginning of the update process, Common Sense Alliance has highlighted several of the issues the County Council must address before crafting new regulations.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:12PM
Oct. 10 starts the 10th year of the United States attack on Afghanistan. Nine years of death, injuries, destruction, tragedy and horror in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The time is long past for we citizens to heed the lyrics of the song, “Waist Deep In The Big Muddy,” by Pete Seeger.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:02PM
As a career manager, I recognize the importance of careful fact-finding and analysis, but I also know that successful action requires respect for the input of the team and a willingness to move forward. Not every member of the council seems to have this characteristic and we are all paying the price. I have therefore decided to vote for Laura Jo Severson for District 2 San Juan County Council, at least in part, because I feel she has the intelligence and mettle to move us off the dime and make the hard decisions.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:02PM
Brickworks supporters (many not in his district) who are angry with Rich Peterson for putting the interests of the taxpayers above their cherished hope of a raid on the county coffers are now trying to punish him — and all the county taxpayers who look to him to put their interests first — by opposing his re-election. Rich was, of course, absolutely right that his protection of the taxpayers' interests was not a death knell for the Brickworks project — it is going ahead without the additional taxpayer support its proponents had sought. The highly intemperate rhetoric that his vote was a knife in the heart of Friday Harbor has proved to be not only intemperate and offensive but dead wrong.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:01PM
San Juan County voters will do themselves a great favor if they return Rich Peterson to the San Juan County Council, North San Juan. Rich has served four years as a council member with integrity and common sense. His performance in a difficult and demanding position has always been to try and find the best policies and results for the population in general, rather than for special interests or political gain.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 1:01PM
I will vote for Bob Myhr. It is not often that our county leadership is endowed with someone who combines a passionate desire to preserve and enhance the beauty, community and life-giving natural resources of our county; a resume of organizational leadership and practical work experience that virtually matches the checklist of CEOs of U.S. companies and non-profits; a brilliant intellect who earned Fulbright Scholarships; a well-deserved reputation for wisdom, reflection, fairness and decisiveness; and, for the 27 years that I have known him, a middle name of "integrity."
- Oct 5, 2010 at 1:01PM
The issues surrounding my vote against the purchase of the conservation and historic preservation easement on the Erickson Building seem to be remaining controversial and divisive on San Juan Island, even though this action was taken over a month ago. This letter is an effort to set out my reasoning and, ideally, provide information that may help to avoid further problems of this kind.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 12:35PM
As our Nov. 2 election is approaching us, please carefully research our candidates for sheriff. I would like to support Rob Nou as our next county sheriff, and encourage you to do the same.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 11:08AM
Please leave campaign signs alone. Although I have chosen to not use them, I do not want to interfere with other candidates' right to them a part of their campaign. This morning, a friend told me that that a number of my opponent's yard signs have been taken down. There is no one I know in my campaign who would do such a thing, and I would deplore anyone doing so.
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