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Council members-elect begin their orientation

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 1:42PM

Council members-elect Lovel Pratt and Richard Fralick have both spent time watching and participating in San Juan County Council meetings as private citizens. Today, they began an intense two-day tour, looking behind the scenes at county facilities and meeting with county department heads and staff.

Puget Sound Partnership, EPA award $700,000 for salmon recovery efforts

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 10:42AM

Salmon recovery efforts throughout Puget Sound will receive a $700,000 boost, thanks to grants awarded by the Puget Sound Partnership. Each of the Sound’s 14 watersheds, including the San Juan Islands, will receive a $50,000 grant — issued as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program – to implement salmon recovery efforts.

San Juan Island businesses gearing up for start of Christmas shopping season

  • Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 10:17AM

On Black Friday 2008, local businesses throughout the Town of Friday Harbor and, indeed, the entire San Juan Island, will be adorned in holiday decorations, shelves and racks will be overflowing, awaiting your visit as you start your gift and holiday shopping.

Primary Intervention Program is grateful for the support of United Way

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 8:00AM

San Juan Head Start Primary Intervention Program (PIP) is grateful for the support of United Way of San Juan County. Funding from United Way allows us to provide extra support for our children and their families.

County shouldn't violate the contracts of people who came here in good faith

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 7:57AM

At last week's County Council meeting, several county employees told us how they were wooed by the county to come here for work. Some of them have been here only nine months. And now they are laid off, close to homeless.

San Juan: Loosen your belt and join your neighbors at two community dinners

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 7:27AM

There’s no reason to be hungry, alone or miss out on some camaraderie with your neighbors this Thanksgiving season. Volunteers are preparing turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes and pies for two community Thanksgiving dinners. The events are free and open to the public.

Passages: Patricia Joanne Saylor

  • Nov 23, 2008 at 12:35PM

Patricia Joanne Saylor passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham with her children and husband, Dick, at her side. She was hospitalized the week before due to complications following a serious fall. She was 74.

Friday Harbor: Possible vote on Buck annexation postponed until Dec. 18

  • Nov 21, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 10:31AM

The Friday Harbor Town Council last night postponed until Dec. 18 a possible vote on the annexation of the Buck property, about 48 acres east of the town limits and near the former gravel pit.

San Juan real estate market expected to take life once consumer confidence rebuilds

  • Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 21, 2008 at 8:40AM

Looking for the bright side in today's real estate market? Here's the best you're going to get: If you don't have to sell your home, be thankful. And if you are of the fortunate set that can afford to invest in real estate, now's the time, because prices are dropping.

The island's economy: It’s only what we think it is

  • Nov 20, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 3:36PM

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once assured Americans that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And at least one local financial adviser is saying we need that assurance now: We’re in a recession, not a depression. And we still have a lot for which to be thankful.

Students' surface-water study finds detergent levels high enough to harm fish

  • Nov 19, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 20, 2008 at 10:23AM

Six local high school and college students spent their summer taking water quality samples at 32 sites on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands. Funded by the San Juan Nature Institute, the students analyzed the samples at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. Aided by Russel Barsh of Kwiaht and Dr. Jack Bell, they designed a sampling protocol, learned analytical methods, tested matched sets of sediment and water samples, and collaborated on a final report.

Toward more efficiency in the new year | Editorial

  • Nov 19, 2008 at 4:26PM

Anticipate revenue to come in lower than expected and budget accordingly. If revenue comes in higher and you have money left over at the end of the year, put that in reserve for future major expenses. Sounds like a good policy for all local governments, not just in lean times but all times.

Passages: Riley Pratt O'Brien

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 19, 2008 at 3:31PM

Riley Pratt O'Brien of Friday Harbor, Wash., formerly of Winnetka, Ill., and Buffalo, N.Y., died at the age of 97 on Nov. 8, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Frances Aspinwall; and his wife of 16 years, Martha Towle Fortune.

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ opens Friday at San Juan Community Theatre

  • Nov 19, 2008 at 3:16PM

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” opens Friday, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH available at the door.

Updated: Ferry checked and cleared after report of possible threat

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Nov 19, 2008 at 8:56AM

The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Patrol responded to the report of a possible threat against a state ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton today, the Coast Guard reported.

Henley: Without new revenue, county will go in the red by 2012

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 4:10PM

San Juan County will have a little more cash at the end of the year than was expected just several weeks ago, according to Auditor Milene Henley. And though it offers a bit of wiggle room for the County Council in crafting next year's budget, Henley on Tuesday warned that the county will likely to run out of money by 2012 unless new revenue streams can be found.

Passages: Patricia Plant

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 1:43PM

Patricia Plant of Sausalito, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2008 in Tiburon, Calif. She was 92 and a summer resident of Shaw Island. She is survived by her children, Richard of Inverness, David of Woodacre, and Marden of Belvedere; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Joshua Plant, Christopher Mosher and Hana Alvarez; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Carl Plant; Patricia, Carlos, Sonia, Reina and Clara Alvarez; and Maya Mosher.

NOAA announces up to $2 million for sockeye salmon disaster affecting Puget Sound fishermen

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 1:36PM

The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced that several Northwest Indian tribes and the state of Washington will be eligible for up to a total of $2 million to assist tribal and non-tribal communities affected by the commercial fishery failure in Fraser River sockeye salmon. “The assistance we are announcing today will help tribal and non-tribal fishermen who have been hurt by drastic declines in sockeye salmon runs and harvests that are so important to these communities,” Acting Assistant Administrator Jim Balsiger said in a press release.

Scientists discuss causes of Southern resident orca decline today at U.W. Friday Harbor Labs

  • Nov 18, 2008 at 9:58AM

The recent loss of seven Puget Sound orcas – close to 10 percent of the Sound’s orca population – has prompted the Puget Sound Partnership to convene a special meeting of salmon and orca experts today, 4-5:30 p.m., at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs.

San Juan Wireless adds AT&T Mobility, Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 4:29PM

San Juan Wireless has announced the addition of AT&T Mobility and Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services. Through a business partnership with Car Toys, San Juan Wireless can now offer mainland competitive prices on AT&T Mobility GSM phones. AT&T Mobility is a wireless carrier whose service will work both domestically and internationally.

Meeting Nov. 20 on replacement of crumb rubber playground surface

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 1:00PM updated at 4:05PM

A proposed committee will develop a plan to replace the crumb rubber underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor Elementary School cafeteria. Organizers say community support will be essential, so an advisory board will be created to assist in the development of a plan to replace the crumb rubber.

Districts discuss benefits of consolidating services, districts

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 1:05PM

San Juan Island School Board Chairman Boyd Pratt discussed combining services with other districts. Collaboration of services to be considered include special education, technology and vocational programs.

Forum on long-range planning, advocacy for education funding Nov. 18

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 12:27PM

The San Juan School District will present long-range financial planning and implication for instructional programs Nov. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons. The meeting is open to the public. Planning for legislative advocacy to compel the Legislature to fully fund basic education will also be presented.

County Council to consider revised Essential Public Facilities rules Nov. 18

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 12:23PM

Existing regulations are considered too restrictive for siting or expansion of essential public facilities, such as airports, barge landings, schools or solid-waste stations. Change might be just around the corner for San Juan County’s hotly-debated rules governing essential public facilities.

'Women’s Cultures' topic of class Nov. 15 in Orcas Senior Center

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 12:08PM

Skagit Valley College presents "Women’s Cultures — Matri-Centered Societies and the Goddess" Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Orcas Senior Center. Delve into the key cultural anthropology concepts of the matri-centered culture of South India and the Native Americans in the Southwest. You will explore the diverse cultures of women in history and what is known archaeologically about women, matri-centered societies and the goddess — along with questions of matriarchy, patriarchy, empowerment and the infinite possibilities that exist for society and culture from the past to the future.

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