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- Mar 17, 2009 at 3:49PM
Last year, I heard strange dog sounds coming from the woods near my house for a couple of weeks and my cats acted nervous. Then, one afternoon, my cat narrowly missed being caught by a pit bull. The dog was completely unresponsive to me telling it to “go home”; its master was equally verbally unresponsive to my phone call.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 1:34PM
A new contract gives the San Juan Preservation Trust and Skagit Land Trust an extended opportunity to buy Guemes Mountain. A new contract lowers the price by $600,000, from $2.8 million to $2.2 million.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 17, 2009 at 1:33PM
Under county law, dog owners are required to have their pets on a leash or otherwise under control. A dog that bites another animal or a person can be labeled a “dangerous dog” by the Sheriff’s Department; subsequent bites can lead to an order that the dog be euthanized. In this letter, first published as part of a special report in the March 11 Journal, Valerie Tibbett shares her story about what happened when three dogs got loose while she was walking her pets in Friday Harbor.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 11:57AM
In response to the story about poor Dini, I am incensed ("Dini's dilemma," page 1A, March 11 Journal. This is now the second time that I am writing a letter reminding people to properly secure their animals, whether it be in your vehicle, at your home/neighborhood, or on a walk. It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 11:59AM
A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets, and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot, combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:24PM
Do we want to be the smallest cog in a large organization and tie our future to its management for the next 50 years? Personally, this terrifies me. The building of a hospital should go to a vote. I call on the Hospital District board to stop the back-room politics and do the right thing. Put this on a ballot.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:29PM
Bernie Madoff guaranteed us 12 percent earnings for life and we know where that got us. We never get anything for nothing and a PeaceHealth monopoly of island health care is too important an issue to leave to the hospital commissioners to vote on without a direct input from the citizens of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:41PM
We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:14PM
My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 11:19AM
I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!
- Mar 15, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 1:25PM
Lots of rust, lots of pent-up energy. That’s how Rob Cuomo described the Skagit Conference lacrosse opener Saturday in Friday Harbor, where the San Juan Dragons suffered disappointment at the hands of Mukilteo 12-3.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 12:42PM
It would not be an overstatement to say this is the year the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team plays for a title. Because the Dragons ARE playing for a title, with the confidence that a title is within their grasp. No longer underdogs, the scrappy team that finished 5-5 last year, tying for first in the Skagit Conference, has more advantages going into this season, which kicks off at home vs. Mukilteo, March 14, 2 p.m. at Friday Harbor High School.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 12:33PM
Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke of San Juan Island married Feb. 2, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. The couple first met during the construction of the bride’s house and were later reacquainted by mutual friends from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 8:40AM
I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that's just it — I wasn't. I was "feeeeling." Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, "What is the government going to do for me?" I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 8:24AM
I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that’s just it — I wasn’t. I was “feeeeling.” Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, “What is the government going to do for me?” I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 8:21AM
I write to you on behalf of the Steering Committee of the San Juan Island chapter of the American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington. We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you and your guests to a potluck dinner and social gathering in the charming Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on March 31, 6-8:30 p.m. The purposes of this free community gathering are to meet each other, to visit, to share thoughts, to enjoy the dinner, and to have fun.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Mar 13, 2009 at 2:56PM
PeaceHealth Oregon Region, which provides hospital and health care services in an eight Oregon counties, announced Friday it will eliminate the equivalent of 70 full-time positions from its payroll in response to deteriorating economic conditions that have resulted in increased expenses for uncompensated care. Accounting for attrition and other factors, the actual reduction in force will involve 57 employees.
- Mar 13, 2009 at 1:39PM
Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.
- Mar 13, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:09PM
Four Friday Harbor Wolverines were named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B Boys and Girls All-League basketball teams. Four others received honorable mentions. The selections were announced Thursday. Austin Scheffer, a senior guard, was named to the boys All-League first team.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM
The 13th annual Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Dinner and Auction is Saturday in the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles. The live auction of various products and services begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM
The seven-day Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp got under way Monday in Friday Harbor with classes at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. The week includes seisuns — or music sessions — at Downriggers and The Place. The week is capped by a concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 10:49AM
San Juan Island is at the threshold of major changes that will be felt 50 years from now. Attend these meetings. Be sure you are heard.
Final Environmental Impact Statement on Friday Harbor waste transfer station released; presentation tonight
- Mar 12, 2009 at 7:16AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council meets tonight at 5 for a presentation by Steve Alexander, San Juan County solid waste manager, regarding the site recommendation and decision process. The meeting, in the Town Hall Council Chambers, is open to the public and the public will be allowed time to comment.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 6:08PM
Kasey Rasmussen, 12, of Friday Harbor has qualified for the state Geography Bee in Tacoma for the second consecutive year. Kasey, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, is a daughter of Kris and Scott Rasmussen. She won her first Friday Harbor geography bee as a sixth-grader and lost in a preliminary round of the state bee.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:59PM
County officials handed out layoff notices to a pair of employees at the Community Development and Planning Department as demand for building and land-use permits hit a four-year low. San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose on Tuesday acknowledged that permit coordinators Christopher Laws and Allen Shayo were notified that their employment at CDPD would soon end. Both were given a standard 10-day layoff notice, Rose said.
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