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'Where is Tomorrow's Farmer?' filmed on San Juan Island; explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming
- Sep 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 10, 2009 at 11:08AM
Filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island has filmed a 10-minute video, "Where Is Tomorrow's Farmer?", on San Juan Island. The film includes footage of the Community Garden at Ackley's Corner, Heritage Farm, the Farmers Market, and Thirsty Goose Farm. It explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming, and features commentary from island farmers and other community members who talk of how important it is that we look at the value of this kind of work, and how important it is that the age-old knowledge of how to feed ourselves is retained and passed on.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 10:52AM
To hear local authorities tell it, John Weida is lucky to be alive. The 64-year-old Marysville man escaped with minor injuries when an explosion blew out the cabin windows and cracked the hull of his 25-foot Bayliner during an apparent fueling mishap early Wednesday at the Roche Harbor Marina. Moored alongside the fuel dock, Weida had just finished fueling the Bayliner with gasoline when, as he switched on the ignition, the boat was pummeled by a powerful blast that split open its stern, shattered the windows in the forward cabin and left deep cracks running up and down its fiberglass hull. The blast could be heard throughout the resort and surrounding areas, according to Brian Gettman, a marina employee.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 10:10AM
When two of three members of the former County Commission have been female, and four of five Friday Harbor Town Council members have been female, gender would seem to be irrelevant in local politics. But there's one more glass ceiling to shatter: In the Town of Friday Harbor's 100 years, 24 individuals have served as mayor — all of them men. Come November, Carrie Lacher hopes to be elected the town's first female mayor.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 10:28AM
The resident orcas are here mostly from May to September, hunting once-abundant salmon runs. Today, that prey is depleted. A major humpy run is passing through the San Juans right now, but if you’re an orca you have to catch more humpies than you do a massive chinook. And you have to do it in waters that are polluted. Those problems extend beyond a half-mile boundary, and they extend beyond May to September. Those problems are regional and they are year-round. We need to enforce the laws we have now. We need to promote alternative ways to watch the whales and other wildlife. We need to keep improving salmon habitat. We need to keep cleaning up the sea.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 2:36PM
Luma Libelle Smith was born on Aug. 17 at the birth center on Whidbey Island. Her parents are Alexis Reifenstuhl and Ryan Smith of Friday Harbor. Her grandparents are Gail and Rocky Reifenstuhl of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Margie and Allan Smith of Friday Harbor.
- Sep 6, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 1:10PM
With the outcome in doubt and the Island Cup trophy still up for grabs, the Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Vikings took to the field to slug it out in overtime with the score knotted at 14-14, Saturday at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. Trailing by seven points almost the entire game, Orcas put another seven points on the board as sophomore quarterback Robby Padbury and senior wide-out Tyler Diepenbrock hooked up on a perfectly-placed touchdown pass in the back-corner of the end zone with 4:18 left in regulation.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 8:47AM
This fall, the local Amnesty group will provide more opportunities to write to people experiencing human rights violations and to those in governments that have the power to stop those violations. We’ll hold Write-A-Thons at the Naked Bean Café, 150B First St., in Friday Harbor, on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:51PM
This Friday is the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. To commemorate the event and honor all who lost their lives that day, there will be a simple remembrance ceremony at the base of Spring Street near Memorial Park.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:19PM
This is a small community. It is disappointing to hear from people who have had conversations with one or two of the council members and who have come away with the observation that those council members have closed their minds to any other views on critical areas and environmental protection.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:48PM
On Aug. 25 in Friday Harbor, County Councilman Richard Fralick, Orcas West, presented a very good question to the Critical Areas Ordinance panel of experts. He asked what harm is done by a house on the shoreline. A state wildlife biologist thought carefully about the question, and then answered that a house removes habitat. That is a very good answer for someone who studies land-based ecology. Hearing this answer, you might then think: Well, a house removes habitat if it is near or far from the shoreline, so why do larger shoreline buffers matter?
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:39PM
And these 52 souls traveled to Seattle, joining the Great Migration to one of the designated Doomed Cities, there to live out Humanity's few remaining days in the Hell that the Great Environmental Leader foretold would befall Man/Womankind Humanity who failed to convert to the Word.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:02PM
A Lopez Island teen will be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court on charges related to the death of a jogger struck by the teen's car on Lopez Sound Road July 26. Attorney Mark Kaiman of Lustick Law Firm in Bellingham said the boy will plead "not guilty." He said his client is "remorseful."
- Sep 8, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:23PM
Change will not happen without ongoing community input. As such, I encourage you to contact the Town Council to make appropriate modifications in the current roads and for future construction before somebody is hurt.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:23PM
This is a big year for Matt Cowell. The Friday Harbor native won the Bellingham Amateur over Labor Day weekend at Lake Padden Golf Course. The win comes four months after he won the May Masters — and made his first hole in one — at the same course. And one month ago, Cowell shot 64 par-72 San Juan, setting a course record.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 1:52PM
Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. in Friday Harbor. The arrangements are part of a continuing effort by veteran jazz saxophonist Rich Barker to create jazz arrangements for traditional sacred music.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 1:15PM
Charles Chevalier is still at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from near drowning when his purse seiner sank off the southwest side of San Juan Island Aug. 28. “Yesterday, Charlie was able to get up and walk around a little, but he’s still very weak,” crew member Ken Edwards told the La Conner Weekly News today. “He’s back on the ventilator to give his lungs a rest.”
- Sep 8, 2009 at 11:53AM
For the last couple of days, we've been vacationing on San Juan Island and have been fortunate to see the orca whales several times off the southwest side of the island. What an amazing sight! It's even more amazing to see how close the whale-watching boats get to them.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 8, 2009 at 9:49AM
A memorial will be held in Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.; and in Seattle at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-6 p.m.
- Sep 5, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 6, 2009 at 9:25AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines won the Island Cup 21-14 in overtime today, at Orcas. Running back Roy Taylor scored the winning touchdown on a pitch and sweep. The Wolverines then held the Orcas Vikings at bay to end the game.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 3:49PM
An estimated 2,000 Washington State University students have reported having flu-like symptoms, prompting concerns that the novel H1N1, or swine flu, virus may affect students in schools. No WSU student required hospitalization, news sources reported. Various reports differed on how many of the flu cases were swine flu. The San Juan County Health and Community Services Department warns that now that school has resumed, odds are good that if you have a school-age son or daughter, you may receive a call that you need to pick them up because they have a fever of more than 100F, a sore throat, headache and body aches.
Orcas Island, San Juan Island waste transfer stations will close on Saturdays beginning Oct. 3 to cut costs
- Sep 4, 2009 at 2:36PM
Beginning on Oct. 3, the solid waste transfer stations on Orcas and San Juan islands will be closed on Saturdays to reduce the Solid Waste Utility’s operating costs. The utility’s revenue has dropped this year because it is receiving and handling less solid waste, the county announced.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Sep 4, 2009 at 12:42PM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, IMA, is sponsoring a series of events with James Hubbell, internationally acclaimed organic builder, painter, stained glass artist and visionary for world understanding. Hubbell and his wife, Anne, will be involving islanders in a series of public discussions and presentations throughout the Labor Day weekend.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 12:28PM
San Juan Community Home Trust will celebrate its acquisition of 5.1 acres for permanently-affordable homes on Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 12:31PM
Affordable housing group Homes for Islanders has received its third Self-Help Technical Assistance Grant — $570,777 — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant funds staff and office operations for a period of two years. During that period, Homes for Islanders will provide on-site supervision and project management for 16 families building their homes through the sweat-equity program.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 11:11AM
It is time to evaluate all the options we have with regard to the orca protection proposal by NOAA. The public comment period ends Oct. 27, less than a month from the end of our busy season. We need more time to analyze the whole of the situation and formulate alternative proposals. There are some good ideas floating out there of options and ways to deal with this.
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