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- Oct 26, 2010 at 3:40PM
The eighth annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational is Feb. 3-5. The derby traditionally fills long before the entry deadline. As of Oct. 26, 50 of 100 entry spots had been filled. The 2010 Derby sold out on Dec. 5, 2009. The invitational is a three-day sport fishing extravaganza that attracts anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada. More than $30,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
- Oct 26, 2010 at 1:15PM
It makes no sense that after 20 years of functioning at least as well if not better than any other county committee, with the public interest foremost in decision making and with total transparency, Rich Peterson now wants to make the Land Bank Commission elected. This body has always included a broad spectrum of the community across all the islands, with representatives from the legal, real estate, financial services and land management professions, among others. Anyone who has ever attended a commission meeting has seen this group function with an open mind to all community suggestions and use a decision-making process based on reason with the communities' and islands' best interest foremost.
- Oct 26, 2010 at 1:09PM
First of all, I want to say that it’s great to be back on the island after a year-and-a-half absence. This island and its people have been fantastic to me and my family upon our return. We missed this wonderful place and the lifestyle to which we had become accustomed. That said, there is one thing which I cannot believe has happened in our absence with regards to the solid waste disposal site. And that is, in essence, nothing!
- Oct 26, 2010 at 12:58PM
Tourism is basic to our island economy. We are a destination because we are different from the mainland. A Subway in Friday Harbor would be detrimental to our economy and also hurt the small restaurants owned by islanders. A mainland chain would assault the character and culture of our island town.
- Oct 26, 2010 at 12:56PM
I have read letters from both sides stating the writers' minds regarding the race for Sheriff of San Juan County. Many of those letters came from people who were not here when I began my career as a San Juan County Deputy Sheriff, nearly 20 years ago. Both of the candidates have qualities I like and respect. I've heard both speak in open forum and during personal conversations. They both have their own views as to where the department can or should go for the future. And, as some have said, they seem to be nearly equal in abilities and experience. I want to outline the difference as I see it.
- Oct 25, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Oct 26, 2010 at 10:42AM
The 2010 San Juan County Fair held its own in terms of attendance. Roughly 160 fewer people came through the gates over the four-day run of this year's edition of the annual event compared to a year ago. Not bad in tough economic times. Still, according to Fair and Events Manager Rev Shannon, the fair's financial forecast — or, more specifically, the forecast for the fairgrounds itself — remains cloudy at best.
- Oct 25, 2010 at 5:27PM
Owners of properties that no longer meet the criteria of a working farm may be able to receive a portion of the annual property tax break many farms have long enjoyed, under a series of proposed changes to the county's open-space program.
- Oct 25, 2010 at 1:05PM
Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan presents a seminar, “Wetlands, Science & Laws,” Oct. 30 and 31 in the San Juan Island Grange Hall. The seminar is designed for architects, builders, developers, landscapers, law professionals, planners, property owners and other interested residents.
- Oct 22, 2010 at 2:57PM
Nikki Fink, 28, of Friday Harbor, Wash., died of cystic fibrosis at University of Washington Medical Center after an extended stay while awaiting a lung transplant.
- Oct 21, 2010 at 3:34PM
Ferry fares are expected to increase in the San Juan Islands. Islanders are being asked to comment on a draft ferry fare adjustment proposal developed by the State Transportation Commission in consultation with the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs, an advisory group made up of ferry riders and members of local ferry advisory committees.
IIMC employees tell of fear and suspicion during pay cut, furlough talks; commission vows better communication
- Oct 21, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:27PM
Talk of impending pay cuts and unpaid furloughs took their toll at Inter Island Medical Center, staff members told the hospital district commission Wednesday. Closed doors and whispered conversations fed employee fears about whose job was on the line. Doctors called to meetings forgot about their patients. A medical assistant said she overheard a doctor saying that her position was not needed. On more than one occasion, doctors allegedly gave Physician Assistant Pat Davis the wrong direction to meetings she was supposed to attend and told her she couldn't use certain equipment; employees called the behavior "harassment."
- Oct 13, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Oct 21, 2010 at 10:35AM
For the second time in two years, San Juan County voters will be asked to decide whether to ban the use of all personal fireworks, specifically those considered “safe and sane,” which include fountains, pinwheels and sparklers. If you’re among those who thought this issue had already been put to rest, that’s understandable. After all, voters in 2008 upheld a ban by a 535-vote margin which made safe and sane fireworks as illegal to use as the more explosive kinds, and subject to a $250 fine for a first offense.
- Oct 21, 2010 at 10:33AM
BBC Radio 4 reporter Andrew Luck-Baker spent time with local whale researchers this summer to report on Tucker, a black Labrador trained to help researchers whale scat for study. Tucker is part of an elite team of detection dogs used by scientists studying a number of species, including right whales and killer whales.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 21, 2010 at 7:58AM
The Wolverines completed their undefeated League season (8-0, 11-3-1 overall) by defeating Orcas 1-0, Tuesday at home. The regular season finishes with a non-league scrimmage featuring varsity and JV squads at La Conner on Oct. 25. The Wolverines' first playoff game is in Edmonds Oct. 27 against King's.
- Oct 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Oct 20, 2010 at 4:29PM
Almost $300,000 in grants for salmon habitat restoration have been awarded to two organizations in the San Juan Islands. The money is part of $12 million for 39 projects awarded Tuesday by the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board. All told, the projects are designed to improve the health of Puget Sound waterways, conserve critical shorelines and help recover salmon populations. Friends of the San Juans will receive $159,999 to develop an action plan for wild salmon recovery in San Juan County. The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will receive $141,379 to restore the beach at Thatcher Bay on Blakely Island.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:17PM
Friday Harbor High School's fall teams are rapidly approaching the District 1 playoff portion of their seasons. The District 1 Tournament is used to determine the seeding of the 1A teams in District 1. There are six 1A teams in District 1 (with the exception of tennis), but they play in three different leagues.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:14PM
Graveside service for Nikki Fink is Saturday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Cemetery on San Juan Island. The service will be followed by a celebration of life, 4-6 p.m., at Rumor Mill.
AP reports: Koster pulls out of debate, objects to reporter as panelist; says he'll debate Larsen in separate event
- Oct 20, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:04PM
Republican John Koster has pulled out of his only televised debate with Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen in Washington's 2nd Congressional District race, insisting that a reporter chosen to ask questions is biased against him. SeattleTimes.com has the Associated Press story.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 3:50PM
The San Juan County Public Hospital District Commission meets today — Oct. 20 — at 5 p.m. in the San Juan Island EMS Frank Wilson Building. The meeting is open to the public. On the agenda: Payment of bills and, medical center and EMS operations reports, physician update, an update on Peace Island Medical Center, a resolution adopting the EMS budget for 2011, a resolution setting the EMS property tax levy for 2011, report from board/staff liaisons, and comments from the audience.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 3:09PM
"It's been a struggle for us so far, but we're going in the right direction," said senior Rachel Hay just one week ago after the Wolverines took three straight games from Shoreline Christian to tally their second win of the season. Going in the right direction? Indeed. The 2010 Friday Harbor volleyball team catapulted itself into unfamiliar territory with a stunning and dramatic — and some might say improbable — three-game sweep over Orcas Tuesday night in Turnbull Gym.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 1:19PM
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has endorsed John Koster for Congress in the 2nd District. Koster, a Republican and member of the Snohomish County Council, faces Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, on Nov. 2.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 11:08AM
Pelindaba Lavender will open a new store and product gallery in Santa Rosa, Calif.’s Montgomery Village Shopping Center on Oct. 23. The new location follows a brief trial period at the Santa Rosa’s Downtown Market during which the store’s proprietors, Art and Ruth Woolsey, introduced Pelindaba Lavender to the local community.
- Oct 18, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Oct 20, 2010 at 10:13AM
As Nikki Fink lay in her hospital bed, her body fighting infection so she could get a life-saving lung transplant, family and friends prayed. They prayed for healing. They prayed for a miracle. The 28-year-old woman died peacefully, on a cool fall Sunday afternoon, surrounded by those who love her. And those in the room realized that their prayer had been answered, long before they ever offered it up.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 9:36AM
The Northwest Workforce Council is recruiting individuals over the age of 55 who are interested in part- or full-time employment. The Senior Community Service Employment Program has available enrollment for seniors with paid training opportunities in San Juan County. Applicants must be over the age of 55, and meet the low-income guideline set by the state. Training is offered through collaboration with local non-profit agencies in all three counties, and participants are paid $8.55 per hour.
Dr. Turnage completes advanced periodontal training, joins program to help islanders get discounted dental care
- Oct 20, 2010 at 9:58AM
Dr. Bo Turnage, practicing general dentistry in Friday Harbor, has completed a continuing education program in Southern California at Loma Linda University.
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