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- Oct 2, 2009 at 1:35PM
The San Juan Island School Board unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday formally extending insurance benefits to district employees' domestic partners. District fiscal coordinator Dotty Walker said the district has been offering insurance benefits to domestic partners — regardless of gender — for about four years, but Wednesday's resolution is the first formal establishment of the policy.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 1:41PM
A benefit dinner is scheduled today at 5 p.m. in the Roche Harbor Pavilion for Friday Harbor High School teacher, Greg Sawyer. Sawyer is preparing for a kidney transplant. Dinner is $10 for children and students, $15 for adults.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:51PM
The League of Women Voters has scheduled a 2009 General Election Candidate Forum for Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m., at Friday Harbor Middle School.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 1:44PM
Now, the federal government wants to hear from you. On Monday, 7-9 p.m., in the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, will host a meeting to hear public comment on its vessel distance and no-go zone proposal.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 9:32AM
Our nation’s health care system is broken and in urgent need of repair. We need to figure out how to insure the 47 million Americans living without coverage, fix what’s broken with our current system, and rein in the skyrocketing insurance premiums that far outpace our wage growth.
Orca Relief's Anderson says allow kayaks, fishermen in no-go zone; Goodremont proposes speed limit, enforcement of existing law
- Oct 1, 2009 at 5:37PM
There's one thing it appears everyone can agree on: The Southern Resident killer whales, declared endangered four years ago under federal law, are in need of better protection than they're getting out on the water today. Nevertheless, criticism came from nearly all corners on Tuesday as the San Juan County Council gathered input about a recent federal proposal that would create bigger buffers around killer whales in the inland waters of Washington state and that would ban boats, kayaks and canoes (with several notable exceptions) from entering a half-mile "no-go zone" along the southwest shore of San Juan Island.
- Oct 1, 2009 at 5:15PM
I am responding to Donald Hendrix’s letter written in response to Janet Alderson’s about nearshore buffers and pyrethroids. In work done in Friday Harbor, some of the principles stated by Mr. Hendrix would work in the opposite direction than he suggests. For example, surfactants bind to organic particles in a way similar to that stated by Mr. Hendrix for pyrethroids. But rather than disperse, as he suggests, they settle to the bottom of the harbor and form a concentrated, toxic, mud layer.
- Oct 1, 2009 at 11:54AM
I am writing this letter in favor of Proposition 1, which will provide funding for Senior Services at the current pared-down 2009 level. I want to tell you about some of the work that Curt Van Hyning does. Curt is the Senior Services coordinator on San Juan Island. He currently works four days per week, but often puts in more time because there are just not enough hours in the already shortened workweek for him to do all that is requested of him.
- Oct 1, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:02PM
Deborah Bach reports on Three Sheets Northwest.com today that a standing room-only crowd of more than 200 packed the Seattle Aquarium to discuss a proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish a half-mile-wide “no-go zone” on the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 through Sept. 30.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 5:57PM
Randy Martin, Skagit Valley College San Juan Center's Elderhostel coordinator for the past 10 years, has been named director of San Juan Center. He succeeds Dr. Denise King, who left in August to become dean of arts and humanities at St. Charles Community College in Missouri.
Ranker: Challenges faced during Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for rest of the country
- Sep 30, 2009 at 4:33PM
State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Anacortes, testified Sept. 23 at the U.S. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force hearing in the White House Conference Center. Ranker participated at the invitation of the White House Council for Environmental Quality. In his testimony Ranker, who is also a senior fellow at The Ocean Foundation, said the challenges faced during the Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for the rest of the country as national ocean policy moves forward. He also relayed unified comments from 178 legislators from 30 coastal states.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 4:08PM
Mary Elizabeth Keith passed away on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 64. Mary was born May 5, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Charles and Thelma Nanz. After graduating from Twin Falls High School, Mary attended Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University. She married Doren Keith and they had a son, David.
- Sep 30, 2009 at 4:02PM
Synchronize your heartbeat with the full moon tide. Inhale the scent your home stream leaves behind. Then harmonize the seasons that divide your life. Now you’re living on salmon time.
- Sep 30, 2009 at 3:51PM
Thank you, patrons of the arts — all 225 patrons — who supported and attended the “Outside the Box - Inside the Museum” Exhibition Opening Sept. 25 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA), 28 First St., Friday Harbor.
- Sep 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:11PM
LeRoy Bell's song, "Dream of Peace," on the album "Two Sides to Every Story," imagines "a future where all of us live in a world of peace." The desire for peace in Bell's lyrics isn't a vague notion, but rooted in the protectiveness of a father and the realities of hate and conflict that exist in the world. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 5:02PM
Thank you for making the Islanders Bank 2009-10 Gear Up for Our Schools Campaign a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and monetary donations for our schools during our first annual campaign. Your support makes a difference not only for our students, but for our teachers too!
- Sep 29, 2009 at 4:54PM
It is our impression that most San Juan Island residents (including the owners of commercial whale-watch boats and commercial kayak companies) were jubilant when our Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under the ESA on Nov. 18, 2005. San Juan Island finally had the federal government’s support to help ensure the survival and well-being of this precious resource.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 4:37PM
I would like to voice my support of Carrie Lacher as mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. Ms. Lacher has shown both professionalism and dedication as a current member of the Town Council. In her role on the Town Council and on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, she has established a solid understanding of issues affecting our community.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 4:30PM
The recent letter from Jill Meyer was outrageous ("Not the kind of 'Pennywatching' to brag about," Sept. 22 SanJuanJournal.com). Do we really need this personal nastiness in Friday Harbor?
- Sep 29, 2009 at 3:30PM
William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:18PM
The Western Prince, a Friday Harbor-based whale-watch vessel, is reportedly taking on water in Cattle Pass. Twenty people are expected to be evacuated from the vessel. The Friday Harbor Fire Boat Confidence was en route to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. Reporter Scott Rasmussen and a correspondent are headed to the scene. More details will be posted as received.
- Sep 28, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 29, 2009 at 1:25PM
Memorial service for Mary Keith is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keith died Saturday, 2 p.m. after a long illness. She was 64. She is survived by her son, David.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:25AM
Carroll Lloyd Weeks of Lopez Island passed away quietly on Sept. 3, 2009 at Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 79. He was born on June 9, 1930 on Lopez Island, the son of Lloyd and Wilma (Powers) Weeks.
- Sep 29, 2009 at 10:02AM
Marty Ahart is the new director of the Community Garden, just off San Juan Valley Road, sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She succeeds Bequin Lapwing, who began “The Garden” and facilitated its first growing season. Lapwing will remain on the task force working on the garden.
Passing of the torch: Puget Sound Anglers assume leadership of Einar Nielsen/Becky Barr Fishing Derby; Larry Anderson wins this year's event
- Sep 28, 2009 at 11:26AM
It’s a 25-year tradition that hasn’t stopped gaining support and momentum: The Einar Nielsen-Becky Barr Fishing Derby, hosted each September by Roche Harbor and hundreds of volunteers, with thousands of dollars worth of donated prizes. "This isn’t just a fishing derby — it’s an ongoing culture of fun and special people coming together to help out Friday Harbor High School kids to get to the next educational level,” said Tim Judkins, for 25 years the chairman of the derby/fund-raiser.
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