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- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:41AM
The production of five wonderful examples of Ernest Pugh's playwright talents at the San Juan Community Theatre was a well-deserved tribute, Jan. 16-17. It takes a keen eye and sharp ear to have such talent. And, of course, an equally talented cast and crew to bring the playwright's drama to powerful life.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:26AM
The San Juan Island EMS system has been rated as the national leader in EMS services in a quarterly survey of its patients by the EMS Survey Team.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:22AM
San Juan Island EMS Chief Jim Cole has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of EMS Chiefs. Cole has also been asked to serve on a Department of Homeland Security task force studying Homeland Security science and technology as they apply to first responders, including fire, EMS, law enforcement and emergency management.
- Jan 27, 2009 at 11:11AM
The total assessed value of taxable property in San Juan County increased 13.1 percent between 2007 and 2008 to about $7.976 billion, San Juan County Assessor Charles Zalmanek reported today in a press release.
- Jan 23, 2009 at 10:59AM
Several islanders attended Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. We asked some of them to share their experiences of this historic moment in U.S. history.
- Jan 23, 2009 at 11:31AM
Five Friday Harbor High School students were suspended from school, temporarily lost sports privileges and attended a hazing workshop put on by Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services, in response to hazing in the high school locker room the last week of October.
Inauguration Notebook: Get an Inauguration Day flag ... islanders witness historic event ... inauguration potluck celebration tonight ...
- Jan 20, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 10:43AM
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed's office is making available U.S. flags that are being flown over the state Capitol today in commemoration of Barack Obama’s inauguration.
- Jan 22, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 23, 2009 at 5:41AM
Genoa Kayte London, 23, passed away on Jan. 20, 2009, at her home in Eminence, Ky. Genoa was born in Seattle on March 29, 1985. She spent four years in Friday Harbor where she attended Friday Harbor Middle School and High School while living with her two grandmothers, Janna Gingras and Liz Illg.
PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of cost of medical center construction; no local bond measure would be required
- Jan 22, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:17PM
PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of the cost of building a so-called "integrated medical center" on San Juan Island in a contract that has been negotiated with public hospital district officials and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee. Initially, it was proposed that the construction costs — estimated at $29.8 million — be shared by PeaceHealth, local philanthropy and a hospital district bond. Under the proposed contract, the hospital committee would raise $10 million through philanthropy and PeaceHealth would bear the rest of the costs.
- Jan 22, 2009 at 2:20PM
Cookies, casseroles and homemade chili may have taken an edge off the hunger. But by the time the main course was ready to air, appetites were as strong as ever as islanders crowded into the Friday Harbor High School commons to celebrate the swearing-in of the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama, at a post-inaugural community potluck Tuesday.
Contract negotiations 'finalized' with PeaceHealth; San Juan hospital district commission discusses contract tonight
- Jan 21, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 22, 2009 at 1:32PM
PeaceHealth would bear two-thirds of the cost of building a new hospital on San Juan Island in a contract that has been negotiated with hospital district officials and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee.
- Jan 22, 2009 at 11:29AM
“Listen to the stories that people tell you,” Roadside Theater’s Ron Short says. “In them, you will find the truths that people want most revealed about their lives.” Short brings his stories from the Appalachians to Friday Harbor on Jan. 31 when he and Kentucky’s Roadside Theater present "Music from Home" on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage.
- Jan 22, 2009 at 11:18AM
Six photographers from the San Juan Islands won a personal portfolio review with Jeanne Falk Adams, CEO of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park and daughter-in-law of the late environmentalist and photographer.
- Jan 21, 2009 at 3:22PM
In the last 100 years, our seaside village has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. SanJuanJournal.com brings the music to you in this "Friday Harbor in Song" series.
- Jan 21, 2009 at 3:50PM
My sisters and I awaited Orion's appearance in the autumn sky. We each note it as our dad's "sign" and remember him. I look for the warrior, Orion, and speak to Dad.
- Jan 21, 2009 at 2:52PM
As Barack Obama takes office, many thoughts and prayers turn to hope and possibility. And always lingering somewhere on the horizon is the ongoing hope and desire for peace. So here are some reflections on peace — peace in the world, peace in our community, our homes and peace in our hearts.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 21, 2009 at 7:02AM
John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president. He was also the last Catholic president, if by that characterization we mean a political personality defined by his faith. So too Barack Obama will prove to be both the first black president and the last black president.
- Jan 21, 2009 at 6:59AM
Residents at Islands Convalescent Center could not have enjoyed their holiday season more. People of the San Juan Island community helped make it festive and unforgettable. Many children walked our hallways, caroling and bringing gifts, stockings, smiles and love. Singing groups lined our building in the living room, dining rooms and residents' rooms. And Santa Claus came a few times, bringing his bags of goodies and hugs!
- Jan 21, 2009 at 6:55AM
Syndicated columnist Ms. Molly Ivins died two years ago on Jan. 31, 2007 at age 62. The loss of Molly Ivins -- patriot liberal, progressive and humorist -- was the passing of a unique voice of outrage against the abuses of position and power.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM
This hasn’t happened here yet. But in this new technological age, it could. And it shouldn’t. That’s the reason for the following editorial.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 4:26PM
Legislation introduced today in the Washington state Senate and House would require the oil, cargo and cruise industry to pay for a year-round response tug to stand by at Neah Bay to prevent vessel oil spills.
Spring Street students 'connect the dots' with observance of Obama inauguration, MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:31PM
At Spring Street International School, Inauguration Day was an opportunity to connect the dots. The day began with a general assembly during first and second periods that featured a double-dose of U.S. milestones. Prior to watching the inauguration in real-time on satellite feed, students got a glimpse of just how far the nation has come in bridging its racial divide by watching historic footage of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial some 45 years ago.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:17PM
Four points in the final period weren’t enough to keep the Lions at bay. With a frenetic comeback in the waning moments of regulation, Concrete shed a five-point deficit at the half and knocked down just enough free-throws at crunch time to deal the Wolverines a stinging 32-30 defeat Friday in Turnbull Gym.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:15PM
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team controlled the boards and the scoreboard from start to finish to tally a convincing 62-45 victory at home Friday over a cold-shooting Concrete squad. The Wolverines, with senior guard Michael Sandifer contributing seven points and fellow seniors Austin Scheffer and Jordan Nash each adding six, took a 29-21 advantage into the locker room at the break. They withstood several third-quarter rallies and outscored the Lions 18-11 in the final period to seal the victory.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:11PM
Friday Harbor faced an uphill battle even before the first wrestler hit the mat. But the Wolverines’ Maverick Blake, Michael Davis and Jordyn Taylor gave the home crowd plenty to cheer and a lesson or two for Darrington to ponder as the two Northwest 1A/2B rivals squared off Thursday in Hall Gym.
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