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- Mar 8, 2010 at 1:07PM
Gwen went quietly and peacefully in her sleep. She was 72. She was the first of two daughters born to Hazel and Howard Lawson of Friday Harbor.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 4:41PM
The first annual Spring Sprint Triathlon is scheduled April 17. Because it is early season, the first segment of the event, a 500-yard swim, will be held in the indoor pool at San Juan Island Fitness. This will be followed by a 12-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, both outside, rain or shine.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 3:52PM
Cameron Hull “Butch” Avery Jr., longtime island resident, passed away in Seattle on Feb. 8, 2010 due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Christmas Eve. He was 71.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 1:19PM
Margaret "Peg" Wilson, a long-time resident of Cape San Juan, died Feb. 24 in Oregon, where she had moved a few years ago to be closer to her daughter. She was 92.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 1:53PM
The Eldorado sank because of failed shaft packing on the starboard shaft, according to Les Soland of A1 Marine Services/Vessel Assist. The Eldorado, a 39-year-old, 50-foot Trojan wooden boat that sank Tuesday at the Friday Harbor Marina breakwater dock, was raised and towed Wednesday to Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, where it is undergoing repair. "They're pickling the engine and the gen-set. It will need new appliances, new interior and new wiring, but it will be OK," Soland said.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 12:51PM
Homes for Islanders has signed an agreement with Country Village, LLC to purchase 18 developed lots at the Country Village subdivision on Lampard Road in Friday Harbor. Homes for Islanders plans to complete remaining site work this spring and begin home construction on 10 of the lots in the summer, Executive Director Justin Roche said. Home construction on the remaining eight lots is slated to begin in spring 2011.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 11:33AM
Friday Harbor could soon have a new sister city — Shetland Islands, Scotland. A visit from Mark Burgess, a member of the Scalloway Community Council in the Shetland Islands, sparked a correspondence between Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher and Alexander J. Cluness, convener of the Shetland Islands Council (convenor is the equivalent of mayor). That led to an exchange of information about their respective communities, and now Lacher's formal invitation to establish a sister city relationship.
Bison Gallery doubles space in move to former Garuda & I site; Compost It is moving to roomier digs next door
- Mar 4, 2010 at 2:19PM
Bison Gallery has moved from 65 Nichols St. to 60 First St., the space formerly occupied by Garuda & I. Meanwhile, Compost It is moving next door from 115 Nichols St. to the space vacated by Bison Gallery.
- Mar 4, 2010 at 11:43AM
The St. Patrick's Day Skeeter Scramble golf tournament is March 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The tournament is sponsored by Mosquito Fleet Mercantile.
Albert Strasser named to Dean's List of College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Mar 4, 2010 at 11:32AM
Albert Strasser of Friday Harbor has been named to the Dean's List of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Mar 4, 2010 at 10:36AM
We would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all those who helped us through the loss of our mother with your prayers, thoughts, words of encouragement and cards. Also, we thank the whole staff at Islands Convalescent Center for making Mickey’s last five years so comfortable and warm. What a great community!
Two candidates for position on San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors; election March 16
- Mar 3, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 5:29PM
There are two candidates for one position on the San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Ed Kilduff, an environmental planner and geologist, as well as member of the San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee; and Henning Sehmsdorf, owner and operator of S&S Homestead Farm, and incumbent district supervisor.
Ranker's electric vehicle, farm internship bills approved by House; one step closer to Gregoire's desk
- Mar 3, 2010 at 5:29PM
Bills regarding electric vehicle use and farm internships, both sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, cleared the House on Wednesday with near-unanimous bipartisan support.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 1:46PM
On March 21, Run Ladies Run is sponsoring a 10K run/walk at Roche Harbor. In keeping with the theme of the running group, no men or boys are allowed to compete. This is for females only.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:36PM
Richard Olin's "El Dorado" was more than a 50-foot wooden boat. It was home. And as crews worked to raise the vessel and contain fuel Wednesday, bystanders likened the boat's sinking to a house being destroyed by fire.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 1:08PM
Rich Peterson announced Sunday he will seek a second term as San Juan County Council member from the Second District, South San Juan. “He is hopeful that he has earned the trust of voters in the Second District and their support for his re-election,” he said in a press release.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:01PM
Contestants who sign up on the site can take a stab at guessing the winners of some of the top Oscar categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and more. The winner takes home an 18-DVD set of past Best Picture winners.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 12:36PM
The 2010 Census has begun. Census enumerators began delivery of 2010 census forms to Lopez, Shaw and the outer islands Wednesday. General mailing of 2010 census forms to all island mailing addresses begins March 15.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 12:45PM
The recent Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen accomplished very little except for the consumption of much fossil fuel by those who attended it.
- Mar 3, 2010 at 11:52AM
- Mar 3, 2010 at 11:36AM
In the coming weeks, we have a chance to claim our fair share of federal revenues for important services and infrastructure improvement and to improve the quality of life in our island communities. Stand up and be counted in 2010!
- Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:21PM
The terrible tragic death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau at Sea World Florida has suddenly generated a nationwide public examination of our feelings about captive orca shows. We’ve now seen the harm they can do even to compassionate humans, and the mental distress captivity can cause in the orcas. Google shows at least 6,892 articles on the trainer’s death. No other single news event has brought out such a groundswell of emotions doubting the ethical wisdom of using captive orcas for entertainment.
- Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:20PM
First Haiti, now Chile. Widespread destruction on a scale most of us have seen only in a Hollywood movie has many in the Pacific Northwest wondering what it would look like here after a similar quake. And the reality is, of course, that it will happen here.
- Mar 2, 2010 at 3:51PM
Abby, our beloved pound puppy for 16 years, passed from this world Feb. 25. She was there with us as we raised three children, sailed the sound, hiked the high country and finally settled on San Juan Island.
- Mar 2, 2010 at 1:43PM
Now is our chance to join in and be counted. The U.S. Census happens once every 10 years, so it is important that when it does come around we get the numbers right. So many of our community social services and infrastructure improvements rely on federal funding. We stand to receive federal dollars based primarily on the Census count not just for this year but for the next decade. That money goes toward our schools, roads, libraries, food banks, emergency medical and senior services, hospitals and more.
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