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- Jan 12, 2009 at 2:55PM
As far as winter storms go, this latest one — though not as destructive as some — proved trickier to combat than most. Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures only intensified problems created by the recurring blasts of ice and snow, and keeping local roads clear of frozen — sometimes treacherous — precipitation turned out to be a prolonged endeavor for San Juan County’s road crews. Ditto for the town of Friday Harbor.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 10:06AM
WSF is an iconic symbol of our home and charm to visitors. In fact, it could be one of the principal reasons to live here if it were improved and reliable. And a reason why the value of our homes would be secure, rather than shaky.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 9:14AM
According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:42PM
The plight of our resident killer whales has become simple to understand, as is the most likely means of saving them. After years of argument driven as much by money as by science, we have suddenly, unfortunately, reached a moment when the causes and remedial actions are relatively clear.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:09AM
Current law contains clear language that prevents the elimination of any ferry route without Legislative approval. It also states that service on a ferry route cannot be substantially reduced without public hearings. This ensures there will be considerable discussion on this subject at both the state and local levels before any decision is made.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 10:34AM
Football has come to an end, at least temporarily, at Western Washington University. University officials announced Thursday that the Vikings football program will be eliminated as a cost-cutting move meant to ensure the excellence of all the school's intercollegiate sports.
Celebrate Obama's inauguration in community potluck; several islanders will attend events in Washington, D.C.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 9:42AM
A community potluck will be held in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The event, sponsored by organizers of Democracy Corner and other local progressives will be held Jan. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Commons.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:56PM
The ferries division of the state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on its draft long-range plan options aboard the San Juan Inter-Island ferry from 11:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:38PM
St. Francis Church will celebrate Mass this month at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Roche Harbor. Mass is celebrated on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. It will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:18PM
Join members of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans on Jan. 12 for a panel discussion about local education budgets and the issues they pose for our community. The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 3:17PM
I don’t understand how you can get tired of trying to save the salmon. What those infected with salmon fatigue are really saying is, “Stop coming to me and talking about salmon.” I have news for them. We’re just getting started.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 2:33PM
I attended the Critical Area Committee work session on Lopez Island last Tuesday and was impressed with the efforts being extended to turn boiler-plate, cover-all-bases language into something manageable for island circumstances. I was less impressed that the county had assigned the talent assembled to work backward through pages upon pages of jargon to create something understandable and useful.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:45AM
A rescue group based in Skagit County called S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One At A Time) was there for these wonderful little dogs right from the start! S.P.O.T. dogs are placed in foster homes for a minimum of two weeks, giving the foster family time to evaluate both the personality and health of the dog. They are then available for placement in a new home.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:41AM
We should appreciate that we have a hidden gem in the form of the Beaverton Valley watershed. In a process known as "daylighting," several communities in our region have successfully restored their local streams. Salmon Creek (aka Beaverton Creek) is a critical island resource. Though long since covered and forgotten, it still flows under our streets.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:38AM
Friday Harbor is a community that has always been supportive of its youth, and Fred Yockers has been a great role model as well as a fantastic teacher. Thanks to Fred and to all the volunteers. We know what an effort it takes to put on a production like this in a small community.
- Jan 2, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 3:32PM
She is now living at the Village at the Harbour, Friday Harbor’s elegant new assisted-living apartments. Flossie, who used to teach bridge at the old Grey Top Inn, was eagerly awaited by the other bridge players at the Village.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:28PM
The 2009 Friday Harbor Spelling Bee is Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. The annual contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands, and features fourth- through eighth-grade classroom champions from local schools, including Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, Paideia Classical School, Griffin Bay School, and Spring Street International School.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 2:09PM
Entries are being accepted for the Chili Cook-Off to be held at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24, 2-6 p.m. Entrants will offer their most delicious creations in vying for bragging rights to the best chili on the island, as well as a first prize of $200. The competition is open to individuals, groups, organizations and professionals. Families and chili fans will be able to sample all of the fare, and will be able to cast their votes for their favorite concoction.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:45PM
All told, the San Juan Island Community Foundation distributed more than $700,000 in donations in 2008. More than two dozen local groups, including the schools, benefitted from that largesse. That’s pretty powerful stuff for a group that just three years ago had about $125,000 at its disposal for a full year. What’s behind the surge in the balance sheets? Ask anyone on the foundation board of directors — a 13-person panel of volunteers — and the answers point in one direction: The top.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 2:30PM
Shortly after noon on New Year's Eve, John O. Linde was sworn in to his first elected term as San Juan County Superior Court judge. A crowd of about 30 friends, attorneys, and county officials and employees attended the courtroom ceremony in Friday Harbor. District Court Judge Stewart Andrew administered the oath.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 12:16PM
To help people overcome personal smoking triggers like stress, the state offers free coaching and a supply of nicotine patches or gum (more than $145 in value) through the quit line. “We know the tough economy is hitting people hard,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “It’s another good reason for those who smoke to try quitting. It will improve their health and they’ll save money at the same time. Our quit line is free, and callers receive at least a two-week supply of nicotine patches or gum at no charge.”
- Jan 7, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:17PM
Jacob William Wright was born to Orcas Island parents Amanda Murray Wright and Buddy Wright on Jan. 5, 2009 at Island Hospital in Anacortes -- the first baby to be born to San Juan County parents in 2009.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:37AM
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team put a scare into a highly-touted Nooksack Valley squad before running out of steam Saturday in a 48-29 loss in Turnbull Gym.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:35AM
Foul trouble in the second half proved the Wolverines’ undoing as Nooksack Valley took care of business at the free-throw line and slipped out of Turnbull Gym Saturday with a 53-46 victory.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:13AM
I was surprised to read Steve Ludwig’s guest column finding him still in panic over perceived health dangers from cell phone towers. I would have assumed that Ludwig, a learned man, would have made himself aware of the solid, valid, peer-reviewed and universally accepted scientific findings pertaining to cell towers.
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