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Shop local: It makes a difference | Editorial

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 5:05PM

Life on our islands was once described by a local writer as similar to living on a ship at sea. We are largely on our own out here in the northwesternmost county in the continental United States. With that in mind, “shop local” takes on new meaning. Money we spend here stays here. It helps pay local wages, support local public services, pay local wages, put food on local tables, pay local rents and mortgages. And it funnels through to the many non-profits by the generous donations of local businesses.

Artists and writers: 'Shark Reef' submission deadline is Dec. 31

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 4:56PM

The deadline is Dec. 31 to submit writing and/or visual art to Shark Reef online magazine for its spring 2010 issue. "We welcome submissions from anyone who lives in the islands or has ever visited here," editor Lorna Reese said.

H1N1 shot clinics scheduled this week; no recalled vaccine in San Juan County

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 11:43AM

Everyone in San Juan County wanting to receive the H1N1 vaccine is now eligible to do so, the county Department of Health has announced. The county Health Department will sponsor H1N1 vaccination clinics Wednesday, 1-4 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Orcas Island Senior Center in Eastsound; and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, at Lopez Island Senior Center.

'He has left us an example of a life well lived': Carol Linde's tribute to her husband

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 11:38AM

We are grieving with hope because we know that John is in God’s hands and we will be with him again. Even in this overwhelming sadness the children and I feel such pride in the legacy left by John. He has left us an example of a life well lived, and a remarkable life to remember with grateful hearts.

The Journal: Two sections, 32 pages of local news and more

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 10:53AM

The Dec. 16 edition of The Journal consists of two sections and 32 pages: local news, Opinion, Sports, Obituaries, Island Scene, What's Happening!, Business, Classifieds, At Your Service Professional Directory, Legal Notices, and Project Home magazine. This week's edition is available at newsstands later today.

Marley's ghost returns to the Roche Harbor Pavilion in Island Stage Left production

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 5:24PM

Although only in its second Christmas run, Island Stage Left’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” was so well received last year and so anticipated this year, that it now seems part of the San Juan Christmas scene.

New Friday Harbor mayor, Town Council members take oaths of office Thursday

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 4:00PM updated at 6:45PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council’s last scheduled meetings of the year will arguably be its most significant of the year.

Nanette Robinson Weissinger | Passages

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 2:31PM

Nanette Robinson Weissinger died Friday, Dec. 11, at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor, after a short and unexpected hospitalization. She was 90. She had lived in Friday Harbor for the past 10 years.

From Team Linde: 'Your outpouring of love for John and for us is amazing'

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 2:30PM

On the back of an envelope sent by a long-time friend and client was written: "In Friday Harbor we all are family!" We couldn’t agree more. Your outpouring of love for John and for us is amazing. We thank you all so very much.

A letter to our nation's service members

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 2:29PM

We are so fortunate to be able to gather to enjoy each other’s company, to see old friends. No one has to be alone on Thanksgiving Day in Friday Harbor. I look out the window at the port and a ferry coming to the land.

Spirit of holiday giving is evident on San Juan

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 10:15AM

During my five years here, my heart has never failed to be warmed by the many Letters to the Editor that praise the solicited and unsolicited generosity of our island members. That giving spirit was never more evident than on Dec. 8 at the Medical Guild’s annual Christmas Luncheon and Auction.

New twist on shopping local

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 10:14AM

I was going through my “pile of stuff for future reference” and came upon this quote from David Bentley that he sent me last year. This great suggestion for bringing dollars to our local economy may be a little too late for some of this year’s gift-givers, but remember ... there are birthdays and special occasions year round!

Don’t miss 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol'

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 10:13AM

“May our lives bring light and joy to those around us!” These closing lines of Stage Left’s production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” bring a message perfect for 2009 and this time of economic uncertainty.

Opponent of San Juan fireworks ban says ballot language was changed without his knowledge

  • Dec 9, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Dec 14, 2009 at 8:50AM

The ballots are counted and results have been certified. But there's at least one issue from the November election which has yet to be put to rest. Don Burkhart of Blakely Island, who led the effort to repeal the ban on the use of all consumer fireworks in San Juan County, including those considered "safe and sane," believes the ballot title of the fireworks referendum was written in such a confusing manner that the choice presented to voters was unclear.

Land Bank buys San Juan Historical Museum easements for $200,000; funds will help restore heritage buildings

  • Dec 9, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Dec 10, 2009 at 7:29PM

The San Juan County Land Bank has purchased historical preservation and open space conservation easements on a portion of the San Juan Historical Museum property for $200,000. The allocation was unanimously approved Dec. 8 by the San Juan County Council. The money, proceeds from the 1 percent excise tax on real estate sales, will help the museum restore and maintain three buildings, which date to 1894.

St. David's hosts Christmas Eve, Christmas Day services

  • Dec 10, 2009 at 4:00PM updated at 7:24PM

St. David’s Episcopal Church invites the community to attend services at the church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Sheriff reminds bicyclists to wear bright, reflective clothing; use lights

  • Dec 10, 2009 at 11:34AM

Please put a reminder on your pages to the people who ride bicycles after the hours of darkness the need to wear bright, hopefully, reflective clothing with appropriate lights, hopefully flashing lights on both the front and rear of the bike. We are receiving complaints and concerns about how unsafe some bicycle riders are, especially when it gets dark now before 5 p.m.

Three local dogs become AKC S.T.A.R. puppies

  • Dec 10, 2009 at 12:33PM

Three local dogs — Ella, Riley and Tater — and their owners have graduated from the American Kennel Club's S.T.A.R. Puppy Training Class at Downtown Dog. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible owner — all of the things a puppy needs to have a good life. The program is a precursor to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

Marsha Rachlin | Passages

  • Dec 10, 2009 at 10:27AM

Artist Marsha Rachlin died Dec. 8, 7:25 p.m. in a care center next to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was 72 and had been battling cancer. An obituary is forthcoming. A memorial celebration of her life will be held in February in the American Legion hall. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the new Island Artisans Endowment Fund, which will fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Town is accepting applications for Lacher's council position; deadline Dec. 30

  • Dec 9, 2009 at 12:58PM

County Fire Marshal Bob Low has applied for the Friday Harbor Town Council seat that will become vacant when Carrie Lacher becomes mayor Jan. 1. Low received 305 votes to Lacher's 429 votes in the mayoral election Nov. 3. Lacher's council term expires Dec. 31, 2011. Town Council members receive $85 a meeting, with a maximum of four meetings per month. They help approve budgets, set policy, and determine town government's direction on public services and quality of life issues.

Devorah sings live on 'Wake Up with Al Roker' on Dec. 11 at 6:50 a.m. EST

  • Dec 9, 2009 at 9:39AM

Local singer/songwriter Devorah has landed a gig on "Wake Up with Al Roker," on The Weather Channel. She will sing live on Dec. 11 at 6:50 a.m. EST. Devorah had initially thought she would tape on Dec. 11 for broadcast Dec. 14, but learned early yesterday that she would perform live. She expects to sing a song from her new CD, "5770."

Jim Cumming bowls first 300 game at San Juan's Paradise Lanes

  • Dec 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Dec 9, 2009 at 9:19AM

The way Jim Cumming put it, those two last pins finally fell over only because they were tired of wobbling. But the record books will say this: Perfect game. Cumming bowled the first 300 game in the history of Paradise Lanes Monday night, rolling 12 consecutive strikes in the second game of last night's league play. For the feat, he will receive a ring from the United States Bowling Congress, the game's governing body. He also wins prizes from local merchants.

Girls off to a 2-0 start Andersen scores 17, 19 in openers | Girls Basketball

  • Dec 8, 2009 at 5:10PM

The campaign gets a lot tougher from here on out. But for now, the Wolverines and Head Coach Eric Jangard are enjoying the ride after opening the season with back-to-back victories at home over the weekend. That’s right. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team is 2-0.

Boys defeat Bush, but blow lead vs. South Whidbey | Boys Basketball

  • Dec 8, 2009 at 5:14PM

The Wolverines opened the season with one in the bag and their trigger set on another. But the Falcons of South Whidbey, trailing 19-9 at the end of the opening period, lit up the scoreboard with 31 second-quarter points and kept Friday Harbor at arm’s length after the break to claim a 69-60 victory Saturday in Turnbull Gym.

OPALCO receives $24,495 in Enron settlement funds

  • Dec 8, 2009 at 4:48PM

OPALCO plans to use the settlement funds to support Project PAL, the energy assistance program that gives co-op members a hand up with their heating bills when times are tough; and to support a new weatherization program that will launch in early spring 2010.

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