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- Dec 8, 2008 at 7:41AM
Viola “Vi” Lorraine King, age 91, went home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. She was born to Walter and Hattie (Messenger) Andrus on Oct. 6, 1917 in Blaine, Wash., where she spent her childhood years. She graduated from Blaine High School in 1935 and, shortly thereafter, moved to Friday Harbor to work as a nanny. In Friday Harbor, she met Blair King and they married Oct. 1, 1939 in Blaine. They made their home in Friday Harbor, where together they owned and operated King’s Market for 40 years. In 2001, Vi and Blair moved to Lynden to be near family.
- Dec 8, 2008 at 7:55AM
Jill Peacock lost her red iPod shuffle Sunday morning on Turn Point Road, within two miles of Shipyard Cove. Her name is engraved on the back. If found, please call 298-0376.
- Dec 7, 2008 at 11:44AM
Western Washington University scored 25 unanswered points and used a stifling second-half defensive effort en route to a 25-10 victory over Colorado School of Mines in the 23rd annual Dixie Rotary Bowl, Saturday afternoon at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah.
- Dec 5, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 3:21PM
Faced with declining enrollment and early predictions of significant statewide reductions in education funding, the Lopez School District has determined that the position of superintendent should be reduced to half-time, as a cost-saving measure, beginning with the 2009-10 school year.
Lois Harris signs copies of her book, 'Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter,' Saturday at Griffin Bay Bookstore
- Dec 5, 2008 at 12:33PM
Children's author Lois Harris will speak about and sign copies of her book, "Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter," Saturday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m., at Griffin Bay Bookstore. Inspiring for all children, but especially appropriate for those with artistic interests, this book shows how one girl's lifelong dream to become an artist came true due to an independent spirit, determination and commitment to her craft.
- Dec 5, 2008 at 12:09PM
The San Juan Island Trails Committee/Bike Trails Group is sponsoring a community bicycle ride Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will start at the Friday Harbor High School gym parking lot for a 10- to 12-mile bike ride to False Bay and back to town. Participants will take Blair Avenue to Market Street and then Mullis Street/Cattle Point Road to False Bay Road. The return will be Bailer Hill Road, Douglas Road, San Juan Valley Road to Blair and back to the high school.
- Dec 5, 2008 at 9:32AM
Friday Harbor High School's wrestlers will be first out of the gate this winter sports season with a match on the road today at Meridian. The Wolverine grapplers tackle the Trojans beginning at 6 p.m.
- Dec 5, 2008 at 6:08AM
'My wife and I have just returned home from a wonderful day of Christmas shopping in Friday Harbor. Frankly, we do a lot of shopping online, as well as on the mainland, so we were in for a very pleasant surprise.'
- Dec 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Dec 5, 2008 at 6:11AM
Friday Harbor's sales tax revenue in September was $68,792 less than in September 2007, according to figures from the town treasurer's office. September's revenue of $113,538.18 — generated that month and received in November — was the second best September ever, albeit a distant second: the town received $182,330.09 in September 2007.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 4:56PM
I am genuinely stung by Walker's accusation that I would mislead the council in regard to the grant funding. I continue to be very worried that the process will take too long and the funding withdrawn. If 2008 had ended with no action on the proposal, no public hearing scheduled, etc., the funding almost certainly would have been lost.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:48AM
Considering the district has to cut $700,000 from its budget, we are facing some tough choices. The first thing we should do is sell the playground equipment and pave the playground of the elementary school. This would make the school more ADA accessible, solve the crumb rubber problem, and defuse yet another discrimination lawsuit.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:47AM
This crumb rubber issue has been and continues to be a long road to resolve. Acknowledgement needs to be made to the positive direction it has taken.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:05AM
Proponents laid out some good reasons Nov. 20 for the town to annex the Buck property. The most compelling argument came from those who said that, without affordable housing, they may have to move off the island. Town residents also gave a compelling argument against annexation — not against affordable housing, but annexation — saying that the cost of adding a proposed 240-home community to the town’s water and sewer systems would boost utility rates to even more unaffordable levels.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Dec 3, 2008 at 9:15AM
The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year, because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting will be held on Dec. 10, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,2000 budget shortfall.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Dec 3, 2008 at 8:52AM
Since 1993, the State of Washington has fallen from 11th in the nation for per-student funding to 44th in the nation today. Several recent studies have found that the current shortfall of basic education funding is about $2.4 billion annually.
'Friday Harbor residents should not be further burdened with more infrastructure costs associated with annexation' | Ron Warden
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:21PM
The real issue is, how much is the annexation of free land going to cost the residents of Friday Harbor? Annexation does not make sense. I hope the Town of Friday Harbor seriously considers its actions. Unfortunately, the word I hear on the street, talking to locals and local businesses, is that the deal is already done. I sincerely hope not.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:31PM
This annexation, and its companion as proposed by the county, is long overdue. In evaluating this proposal, it is necessary to review closely both the staff report by Mr. Bertrand and an earlier report by county Planning Director Ron Henrickson dated Aug 24, 2007. The latter report projects San Juan Island population growth, as mandated by GMA, that can only be accommodated in the Town of Friday Harbor.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:04PM
The San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee meets Dec. 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Large Conference Room of the County Legislative Building, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor. The date of the meeting was incorrect in the Nov. 26 Journal.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:13PM
After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, pediatrician Jeanne Olmsted has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice based on Orcas Island after Dec. 31.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:08PM
We can all be proud of the support Friday Harbor and San Juan Island gives to the local Soroptimist club. Recently, 10 Friday Harbor Soroptimists attended a weekend Soroptimist International District Conference in Olympia to learn more about their organization, noteworthy causes and solutions. During the conference, awards were issued and Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor came in second place out of 44 Pacific Northwest clubs in "Recognition of Outstanding Service Work"!
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:17PM
The San Juan Island School District is proud to announce that Beth Spaulding has met the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the first to earn such certification in the district.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:51PM
My children and grandchildren join me in thanking you for the wonderful coverage of Carl's career in National Park Service. Many people who are new to the island were not aware of his legacy.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 12:56PM
The San Juan County Elections Office accepted an application Dec. 1 for a manual recount in the County Council District 4 race. The request was submitted by Mindy Kayl, who lost to Richard Fralick in that race. In the final count of the 1,921 ballots cast, Fralick received 947 votes, Kayl received 827 votes, and there were 12 write-in votes and 136 undervotes, Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller reported.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:34PM
The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:13PM
We have much to be thankful for, especially in this community. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a way of expressing that gratitude with more than 100 volunteers working together in a manner that any fine dining restaurant would be proud of. These energetic volunteers prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.
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