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- Sep 5, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 6, 2009 at 9:25AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines won the Island Cup 21-14 in overtime today, at Orcas. Running back Roy Taylor scored the winning touchdown on a pitch and sweep. The Wolverines then held the Orcas Vikings at bay to end the game.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 3:49PM
An estimated 2,000 Washington State University students have reported having flu-like symptoms, prompting concerns that the novel H1N1, or swine flu, virus may affect students in schools. No WSU student required hospitalization, news sources reported. Various reports differed on how many of the flu cases were swine flu. The San Juan County Health and Community Services Department warns that now that school has resumed, odds are good that if you have a school-age son or daughter, you may receive a call that you need to pick them up because they have a fever of more than 100F, a sore throat, headache and body aches.
Orcas Island, San Juan Island waste transfer stations will close on Saturdays beginning Oct. 3 to cut costs
- Sep 4, 2009 at 2:36PM
Beginning on Oct. 3, the solid waste transfer stations on Orcas and San Juan islands will be closed on Saturdays to reduce the Solid Waste Utility’s operating costs. The utility’s revenue has dropped this year because it is receiving and handling less solid waste, the county announced.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Sep 4, 2009 at 12:42PM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, IMA, is sponsoring a series of events with James Hubbell, internationally acclaimed organic builder, painter, stained glass artist and visionary for world understanding. Hubbell and his wife, Anne, will be involving islanders in a series of public discussions and presentations throughout the Labor Day weekend.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 12:28PM
San Juan Community Home Trust will celebrate its acquisition of 5.1 acres for permanently-affordable homes on Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 12:31PM
Affordable housing group Homes for Islanders has received its third Self-Help Technical Assistance Grant — $570,777 — from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant funds staff and office operations for a period of two years. During that period, Homes for Islanders will provide on-site supervision and project management for 16 families building their homes through the sweat-equity program.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 11:11AM
It is time to evaluate all the options we have with regard to the orca protection proposal by NOAA. The public comment period ends Oct. 27, less than a month from the end of our busy season. We need more time to analyze the whole of the situation and formulate alternative proposals. There are some good ideas floating out there of options and ways to deal with this.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 10:04AM
Isn’t it a shame — and a bit typical — that your next-door neighbor complains about you to the newspaper, instead of walking 30 feet across the grass and asking you directly about things? (“Threats to local orcas,” page 8, Sept. 2 Journal). Jim Pound would have saved himself a lot of embarrassment if he had only taken the time to come over.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 5:25PM
A woman and her grandson were shaken but escaped with only minor injuries following a single-car collision near the intersection of Douglas Road and Madden Lane that nearly toppled a power pole and left residents on the southwest side of San Juan Island temporarily without power.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 5:16PM
A Friday Harbor man was medflighted off-island for treatment of a possible head injury and severe cuts on his face after his motorcycle collided with a deer on Turn Point Road just before Black Road, Wednesday about 5:30 p.m.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 2:52PM
A car has reportedly crashed into a power pole on Douglas and Little roads on San Juan Island. One person is reportedly in the car and needs to be extricated; a live power line may be down and the areas has been blocked off.
- Sep 3, 2009 at 11:08AM
The super pod Aug. 31 was off of the west side of San Juan Island, swimming through ships that are taking their salmon. Hmmm. And NOAA wants to ban kayaks, but will let purse seiners run over the orcas and take their salmon. What's wrong with this picture?
Barnes wins title at Cowichan, paired with Danish champ in 55 Doubles at grass court championship | Tennis
- Aug 11, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Sep 3, 2009 at 5:45AM
As a tennis coach, Dick Barnes of Friday Harbor has helped many young players exceed their expectations and he’s coached many Wolverines to championships. As an advocate for tennis, he’s introduced many people to a healthy game that they can play for the rest of their lives. He’s done it for no reward other than to be connected to a game he loves. But the last week of July at Vancouver Island’s South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club — where Barnes has mowed the grass courts just for fun for several years in preparation for tournament play — the long-time coach and player came away with a well-deserved honor: a doubles title.
Supreme Court Justice Sanders: 'The court must protect all the legal rights of all the citizens who come before it'
- Sep 2, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:03PM
The Citizens Alliance for Property Rights hosted a presentation Tuesday by state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders concerning private property rights and the courts. Sanders was as big a hit as the tri tip dinner and the camaraderie which filled the Grange Hall to capacity.
- Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 4:03PM
The Washington state Transportation Commission, held a public meeting onboard an inter-island ferry Monday. The meeting was an opportunity for public comment regarding proposed ferry fare increases. If adopted, inter-island fares for a vehicle and driver would increase 7.5 percent as of Oct. 11, 2009. The current inter-island fare for auto and driver is $16.95. The proposal would increase that fare to $17.95 in October of this year. Another increase to $18.75 is proposed for October 2010.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:55PM
Regarding the story, “Low says he may replace Fitch with a new town administrator if elected mayor,” Aug. 26 Journal, page 1: A friend of mine reminded me of a saying by Samuel Clemens: “Don’t get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” But I still think clarification is needed.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:50PM
There are too many to list individually, but thank you to those who volunteered and worked a shift or two at the booth during the fair. I also want to thank everyone who bought a burger or hot dog at the American Legion Auxiliary booth at the fair.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:06PM
There’s more than just bragging rights at stake when Friday Harbor and the Vikings of Orcas High School square off Saturday in the 2009 season-opener at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. There’s the hardware, of course, and to the victor go the spoils. The coveted Island Cup, the crown jewel of the inter-island rivalry, has been a fixture in the Wolverines’ trophy case ever since Friday Harbor upset the balance of power and clawed its way to a 2-point victory in 2004.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:48PM
I remember Gale Carter. I was come-lately in Gale’s life. I was at Mullis Center perhaps a couple years ago when this bear of a man out of the blue seized my hand, pumped it several times and asked who I was, what I was doing there and what I had done with my life. At that point, Gale did not know me or I him, but from the vise-grip he had on my paw I was convinced he did not intend that state of affairs to continue.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:46PM
If we really want to save the whales, we should be focusing our efforts on these issues rather than perceived notions and unproven claims based on an organization’s agenda that will have little or no impact.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:42PM
Save the dates: This year’s recycling collections of agricultural plastics are as follows (all from noon to 5 p.m.).
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:44PM
Many of us are not fully aware that all industrialized countries except the United States guarantee necessary health care to all their citizens, and usually to visitors as well.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:38PM
In response to a recent letter from an interested citizen regarding this July’s Independence Day celebrations, we share the sentiment that it is wonderful that there were only a few minor fires and no reported fireworks-related injuries in our county.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:40PM
As a resident of Lopez Island, I wish to share a little story about a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island. My son and wife were visiting from New Wilmington, Pa., and wanted to visit San Juan Island and to stay in a B&B, and with bikes they could explore the island. Upon meeting a family on the ferry, they were told about a great ride out Roche Harbor way.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:14PM
The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.
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