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- Nov 25, 2008 at 7:05AM
San Juan County will get $106,287 from the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, a share in some $12.3 million in grants to 33 counties to improve trails and boating facilities. The San Juan County Public Works Department will use its grant to buy Orcas Landing at the south end of Orcas Island, to provide the public access to the waterfront.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 2:24PM
I’ve been reading Robert Fulghum’s “True Love,” a book of true love stories. Surprisingly, many of them are the stories of people who are in love with people they don’t know. I am one of those people this week. I am in love with Thor Hanson, the author of “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”
- Nov 19, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 2:19PM
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:09PM
Get some exercise, help the Food Bank and make room for that Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday. The fourth annual “Turkey Trot," a 5K (3.1-mile) run, walk, trot or crawl, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, at 9 a.m. Registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, the location of the start and finish, rain or shine.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 1:42PM
Council members-elect Lovel Pratt and Richard Fralick have both spent time watching and participating in San Juan County Council meetings as private citizens. Today, they began an intense two-day tour, looking behind the scenes at county facilities and meeting with county department heads and staff.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 10:42AM
Salmon recovery efforts throughout Puget Sound will receive a $700,000 boost, thanks to grants awarded by the Puget Sound Partnership. Each of the Sound’s 14 watersheds, including the San Juan Islands, will receive a $50,000 grant — issued as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program – to implement salmon recovery efforts.
- Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 10:17AM
On Black Friday 2008, local businesses throughout the Town of Friday Harbor and, indeed, the entire San Juan Island, will be adorned in holiday decorations, shelves and racks will be overflowing, awaiting your visit as you start your gift and holiday shopping.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 8:00AM
San Juan Head Start Primary Intervention Program (PIP) is grateful for the support of United Way of San Juan County. Funding from United Way allows us to provide extra support for our children and their families.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 7:57AM
At last week's County Council meeting, several county employees told us how they were wooed by the county to come here for work. Some of them have been here only nine months. And now they are laid off, close to homeless.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 7:27AM
There’s no reason to be hungry, alone or miss out on some camaraderie with your neighbors this Thanksgiving season. Volunteers are preparing turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes and pies for two community Thanksgiving dinners. The events are free and open to the public.
- Nov 23, 2008 at 12:35PM
Patricia Joanne Saylor passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham with her children and husband, Dick, at her side. She was hospitalized the week before due to complications following a serious fall. She was 74.
- Nov 21, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 10:31AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council last night postponed until Dec. 18 a possible vote on the annexation of the Buck property, about 48 acres east of the town limits and near the former gravel pit.
- Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 21, 2008 at 8:40AM
Looking for the bright side in today's real estate market? Here's the best you're going to get: If you don't have to sell your home, be thankful. And if you are of the fortunate set that can afford to invest in real estate, now's the time, because prices are dropping.
- Nov 20, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 3:36PM
President Franklin D. Roosevelt once assured Americans that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And at least one local financial adviser is saying we need that assurance now: We’re in a recession, not a depression. And we still have a lot for which to be thankful.
- Nov 19, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 20, 2008 at 10:23AM
Six local high school and college students spent their summer taking water quality samples at 32 sites on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands. Funded by the San Juan Nature Institute, the students analyzed the samples at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. Aided by Russel Barsh of Kwiaht and Dr. Jack Bell, they designed a sampling protocol, learned analytical methods, tested matched sets of sediment and water samples, and collaborated on a final report.
- Nov 19, 2008 at 4:26PM
Anticipate revenue to come in lower than expected and budget accordingly. If revenue comes in higher and you have money left over at the end of the year, put that in reserve for future major expenses. Sounds like a good policy for all local governments, not just in lean times but all times.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 19, 2008 at 3:31PM
Riley Pratt O'Brien of Friday Harbor, Wash., formerly of Winnetka, Ill., and Buffalo, N.Y., died at the age of 97 on Nov. 8, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Frances Aspinwall; and his wife of 16 years, Martha Towle Fortune.
- Nov 19, 2008 at 3:16PM
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” opens Friday, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH available at the door.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Nov 19, 2008 at 8:56AM
The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Patrol responded to the report of a possible threat against a state ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton today, the Coast Guard reported.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 4:10PM
San Juan County will have a little more cash at the end of the year than was expected just several weeks ago, according to Auditor Milene Henley. And though it offers a bit of wiggle room for the County Council in crafting next year's budget, Henley on Tuesday warned that the county will likely to run out of money by 2012 unless new revenue streams can be found.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 1:43PM
Patricia Plant of Sausalito, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2008 in Tiburon, Calif. She was 92 and a summer resident of Shaw Island. She is survived by her children, Richard of Inverness, David of Woodacre, and Marden of Belvedere; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Joshua Plant, Christopher Mosher and Hana Alvarez; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Carl Plant; Patricia, Carlos, Sonia, Reina and Clara Alvarez; and Maya Mosher.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 1:36PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced that several Northwest Indian tribes and the state of Washington will be eligible for up to a total of $2 million to assist tribal and non-tribal communities affected by the commercial fishery failure in Fraser River sockeye salmon. “The assistance we are announcing today will help tribal and non-tribal fishermen who have been hurt by drastic declines in sockeye salmon runs and harvests that are so important to these communities,” Acting Assistant Administrator Jim Balsiger said in a press release.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 9:58AM
The recent loss of seven Puget Sound orcas – close to 10 percent of the Sound’s orca population – has prompted the Puget Sound Partnership to convene a special meeting of salmon and orca experts today, 4-5:30 p.m., at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 4:29PM
San Juan Wireless has announced the addition of AT&T Mobility and Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services. Through a business partnership with Car Toys, San Juan Wireless can now offer mainland competitive prices on AT&T Mobility GSM phones. AT&T Mobility is a wireless carrier whose service will work both domestically and internationally.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 1:00PM updated at 4:05PM
A proposed committee will develop a plan to replace the crumb rubber underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor Elementary School cafeteria. Organizers say community support will be essential, so an advisory board will be created to assist in the development of a plan to replace the crumb rubber.
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