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Pat Speer 'was everyone's favorite teacher'

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 10:54AM

Retired Friday Harbor High School art teacher Pat Speer died in her sleep Sunday evening in her brother's home in Plattsmouth, Neb. She was 62. Speer retired from teaching in June after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973.

Homecoming Day ... some things never change | Ferry Home Companion

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 8:31AM

Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.

Meeting today for eight potential Firewise communities

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 3:50PM

Byron, Eagle Cove, Foxhall, Hannah Heights, High Haro, Leeward, Timber and Yacht Haven community members are invited to attend an introductory Firewise meeting discussing wildfire behavior and actions home owners can take to prevent catastrophic destruction in their neighborhoods.

Be afraid, but have fun too; San Juan sets a spooky stage for Halloween

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:48PM

A cauldron of Halloween fun is brewing, with live music, a teen dance, games and, of course, trick-or-treating in local neighborhoods. The annual Halloween Parade featuring Friday Harbor Elementary School students will begin downtown at 1 p.m., as eager spectators await the arrival of children dressed in their Halloween finery.

Soccer team closes regular season with a win; district playoffs begin today

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:30PM

The Wolverines completed the regular season on the road Monday, beating Concrete 5-0. The Wolverines (10-5 overall) are in the district tournament, which began today. The tri-district tournament begins Nov. 5.

Wolverines sweep Concrete, improve to 3-8; on road Saturday for first round of district playoffs

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:21PM

The Friday Harbor volleyball team notched win No. 3 at home last week with a three-game sweep of the lowly Concrete Lions, winless so far this season. But dismantling Concrete for the second time this season offered little cause for celebration; the Wolverines tallied a victory despite a lackluster outing.

Five Wolverines advance to tennis playoffs

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:15PM

Five Wolverines advanced to post-season play in spring as Friday Harbor thrashed the Coupeville Wolves at the district playoffs, Saturday at Coupeville.

Supports Rosenfeld for County Council, Friday Harbor

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:14PM

Howie has the knowledge, attitude and know-how to continue to be not only an asset, but a fundamental ingredient to a balanced County Council.

Post-season hopes dashed; Wolverines tripped up by Meridian Trojans 21-13

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 1:07PM

Take a glance at the stat sheets and it looks like a stalemate. But in the end, it’s the numbers on the scoreboard that matter. And the Friday Harbor football team ended up with eight points too few at home Saturday against Meridian in a rematch that was even closer than the 21-13 final score might suggest.

Plan calls for expansion of English Camp boundary, new American Camp visitor center

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 11:32AM

A proposed new year-round visitor center at American Camp and the expansion of the English Camp boundary are among the highlights included in San Juan Island National Historical Park’s General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement released last week.

Dr. Wingren is a true credit to Inter Island Medical Center

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 11:29AM

I would like to express my deepest gratitude and most sincere thanks to Dr. Wingren of Inter Island Medical Center for his knowledge and expertise in diagnosing a life-threatening condition during a routine checkup last spring. Dr. Wingren's accurate and expedient diagnosis is the reason I am here today and able to write this letter.

Don't let the big equipment dissuade you: First Street is open

  • Oct 29, 2008 at 11:27AM

So, you're hungering for a Lopez or a Waldron sandwich at Rich's Cannery House, or you're heading to a club meeting in the Legion Hall, or perhaps you want to take some guests to the Whale Museum. Don't let the big equipment and trenched roadway dissuade you. First Street is open for business.

Updated: Ferry passenger suffers heart attack, dies at Island Hospital

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 29, 2008 at 9:52AM

A Portland man en route to the San Juan Islands on vacation had a heart attack on the Sealth Tuesday afternoon as the ferry was preparing to leave Anacortes for the San Juans. David Kinzer died later in the Island Hospital emergency room, according to Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes.

Art groups may form arts council in response to LTAC funding

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 3:25PM

Representatives of local arts organizations may form an arts council to act as "an advocate and arbiter of artistic consideration" on the island. The move is in response to the arts community's failure to win any grants this year from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. On Oct. 16, the Town Council approved 4-0 the committee's annual allocation of proceeds from a 2 percent hotel-motel tax reserved for tourism promotion.

Elements Hotel & Spa becoming Earthbox Motel & Spa

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 3:01PM

Elements Hotel & Spa on Spring Street is changing its name. It is now Earthbox Motel & Spa. New signage is to come. The Web site is already being changed.

San Juan officials condemn theft, vandalism of political signs

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 1:40PM

There have been numerous reports of campaign signs being stolen on the islands. Sheriff Bill Cumming has this message: Stealing signs is illegal and violators will be prosecuted. And if you take a sign off of someone's property, you can expect a trespassing charge tacked on to your theft charge.

Retired art teacher Pat Speer dies in Nebraska

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:26PM

Retired art teacher Pat Speer died quietly in her sleep Sunday night at her brother’s home in Plattsmouth, Neb., the San Juan Island School District announced today. Speer retired from teaching in June 2008 after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973. She was 62 years old.

Passages: Darline D. Evans-Nichols

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 2:26PM

A Memorial Celebration for Darline will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the home of Shaun Evans and Beth Rosenzweig, 10425 E. Riverside in Bothell, between 3-6 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being made at Evans Funeral Home in Anacortes, Wash. Visit

90-car ferry Sealth is serving the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route

  • Oct 28, 2008 at 1:48PM

The 90-car ferry Sealth began service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Oct. 26. This means a slight reduction in vehicle capacity for the route.

Updated: School district consolidation will be discussed at public meeting Nov. 3

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Oct 28, 2008 at 5:13AM

The superintendent of the local educational service district will present the possibilities and pitfalls of consolidating the islands' school districts Nov. 3, noon, at a yet-to-be-named venue in Friday Harbor. The meeting will be open to the public and will constitute a special meeting of the San Juan Island School Board. Orcas School District officials are expected to participate. The Lopez School Board will discuss participation on Oct. 29.

Two solid waste transfer station sites nixed by SWAC; meeting Monday at 11:45 a.m.

  • Oct 24, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM

One is too remote. The other is not for sale. And while the factors may differ, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee last week trimmed down from five to three the number of sites it will consider as the home of a new transfer station on San Juan Island.

Dip in town sales, lodging tax revenue, but treasurer expects F.H. will finish year as budgeted

  • Oct 2, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM

Friday Harbor sales tax receipts are about $15,500 lower than in 2007, and hotel/motel tax receipts are about $10,000 lower than in 2007, according to a report from the Town Treasurer's Office. But Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich said she expects the town will come out as budgeted: $950,000.

OPALCO's October Surprise: $1 million being returned to ratepayers

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 9:11PM

There will be a surprise in every OPALCO member's October bill: a credit for a good portion of the electricity used during the October billing period.

Hopes to kiss a jellyfish

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 5:02PM

A family photo from 1975 shows my son, then four years old, wading at Griffin Bay and leaning down to kiss a jellyfish he had lifted gently from the water. Only a moment before, his mother — seeing him lifting and dashing them on the sand — talked quietly with him about the sacredness of all living things.

Supports annexation of Buck/Boreen property for affordable housing

  • Oct 23, 2008 at 4:26PM

I do not live in the Town of Friday Harbor. I am not in need of lower-cost housing. But I feel I have a very real interest in the outcome of the proposed annexation to the town which will enable the San Juan Community Home Trust to provide permanently affordable homes on the Buck/Boreen property.

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