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- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:00PM
I have lived on San Juan Island for 14 years; this is my first “letter to the editor.” I am a respected business woman; my business is about healing. Last week’s “thank you” letter from Valerie Tibbett struck a chord with me. Her loving words of thanks are words I’ve thought many times since moving here, after 20 years of living in the city. It has been a delight to be loved and feel safe here.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:58PM
As I sit here in Anacortes writing you this letter, I can hear a Navy fighter plane roaring directly over my house. It is NOT a pleasant sound but one I hear at almost any time of day or night since moving here from Cattle Point the first of the year. I can only imagine how noisy it will be with flights more than doubled!
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:57PM
Thanks for the story regarding the Navy’s plans for increased overflights (“Learn about, and comment on, Navy plans,” page 6A, March 18 Journal). You bring up some important questions for the Navy to address.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:56PM
In its 11th year, The Family Umbrella Group has never turned down a qualified preschool scholarship application, making it possible for more than 200 local island children to attend the preschool of their choice. Our annual fund-raiser will be held on April 3 in Mullis Community Senior Center. The theme this year is “Spring at the Seashore” and will include a silent auction and social hour beginning at 11, gourmet lunch served at noon, followed by a live — and lively — auction led by Eugene Cuomo.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:41PM
We are born wired to learn. By age 3, our brains have one trillion synapses — more than we’ll have in adulthood. By age 6, our brains are 95 percent the size of mom’s and dad’s. We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age 5, we either have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 5:22PM
The Town of Friday Harbor will keep its options open while the county determines what to do about its solid-waste transfer station on Sutton Road, according to town officials. During a joint meeting Tuesday of the town and county councils, Town Council members said tipping fees will be a deciding factor on whether the town continues to be a refuse customer of the county or starts up its own solid-waste operation at the town-owned Sutton Road site.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 3:21PM
Porter Jacob Nixon was born on March 16, 2009, at 2:33 p.m. at Island Hospital in Anacortes to happy parents Sarah McCutcheon and Barret Nixon. Porter (P.J.) weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. He joins his older siblings, Jordyn and Anthony, at home on San Juan Island.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:44PM
Friday Harbor Middle School presents a different take on storybook classics in “Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the San Juan Community Theatre. This tongue-in-cheek comedy will make you laugh — and perhaps make you a little nervous, as a mysterious wolf wanders the theater during the performance.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:23PM
On March 19, Jacque Grone suffered a brain aneurysm and was flown off-island to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. After extensive surgery, she remains in intensive care. The recovery and rehabilitation will be extensive but her doctors say her prognosis is very good.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:23PM
Island Rec may contract with the school district to fund the sports program: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. An update on funding the athletic program for 2009-10 will be provided at the San Juan Island School Board meeting tonight at 6 at Friday Harbor High School. The meeting is open to the public.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:12PM
Although the team was down in numbers because of illness and scheduling conflicts, Coach Darrin Scheffer believes the Wolverines are off to a great start. “Our kids will gain valuable experience during this week that will allow them to see and experience a lot of track in a short time period," he said. "When the dust settles, we will have an opportunity to see which events best fit our talents and skills.”
- Mar 25, 2009 at 11:49AM
Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith were married Sept. 27 in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Pastor Archie Brooks of Transformation Church officiated.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Mar 25, 2009 at 11:48AM
The San Juan Islands are critical habitat for salmon and their prey. Just how important our nearshore environment is is the subject of considerable monitoring and study by a group of local volunteer Beach Watchers. And for their work, the 44 volunteer “Beach Seiners” were honored March 10 at the State Capitol.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 10:51AM
San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 10:06AM
The Washington state ferry Elwha is out of service for repairs. The 8:35 a.m. sailing to Orcas and the 9:50 a.m. sailing from Orcas to Anacortes were cancelled. The Yakima and the Sealth will pick up additional traffic in the islands, Washington State Ferries reported.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Mar 25, 2009 at 9:33AM
The Friday Harbor baseball team opened the season with a pop quiz rather than a real test. But the Wolverines passed with flying colors just the same.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 3:21PM
Legislation establishing a permanent funding source for an emergency response tug at Neah Bay was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire today, on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:43PM
The American Institute of Architects, Northwest Washington chapter, is accepting applications for its first scholarship. Applicants must be a junior or above (in the 2009-10 academic year) in an accredited school of architecture. There will be at least one $1,000 scholarship. Deadline for applications is July 1.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:37PM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum is seeking participants for its Adopt a Tree Well program. As part of its beautification plan, the Downtown Forum initiated a program in 2008 where businesses, organizations or individuals could “adopt” the ground around the trees along the sidewalks in Friday Harbor by planting flowers and caring for them.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:42PM
Low-income residents in CenturyTel’s service area may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:40PM
Island Bicycles of Friday Harbor’s Web site, www.islandbicycles.com, has been completely recreated by Chester Chipperfield and Collyn Ahart Chipperfield of Emakmafu.com of London, U.K.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:39PM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum will meet Thursday, 8:30 a.m. at Whidbey Island Bank. The Chamber Downtown Forum is a program offered by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:36PM
Effective with the March 31 edition, the Lopez Island-based Islands’ Weekly will no longer be mailed to households on Orcas and San Juan islands. It will continue to be mailed free of charge to Lopez Island households.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 1:32PM
After fighting to keep it on the schedule, the Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney international ferry run is here to stay (for now), and islanders are invited to celebrate.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:26PM
The 2009 Spring Sports Preview, a special section of The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is included in this week's editions of the newspapers.
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