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'We care about you very much': More than $17,000 raised for high school teacher Greg Sawyer

  • Oct 4, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 5, 2009 at 11:40AM

The love was thicker than the lasagna, sweeter than the dessert brownies. And the man of the hour, Greg Sawyer - known as much for his play by play coverage of high school football games as he is teaching – was speechless. "It's kind of overwhelming," Sawyer said as he arrived to the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band’s version of "Vehicle" by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Islanders packed the Roche Harbor Pavilion and outdoor banquet court Friday to show support for Sawyer, who needs a kidney transplant. The event raised more than $17,000 to help defray his costs. But it did much more than that.

'Barefoot Burglar' possible suspect in plane theft in Idaho

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Oct 5, 2009 at 10:15AM

The Seattle Times reports authorities are investigating whether suspected teen serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore stole a small airplane from an Idaho airport earlier this week and crashed it near Granite Falls.

San Juan Island School District formally extends benefits to domestic partners

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 1:35PM

The San Juan Island School Board unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday formally extending insurance benefits to district employees' domestic partners. District fiscal coordinator Dotty Walker said the district has been offering insurance benefits to domestic partners — regardless of gender — for about four years, but Wednesday's resolution is the first formal establishment of the policy.

Benefit today for teacher Greg Sawyer; needs kidney transplant

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 1:41PM

A benefit dinner is scheduled today at 5 p.m. in the Roche Harbor Pavilion for Friday Harbor High School teacher, Greg Sawyer. Sawyer is preparing for a kidney transplant. Dinner is $10 for children and students, $15 for adults.

League of Women Voters candidates forum Oct. 13

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:51PM

The League of Women Voters has scheduled a 2009 General Election Candidate Forum for Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m., at Friday Harbor Middle School.

Be heard on proposed orca protection plan | Editorial

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 1:44PM

Now, the federal government wants to hear from you. On Monday, 7-9 p.m., in the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, will host a meeting to hear public comment on its vessel distance and no-go zone proposal.

Supports Cantwell's Medicare reform proposal

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 9:32AM

Our nation’s health care system is broken and in urgent need of repair. We need to figure out how to insure the 47 million Americans living without coverage, fix what’s broken with our current system, and rein in the skyrocketing insurance premiums that far outpace our wage growth.

Orca Relief's Anderson says allow kayaks, fishermen in no-go zone; Goodremont proposes speed limit, enforcement of existing law

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 5:37PM

There's one thing it appears everyone can agree on: The Southern Resident killer whales, declared endangered four years ago under federal law, are in need of better protection than they're getting out on the water today. Nevertheless, criticism came from nearly all corners on Tuesday as the San Juan County Council gathered input about a recent federal proposal that would create bigger buffers around killer whales in the inland waters of Washington state and that would ban boats, kayaks and canoes (with several notable exceptions) from entering a half-mile "no-go zone" along the southwest shore of San Juan Island.

Do we want to give away our marine community so cheaply?

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 5:15PM

I am responding to Donald Hendrix’s letter written in response to Janet Alderson’s about nearshore buffers and pyrethroids. In work done in Friday Harbor, some of the principles stated by Mr. Hendrix would work in the opposite direction than he suggests. For example, surfactants bind to organic particles in a way similar to that stated by Mr. Hendrix for pyrethroids. But rather than disperse, as he suggests, they settle to the bottom of the harbor and form a concentrated, toxic, mud layer.

Proposition 1 will provide funding for Senior Services

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 11:54AM

I am writing this letter in favor of Proposition 1, which will provide funding for Senior Services at the current pared-down 2009 level. I want to tell you about some of the work that Curt Van Hyning does. Curt is the Senior Services coordinator on San Juan Island. He currently works four days per week, but often puts in more time because there are just not enough hours in the already shortened workweek for him to do all that is requested of him.

Three Sheets reports: Crowd says 'no go' to proposed orca rules

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:02PM

Deborah Bach reports on Three Sheets today that a standing room-only crowd of more than 200 packed the Seattle Aquarium to discuss a proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish a half-mile-wide “no-go zone” on the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Profile: Randy Martin, director of Skagit Valley College San Juan Center

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 5:57PM

Randy Martin, Skagit Valley College San Juan Center's Elderhostel coordinator for the past 10 years, has been named director of San Juan Center. He succeeds Dr. Denise King, who left in August to become dean of arts and humanities at St. Charles Community College in Missouri.

Ranker: Challenges faced during Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for rest of the country

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 4:33PM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Anacortes, testified Sept. 23 at the U.S. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force hearing in the White House Conference Center. Ranker participated at the invitation of the White House Council for Environmental Quality. In his testimony Ranker, who is also a senior fellow at The Ocean Foundation, said the challenges faced during the Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for the rest of the country as national ocean policy moves forward. He also relayed unified comments from 178 legislators from 30 coastal states.

Mary Elizabeth Keith | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 4:08PM

Mary Elizabeth Keith passed away on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 64. Mary was born May 5, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Charles and Thelma Nanz. After graduating from Twin Falls High School, Mary attended Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University. She married Doren Keith and they had a son, David.

Creative Corner: 'Salmon Time' by Tom Casey

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 4:02PM

Synchronize your heartbeat with the full moon tide. Inhale the scent your home stream leaves behind. Then harmonize the seasons that divide your life. Now you’re living on salmon time.

Thank you, patrons of the arts who supported and attended the 'Outside the Box - Inside the Museum'

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 3:51PM

Thank you, patrons of the arts — all 225 patrons — who supported and attended the “Outside the Box - Inside the Museum” Exhibition Opening Sept. 25 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA), 28 First St., Friday Harbor.

LeRoy Bell: Singer-songwriter is optimistic about change

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:11PM

LeRoy Bell's song, "Dream of Peace," on the album "Two Sides to Every Story," imagines "a future where all of us live in a world of peace." The desire for peace in Bell's lyrics isn't a vague notion, but rooted in the protectiveness of a father and the realities of hate and conflict that exist in the world. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Thank you for making 'Gear Up for Our Schools' a success

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 5:02PM

Thank you for making the Islanders Bank 2009-10 Gear Up for Our Schools Campaign a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and monetary donations for our schools during our first annual campaign. Your support makes a difference not only for our students, but for our teachers too!

Carefully crafted regulations can help preserve and increase our whale population

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:54PM

It is our impression that most San Juan Island residents (including the owners of commercial whale-watch boats and commercial kayak companies) were jubilant when our Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under the ESA on Nov. 18, 2005. San Juan Island finally had the federal government’s support to help ensure the survival and well-being of this precious resource.

Sen. Ranker endorses Lacher for mayor of Friday Harbor | Letter

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:37PM

I would like to voice my support of Carrie Lacher as mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. Ms. Lacher has shown both professionalism and dedication as a current member of the Town Council. In her role on the Town Council and on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, she has established a solid understanding of issues affecting our community.

Supports Lacher for mayor of Friday Harbor

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:30PM

The recent letter from Jill Meyer was outrageous ("Not the kind of 'Pennywatching' to brag about," Sept. 22 Do we really need this personal nastiness in Friday Harbor?

William Troy Nash | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 3:30PM

William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.

20 people evacuated from Western Prince; leak stopped by Vessel Assist

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:18PM

The Western Prince, a Friday Harbor-based whale-watch vessel, is reportedly taking on water in Cattle Pass. Twenty people are expected to be evacuated from the vessel. The Friday Harbor Fire Boat Confidence was en route to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. Reporter Scott Rasmussen and a correspondent are headed to the scene. More details will be posted as received.

'There was an absolute sweetness to her soul': Mary Keith memorial service Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 29, 2009 at 1:25PM

Memorial service for Mary Keith is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keith died Saturday, 2 p.m. after a long illness. She was 64. She is survived by her son, David.

Carroll Lloyd Weeks | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:25AM

Carroll Lloyd Weeks of Lopez Island passed away quietly on Sept. 3, 2009 at Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 79. He was born on June 9, 1930 on Lopez Island, the son of Lloyd and Wilma (Powers) Weeks.

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