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- Jan 19, 2010 at 11:43AM
Although Washington State's Constitution defines education as the "paramount duty" of the state, school districts increasingly rely on local funding sources. About 16 percent of total statewide school funding comes from local taxes, primarily property taxes through maintenance and operations levies. A levy loss, which can make up to approximately 20 percent of a district's revenue, can be devastating to a school district. A levy is a request by a school district of voters to raise or continue property taxes for a limited number of years for operations costs or capital improvements that help to fund essential education programs and activities such as school libraries, textbooks, computers, tutoring programs, teachers and aides, all-day kindergarten, food service, special education, transportation and extracurriculars.
- Jan 19, 2010 at 11:15AM
Cynthia Elliott is pleased with her husband’s joke. “He calls it my “elder-horse-stal,” she smiles. Sitting in her living room, tucked up upon the sofa, Elliott exudes the cheerful determination of someone in the process of changing dreams to reality. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid ... I didn’t have a horse, but I would help out with my friends’ horses. I would feed and care for them.”
- Jan 19, 2010 at 11:17AM
As PeaceHealth’s project lead for the new San Juan Island hospital, I’ve heard from dozens of islanders about San Juan Island EMS. By all accounts, your EMS is held in high regard for its expertise, quality of care and responsiveness. I have also read about many real-life stories of heroic, compassionate and at times life-saving care provided by the EMTs and first responders. And I’m aware of national measures of performance for which the San Juan Island EMS is rated among the very best in the country.
Advocate for wounded warriors became a wounded warrior; Bauschke will climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for injured soldiers
- Jan 18, 2010 at 7:13AM
Tom Bauschke of San Juan Island was an Army veteran and local house painter when he became active in the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2005 and 2006, he hiked the 96-mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier to raise pledges for the WWP, which assists wounded men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He never suspected that in three years he would become a wounded warrior too.
- Jan 18, 2010 at 7:03AM
Tuesday, Jan. 12, the San Juan Lions Club hosted San Juan Island School District Superintendent Walt Wegener and school board member Brent Snow to present their views on the M&O Levy coming up for vote on Feb. 9. Snow, who is manager of Roche Harbor when he is not devoting time to family and all sorts of community causes, kicked off what he called the "pony and dog show." He was most persuasive.
- Jan 18, 2010 at 6:48AM
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader. Today, any islanders will commemorate the day by participating in a Day of Community Service at Mullis Community Senior Center.
San Juan Island School Board praises Wegener's performance, but will recruit permanent superintendent
- Jan 14, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 17, 2010 at 10:58AM
Walt Wegener could become the San Juan Island School District's Jim Mora. Hired last summer from Toppenish, where he was student services coordinator earning $106,000 a year, Wegener was brought on as interim superintendent to succeed Vashon Island-bound Michael Soltman. Since then, Wegener has managed the district during the sixth-grade's move from middle school to elementary school, the transfer of management of the Experience Food Project, and voter approval of a tax levy that funds school sports through Island Rec, relieving the cash-strapped school district.
- Jan 15, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jan 16, 2010 at 8:49PM
For 15 years, Pearl Django has been sharing the groove of their Hot Club style across the divides of musical tastes. And for the sixth time in those 15 years, they bring that eclectic musical recipe to the San Juan Community Theater.
- Jan 15, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 3:56PM
Trailing by five at the break and down by 13 midway through the third period, the Wolverines score 10 unanswered points to finish the quarter and began the fourth and final period down by only three, at 39-36.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 2:40PM
Robert W. Hutton died peacefully at home in Seattle on Jan. 5. He was 88. Bob was a native of the Northwest, a member and supporter of numerous local civic organizations, a successful business executive and a dedicated husband and father. With his wife Charlotte, Bob lived much of his life in the Seattle area, in addition to 25 years in Greenwich, Conn.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 2:20PM
Elijah Mathew Enochs, son of Lindsay Johnson and Justin Enochs of San Juan Island, is San Juan County's first baby of 2010. Elijah was born Jan. 14, 12:45 a.m., in Island Hospital in Anacortes; Melinda Milligan of Eastsound was the midwife. He weighed 8 pounds 2.2 ounces and measured 20.6 inches long. Elijah wins The Journal’s Baby Derby and about $600 worth of prizes from 16 local merchants.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 1:46PM
If you want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake, the simplest way is to make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 9:56AM
- Jan 14, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 9:55AM
The Friday Harbor Port Commission meeting could have been a segment of “Late Night” with Conan, Dave or Jay, Jan. 13 in Ernie’s Café. First, reelected Port Commissioner Greg Hertel was asked if that was a new Hawaiian shirt he was wearing to his swearing-in. “It’s not new. I just washed it,” he replied. (Ba-doom-doom-ching!)
Anderson: $6 million raised so far for new hospital; certificate of need expected by end of February
- Jan 14, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 9:53AM
Proponents of PeaceHealth Medical Center expect the state Department of Health to issue a certificate of need by the end of February. The certificate is a determination that there is a need for a hospital on San Juan Island. Once that certificate is obtained, proponents will complete their fund-raising, the purchase of the property will be completed and design of the new hospital, proposed near the airport, will begin. The hospital is expected to open in 2012.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 6:08AM
The Friday Harbor Port Commission wrote off $8,800 in bad debt Jan. 13. The amount was comprised of debt that had been held in collections for two years. Some $2,000 of that debt was from the now-defunct Island Dive. Another chunk was from unpaid slip rent for a sailboat that has been impounded.
Repairs to Sealth extend San Juan Islands ferry service disruption; vessel expected back in service this week
- Jan 13, 2010 at 10:35AM
Repairs to the 90-car Sealth continue after damage to the vessel’s engine output shaft was discovered on Jan. 5. Engineers estimate that the vessel will be ready to return to service by the end of this week, after repairs and sea trials are completed.
- Jan 7, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 12, 2010 at 2:39PM
2010 is an important year. We will participate in the 23rd U.S. Census to determine our nation’s population. The census is mandated every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution; the results are used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding. Census documents will be mailed March 15. Until then, local census workers will be spreading the word, on the street and through this newspaper, to encourage islanders to complete their census forms — all islanders, regardless of citizenship or legal residency.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 12, 2010 at 11:59AM
At its most complex, Matthew Gray Palmer's latest sculpture, "All Things within All Things" incorporates sophisticated themes of connectivity. At its most basic, it is just really, really cool.
- Jan 8, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Jan 12, 2010 at 9:52AM
The Southern Resident killer whale population is now 88, with the birth of a J pod orca confirmed Jan. 3. The Center for Whale Research, which maintains a census of the Southern Resident killer whales for the National Marine Fisheries Service, reported that five whales were born and three were missing in 2009, nudging the year-end population to 87. "No sooner had the census report been made to the government than another new baby killer whale appeared in J pod, this one to a twelve-year-old female on 3 January 2010," the center reported on its Web site.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jan 12, 2010 at 9:49AM
San Juan County may be headed back to the beginning in an effort to resolve a long-running tug of war over the pending revision of its Critical Areas Ordinance. But where a cash-strapped county can come up with the money to pay for scientific studies that are unique to the islands remains to be seen.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 5:38PM
Friday Harbor's mayor and Town Council have responsibilities that go beyond meetings in Town Hall the first and third Thursday of the month. Jan. 7, the mayor and council made their selections for committees that deal with emergency management, the environment, housing, public health and 13 other areas of public importance.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 3:57PM
Sometimes when something very bad happens it can, in fact, be a blessing in disguise. Such was the case the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, when Lyle Mann, not feeling well, drove himself to the clinic. They immediately airlifted him to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham for observation by the cardiac team. An angiogram the next morning revealed his center artery was nearly totally blocked and a side vein off of that artery was half blocked! His surgeon, Dr. Richard Leone, immediately scheduled him for open heart, double bypass surgery the very next morning on Monday, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. Dr. Leone did this immediately to prevent a massive heart attack that imminently threatened to end Lyle's life.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 3:48PM
We have reached a new year, with two special holidays behind us. I want to thank the customers at King's Market who gave their turkey cards to the Food Bank. There were enough points to get turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. And thanks to John McBride for picking up the extra funds needed to give out hams for Christmas to our customers.
- Jan 11, 2010 at 3:11PM
Cans, cans and more cans filled the office at Friday Harbor Elementary School, Jan. 11. The school's Food Drive (inclusive of both people and pet food) wrapped up with all 830 cans bagged, grabbed and shoved into a truck heading for the Friday Harbor Food Bank.
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