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- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:00AM
In these tough times, giving is even more important. United Way of San Juan County funds more than 30 organizations. This year, as our country experiences major financial collapse, local communities are seeing the effects.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:16AM
The San Juan County Council has appointed Andy Holman and Johannes Krieger to the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, a citizens’ committee that supports research, promotes stewardship of marine resources and advises the County Council on marine resource issues.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 5:48AM
San Juan County Treasurer Jan Sears reports that as of the close of business on Nov. 7, the county had collected 95 percent of the property taxes on the rolls for 2008. “We’re doing pretty well,” she said in a press release from the county communications office. In 2007, the percentage of taxes collected by the end of the year was 97.2 percent.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 5:11PM
Enrollment is on the rise at two of the island’s three private schools. Spring Street International School added 13 students this fall. Stillpoint School’s enrollment increased by five. Paideia Classical School saw a six-student drop in enrollment this school year.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 5:09PM
David Ernest Daum was born July 31, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and passed away on Nov. 1, 2008 at the age of 69. Dave was a long-time resident of San Juan Island, enjoying his retirement in the sun here and in San Jose, Cabo San Lucas.
- Nov 6, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Nov 11, 2008 at 5:07PM
Senator-elect Kevin Ranker's first post-election challenge? "I hope to be able to take a nap," he quipped Wednesday. Well, perhaps he can catch a cat nap. "I've got meetings as early as next week that I've already been called in to," Ranker said.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 4:39PM
Only three boats reached the halfway mark at Patos Island and the race was called at this point. Flash, skippered by Steve Travis, finished first overall. Braveheart, skippered by Charles Burnet, finished second. Icon, skippered by Kevin Welch, finished third.
Cleanup plan recommends salmon habitat acquisition, low-impact development, stormwater controls in the San Juans
- Nov 7, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 10, 2008 at 4:37PM
A draft action plan to improve the health of Puget Sound identifies about 15 actions to be taken in the San Juan Islands, including acquiring priority habitat for salmon, maintaining local oil-spill response programs, reducing sources of water pollution, managing urban stormwater runoff, implementing low-impact development standards for new construction, and limiting alterations on sensitive shorelines.
- Nov 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:34PM
Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died Friday, 4:55 p.m. in Island Hospital after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Service was Saturday at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A memorial service is being planned on the island. Details will be published later.
- Nov 10, 2008 at 9:21AM
Kathryn Robb, known to many islanders as “Robbie,” was born in Great Britain on April 29, 1933, and died in the morning of Oct. 24, 2008. She passed away in her home on San Juan Island surrounded by a few friends and loyal old dog, Sam, by her side.
“Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” will be discussed in forum Sunday, Nov. 9, in the San Juan Island Library
- Nov 7, 2008 at 3:32PM
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights panel discussion series continues Sunday, Nov. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the San Juan Island Library. Topic: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”
- Nov 7, 2008 at 3:25PM
She was a hard-working service dog who guided Darlene through airports, big cities and small towns, and national parks too numerous to mention. She went everywhere, scrunched up in automobile footwells, marching in Fourth of July and Memorial Day parades, padding through snow and across slick pavement. In all their years together, she never steered Darlene the wrong way.
Volleyball team almost takes one, falls at district; Wolverines finish season 3-9 league, 3-13 overall
- Nov 7, 2008 at 11:25AM
Buoyed by a partisan crowd, a Friday Harbor volleyball hobbled by injuries nearly pulled off a stunner in its regular-season finale Oct. 28 in Turnbull Gym. Leading 25-24 in the opening game, the Wolverines needed just one point to put the Northwest 1A/2B League’s second-place team on the ropes and themselves in the drivers’ seat.
- Oct 31, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Nov 7, 2008 at 11:19AM
Match marks finale in Turnbull Gym for seniors Kelsie Carlton and Meaghan McCormick
Friday Harbor ousted by Meridian, Lynden Christian; Porter finishes prep soccer career with 71 goals in four years
- Nov 7, 2008 at 11:13AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines’ soccer season came to an end with playoff losses to Meridian and Lynden Christian, Oct. 30 at Whatcom Community College. Facing Meridian, the Wolverines fell behind early (0-2 at the half) and were unable to recover.
- Nov 7, 2008 at 11:08AM
Talk about a Halloween surprise. The Friday Harbor football team, short-handed and on the road, turned in perhaps its best performance of the year with an electrifying 35-6 victory over Lynden Christian on Halloween night.
- Nov 6, 2008 at 4:45PM
The auction of the Friday Harbor Ace Hardware property has been postponed until Dec. 5, 10 a.m., on the courthouse steps. The auction had been scheduled for Oct. 3 but was postponed because the property owner, J. Philip Miller of Camano Island, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
- Nov 5, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Nov 6, 2008 at 4:27PM
Tuesday's general election was a memorable experience for many middle-school students, most of them four to six years from voting age. A mock election, which mimics the national election, was held Tuesday at Friday Harbor Middle School. Throughout the school day, students took the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, as well as candidates for local and state offices.
- Nov 6, 2008 at 4:10PM
DT McCarty grew up in a segregated Alabama in the 1950s, attended an all-black university, and encountered subtle and not-so-subtle racism during her life. She never thought the America she knows — an America she said is still grappling with attitudes about race — would elect a black president in her lifetime.
- Nov 6, 2008 at 2:39PM
Bowing to the stress of tough economic times, the San Juan County Council on Tuesday approved a new set of stormwater fees, but only after slashing the amount property owners will pay for so-called "capital projects" by 90 percent.
- Nov 5, 2008 at 3:23PM
San Juan Island School Board members are reconsidering the use of crumb rubber as an underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A special school board meeting is scheduled for tonight, 5:30, in the high school library.
- Nov 5, 2008 at 3:12PM
Enrollment is on the rise at two of the island’s three private schools. Spring Street International School added 13 students this fall. Stillpoint School’s enrollment increased by five. Paideia Classical School saw a six student drop in enrollment this school year.
- Nov 5, 2008 at 1:18PM
It seems like only yesterday when I was a kid in Omaha working at the Omaha theater as an usher for the first time and Jimmy Hall, a star halfback on our football team, came in with his mother. I greeted him warmly and the doorman came over when they started forward. "Kindly take the stairway to your right, please," he said gently. They nodded and started upstairs. The doorman turned to me and said: "Don't ever forget those words when Negroes come in."
- Nov 4, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Nov 5, 2008 at 11:45AM
Pat Speer's life will be celebrated Saturday, 1 p.m., in Turnbull Gym at Friday Harbor High School. The event is open to the public. Her ashes will be interred at a later date in Nebraska.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 5, 2008 at 7:40AM
A handsome visitor from the big city sends a young girl’s heart and soul into high gear. Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares that timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
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