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- Sep 7, 2010 at 4:04PM
The San Juan Historical Museum hosts an “old island” historical home tour on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to tour four historically significant homes each with wonderful grounds. Each home is over 100 years old. The tour is self-guided and at your own pace.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 3:59PM
In cooperation with the state Department of Natural Resources, the fire danger for San Juan County has officially been lowered from “Moderate” to “Low.” As warm weather wanes and with the recent light rainfall, many San Juan County residents are starting to think about autumn activities, like burning that pile of brush and tree limbs that they’ve collected all summer long. While the risk of a damaging forest fire is declining with the change in weather, there may still be a few warm and dry spells within the next several weeks.
Cattle Point Road realignment: Cape San Juan, Cattle Point Estates neighborhood associations host meeting on Sept. 18
- Sep 7, 2010 at 3:54PM
National Park Superintendent Peter Dederich and County Councilwoman Lovel Pratt, San Juan South, will attend a neighborhood meeting Sept. 18, 2 p.m. in the Cape San Juan Firehall and Community Room. The meeting is being presented by the Cape San Juan and Cattle Point Estates neighborhood associations. The meeting will be about 90 minutes long.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 3:28PM
San Juan County children returned to school Sept. 1. The San Juan County Fire Marshal shares these safety tips from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 3:22PM
On two recent occasions, I had to use my LifeLine to summon help, and the delightful crew who responded felt like "family" on the second occasion! I asked for their names, so that I could thank them individually but, true to my 90-year-old confused state-of-clutter, I cannot now find that list of names!
- Sep 7, 2010 at 2:07PM
San Juan County will host a series of public meetings — Sept. 15, 22, 23 — on issues related to the update of the county's Critical Areas Ordinance.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 2:20PM
San Juan Island Park and Recreation Commissioner Jim Ricks is resigning. Ricks, the county's 911 coordinator and crew member on the sheriff's boat Guardian, recently retired as a San Juan EMS paramedic. Ricks was appointed to the commission in May 2004 and elected to four-year terms in 2005 and 2009. He was commission chairman in 2005.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:54PM
As former chairman of the Board of Freeholders, George Johnson played a large role in writing the county charter. And his wife, Auditor Milene Henley, maintains control of the county’s purse strings. But it turns out not even Johnson is immune to the county’s financial woes.
Retiring Rep. Quall endorses Kristine Lytton for election to his position | 40th District State House, Position 1
- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:35PM
Rep. David Quall, the nine-term state representative who announced his retirement in February, has endorsed Kristine Lytton to succeed him in the House of Representatives. Lytton, Democrat, is president of the Anacortes School Board. She faces Republican Mike Newman, a Mount Vernon real estate agent, in the Nov. 2 election.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:26PM
Kindly inform all County Council members as well as Solid Waste management that initiating a recycling fee is the wrong way to go and definitely unacceptable.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:13PM
Those of us who wish to see the South Beach rabbits stay are not suggesting that “cute” rabbits are more valuable than any other species. We are simply opposed to eradicating a beloved, living, breathing island phenomenon.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 1:08PM
The National Park Service will host a Star Party from 8:30-11 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the redoubt at American Camp. The Star Party is being held in celebration of dark night skies and the awe they inspire. A limited number of telescopes and binoculars will be provided. Visitors who own their own scopes are encouraged to bring them.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:57PM
Last week, I vigorously and vociferously opposed the action of the County Council to charge $5 for "recycling only" trips to our transfer stations. I consider the council action to be totally inconsistent with everything we have heard from our citizens, a complete reversal of our county policy to encourage recycling, and, especially, will not address the serious revenue shortfall in our solid waste system.
Calvary Chapel San Juan is now worshipping at 620-B Guard St., in the former Pig War Museum building
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:54PM
Calvary Chapel San Juan is now worshipping at 620-B Guard St., in the former Pig War Museum building. "The Lord has opened the door for us to lease it and we (have) begun holding services there," Pastor Joe Gamez said in an e-mail. "Also, we have a new service time. We are now worshipping at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday and 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights."
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:48PM
A letter to the editor in response to Megan Dethier ("Supports National Park Service’s plan to control the rabbits at American Camp," Sept. 3 SanJuanJournal.com): I am not your "neighbor," but I am a 40-year resident on San Juan Island so perhaps you are my neighbor (like it or not). I do take offense to your letter. I would think that honoring the UW you would not have stepped into a pile of controversy. I see that you are in the marine biology field. Perhaps you should keep to that.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:30PM
On Sept. 13, the League of Women Voters of San Juan County will host a program devoted to a discussion of the Citizens United vs. FEC, a Supreme Court decision which was rendered in January.
- Sep 7, 2010 at 12:11PM
The recent three "yes" votes by our County Council, on the approval of spending Land Bank funds to develop a Farmers Market site on Nichols Street, is very troubling. These three council members' willingness to vote "yes" on an issue without answering or investigating the concerns voiced about this project, or in considering the legal consequences, should be embarrassing to these council members. It was clear that approval of this purchase would have triggered a lawsuit and an ethics complaint being filed against Council member Lovel Pratt, whether she voted or not on the project.
- Sep 5, 2010 at 6:40PM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines defeated the La Conner Braves 29-8 in their season opener, Friday at La Conner. A game story will be posted Tuesday. (And look for our annual Fall Sports Preview in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands.) Next up for the Wolverines: The Island Cup. Friday Harbor hosts Orcas on Friday, Sept. 10.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 2:16PM
A retooled defensive and offensive line will get their first taste of action when the Friday Harbor Wolverines open the 2010 season Friday on the road at La Conner. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
Friday Harbor fire chief suspended, goes on medical leave; five firefighters resign, cite 'no confidence'
- Sep 1, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Sep 3, 2010 at 2:15PM
Friday Harbor Fire Chief Vern Long was suspended for two days by Town Administrator King Fitch, after photos posted on SanJuanJournal.com showed a firefighter battling a car fire without proper apparatus. Long was suspended without pay Aug. 16-17. He went on medical leave Aug. 18; Fitch said Long indicated at their disciplinary meeting that he had medical appointments scheduled.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 10:24AM
Thirteen new or transferred teachers and support staff were welcomed to San Juan Island public schools Aug. 31 at a faculty and staff breakfast. The staff members are ...
- Sep 3, 2010 at 10:24AM
Barbara Phelps of Lopez Island, Wash., passed away Aug. 30, 2010 at home surrounded by family. She was 86. She was born Barbara Jean Plummer on Feb. 20, 1924 in Fort Collins, Colo., the daughter of Cecil and Velda Plummer. She was the oldest of three siblings.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:30AM
The final race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club racing season Saturday, 28 August, ended without the bang with which it started. With a good turnout of nine boats and a nice light breeze, the fleet got off to a good start. Kevin Lewis as Race Committee ordered a nice course from Mitchell Bay, across Haro Strait to Kelp Reef, then around Low Island off the County Park and back to Mitchell Bay. All went well until we reached mid-channel and felt the full force of the ebb.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:44AM
As I finish up my first school day as superintendent, what a pleasure it has been. I began my day wondering how the parking would go at Friday Harbor High School, and so far so good. I attended the weekly Rotary meeting. Fellow Rotarians were very curious about the first day of school. I saw one primary age girl who missed her mom and the staff was doing their best to provide support and encouragement to help her adjust to her home away from home. One third-grade student, when asked what a superintendent did, said I was a “substitute.” That warmed my heart.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:43AM
At the risk of horrifying my neighbors, I feel that as a scientist I have to stand up for the Park Service’s plan to control the rabbits at American Camp. I think everyone would agree that National Parks are treasures that we value highly in this country, whether they be purely natural and scenic (like the Grand Canyon) or largely historic (like Gettysburg). Our local national parks are some of both. The Park’s mission, in law, is to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects ...” Unfortunately, the bunnies don’t qualify as either. They are an invasive species to which our local ecosystem is NOT adapted; they are destroying both the natural elements of the park (the prairie) and the historical elements (the redoubt).
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