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- Nov 10, 2009 at 10:42AM
A commemorative page in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands honors the mayors of Friday Harbor — from Gene Gould (1909-10) to Carrie Lacher (2010-). The keepsake page was developed to commemorate the election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 10:11AM
Voters ponied up in a big way on Nov. 3 to spare an assortment of popular county-funded programs from the chopping block. But if you thought San Juan County's financial woes would be more or less resolved with the passage of Proposition 1, then think again. They've only gotten worse.
- Nov 6, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Nov 7, 2009 at 9:17AM
The Knights of King's High School took control early on, tallied six touchdowns and bounced Friday Harbor out of post-season play with a 42-15 victory at home Thursday in the opening round of the District 1 playoffs
- Nov 6, 2009 at 4:24PM
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for Washington state taxpayers who are missing 2,652 refund checks totaling more than $2.9 million that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service because of mailing address errors. The average refund is $1,099.
Write-in candidate wins on Lopez Island; three votes separate two candidates for Orcas Island recreation commission
- Nov 6, 2009 at 3:42PM
Tuesday's election was historic: Election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor. Funding of school sports through a recreation district. Creation of a recreation district on Orcas Island. There were surprises as well.
Friday Harbor needs a centennial celebration every month; July set a sales tax record, other months lagging
- Nov 5, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Nov 6, 2009 at 11:32AM
If only every other month this year had been like July. Friday Harbor has received $147,012.78 as its portion of sales tax revenue generated in town that month — the best month in town history. All other months this year, not so good.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 6, 2009 at 11:13AM
Kevin Carlton said it was the worst fire he's seen at Roche Harbor in his 29 years as harbormaster. But it could have been worse. There were no injuries in the fire that claimed two 32-foot powerboats this afternoon at Roche Harbor Marina's D dock. Both boats were destroyed; one of the boats sank, The Journal's Scott Rasmussen reported from the scene.
- Nov 6, 2009 at 10:44AM
Nov. 7, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of my father, Rusty Pollock. Each day that passes becomes harder to comprehend that he is no longer here with us. It is hard not seeing him each day and give him big hugs when he walks through the door. My father was not only an amazing dad and husband, but also an amazing person with a heart of gold. He loved life and loved living it to the fullest each day.
- Nov 5, 2009 at 5:05PM
The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center are collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Town Permit Technician Roxanna Zalmanek told the Town Council Wednesday that 80 coats had been donated so far.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Nov 5, 2009 at 10:51AM
Russell Wayne Helmeid passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at Beacon Hill VA Hospital, Seattle, Wash. He was 63. He was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wis., the first child of Eunice P. Helmeid Haase. He was raised in the Elkhorn and Janesville, Wis., area and relocated to Fond du Lac in 1964 with his family.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Nov 5, 2009 at 7:54AM
What a wonderful job Director Helen Machin-Smith has done with Island Stage Left presentations through the years. "Rabbit Hole," the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony awards, now being performed to perfection by a cast of five actors -- three of them professional -- is solid proof of that accolade.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 2:39PM
A boat moored at Roche Harbor is reported fully engulfed in flames. Early reports are that the fire spread to two more boats. San Juan Island Fire Department, the sheriff's boat Guardian and fire boat Confidence are at the scene or en route. Vessel Assist is also en route. The U.S. Coast Guard has been notified.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:18PM
The San Juan County Council wants to take you on a field trip. The council is preparing to update the county’s environmental regulations, beginning with codes covering upland wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat areas, followed by marine shoreline regulations.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:16PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. for a budget work session. The meeting is open to the public. This meeting is a continuation of an earlier meeting, in which the Town Council discussed ways to cut personnel expenses 20 percent in order to help balance the 2010 budget. Cuts to programs and projects are proposed. One alternative to cutting hours has not been considered: The council should help shoulder some of the burden.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:11PM
The preliminary Friday Harbor town budget released Sept. 29 wasn’t pretty: It showed seven of 14 town funds spending more than they would take in in 2010.Three funds — the Current Fund, the Refuse Fund and the Street Fund — were projected to finish 2010 in the red; the others would be balanced with money carried over from 2009. Today in a special budget work session, the Town Council reviews a budget that is balanced, but still not much prettier.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 1:07PM
Carrie Lacher, 54, was elected Friday Harbor's 28th mayor Tuesday. She is the first woman elected to the job in the town's 100-year history.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Nov 4, 2009 at 11:53AM
Put away the fireworks, the party is over. Voters on Tuesday ratified a local ordinance approved by the County Council more than a year ago that bans the use of all types of so-called consumer fireworks, including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers.
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released into Griffin Bay | Video Report
- Nov 3, 2009 at 11:14AM
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center were released into Griffin Bay Oct. 22. All three seals had been taken malnourished to Wolf Hollow earlier this year. One seal had been found on Jackson Beach, another on a pocket beach below Downriggers restaurant, and the other on Lummi Island.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 6:44AM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on Tuesday's ballot seemed an easy sell: A renewal of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would keep Island Rec’s stable of youth and adult programs going for another six years. An additional 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation would provide a stable source of funding for school sports programs for six years. Meanwhile, a school bond measure of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation expires at year end. So even if voters approved the Island Rec levy, their property tax bill will decrease 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation – for most property owners, a savings of about $300 a year. Voters agreed.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:18PM
Carrie Lacher downplayed her gender during her campaign for mayor, but all of those mayoral portraits on the wall in the Council Chambers wouldn't let her escape this obvious fact: Since Friday Harbor's inception 100 years ago, there has never been a female mayor. Women have held important positions in all other corners of local and county government, but the mayoralty was like an incomplete chapter in the story of women in leadership. Until Tuesday.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:16PM
Felix Menjivar is a San Juan County sheriff's deputy, president of the sheriff's guild, and a town planning commissioner. Tonight, voters gave him a new set of responsibilities.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:13PM
Amy Windrope is used to getting positive results. And her first-ever run at elected office proved no different. As of 8:16 p.m. today, Windrope edged past fellow candidate Jeremy Talbott 1,420 to 941 votes to earn a position on the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District board of commissioners.
Voters approve Proposition 1, will raise money for county programs and services; Orcas voters create recreation district
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:11PM
An 11th-hour reprieve stood between some of the more popular publicly-funded programs in San Juan County and the chopping block. Today, voters granted that reprieve.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:47PM
Greg Hertel was elected to a fourth six-year term on the Friday Harbor Port Commission tonight. As of 8:16 p.m., Hertel received 1,531 votes to online journalist Sharon Kivisto's 967. Hertel was unavailable for comment. He spent Election Day off-island. Kivisto, owner of sanjuanislander.com, also could not be reached; she is doubling as candidate and election-night reporter.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:44PM
At first glance, the Island Rec levy on today's ballot seemed an easy sell: A renewal of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would keep Island Rec’s stable of youth and adult programs going for another six years. An additional 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation would provide a stable source of funding for school sports programs for six years. Meanwhile, a school bond measure of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation expires at year end. So even if voters approved the Island Rec levy, their property tax bill will decrease 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation – for most property owners, a savings of about $300 a year. Voters agreed.
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