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- Aug 10, 2010 at 4:25PM
Pete and Erin Ancich are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Evelyn Ancich, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Layla was born at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Wash., at 1 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 19.75 inches long.
- Aug 10, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:08PM
An older-model Jeep Wagoneer station wagon was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning on A and First streets, above the ferry parking lanes. There were no injuries. Friday Harbor Fire was on the scene within six minutes of getting the call, department spokesman Ron Gardner said.
- Aug 10, 2010 at 12:16PM
- Aug 9, 2010 at 8:31AM
What I will say is that in my 25 years of experience of working with Jeff, he has consistently been the most professional member of the department, both in proficiency and character. He has never had a reprimand and his file is full of commendations. He doesn't rely on stars or stripes on his uniform to establish his authority. He does it by simply being a leader.
- Aug 9, 2010 at 8:34AM
He knows all too well the trials of budget omissions and shortfalls. During times of funding deficits, Rob was able to find the funds through grants to purchase firearms needed in his department. He was an instrumental driving force in starting the Harney County Safe Communities and Safe Kids of Harney County programs, which in turn brought the only child safety seat and bicycle helmet retail to Harney County. These programs were completely grant-funded, costing the city nothing. They were huge benefits to the citizens of Burns-Hines and Harney County.
- Aug 8, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 12:51PM
Supporters of the American Camp prairie rabbits will gather Sunday at 3 p.m. at South Beach for a Bunny Tea (tea and carrot cake will be served) and to spend some time in what Bryn Barnard calls the "gentle Art of Watching Rabbits."
Sunday events at Penn Cove, Lime Kiln commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Penn Cove orca captures
- Aug 8, 2010 at 8:04AM
Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the capture of local killer whale Lolita – also known as Tokitae -- at Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. Events commemorating the capture are scheduled at Penn Cove beginning at 3 p.m.; and at Lime Kiln State Park from 6-9 p.m. The Lime Kiln event includes a candlelight ceremony at dusk.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 12:55PM
A well-known Oak Harbor flight instructor piloted a small airplane that inexplicably lost power and crashed on San Juan Island Thursday night. Bob Fraser, 79, was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham. His wife, Donna Fraser, said he suffered a serious wrist injury that required surgery, but that he's doing fine otherwise. "If it hadn't been for his knowledge and experience, they might not have made it," she said. "It's really just a miracle that nobody was hurt any worse."
- Aug 6, 2010 at 12:16PM
I have had the pleasure of working with Brad Fincher for over 11 years and am pleased to vote for him for San Juan County sheriff. Brad has a high standard of integrity. He treats everyone that crosses his path with dignity regardless of their walk of life. He is respected by court staff, attorneys and defendants alike. He strongly holds offenders accountable, but does so in a manner that aims to inspire them to become better citizens. He embodies honorability and is a role model for others to do so.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 11:56AM
The San Juan Historical Museum’s annual garage sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum resource center, 405 Price St., Friday Harbor. It's a continuation of the sale from July 31. Bookcases, bedding, books, dishes, dolls, furniture and more. All proceeds will help support the museum’s programs and the restoration of its buildings. The annual Giant Parking Lot Sale at Mullis Community Senior Center begins at 9 a.m. More than 40 spaces have been booked and several candidates for San Juan County sheriff have also booked spaces.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 11:11AM
Islanders can comment on a new plan for the parks, trails, and natural areas of San Juan County. A draft of the plan that will guide action and investment in San Juan County’s outdoor spaces for the next six years has been completed and is now available for public review.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 10:50AM
Long-time Friday Harbor resident Betty J. Hood, 88, died July 28, 2010, in Orem, Utah, after suffering a stroke. Service is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 10:14AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council gave the green light Thursday for the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee's proposed rain gardens on Spring Street, designed to filter stormwater before it reaches the harbor.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:56AM
Brad Fincher has my vote for sheriff. I think Brad has what it takes to become sheriff and to guide the Sheriff’s Department into the future. I have had the privilege of working closely with Brad during my time as San Juan County Fair manager. I met Brad when he moved to the San Juans and began his career with San Juan County. He served as Fair Board member and often as Fair Board chairman for more than nine years. His work and support contributed to the success of the fair.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:44AM
My wife and I bought a home on the island in 2007. We grew up in Seattle and have been coming to the San Juan Islands since we were kids. We are now working hard to make this island home our permanent home. This task remains a work in progress.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:34AM
We would like to express our support for Jeff Asher for sheriff of San Juan County. Several years ago, when our house was in the vacation rental pool, we were victims of credit card, debit card, and driver's license theft. The perpetrator managed to rack up $10,000 in charges in less than a week. As we were out of the country, we were unaware of what was happening.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:31AM
Ballots have arrived in the mail. Please, before you vote for U.S. representative, be aware that the incumbent, Rick Larsen, has voted "yea" for $1 trillion for wars. Taxpayers of San Juan County are responsible for $53.7 million for military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. What do Larsen's "yea" votes really mean for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, for our own soldiers and their families?
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:28AM
He knows how to balance a budget and has experience being on the Town Council and running his own business. He shows initiative, and strives to make things better. He's always worked hard in everything he does.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:26AM
There are 30 employees in the department, and only a few are engaged in these attacks. For the most part, they represent the current leadership — the status quo. Should I not win, I will be unable to ensure that my supporters are treated fairly and professionally. Therefore, I will not ask my supporters within the department to publicly declare their support of my candidacy.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:21AM
I find these qualities in Brad Fincher. When I was working in the courthouse, I never doubted that I could count on Brad to do his job, and do it well. I encouraged Brad to run for office, and ask you to vote Fincher for sheriff.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 6:00PM updated at 8:28PM
A small plane carrying three people crashed near the Roche Harbor disc golf course shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. "The plane went into trees. Everybody is OK. There were minor injuries," Sheriff Bill Cumming said. "It appears a 79-year-old gentleman will be flown off. The NTSB and the FAA will be notified."
- Aug 5, 2010 at 3:37PM
Dana Richard Kempton of Friday Harbor will be arraigned on a charge of vehicular homicide Aug. 13 in San Juan County Superior Court. The charge stems from a crash on Memorial Day in which Kempton's passenger was killed. Superior Court Judge Donald E. Eaton determined Wednesday there was probable cause to arraign Kempton on the charge, based on an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Department.
Friday Harbor Town Council considers whether rain gardens would be a Spring Street pollution solution
- Aug 5, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:16PM
The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee is proposing two rain gardens at First and Spring streets — on the corner of Herb’s Tavern and Coldwell Banker — and a tree well at Spring and Front streets to filter stormwater before it reaches the harbor. The Friday Harbor Town Council will reconsider the proposal Thursday at noon. The meeting is open to the public.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 9:53AM
Rebuilding Spruce Street — with new surface and storm drainage — would cost about $471,400. And it might be paid for by neighborhood residents through a limited improvement district. Next to determine: Who will be in the limited improvement district. Town Administrator King Fitch said districts, or LIDs, or usually comprised of residents whose homes face an improvement. But in this case, more homes could be included because Spruce Street provides access to Hemlock Court, Green Way, and Alder Court. It becomes Rose Lane. The number of homes in the district is important — more homes means less property tax per owner.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 10:59AM
Friday Harbor has its own radio station. Seriously. San Juan Island's Ken Norris recently received a business license and Friday Harbor tinyRadio — 1650 on your AM dial — is already on the air.
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