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The Gerbil: J-26 tells all in interview; voice-recognition software enables orca to share views with humans
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:41AM
Voice-recognition software has been developed that enables researchers at The Whale Museum to translate Southern resident orca dialect into English. For the first time, researchers employed the technology to conduct an interview with a killer whale — and get answers to age-old questions. J-26 will now take your questions.
The Gerbil: Chamber of Commerce will spend stimulus money to start program to help islanders feel better about the economy
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:37AM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced it will spend some of its federal stimulus money to start a program to help islanders feel better about the economy. Chamber Director Debbie Pigman said the program will employ Disney characters as morale boosters.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:34AM
Throwing the door open on a new career, Woody — the congenial, though sometimes conflicted, cowboy of “Toy Story” movie fame — last week announced he will run for San Juan County sheriff in 2010. “I’ve got proven problem-solving skills and a knack for getting things done,” said Woody, who goes by the single name by which he’s commonly known.
The Gerbil: Mutant crabs found living at waste transfer station; ‘proof of contamination,’ proponents of move say
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:27AM
Neighbors say the discovery of a colony of mutant crabs living at the Sutton Road solid waste transfer station is proof that the site is contaminated. Scientists from the state Department of Ecology believe the population is descended from crabs that migrated from the harbor up a stream to a wetlands outside the transfer station site, where they adjusted to living in fresh water. Over time, however, they mutated because of exposure to nitrates and other pollutants that reportedly leach from the transfer station into the wetlands, experts say.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 12:55PM
Minimally fixing up the current transfer station has been widely advocated, because at first glance it appears to be obviously the cheapest option. In fact, it would be wasting money. To see why requires delving a bit deeper. There is another option that is not only cheaper but also better.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 12:26PM
Local churches are planning services leading up to Easter. To list your service on SanJuanJournal.com and in the April 8 Journal, call 378-5696 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mar 31, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:33AM
The sun shone in a clear sky, Canadians waved U.S. flags and a bagpiper piped a welcome as about 225 mainlanders and islanders walked off the ferry and onto Canadian soil in Sidney, B.C. The first Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney ferry run of the season was celebrated on both sides of the international border Sunday. But those riding this ferry knew that the event was as much a campaign as a party, particularly with talk in Olympia of possibly ending the route in the future.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:59AM
From front, Maya Bauer, Megan Wilson and Will Christison learn how to strengthen their bodies with balancing poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with Shantaya Yoga instructor Cynthia Burke, at Friday Harbor Elementary School. The yoga class is one of several enrichment classes offered this spring for elementary school students. These photos were taken on March 17.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Mar 31, 2009 at 10:47AM
The search for a new full-time superintendent for San Juan Island School District is in full swing. Search consultant John Fotheringham of Northwest Leadership Associates was hired to meet with faculty, staff, parents, students and other community members on March 19. The field of candidates will be narrowed from five to three at an executive board meeting on April 2. The candidates will be interviewed on April 11. The two finalists will spend all day at the district on April 13-14. The new superintendent will be chosen sometime this spring.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:45AM
Paideia School students celebrated the 100th day of school March 18, tying in the "100" with Friday Harbor's centennial, as well as history and math projects. From left, Katy Kulseth, Lucy Urbach, Peter Kulseth, Kyle Mapstead, Isaac Brumsickle, Keegan Bailey, Caleb Wolf, Liam Stone. These students are members of Mrs. Alps' first- and second-grade class.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 8:33AM
The men are taking over the kitchen (well, sort of) for the Community Arts Theatre Society’s annual gourmet bake sale this year. Elegant Edibles is April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. The event gets an added ingredient this year: The Baker Boys.
- Apr 1, 2009 at 8:00AM
When non-Native settlers began flooding into the Pacific Northwest in the 1850s, the prairies were the first to undergo considerable change because of their easy conversion to farming use. The result? Today, Western Washington’s prairies — including that at American Camp — are widely considered the most imperiled ecosystems in the region.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 9:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 7:51PM
The job picture in San Juan County is … well, it could be worse. The state’s unemployment rate rose in February to 8.4 percent, up from 7.8 percent in January. But San Juan County’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent in February – the second-lowest in the state, according to the state Employment Security Department.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 7:08PM
A celebration of Meagan Egger Warren's life will be held at the home of her sister, Kelly Shipley, on March 28, 2 p.m., at 23581 Monument Place N.W., Poulsbo.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 9:34AM
Skagit Valley has a new team and ended up on the losing end in a 9-0 contest March 24 in Friday Harbor. But the Flyers, outscored 22-6 in two games, still had something to teach the San Juan Dragons.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Mar 28, 2009 at 11:16AM
Clouds roiled in the skies above San Juan Golf & Country Club. But Jordyn Taylor shook off the chill of this Marchuary day to sink a long putt on the No. 3 and maintain his par streak. His response? "It's been a bit of a bumpy start, but we'll get this train rolling." And roll he did — to a 1-under 34 to help lead the Friday Harbor Wolverines to a 215-265 win over La Conner, March 24.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:23PM
Concepia, Friday Harbor's latest business venture, opens Saturday with the first solo show of Randy Laybourne, 2-5 p.m., in Churchill Corner, just above the ferry landing.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:16PM
Soroptimist President Debbie Staehlin introduced Joyce Sobel, who chaired the Soroptimist Club selection committee (which also comprised Nancy DeVaux and Lenore Bayuk), March 18. Sobel presented a certificate, flowers and a check for $750 to Charlotte Guard. The Friday Harbor High School senior was selected winner of the annual community service award, which is named for the president of the first Soroptimist Club in 1921, Violet Richardson.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:10PM
The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Friday Harbor for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:09PM
A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets (“Don’t let snail bait be your pet’s last meal,” page 6A, March 4), and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 10:00PM updated Mar 27, 2009 at 4:08PM
Amid frigid temperatures and frigid economy, a ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds. But don't break out your shades yet. There were six closed sales and seven pending sales on homes listed with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in February. The median sales price was $520,000, up from $492,500 the same month a year ago and $480,000 for all 12 months of 2008.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:07PM
My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:05PM
I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:04PM
I noticed that the lead article of the March 18 Journal confirmed what the proponents of the Beaverton Valley Road transfer station site have been saying all along — that the Department of Ecology is NOT in favor of the Sutton Road site, as the runoff from that site is toxic for sea life and the site is contaminated.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:03PM
We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.
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