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Voter turnout expected to be high in this election; 5,537 have been received of 11,535 mailed out countywide
- Nov 3, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:58PM
By noon, the voter turnout was already 50 percent. Most San Juan Island ballots have been received, the county elections office reported at 12:30 p.m. Ballots were expected to be received from Orcas Island later this afternoon, and from Lopez Island on Wednesday.
It's Election Day: Voters will choose a mayor, council member; decide fate of school sports, county funding, and fireworks
- Nov 3, 2009 at 4:00AM updated at 10:31AM
The candidate appearances and forums are over. The last letters to the editor of the campaign season have been published. The last ballots are being mailed or dropped off today. Today is Election Day.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 1:35PM
As of Friday afternoon, the San Juan County Health and Community Services Department had received and distributed about 1,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine, the county communications office reported. Because the initial shipments of vaccine have been small, health officials have not been able to expand the group receiving the vaccine beyond its highest priority groups.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 9:46AM
The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade was a big hit Friday. Bananaman, fairies, a jumping hot dog, princesses, Supergirl, transformers, and the usual cast of spooky characters paraded from the school down Argyle Avenue to Spring Street to the applause of throngs of parade watchers. The skies were clear and the temperatures were pleasant — ideal parade weather. The Journal's Jane K. Fox and Scott Rasmussen produced this slideshow of the parade.
- Nov 2, 2009 at 11:41AM
The Friday Harbor Wolverines lost 1-0 to Lynden Christian at Oak Harbor Saturday, ending a season that included a league title, a long string of shutouts and a 12-6 record.
Funding approved for purchase of Mitchell Hill; land will be annexed into San Juan Island National Historical Park
- Nov 2, 2009 at 7:51AM
Mitchell Hill, a 312-acre chunk of land that includes trails and a pristine portion of road built beginning in 1853 by the Hudson's Bay Co., is on its way to becoming part of San Juan Island National Historical Park. President Obama on Friday signed the bill that provides the funding for the purchase. “With President Obama’s signature, the National Park Service now has $6 million available to purchase Mitchell Hill," said Rep. Rick Larsen, who sponsored the bill. "This funding is a huge win for San Juan Island residents and future generations of visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park.”
It's official: Our waters are the Salish Sea; cartographers must use designation on maps and atlases
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 1, 2009 at 7:10PM
The state Board on Geographic Names today approved "Salish Sea" as the collective name for the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Georgia Strait. The new designation does not change or eliminate the names of any of the several bodies of water within the Salish Sea on either side of the international border. It does mandate that cartographers use "Salish Sea" on all maps and in all atlases.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Nov 1, 2009 at 7:09PM
Crowds thronged Friday Harbor Ace Hardware Wednesday to take advantage of a sale of 50 percent off all items. The building and land, formerly owned by J. Phillip Miller, was purchased at auction Oct. 9 by Lynn Danaher and David Moorhouse. The owners of the Ace Hardware in Anacortes are negotiating with Danaher and Moorhouse for a lease for the Friday Harbor site.
- Oct 31, 2009 at 7:05AM
The last time Lynden Christian and Friday Harbor met on the football field, the game was settled by three points, a Reid Bode field goal. Ah, but that game was 23-20, settled in overtime. Friday night? Again settled by a Bode field goal. But this time, it was the only three points of the whole game.
- Oct 31, 2009 at 5:10AM
A chemical dependency counselor running for Town Council has applied with the state for a license to sell beer and wine at Warehouse Coffee, which he bought in September. Warehouse Coffee, at 301 Tucker Ave., is located half a block north of Friday Harbor High School.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 4:59PM
The San Juan County Sheriff’s boat Guardian has been recognized by the State of Washington as a licensed ambulance, following a three-year process of fund-raising, planning, modification and training. “For many years to come, this multipurpose, dual hull twin-engine catamaran will serve and augment the emergency medical transport and water rescue needs of all of San Juan County through its upgraded capability,” EMS Chief Jim Cole said in a press release.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:48PM
On Monday, Nov. 2, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, will host a telephone "town hall meeting" with constituents from across the 2nd Congressional District to discuss the Affordable Health Care for America Act that was introduced in the House on Thursday.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:48PM
There's no margin of error left for the Wolverines. Outplayed in its post-season opener, the Friday Harbor soccer team tumbled into the consolation bracket of the District 1 playoffs after falling to Meridian 3-1 Thursday in Oak Harbor. The Wolverines face Lynden Christian (4-13) at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday in a must-win situation, and with the season on the line.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:48PM
The rules for election of water district commissioners are a good example of why we should change the rules for cemetery districts. Water districts are municipal governments, but the rules for election to district commissions are different than for other junior taxing districts.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:41PM
The U.S. House and Senate on Thursday passed appropriations legislation that includes $6 million secured by Rep. Rick Larsen for the National Park Service to purchase Mitchell Hill, more than 300 acres of forestland near San Juan Island National Historical Park.
- Oct 30, 2009 at 10:51AM
Island Stage Left's "Rabbit Hole" opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday, and continues through Nov. 29. "Rabbit Hole" was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and first presented in 2005. Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 30, 2009 at 9:48AM
San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. The publisher has not been disclosed. Wingate will write a three-book follow-up to her "Bobby's Diner," which was a finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards and the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. "Bobby's Diner" was published by Cambridge Books.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 4:44PM
The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Friday — Halloween Eve — 6-9 p.m., at the Front St. Ale House.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:38PM
The Friday Harbor volleyball team staked out new territory with a landmark performance in its regular-season finale Tuesday at home against league-leading La Conner. Though the visiting Braves, undefeated in league play, at 11-0, claimed the best-of-five-game match with three consecutive wins, Game 2 was up for grabs up until the very end.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:29PM
Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team. The Wolverines (13-4), who defeated La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 1A/2B title, enter the District 1 playoffs as the Northwest region's top-seeded team. They can clinch a berth at the upcoming Tri-District playoffs with a victory in their first match at districts.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 3:50PM
Kyle Stickle, son of Rex and Susan Stickle of San Juan Island, and Tiffany Lau, daughter of Robert Ladner and Dorothy Lau of San Jose, Calif., were married on Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 3:39PM
Voting is particularly meaningful to me this year because I am running for mayor. And of course, I would appreciate your vote because your vote for me is a vote for a positive and dynamic future for Friday Harbor. I see a challenging but bright future for our town. I am committed to collaboration, active listening, and creative workable solutions for our town. I bet you are, too.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:44PM
Now there are so many veterans, lost and found, that the whole world is again changed just as it had been altered in previous wars. The thing I know and the thing I want to tell you is this: I want us to give them love. I want us to give them respect. I want us to help them as much as we can. As much as they CAN let us. Because they are OUR HEROES. Now and forever, veterans from all wars.
- Oct 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:44PM
Some compelling facts are that the fairgrounds is already owned by the county, meets the conditions for hotel/motel money and capital funding for both local and state, and has a historic building on the grounds that would be perfect for developing. If the proposed site for the Farmers Market is approved, the market will compete with the fair, parks, theater, and all the other entities needing and qualifying for those funds. Why keep cutting the pie at the peril of other established departments? Why not go for the larger view of sustainable communities and instead of purchasing additional sites needing more tax dollars and funding?
- Oct 29, 2009 at 1:28PM
Island babies enjoyed the annual Halloween party at the Family Resource Center, Tuesday. "They were very cute and everyone had a good time," Family Resource Center director Joyce Sobel said. More Halloween activities are planned this week.
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