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- 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).
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:41AM
County Council members Fralick and Peterson should not reconsider their votes on the Brickworks (Editorial, page 6, Sept. 1 Journal). Their decision was the right one for the taxpayers of the county. One can completely understand why those who would benefit from this project would like the taxpayers to subsidize a major portion of the cost, and provide a reduced tax burden down the road by reducing the assessed value of the property. What local business — and yes, farming is a business — wouldn’t love to have the taxpayers pay a substantial portion of their rent? But every reduction in our tax base means that the difference must be made up by all the county’s taxpayers. Why should the taxpayers not only in Friday Harbor but on Orcas, Lopez and all the other islands subsidize these businesses?
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:40AM
Back in 2005, when my fellow freeholders and I crafted the home rule charter for this county, we deliberately made the County Council positions non-partisan on the basis that strong ideological views were inappropriate in local politics. We simply wanted elected officials to make sound, unemotional and reasoned decisions to make this parcel of the U.S. a better place in which to live and bring up our families.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:57AM
Padraic McManus and Whitney Clem exchanged vows on Aug. 7, 2010 at the home of Terry and Phyllis Clem of Friday Harbor. Patt is the son of Judy McManus of Friday Harbor and Tim McManus of Coupeville, Wash., and Whitney is the daughter of Terry and Phyllis Clem of Friday Harbor.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:14AM
Roy Berg, long-time resident of Lopez Island, passed away Aug. 27, 2010 in Mukilteo, Wash. He was 85. He was laid to rest Sept. 2 at a graveside service at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett next to his second wife, Bonnie Belle, who died of cancer in 1964.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 8:12AM
Mary Margaret Gavin Champlin was born April 19, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She married David Champlin in November 1940. They moved to California where she was actively involved at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, as a Scout den mother, in Cotillion and PTA, and in camping, sailing and gardening.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:28AM
The Friday Harbor volleyball team will open the 2010 season by participating in a multi-team jamboree Saturday at Mount Vernon Christian. After Saturday's jamboree, a pre-season showcase, the Wolverines will then be playing for keeps as they begin a 15-game regular-season schedule Sept. 8 on the road at Coupeville.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 7:20AM
Friday Harbor native Matt Cowell, now of Bellingham, shot 144 over two rounds to finish tied for second in the PNGA Amateur Public Links Championship at Lake Padden Golf Course, Aug. 28-29. Jack Kelly of North Bend won with 137.
- Sep 3, 2010 at 5:06AM
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 1, 2010 at 4:07PM
Three Southern resident orcas have not been seen for at least three months — one of the three hasn’t been seen since October. And that has the Center for Whale Research worried. When Darwin Norris collapsed during a bike ride up Flaherty’s Hill on Orcas Island last week, his family watched precious moments ticking away as they frantically tried to call 911. But because of spotty cell coverage, the call was routed to a 911 center in Canada. Within a day of County Council member Richard Fralick and Rich Peterson’s votes killing the Land Bank’s purchase of conservation and historical preservation easements on the property, Ag Guild member Mark Madsen said the Guild would try to get more time from the property owners and raise from other sources the $400,000 that would have been obtained from the sale of the easements. Those stories are the top stories in the Sept. 1 Journal of the San Juan Islands — in stores and newsracks for 75 cents a copy.
- Sep 1, 2010 at 12:41PM
Following the successful run of Ed Strum’s comedy “The Connoisseurs” at San Juan Community Theatre comes the drama “Only a Ridgeline Away” by island writer Miguel Herbert. The piece is sober at heart and, SJCT executive director Merritt Olsen says, “It is powerful.”
- Sep 1, 2010 at 10:19AM
The San Juan County Council should vote again on the acquisition of conservation and historical preservation easements at 150 Nichols St., the proposed Brickworks site. And the council should approve it. Opponents want to see the farmers market located at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. But 150 Nichols St. is more than a “farmers market” project. It’s proposed as an events center on a revitalized site in the downtown historic district. The farmers market is only one element. As proposed, it would provide a public green space, entertainment area, and venue for varied economic activities.
- Aug 31, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Sep 1, 2010 at 5:33AM
The days of free recycling are numbered, unless you've got a knack for consolidation. On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council approved a fee for disposing of recycled materials at the county's solid-waste facilities. The $5 fee is $2 more than that proposed by the Department of Public Works, which operates the solid waste utility.
- Aug 31, 2010 at 11:27AM
School begins Sept. 1. There are some new things in store. A partnership with Islands Museum of Art will result in an artist in residence at Friday Harbor Elementary School this year. Leisha Holmes, a local artist who operates the popular summer program "Club Mud," will work part-time to provide arts education in grades 1-5. Kindergarten children will also have arts exposure. Holmes will be responsible for coordinating arts docents to visit the school and demonstrate their work.
San Juan Island School Board adopts policy regulating student cell phone use, texting during school hours
- Aug 31, 2010 at 12:18PM
The San Juan Island School Board has adopted a policy regulating student use of personal telecommunication devices during school hours. The policy was adopted Aug. 25.
- Aug 31, 2010 at 12:12PM
Bill will always be remembered for his easygoing manner, ability to make friends with anyone and a great sense of humor. He always was drawn to the sea — as a member of the United States Navy, commercial fishing in Alaska as a young man, or working and retiring from Marine Construction and Design in Ballard after more than 30 years.
- Aug 31, 2010 at 11:41AM
The OPALCO Board of Directors has approved the first of two planned increases in the Limited Service Tariff. The increase will affect about 140 OPALCO members. The Limited Service Tariff applies to small loads for barns, gates and other outbuildings (less than 5kVa). The increase will take effect with the September 2010 billing.
- Aug 29, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Aug 30, 2010 at 7:40PM
Chester Cayou, a long-time Swinomish leader whose family ties to the San Juan Islands dated back centuries, has died. Mr. Cayou, who was of Lummi, Mitchell Bay and Saanich ancestry, died Friday at his Swinomish home. He was in his 80s and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke.
- Aug 27, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Aug 30, 2010 at 7:30PM
The Watershed Company has been selected as consultant for the pending update of San Juan County's critical areas ordinance and shoreline master program. The Watershed Company, a Seattle-based environmental consultant, was one of three firms vying to undertake those two long-range planning projects. It was chosen unanimously by the County Council Aug. 24.
- Aug 25, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Aug 30, 2010 at 7:27PM
San Juan County Council members Rich Peterson and Richard Fralick voted Tuesday to reject the deed for historic preservation and open space easements at 150 Nichols St., site of a proposed farmers market and events center. Voting to accept the deed: Council members Gene Knapp, Orcas East; Bob Myhr, Lopez/Shaw; and Howard Rosenfeld, Friday Harbor. Under the county charter, at least four votes are needed for a new law or resolution, such as acceptance of a property deed, to be approved. Councilwoman Lovel Pratt, a former director of the project's proponent, the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, recused herself on the advice of the prosecuting attorney.
- Aug 27, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Aug 30, 2010 at 7:25PM
The head of British Columbia's environmental agency on Wednesday approved a wastewater management strategy that calls for construction of a primary treatment facility near the city of Victoria and that will for the first time treat up to 40 billion liters of sewage a year before it is discharged into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- Aug 26, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Aug 30, 2010 at 3:01PM
While a wood-fired pizza oven heats up, members of the Agricultural Guild will discuss with supporters some ideas and next steps for moving ahead with the Brickworks project in the "post-Land Bank" era.
- Aug 25, 2010 at 4:07PM
To celebrate its maritime business longevity, the company will host an Anniversary Party on Sept. 18, noon to 4 p.m. The company says everyone is welcome to come enjoy fresh fish and barbecued beef while it lasts. There will be historical photos to see, as well as several Jensen-built boats to visit. Additional parking is available across the street in the old gravel pit.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Aug 25, 2010 at 3:51PM
Salmon or roast pork. Dessert. Games and tournaments. And it's all free. The Friday Harbor Port District continues its 60th anniversary celebration Aug. 28, noon to 4 p.m. with its Salmon Barbecue/Beach Bash Potluck.
- Aug 24, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Aug 25, 2010 at 3:51PM
The Whale Museum’s 2010 Lecture Series presents Capt. Paul Watson on Aug. 27, 7 p.m., at the Grange Hall on First Street in Friday Harbor. The event is free and open to the public. For 30 years, Watson has been at the helm of the world's most active marine protection non-profit organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. His career as a Master Mariner began in 1968 as a seaman with the Merchant Marines and with the Canadian Coast Guard.
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