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Each and every person who walks into Islands Convalescent Center to share with residents makes a huge difference
- Jan 6, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 4:20PM
On behalf of Islands Convalescent Center residents and staff, I would like to genuinely thank the island and inter-island community for all of your precious gifts of time at our facility this holiday season.
Friday Harbor Town Council votes 3-2 against Low's appointment, for Hushebeck's appointment to vacancy; Lacher casts two tie-breaking votes
- Jan 7, 2010 at 2:31PM
In Friday Harbor, the mayor votes only to break a tie. During the Town Council's noon meeting, new Mayor Carrie Lacher got to fulfill that responsibility twice — to deny her former position on the council to her opponent in the November election; and two, to appoint a planning commissioner to the post. Planning Commissioner Stephen J. Hushebeck was appointed to the Town Council 3-2 today; he will be sworn in at 5:35 p.m. and will take office immediately. He will serve the two years left in the term vacated by Lacher when she was elected mayor.
- Jan 7, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:35PM
Mallory Dahlquist, a sophomore at Friday Harbor High School, modeled teen fashions on Fox TV Channel 12 in Portland during Christmas break. Mallory is the daughter of Annette Crosby of Friday Harbor and Garrick Dahlquist of Beaverton, Ore.; and the granddaughter of David and Mary Ann Anderson of San Juan Island.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 2:35PM
As of Tuesday, Elijah Enochs is believed to be in the lead in the race to be the first baby of 2010 born to San Juan County parents. Elijah, the son of Lindsay Johnson and Justin Enochs of Wold Road on San Juan Island, is due Jan. 20 at Islands Hospital in Anacortes. Melinda Milligan of Eastsound is midwife.
- Jan 7, 2010 at 11:53AM
William D. Ruckelshaus, a part-time resident of San Juan Island and former director of the EPA and the FBI, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for Public Service from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oct. 21, in Seattle. The Theodore Roosevelt Association is an historical and cultural organization dedicated to honoring the life and work of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th president of the United States.
- Jan 6, 2010 at 6:00AM updated Jan 7, 2010 at 9:33AM
Since 1941, when researchers in Dow’s Chemical Physics Lab found a way to make foamed polystyrene, Styrofoam has become a part of American daily life. You’ll find Styrofoam used as insulation, and in craft and floral products. Styrofoam keeps docks afloat. It’s used under roads and structures to prevent soil disturbances caused by freezing and thawing. It’s used for product packaging. It’s used for food and drink. After nearly 70 years of Styrofoam use, Earth — and, by extension, each one of us — is paying a big price.
- Jan 6, 2010 at 3:48PM
The San Juan County Council has unanimously selected Fourth District Council member Richard Fralick to chair the council for the next year and First District Council member Lovel Pratt as vice chairman.
- Jan 6, 2010 at 4:12PM
San Juan County Council members Jan. 5 signed a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) urging the agency not to establish a “No-Go Zone” for watercraft on the west side of San Juan Island, but rather to emphasize enforcement primarily of more targeted regulations to protect the endangered Southern resident killer whales.
- Jan 6, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 3:29PM
A Sea Shepherd Conservation Society boat's bow was sheared off today after it was struck by a Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica, the group reported. The Associated Press reported that the vessel was taking on water and that its six crew members were safely transferred to another Sea Shepherd vessel, the newly commissioned Bob Barker. The boat is named for the American game show host who donated $5 million to buy it.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:59PM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands' Citizen of the Year for 2009 is announced in the newspaper's Wednesday edition. The edition will be on newsstands late Tuesday and in subscribers' mailboxes Wednesday.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 4:57PM
The days of the ubiquitous polystyrene “to-go” container are numbered in San Juan County. The County Council voted today to ban nearly all forms of expanded polystyrene food containers. The ban takes effect on April 22, Earth Day. A similar ban approved earlier by the Friday Harbor Town Council also takes effect that day.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 4:22PM
Ballots will soon arrive by mail for the renewal of the San Juan Island School District’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy. Nearly 20 percent of our schools’ annual budget depends upon the M&O levy. M&O levy dollars flow directly to our classrooms and after-school programs, providing additional teachers and instructional staff. M&O levy funds support reasonable class sizes; staffing for music, visual arts, libraries, advanced placement, and vocational tech; online classes; and alternative options for all our students. These are the same programs that are subject to budget cuts when the district is pressed for funds, yet they are also the very programs that often help students succeed overall in school.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 4:10PM
The status quo jeopardizes wild salmon recovery. That’s what NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency in charge of implementing the Endangered Species Act regarding salmon, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency in reviewing FEMA’s floodplain management plan. If status quo development, pollution and other ongoing factors damaging and destroying salmon habitat are allowed to continue, ESA-protected species such as threatened Puget Sound chinook and steelhead will not recover.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 3:34PM
San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons on Jan. 28. Prior to that date, it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community. The annual count was mandated by a state law passed in 2005 which seeks to reduce homelessness in the state by 50 percent by 2015. The first survey in San Juan County, performed in 2007, identified 28 people as homeless, but last year’s count totaled 73, and it is expected that number will be larger this year due to the difficult local and national economic situation, county Communications Director Stan Matthews said in a press release.
- Dec 31, 2009 at 3:30PM
Pirates. Pixie dust. A perpetually-young boy who refuses to grow up ... oh, and an alligator that ticks. Add ’em up and it can mean only one thing. The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group is ready to fly ... literally. You’ll see cast members soar and the fantastical world of Neverland recreated on center stage at the San Juan Community Theater as Fred Yockers and his band of young thespians bring to life all the whimsy and delight of Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”
- Jan 5, 2010 at 9:20AM
There’s something about Concrete that brings out the best in the Wolverines. It may be as simple as having a chance to beat somebody else at their own game. Or it could be that the Wolverines have long played David to a Goliath-like Concrete wrestling program. Either way, expect a crowded house and an all-out struggle as the Wolverines and Lions square off Thursday in Friday Harbor’s Hall Gym. The match gets under way at 4:30 p.m.
Project completion, budget cuts mean end of jobs for San Juan Initiative coordinator, Conservation District director
- Jan 5, 2010 at 10:27AM
Two people who have helped chart the course for natural resource management in San Juan County are looking for new jobs. "The completion of the San Juan Initiative means that my time at the Puget Sound Partnership has come to an end," wrote Amy Windrope, who coordinated San Juan Initiative's contributions to the regionwide plan to improve the health of our marine waters by 2020.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 9:17AM
It doesn’t always turn out this way. But a childhood dream, when fulfilled, sometimes ends up being better than one could’ve imagined. Just ask Jason Sears. “It surpassed my expectations on every single level,” said Sears, whose boyhood dream became reality at the doorstep of the world’s tallest peaks in mid-October.
- Jan 4, 2010 at 12:04PM
Thank you to the dedicated group of WSU Master Gardeners who have spent many hours composting, weeding, planting and educating at the Demonstration Garden. In 2009, they grew and harvested more than 700 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and vegetable starts for our friends and neighbors at the Friday Harbor Food Bank. These volunteers are not only dedicated to growing fresh local food, but to enhancing the well being of our community.
- Jan 4, 2010 at 11:14AM
Roadside trash collection means there will be roadside trash. Animals and wind will see to that. It also means there will be cans, bags, and some dumpsters out along the road, some cans for days before and/or after scheduled pickup, and dumpsters all the time. So much for our “scenic byways.”
- Jan 1, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 3, 2010 at 12:24PM
Only one of three Town Council members on the November ballot had an opponent in the election. But five Friday Harbor residents have filed for appointment to the Town Council position vacated by Carrie Lacher, who became mayor Jan. 1. The deadline for letters of interest was Dec. 30.
- Jan 1, 2010 at 4:34PM
On Jan. 3, sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer invites the public to an open house to view his latest public commission. Entitled "All Things Within All Things," the piece is a life-sized African elephant entirely composed of delicate, plasma butterflies. This is the only chance to see the sculpture before it is shipped to the East Coast for installation at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.
- Dec 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 5:20PM
The top story:Hospital District approves PeaceHealth contract (March 18)
- Dec 30, 2009 at 3:38PM
The Mystical Mermaid is not swimming away. The Mystical Mermaid, now in its 21st year, moved Oct. 1 from its familiar location on Spring Street and is now located on A Street across from the ferry landing, in the old Sweet Spot.
- Dec 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:29PM
Cattle Point Lighthouse is one of the most photographed historic structures in the San Juans. A neighbor believes it's also one of the most threatened. Anne Haskins said she and her husband Ken take frequent walks to the lighthouse and were so shocked this week by the cumulative erosion that she was prompted to call the U.S. Coast Guard. Wind has eroded sand from beneath a portion of the 74-year-old structure. Concrete has broken away from the foundation.
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