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San Juan Island Library to close for week of April 25 for floor repairs

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:48PM

The San Juan Island Library will close from April 25 to May 2 to replace worn flooring. The trustees of the library decided at their March 9 meeting to replace the floor with longer-lasting materials suited to the heavy use they receive. The current flooring installed in 2005 has simply worn out despite regular maintenance.

League of Women Voters hosts state legislators May 10 at Orcas Hotel

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:43PM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker and state Reps. Jeff Morris and Dave Quall will be guest speakers at the League of Women Voters of the San Juans annual meeting at May 10, 12:30 p.m. at the Orcas Hotel. Attendance is open to the public. Reservations are required and must be made by April 30. Cost of the luncheon is $20. To register, call Nancy Wight at 378-3810.

Former Ferry Advisory Committee member: 'Issues we face today are far more complex and disquieting'

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:40PM

The problems and issues we face today are far more complex and disquieting than when I first joined the FAC. It was over 10 years ago when Gov. Gary Locke signed the provisions of Tim Eyman’s Initiative 495 into law, eviscerating the funding for the state’s ferry system. With the passage of time, optimism has faded about finding a funding source to replace the loss of the motor vehicle excise tax.

Melborne picks up second win as Wolverines prevail over Concrete, 14-2 | Softball

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:27PM

The Wolverines took care of business with a 14-2 victory April 20 at home over Concrete and kept their shot at a share of the league title alive. Friday Harbor jumped out in front early and were never tested in posting the win in just five innings of play. Freshman Jean Melborne pitched a complete game in tallying the second win of her high school career.

Two challenges we need to tackle this year | Editorial

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:07PM

Town and county bans on polystyrene to-go containers take effect April 23, Earth Day. The bans demonstrate our commitment to protect human and environmental health on the islands, by banning the use of a toxic petroleum-based material for which safe, compostable options of equal or lesser cost are available.

Knowing we have this community behind us gives me hope for the future

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 1:05PM

I would like to say that I am shocked by this act of kindness, but I am not. I have grown up on this island witnessing the amazing acts the community does for one another. I am humbled by the constant generosity and love we have received on a daily basis. Despite moving away, this will always be home to me.

Wolverines tripped up by Coupeville, 3-2 | Girls Tennis

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 12:59PM

The Wolverines will face an uphill battle in their head-to-head match up with Coupeville for regional bragging rights. The Wolves slipped past Friday Harbor 3-2 in team play April 16 on their home court to net the first of three regular-season match ups between the 1A rivals.

Wolverines dismantle Concrete for seventh consecutive win | Baseball

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 12:56PM

Senior Parker Lawson had three base hits and a pair of RBIs, and scored a run in the third, in leading the Wolverines to a 4-1 win at home April 20 over Concrete. On the mound, Shawn Cutting held the Lions scoreless over four innings before giving way to Alex Jangard, who kept Concrete in check over the final three innings to seal the victory.

Goodremont, Hoffman win San Juan Island Fitness’ inaugural Spring Sprint Triathlon

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 12:51PM

Brian Goodremont and Meghan Hoffman took the male and female top spots in San Juan Island Fitness’ inaugural Spring Sprint Triathlon, Saturday in Friday Harbor. The event included a 500-yard pool swim, 12.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.

Of taps and toilets: Friday Harbor Elementary School students learn all about water

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Apr 21, 2010 at 12:47PM

Turn on your tap and water comes out. But how does it get there? And when water goes down the drain and when you flush the toilet, where does the water go? Friday Harbor Elementary School fifth-graders know.

Spring Splash: Activities celebrate port history, boating season and other island stuff

  • Apr 22, 2010 at 6:00AM

Next week’s kickoff event is being called “Spring Splash.” All we can say is, get ready to get drenched in fun. Besides the Port of Friday Harbor’s 60th anniversary celebration, highlights of the week include tall ship visits April 27-28, Leon Redbone in concert May 1 at the San Juan Community Theatre, and the Opening Day Boat Parade at the port May 2.

New sponsor, big name for this year's San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic

  • Apr 23, 2010 at 1:00PM

It's early in the game, but the San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic has already hit two home runs. Or carded two eagles. The baseball metaphor may be more apropos. You'll see why in paragraph 4. Islanders Bank is the new corporate sponsor, succeeding Wells Fargo Bank. And the names of winners of this year's tournament will be engraved on the new Islanders Bank John Linde Trophy, which will be permanently displayed at the bank's Friday Harbor branch. The trophy honors the late Superior Court judge, an avid golfer who played in the annual classic and served on the San Juan Golf and Country Club board. "He was a pivotal part of our community for so long. His significance is beyond question," Classic Chairman Pat O'Day said. Now, the grand slam: Retired Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson, the Big Unit, may be the headline celebrity this year.

San Juan County won't ban water transfers from agricultural land; final decision due April 27

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM

The San Juan County Council on April 13 agreed that the goals and policies of the Water Element of the county Comprehensive Plan should “discourage” against taking water out of agricultural resource lands for use elsewhere. The council came up one vote shy, however, of prohibiting such a transfer of water outright. That prohibition, proposed by Councilwoman Lovel Pratt, and backed by councilmen Gene Knapp and Bob Myhr, failed to earn enough votes to be included as part of the Water Element update. The council deadlocked 3-3.

San Juan Council vote could lead to expanded cell phone coverage

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Apr 21, 2010 at 9:34AM

The San Juan County Council took another step down a path that some believe will lead to better cell-phone coverage throughout the islands. In a 6-0 decision, the County Council on April 13 gave preliminary approval to removing the local rules on personal wireless communications facilities from the county Comprehensive Plan, where they function much like a sub-area plan, and inserting them instead into the Unified Development Code.

Benefit account established for Friday Harbor woman needing brain surgery

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Apr 21, 2010 at 9:33AM

Jessica Oldwyn, Friday Harbor High School Class of 1998, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor that will require brain surgery. Although she has health insurance, the anticipated cost of the procedure is expected to exceed her benefits and therefore become her responsibility. She and her family have deep ties in the community, and many people within the community are expressing interest in giving their support to the Oldwyn family.

Lime Kiln Cafe dock replacement: $500,000 investment

  • Apr 21, 2010 at 4:14AM

Replacement of the dock on the wharf outside the Roche Harbor Market and Lime Kiln Cafe cost about $500,000, Roche Harbor General Manager Brent Snow said. The dock was completed in March. It complements an expansion of the Lime Kiln Cafe and other improvements to the wharf buildings. The buildings date to 1923, when they were built to replace earlier buildings destroyed by fire.

Deadline nears for Peace of Mind Pet Sitting's Pet Poetry Contest entries

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 3:56PM

Jaileen Panger and Peace of Mind Pet Sitting are sponsoring the first annual Pet Poetry Contest. All poems must relate to pets. The pets may be living or deceased, or even imaginary pets, but the poems must be about a pet or pets. The contest began midnight April 1 and continues for the entire month; deadline is midnight April 30.

Hearing on barge landings' future April 27; Friends of San Juans asks state to invalidate Essential Public Facilities Ordinance

  • Apr 20, 2010 at 3:38PM

The San Juan County Council has given tentative approval to changes in local shoreline rules in which three publicly-owned barge landings would be designated as essential public facilities, setting the stage for their expansion.

San Juan Dragons en route to fifth consecutive win, retain hold on Skagit Conference lead | Lacrosse

  • Apr 17, 2010 at 5:07PM

San Juan was leading 11-5 at the half and on its way to its fifth consecutive win Saturday at Friday Harbor High School, vs. Providence (5-3, Cascade Conference). With the win, the Dragons would improve to 5-1 and retain their hold on first place in the Skagit Conference. Their next game is April 21 at Silver Lake (0-6, Cascade Conference).

Friday Harbor wastewater treatment plant gets some help from Anacortes

  • Apr 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 5:10PM

Anacortes and Friday Harbor now have more in common than the state ferries. Sewage. Wastewater — specifically, activated sludge — from Anacortes is being trucked to the Friday Harbor wastewater treatment plant Friday to repopulate the wastewater system with micro-organisms that break down sewage.

Benefit fund-raiser May 2 for family of Robert Sheldon 'Bob' Dixon

  • Apr 16, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:12PM

A benefit fund-raiser is scheduled for May 2, 1-4 p.m., at American Legion Post 163 for the family of Bob and Carmen Dixon, to defray expenses caused by Bob's cardiac arrest and death. There will be a spaghetti feed, with Caesar salad and garlic bread, as well as a silent auction. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call Abe, 298-2229.

Ming Zheng and Natalia Borges | Weddings

  • Apr 15, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Apr 16, 2010 at 3:12PM

On April 3, Ming Zhang and Natalia Borges exchanged wedding vows in the presence of family and close friends. The ceremony was held in a penthouse suite atop the Westin Seattle. Ming is a Friday Harbor High School (2004) and Washington State University (2008) graduate. His bride, Naty, is also a 2008 graduate of Washington State University, where they met. The new couple will make their home in Seattle, where Ming is an agent for American Family Insurance.

San Juan residents protest earmarks, 'unconstitutional' health care reform law

  • Apr 15, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Apr 16, 2010 at 1:56PM

At least 20 islanders, referring to themselves as Tea Party supporters, gathered during the noon hour in front of the county courthouse Thursday to protest what they called an "assault on the average taxpayer" by government.

Friday Harbor will spend $40,000 to promote summer tourism

  • Apr 16, 2010 at 1:03PM

For the first time, a portion of lodging tax money reserved for construction or maintenance of tourism-related facilities will be used to promote visiting Friday Harbor during the summer, from May to August. The Friday Harbor Town Council Thursday allocated $40,000 for a blitz of summer promotions over the Internet, in print, on radio and on television. The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce was allocated $15,000 for a promotion with Comcast for on-air and online promotions in South Snohomish, North Seattle, Bellevue-Issaquah, Woodinville-Redmond. A commercial by will be broadcast over Bravo, Comedy, E!, Headline, Animal Planet and Fox News channels. A banner video will be placed on

Pete Nelsen wins sixth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Fishing Derby | Fishing

  • Apr 16, 2010 at 9:58AM

Pete Nelsen of Shaw Island won the sixth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Fishing Derby April 15. The derby began Feb. 1 and ended at 5:30 p.m. April 15. Nelsen won with a 20.95-pound catch that won him Week 8 honors and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

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