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County health officials comment on recalled H1N1 vaccine

  • Dec 23, 2009 at 1:48PM

San Juan County health officials say local residents need not be concerned about the recall of several lots of H1N1 vaccine announced Tuesday. About 400 doses of the recalled vaccine were received and administered here in October and November.

Friday Harbor woman steps from moving truck, airlifted to mainland hospital

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Dec 23, 2009 at 8:31AM

A 19-year-old woman was flown off-island for treatment of unknown injuries late Monday after she reportedly fell from a moving vehicle on Cattle Point Road near Mill Street. The unidentified woman fell from a Dodge 4x4 being driven by someone else. The cause was not known late Monday.

There's a lot downtown to 'ooh' and 'aah'

  • Dec 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Dec 22, 2009 at 1:38PM

I went through town last night finding myself saying “oh” and “ah” seeing all the wonderful lights and decorations. I thought, what a lot of hard work and time decorating, business owners and town workers had done.

Recognizing our common bonds | Editorial

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 1:13PM

Like any community, San Juan Island is a community of people with different cultural traditions and different religious beliefs. December is an important time. These different observances, by virtue of being near the close of a year, come at a time for reflection on all our common bonds.

Minor injuries in rollover on icy patch of Beaverton Valley Road

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 11:25AM

Icy road conditions are being blamed for an early-morning rollover crash on Beaverton Valley Road in which two OPALCO employees escaped with minor injuries.

CBP offers tips to ease travel across the border during holiday season

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 10:50AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have approved travel documents and offers tips to make an easier entry process when traveling back into the U.S.

WSF: Plan ahead for holiday ferry travel

  • Dec 22, 2009 at 10:29AM

Washington State Ferries advises holiday travelers to expect heavy traffic on all ferry routes throughout the holiday season, and to allow extra time for ferry travel during this busy time of year.

Wolverines roll over Shoreline Christian, 50-19; Barnes, Short lead with 12 points each | Girls Basketball

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 5:28PM

The Friday Harbor girls basketball team is still in search of a win over a quality opponent. But they're taking care of business along the way. The Wolverines ran all over an overmatched Shoreline Christian squad in posting a 50-19 win Friday at home in Turnbull Gym.

Dramatic 55-49 come-from-behind victory for Wolverines | Boys Basketball

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 5:25PM

Saving the best for last can be a risky proposition. But against Shoreline Christian, it worked. The Wolverines tallied win No. 2 of the season with a dramatic 55-49 come-from-behind victory Friday at home over Shoreline Christian, and evened their record in league play, at 1-1, as well. "It took us a little while to get going," said senior Parker Lawson, who contributed 10 points to the cause. "We came out flat and they jumped on us."

Anna Belle Cole Volk | Passages

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:17PM

Anna Belle Volk died peacefully in her sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Home in Mount Vernon, Wash., where she has lived for the past several years.

The Backstage Santas of Friday Harbor: These volunteers make St. Nick's job a little easier

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:04PM

Friday Harbor is a town of hidden Santas. They are not identifiable by red suits or white beards, but they are here nonetheless. The Santa who stood in the Thrift House on Dec. 3, for example, was a Red Sox fan and drove a pickup truck. And his name was John, not Nick. "Are you looking for toys"? John Bostrom, supervisor for the Leo Club and chief facilitator of the Santa Ship, looked up. "You bet," he smiled.

Double-duty for Judge Hancock; no push for Superior Court appointment, but four express interest in the job

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 1:32PM

Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock has the challenging task of filling in as interim judge in another county while continuing his judicial duties in Coupeville. What makes it even more emotionally difficult is that Hancock is temporarily replacing one of his dearest friends. San Juan Superior Court Judge John Linde, 62, died Dec. 3 while snorkeling in Hawaii. “I knew him well,” Hancock said. “He was a long-time friend and colleague and I’m having a hard time dealing with his untimely death.”

Sheryl L. Bryner of Friday Harbor is 4.0 at Oregon State University

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 11:34AM

Sheryl L. Bryner of Friday Harbor has earned placement on the Scholastic Honor Roll for fall term at Oregon State University. Bryner is a senior majoring in natural resources. She is one of 611 students with a 4.0 grade point average. Another 2,756 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing.

Jack Giard reappointed to Pacific Salmon Commission Fraser River Panel

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 10:45AM

Jack Giard will be feted by family and friends on his 70th birthday Dec. 26. Giard, of Lopez Island, also marks his 30th year as his island's unofficial weather data keeper, and his reappointment by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the Pacific Salmon Commission Fraser River Panel.

State liquor stores closed on Christmas Day; most open on New Year’s Day

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 10:19AM

All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Friday, in observance of Christmas. Most state stores will be open on New Year’s Day. Contract liquor stores may be open on both holidays. Contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.

Children pack the Grange for chance to meet Santa Claus

  • Dec 21, 2009 at 5:47AM

Children and their parents packed the San Juan Island Grange Saturday for "Christmas Island," three hours of Christmas cookies, face painting, picture coloring, and pictures with St. Nick.

Santa sets up shop in town Saturday; Grange Hall becomes 'Christmas Island'

  • Dec 16, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Dec 21, 2009 at 5:40AM

There's nothing quite like a teddy bear at Christmas. And Santa Claus will have an assortment of cute and cuddly ones to deliver to every girl and boy, young and old, on Saturday when the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor is magically transformed into "Christmas Island."

San Juan County Association of Realtors presents $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Dec 18, 2009 at 4:13PM

The San Juan County Association of Realtors presented $2,433 in real estate agent donations to the Friday Harbor Food Bank, Tuesday. The association presented the money in lieu of its annual canned food drive.

Woman's purse allegedly stolen as she holiday shops for family

  • Dec 18, 2009 at 6:20AM

Julie Seadrick's fiancé had just gotten his check and his Christmas bonus from work, and she carefully separated the money for bills and holiday shopping and went to the Friday Harbor Thrift House to buy gifts. But as the young couple did their annual holiday gift shopping, a Grinch was lurking in the shadows: Seadrick says her purse was stolen as she tried on a sweater for her mother.

Brooks praises outgoing mayor as 'a good Town Father to all of us, and to me a cherished friend'

  • Dec 18, 2009 at 5:43AM

Friday Harbor Mayor David Jones presided over his last scheduled Town Council meeting Thursday. His term ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31. Carrie Lacher, who took the oath of office Thursday, becomes mayor Jan. 1. Councilwoman Carrie Brooks wrote this tribute to Jones, a retired Navy officer who served on the Town Council from Jan. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2005, and then as mayor from Jan. 1, 2006 through the town's centennial year.

Friday Harbor Town Council votes 3-2 to stay with farmers market project; purchase deadline believed extended to June 30

  • Dec 17, 2009 at 5:23PM

Initially, the clock seemed to be working against the Nichols Street farmers market proposal. The Friday Harbor Town Council, feeling pressed to commit lodging tax funds to the project despite unanswered questions as a Dec. 18 deadline approached, almost backed out of the deal Dec. 3. Thursday, the project went into extra innings. And the project took on new life.

Fletcher Vynne hired as assistant coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox

  • Dec 17, 2009 at 2:45PM

Former Friday Harbor Wolverine Fletcher Vynne is advancing in his baseball coaching career. Vynne, a graduate assistant baseball coach at Seattle University, will join the West Coast League's Wenatchee AppleSox as an assistant coach in summer 2010. Like teams in the Alaska League and the Cape Cod League, West Coast League teams consist of college players. As college players, they are not compensated but are housed with host families. Many West Coast players go on to play professionally.

Warehouse Coffee is now Solid Grounds Coffee Shop

  • Dec 16, 2009 at 5:18PM

Warehouse Coffee has a new name: Solid Grounds Coffee Shop. Solid Grounds is located at 301 Tucker Ave. It is owned by Clinton Mills, who bought it in September from Dwight Ware.

San Juan Singers make a joyful noise this weekend; choral concert Saturday and Sunday at SJCT

  • Dec 16, 2009 at 5:08PM

The San Juan Singers present a choral concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. Featured this winter is John Rutter’s extended work, “Magnificat.” Directing will be Yariv Aloni of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra.

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