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- Feb 5, 2009 at 5:02PM
In an effort to avoid nearly $500,000 in unfunded testing costs, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has cancelled optional Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) testing for ninth-graders, effective immediately.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 5:05PM
Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery on Orcas Island is seeking interested salmon anglers to help improve understanding of fish distribution in the region.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:26AM
United Way of San Juan County has awarded $115,000 to 29 local non-profit programs. “We are exceedingly grateful for the trust and generous support of the community,” Executive Director Bonnie Gilmore said. “Our donors are important partners in our efforts to provide services to hundreds of island residents who participate in United Way supported programs.”
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:11AM
The well went dry in the final minutes of play as Friday Harbor faded and the Vikings capped a 44-33 win with a burst of offense down the stretch Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:08AM
A ragged game turned into a blowout after the break as the Wolverines buried Orcas under a 25-point barrage and then ran away with a 52-35 league win Tuesday in Turnbull Gym. Though short on style — the two teams together committed 46 turnovers — this one was never close.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 10:46AM
Students at local public and private schools were invited by The Journal to write about their hometown, in commemoration of Friday Harbor's centennial. We received a lot of great entries. A panel of judges picked these as the top entries.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 8:48AM
Expect an evening of cheers, laughter, smiles and tears at the 16th annual Playwrights Festival Friday through Sunday and Feb. 12-15 at the San Juan Community Theatre. A variety of cast members, directors and playwrights will again produce a colorful mix of comedy and drama by local playwrights.
- Jan 29, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Feb 5, 2009 at 8:51AM
Residents of the San Juans and Anacortes will rally Feb. 18 in Olympia to persuade legislators to preserve ferry funding. They hope to go armed with vox populi, in the form of a petition. The petition is online at www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?plancfcp&101. To sign, CLICK HERE
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Feb 4, 2009 at 8:34AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council will consider renewing its utility assistance program Thursday, 12:20 p.m., during its noon meeting at Town Hall.
- Feb 2, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Feb 3, 2009 at 5:11PM
Does your organization participate in fund-raising? Do your board members and volunteers have the skills they need to be successful in finding the funds needed to support the work of the organization? Bob Schwartzberg presents a workshop, “Fund-raising for Small Non-Profits,” on Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 5:07PM
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has launched an online “Economic Resource Center” that provides links to federal and state economic services, as well as economy-related information and updates.
Update: School district meeting on restructuring postponed to March 4; shortfall may be less than $826,000
- Feb 3, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 5:00PM
The San Juan Island School Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for March 4, 6 p.m. The School Board was scheduled to act upon financial planning recommendations at the Wednesday night meeting. However, the board will delay the meeting to honor faculty and staff requests for more time to understand the recommendations and the underlying financial projections.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:29PM
The federal Small Business Administration will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in the San Juan County Courthouse this month to accept applications for business losses caused by the winter storms. SBA officials will be in the courthouse, second floor, on Feb. 5-6, and Feb. 11-13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:41PM
At this time, the only collection center in San Juan County is C. T. Recycling (Consignment Treasures) on San Juan Island. Call C.T. Recycling, 370-5562 For more information on the new state law go to: HYPERLINK
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:37PM
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team was defeated by Orcas on Jan. 9 by a score of 46-37. The final score was reported incorrectly in the Jan. 14 edition of The Journal.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:36PM
Island Rec’s Co-ed Adult Volleyball begins Feb. 4. Two courts will be set up, one for advance players the other for beginners.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:13PM
If you thought the Friday Harbor girls basketball team would fear taking on the No. 2-ranked team in the state, think again. The Wolverines, according to junior Kayla Short, took the court determined to make the most out of their test against the defending 1A state champ, Lynden Christian, and found good reason to smile despite a lopsided loss Saturday at home.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:34PM
Island Rec’s Start Smart Sports development class for ages 3-5 filled up so quickly a second session has been added. The second session will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 14 to March 21, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:33PM
The fifth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby began Feb. 1 and continues until April 15, the entire season for Area 7. Frank Wilson was instrumental in forming San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services and this derby is held in memory of him. All proceeds from the derby will be donated to San Juan Island EMS.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 4:31PM
Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association is starting its season a little later this year to take advantage of better weather and to allow for online registration and preseason clinics. Here’s the initial calendar.
- Jan 28, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Feb 3, 2009 at 4:14PM
The 16th annual Knowledge Bowl is Feb. 5, 7 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theatre. The event is presented by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 3:55PM
Three Wolverines scored in double digits as Friday Harbor clinched the No. 3 seed in the first-round of post-season play thanks to a 52-45 victory at home Saturday over Lynden Christian.
First loss of season for Wolverine boys; Friday Harbor outscored in final period in 41-34 loss to La Conner
- Feb 3, 2009 at 3:04PM
Any hope of a perfect run through league came to a screeching halt Friday as La Conner took advantage of a fourth-quarter collapse to deal the Wolverines a 41-34 loss on the road.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 3:02PM
Too little and, perhaps more importantly, too late. A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn’t enough to erase another ice-cold shooting performance by the Wolverines. But they gave league-leading La Conner all it could handle in the final period before coming up just short in a 31-27 loss Friday on the road.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 2:55PM
Junior wrestler Justin James shook off an opening-round loss and muscled his way to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Nooksack Valley Invitational. Not to be outdone, Friday Harbor senior Calen Mehrer dismantled a pair of opponents in succession in the 215 weight division to earn a fourth-place finish as well.
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