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- Oct 9, 2009 at 9:25AM
The third annual Mitchell Bay International Regatta took off last Saturday in what was to be the best regatta ever. The two-day event, with nine boats sailing out of Mitchell Bay into Haro Strait, began with winds of force 3, increasing to force 4 in the afternoon. Most of us should have reefed right at the start, but past experience led us to think the winds would die shortly in the afternoon. Ah, not so this time.
- Oct 9, 2009 at 9:26AM
Friday Harbor lost to La Conner 2-1 at La Conner Oct. 1, ending a six-game winning streak that included 501 consecutive minutes without yielding a goal. “The Wolverines played well but the Braves wanted it more this time in this long-standing friendly rivalry,” Friday Harbor Head Coach Mark Fishaut said.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 12:01PM updated Oct 9, 2009 at 8:29AM
Sound Publishing, Inc. newspapers collected 155 awards–more than a quarter of the total - at the state Better Newspaper Contest, held in conjunction with the 122nd annual convention of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. Winners were announced at the awards dinner Friday, October 2nd at the Red Lion Hotel In Olympia.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 4:25PM
They want to make decisions on your behalf. They want to decide how your tax dollars are best spent. And in some cases, the privilege of representing you will come with compensation and full health benefits – better than many of their potential constituents receive. “They” are the candidates for office in the Nov. 3 general election. This election is significant in many ways: For the first time in 12 years, there are more than two candidates for mayor of Friday Harbor.
Ham radio operators will put emergency communications to the test Saturday in simulated quake, tsunami
- Oct 8, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:13PM
On Saturday, a simulated earthquake and tsunami will rock Northwest Washington state and Southwest British Columbia. The simulated natural events will test ham radio operators in their annual Simulated Emergency Test. This is an annual emergency communications exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:13PM
Thanks to director Andrew V. McLaglen, a marvelous array of local talent and the great theater our community has generously established, we now have a boffo performance of a play by the most successful playwright in American theatrical history, Neil Simon. I kid you not: Our local performance of “The Odd Couple” excels the show I saw on the stage when it won all those Tonys, the great movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the long-running TV comedy series, and, of course, the ABC cartoon series. Theater, anywhere, anytime, doesn’t get any better than this.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 4:08PM
Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo presents teachings in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism Oct. 16-18 at Yoga Path, 849 Spring St., No. 2, Friday Harbor. Pre-registration is requested: Call 378-5040 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
King's Market offers $50,000 matching grant in the San Juan Public Schools Foundation's annual Phone a Thon to benefit local schools
- Oct 7, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Oct 8, 2009 at 12:21PM
King's Market and Friday Harbor MarketPlace are offering a $50,000 matching grant in the San Juan Public Schools Foundation's annual Phone a Thon to benefit local schools.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 11:59AM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands won seven awards in the 2009 Better Newspapers Contest hosted by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards included first place for the newspaper's Friday Harbor Centennial special section published in February.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 11:58AM
Author Sara Williams of Orcas Island will meet readers and sign copies of her book, "One Big Itch," Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m., at Harbor Bookstore, Cannery Landing.
- Oct 8, 2009 at 11:42AM
Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Mullis Street fire station. Participating agencies include the Friday Harbor Fire Department, the San Juan Island Fire Department, San Juan Emergency Medical Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the fire marshal, the Red Cross, Firewise, OPALCO, San Juan County Health Department and the San Juan Ham Radio Operators.
- Oct 7, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Oct 8, 2009 at 6:31AM
Recently, a guest column by Robert Low appeared in The Journal, as well as on SanJuanJournal.com regarding purchase of a specialty fire engine by the Town. On behalf of the Town, I am writing to clarify some points made by Mr. Low and correct some inaccuracies.
- Oct 7, 2009 at 5:14PM
No more is Western Washington's most infamous teenage fugitive simply a suspect in San Juan County — he's a wanted man. On Friday, a $20,000 warrant was issued in San Juan County Superior Court for the arrest of Colton Harris-Moore in connection with the Sept. 8 break-in at Island Market in Eastsound. The 18-year-old Camano Island man is accused of one count of second-degree burglary, a Class B felony, for allegedly breaking into the store.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:54PM
Vernadel Peterson, formerly the executive director of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, is the new executive director of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. Today is her first day on the job. She succeeds Debbie Pigman, who retired Sept. 15.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:24PM
This profile is part of a periodic series of profiles of volunteer firefighters with Friday Harbor and San Juan District 3 fire departments.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 9:41AM
Larry Edlen, founder of Island Glass and Glazing on San Juan Island, died peacefully in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 29. He was 83. Lawrence Monroe Edlen was born in Sabula, Iowa on May 23, 1926. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and served from 1942-46. He met his wife Pat at a dance while stationed in Seattle. After the war, Larry and Pat settled in Seattle and Larry made his living first as a glazier and later as an electrician. They bought vacation property on Cady Mountain in 1971 and built a cabin there. They moved to the island full-time in 1981 and Larry opened Island Glass and Glazing.
- Oct 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Oct 6, 2009 at 6:45AM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands won seven awards in the 2009 Better Newspapers Contest hosted by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards included a Best Special Section first place for the newspaper's Friday Harbor Centennial special section published in February.
- Oct 5, 2009 at 1:26PM
I'm writing in support of Bob Low's run for Mayor. I generally keep quiet about a lot of political stuff, but after reading and hearing about the decisions Bob's opponent has been making, I felt I had to speak out.
Supports Lacher for mayor: 'She's an active, assertive and dynamically thoughtful Friday Harbor Town Council member'
- Oct 5, 2009 at 1:24PM
At last, a first, a woman campaigning for mayor. About time, especially since this woman, Carrie Lacher — active, assertive and dynamically thoughtful Friday Harbor Town Council member — seems to have all the right civic qualities to make one fine Mayor for Friday Harbor.
Supports Low for mayor: 'He will make sure that increases come only after every other option is considered'
- Oct 5, 2009 at 11:45AM
I'm not a letter writer but I feel I have to do it this time because if things keep going the way they are, I won't be able to afford to live in town any more. I'm in support of Bob Low for Mayor.
- Oct 5, 2009 at 11:48AM
As a long-time resident and business owner, I urge the residents of Friday Harbor to vote for Carrie Lacher for mayor. I recently had a one-on-one sit-down meeting with her and I came away from it with the belief that she has the qualities necessary to make a great mayor. I immediately liked her ability to listen and her common-sense approach to issues.
- Oct 4, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 5, 2009 at 11:40AM
The love was thicker than the lasagna, sweeter than the dessert brownies. And the man of the hour, Greg Sawyer - known as much for his play by play coverage of high school football games as he is teaching – was speechless. "It's kind of overwhelming," Sawyer said as he arrived to the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band’s version of "Vehicle" by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Islanders packed the Roche Harbor Pavilion and outdoor banquet court Friday to show support for Sawyer, who needs a kidney transplant. The event raised more than $17,000 to help defray his costs. But it did much more than that.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Oct 5, 2009 at 10:15AM
The Seattle Times reports authorities are investigating whether suspected teen serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore stole a small airplane from an Idaho airport earlier this week and crashed it near Granite Falls.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 1:35PM
The San Juan Island School Board unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday formally extending insurance benefits to district employees' domestic partners. District fiscal coordinator Dotty Walker said the district has been offering insurance benefits to domestic partners — regardless of gender — for about four years, but Wednesday's resolution is the first formal establishment of the policy.
- Oct 2, 2009 at 1:41PM
A benefit dinner is scheduled today at 5 p.m. in the Roche Harbor Pavilion for Friday Harbor High School teacher, Greg Sawyer. Sawyer is preparing for a kidney transplant. Dinner is $10 for children and students, $15 for adults.
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