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- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:41PM
We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 12:14PM
My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.
- Mar 17, 2009 at 11:19AM
I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!
- Mar 15, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 1:25PM
Lots of rust, lots of pent-up energy. That’s how Rob Cuomo described the Skagit Conference lacrosse opener Saturday in Friday Harbor, where the San Juan Dragons suffered disappointment at the hands of Mukilteo 12-3.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 12:42PM
It would not be an overstatement to say this is the year the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team plays for a title. Because the Dragons ARE playing for a title, with the confidence that a title is within their grasp. No longer underdogs, the scrappy team that finished 5-5 last year, tying for first in the Skagit Conference, has more advantages going into this season, which kicks off at home vs. Mukilteo, March 14, 2 p.m. at Friday Harbor High School.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 12:33PM
Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke of San Juan Island married Feb. 2, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. The couple first met during the construction of the bride’s house and were later reacquainted by mutual friends from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 8:40AM
I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that's just it — I wasn't. I was "feeeeling." Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, "What is the government going to do for me?" I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 8:24AM
I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that’s just it — I wasn’t. I was “feeeeling.” Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, “What is the government going to do for me?” I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.
- Mar 16, 2009 at 8:21AM
I write to you on behalf of the Steering Committee of the San Juan Island chapter of the American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington. We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you and your guests to a potluck dinner and social gathering in the charming Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on March 31, 6-8:30 p.m. The purposes of this free community gathering are to meet each other, to visit, to share thoughts, to enjoy the dinner, and to have fun.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Mar 13, 2009 at 2:56PM
PeaceHealth Oregon Region, which provides hospital and health care services in an eight Oregon counties, announced Friday it will eliminate the equivalent of 70 full-time positions from its payroll in response to deteriorating economic conditions that have resulted in increased expenses for uncompensated care. Accounting for attrition and other factors, the actual reduction in force will involve 57 employees.
- Mar 13, 2009 at 1:39PM
Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.
- Mar 13, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:09PM
Four Friday Harbor Wolverines were named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B Boys and Girls All-League basketball teams. Four others received honorable mentions. The selections were announced Thursday. Austin Scheffer, a senior guard, was named to the boys All-League first team.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM
The 13th annual Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Dinner and Auction is Saturday in the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles. The live auction of various products and services begins at 7:30 p.m.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM
The seven-day Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp got under way Monday in Friday Harbor with classes at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. The week includes seisuns — or music sessions — at Downriggers and The Place. The week is capped by a concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.
- Mar 12, 2009 at 10:49AM
San Juan Island is at the threshold of major changes that will be felt 50 years from now. Attend these meetings. Be sure you are heard.
Final Environmental Impact Statement on Friday Harbor waste transfer station released; presentation tonight
- Mar 12, 2009 at 7:16AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council meets tonight at 5 for a presentation by Steve Alexander, San Juan County solid waste manager, regarding the site recommendation and decision process. The meeting, in the Town Hall Council Chambers, is open to the public and the public will be allowed time to comment.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 6:08PM
Kasey Rasmussen, 12, of Friday Harbor has qualified for the state Geography Bee in Tacoma for the second consecutive year. Kasey, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, is a daughter of Kris and Scott Rasmussen. She won her first Friday Harbor geography bee as a sixth-grader and lost in a preliminary round of the state bee.
- Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:59PM
County officials handed out layoff notices to a pair of employees at the Community Development and Planning Department as demand for building and land-use permits hit a four-year low. San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose on Tuesday acknowledged that permit coordinators Christopher Laws and Allen Shayo were notified that their employment at CDPD would soon end. Both were given a standard 10-day layoff notice, Rose said.
- Mar 9, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Mar 11, 2009 at 10:26AM
An open letter to state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island: It is way past time to repeal the law that requires Washington ferries to be built in Washington. This is an outdated and restrictive rule which leads to building inefficiency and higher costs because of lack of competition.
- Mar 10, 2009 at 4:22PM
Madison Dillery, an eighth-grade student at Friday Harbor Middle School, wrote this composition about the sixth-graders' Egypt Day in the Commons Feb. 11. Ben Troutman's eighth-graders were asked to write a news story on the day of exhibits, models and informative posters on Egypt's ancient civilization. Madison's composition was determined by her teacher to be exemplary and was submitted for publication.
- Mar 10, 2009 at 3:55PM
Michael Soltman says he's coming home. Selected Monday night as Vashon Island School District's new superintendent, Soltman lived on Vashon for 12 years before moving to San Juan Island to become that district's top administrator.
- Mar 9, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Mar 10, 2009 at 3:54PM
Experts agree our local orca population is starving. I support Mark Anderson’s recent guest column (Feb. 11) where he writes that the proximal cause of death last year of seven local orcas was starvation, and whale watching is accelerating their starvation.
- Mar 10, 2009 at 1:36PM
Island Rec’s Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is March 21 in Turnbull Gym. Day-of registrations will be taken from 1-1:30 p.m., with games starting at 2 p.m. The tournament is open to anyone 15 and older. Cost is $10 per player. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.
- Mar 10, 2009 at 1:35PM
Six Friday Harbor firefighters climbed Seattle’s tallest building – the Columbia Center — Sunday in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The annual climb benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighter competition. Participating from Friday Harbor: Kevin Carroll, 21; Jane Hutchinson, 46; Zaim Melic, 42; Robert Pauls, 36; Tony Smith, 32; and Andy Urbach, 41.
- Mar 10, 2009 at 1:34PM
The San Juan Island Trails Committee is working with town officials on a plan to develop and maintain an unopened, forested town road as a trail. On the maps, the trail is formally labeled Beach Court, and leads from Harbor Avenue to Jensen Alley, jogging around the Rouleau Apartments. Beach Court has never been opened as a road by the town, but neighbors and proponents say it has long been used as a trail.
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