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- Nov 27, 2009 at 2:37PM
The recent public forum concerning the purchase of 150 Nichols St. for historic preservation, public access, and a permanent farmers market revealed strong support within the community, but also some very important questions from community members. Most of these questions, such as parking, have been discussed in the pages of the Journal and other newspapers. But I'm hearing concerns that the Nichols project represents a "subsidy" to a small special-interest group — local farmers — and I wanted to add some perspective to this concern.
- Nov 27, 2009 at 12:36PM
The San Juan County Fair Board has issued a public letter proposing that a permanent farmers market be located at the fairgrounds. The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is proposing that a permanent farmers market be located at 150 Nichols St., the former site of Friday Harbor Electric; the fairgrounds was ranked third on a list of proposed farmers market sites.
- Nov 27, 2009 at 9:02AM
The Friday Harbor Post Office can be proud of its efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The local post office sold $7,123.05 worth of Breast Cancer Awareness Month postage stamps — more than any other post office in Washington state and northern Idaho.
- Nov 25, 2009 at 12:40PM
In honor of Veterans Day, Spring Street International School invited two speakers to come and be part of a forum that honored veterans and engaged students in the meaning behind this national holiday. Some families were likely asking why we don’t just give everyone the day off as most schools do. While I would have loved a day off just about then, I think it is much more important that as educators we use holidays like Veterans Day to pause, reflect, honor, and remember why this is such an important day.
- Nov 25, 2009 at 12:42PM
Thanksgiving Day comes at a good time. Another year is nearing its close; it’s a perfect time to take stock. This is a year in which several businesses closed or tightened their payrolls, and the economy tightened its grip on county, town and school budgets. But on Election Day, we still came up with money to save programs that are important to all of us.
San Juan Island School Board: Nolan, Snow takes oaths of office; McCauley succeeds Pratt as chairman
- Nov 25, 2009 at 11:52AM
At Tuesday's San Juan Island School Board meeting, a new chapter was begun with the addition of new members and reassigned offices. Before the meeting began, there was an informal celebration of Ann Spratt's service as principal of Friday Harbor Middle School. Spratt is retiring from a 35-year career in public education — a career distinguished by her being named 2005 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals and the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals. She was principal of Icicle River Middle School when she won that honor.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Nov 25, 2009 at 10:22AM
Readers are invited to share their weather experiences: Neighbors helping neighbors ... close calls ... tips for getting through the storm ... messages of thanks to someone who lent a helping hand. Send an e-mail — photos too — to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it and publish it.
- Nov 25, 2009 at 9:55AM
Holiday Wishes in the San Juans ... our annual holiday guide is filled with 28 pages of local activities and shopping ideas. The guide includes a calendar of events for all the islands — from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. You'll find the magazine in today's Journal of the San Juan Islands.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 1:28PM
As of today, only 15 spots are left in Roche Harbor's first annual Hook ‘em & Hold ‘em Salmon Derby & Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, Dec. 3-5. As of today, there are only seven spots left in Roche Harbor's seventh annual Salmon Classic Invitational, Feb. 4-6.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 9:29AM
The H1N1 virus was not a contributing factor to the unexpected death of a 33-year-old San Juan Island woman on Nov. 12. The county communications office reported Friday that results of the H1N1 test performed on the woman were negative. "A cause of death is not expected to be announced until next month when the results of tests are completed and analyzed," the Communications Office reported.
A whole lot of ‘new’ in this year’s Festival of Trees; professional auctioneer, wine tasting, and a new Ted Soares’ show
- Nov 23, 2009 at 9:39AM
An Indian head bronze by noted sculptor William Sharles (valued at $2,500). A scenic flight for three on Westwind Aviation. A Mexican fiesta dinner for eight complete with decorations and margaritas. A selection of handmade birdhouses from island woodworkers. CATS’ annual Festival of Trees “20 Magical Years” is brimming with generously donated auction items — and a lot of new elements to the holiday celebration.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:36AM
The San Juan Island Fitness Swim Team competed in its first intramural swim meet Saturday at the San Juan Island Fitness pool. Events consisted of 25-yard freestyle for the younger group to a 200-yard freestyle relay and most everything in between.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:14AM
I am writing to you in the hope of gaining some well-deserved recognition for the San Juan Youth Soccer teams and coaches who have represented our island so well this fall and will continue to do so until their season ends in early December. These teams play in off-island leagues against other teams who play year-round soccer and often have 50+ players turn out to try out to make the team. In spite of this, our teams play heroically, ferociously, and have a lot of fun. They are a joy to watch and make our island proud every weekend.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:23AM
Friday Harbor goalkeeper Hannah Snow was named an All-Region award winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for her contributions on and off the field over the course of the 2009 season. The NSCAA award program is designed to recognize excellence in soccer, academics and service to the game by collegiate, high school and youth players across the nation. Each year, the NSCAA recognizes as many as 10,000 players at all levels for their contributions to the game of soccer.
- Nov 23, 2009 at 8:00AM
Bellevue Police have determined that a Sammamish woman whose body was found on a boat off Orcas Island in August was murdered in Bellevue. Detectives have evidence that Albert Carl Beutler of Bellevue strangled Rhan Rha around 2 a.m. on Aug. 12, when she was visiting his condominium apartment. Beutler, who had been dating Rha, took her body with him to Seattle and then to the San Juan Islands in a powerboat.
- Nov 21, 2009 at 7:48PM
If you felt as if you were under siege Friday afternoon, you're not alone. Bolts of lightning did indeed touch down in numerous spots in Friday Harbor as a short-lived storm blew rain and lightning across San Juan Island beginning at about 4 p.m. Though brief, the storm, which passed over the island in about an hour, left many islanders in a state of shock and others shaking their heads in disbelief.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 1:51PM
Friday Harbor Postmaster Dan Fleming is being transferred to Oak Harbor, effective Saturday. Fleming, Friday Harbor's postmaster since April 1, 2008, said Thursday he was notified the day before that he was being transferred and that his first day at Oak Harbor is Saturday. His last day in Friday Harbor is today. In Oak Harbor, he is reportedly succeeding a postmaster who was transferred to another job.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 7:10AM
High winds forced a freighter onto Conconi Reef in Navy Channel near Pender Island on Wednesday night, the Gulf Islands Driftwood reported online. The 241-meter bulk carrier Hebei Lion, from Hong Kong, dragged its anchor in the storm and ended up on the reef overnight, the Driftwood reported.
- Nov 20, 2009 at 6:29AM
The number of accepted offers on real estate bumped up in the San Juan Islands in October, thanks in part to the federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers and prices lowered in response to the recession. Ditto in Western Washington, which saw a 63 percent jump in pending sales in October compared to the same month a year ago, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which tracks real estate transactions listed with agents in 19 counties. The MLS does not track sales by owner.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Nov 20, 2009 at 6:49AM
A woman found strangled on a boat off Orcas Island in August had been killed in her Bellevue condo, The Seattle Times is reporting. The woman's boyfriend then took her body to the boat, which he piloted to the San Juans where he killed himself when authorities boarded his boat.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:18PM
A SanJuanJournal.com slideshow pays tribute to the mayors of Friday Harbor — from Gene Gould (1909-10) to Carrie Lacher (2010-). A commemorative page was published in the Nov. 11 Journal. Copies are available at The Journal office, 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor; or by calling 378-5696.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:19PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council will host a public forum tonight, 5:30 p.m., on the proposed farmers market site on Nichols Street. The public forum will be held in Mullis Community Senior Center. The San Juan Agricultural Guild proposes buying the former Friday Harbor Electric site on Nichols Street for a year-round farmers market, as well as other uses — what architect David Waldron calls “part small park and part town square.”
- Nov 19, 2009 at 1:57PM
Power lines and flag poles weren't the only casualties of Wednesday's high winds. Three massive fir trees were uprooted and the largest, as it fell, tore off a section of roof and wall of the garage of a waterfront home on San Juan Island's Griffin Bay. The damage left the interior of the garage exposed to the weather.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 2:13PM
The last in a series of strong low-pressure systems is scheduled to pass through the islands late Thursday afternoon and into the evening, the Town and County Department of Emergency Management reports. More rain and strong winds are in the forecast, similar to what the islands saw Wednesday night. The peak of the latest round of winds should occur roughly between 6 p.m. and midnight on Thursday.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:23PM
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is the need for islanders to take care of one another. Check in on your neighbor’s house when things get cold, call that older couple who you see at the Post Office to see how they’re doing, and offer to split some fire wood for the fellow recovering from knee surgery. Islanders helping islanders is an old and essential part of life here.
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