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- Dec 4, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Dec 5, 2008 at 6:11AM
Friday Harbor's sales tax revenue in September was $68,792 less than in September 2007, according to figures from the town treasurer's office. September's revenue of $113,538.18 — generated that month and received in November — was the second best September ever, albeit a distant second: the town received $182,330.09 in September 2007.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 4:56PM
I am genuinely stung by Walker's accusation that I would mislead the council in regard to the grant funding. I continue to be very worried that the process will take too long and the funding withdrawn. If 2008 had ended with no action on the proposal, no public hearing scheduled, etc., the funding almost certainly would have been lost.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:48AM
Considering the district has to cut $700,000 from its budget, we are facing some tough choices. The first thing we should do is sell the playground equipment and pave the playground of the elementary school. This would make the school more ADA accessible, solve the crumb rubber problem, and defuse yet another discrimination lawsuit.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:47AM
This crumb rubber issue has been and continues to be a long road to resolve. Acknowledgement needs to be made to the positive direction it has taken.
- Dec 3, 2008 at 11:05AM
Proponents laid out some good reasons Nov. 20 for the town to annex the Buck property. The most compelling argument came from those who said that, without affordable housing, they may have to move off the island. Town residents also gave a compelling argument against annexation — not against affordable housing, but annexation — saying that the cost of adding a proposed 240-home community to the town’s water and sewer systems would boost utility rates to even more unaffordable levels.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Dec 3, 2008 at 9:15AM
The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year, because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting will be held on Dec. 10, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,2000 budget shortfall.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Dec 3, 2008 at 8:52AM
Since 1993, the State of Washington has fallen from 11th in the nation for per-student funding to 44th in the nation today. Several recent studies have found that the current shortfall of basic education funding is about $2.4 billion annually.
'Friday Harbor residents should not be further burdened with more infrastructure costs associated with annexation' | Ron Warden
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:21PM
The real issue is, how much is the annexation of free land going to cost the residents of Friday Harbor? Annexation does not make sense. I hope the Town of Friday Harbor seriously considers its actions. Unfortunately, the word I hear on the street, talking to locals and local businesses, is that the deal is already done. I sincerely hope not.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:31PM
This annexation, and its companion as proposed by the county, is long overdue. In evaluating this proposal, it is necessary to review closely both the staff report by Mr. Bertrand and an earlier report by county Planning Director Ron Henrickson dated Aug 24, 2007. The latter report projects San Juan Island population growth, as mandated by GMA, that can only be accommodated in the Town of Friday Harbor.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:04PM
The San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee meets Dec. 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Large Conference Room of the County Legislative Building, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor. The date of the meeting was incorrect in the Nov. 26 Journal.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:13PM
After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, pediatrician Jeanne Olmsted has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice based on Orcas Island after Dec. 31.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:08PM
We can all be proud of the support Friday Harbor and San Juan Island gives to the local Soroptimist club. Recently, 10 Friday Harbor Soroptimists attended a weekend Soroptimist International District Conference in Olympia to learn more about their organization, noteworthy causes and solutions. During the conference, awards were issued and Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor came in second place out of 44 Pacific Northwest clubs in "Recognition of Outstanding Service Work"!
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:17PM
The San Juan Island School District is proud to announce that Beth Spaulding has met the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the first to earn such certification in the district.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:51PM
My children and grandchildren join me in thanking you for the wonderful coverage of Carl's career in National Park Service. Many people who are new to the island were not aware of his legacy.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 12:56PM
The San Juan County Elections Office accepted an application Dec. 1 for a manual recount in the County Council District 4 race. The request was submitted by Mindy Kayl, who lost to Richard Fralick in that race. In the final count of the 1,921 ballots cast, Fralick received 947 votes, Kayl received 827 votes, and there were 12 write-in votes and 136 undervotes, Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller reported.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:34PM
The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:13PM
We have much to be thankful for, especially in this community. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a way of expressing that gratitude with more than 100 volunteers working together in a manner that any fine dining restaurant would be proud of. These energetic volunteers prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:02PM
Congratulations to Julie Capron and Michelle Waldron of Friday Harbor. I just read the article about Capron of Softwear and Waldron of Daisy Bloom assisting in the capture of two teen-age shoplifters from Bellingham and all I can say is it made my day seeing our locals working with San Juan County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Customs, and WSF to catch these two common thieves.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 10:20AM
Jean McLeod, who during her 20 years in Friday Harbor enjoyed sailing, gardening and doll making, has died. She passed away suddenly Nov. 17 in Atlanta, Ga. due to lung failure. She and her husband, John, were building a home in Hayesville, N.C., where they moved to be closer to family.
- Dec 1, 2008 at 1:48PM
Maybe the person who took the little statue from its crib was motivated more by a spirit in need than by a mean spirit. Maybe, just maybe — Lori Narum of Second Act wants to believe — the person who took the little statue from its crib really needed Jesus.
- Dec 1, 2008 at 1:33PM
When Julie Capron of Softwear and Michelle Waldron of Daisy Bloom suspected two teen-age girls of stealing clothing from their stores, they decided to do something about it. Right then and there. They looked for the girls. And they found them on the ferry — wearing $800 worth of clothing belonging to four stores.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 2:55PM
Monday at noon, the Friday Harbor Town Council will have a special meeting in Town Hall. The topic: A public hearing on the 2009 budget.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 7:00AM updated at 9:14AM
Temperatures near 40 and threat of rain Thursday didn’t deter more than 150 islanders and visitors from participating in the fourth annual “Turkey Trot,” a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk which started at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 7:48AM
Today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season, a day when turkey dinner-induced drowsiness is replaced by the rush that comes from crowds, decorations, goodies and finding good shopping deals.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 27, 2008 at 6:14PM
Following is a message from Lynn Danaher that the Chamber of Commerce wanted to share in light of recent discussions about "What can we do NOW to help our local economy."
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