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- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:14PM
Howie has the knowledge, attitude and know-how to continue to be not only an asset, but a fundamental ingredient to a balanced County Council.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:07PM
Take a glance at the stat sheets and it looks like a stalemate. But in the end, it’s the numbers on the scoreboard that matter. And the Friday Harbor football team ended up with eight points too few at home Saturday against Meridian in a rematch that was even closer than the 21-13 final score might suggest.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:32AM
A proposed new year-round visitor center at American Camp and the expansion of the English Camp boundary are among the highlights included in San Juan Island National Historical Park’s General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement released last week.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:29AM
I would like to express my deepest gratitude and most sincere thanks to Dr. Wingren of Inter Island Medical Center for his knowledge and expertise in diagnosing a life-threatening condition during a routine checkup last spring. Dr. Wingren's accurate and expedient diagnosis is the reason I am here today and able to write this letter.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:27AM
So, you're hungering for a Lopez or a Waldron sandwich at Rich's Cannery House, or you're heading to a club meeting in the Legion Hall, or perhaps you want to take some guests to the Whale Museum. Don't let the big equipment and trenched roadway dissuade you. First Street is open for business.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 29, 2008 at 9:52AM
A Portland man en route to the San Juan Islands on vacation had a heart attack on the Sealth Tuesday afternoon as the ferry was preparing to leave Anacortes for the San Juans. David Kinzer died later in the Island Hospital emergency room, according to Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 3:25PM
Representatives of local arts organizations may form an arts council to act as "an advocate and arbiter of artistic consideration" on the island. The move is in response to the arts community's failure to win any grants this year from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. On Oct. 16, the Town Council approved 4-0 the committee's annual allocation of proceeds from a 2 percent hotel-motel tax reserved for tourism promotion.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 3:01PM
Elements Hotel & Spa on Spring Street is changing its name. It is now Earthbox Motel & Spa. New signage is to come. The Web site is already being changed.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 1:40PM
There have been numerous reports of campaign signs being stolen on the islands. Sheriff Bill Cumming has this message: Stealing signs is illegal and violators will be prosecuted. And if you take a sign off of someone's property, you can expect a trespassing charge tacked on to your theft charge.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:26PM
Retired art teacher Pat Speer died quietly in her sleep Sunday night at her brother’s home in Plattsmouth, Neb., the San Juan Island School District announced today. Speer retired from teaching in June 2008 after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973. She was 62 years old.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 2:26PM
A Memorial Celebration for Darline will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the home of Shaun Evans and Beth Rosenzweig, 10425 E. Riverside in Bothell, between 3-6 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being made at Evans Funeral Home in Anacortes, Wash. Visit www.evanschapel.com.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 1:48PM
The 90-car ferry Sealth began service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Oct. 26. This means a slight reduction in vehicle capacity for the route.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Oct 28, 2008 at 5:13AM
The superintendent of the local educational service district will present the possibilities and pitfalls of consolidating the islands' school districts Nov. 3, noon, at a yet-to-be-named venue in Friday Harbor. The meeting will be open to the public and will constitute a special meeting of the San Juan Island School Board. Orcas School District officials are expected to participate. The Lopez School Board will discuss participation on Oct. 29.
- Oct 24, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM
One is too remote. The other is not for sale. And while the factors may differ, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee last week trimmed down from five to three the number of sites it will consider as the home of a new transfer station on San Juan Island.
- Oct 2, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM
Friday Harbor sales tax receipts are about $15,500 lower than in 2007, and hotel/motel tax receipts are about $10,000 lower than in 2007, according to a report from the Town Treasurer's Office. But Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich said she expects the town will come out as budgeted: $950,000.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 9:11PM
There will be a surprise in every OPALCO member's October bill: a credit for a good portion of the electricity used during the October billing period.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 5:02PM
A family photo from 1975 shows my son, then four years old, wading at Griffin Bay and leaning down to kiss a jellyfish he had lifted gently from the water. Only a moment before, his mother — seeing him lifting and dashing them on the sand — talked quietly with him about the sacredness of all living things.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:26PM
I do not live in the Town of Friday Harbor. I am not in need of lower-cost housing. But I feel I have a very real interest in the outcome of the proposed annexation to the town which will enable the San Juan Community Home Trust to provide permanently affordable homes on the Buck/Boreen property.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:23PM
The presentations by the MRC coordinator and the Lead Entity coordinator at a recent County Council meeting clearly demonstrate the vital importance of these two programs to all San Juan residents as well as most visitors to these islands.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:14PM
The American experiment is essentially this: can we the people be trusted to govern ourselves? Throughout our history the answer has been yes, we can. But self-governance takes work and it requires leaders. Leaders to help us confront issues and work out answers so that we may make good decisions for ourselves.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 1:51PM
Turns out, there are only 10 fewer students attending San Juan Island public schools right now, compared to the same time in 2007. There are 858 full-time-equivalent students (a kindergartner counts as .5 FTE, and some home school and private school students take only a class at a public school). In October 2007, there were 868 FTEs. An earlier version of this story compared the current FTE to last year's head count, which is higher because the head count includes part-time students and kindergartners. The district receives per-student funding from the state — currently $5,411.70 per student — based on its annual average FTE enrollment.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 1:51PM
A fire destroyed an old laundry/storeroom/garage behind the former Virgil Frits house, across from the courthouse, this morning. There were no reported injuries.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 8:50AM
Seven day-use parks would be shut down. A public health nurse and a 4-H coordinator would be let go. Support for recreation programs — on Orcas Island, in particular — would be cut by $41,000. And that's just for starters.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:29PM
At Cal's request, no services will be held. His ashes will be dispersed in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, Friday Harbor, (360) 378-8755.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:16PM
The Friday Harbor tennis team put a group of mostly elder tennis statesmen through their paces Saturday in tuning up for the Northwest District playoffs. The Wolverines' No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles teams, a total of six players, will go head-to-head against their Coupeville counterparts with a shot at advancing into post-season regional action on the line.
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