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- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:21AM
After President Obama signed an executive order establishing the first-ever national ocean policy Tuesday, state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D- San Juan Island, said Washington state is uniquely positioned to benefit from this unprecedented effort to coordinate national policy for our oceans and coastlines. “Nothing has highlighted our nation’s dependence on healthy oceans and coasts more than the current BP oil spill disaster,” Ranker said in a press release. “A massive spill in the Puget Sound or on our coast is unthinkable, but it’s not impossible. It’s clear that we can and must do better in how we protect and manage our oceans.”
- Jul 20, 2010 at 11:09AM
Dr. Michael Cohen, author, folk musician, and director of Project NatureConnect on San Juan Island, is the subject of an interview in the June 2010 edition of Ecopsychology magazine
Larsen endorsed for reelection by police, sheriffs, administrators organizations | U.S. House, District 2
- Jul 20, 2010 at 9:49AM
The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and the Law Enforcement Administrators of Washington (LAW) have endorsed U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. These endorsements come only a few weeks after Congressman Larsen received the endorsement of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 10:10AM
I am saddened to hear that, once again, the rabbits at American Camp are under the gun — this time possibly literally. Our visits to the "bunny field" are a regular part of our island trips and we would miss being able to watch the interaction between the rabbits, raptors and foxes. We usually spend at least a half-hour enjoying these animals in their natural habitat.
- Jul 20, 2010 at 9:54AM
The Aug. 29 Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands is accepting entries. The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Concours is open to all sports, classic, and unique vehicles; entries will be judged in several categories with awards for the winners in each class.
Mayor Lacher proclaims July 24-25 'Relay for Life Days,' encourages residents and businesses to participate
- Jul 15, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 20, 2010 at 5:04AM
Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher on Thursday proclaimed July 24 and 25 "Relay for Life Days" in Friday Harbor. Here's her proclamation.
- Jul 19, 2010 at 7:13PM
The price tag on innovation can sometimes prove too steep. But thanks to an infusion of nearly $700,000 in federal funds, San Juan County will have a big chunk of change to spend on creating new techniques to better manage growth and protect its shorelines, water and land. On July 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will distribute $30 million in federal grants over the next three years in an ongoing effort to help protect and restore Puget Sound. The grants, 36 in all, are intended to bolster Washington state’s goal of restoring the health of the Sound by 2020. Recipients include Washington state and various tribal and local governments, including San Juan, throughout the Puget Sound and Salish Sea.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 12:13PM
Photographer Mark Gardner is shooting free portraits at South Beach on July 17, 4-8 p.m. You get a free 5x7, files for use on the Web, and a 25 percent discount on additional prints.
Our local government is bigger, costs more, and still fails to get the job done in a timely cost-effective way
- Jul 16, 2010 at 11:27AM
County Council Chairman Richard Fralick reported last week that this county needs to cut $500,000 out of its budget next year. Luckily, I have a plan! The plan is getting rid of “Home Rule.”
- Jul 16, 2010 at 11:23AM
Congratulations are in order for all fireworks lovers in San Juan County. Once again a Fourth of July celebration has proved that we can enjoy our traditional fireworks on the Fourth of July without serious personal injury or property damage, as the total lack of reported problems has once again proven to be true.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 10:47AM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands asked the candidates for 40th District state House of Representatives, Position 2, the following questions: 1. Friday Harbor and San Juan County have cut staffing, reduced services, and implemented unpaid furloughs to balance their budgets. What new revenue sources are available to local governments? 2. In what ways can the state Legislature further reduce state spending, increase state revenues, and ensure adequate levels of public services? 3. Washington State Ferries has been beset by financial and management problems. What are your recommendations for solving those problems? 4. Education funding: What are your recommendations for ensuring the Legislature meets its constitutional obligation to adequately fund public education? 5. What would be your top three priorities as a state representative? Here are their answers.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 8:33AM
Fab Four fun hits Friday Harbor on Saturday, 8 p.m. when Abbey Road Live! returns to the San Juan Community Theatre. Not your typical Beatles look-a-like tribute band (these four lads don’t have mop-top haircuts or play Rickenbacker guitars), Abbey Road Live! is a show about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles materials in a raw and spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 8:31AM
Splash of Summer Color Weekend is Saturday and Sunday. This “Something for everyone” weekend is a time to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival and the fine art at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 8:26AM
Dancing to live music will be a new feature at this year’s “Wags to Riches,” July 25, hosted by the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. This will be the sixth annual “Wags to Riches,” the shelter’s major fund-raising event of the year. It will again be held at the home of Bob and Lissa McDowell.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 8:20AM
The tone of Island Stage Left’s summer production will differ this year. Far from the fun and frolic-filled “As You Like It,” which toured in 2009, this summer the company will perform Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Compared to the happy mess of “As You Like It,” “Henry V” is a more sober piece of theater. It falls into the category of the Shakespearean “history plays,” a title applied to the 11 pieces which depict the lives of English kings. However, do not be daunted, director Helen Machin-Smith says.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 4:17PM
Former Friday Harbor resident John Paul Cook died May 14, 2010, in Rathdrum, Idaho. He was born in Stockton, Calif., in 1923. He moved to Juneau in 1957 from Bend, Ore., to work as a printer with The Juneau Empire, with his family initially living above the Empire facilities, then located at Main and Front streets. Shortly after statehood, he began working at the state’s Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor. He retired in 1982 as director of Workers Compensation.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 4:16PM
Bud passed away peacefully July 2 from complications of dementia in Friday Harbor’s October House. His long-time love and companions, Betty Halliday and dog Buddy, were at his side.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 4:04PM
I am a 9-1-1 dispatcher and, therefore, a member of the Sheriff's Office. I am also a citizen of San Juan County. I have as much at stake in the leadership of our Sheriff's Department as anyone else. I also have a unique perspective from within that office.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 3:51PM
Andrew Bryan Whitelaw passed away on May 14, 2010 at Life Care Center in Friday Harbor, where he had lived for the past 18 months. He was 73. Bryan was born in New York City on July 17, 1936 to Andrew and Emily Whitelaw. After graduation from high school in New York, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1956 where he served as a pilot and master at arms assigned to the Lexington. He received an honorable discharge in 1960 and remained in San Diego, Calif., where he was “welding lead man” for PSA Airlines. He also designed and built boats, including one for Roy Disney.
Starr appointed to Friday Harbor Town Council; concerned about affordability of town living for families
- Jul 15, 2010 at 2:53PM
Barbara Starr showed good political judgment before she was appointed to the Friday Harbor Town Council. She said she didn't want to have the "audacity or arrogance" to reschedule a client's appointment in case the council appointed her to complete Carrie Brooks' term. As a result, she'll be 30 minutes late to her first council meeting Thursday evening.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 3:38PM
An attention grabber? You bet. But in the end, the San Juan County Council backed away from charting a course that might lead to the possible elimination of one or two of its fellow elected officials. On Tuesday, the council agreed that combining the auditor and treasurer's offices — and allowing the consolidated department to be managed by one elected official rather than two — is an idea worthy of further examination. However, a majority of council members agreed that it also would be premature to pursue such an idea, at least for now.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 2:32PM
Five Friday Harbor residents have applied for appointment to the Friday Harbor Town Council. The applicants will be interviewed by the council Thursday at the noon meeting, with appointment following.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:44AM
Your editorial in today's print Journal of the San Juans represents journalism at its best. The editorial is timely, unbiased, judicial, and well-written. You offer leadership and responsible guidance to your readers.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 10:35AM
On July 10, at about midday, a plane buzzed the waters where the whales were swimming. It was near the lighthouse in Lime Kiln Point State Park. It was not only much too close to the whales but also a danger to boaters and those on shore. Luckily, some people who were also there managed to get photographs of the plane, good enough to capture the ID number on the side.
- Jul 15, 2010 at 10:06AM
I enthusiastically support Larry Kalb, Democrat, for U.S. Congress in Washington’s 2nd District. Many candidates declare their promises of change and hope, but few are willing to make it so. I believe Larry has the leadership ability and the constituent support to bring about the needed change.
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