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- Nov 27, 2008 at 6:08PM
Temperatures near 40 and threat of rain today 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 27, 2008 at 7:55AM
Happy Thanksgiving Day, San Juan Island. The holiday season begins today with some potentially positive signs: Ferries from Anacortes to Friday Harbor have been packed for two days and some businesses are hopeful that the first day of holiday shopping season -- Friday -- could bolster the local economy and reverse two months of lagging sales.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 5:11PM
The San Juan Initiative will present recommendations to improve the protection of more than 400 miles of shoreline in San Juan County to the County Council on Dec. 9.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 1:45PM
What do you do when you are a creative retailer, wife and mother with two children? You work around the clock, you hire clerks for the times when the children need you and pay babysitters when you are at the store. That might work when sales are brisk during tourist season, but might be marginal at other times. Michelle Waldron and Megan Van Hamerssfeld have solved that dilemma by combining their two shops — Daisy Bloom and Creme Brulee — into one at 165 Spring St.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 2:10PM
Let’s take a good look at what we can get locally before buying gifts elsewhere. Maybe we should have a “Blue Heron” poster and badges made, like in the 1930s, to show we believe that prosperity, as well as charity, starts at home.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 2:05PM
In February, the Look Good ... Feel Better program will have its first workshop in Friday Harbor. If you or a friend are receiving treatment for cancer and would like to be a part of this transforming program, call Friday Harbor volunteer Geri Chutuk, 378-5872. She'll be back on-island after Jan. 15 and invites anyone interested in the program to contact her then.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:54PM
As early as September, the first snow falls on the Inupiat village of Shishmaref — on a disappearing sand spit on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska — and on desolate St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Lee Brooks of Arctic Raven Gallery plans his travel to that region after the first snow, a time when artists start carving, to search for the Northwest Native art treasures featured in the annual show, aptly titled “First Snow.”
- Nov 26, 2008 at 1:42PM
More than $120,000 has been awarded to 150 graduating seniors in the last 30 years. Students have used scholarships to further their education in Commercial Art, Graphics, Film, Fashion Design, Jewelry, Photography, Metal Work, Industrial Arts, Textiles, Sculpture, History, Culinary Arts and Education.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Nov 26, 2008 at 10:10AM
There are so many gift items available here on island and for a fair price. Shopping is fun here where shop owners know you and many offer treats and discounts. There's caroling, beautiful windows decorated with the Christmas theme and a feeling of a supportive community spirit only found in small towns. This year especially, when so many are challenged financially, is a time to be grateful for our families and our community.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 3:09PM
Jermaine Reaves always wanted to be a superhero, according to his friend of three years, Aaron D'Errico, who has created an animated superhero picture of Reaves.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 2:50PM
All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Thursday in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. State-run stores will be open on Friday.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:20AM
The Garuda & I, a favorite venue for beaders as well as lovers of exotic jewelry and objets d' art, is for sale. "My husband and I also own and run Naknek Charters and Dive and we have decided that we want to focus more of our efforts on building the diving industry in the San Juan Islands," owner Peggy Long said in an e-mail.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 7:05AM
San Juan County will get $106,287 from the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, a share in some $12.3 million in grants to 33 counties to improve trails and boating facilities. The San Juan County Public Works Department will use its grant to buy Orcas Landing at the south end of Orcas Island, to provide the public access to the waterfront.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 2:24PM
I’ve been reading Robert Fulghum’s “True Love,” a book of true love stories. Surprisingly, many of them are the stories of people who are in love with people they don’t know. I am one of those people this week. I am in love with Thor Hanson, the author of “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”
- Nov 19, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 2:19PM
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 2:09PM
Get some exercise, help the Food Bank and make room for that Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday. The fourth annual “Turkey Trot," a 5K (3.1-mile) run, walk, trot or crawl, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, at 9 a.m. Registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, the location of the start and finish, rain or shine.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 1:42PM
Council members-elect Lovel Pratt and Richard Fralick have both spent time watching and participating in San Juan County Council meetings as private citizens. Today, they began an intense two-day tour, looking behind the scenes at county facilities and meeting with county department heads and staff.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 10:42AM
Salmon recovery efforts throughout Puget Sound will receive a $700,000 boost, thanks to grants awarded by the Puget Sound Partnership. Each of the Sound’s 14 watersheds, including the San Juan Islands, will receive a $50,000 grant — issued as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program – to implement salmon recovery efforts.
- Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 10:17AM
On Black Friday 2008, local businesses throughout the Town of Friday Harbor and, indeed, the entire San Juan Island, will be adorned in holiday decorations, shelves and racks will be overflowing, awaiting your visit as you start your gift and holiday shopping.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 8:00AM
San Juan Head Start Primary Intervention Program (PIP) is grateful for the support of United Way of San Juan County. Funding from United Way allows us to provide extra support for our children and their families.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 7:57AM
At last week's County Council meeting, several county employees told us how they were wooed by the county to come here for work. Some of them have been here only nine months. And now they are laid off, close to homeless.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 7:27AM
There’s no reason to be hungry, alone or miss out on some camaraderie with your neighbors this Thanksgiving season. Volunteers are preparing turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes and pies for two community Thanksgiving dinners. The events are free and open to the public.
- Nov 23, 2008 at 12:35PM
Patricia Joanne Saylor passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham with her children and husband, Dick, at her side. She was hospitalized the week before due to complications following a serious fall. She was 74.
- Nov 21, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 10:31AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council last night postponed until Dec. 18 a possible vote on the annexation of the Buck property, about 48 acres east of the town limits and near the former gravel pit.
- Nov 20, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 21, 2008 at 8:40AM
Looking for the bright side in today's real estate market? Here's the best you're going to get: If you don't have to sell your home, be thankful. And if you are of the fortunate set that can afford to invest in real estate, now's the time, because prices are dropping.
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