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Proposition 1 will provide funding for Senior Services

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 11:54AM

I am writing this letter in favor of Proposition 1, which will provide funding for Senior Services at the current pared-down 2009 level. I want to tell you about some of the work that Curt Van Hyning does. Curt is the Senior Services coordinator on San Juan Island. He currently works four days per week, but often puts in more time because there are just not enough hours in the already shortened workweek for him to do all that is requested of him.

Three Sheets reports: Crowd says 'no go' to proposed orca rules

  • Oct 1, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:02PM

Deborah Bach reports on Three Sheets today that a standing room-only crowd of more than 200 packed the Seattle Aquarium to discuss a proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish a half-mile-wide “no-go zone” on the west side of San Juan Island from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Profile: Randy Martin, director of Skagit Valley College San Juan Center

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 5:57PM

Randy Martin, Skagit Valley College San Juan Center's Elderhostel coordinator for the past 10 years, has been named director of San Juan Center. He succeeds Dr. Denise King, who left in August to become dean of arts and humanities at St. Charles Community College in Missouri.

Ranker: Challenges faced during Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for rest of the country

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 4:33PM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Anacortes, testified Sept. 23 at the U.S. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force hearing in the White House Conference Center. Ranker participated at the invitation of the White House Council for Environmental Quality. In his testimony Ranker, who is also a senior fellow at The Ocean Foundation, said the challenges faced during the Puget Sound recovery can transform into lessons for the rest of the country as national ocean policy moves forward. He also relayed unified comments from 178 legislators from 30 coastal states.

Mary Elizabeth Keith | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 30, 2009 at 4:08PM

Mary Elizabeth Keith passed away on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 64. Mary was born May 5, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Charles and Thelma Nanz. After graduating from Twin Falls High School, Mary attended Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University. She married Doren Keith and they had a son, David.

Creative Corner: 'Salmon Time' by Tom Casey

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 4:02PM

Synchronize your heartbeat with the full moon tide. Inhale the scent your home stream leaves behind. Then harmonize the seasons that divide your life. Now you’re living on salmon time.

Thank you, patrons of the arts who supported and attended the 'Outside the Box - Inside the Museum'

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 3:51PM

Thank you, patrons of the arts — all 225 patrons — who supported and attended the “Outside the Box - Inside the Museum” Exhibition Opening Sept. 25 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA), 28 First St., Friday Harbor.

LeRoy Bell: Singer-songwriter is optimistic about change

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:11PM

LeRoy Bell's song, "Dream of Peace," on the album "Two Sides to Every Story," imagines "a future where all of us live in a world of peace." The desire for peace in Bell's lyrics isn't a vague notion, but rooted in the protectiveness of a father and the realities of hate and conflict that exist in the world. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Thank you for making 'Gear Up for Our Schools' a success

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 5:02PM

Thank you for making the Islanders Bank 2009-10 Gear Up for Our Schools Campaign a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and monetary donations for our schools during our first annual campaign. Your support makes a difference not only for our students, but for our teachers too!

Carefully crafted regulations can help preserve and increase our whale population

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:54PM

It is our impression that most San Juan Island residents (including the owners of commercial whale-watch boats and commercial kayak companies) were jubilant when our Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under the ESA on Nov. 18, 2005. San Juan Island finally had the federal government’s support to help ensure the survival and well-being of this precious resource.

Sen. Ranker endorses Lacher for mayor of Friday Harbor | Letter

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:37PM

I would like to voice my support of Carrie Lacher as mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. Ms. Lacher has shown both professionalism and dedication as a current member of the Town Council. In her role on the Town Council and on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, she has established a solid understanding of issues affecting our community.

Supports Lacher for mayor of Friday Harbor

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 4:30PM

The recent letter from Jill Meyer was outrageous ("Not the kind of 'Pennywatching' to brag about," Sept. 22 Do we really need this personal nastiness in Friday Harbor?

William Troy Nash | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 3:30PM

William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.

20 people evacuated from Western Prince; leak stopped by Vessel Assist

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:18PM

The Western Prince, a Friday Harbor-based whale-watch vessel, is reportedly taking on water in Cattle Pass. Twenty people are expected to be evacuated from the vessel. The Friday Harbor Fire Boat Confidence was en route to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. Reporter Scott Rasmussen and a correspondent are headed to the scene. More details will be posted as received.

'There was an absolute sweetness to her soul': Mary Keith memorial service Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 29, 2009 at 1:25PM

Memorial service for Mary Keith is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keith died Saturday, 2 p.m. after a long illness. She was 64. She is survived by her son, David.

Carroll Lloyd Weeks | Passages

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:25AM

Carroll Lloyd Weeks of Lopez Island passed away quietly on Sept. 3, 2009 at Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 79. He was born on June 9, 1930 on Lopez Island, the son of Lloyd and Wilma (Powers) Weeks.

Marty Ahart is new director of Community Garden

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 10:02AM

Marty Ahart is the new director of the Community Garden, just off San Juan Valley Road, sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She succeeds Bequin Lapwing, who began “The Garden” and facilitated its first growing season. Lapwing will remain on the task force working on the garden.

Passing of the torch: Puget Sound Anglers assume leadership of Einar Nielsen/Becky Barr Fishing Derby; Larry Anderson wins this year's event

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 11:26AM

It’s a 25-year tradition that hasn’t stopped gaining support and momentum: The Einar Nielsen-Becky Barr Fishing Derby, hosted each September by Roche Harbor and hundreds of volunteers, with thousands of dollars worth of donated prizes. "This isn’t just a fishing derby — it’s an ongoing culture of fun and special people coming together to help out Friday Harbor High School kids to get to the next educational level,” said Tim Judkins, for 25 years the chairman of the derby/fund-raiser.

Darren Black ties for 11th at Northwest Open Invitational | Golf

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 11:04AM

San Juan Golf and Country Club pro Darren Black tied for 11th in the Northwest Open Invitational, played at par 72 Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland Sept. 19-23. PGA professional Mike Schoner of Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Soap Lake won the 105th annual tournament in a playoff against professional Brandon Kearney of Bend Golf and Country Club. Both shot a three-day total of 208 — 8 under par — after 54 holes which forced the playoff.

'There was an absolute sweetness to her soul': Mary Keith memorial service Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 9:44AM

Memorial service for Mary Keith is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keith died Saturday, 2 p.m. after a long illness. She was 64. She is survived by her son, David.

Preservation Trust staff, volunteers remove invasive species choking small island's native trees

  • Sep 28, 2009 at 9:02AM

Uninhabited Jack Island lies off the northeast stretch of Guemes. With no more than 19 acres of beach and forest, it is not a dominating place. However, in the eyes of the San Juan Preservation Trust, every little bit counts. Which is why two boats carrying four staff members and five volunteers motored to the island’s beach. Their purpose? To clear invasive species, like ivy and English laurel, from choking Jack’s native trees. No parcel of land is too small to merit the trust’s attention.

Nooksack Valley Pioneers overrun Friday Harbor 49-7 | Football

  • Sep 27, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 6:00PM

The Nooksack Valley Pioneers came to Friday Harbor not only to play football, but to set some records as well. The Pioneers overran the Wolverines 49-6.

Wolverines defeat Meridian 2-0, first defeat of powerhouse in four seasons | Girls Soccer

  • Sep 27, 2009 at 12:48PM

The Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team defeated Meridian 2-0 Saturday at Meridian – the first defeat of the perennial powerhouse in four seasons. The Wolverines improved to 6-2 overall. Emma Ytander again led the team, scoring an unassisted goal in the third minute. Mandy Turnbull completed the scoring in the 38th minute, off an assist from Rhianna Franklin who was playing in an unaccustomed role as a striker.

Shoreline stewardship in the San Juans | Guest Column

  • Sep 25, 2009 at 4:20PM

I’m optimistic that a strong stewardship ethic remains in this community, although currently quieted by the budgetary unrest and a debate characterized by a stark lack of civility that goes unquestioned. I’m also ready to step up with others in my community to do what I can locally to ensure that future generations experience restored salmon, rockfish, seabird and marine mammal populations in the waters of the San Juans.

From where comes effective environmental stewardship?

  • Sep 25, 2009 at 4:15PM

Last week’s decision by the County Council to remove shoreline critical areas from updates to county code for another three years is another example of the lethargy in our county offices to update environmental protections for our community.

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