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- Aug 6, 2010 at 11:56AM
The San Juan Historical Museum’s annual garage sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum resource center, 405 Price St., Friday Harbor. It's a continuation of the sale from July 31. Bookcases, bedding, books, dishes, dolls, furniture and more. All proceeds will help support the museum’s programs and the restoration of its buildings. The annual Giant Parking Lot Sale at Mullis Community Senior Center begins at 9 a.m. More than 40 spaces have been booked and several candidates for San Juan County sheriff have also booked spaces.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 11:11AM
Islanders can comment on a new plan for the parks, trails, and natural areas of San Juan County. A draft of the plan that will guide action and investment in San Juan County’s outdoor spaces for the next six years has been completed and is now available for public review.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 10:50AM
Long-time Friday Harbor resident Betty J. Hood, 88, died July 28, 2010, in Orem, Utah, after suffering a stroke. Service is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 10:14AM
The Friday Harbor Town Council gave the green light Thursday for the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee's proposed rain gardens on Spring Street, designed to filter stormwater before it reaches the harbor.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:56AM
Brad Fincher has my vote for sheriff. I think Brad has what it takes to become sheriff and to guide the Sheriff’s Department into the future. I have had the privilege of working closely with Brad during my time as San Juan County Fair manager. I met Brad when he moved to the San Juans and began his career with San Juan County. He served as Fair Board member and often as Fair Board chairman for more than nine years. His work and support contributed to the success of the fair.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:44AM
My wife and I bought a home on the island in 2007. We grew up in Seattle and have been coming to the San Juan Islands since we were kids. We are now working hard to make this island home our permanent home. This task remains a work in progress.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:34AM
We would like to express our support for Jeff Asher for sheriff of San Juan County. Several years ago, when our house was in the vacation rental pool, we were victims of credit card, debit card, and driver's license theft. The perpetrator managed to rack up $10,000 in charges in less than a week. As we were out of the country, we were unaware of what was happening.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:31AM
Ballots have arrived in the mail. Please, before you vote for U.S. representative, be aware that the incumbent, Rick Larsen, has voted "yea" for $1 trillion for wars. Taxpayers of San Juan County are responsible for $53.7 million for military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. What do Larsen's "yea" votes really mean for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, for our own soldiers and their families?
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:28AM
He knows how to balance a budget and has experience being on the Town Council and running his own business. He shows initiative, and strives to make things better. He's always worked hard in everything he does.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:26AM
There are 30 employees in the department, and only a few are engaged in these attacks. For the most part, they represent the current leadership — the status quo. Should I not win, I will be unable to ensure that my supporters are treated fairly and professionally. Therefore, I will not ask my supporters within the department to publicly declare their support of my candidacy.
- Aug 6, 2010 at 9:21AM
I find these qualities in Brad Fincher. When I was working in the courthouse, I never doubted that I could count on Brad to do his job, and do it well. I encouraged Brad to run for office, and ask you to vote Fincher for sheriff.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 6:00PM updated at 8:28PM
A small plane carrying three people crashed near the Roche Harbor disc golf course shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. "The plane went into trees. Everybody is OK. There were minor injuries," Sheriff Bill Cumming said. "It appears a 79-year-old gentleman will be flown off. The NTSB and the FAA will be notified."
- Aug 5, 2010 at 3:37PM
Dana Richard Kempton of Friday Harbor will be arraigned on a charge of vehicular homicide Aug. 13 in San Juan County Superior Court. The charge stems from a crash on Memorial Day in which Kempton's passenger was killed. Superior Court Judge Donald E. Eaton determined Wednesday there was probable cause to arraign Kempton on the charge, based on an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Department.
Friday Harbor Town Council considers whether rain gardens would be a Spring Street pollution solution
- Aug 5, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:16PM
The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee is proposing two rain gardens at First and Spring streets — on the corner of Herb’s Tavern and Coldwell Banker — and a tree well at Spring and Front streets to filter stormwater before it reaches the harbor. The Friday Harbor Town Council will reconsider the proposal Thursday at noon. The meeting is open to the public.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 9:53AM
Rebuilding Spruce Street — with new surface and storm drainage — would cost about $471,400. And it might be paid for by neighborhood residents through a limited improvement district. Next to determine: Who will be in the limited improvement district. Town Administrator King Fitch said districts, or LIDs, or usually comprised of residents whose homes face an improvement. But in this case, more homes could be included because Spruce Street provides access to Hemlock Court, Green Way, and Alder Court. It becomes Rose Lane. The number of homes in the district is important — more homes means less property tax per owner.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 10:59AM
Friday Harbor has its own radio station. Seriously. San Juan Island's Ken Norris recently received a business license and Friday Harbor tinyRadio — 1650 on your AM dial — is already on the air.
- Aug 5, 2010 at 10:27AM
This document was written to speak to two concerns: — Do rain gardens work? How do we know that an investment like this will pay off? — What is the goal of a monitoring program? What are the reference points to show what the data means? Do we know that the data is appropriate? What do we do with the data?
- Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Aug 5, 2010 at 4:42AM
The local economy may be down, but it's not out. In fact, there's some sign of economic improvement this summer compared to the last, particularly in the tourism sector. San Juan County's share of lodging tax receipts were up 6.8 percent through the end of April, and up 23 percent in the town, compared with the first four months of 2009. Deborah Hopkins, director of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, cautions against putting too much stock in monthly lodging tax figures, noting that hotels, motels and inns are allowed to report earnings on a monthly, quarterly or an annual basis.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:09PM
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will make a rare stop in Roche Harbor Aug. 4-10 and offer a full slate of public activities. The vessels will fire a cannon salute to the community when they arrive at about 5:30 p.m. after an all-day passage from Anacortes.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 12:53PM
Latitudes & Attitudes’ ninth annual NW Cruiser Party and Share the Sail event comes to the San Juans this month. The big annual party/rendezvous is Aug. 13-15 at Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes. “We expect more than 150 boats and upwards of 1,000 people,” said Bob Bitchin, publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring magazine.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 12:45PM
In this annual race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club on Saturday, 30 July, LIBERTY, skippered by Howard Lewis with crew Chantelle Vollmer, was declared the winner by Race Committee John Manning and Ed Hale. In second place was MARIANA, skippered by Fred Hoeppner and Cathy Crain crew.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 12:39PM
Friday Harbor's town treasury has received $66,244.46 in lodging tax revenue so far this year, $8,605 more than the previous year, according to a report by Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich. That money represents revenue from two 2 percent lodging taxes collected — one for lodging facilities like public restrooms, the other for tourism promotion. Each 2 percent tax generated $33,122.23. It's the second-best year in lodging tax revenue since 2004. Sales tax revenue, not so much.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Aug 4, 2010 at 11:55AM
Former Burns, Ore., mayor Laura Van Cleave has praise for her former police chief Rob Nou's skills as a law enforcement administrator. "If you're looking for a good sheriff, he would be perfect. I'd vote for him in a minute."
- Aug 4, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 11:54AM
Rob Nou has experience and ideas. He also brings fresh leadership, unencumbered by baggage that can come with being with an organization for a long time.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 11:36AM
Thank you, farmers. It's a pleasant sight seeing you in the fields. May your harvest be bountiful.
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