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- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:08PM
The Nov. 4 general election is, as John McCain and Barack Obama tell us, perhaps the most important election in recent history. That applies on the local as well as national level. The challenges have increased since the campaign season began in early summer. Getting the economy moving again and paying the bills for basic public needs during a time of economic turmoil are two of the heavy challenges looming over each winner on Nov. 4.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:44PM
Roller skaters, prize fighters, an abominable snowman, and root-beer floats served up on a ’50s-style diner rolled down the streets of downtown Friday Harbor in the annual Homecoming parade Friday. Enthusiasm rang high among the crowds of students on a rainy afternoon as they proudly displayed their eagerness to dominate the Nooksack Valley Pioneers, the opposing team in the Homecoming football game.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:40PM
The Wolverines got a cruel lesson about who not to put on the Homecoming guest list. The Nooksack Valley Pioneers, ranked No. 7 among state 1A schools, turned the tables on Friday Harbor’s Homecoming celebration Saturday and left town with a convincing 22-7 start-to-finish victory in tow.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 1:40PM
Given the possible outcomes of the Nov. 4 elections, locally and nationally, it is indisputable that we will be in need of people in government with a sense of levity, of irony. It is equally indisputable that, locally, Gordy Petersen is that person.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:24PM
The recent barrages of online negative comments on County Council candidates are attempts to promote a specific candidate by throwing dirt. The candidates’ sometimes respond emotionally, and that shows they are human and care. I have had to endure similar attacks due to the ideological positions that I have taken in our community over the years.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:16PM
San Juan County Republicans gathered at E.J. Thorndike’s big red barn for a country hoedown Oct. 11. Included with a mix of politics, music and dancing, the group took time to congratulate Bianca Tobon, San Juan County’s most recent U.S. citizen.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 1:37PM
I would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Center, and Thrift House for the cards and get-well wishes. Also, the Masonic Lodge for bring me a lovely dinner and dessert Saturday. It was much appreciated. All the cards, calls, and visits from all my friends really cheered me up.
- Oct 16, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Oct 22, 2008 at 10:49AM
The community sports fields project at the end of Carter Avenue is on the 50-yard line, with curbs, gutters, roads and sidewalks completed and the clubhouse under construction. Donny Galt Jr., president of the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, put the value of the work to date at $1.3 million — funded through private donations and volunteer labor. Now under way: grading the sports fields and completion of the clubhouse.
- Oct 19, 2008 at 7:00AM updated Oct 21, 2008 at 4:11PM
The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As continues with candidates for 40th District state Senate. The 40th District comprises San Juan County and parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties, from Bellingham/Lake Whatcom to Mount Vernon. Senators serve four-year terms. Their annual salaries are $42,106 (effective Sept. 1) and they receive health benefits.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 3:08PM
It isn’t easy running for office against a popular, four-term congressman. As Nov. 4 fast approaches, Republican Rick Bart is, in the main, upbeat about his chances to unseat U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes all of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties, as well as parts of King and Snohomish counties. Upbeat, but realistic.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 4:07PM
The economy is weighing heavily on future and hopeful members of Congress, Legislature, County Council. About 70 islanders attended the candidates forum Oct. 11 at Friday Harbor Middle School, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the San Juans.
- Oct 19, 2008 at 7:00AM updated Oct 21, 2008 at 4:00PM
The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As continues with candidates for 40th District state Senate. The 40th District comprises San Juan County and parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties, from Bellingham/Lake Whatcom to Mount Vernon. Senators serve four-year terms. Their annual salaries are $42,106 and they receive health benefits.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 2:22PM
San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord was elected secretary-treasurer of the Washington Association of County Officials during that organization’s 50th annual conference Oct. 6-10 in Spokane.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 2:09PM
Buddhists for Obama will host "OM for Obama — Chant for Change" Nov. 1, 2 p.m., at South Beach. The event is open to the public. Contact Peggy Sue McRae, 370-5210, or email@example.com
- Oct 20, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 3:35PM
Norman Franklin Mills passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at the wonderful age of 94. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor, Wash., with a reception to follow at Elements Hotel & Spa, 410 Spring St., Friday Harbor, Wash.
- Oct 14, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Oct 20, 2008 at 11:29AM
Philanthropist Edgar B. Stern Jr., longtime member of the board of the San Juan Community Theatre and contributor to numerous community endeavors, died Sunday in Seattle. The cause of death was not released. He was 86.
- Oct 20, 2008 at 8:05AM
The Wolverines got a cruel lesson about who not to put on the Homecoming party guest list. The Nooksack Valley Pioneers, ranked No. 7 among state 1A schools, turned the tables on the Homecoming celebration Saturday in Friday Harbor and left town with a convincing 22-7 start-to-finish victory over the Wolverines in tow.
- Oct 17, 2008 at 5:21PM
F.H. at home Saturday, vs. Shoreline Christian, beginning at noon
- Oct 17, 2008 at 4:03PM
San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker has been endorsed by The Bellingham Herald for 40th District state Senate. Ranker is a Democrat. Also on the ballot is Republican Steve Van Luven, former state representsative from Bellevue now living on Samish Island. The Bellingham Herald cited Ranker's ability “to spell out a clear potential answer” for most problems in the district. Read the endorsement here http://www.bellinghamherald.com/315/story/598064.html
- Oct 16, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Oct 17, 2008 at 3:31PM
In the high school halls, Wolverine pride is running deep as students gear up for two days of Homecoming events — beginning Friday, with the ever popular parade of floats, and ending Saturday, with a traditional Homecoming dance. King and queen will be crowned during the pep rally at Turnbull Gym Friday afternoon. Wolverine spirit spreads into the evening at a local church, Friday Harbor Presbyterian, where high school students will gather for a tasty bowl of chili, card games and more.
- Oct 14, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 17, 2008 at 2:51PM
Dora Ukra is going to jail Oct. 30. The accuser: Not known. The crime: She's got a big heart. Ukra, who with her husband owns and operates Post San Juan, must raise $1,600 "bail" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by month-end.
- Oct 17, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 2:28PM
The Friday Harbor girls soccer team clinched the Northwest 1A/2B championship Thursday, defeating Orcas at home 3-0. Fifth-year coach Mark Fishaut believes it's the first title in the program's history — if not the first in its history, the first in Fishaut's career and the first in recent memory.
- Oct 17, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 2:23PM
I am writing in response to a letter from Michael Mayes published in The Journal of the San Juan Islands (“Grover Street is a liability”, Sept. 17). This is the second letter Mr. Mayes has written to The Journal attempting to throw up roadblocks preventing the annexation of the Buck/Boreen property. Mr. Mayes has also addressed Town Council meetings and been interviewed by at least one Journal reporter regarding the proposed annexation.
- Oct 17, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 2:23PM
The Gray & Osborne Infrastructure Study gave us 52 million good reasons to look at alternatives to annexation of additional residential land into the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor currently has enough residential zoned land to both satisfy the county’s long-term affordable housing needs and provide entry-level homes for working islanders. With minimal creativity, we can meet the projected housing demands of the Growth Management Act without expanding the town’s boundaries one inch.
- Oct 17, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 2:23PM
If you aren’t currently registered to vote in Washington and want to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, you have until the Oct. 20 deadline to so in person at your county elections office. Secretary of State Sam Reed is urging eligible residents to register in person to vote by Monday’s deadline so they can take part in the election.
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