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- Jul 30, 2010 at 10:00AM
About 16 candidates for eight elected positions — including all five candidates for San Juan County sheriff — will attend the Salmon BBQ and Tea Party on July 31 — Saturday — 2-6 p.m., at the Big Red Barn, 1721 Cattle Point Road in Friday Harbor.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 9:55AM
Islanders have several upcoming opportunities to meet Jeff Asher, candidate for San Juan County sheriff. Hear what he has to say, ask questions, and get to know your candidate.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jul 30, 2010 at 9:22AM
How about a job where you're greeted by applause and cheering several times in a days work? That's what Friday Harbor's Fletcher Vynne experiences every time the Wenatchee AppleSox play a home game.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 9:01AM
A public forum, "San Juan County's Critical Areas: Common Sense and Land Use Regulation," is Friday -- tonight -- 5-7 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Turnbull Gym. The forum is presented by the Common Sense Alliance.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 7:19AM
Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 13th annual Encampment, July 31 -- Saturday -- on the English Camp parade ground. The event is free except where noted. Disabled persons should call the park at 378-2240, ext. 2228/2229 or 378-4409 for special access information.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:51AM
A survey questionnaire about how San Juan County should approach current and future challenges in dealing with solid and hazardous waste has been mailed to about half of the households in San Juan County.
Your chance to own a Spivey: San Juan Island Library auctioning works from its art collection Friday and Saturday
- Jul 30, 2010 at 6:18AM
In conjunction with the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale on July 30 and 31 -- Friday and Saturday -- the library will offer works from its permanent art collection for sale by sealed bid. The sale will be held at Friday Harbor Elementary School on Grover Street. The sale starts on July 30 with a special opening for members of the Friends only, from 6-8 p.m.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 6:10AM
The state Department of Natural resources has advised that the entire region is experiencing warm, dry weather. This weather pattern is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, with very low chances for any appreciable rain. The risk of a serious fire is increasing as the area’s natural vegetation begins to dry out.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 6:02AM
San Juan County Health Official Dr. Frank James reports that the county Health Department has received reports of three local cases of pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- this month. He urges all county residents to make sure that their vaccinations are up to date and asks anyone with a cough or cold-like symptoms to take extra precautions to avoid contact with young children.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:56AM
Town of Friday Harbor business license renewals are due by July 31. There is a 50 percent penalty for late renewals -- bumping what you owe from $42 to $63. All businesses that are no longer in business must notify the town in writing because the state auditors require written notification.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:46AM
Forty cars were already backed up from the entrance to the San Juan Island solid waste station when it opened at 10 a.m. on July 23, county Communications Manager Stan Matthews said. Workers reported that the backup persisted all day as 490 self-haul vehicles came through the station. "It was a rough start on the first week of a new operating schedule at the transfer station," Matthews reported in a press release.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:34AM
I support the need for deliberation, debate, and the creation of alternative solutions for important issues, HOWEVER, The Journal could do a great service for the community by summarizing what was expended to give us deliberation, and alternatives over the last five or so years. How much money? How many studies, consultants, hours spent by committees, councils, answers to state agencies for noncompliance and all the effort and hours by citizen volunteers? And on and on. And what did we really get?
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:25AM
As two who grew up in Friday Harbor, my husband and I find it somewhat alarming the typical service and attitude received at various eating establishments in town when we're back to visit many times over the summer and fall months.
- Jul 30, 2010 at 5:21AM
We urge you to vote for Charlie Wiggins for justice of the State Supreme Court. He is a highly respected lawyer and former judge of the Court of Appeals. He has served as chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Washington State Bar Association, which disciplines lawyers who violate ethical rules. He has worked to pass laws limiting campaign contributions in judicial races and pushed for rules prohibiting judges from hearing cases involving parties who gave large campaign contributions supporting the judge's election.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:34PM
Thanks to the paramedics "Bob and Jim" who stopped and helped my guest who had a bike accident on Roche Harbor Road July 23. Robert and Sandra would like to know how to reach you to thank you properly for your help.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:28PM
I have personally talked to deputies who have told me they would be risking their careers if they were to publicly support Jeff Asher for sheriff. They have talked of intimidation and veiled threats of consequences if they were to voice their support. Is this the way this department normally operates, or only during an election?
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:16PM
I was totally amazed when I read recently that the National Park Service was going to eliminate (read "kill") the bunnies at American Camp so that the grass could grow back to the way it was in the 1800s.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:14PM
Absurd: killing all the rabbits at South Beach in order to protect the artifacts of war (the “redoubt”) is an idea which has been made pointedly absurd by the National Park Service, itself, at its announcement in the Mullis Center July 27.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 4:05PM
Thanks for getting this information out! I have been very disturbed by the NPS use of toxic chemicals in the park. I came across a "POISON" sign near the Visitor Center a couple of years ago ... I think they are required to warn people for the first few hours after spraying. Yet I increasingly hear about people with environmental sensitivities who cannot tolerate exposure to toxic chemicals and have terrible reactions if exposed.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 3:52PM
The news that the Neah Bay tug came to the rescue and helped to avert any damage to our island shores brought to mind how tirelessly our former commissioner, Rhea Miller, worked for the placement of the tug to protect our local waters and shorelines.
About the Land Bank's proposed preservation, conservation easement on the Erickson Property | Guest Column
- Jul 29, 2010 at 3:49PM
Given the continued discussion over this project, we wanted to update the community on the process and clarify some of the details. As we wrote last fall, after much public discussion the Land Bank Commission voted to approve purchase of an historic preservation and conservation easement over the Erickson property in the summer of 2008. The goal was to protect (and see restored) the last remaining industrial building in Friday Harbor, and provide public access to green space in the downtown core.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 3:35PM
The ballots are in the mail; so it is time to make a decision on who should for be our next sheriff. It was a difficult decision because those running have a lot to offer. I have decided to endorse Brent Johnson for sheriff.
- Jul 29, 2010 at 1:38PM
Bigger and better. That's what organizers of the San Juan Historical Museum's annual garage sale say their event will be this year — Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Jul 28, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Jul 29, 2010 at 12:19PM
San Juan County Sheriff candidate Brent Johnson has three meet-and-greets scheduled. Johnson — brentjohnsonforsheriff.blogspot.com — will meet islanders July 30 (Friday), 5-7 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library conference room; Aug. 2, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Orcas Island Public Library conference room; and Aug. 3, 4:30-5:45 p.m. in the Lopez Island Library conference room.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jul 29, 2010 at 12:17PM
The Journal of the San Juan Islands asked the candidates for 40th District state House of Representatives, Position 1, 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.
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