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- Jan 14, 2009 at 1:47PM
Let’s not mince words. The real estate market on San Juan Island during the last half of 2007 and all of 2008 has been, activity wise, in a deep recession. Realtors and sellers of real estate have found this to be the case through personal experience. What is interesting, however, is how well the market has retained its value.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:40PM
The San Juan County Council and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a response to Washington State Ferries’ Long Range-Planning Options that calls the lower-cost Plan B “an unrealistic representation of state ferry service.”
Council endorses San Juan Initiative report; document will guide local involvement in restoration of Sound’s health by 2020
- Jan 14, 2009 at 10:51AM
Bold. Unique. Innovative. A model for the rest of the state. There was no shortage of superlatives as the County Council gave a hearty endorsement to the San Juan Initiative and its final report and list of recommendations.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 10:07AM
Island Rec’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center. Tickets are available at Island Rec. The dance is open for girls of all ages accompanied by their father or a significant male figure in their life.
Morris questions funding priorities: $11.7 million for Enhanced Driver License program while cancelling Sidney run to save $9.4 million
- Jan 13, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Jan 14, 2009 at 9:58AM
During today’s House Transportation Committee hearing, in which members of the committee scoured Gov. Gregoire’s proposed budget for 2009-11, state Rep. Jeff Morris, D–Mount Vernon, questioned the consistency of a policy that includes $11.7 million for the Enhanced Driver License (EDL) program, while cancelling the primary maritime route between Washington and Canada.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:56AM
The 2009 San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair is July 18 and 19 in Friday Harbor. Applications for acceptance as an artist are due by March 16.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:51AM
A San Juan Island woman was arrested for DUI following a bone-rattling detour off the road, up an embankment and into the brush late Saturday, near the intersection of Gladys Way and Turn Point Road.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 2:00PM
What has shaped our community into what it is today? How different are we from those who called Friday Harbor home 100 years ago? How does our past influence our future? A series of events related to the town’s centennial addresses those questions and more.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 1:48PM
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new book about Friday Harbor tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village. And, according to all sources, it’s an entertaining read.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17PM
The 2009 Book of the San Juan Islands, the annual information and relocation almanac published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is on the streets. Copies are available at the newspapers' offices, on ferries and in ferry terminals, in B&Bs and inns, and in chambers of commerce, real estate offices and visitors bureaus on the islands and the mainland.
SWAC makes choice official; recommends Beaverton Valley Road site for San Juan Island solid waste transfer station
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Jan 13, 2009 at 7:08AM
The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee made it official Monday. The committee voted 6-3 to recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. The outcome of the meeting mirrorred the committee’s Dec. 29 meeting. A 20-acre site on Daniel Lane, next to the new San Juan Business Park, was rated second of the three potential sites. The current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:32PM
Spring Street International School invites the community to an annual fund-raiser dinner at Mullis Community Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 16, 5:15-8:30 p.m.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:27PM
A coin drive to help build a new community garden is under way. Money raised will help pay for fencing, soil preparation, and a water catchment system. The Gardens at Ackley's Corner is located one mile past the airport and is open for anyone interested in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:25PM
A day of service is planned in Friday Harbor on Jan. 19, a legal holiday and birthday of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 2:55PM
As far as winter storms go, this latest one — though not as destructive as some — proved trickier to combat than most. Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures only intensified problems created by the recurring blasts of ice and snow, and keeping local roads clear of frozen — sometimes treacherous — precipitation turned out to be a prolonged endeavor for San Juan County’s road crews. Ditto for the town of Friday Harbor.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 10:06AM
WSF is an iconic symbol of our home and charm to visitors. In fact, it could be one of the principal reasons to live here if it were improved and reliable. And a reason why the value of our homes would be secure, rather than shaky.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 9:14AM
According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:42PM
The plight of our resident killer whales has become simple to understand, as is the most likely means of saving them. After years of argument driven as much by money as by science, we have suddenly, unfortunately, reached a moment when the causes and remedial actions are relatively clear.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:09AM
Current law contains clear language that prevents the elimination of any ferry route without Legislative approval. It also states that service on a ferry route cannot be substantially reduced without public hearings. This ensures there will be considerable discussion on this subject at both the state and local levels before any decision is made.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 10:34AM
Football has come to an end, at least temporarily, at Western Washington University. University officials announced Thursday that the Vikings football program will be eliminated as a cost-cutting move meant to ensure the excellence of all the school's intercollegiate sports.
Celebrate Obama's inauguration in community potluck; several islanders will attend events in Washington, D.C.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 9:42AM
A community potluck will be held in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The event, sponsored by organizers of Democracy Corner and other local progressives will be held Jan. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Commons.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:56PM
The ferries division of the state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on its draft long-range plan options aboard the San Juan Inter-Island ferry from 11:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:38PM
St. Francis Church will celebrate Mass this month at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Roche Harbor. Mass is celebrated on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. It will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:18PM
Join members of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans on Jan. 12 for a panel discussion about local education budgets and the issues they pose for our community. The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 3:17PM
I don’t understand how you can get tired of trying to save the salmon. What those infected with salmon fatigue are really saying is, “Stop coming to me and talking about salmon.” I have news for them. We’re just getting started.
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