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- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:08AM
For those of you who have not heard, the former Written Word booth at the San Juan County Fair has a new name: Island Writers. Island Writers wants YOU. So dust off the keyboard, tone up the fingers, ignite your imagination and start tapping those keys. Stories, poems, non-fiction — choose your favorite genre and share it at the fair.
- Jun 6, 2010 at 1:34PM
It rained Friday. It rained a bit on Sunday. But Saturday, the island was bathed in sunshine, as if on cue for visitors to the island's art studios and gardens in this local summer kickoff. Some 14 studios were open to the public Saturday and Sunday for the annual Artists Studio Tour. Local musicians performed at select studios.
- Jun 6, 2010 at 1:12PM
Saturday, artists opened their galleries, and personalities from music, radio and sports played golf for the island’s non-profits. Sunday, some of the best runners in the region competed in the island marathon. But on Saturday, the real celebrities — at least to their families and friends — were those sitting on stage in caps and gowns. Spring Street International School kicked off a week of graduation ceremonies at local schools Saturday, saluting its 16 graduates in an afternoon commencement in the San Juan Community Theatre. Alexandra Han Freeman was valedictorian; she will attend Colorado College this fall.
A tribute to those who served: 'I am continually in awe of the men – and now women – who serve in combat'
- Jun 5, 2010 at 8:24PM
June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied landing at Normandy, France, in 1944. Some 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi troops in an operation that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said required “nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot hold in Normandy and turned the tide of the war in Europe.
- Jun 4, 2010 at 4:06PM
The San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet June 8, 8:30 a.m. at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 First St. N, Friday Harbor.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jun 4, 2010 at 3:19PM
By the end of May, Friday Harbor had received $276,250 as its share of sales tax revenue generated within the town limits, according to the latest report from the Town Treasurer's office. The amount reflects revenues generated from November to March; revenues are received two months after they are reported. The total received to date is $32,786.94 less than that received in the same period of 2009. Here, we're at "glass is half-empty" or "glass is half-full": The drop in revenue from 2008 to 2009 was more severe — $72,973.54.
- Jun 4, 2010 at 3:09PM
Amy Windrope said Friday she will resign next week from the San Juan Island Park and Recreation Commission. Windrope's husband, Brian, became executive director of the Washington Trails Association in April. He was formerly the development director of the San Juan Preservation Trust in Friday Harbor. She said they expect to move to Bainbridge Island.
- Jun 4, 2010 at 1:50PM
Arriana Eva-Mae O'Brien was born May 15, 11:02 a.m., in Island Hospital's birthing center, Anacortes. It was reportedly one of the quickest labor and deliveries on record at the hospital; Arriana was apparently anxious to join her sailing and video-producer parents, Lisa and Darren O'Brien of Friday Harbor. She gets to go on her first sail this month, her dad said.
- Jun 4, 2010 at 12:06PM
This weekend, artists open their galleries. Personalities from music, radio and sports play golf for the island’s non-profits. Some of the best runners in the region compete in the island marathon. But beginning Saturday, the real celebrities — at least to their families and friends — will be those sitting on stage in caps and gowns. Some 170 islanders graduate from local high schools and Skagit Valley College in ceremonies planned this weekend and next week. The graduation ceremonies are open to the public.
- Jun 4, 2010 at 9:20AM
The San Juan County Association of REALTORS will host a regional workshop on the Critical Areas Ordinance June 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. The event is free and open to the public. Tim Gambrell said the event is co-hosted by Washington REALTORS, and is being held in Anacortes to accommodate participants from the mainland.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 5:24PM
J. Alphonsine Haslet-Phillips is the new executive chef of Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor. Haslet-Phillips began in March and has slowly been transitioning the menu to her fresh, lighter style of cooking. “I wanted to work at a restaurant which had a philosophy that extended beyond the plate on the table, that cared about sourcing food for local, sustainably-grown seasonal ingredients,” she said in a press release.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 5:13PM
Outlining the challenges facing the Southern resident orca pods, Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher proclaimed June to be "Orca Awareness Month," Thursday in Town Hall. There to receive the proclamation were Whale Museum executive director Jenny Atkinson, Whale Museum board president Julie Corey, and Soundwatch coordinator Kari Koski.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 4:40PM
Tickets are on sale now. They are selling fast. And the performance isn't until October. Nine-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel will perform at the San Juan Community Theatre Oct. 24, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 11:52AM
It is close to impossible to get truthful information in most of the mainstream media about the illegal and brutal Israeli military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. That is one of the reasons that human rights activists like David Schermerhorn feel the need to take actions such as this latest non-violent attempt to break the blockade and get relief supplies to the besieged and dehumanized residents of Gaza.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 11:36AM
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a Strategy Development Document that will implement Secretary Ken Salazar’s Wild Horse and Burro Initiative. “It’s a new day, and we need a fresh look at the Wild Horse and Burro Program,” BLM Director Bob Abbey said in a press release. “As part of this effort, we want all those with an interest in wild horses and burros and their public lands to consider our initial ideas and offer their own.”
- Jun 3, 2010 at 11:26AM
The Citizens Salary Commission will have a special meeting Friday, 10 a.m., to reconsider the commission’s actions at its May 20 meeting regarding the sheriff’s compensation and any other matter that may come before the commission. The meeting will be held in the Council Hearing Room of the Legislative Building, 55 Second St. The meeting is open to the public. The commission must have a quorum of six of the 10 members attending in order to have the meeting.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 11:19AM
With summer approaching, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding recreational boaters to give orca whales and other marine mammals a wide berth. State law requires boaters to stay at least 100 yards away from Southern resident orca whales. Boaters who unexpectedly come into closer proximity to an orca are required to stop immediately and allow the whales to pass.
Friday Harbor's Kelsey Barnes takes ninth in State shot put championship; Jadyn Slack and Kayla Short finish 10th, 11th in javelin | Track
- Jun 3, 2010 at 10:43AM
Kelsey Barnes finished in the middle of the pack. Freshman Jadyn Slack crashed the party. And senior Kayla Short bested last year's finish at State by two spots, as all three Wolverines held their own at the Division 1A State Track and Field Championships May 28 and 29 on the campus of Eastern Washington University.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jun 3, 2010 at 8:41AM
The photos tell a deeper story than the headlines. In one photo, two young brothers, ages 9 and 8, are on the Virginia Beach shore, smiling at the camera. In another photo, they are dressed in bow ties, ages 4 and 3, holding hands on the Vashon Island ferry, en route to a family gathering for Easter. In another photo, his mother's favorite, he's a young adult, running on a San Juan Island beach. In other pictures, he's with friends on the beach, or camping in forests, or at a local concert. The pictures seemingly portray a life filled with friends and music.
- Jun 3, 2010 at 8:11AM
Merritt Olsen is celebrating 10 years as executive director of the San Juan Community Theatre. His first day was June 1, 2000, arriving from the Midwest where his most recent post was directing South Dakota’s Black Hills Community Theatre. Also a veteran actor and director (he appeared in more than 35 films and TV shows), Olsen brought with him a variety of skills to lead the theater through a decade of growth and change.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 4:57PM
A benefit is scheduled June 6 in the Roche Harbor Pavilion for Lori Holforty, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The event has been organized by Holforty's friends. Holforty, 46, is a familiar face in the local food service industry. She worked at Downriggers for 15 years and at Roche Harbor's McMillin's Dining Room the past four. Proceeds will help cover the costs of her household and medical bills, as well as cancer treatments, as she battles the disease.
Tour art studios, meet celebrities at the golf course, and watch marathoners conquer the island June 4-6
- Jun 2, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 3:39PM
The first weekend in June kicks off another San Juan summer in style. In past years, this big weekend has featured a huge selection of events — from art to music to charity golf. This year’s June weekend is a little slimmer in some parts, heavier in others.
- Jun 1, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jun 2, 2010 at 3:39PM
Shannon Leigh Smith passed away May 11, 2010, at the age of 35. She was a professional caregiver and a 1994 graduate of Friday Harbor High School. Her loving passion was taking care of island children, and she was an active fund-raiser for various causes.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 3:24PM
A memorial service is scheduled for June 23, 3-5 p.m., for Elizabeth W. Burden, formerly of Friday Harbor. The memorial service will be in the Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Seattle.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 2:13PM
Charlie Wiggins, who is running against Justice Richard Sanders for election to the Supreme Court, will visit Friday Harbor on June 5. You can meet Wiggins and join him for refreshments from 9-10:30 a.m. at Friday Harbor House, San Juan Meeting Room, 130 West St. Wiggins has 34 years of experience as a lawyer, primarily handling appeals. He has served as a Court of Appeals judge, and as a Superior Court judge pro tem in Jefferson and King counties.
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