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- Nov 10, 2009 at 3:04PM
In the case of Carl Verheyen, the label “guitar virtuoso” fits like a glove. But there’s no one-man show in store when Verheyen, proclaimed one of the Top 10 guitarists in the world by Guitar magazine, takes center stage Nov. 14 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This time, the L.A.-based guitarist, who’s making his fifth appearance at SJCT, is bringing his band along and the show promises to be a musical tour de force.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 11:58AM
This is not a story about just one woman; it is about an entire village. However, it takes one woman to tell the story, and that is exactly what Kitty Sorgen does. On a gray day in October, the 66-year-old Friday Harbor resident stands before the Lions Club to talk about Kenya, quilting and hope. An unlikely combination, Sorgen nevertheless recounts how she set out to aid under-privileged Kenyan women by teaching them how to quilt.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 11:36AM
Adoptive parents are the first to mention the paperwork. And then the time spent waiting. And then the time spent worrying, while waiting. But parents like Sandy Strehlou caution against forgetting that behind this logistical rollercoaster is, after all, a child. It is this humanized perspective that November’s Adoption Month hopes to provide. On the 15th, from 6-8 p.m., the San Juan Island Library will host a Q&A time with several adoptive parents, social workers and adoption representatives.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 11:04AM
On Nov. 4, Lisa Anderson, president of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation, joined the Friday Harbor Leo Club in its morning meeting at the high school. Her purpose was to formally receive the Leo Club's donation of $500 to be put toward October's Phone-a-Thon total. As Anderson noted to the group, a matching gift from King's Market meant that the full total would be $1,000: A lion-sized achievement for a small group.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 11:21AM
Jeff and Kim Fitts of Friday Harbor announce the birth of their son, Sean Daniel, on Aug. 19, 2009 in Islands Hospital in Anacortes. Sean weighed 8 pounds 2.5 ounces. He was welcomed home by his sister, Emily, 7; brother, Ethan, 5; and sister, Sierra, 3. Sean and Emily share the same birthday.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 11:13AM
San Juan County health officials announced Monday that the groups currently given priority for receiving H1N1 vaccinations now includes adults age 25-64 who suffer from a chronic health problems that place them at greater risk of suffering serious complications from H1N1 influenza.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 10:42AM
A commemorative page in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands honors the mayors of Friday Harbor — from Gene Gould (1909-10) to Carrie Lacher (2010-). The keepsake page was developed to commemorate the election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 10:11AM
Voters ponied up in a big way on Nov. 3 to spare an assortment of popular county-funded programs from the chopping block. But if you thought San Juan County's financial woes would be more or less resolved with the passage of Proposition 1, then think again. They've only gotten worse.
- Nov 6, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Nov 7, 2009 at 9:17AM
The Knights of King's High School took control early on, tallied six touchdowns and bounced Friday Harbor out of post-season play with a 42-15 victory at home Thursday in the opening round of the District 1 playoffs
- Nov 6, 2009 at 4:24PM
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for Washington state taxpayers who are missing 2,652 refund checks totaling more than $2.9 million that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service because of mailing address errors. The average refund is $1,099.
Write-in candidate wins on Lopez Island; three votes separate two candidates for Orcas Island recreation commission
- Nov 6, 2009 at 3:42PM
Tuesday's election was historic: Election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor. Funding of school sports through a recreation district. Creation of a recreation district on Orcas Island. There were surprises as well.
Friday Harbor needs a centennial celebration every month; July set a sales tax record, other months lagging
- Nov 5, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Nov 6, 2009 at 11:32AM
If only every other month this year had been like July. Friday Harbor has received $147,012.78 as its portion of sales tax revenue generated in town that month — the best month in town history. All other months this year, not so good.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 6, 2009 at 11:13AM
Kevin Carlton said it was the worst fire he's seen at Roche Harbor in his 29 years as harbormaster. But it could have been worse. There were no injuries in the fire that claimed two 32-foot powerboats this afternoon at Roche Harbor Marina's D dock. Both boats were destroyed; one of the boats sank, The Journal's Scott Rasmussen reported from the scene.
- Nov 6, 2009 at 10:44AM
Nov. 7, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of my father, Rusty Pollock. Each day that passes becomes harder to comprehend that he is no longer here with us. It is hard not seeing him each day and give him big hugs when he walks through the door. My father was not only an amazing dad and husband, but also an amazing person with a heart of gold. He loved life and loved living it to the fullest each day.
- Nov 5, 2009 at 5:05PM
The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center are collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Town Permit Technician Roxanna Zalmanek told the Town Council Wednesday that 80 coats had been donated so far.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Nov 5, 2009 at 10:51AM
Russell Wayne Helmeid passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at Beacon Hill VA Hospital, Seattle, Wash. He was 63. He was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wis., the first child of Eunice P. Helmeid Haase. He was raised in the Elkhorn and Janesville, Wis., area and relocated to Fond du Lac in 1964 with his family.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Nov 5, 2009 at 7:54AM
What a wonderful job Director Helen Machin-Smith has done with Island Stage Left presentations through the years. "Rabbit Hole," the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony awards, now being performed to perfection by a cast of five actors -- three of them professional -- is solid proof of that accolade.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 2:39PM
A boat moored at Roche Harbor is reported fully engulfed in flames. Early reports are that the fire spread to two more boats. San Juan Island Fire Department, the sheriff's boat Guardian and fire boat Confidence are at the scene or en route. Vessel Assist is also en route. The U.S. Coast Guard has been notified.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:18PM
The San Juan County Council wants to take you on a field trip. The council is preparing to update the county’s environmental regulations, beginning with codes covering upland wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat areas, followed by marine shoreline regulations.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:16PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. for a budget work session. The meeting is open to the public. This meeting is a continuation of an earlier meeting, in which the Town Council discussed ways to cut personnel expenses 20 percent in order to help balance the 2010 budget. Cuts to programs and projects are proposed. One alternative to cutting hours has not been considered: The council should help shoulder some of the burden.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 1:11PM
The preliminary Friday Harbor town budget released Sept. 29 wasn’t pretty: It showed seven of 14 town funds spending more than they would take in in 2010.Three funds — the Current Fund, the Refuse Fund and the Street Fund — were projected to finish 2010 in the red; the others would be balanced with money carried over from 2009. Today in a special budget work session, the Town Council reviews a budget that is balanced, but still not much prettier.
- Nov 4, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 1:07PM
Carrie Lacher, 54, was elected Friday Harbor's 28th mayor Tuesday. She is the first woman elected to the job in the town's 100-year history.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Nov 4, 2009 at 11:53AM
Put away the fireworks, the party is over. Voters on Tuesday ratified a local ordinance approved by the County Council more than a year ago that bans the use of all types of so-called consumer fireworks, including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers.
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released into Griffin Bay | Video Report
- Nov 3, 2009 at 11:14AM
Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center were released into Griffin Bay Oct. 22. All three seals had been taken malnourished to Wolf Hollow earlier this year. One seal had been found on Jackson Beach, another on a pocket beach below Downriggers restaurant, and the other on Lummi Island.
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