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- Sep 23, 2009 at 3:05PM
For starters, I wish my collegue, Kevin Ranker of Anacortes, the best of health and recovery from what ails him. I am very grateful to have met him last year during the 40th District Senate race in the 2008 election of San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. His secretary says that he has some health issues, so I would encourage everyone in our area to contact him at his office in Anacortes and wish him the very best. It's good karma.
- Sep 23, 2009 at 2:02PM
Now is the time to register for Island Rec’s Boys Basketball League, open to boys in grades 4-8. The deadline to register is Oct. 2, with team practices beginning the week of Oct. 26. All games are played on San Juan Island on Sunday afternoons. Volunteer coaches and officials are needed.
- Sep 23, 2009 at 11:18AM
Want to help if the "big one" — oil spill, that is, hits, or with all the smaller ones that do happen year-round? Islands' Oil Spill Association has scheduled classes, drills and trainings for volunteers. All training is free. Call 378-5322 or e-mail email@example.com to register for training.
- Sep 23, 2009 at 9:25AM
John Sable submitted this e-mail today: "Happy 67th Birthday to Mary Ellen Sable!!!"
- Sep 22, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 23, 2009 at 9:24AM
Roy F. Cope died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2009. Roy and Nancy, as best friends, enjoyed marriage, family, boat life, literature, travel, music, dance, hiking/camping and volunteering. Many friendships on San Juan Island and Horizon House are treasured as well as those in recreation, teaching and square dance.
- Sep 22, 2009 at 4:43PM
Like a swimmer with Michael Phelps-like strength, a 35- to 40-foot pontoon houseboat that partially sank off Jensen's Shipyard has made its way to Eagle Cove off the west side of San Juan Island. The houseboat, which was photographed off Jensen's taking on water Aug. 2 and partially submerged Sept. 2, was sighted off Eagle Cove today. The houseboat is believed to have been buoyed by the currents around Turn Island, through Cattle Pass and to its current spot near Eagle Point.
Cumming wins first place in his division at the 2009 Back to the Courts Fall Kickoff racquetball tournament
- Sep 22, 2009 at 3:07PM
Bill Cumming of San Juan Fitness won first place in the Men's Singles B Division at the 2009 Washington Back to the Courts Fall Kickoff racquetball tournament, Friday at Bally's Total Fitness in Lynnwood.
- Sep 22, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 11:27AM
Filmmaker James Longley of Friday Harbor ("Iraq in Fragments") has been awarded a $500,000 fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
- Sep 22, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:20AM
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a Camano Island man in connection with a recent rash of burglaries and thefts on Orcas Island. He is suspected in a series of crimes from last year as well.
- Sep 22, 2009 at 9:10AM
I was there at Carrie Lacher's presentation to a church pastoral council meeting in 2003. She told us our finances were fine. At the next meeting (under new leadership) she reported that our finances were in terrible shape and we didn’t have enough to meet immediate payroll obligations. It was quite a shock to us all. This is not the kind of “Pennywatching” to brag about.
- Sep 21, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 22, 2009 at 5:17AM
Proposed changes to the county’s Critical Areas Ordinance would have significant impact on how we build, and where we build, in the San Juans. In these guest columns, Gordon White of the Department of Ecology and attorney Dennis Reynolds argue the science behind the proposed changes.
$625,000 in grants for San Juan Island Prevention Coalition; will help support programs for five years
- Sep 21, 2009 at 4:18PM
Financial stability may be tough to achieve in troubled economic times like these. But it appears the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition will be on solid ground for the remainder of the year, and the next, and the three after that, thanks to a five-year federal grant totaling $625,000.
Superior Court Judge Linde overturns state board's decision, reinstates controversial Pearl Island dock permit
- Sep 21, 2009 at 3:39PM
Persistence appears to have paid off for a Pearl Island property owner who first sought permission to build a private dock on the north end of the island more than four years ago. On Aug. 31, San Juan County Superior Court Judge John Linde sided with an appeal filed by Christopher Hughes of Seattle, a part-time resident of Pearl and San Juan islands, and overturned an earlier ruling by the state Shoreline Hearings Board, which had quashed a permit allowing Hughes to build a 98-foot dock at the tip of Pearl Island's north end.
- Sep 21, 2009 at 2:58PM
What I have observed outside my front window in the last month should bust some myths about orca whales, but I doubt that it will. It seems as if nothing can put a dent in the orca orthodoxy. Why don’t facts matter when it comes to our beloved whales?
- Sep 21, 2009 at 1:29PM
Edward James Dougherty III passed away Sept. 10, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. He was the son of Edward Dougherty II and Alfreda Rosler. He was the great-grandson of Christopher Rosler, who came to the island with Capt. George Pickett's Company D during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island; and Anna Pike, a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, Alaska.
- Sep 20, 2009 at 11:37AM
The crowd was small, but the enthusiasm was big, at the San Juan Historical Museum's Back to the Farm fund-raiser dinner-dance, Saturday afternoon. Jazz pianist David Bayley played Joplin on the Scribner Cabin porch while a small crowd trickled in and a breeze carried the scent of Jason Black's barbecued pork across the old King Farm.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:57AM
The San Juan Island Community Foundation and another private donor have provided funding for a limited number of tickets for Back to the Farm, the San Juan Historical Museum's barn dance, dinner and fund-raiser. The event is today, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds at 405 Price St., next to St. Francis Church.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:12AM
Clara Brand and Lola Elford teamed up for two of Friday Harbor's six goals in the Wolverines' 6-0 defeat of North Sound Christian, Sept. 17 at North Sound Christian.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 7:01AM
Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma, left her battered body in order to enter a place of peace and health. She had a mercifully brief struggle with cancer and conceded only 30 hours short of celebrating her 90th birthday.
- Sep 19, 2009 at 6:50AM
Shaky at the start, the Wolverines put up 28 points in the second quarter, tallied three more touchdowns after the break, and ran away with a 49-12 victory over La Conner Friday at home under the lights. With the win, Friday Harbor improved to 2-1 overall thanks to its second straight victory over a familiar Division 2B foe. The Wolverines defeated Orcas 21-14 in overtime to open the season with a win, and then fell a week ago to Division 1A regional rival Meridian, 43-6.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 8:09PM
I gotta do this. Particularly after last night's council meeting in which, in my opinion, town residents just got to spend $300,000 more than they needed to. Check out the minutes of the meeting. Robert Low has his hat in the ring for mayor. I can't think of a better, more informed, more qualified person to head up the town. I know. I don't live in town, but those who read this must understand that what goes on in town affects us all.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 8:03PM
Please join us for a benefit dinner to help defray medical costs for long-time high school teacher, Greg Sawyer, as he is preparing for a kidney transplant operation. The event is Oct. 2, 5 p.m., at the Roche Harbor Pavilion. Dinner is $10 for kids/students and $15 for adults. Through this event, we’re hoping to raise awareness throughout the community regarding organ and tissue donation. This will be geared to all ages and we encourage you to bring your family and invite your friends.
- Sep 18, 2009 at 7:56PM
Three of the Town Council members passed a resolution for $600,000 for a new specialty fire engine (Thursday). They used the emergency funds that the town treasurer has saved for many years for emergencies like a break in the water transmission line or sewer line or some other catastrophic failure of the town infrastructure. And they did it by sneaking it by us. They even caught the treasurer off guard. Council member Noel Monin was the only one to vote against it.
- Sep 17, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 18, 2009 at 9:25AM
Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter died at home in Friday Harbor on Sept. 8, 2009, surrounded by the love of her four children. She was 88.
- Sep 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 18, 2009 at 9:21AM
Minutes before the 5 a.m. start, instructions are given in French. Local ultra-marathoner and county prosecutor Randy Gaylord listened intensely, but couldn't understand a word that was spoken. A few seconds before the hour, the countdown begins, in French, from 10 to one, and at the shout of "Allez!" all 800 runners, wearing headlamps, begin running in the dark and cold, as the temperatures were in the 30s and cloud deck low, similar to the Pacific Northwest. This would be a long day for all of them.
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