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Friday Harbor remembers: About 50 residents and emergency personnel attend 9/11 commemoration at base of Spring Street
- Sep 11, 2009 at 5:28PM
About 50 people — EMTs, fire fighters, paramedics, and residents — attended a solemn but brief commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, today at the base of Spring Street.
Lopez teen driver arraigned on vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment charges; trial begins Nov. 2
- Sep 10, 2009 at 4:52PM
A 15-year-old Lopez Island boy accused of causing a high-speed collision in which a Canadian man was killed while jogging on Lopez Sound Road — and two others were seriously injured — in late July, pleaded innocent today to six separate criminal offenses, including vehicular homicide. The boy was released on a $10,000 bail/bond pending trial and under court orders to attend school, have law-abiding behavior, not get behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle, and to abide by daily curfew of 4 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 4:37PM
Local and federal government agencies will make decisions soon that could have far-reaching effects on how we build our homes, how we can use our fairgrounds, how our urban growth areas accommodate growth, and how we develop the waste transfer station on San Juan Island. Several public meeting are scheduled to take public comment on these issues. Go. Listen. And share your view. This is your opportunity to influence decisions that could affect you.
Hoisingtons celebrate 69th wedding anniversary; San Juan couple married on Sept. 14, 1940 in New Jersey
- Sep 10, 2009 at 4:13PM
David B. and Elizabeth S. Hoisington of Davison Head celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on Monday. The Hoisingtons, known as “Honey” and “Granddad,” have lived on San Juan Island for 29 years.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 2:28PM
The San Juan County Sheriff's Department has released a photo of one of the suspects in the Sept. 7 burglary of Island Market in Eastsound. Undersheriff Jon Zerby said anyone with information about this suspect should call the Sheriff’s Department at 378-4151. Zerby said an enhanced photograph will be distributed as soon as it is available. Colleen Smith Armstrong reports on IslandsSounder.com that several business and ATM machines have been burglarized on Orcas Island since Sept. 1. “We feel the recent break-ins are all connected,” Sheriff Bill Cumming said. “Each and every incident stands by itself, and we have to connect them all. But there are similarities that suggest these may be the work of the same person or persons.”
- Sep 10, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:35PM
Last night at President Obama's much-awaited speech on health care, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., raised his voice and shouted at the president "You lie." Never before in the history of the Congress has there been such a distasteful display of insolence and disrespect shown to a standing President of the United States, no matter what side of the isle you are on.
'Where is Tomorrow's Farmer?' filmed on San Juan Island; explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming
- Sep 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 10, 2009 at 11:08AM
Filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island has filmed a 10-minute video, "Where Is Tomorrow's Farmer?", on San Juan Island. The film includes footage of the Community Garden at Ackley's Corner, Heritage Farm, the Farmers Market, and Thirsty Goose Farm. It explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming, and features commentary from island farmers and other community members who talk of how important it is that we look at the value of this kind of work, and how important it is that the age-old knowledge of how to feed ourselves is retained and passed on.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 10:52AM
To hear local authorities tell it, John Weida is lucky to be alive. The 64-year-old Marysville man escaped with minor injuries when an explosion blew out the cabin windows and cracked the hull of his 25-foot Bayliner during an apparent fueling mishap early Wednesday at the Roche Harbor Marina. Moored alongside the fuel dock, Weida had just finished fueling the Bayliner with gasoline when, as he switched on the ignition, the boat was pummeled by a powerful blast that split open its stern, shattered the windows in the forward cabin and left deep cracks running up and down its fiberglass hull. The blast could be heard throughout the resort and surrounding areas, according to Brian Gettman, a marina employee.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 10:10AM
When two of three members of the former County Commission have been female, and four of five Friday Harbor Town Council members have been female, gender would seem to be irrelevant in local politics. But there's one more glass ceiling to shatter: In the Town of Friday Harbor's 100 years, 24 individuals have served as mayor — all of them men. Come November, Carrie Lacher hopes to be elected the town's first female mayor.
- Sep 10, 2009 at 10:28AM
The resident orcas are here mostly from May to September, hunting once-abundant salmon runs. Today, that prey is depleted. A major humpy run is passing through the San Juans right now, but if you’re an orca you have to catch more humpies than you do a massive chinook. And you have to do it in waters that are polluted. Those problems extend beyond a half-mile boundary, and they extend beyond May to September. Those problems are regional and they are year-round. We need to enforce the laws we have now. We need to promote alternative ways to watch the whales and other wildlife. We need to keep improving salmon habitat. We need to keep cleaning up the sea.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 2:36PM
Luma Libelle Smith was born on Aug. 17 at the birth center on Whidbey Island. Her parents are Alexis Reifenstuhl and Ryan Smith of Friday Harbor. Her grandparents are Gail and Rocky Reifenstuhl of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Margie and Allan Smith of Friday Harbor.
- Sep 6, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 1:10PM
With the outcome in doubt and the Island Cup trophy still up for grabs, the Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Vikings took to the field to slug it out in overtime with the score knotted at 14-14, Saturday at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. Trailing by seven points almost the entire game, Orcas put another seven points on the board as sophomore quarterback Robby Padbury and senior wide-out Tyler Diepenbrock hooked up on a perfectly-placed touchdown pass in the back-corner of the end zone with 4:18 left in regulation.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Sep 9, 2009 at 8:47AM
This fall, the local Amnesty group will provide more opportunities to write to people experiencing human rights violations and to those in governments that have the power to stop those violations. We’ll hold Write-A-Thons at the Naked Bean Café, 150B First St., in Friday Harbor, on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:51PM
This Friday is the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. To commemorate the event and honor all who lost their lives that day, there will be a simple remembrance ceremony at the base of Spring Street near Memorial Park.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 4:19PM
This is a small community. It is disappointing to hear from people who have had conversations with one or two of the council members and who have come away with the observation that those council members have closed their minds to any other views on critical areas and environmental protection.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:48PM
On Aug. 25 in Friday Harbor, County Councilman Richard Fralick, Orcas West, presented a very good question to the Critical Areas Ordinance panel of experts. He asked what harm is done by a house on the shoreline. A state wildlife biologist thought carefully about the question, and then answered that a house removes habitat. That is a very good answer for someone who studies land-based ecology. Hearing this answer, you might then think: Well, a house removes habitat if it is near or far from the shoreline, so why do larger shoreline buffers matter?
- Sep 8, 2009 at 3:39PM
And these 52 souls traveled to Seattle, joining the Great Migration to one of the designated Doomed Cities, there to live out Humanity's few remaining days in the Hell that the Great Environmental Leader foretold would befall Man/Womankind Humanity who failed to convert to the Word.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 3:02PM
A Lopez Island teen will be arraigned Thursday in Superior Court on charges related to the death of a jogger struck by the teen's car on Lopez Sound Road July 26. Attorney Mark Kaiman of Lustick Law Firm in Bellingham said the boy will plead "not guilty." He said his client is "remorseful."
- Sep 8, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:23PM
Change will not happen without ongoing community input. As such, I encourage you to contact the Town Council to make appropriate modifications in the current roads and for future construction before somebody is hurt.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:23PM
This is a big year for Matt Cowell. The Friday Harbor native won the Bellingham Amateur over Labor Day weekend at Lake Padden Golf Course. The win comes four months after he won the May Masters — and made his first hole in one — at the same course. And one month ago, Cowell shot 64 par-72 San Juan, setting a course record.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 1:52PM
Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. in Friday Harbor. The arrangements are part of a continuing effort by veteran jazz saxophonist Rich Barker to create jazz arrangements for traditional sacred music.
- Sep 8, 2009 at 1:15PM
Charles Chevalier is still at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from near drowning when his purse seiner sank off the southwest side of San Juan Island Aug. 28. “Yesterday, Charlie was able to get up and walk around a little, but he’s still very weak,” crew member Ken Edwards told the La Conner Weekly News today. “He’s back on the ventilator to give his lungs a rest.”
- Sep 8, 2009 at 11:53AM
For the last couple of days, we've been vacationing on San Juan Island and have been fortunate to see the orca whales several times off the southwest side of the island. What an amazing sight! It's even more amazing to see how close the whale-watching boats get to them.
- Sep 4, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 8, 2009 at 9:49AM
A memorial will be held in Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.; and in Seattle at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-6 p.m.
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