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- Oct 31, 2008 at 4:19PM
At about 3:15 p.m., Bill Henikman of Century Tel confirmed that repair crews had fixed the damage and telephone service on Orcas, Shaw and Lopez islands had been restored and is fully operational.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:46PM
The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its King Sisters Property. Acquired from the King family in 2005, the land includes about 40 acres of farmland in addition to woodlands and wetlands. A well and perimeter fencing will be included in the lease. The Land Bank worked closely with members of the Agricultural Resources Committee, a county advisory group, in developing this opportunity.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:21PM
The San Juan Community Home Trust's seventh annual Dessert Night and membership meeting is Nov. 3, 7 p.m. in the Skagit Valley College Community Room in Friday Harbor. An update on the Home Trust’s progress on a new neighborhood on the Buck/Boreen property will be given by emeritus board member Larry Soll.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:19PM
The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is one of 85 nationwide recipients of a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The $10,000 grant is for the planning and design of the Ag Guild’s Permanent Farmers’ Market project, a multi-use agricultural facility on San Juan Island.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 2:35PM
The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:45PM
For local law enforcement officials, such a cut would not only be shortsighted, it would be a serious setback in the county's ability to reduce or prevent juvenile crime, keep children in school and keep troubled teens under watch but close to home.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:28PM
Tragically, as with many marine species these days, the Western stock is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and our Eastern stock’s official status is threatened. Steady decline in the populations of these amazingly powerful creatures, who have flourished in these waters for centuries, has been attributed to over fishing and the decimation of habitats that support their food supply. This just happens to parallel with an increase in the population and activities of a two-legged environmental predator who has moved into the region over the last 100 years.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:20PM
I’m just back from South Texas and, as is always the case when I find myself close to a disaster working on the response, I wonder how our own community will fare when it’s our turn. The islands aren’t hurricane country, but the impacts of an earthquake or severe winter storm (google “1962 Columbus Day Storm” for an example) are similar to what Texas is facing. No fuel, food, water or electricity. Limited medical care. Damage to roads and homes. The list goes on.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:09PM
We need to be as tough as the salmon themselves if we’re going to see their recovery. South Fork Nooksack River native spring chinook are almost extinct and need our help. It wasn’t long ago when about 13,000 of these early-timed chinook came back to the river each year. They were the first salmon to arrive each spring, feeding Indian people after long winters, when no other salmon were in the river.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 11:05AM
Whitney Porter scored her 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th goals of the season to help lead the Wolverines to a first-round soccer district playoff win Wednesday against Coupeville. The Wolverines, who finished the regular season 9-1 league, 10-5 overall, defeated Coupeville 4-2. They could advance to the tri-district tournament Nov. 5 with a win against Meridian at Whatcom Community College. Win or lose, Friday Harbor plays Saturday at Oak Harbor High School against a to-be-determined opponent.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 11:23AM
We would like to update the community on the status of Ballot Tracker, which defies state and federal law by linking your name to your ballot’s serial number barcode, permitting officials and vendors to know how you vote, and facilitating election rigging through its un-certified, corruptible “audit.”
- Oct 29, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 10:54AM
Retired Friday Harbor High School art teacher Pat Speer died in her sleep Sunday evening in her brother's home in Plattsmouth, Neb. She was 62. Speer retired from teaching in June after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Oct 30, 2008 at 8:31AM
Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 3:50PM
Byron, Eagle Cove, Foxhall, Hannah Heights, High Haro, Leeward, Timber and Yacht Haven community members are invited to attend an introductory Firewise meeting discussing wildfire behavior and actions home owners can take to prevent catastrophic destruction in their neighborhoods.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:48PM
A cauldron of Halloween fun is brewing, with live music, a teen dance, games and, of course, trick-or-treating in local neighborhoods. The annual Halloween Parade featuring Friday Harbor Elementary School students will begin downtown at 1 p.m., as eager spectators await the arrival of children dressed in their Halloween finery.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:30PM
The Wolverines completed the regular season on the road Monday, beating Concrete 5-0. The Wolverines (10-5 overall) are in the district tournament, which began today. The tri-district tournament begins Nov. 5.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:21PM
The Friday Harbor volleyball team notched win No. 3 at home last week with a three-game sweep of the lowly Concrete Lions, winless so far this season. But dismantling Concrete for the second time this season offered little cause for celebration; the Wolverines tallied a victory despite a lackluster outing.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:15PM
Five Wolverines advanced to post-season play in spring as Friday Harbor thrashed the Coupeville Wolves at the district playoffs, Saturday at Coupeville.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:14PM
Howie has the knowledge, attitude and know-how to continue to be not only an asset, but a fundamental ingredient to a balanced County Council.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 1:07PM
Take a glance at the stat sheets and it looks like a stalemate. But in the end, it’s the numbers on the scoreboard that matter. And the Friday Harbor football team ended up with eight points too few at home Saturday against Meridian in a rematch that was even closer than the 21-13 final score might suggest.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:32AM
A proposed new year-round visitor center at American Camp and the expansion of the English Camp boundary are among the highlights included in San Juan Island National Historical Park’s General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement released last week.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:29AM
I would like to express my deepest gratitude and most sincere thanks to Dr. Wingren of Inter Island Medical Center for his knowledge and expertise in diagnosing a life-threatening condition during a routine checkup last spring. Dr. Wingren's accurate and expedient diagnosis is the reason I am here today and able to write this letter.
- Oct 29, 2008 at 11:27AM
So, you're hungering for a Lopez or a Waldron sandwich at Rich's Cannery House, or you're heading to a club meeting in the Legion Hall, or perhaps you want to take some guests to the Whale Museum. Don't let the big equipment and trenched roadway dissuade you. First Street is open for business.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 29, 2008 at 9:52AM
A Portland man en route to the San Juan Islands on vacation had a heart attack on the Sealth Tuesday afternoon as the ferry was preparing to leave Anacortes for the San Juans. David Kinzer died later in the Island Hospital emergency room, according to Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes.
- Oct 28, 2008 at 3:25PM
Representatives of local arts organizations may form an arts council to act as "an advocate and arbiter of artistic consideration" on the island. The move is in response to the arts community's failure to win any grants this year from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. On Oct. 16, the Town Council approved 4-0 the committee's annual allocation of proceeds from a 2 percent hotel-motel tax reserved for tourism promotion.
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