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What’s best for Tillikum now, and what have we learned? | Guest Column

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:21PM

The terrible tragic death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau at Sea World Florida has suddenly generated a nationwide public examination of our feelings about captive orca shows. We’ve now seen the harm they can do even to compassionate humans, and the mental distress captivity can cause in the orcas. Google shows at least 6,892 articles on the trainer’s death. No other single news event has brought out such a groundswell of emotions doubting the ethical wisdom of using captive orcas for entertainment.

Lessons from Chile: What the Pacific Northwest can learn from the Chilean earthquake | Guest Column

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:20PM

First Haiti, now Chile. Widespread destruction on a scale most of us have seen only in a Hollywood movie has many in the Pacific Northwest wondering what it would look like here after a similar quake. And the reality is, of course, that it will happen here.

Abby | Pet Tributes

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 3:51PM

Abby, our beloved pound puppy for 16 years, passed from this world Feb. 25. She was there with us as we raised three children, sailed the sound, hiked the high country and finally settled on San Juan Island.

The Census counts for our town and our island community

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 1:43PM

Now is our chance to join in and be counted. The U.S. Census happens once every 10 years, so it is important that when it does come around we get the numbers right. So many of our community social services and infrastructure improvements rely on federal funding. We stand to receive federal dollars based primarily on the Census count not just for this year but for the next decade. That money goes toward our schools, roads, libraries, food banks, emergency medical and senior services, hospitals and more.

Colton Harris-Moore possibly strikes again in Eastsound

  • Feb 28, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Mar 1, 2010 at 4:38PM

Byron E. Harrell (1924-2010) | Passages

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Mar 1, 2010 at 9:09AM

Byron E. Harrell passed away from pneumonia in Island Hospital on Jan. 23, 2010. He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota. After serving in World War II, he took courses in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Michigan, where he met and married Joyce.

Rosary Feb. 19, Mass Feb. 20 for Frances 'Mickey' Cahail | Passages

  • Feb 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Mar 1, 2010 at 9:09AM

Rosary will be recited Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m., in St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor for Frances "Mickey" Cahail. Mrs. Cahail died at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 12 in Islands Convalescent Center. She was 100.

Chilean quake: No risk of tsunami here; two former San Juan residents in Kailua evacuated

  • Feb 27, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 12:59PM

The San Juan County-Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management reports there is no risk of tsunami in the San Juan Islands resulting from the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile early today.

Calling Class of 2027 high school graduates: Photo shoot Saturday at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 5:01PM

Calling Class of 2027 high school graduates! If your child was born between Sept. 1, 2008 and Aug. 31, 2009, bring your baby for a group photo on Feb. 27, 2010 — Saturday — at 10 a.m. in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.

Gov. Gregoire appoints Eaton San Juan County Superior Court judge

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 3:48PM

Donald E. Eaton was serving today as Superior Court commissioner. Effective March 22, he'll be serving as Superior Court judge. Gov. Christine Gregoire today announced Eaton's appointment to the San Juan County Superior Court, effective March 22. He will succeed Judge John O. Linde, who died in December.

Town pulls out of farmers market project; Ag Guild says it remains committed to project

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 12:53PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council voted 3-2 to pull out of the proposed purchase of the permanent farmers market site, saying there's no guarantee the contribution of lodging tax funds for the purchase will clear the state auditor.

'Warehouse' is now 'Criminal Coffee': 'Our espresso is wanted,' new owner says

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 12:02PM

Warehouse Coffee, 301 Tucker Ave., has new owners. Look for more changes and a new name. Ramona Hayes and Cory Eglash bought Warehouse Coffee from Dwight Ware on Feb. 8. Clinton Mills, who bought the business from Ware in September, stopped making payments in January and closed shop, Ware said. He had changed the business name to Solid Grounds Coffee Shop, added karaoke, expanded the menu, and applied for a license to sell beer and wine. But the license application didn't sit well with Ware or community members concerned about beer and wine being sold so close to Friday Harbor High School.

More land-use, and money generating, options coming for San Juan County Fairgrounds

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 9:14AM

The San Juan County Fair will have about $5,000 from the county general fund to help it get through 2010. Whatever else the fair might need to keep itself afloat, it will have to generate on its own. That's why a new land-use overlay has been welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the county fair. It sets the stage for the fair to host, and to cash in on, an assortment of activities and events that have long been prohibited by land use rules that apply to all 14 acres of the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor.

Theodore Paul Lehn | Passages

  • Feb 26, 2010 at 6:50AM

Theodore Paul Lehn was a lover of life, father, husband, brother, son, and friend, architectural designer and builder, finish carpenter, environmentalist, volunteer, world traveler, gardener, and gourmet cook.

Islands Convalescent Center hosts open house Feb. 24; meet the new administrator, nursing director, marketing director

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Feb 25, 2010 at 12:14PM

Islands Convalescent Center has a new management team. And they want to meet you at an open house Feb. 24, 4-7 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments. Islands Convalescent Center is located at 660 Spring St., Friday Harbor. Call 378-2117. ICC is owned by Life Care Centers of America.

'The Dining Room' probes the dynamics of the declining WASP culture

  • Feb 25, 2010 at 11:42AM

It was an inanimate object that took center stage Feb. 19 at San Juan Community Theatre. The audience, after taking their seats and adjusting to the soft, museum-like light, could see that the set was dominated by one piece: A dining room table. True, there was a dresser against the back wall, the obligatory dining room chairs, but the table was the focal point in an otherwise uncluttered environment.

'The Mysteries of the [Dining Room] Table Revealed': Free lecture March 3, 7:30 p.m.

  • Feb 25, 2010 at 11:44AM

A Northwest food historian explores the art of dining in a special free lecture at San Juan Community Theatre on March 3. Humanities Washington and Living History Lectures, in conjunction with the SJCT production of A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” present Tames Alan’s “Trial by Fork: Formal Victorian Dining Demystified.”

Major award for Ed Strum; ‘Connoisseurs’ wins Pickering Award

  • Feb 25, 2010 at 11:19AM

A play written by Ed Strum of Cape San Juan has been awarded the 2010 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. Strum’s comedy, “The Connoisseurs,” will premiere March 4 in the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Mich. The historic opera house and theater opened Sept. 21, 1882.

Kathryn Pinion is the town's newest centenarian; worked for the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Feb 25, 2010 at 10:31AM

Kathryn Pinion, a resident of Village at the Harbour in Friday Harbor, celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 23. She is believed to be the island's only centenarian. Dave Champlin, another Village resident, will share the honors Sept. 12 when he celebrates his 100th birthday.

Without a local coordinator, derelict boats are often not removed from the water until it's too late

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Feb 24, 2010 at 11:13AM

Fast forward to August 2009. A 35- to 40-foot pontoon houseboat is photographed off Shipyard Cove taking on water Aug. 2, then partially submerged Sept. 2. And no one would take responsibility, to give the OK to take the vessel out of the water. The registered owner said she had sold it. The U.S. Coast Guard waited to see if it became a hazard to navigation. State DNR waited to see if it became an environmental hazard. Meanwhile, currents carried the houseboat around Turn Island, through Cattle Pass, to Eagle Point, and then across Haro Strait to Canadian waters. Without a local coordinator, the San Juans' participation in the Derelict Vessel Removal Program was rudderless.

Orca born to L pod makes 89 in Southern resident population

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 4:37PM

The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new L pod calf. L114 was photographed with its mother, L77, on Feb. 21 in Cordova Bay. The new calf brings the Southern resident orca population up to 89.

Congressman Larsen gets two challenges from within party | Election 2010

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:37PM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, will have a challenge in the primary from within his own party. Larry Kalb, 55, announced his candidacy Jan. 15 for the 2nd Congressional District seat, to which Larsen was elected in 2000. Kalb lives in Bellingham, works for the Whatcom Transportation Authority finance department, and is president of Health Care for All, a statewide organization advocating single-payer health care. And Diana McGinness of Bellingham, a retired insurance fraud investigator, announced her candidacy Jan. 20.

Join Relay for Life and make a difference; kickoff is today at 5:30 p.m. | Editorial

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 1:30PM

Times are tough right now. But for just a few dollars, and a little bit of your time, you can bolster cancer research and help provide services for local cancer patients. The kickoff for Relay for Life is today — Feb. 23 — from, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library. The kickoff is open to the public.

Lutherans move from St. Francis Catholic Church to St. David's Episcopal Church

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 11:42AM

Members of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans processed on Feb. 14 from St. Francis Catholic Church a few blocks to St. David's Episcopal Church, which will be their new worship home. The Rev. Raymond Heffernan and members of St. Francis Church wished them farewell as the Lutherans processed to St. David's, where they were welcomed by the Rev. Doug Simonsen and members of St. David's.

Looking for a job? The U.S. Census is hiring

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 11:22AM

Census tests are being scheduled throughout the Northern Puget Sound Region. Call 1-866-861-2010. With communities across the country reeling from job loss, the U.S. Census Bureau has its own way of providing a stimulus to local economies — hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to ensure the 2010 Census is a success.

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