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- Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 4:03PM
The Washington state Transportation Commission, held a public meeting onboard an inter-island ferry Monday. The meeting was an opportunity for public comment regarding proposed ferry fare increases. If adopted, inter-island fares for a vehicle and driver would increase 7.5 percent as of Oct. 11, 2009. The current inter-island fare for auto and driver is $16.95. The proposal would increase that fare to $17.95 in October of this year. Another increase to $18.75 is proposed for October 2010.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:55PM
Regarding the story, “Low says he may replace Fitch with a new town administrator if elected mayor,” Aug. 26 Journal, page 1: A friend of mine reminded me of a saying by Samuel Clemens: “Don’t get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” But I still think clarification is needed.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:50PM
There are too many to list individually, but thank you to those who volunteered and worked a shift or two at the booth during the fair. I also want to thank everyone who bought a burger or hot dog at the American Legion Auxiliary booth at the fair.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:06PM
There’s more than just bragging rights at stake when Friday Harbor and the Vikings of Orcas High School square off Saturday in the 2009 season-opener at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. There’s the hardware, of course, and to the victor go the spoils. The coveted Island Cup, the crown jewel of the inter-island rivalry, has been a fixture in the Wolverines’ trophy case ever since Friday Harbor upset the balance of power and clawed its way to a 2-point victory in 2004.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:48PM
I remember Gale Carter. I was come-lately in Gale’s life. I was at Mullis Center perhaps a couple years ago when this bear of a man out of the blue seized my hand, pumped it several times and asked who I was, what I was doing there and what I had done with my life. At that point, Gale did not know me or I him, but from the vise-grip he had on my paw I was convinced he did not intend that state of affairs to continue.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:46PM
If we really want to save the whales, we should be focusing our efforts on these issues rather than perceived notions and unproven claims based on an organization’s agenda that will have little or no impact.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:42PM
Save the dates: This year’s recycling collections of agricultural plastics are as follows (all from noon to 5 p.m.).
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:44PM
Many of us are not fully aware that all industrialized countries except the United States guarantee necessary health care to all their citizens, and usually to visitors as well.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:38PM
In response to a recent letter from an interested citizen regarding this July’s Independence Day celebrations, we share the sentiment that it is wonderful that there were only a few minor fires and no reported fireworks-related injuries in our county.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:40PM
As a resident of Lopez Island, I wish to share a little story about a Good Samaritan on San Juan Island. My son and wife were visiting from New Wilmington, Pa., and wanted to visit San Juan Island and to stay in a B&B, and with bikes they could explore the island. Upon meeting a family on the ferry, they were told about a great ride out Roche Harbor way.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 3:14PM
The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.
- Sep 1, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 2:49PM
June Young (Marion June Young) died in her sleep from heart failure Aug. 19, 2009 in Placerville, Calif. She was 87. A former resident of Friday Harbor, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., June was born Sept. 20, 1921 in La Crosse, Wis., to William and Rose Krismer. She graduated there from Aquinas High School. June moved to Washington, D.C. when she was 18, during World War II. She secured a job as a secretary in Congress, working for one of the representatives. After WWII, June graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital in Illinois, beginning a career as a registered nurse.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:47PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council should grant David Taylor’s request for a driveway at his house on Guard Street. For two years, Taylor has wanted to get in and out of his car without fear of getting struck by a passing vehicle. For two years, he has wondered how his property, facing a minor arterial road, came to be landlocked, without access from the front or rear of the property. And he’s wondered why he can’t have a driveway although his neighbor has one.
- Sep 2, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:29PM
Dr. Mike Kaill, manager of the Spring Street Aquarium, reports live birth is taking place in the aquarium. "Live-bearing surf perch are producing babies," Kaill reported by e-mail.
- Aug 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Sep 2, 2009 at 10:39AM
Traveling deep into the back country of Costa Rica we arrive at Palmar Norte, our stop for lunch. As our driver speaks no English, I ask him in my shaky Spanish if he wants to continue driving my friends Katie and Roberto and I further into the mountains to the Boruca indigenous village. I tell him, if so, he must do his tarea and find out how to get there. He asks around and we are off.
Come on ‘Back to the Farm’; highlights include a barn dance, contests, live music, dinner, and other good ol’ fashioned fun
- Sep 1, 2009 at 5:28PM
This is the kind of event the grandparents might have gone to when they were kids and cows were as common as cars are now. The San Juan Historical Museum’s first annual Back to the Farm barn dance and fund-raiser is Sept. 19, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds. The museum’s heritage buildings will be open for tours. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.: pork barbecued by Jason Black, beans, cole slaw, rolls, watermelon, berry cobbler for dessert, and lemonade.
- Aug 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 1, 2009 at 5:26PM
Richard Fulton Schmalz Jr., 25, and Michaela Lynda Bennett, 23, will marry Sept. 12, 3 p.m., at 77 Little Road, Friday Harbor. A reception will follow. They are registered at Bed Bath & Beyond.
- Sep 1, 2009 at 5:20PM
On Aug. 30, a private boater broadcast a report over marine radio Channel 16 that they had discovered what appeared to be a killer whale calf floating off of Lawrence Point near Orcas Island. The observer stated that the placenta was still attached to the carcass. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department heard the broadcast and passed the information on to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. A fishing tender also picked up the information and notified the network’s coordinator, Amy Traxler.
- Sep 1, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:16PM
Every year, teachers must buy school supplies for their students who can’t afford them. To help eliminate the burden on our teachers and help classroom learning, Islanders Bank is sponsoring a Gear Up for Our Schools campaign.
- Sep 1, 2009 at 2:16PM
State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders will speak on property rights and the Constitution at the next meeting of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan, today at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Island Grange.
- Aug 30, 2009 at 6:00AM updated at 8:08AM
Saturday morning, the sea began to give back some of what it took from the crew of the Anna J the night before. The front of the pilot house. A varnished wood hatch. A storage bin. Dry suits. A ball cap. Coffee mugs. Photographs. A clock, half filled with water, its hands stopped at 6 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds. Of course, the first thing the sea surrendered was the crew. All hands survived the sinking of the venerable purse seiner off South Beach Friday night.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee will recommend parcel fee to provide steady revenue source for solid waste utility
- Aug 30, 2009 at 7:59AM
Islanders could pay an annual parcel fee of $50 per developed lot and $25 per undeveloped lot, as well as a $5 fee each time they deposit refuse at the solid waste transfer station, to help fund solid waste services in San Juan County. Those fees, unanimously endorsed Thursday by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, are intended to provide a reliable revenue stream for capital improvements and other system investments. Currently, the solid waste transfer stations are funded by tipping fees, which fluctuate based on use.
- Aug 29, 2009 at 8:26AM
The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Ecology and Islands' Oil Spill Association are responding to the sheen created by the sinking of the fishing vessel Anna J, about a half-mile south of Eagle Cove, Friday. Agencies are conducting over-flights to determine the extent of the sheen and possible environmental impact, as well as coordinating with oil recovery specialists.
Purse seiner Anna J capsizes off South Beach: Six rescued, Charles Chevalier taken to Harborview in critical condition
- Aug 28, 2009 at 9:56PM
Veteran island fisherman Charles Chevalier nearly drowned and a family member was injured when his purse seiner, the Anna J, rolled and sank while taking on a load of humpies off South Beach.
- Aug 28, 2009 at 8:00PM updated at 10:44PM
A purse seiner rolled and sank off South Beach early this evening. Six people were retrieved from the strait, reportedly by U.S. Coast Guard and nearby fishing vessels. Sheriff Bill Cumming said the boat was the Anna J. The skipper, Charles Chevalier, and a crew member, Nick Nash, were medflighted – one to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, the other to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.
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