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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 11:02AM
It’s almost a year since Washington state began one of the most successful recycling programs for waste electronics. Manufacturers who sell televisions, monitors, computers and laptops in our state cover the full cost of the program. By the end of November, almost 36 million pounds of electronics were collected and recycled in our state free of charge to households, small businesses, charities, schools and small governments! About 35,000 pounds have been recycled in San Juan County so far.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:57AM
On behalf of The Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, I wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following businesses who helped make it possible for the citizens of Friday Harbor to donate to the cause of raising relief funds for the citizens of Haiti by placing donation cans on their counters.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:56AM
Many in our state have been devastated by the economic crisis caused by the banking industry. We have a serious problem in our country with deregulation. Foxes guarding the henhouse is the quality of representation we’re getting in D.C.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:55AM
This is to support Steve Ludwig’s letter in the Feb 9 edition of The Journal calling for restraint in the use of cell phones, which may be causing the disappearance of pollinating honeybees. This information seems to be absent from the major media in this country.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:54AM
When we arrived in 1997, this issue was in fierce discussion and the County Commissioners decided “no tower.” Cell phones were new and their future dependency was not understood. Today, most islanders can probably tell you how much the world depends on the cellphone and most islanders have learned how to cope with limited cellphone coverage. The problem is the multitude of visitors and their life-style reliance of expecting cellphone operation — including expecting usage anywhere within San Juan County.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:52AM
I would like to respond to your front-page article in the Feb. 10 edition regarding changes to regulations that affect wireless communications in San Juan County (“Hearing Feb. 19 on cell changes”).
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:52AM
For all who attended the 2010 Public Schools Foundation Knowledge Bowl, might I presume to say “thank you.” Thank you for collecting and donating $110,689 to the children of the San Juan Island School District. The money is so appreciated and well used for much-needed instructional materials.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 10:50AM
Voters did the right thing when they approved property tax levy renewals for San Juan Island EMS and San Juan Island School District maintenance and operations. You will continue to pay a property tax of 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for EMS services. If your home is worth $300,000, that’s $105 a year – no out of pocket. It’s a great investment in the health and security of you and every member of your household.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:35AM
State Rep. Dave Quall is retiring after 18 years of service in the Legislature. Quall is a retired teacher, counselor and coach. He is chairman of the House Education Committee, and has also been devoted to clean air and water, economic development, farmland preservation, and transportation. Four district residents are already out of the chutes with their campaigns to succeed him.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:44AM
The Bluff Restaurant·Bar·Terrace at Friday Harbor House has appointed Joseph Foriska as chef. “As a resident of the San Juan Islands for more than 15 years, Chef Foriska brings to the table a familiarity of the San Juan Island culinary community and strong relationships with local purveyors,” Friday Harbor House GM Michael O’Dell said in a press release.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:42AM
Deanna Osborn is the new director of marketing and director of activities at Village at the Harbour assisted living community in Friday Harbor. Osborn has worked with seniors for 19 years. She joined Village at the Harbour in November 2007 as the activity director and resident assistant. She was recently promoted to director of marketing/activities.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:41AM
The San Juan County Land Bank requests proposals from farmers interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its Frazer Homestead Preserve on San Juan Island.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:40AM
Island Air, an air charter company based in Friday Harbor, has received the Five Star Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers Inc. The award was presented in Friday Harbor on Feb. 4. Island Air has been insured by Phoenix Aviation Managers for more than eight years and has received the most safety awards ever given to a Phoenix-insured air carrier.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2010 at 2:08PM
Colton Harris-Moore has not yet been officially named the suspect in an airplane theft and burglary on Orcas, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
Registration opens for Friday Harbor youth baseball, softball; Vynne leads pre-season clinic March 16-17
- Feb 22, 2010 at 11:22AM
Online registration is now open for all boys and girls ages 5-14 who want to participate in T-ball, softball or baseball through Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association (FHBSA). Tryouts and skills assessments will be held March 20. The season will open after spring break.
- Feb 21, 2010 at 7:29PM
Friday Harbor will have a new fire truck come summer. The Town Council approved a resolution 3-1 Thursday authorizing the purchase of a 1,500-gallon-per-minute fire engine for $528,931. With tax, the total bill comes to $579,179.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 10:58PM
Friday Harbor’s wrestlers, having lost their opening matches at the storied Mat Classic on Friday, found some redemption vs. Montesano. But in the end, it was Zillah that dashed the wrestlers’ hopes of third-place finishes at the state championship.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 4:40PM
The San Juan Islands have been designated a national wildlife refuge and a scenic byway. Next, they could become a national monument. Fox News reported today that the Obama administration is considering 14 sites, including the San Juan Islands, for national monument designation. The report was based on Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained exclusively by Fox News. The mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado — totaling more than 13 million acres.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 3:07PM
It comes down to this day. After 13 wrestling events since Dec. 5, three Friday Harbor wrestlers — Michael Davis, Willy Dunn and Calen Mehrer — qualified for this day: The 1A State Wrestling Championship — the storied Mat Classic — in the Tacoma Dome.
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