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- Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Oct 28, 2008 at 5:13AM
The superintendent of the local educational service district will present the possibilities and pitfalls of consolidating the islands' school districts Nov. 3, noon, at a yet-to-be-named venue in Friday Harbor. The meeting will be open to the public and will constitute a special meeting of the San Juan Island School Board. Orcas School District officials are expected to participate. The Lopez School Board will discuss participation on Oct. 29.
- Oct 24, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM
One is too remote. The other is not for sale. And while the factors may differ, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee last week trimmed down from five to three the number of sites it will consider as the home of a new transfer station on San Juan Island.
- Oct 2, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Oct 27, 2008 at 11:32AM
Friday Harbor sales tax receipts are about $15,500 lower than in 2007, and hotel/motel tax receipts are about $10,000 lower than in 2007, according to a report from the Town Treasurer's Office. But Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich said she expects the town will come out as budgeted: $950,000.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 2:00PM updated at 9:11PM
There will be a surprise in every OPALCO member's October bill: a credit for a good portion of the electricity used during the October billing period.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 5:02PM
A family photo from 1975 shows my son, then four years old, wading at Griffin Bay and leaning down to kiss a jellyfish he had lifted gently from the water. Only a moment before, his mother — seeing him lifting and dashing them on the sand — talked quietly with him about the sacredness of all living things.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:26PM
I do not live in the Town of Friday Harbor. I am not in need of lower-cost housing. But I feel I have a very real interest in the outcome of the proposed annexation to the town which will enable the San Juan Community Home Trust to provide permanently affordable homes on the Buck/Boreen property.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:23PM
The presentations by the MRC coordinator and the Lead Entity coordinator at a recent County Council meeting clearly demonstrate the vital importance of these two programs to all San Juan residents as well as most visitors to these islands.
- Oct 23, 2008 at 4:14PM
The American experiment is essentially this: can we the people be trusted to govern ourselves? Throughout our history the answer has been yes, we can. But self-governance takes work and it requires leaders. Leaders to help us confront issues and work out answers so that we may make good decisions for ourselves.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 1:51PM
Turns out, there are only 10 fewer students attending San Juan Island public schools right now, compared to the same time in 2007. There are 858 full-time-equivalent students (a kindergartner counts as .5 FTE, and some home school and private school students take only a class at a public school). In October 2007, there were 868 FTEs. An earlier version of this story compared the current FTE to last year's head count, which is higher because the head count includes part-time students and kindergartners. The district receives per-student funding from the state — currently $5,411.70 per student — based on its annual average FTE enrollment.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 1:51PM
A fire destroyed an old laundry/storeroom/garage behind the former Virgil Frits house, across from the courthouse, this morning. There were no reported injuries.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Oct 23, 2008 at 8:50AM
Seven day-use parks would be shut down. A public health nurse and a 4-H coordinator would be let go. Support for recreation programs — on Orcas Island, in particular — would be cut by $41,000. And that's just for starters.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:29PM
At Cal's request, no services will be held. His ashes will be dispersed in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, Friday Harbor, (360) 378-8755.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:16PM
The Friday Harbor tennis team put a group of mostly elder tennis statesmen through their paces Saturday in tuning up for the Northwest District playoffs. The Wolverines' No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles teams, a total of six players, will go head-to-head against their Coupeville counterparts with a shot at advancing into post-season regional action on the line.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:11PM
The Wolverines have a tailored-made opportunity to surpass last season’s win total with back-to-back matches this week against Mount Vernon Christian and Concrete. The Concrete Lions are winless so far this season, while the Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes have just one win in Northwest 1A/2B League competition, and that was against the Lions.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 3:08PM
The Nov. 4 general election is, as John McCain and Barack Obama tell us, perhaps the most important election in recent history. That applies on the local as well as national level. The challenges have increased since the campaign season began in early summer. Getting the economy moving again and paying the bills for basic public needs during a time of economic turmoil are two of the heavy challenges looming over each winner on Nov. 4.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:44PM
Roller skaters, prize fighters, an abominable snowman, and root-beer floats served up on a ’50s-style diner rolled down the streets of downtown Friday Harbor in the annual Homecoming parade Friday. Enthusiasm rang high among the crowds of students on a rainy afternoon as they proudly displayed their eagerness to dominate the Nooksack Valley Pioneers, the opposing team in the Homecoming football game.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:40PM
The Wolverines got a cruel lesson about who not to put on the Homecoming guest list. The Nooksack Valley Pioneers, ranked No. 7 among state 1A schools, turned the tables on Friday Harbor’s Homecoming celebration Saturday and left town with a convincing 22-7 start-to-finish victory in tow.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 1:40PM
Given the possible outcomes of the Nov. 4 elections, locally and nationally, it is indisputable that we will be in need of people in government with a sense of levity, of irony. It is equally indisputable that, locally, Gordy Petersen is that person.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:24PM
The recent barrages of online negative comments on County Council candidates are attempts to promote a specific candidate by throwing dirt. The candidates’ sometimes respond emotionally, and that shows they are human and care. I have had to endure similar attacks due to the ideological positions that I have taken in our community over the years.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 2:16PM
San Juan County Republicans gathered at E.J. Thorndike’s big red barn for a country hoedown Oct. 11. Included with a mix of politics, music and dancing, the group took time to congratulate Bianca Tobon, San Juan County’s most recent U.S. citizen.
- Oct 22, 2008 at 1:37PM
I would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Center, and Thrift House for the cards and get-well wishes. Also, the Masonic Lodge for bring me a lovely dinner and dessert Saturday. It was much appreciated. All the cards, calls, and visits from all my friends really cheered me up.
- Oct 16, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Oct 22, 2008 at 10:49AM
The community sports fields project at the end of Carter Avenue is on the 50-yard line, with curbs, gutters, roads and sidewalks completed and the clubhouse under construction. Donny Galt Jr., president of the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, put the value of the work to date at $1.3 million — funded through private donations and volunteer labor. Now under way: grading the sports fields and completion of the clubhouse.
- Oct 19, 2008 at 7:00AM updated Oct 21, 2008 at 4:11PM
The Journal’s series of Candidate Q&As continues with candidates for 40th District state Senate. The 40th District comprises San Juan County and parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties, from Bellingham/Lake Whatcom to Mount Vernon. Senators serve four-year terms. Their annual salaries are $42,106 (effective Sept. 1) and they receive health benefits.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 3:08PM
It isn’t easy running for office against a popular, four-term congressman. As Nov. 4 fast approaches, Republican Rick Bart is, in the main, upbeat about his chances to unseat U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes all of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties, as well as parts of King and Snohomish counties. Upbeat, but realistic.
- Oct 21, 2008 at 4:07PM
The economy is weighing heavily on future and hopeful members of Congress, Legislature, County Council. About 70 islanders attended the candidates forum Oct. 11 at Friday Harbor Middle School, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the San Juans.
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