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San Juan County voters will decide whether to ban safe-and-sane fireworks | November ballot measures

  • Oct 15, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Oct 28, 2009 at 11:35AM

For the second time in three years, voters will decide the fate of countywide legislation. Approved by the San Juan County Council in June 2008, an ordinance that would make it illegal to use any and all types of so-called consumer fireworks — including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers — remains in limbo pending the outcome of the Nov. 3 general election.

Ryder Martin Hulse | Births

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 11:22AM

Marty and Tara Hulse announce the birth of their son, Ryder Martin, on Oct. 3, 2009. Ryder Martin was born in Island Hospital in Anacortes. He weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces and was 18.25 inches in length.

The Batties are back: San Juan’s favorite Celtic band returns to the island with a new album

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Oct 28, 2009 at 11:19AM

Bazoukis. Bagpipes. Fiddles and whistles. Add them up and it can mean only one thing. That’s right, the internationally-acclaimed Battlefield Band is on its way to San Juan Island. The band will take center stage on Friday at the San Juan Community Theatre for the 13th time — yes, you heard that right, the 13th time. Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office or online at The box office is open today through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Resident says two pro-Prop. 1 signs were stolen

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:13AM

Local musician Teddy Deane said two signs supporting San Juan County Proposition 1 were stolen from his property. He posted a third sign, which states, “You can steal my sign, but you can’t steal my vote. Yes on Prop. 1."

Grand opening is Nov. 13 for Oettinger’s San Juan Vacation Rentals

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:22AM

Grand opening is Nov. 13, beginning at 4 p.m., for Mary Oettinger’s San Juan Vacation Rentals LLC, located at 100 First St., Suite A. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Film, parade, and other spooky fun in store on island for Halloween

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:51AM

For those in search of Halloween fun, Friday Harbor has a trick-or-treat-astic array of activities planned. Kicking off a weekend of costume creativity is Friday Harbor Elementary School. The students’ annual costume parade is Friday, 1 p.m., on Spring Street.

Ranker will host health insurance 'town hall' Nov. 23 in Bellingham

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:40AM

As Congress debates the details of President Obama’s plan for reforming health care coverage, state Sen. Kevin Ranker will host a town hall forum to hear from 40th District constituents and help inform residents about any potential changes in Washington.

Local property rights regulations subject of CAPR forum

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:38AM

Citizens Alliance for Property Rights San Juan will present a report, “Property Rights Regulations in San Juan County,” Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Grange. Guest panelists include Richard Civille, John Evans and Bob Levinson.

40th District Democrats oppose I-1033, endorse R-71

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:36AM

The 40th Legislative District Democrats have endorsed Referendum 71 and formally opposed Initiative 1033 on Tuesday’s ballot. The Democrats met Oct. 10 in the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Anacortes, attended, speaking about the state budget, bills he’s co-sponsored and bills that are becoming law.

San Juan County’s Elections officials ask local voters to check the return address on their ballot envelopes

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:35AM

San Juan County’s Elections officials are asking local voters to check the return address on their ballot envelopes. According to Elections officials, included in a recent shipment of local ballots were some envelopes with return addresses located in Asotin County. will post election stories, including results and the impact of the vote in each race, after the polls close Tuesday

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:33AM will post election stories, including results and the impact of the vote in each race, after the polls close Tuesday. The general election is Tuesday. Polls close at 8 p.m. On the ballot are state and local measures, as well as 44 local offices.

Fund-raiser for Friday Harbor sailing team | Sailing

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:33PM

The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation and the San Juan Island High School Sailing Team are presenting a jambalaya feast in traditional New Orleans style Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., in the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

Tennis team ousted from post-season | Tennis

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:31PM

The 2009 season came to an abrupt end for the Friday Harbor tennis team as Coupeville swept the district championships Oct. 21 in Friday Harbor.

Volleyball Wolverines stung by Hurricanes | Volleyball

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:31PM

Another loss to the starting lineup took its toll as the Wolverines faltered at home in a four-game loss Oct. 20 to Mount Vernon Christian. The Wolverines (2-9 league, 2-12 overall) got a boost with the return of senior Ali Wade and junior Rachel Hay to a starting rotation that’s been snake-bit by injuries and illnesses from the start of the season.

Wolverines fall to Meridian at Homecoming, 18-6 | Football

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:27PM

Big plays and a sturdy defense put the Wolverines in position to pull off a come-from-behind win. But Friday Harbor’s comeback bid came to abrupt halt with less than three minutes left in regulation as Meridian pocketed an 18-6 victory on a Friday on rain-soaked and mud-caked field in Friday Harbor.

Friday Harbor wins second consecutive league title, headed to post-season | Soccer

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:24PM

The Wolverines eked out a tough 1-0 victory over La Conner today to secure their second successive League Championship and earn their first bye ever in post-season play. The only goal of the match was scored by Alex Freeman, who put in an Emma Ytander rebound in the third minute. The defense was pushed to the limit for the remainder of the game but did not break.

Tigers face Arlington in playoff opener | Football

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:16PM

The Friday Harbor Tigers are playoff bound. The Senior Tigers, who finished an eight-game regular-season schedule at 6-2, will face the Arlington Eagles (5-2) in the first-round of the North Cascade Youth Football League playoffs. The top eight teams out of the 10-team league qualify for post-season play.

Wayne Edwin Hagel | Passages

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:14PM

Wayne Edwin Hagel of Lopez Island died Oct. 18, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. He was 76. Wayne was born on Oct. 18, 1933 in Spokane, the son of Ralph and Grace (Faulkes) Hagel. He grew up and lived for most of his life in Spokane. In 1972, he started his own business, Specialty Machining & Manufacturing.

David B. Hoisington | Passages

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 5:12PM

David B. Hoisington peacefully passed away at his home in the morning hours of Oct. 23, 2009. He was 89. He was surrounded by family and with his wonderful loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth, by his side.

Four receive amateur radio licenses, will receive call signs from FCC

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:08PM

Deena Barkell, Christen M. Giandomenico, Francis G. Smith and Audrey Wakefield passed their exams administered by the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society at the Friday Harbor Fire Station Oct. 10, earning their technician licenses. They will soon receive their call signs from the Federal Communications Commission, along with licenses good for 10 years.

Vote 'yes' on Prop. 1: 4-H empowers youth and builds strong families

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 4:13PM

We are not voting whether we should fund the 4-H program “a little less” or a “little more.” If Proposition 1 fails, the 4-H PROGRAM WILL BE ELIMINATED. On behalf of the more than 350 4-H kids in San Juan County, please vote "yes" on Prop. 1.

'Everyone should pick up a book and enjoy the sweetness of the words' | Essay

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:08PM

Friday Harbor Middle School teacher Ben Troutman asked his 15 eighth-graders to each write a five-paragraph essay of no more than 350 words on the topic, "Why People Read." Here is an essay written by Skyler Moeder.

Approve the Orcas Island Recreation District

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 4:28PM

This past July, more than 650 people signed a petition to place the Orcas Island Recreation District Proposal on the ballot. Now is the time to vote to approve the district.

Tide gate removed, salmon habitat restored on Lopez Island; stream flow preserved for salmon on Orcas Island

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 2:56PM

A large cement tide gate has been removed from the tide channel of Lopez Island's Shoal Bay lagoon, improving tidal flows and salmon habitat. The tide gate was removed Oct. 15. It had been restricting the flow of water in and out of the lagoon, obstructing fish passage at low tide and causing elevated summertime temperatures within the lagoon.

U.S. Census Bureau presentation: 'A New Portrait of America'

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 2:31PM

LaVerne Lamoureux of the U.S. Census Bureau will make a presentation, "A New Portrait of America," Nov. 5, noon, at Friday Harbor Town Hall and Nov. 10, 2 p.m., in the County Council hearing room.

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