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Love & marriage: Margaret and Alex McRea talk about what it takes to make 66 years of wonderful memories
- Feb 17, 2009 at 11:17AM
For Margaret and Alex McRea, true love is measured by memories over a span of time. Love for a spouse is something to be treasured and valued on a daily basis, they said. For more than five decades, they have shared their lives — something to admire in an age where many marriages dissolve during difficult times.
- Feb 17, 2009 at 11:10AM
Sunlight has touched the soil beneath the King Farmhouse on Price Street for the first time since 1894. Nickel Bros. House Moving is scheduled to lift the house today so that a concrete foundation and 4-foot crawl space can be placed under the historic home, the centerpiece of the San Juan Historical Museum.
- Feb 17, 2009 at 10:49AM
Times are tough. Retirement investment plans have taken a beating. Local businesses are scrambling to keep doors open and paychecks coming. If you’ve tightened your belt and find you’re on the last notch, take note: Help is available locally as you weather this financial storm.
- Feb 13, 2009 at 4:47PM
The two brothers moved to Friday Harbor to start a new life far from the tough inner-city streets of Tukwila. Now, one is dead and the other will spend 50 months in prison for fatally shooting his brother in a predawn altercation that left family and friends grief-stricken, perplexed and pleading for leniency.
- Feb 12, 2009 at 12:58PM
Eighteen individuals or couples faced property foreclosure in 2008, according to a review of Trustees Sale notices published in The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder.
Updated: More than 100 boaters apply for tax reimbursements; applies to renters of any public-owned property
- Feb 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Feb 12, 2009 at 12:13PM
If you rented property owned by the Friday Harbor Port District between Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2008, the state Department of Revenue may have some money for you. The possibility of reimbursement applies to all renters of publicly-owned property — whether of an airplane hangar, boat slip, or a commercial site, according to Mel Kirpes, the Department of Revenue's operations manager for miscellaneous tax programs.
San Juan Island man accused of shooting girlfriend; faces charges of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of firearm
- Feb 11, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:04PM
A San Juan Island man is in custody today, suspected of shooting his live-in girlfriend in the chest last night in their home near Roche Harbor Road and Lillan Lane. Doug Curnow, 35, is in San Juan County Jail, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. His 45-year-old girlfriend, whom Cumming would not identify, was flown by the U.S. Coast Guard to Harborview Medical Center, where she is reportedly communicative but still unable to talk.
- Feb 11, 2009 at 3:25PM
A San Juan Island woman's Toyota 4-Runner went off Turn Point Road and Harrison Street today at about 2 p.m., crashing into a truck parked in the Seattle Yacht Club parking lot below. The woman, identified by Sheriff Bill Cumming as Anne Gutierrez, was taken by ambulance to Inter Island Medical Center. Witnesses said she had gotten out of her vehicle by herself and walked to the ambulance, though that could not be confirmed by authorities.
Several businesses take out applications for SBA help; low-interest loans also available for farmers impacted by storm
- Feb 11, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:45PM
A Small Business Administration representative is visiting with local business owners this week to discuss low-interest loans that are available to help offset financial losses suffered during the storm that covered the county’s roads with snow and ice Dec. 12 to Jan. 5.
- Feb 11, 2009 at 1:09PM
With no more substitutes available and sophomore Kelsey Barnes on the bench with five fouls, the Wolverines went into overtime with the odds stacked against them. But with just seven ticks left on the clock, freshman Liz Taylor dribbled the length of the court and buried a 3-point shot to lift the Wolverines to a dramatic 52-51 win on the road Tuesday at Concrete.
- Feb 10, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:17PM
Facial hair can come in all sorts of colors, shapes and size. But who would've thought day-glow green? Evidently, Dave Staehlin did. And though he caught the eye of many, Staehlin failed to capture the nod from judges on Monday when Friday Harbor's beard-growing contest mercifully — for many — reached its conclusion.
- Feb 10, 2009 at 9:51AM
Undoubtedly, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of today’s Friday Harbor residents will talk about this day in 2109. Ferry whistles blasted. Sirens sounded. A cannon was fired. And the town partied like it was 1909 again.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Feb 9, 2009 at 12:37PM
Feb. 9 is Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday, and it’s our birthday too — all of us who call this place home — for we are all a part of the community and the culture and the history of this place.
- Feb 9, 2009 at 5:00AM updated at 11:44AM
Ferry whistles will blast. Sirens will sound. A cannon will fire. And the town will party like its 1909. Friday Harbor celebrates its 100th birthday today with plenty of pomp and circumstance, as well as parties at three venues.
- Feb 9, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 11:44AM
James “Jim” Peter Crain passed away at home surrounded by family and dear friends on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, after a sudden and brief battle with cancer.
- Feb 9, 2009 at 10:53AM
Shannon Terrell of Bellingham won the sixth annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational Saturday with an 18.6-pound blackmouth. He claimed $10,000 for first prize.
- Feb 6, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Feb 9, 2009 at 9:23AM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Christopher Wolf will resign this year to take a two-year teaching assignment at the American School of Doha (www.asd.edu.qa), in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar. Wolf will teach Advanced Placement history; his wife, Emily, will teach middle school English. They will leave Friday Harbor the first week of August, Emily said.
- Feb 9, 2009 at 7:55AM
Mayor David Jones joined residents and staff at Islands Convalescent Center Feb. 6 to celebrate the Town of Friday Harbor's 100th Birthday by cutting the town's first birthday cake and reading the Town of Friday Harbor's Proclamation. Two of the eldest residents at ICC, sisters Mickey Cahail, 99, and May Boyce, 102, were visited by Jones in their room which they share, and received cake, ice cream and a greeting.
- Feb 6, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:49AM
What’s the difference between zooplankton and phytoplankton? On Saturday, students from Friday Harbor High School will answer this and other challenging questions about the biology, chemistry, economics, geology, history and physics of the ocean at Orca Bowl ‘09.
- Feb 3, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Feb 6, 2009 at 10:07AM
Stan Reitan and Bridgett Paterson are engaged to be married April 25, 2009, at San Juan Vineyards. The wedding has been tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 5:02PM
In an effort to avoid nearly $500,000 in unfunded testing costs, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has cancelled optional Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) testing for ninth-graders, effective immediately.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 5:05PM
Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery on Orcas Island is seeking interested salmon anglers to help improve understanding of fish distribution in the region.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:26AM
United Way of San Juan County has awarded $115,000 to 29 local non-profit programs. “We are exceedingly grateful for the trust and generous support of the community,” Executive Director Bonnie Gilmore said. “Our donors are important partners in our efforts to provide services to hundreds of island residents who participate in United Way supported programs.”
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:11AM
The well went dry in the final minutes of play as Friday Harbor faded and the Vikings capped a 44-33 win with a burst of offense down the stretch Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
- Feb 5, 2009 at 9:08AM
A ragged game turned into a blowout after the break as the Wolverines buried Orcas under a 25-point barrage and then ran away with a 52-35 league win Tuesday in Turnbull Gym. Though short on style — the two teams together committed 46 turnovers — this one was never close.
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