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- Apr 14, 2010 at 1:49PM
OPALCO is the only organization in the country that holds its annual meeting on a public ferry! Why? In order to give all the members of this unique, member-owned cooperative a chance to express their concerns and views to the management and the Board of Directors in a local, easy-to-access forum.
- Apr 14, 2010 at 1:47PM
The first draft of the summer ferry schedule has been in the media. It’s important to point out that there is always a big difference between the first draft ferry schedule and the final schedule. This happens every time and is what our Ferry Advisory Committee is tasked to accomplish: to take the draft WSF proposes and work with them to adapt it to our needs.
- Apr 14, 2010 at 1:48PM
In response to Brian Lynch’s letter (“Bogert for OPALCO,” page 6, April 7 Journal), I’d like to clarify an important point. In the OPALCO election, all members may vote in all district elections, regardless of their home district.
- Apr 14, 2010 at 1:45PM
The Friday Harbor Town Council has withdrawn “for the time being” the town’s offer to sell the solid waste transfer station site to the county. The San Juan County Council has responded that it may go its own way and develop a new transfer station on a neighboring parcel. Within their letters to each other: An openness to negotiate and resolve their disputes. We encourage them to do so. They have an opportunity to resolve one of the most contentious issues on the island today and strengthen the relationship between the town and county governments.
- Apr 14, 2010 at 1:42PM
Friday Harbor’s Roy Taylor sent his slugging percentage through the roof. The junior infielder had a home run, a double and six RBIs in the Wolverines’ 13-0 five-inning defeat of Concrete in Game 1 of a doubleheader on the road, April 10.
- Apr 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Apr 14, 2010 at 8:47AM
20th Century Fox has announced plans to make a movie about Colton Harris-Moore, based on Orcas writer Bob Friel's book proposal.
- Apr 13, 2010 at 5:26PM
It was a windy and cold April 2, and 10-year-old Grace Shaw checked on the hummingbirds that visit the feeders lining the porch of her family's home on Bailer Hill Road. She saw what looked like a leaf stuck to one of the feeders; a closer look revealed it was a hummingbird, its feet stuck to the little ledge around the feeder. She carefully removed the bird from the feeder and called her mom. "I thought it was dead," Rose Shaw said, remembering that some of the bird's feathers were missing.
- Apr 12, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Apr 13, 2010 at 11:15AM
Sheriff Bill Cumming wouldn’t elaborate on the details, but the recent late-night helicopter activity on Orcas Island is part of the ongoing investigation to find serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore.
- Apr 10, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Apr 12, 2010 at 11:29AM
It was a great party. A good ol' fashioned island spaghetti feed. Lots of great items to bid on. Camaraderie was high. The humor was abundant. The guest of honor could not be there. But she will know about this party; it's as much a part of her history as the health issue that prevented her from attending. And someday, she will thank each and every person who attended this event -- not with words, but with her life. Seeing her as an adult, perhaps with children of her own, pursuing her life's dreams as a happy, healthy young woman; that will be the reward.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Apr 10, 2010 at 9:26AM
How do you read a book? Are you looking for beautiful prose or gripping action that makes you turn the pages? Do you crave characters that make you weep or a setting in a landscape or time far, far away? Or are you, like one of my favorite characters, Alice, looking for conversation? Do you like to peruse the pictures and perhaps the captions and maybe only then read the text if your interest is piqued? Sam Connery is the kind of writer that visually oriented readers will like.
San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce celebrates local businesses in Recognition and Celebration Banquet, April 29
- Apr 9, 2010 at 1:52PM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce celebrates the success of local businesses with its first annual Recognition and Celebration Banquet, April 29 in Friday Harbor House’s San Juan Room. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with the program and awards to follow.
- Apr 9, 2010 at 9:02AM
While driving home from a recent stormwater workshop, a friend asked, “Is run-off from my small property really making its way to the ocean and causing damage? My family has lived here 20 years, and we care about the environment as much as anyone. Why is this suddenly becoming a problem?” It’s a good question, and one that resonates with many of us. When we look to science for the answer, we find that it isn’t always exact enough to show specific effects from specific human behaviors.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 4:22PM
You're more likely to get killed in a traffic accident involving speed in King County than anywhere else in the state. That's probably not surprising, given the county's population and traffic load. Counting 2004 through 2008, vehicle speed killed 246 people in King County, or 21 percent of the state's total. But what's surprising is that fatal accidents involving speed frequently occur on county or rural roads, outside congested cities, where wide-open spaces tempt a heavy foot.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:45PM
Laurence “Larry” Bauer died Tuesday, April 6, at Swedish Hospital, Seattle, from complications related to a severe stroke. His children, Sara and Laura, and their mother, Ingrid, were with him when he died. His death was peaceful. He was 69.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 2:56PM
I do not understand why entitlements to banks are now hogging up the budget, second only to the cost of wars as a part of Pentagon spending. These bailouts are costing far more than the projected health reform bill that so much hoopla was touted in the media.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 2:23PM
Even as real estate sales slowed ... to ... a ... trickle, Pat O'Day of John L. Scott in Friday Harbor remained confident that the market would rebound. Sellers just had to be patient. "The light at the end of the tunnel is that we are the Martha's Vineyard of the Pacific Northwest," O'Day said at the time. "God isn't making any more San Juan Islands and there is an insatiable thirst by a very affluent, young generation, as they head toward their retirement years, to have a presence on the islands."
- Apr 8, 2010 at 1:20PM
Dr. Bo Turnage has completed continuing dental education at the University of Washington, Department of Oral Medicine, in the area of management of patients on bone maintenance drugs like Boniva (Bisphosphonates).
- Apr 8, 2010 at 1:11PM
The Fourth of July Parade Committee has selected the theme for the 2010 parade. This year, the parade will celebrate the farming community with a "Tribute to San Juan Farms."
- Apr 8, 2010 at 11:03AM
A fresh breeze of sweet acoustic folk sounds flows into Friday Harbor when The Wailin’ Jennys grace San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Winners of Canada’s 2005 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, the group has been gathering a large following as it has embarked on North American and European tours (“quiet, warm, subtle, mellifluous, almost too good to be true,” noted British daily The Independent). In fact, they appeared in March on Garrison Keillor’s national radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.”
- Apr 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:38PM
I want to thank the person that found my silver and topaz leaf pin at the library. I was overjoyed when they pulled it out of the Lost & Found box because I didn't really think it would be there. It was a birthday gift from my daughter. Thank you so much!
- Apr 8, 2010 at 12:07PM
Gayle Ann Williams of Cape San Juan is the author of “Tsunami Blue,” a paranormal romance just released by Dorchester Publishing. New York Times bestselling author Stella Cameron (“Out of Body,” “Cypress Nights”) said “Tsunami Blue” is “an intriguing mile-a-minute adventurous tale of sexy survival in a paranormal world.” “Tsunami Blue” is Williams’ debut novel. It was chosen for publication after winning Dorchester’s Shomi Writing Contest.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 11:57AM
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA) is sounding the call to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia artists to enter IMA’s juried visual arts competition, “Green: On the Edge.” The upcoming summer exhibition asks artists to tackle the question, “What does ‘green’ mean to you?”
'The Clean House': The bounds of reality are dissolved in the latest offering from Island Stage Left
- Apr 8, 2010 at 10:58AM
The bounds of reality are dissolved in the latest offering from theater company Island Stage Left. Within the solid reality of the venue, San Juan County Fairgrounds, Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” is due to be performed in all its original playfulness. “She has enormous imagination,” director Helen Machin-Smith says of the playwrite. Ruhl, who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize two years in a row, is stylistically drawn to allegory and magic-realism.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 10:48AM
On April 6, the San Juan County Council approved new rates for the county’s solid waste utility. Most of the increases will not take effect until July 1. However, one change will take effect ten days after the rate ordinance passed. The ordinance establishes a $12 minimum fee for all persons dropping off garbage at the transfer stations effective April 16. Practically speaking, this will only affect those dropping off a single can or very small load of garbage.
- Apr 8, 2010 at 10:13AM
Doors open 5 p.m. Friday at Roche Harbor Pavilion for a spaghetti feed and auction to benefit Sophia Grace Krieg, a 6-month-old who is awaiting a heart transplant. Sophia is the grand-niece of Debbie Sandwith.
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