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- Apr 7, 2009 at 5:21PM
Everywhere this old dinosaur goes these days, he’s confronted with condolences about the death of the newspaper business, the “fact” that the Internet is taking over, that you have to know texting and tweeting and Blackberry lingo to keep up with modern times. Well, as I did when radio was going to be our downfall, and then television, I feel sure, as my mother used to say, “This too shall pass” (TTSP to you tweetybirds). Why, just last Saturday night, I had a great example.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 4:44PM
April gives us a lot more to think about than spring. This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month — three issues that plague our society yet three issues on which we can make such a big difference. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is using this month to make you aware of some important facts.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 4:42PM
Hard times are always harder on children. The challenges of ordinary life are magnified when the stress of economic difficulty is imposed on a family. Foreclosures, layoffs and budget woes can lead to desperate behaviors. The overall gloom of the times affects even those who are not at immediate risk.
- Apr 7, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:13PM
The San Juan Island School Board plans to hire an interim school superintendent for the 2009-10 school year. The decision was made Monday at a special school board meeting in the district office. A job description will be posted on the San Juan Island School District Web site. The deadline for applications and resumes is May 8.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:33PM
They may be the leading contenders, but Beaverton Valley and Sutton Road are not the only options for a new solid-waste transfer station on San Juan Island. And at least one islander believes that Daniel Lane, a 22-acre site consisting of three appropriately-zoned and privately-owned parcels on Cattle Point Road, may be better suited than the other two sites under consideration.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 6, 2009 at 6:32PM
BC Ferries has agreed to reduce landing fees for the Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney ferry by $100,000 a year for the next three years, a savings of around 25 percent, state lawmakers announced today.
- Apr 3, 2009 at 2:40PM
Friday Harbor's Jordyn Taylor shot 37 to medal in his second consecutive match at par-35 San Juan Golf and Country Club, March 31 vs. the Orcas Vikings. All told, the Wolverines finished 41 strokes ahead of the Vikings, 217-258.
- Apr 3, 2009 at 10:21AM
San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 5:00PM
Members of Cub Scouts Pack 90, Den 6, recently visited The Journal as part of a field trip. While there, Journal marketing artist Rebecca Cook explained the process of designing an advertisement. The Scouts then visited the newsroom, where reporter Scott Rasmussen explained the news-gatherinf process.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:10PM
A Friday Harbor High School student has been named a top prize winner in a national essay contest that drew more than 31,000 entries. As a participant in the Pacific region, Catherine Bevens of Friday Harbor High School was awarded third place and $1,250 in the Being an American Essay Contest sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 11:32AM
Our current recession, with 10 million people unemployed, has brought back childhood memories to me of the Great Depression during the 1930s. I was a kid in grade school in Friday Harbor during this time. The national unemployment rate hovered around 23 percent for several years. It fell off for a while, but by 1938 the rate was back up again.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 2, 2009 at 11:16AM
The first annual Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund-raising Dinner is April 18, 4-6 p.m., at American Legion Post 163. The event is open to Post 163 members and guests. Proceeds will go to the Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund.
The Gerbil: J-26 tells all in interview; voice-recognition software enables orca to share views with humans
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:41AM
Voice-recognition software has been developed that enables researchers at The Whale Museum to translate Southern resident orca dialect into English. For the first time, researchers employed the technology to conduct an interview with a killer whale — and get answers to age-old questions. J-26 will now take your questions.
The Gerbil: Chamber of Commerce will spend stimulus money to start program to help islanders feel better about the economy
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:37AM
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced it will spend some of its federal stimulus money to start a program to help islanders feel better about the economy. Chamber Director Debbie Pigman said the program will employ Disney characters as morale boosters.
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:34AM
Throwing the door open on a new career, Woody — the congenial, though sometimes conflicted, cowboy of “Toy Story” movie fame — last week announced he will run for San Juan County sheriff in 2010. “I’ve got proven problem-solving skills and a knack for getting things done,” said Woody, who goes by the single name by which he’s commonly known.
The Gerbil: Mutant crabs found living at waste transfer station; ‘proof of contamination,’ proponents of move say
- Apr 2, 2009 at 9:27AM
Neighbors say the discovery of a colony of mutant crabs living at the Sutton Road solid waste transfer station is proof that the site is contaminated. Scientists from the state Department of Ecology believe the population is descended from crabs that migrated from the harbor up a stream to a wetlands outside the transfer station site, where they adjusted to living in fresh water. Over time, however, they mutated because of exposure to nitrates and other pollutants that reportedly leach from the transfer station into the wetlands, experts say.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 12:55PM
Minimally fixing up the current transfer station has been widely advocated, because at first glance it appears to be obviously the cheapest option. In fact, it would be wasting money. To see why requires delving a bit deeper. There is another option that is not only cheaper but also better.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 12:26PM
Local churches are planning services leading up to Easter. To list your service on SanJuanJournal.com and in the April 8 Journal, call 378-5696 or e-mail email@example.com
- Mar 31, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:33AM
The sun shone in a clear sky, Canadians waved U.S. flags and a bagpiper piped a welcome as about 225 mainlanders and islanders walked off the ferry and onto Canadian soil in Sidney, B.C. The first Anacortes-San Juan Islands-Sidney ferry run of the season was celebrated on both sides of the international border Sunday. But those riding this ferry knew that the event was as much a campaign as a party, particularly with talk in Olympia of possibly ending the route in the future.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:59AM
From front, Maya Bauer, Megan Wilson and Will Christison learn how to strengthen their bodies with balancing poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with Shantaya Yoga instructor Cynthia Burke, at Friday Harbor Elementary School. The yoga class is one of several enrichment classes offered this spring for elementary school students. These photos were taken on March 17.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Mar 31, 2009 at 10:47AM
The search for a new full-time superintendent for San Juan Island School District is in full swing. Search consultant John Fotheringham of Northwest Leadership Associates was hired to meet with faculty, staff, parents, students and other community members on March 19. The field of candidates will be narrowed from five to three at an executive board meeting on April 2. The candidates will be interviewed on April 11. The two finalists will spend all day at the district on April 13-14. The new superintendent will be chosen sometime this spring.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 10:45AM
Paideia School students celebrated the 100th day of school March 18, tying in the "100" with Friday Harbor's centennial, as well as history and math projects. From left, Katy Kulseth, Lucy Urbach, Peter Kulseth, Kyle Mapstead, Isaac Brumsickle, Keegan Bailey, Caleb Wolf, Liam Stone. These students are members of Mrs. Alps' first- and second-grade class.
- Mar 31, 2009 at 8:33AM
The men are taking over the kitchen (well, sort of) for the Community Arts Theatre Society’s annual gourmet bake sale this year. Elegant Edibles is April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. The event gets an added ingredient this year: The Baker Boys.
- Apr 1, 2009 at 8:00AM
When non-Native settlers began flooding into the Pacific Northwest in the 1850s, the prairies were the first to undergo considerable change because of their easy conversion to farming use. The result? Today, Western Washington’s prairies — including that at American Camp — are widely considered the most imperiled ecosystems in the region.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 9:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 7:51PM
The job picture in San Juan County is … well, it could be worse. The state’s unemployment rate rose in February to 8.4 percent, up from 7.8 percent in January. But San Juan County’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent in February – the second-lowest in the state, according to the state Employment Security Department.
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