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- Dec 29, 2008 at 3:59PM
Feb. 9, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Town of Friday Harbor’s incorporation.
- Dec 29, 2008 at 4:17PM
I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.
- Dec 29, 2008 at 4:09PM
An arctic storm brought a big freeze to the islands. Our school district faces a $717,000 deficit. Our community and state are caught in the national recession. Businesses are struggling to hold on as islanders tighten their purse strings. It’s easy to be grumpy, what with having to navigate icy roads while worrying about the economy and that IRA and/or 401K. But a neighbor said something to me the other day that set me on a path of realizing just how fortunate we are.
- Dec 29, 2008 at 4:07PM
Scientists call it “non-point pollution,” meaning it emanates from sources that aren’t specific or readily identifiable. Oil leaks from automobiles and chemical treatments on lawns are two good examples, swept as they are by rainwater through ditches and storm drains and into the waters of Puget Sound. Another example: the septic systems of shoreline homes, which over time send untreated waste oozing out to contaminate our waterways.
- Dec 29, 2008 at 4:06PM
How to simulate being a sailor: 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.
- Dec 29, 2008 at 3:43PM
Undoubtedly, the financial situation that the 2009 state Legislature deals with when in goes into session in January will be far more difficult than when those legislators announced their candidacies for office in spring and summer 2008. With the state in a recession, Gov. Christine Gregoire is looking at cutting several billion dollars out of the state budget. The budget deficit could reach $6 billion, some reports stated last week. Education must be a priority, not just for the Legislature but for all of us.
- Dec 26, 2008 at 9:30AM
Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.
- Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM
On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.
- Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM
Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned
- Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54PM
Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.
- Dec 24, 2008 at 9:35AM
Spring Street International School students spent their last day before the holiday break baking, caroling and creating cards for the community. More than 40 handmade Christmas cards and 30 plates of cookies were given to area friends, neighbors and businesses Dec. 19. Students baked and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. Gingerbread men complete with suits and smiles were stacked onto plates ready for delivery.
- Dec 24, 2008 at 9:14AM
Mary Hammond's dog, Coco, is missing. He is a 13-year-old Husky mix, black with gray face. He's very friendly and has tags on his collar.
- Dec 24, 2008 at 8:59AM
State funds four projects, including removal of wood-chip waste from beaches at Thatcher Bay
- Dec 24, 2008 at 8:27AM
It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
- Dec 23, 2008 at 3:49PM
A redesigned County News page went into service this week on San Juan County's Web site, www.sanjuanco.com/news. The former news page was more oriented to print news releases and offered documents in PDF file format.
- Dec 23, 2008 at 3:46PM
The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, snow, freezes and thaws through Christmas night, adding to already hazardous conditions on county roads
- Dec 23, 2008 at 3:24PM
Leadership San Juan Islands has selected 20 diverse individuals from the community for the 2009 class
- Dec 23, 2008 at 3:00PM
The San Juan County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program this year. Trees will be chipped for mulch and not sent to a landfill. Help reduce the volume of holiday trash by bringing your clean, undecorated natural trees (no flocked or artificial trees) to your island's solid waste facility between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11 during regular open hours.
- Dec 23, 2008 at 1:39PM
Brad Fincher was elected chairman of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Dec. 19. Fincher is probation officer at the San Juan County Courthouse. He is also a member of the San Juan County Fair Board.
- Dec 23, 2008 at 11:47AM
Beth Hudson, 62, of San Juan Island is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. Hudson was in surgery Monday. Her right leg was amputated below the knee. Her left leg is "stabilized" and she is scheduled to have surgery on it Thursday, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. She has several broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a bruised pancreas, and broken bones in her right shoulder.
- Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01AM
Washington State has launched a multi-agency streaming video that gives new and small businesses easy-to-understand basics on how to plan for, prepare and pay state business taxes and insurance premiums.
Weather Update: Friday Harbor Taxi offering free rides within town; games cancelled, hospital district commission meeting cancelled
- Dec 22, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 4:43PM
Friday Harbor Taxi, 298-4434, is offering free taxi service within the town limits
- Dec 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 4:39PM
Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”
- Dec 22, 2008 at 4:16PM
San Juan County Public Works Operations Manager Russ Harvey said shortly after 2 p.m. today that the roads are getting more treacherous as the temperature is warming. “People shouldn’t think that it is a good time to get out on the road and run errands just because the sun has come out,” he said in a press release issued by the county communications office.
- Dec 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:57PM
A Friday Harbor woman was in surgery this morning at Harborview Medical Center for injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. The Sheriff’s Department only identified the woman as a 62-year-old San Juan Island resident.
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