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- Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jan 21, 2009 at 7:02AM
John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president. He was also the last Catholic president, if by that characterization we mean a political personality defined by his faith. So too Barack Obama will prove to be both the first black president and the last black president.
- Jan 21, 2009 at 6:59AM
Residents at Islands Convalescent Center could not have enjoyed their holiday season more. People of the San Juan Island community helped make it festive and unforgettable. Many children walked our hallways, caroling and bringing gifts, stockings, smiles and love. Singing groups lined our building in the living room, dining rooms and residents' rooms. And Santa Claus came a few times, bringing his bags of goodies and hugs!
- Jan 21, 2009 at 6:55AM
Syndicated columnist Ms. Molly Ivins died two years ago on Jan. 31, 2007 at age 62. The loss of Molly Ivins -- patriot liberal, progressive and humorist -- was the passing of a unique voice of outrage against the abuses of position and power.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 5:02PM
This hasn’t happened here yet. But in this new technological age, it could. And it shouldn’t. That’s the reason for the following editorial.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 4:26PM
Legislation introduced today in the Washington state Senate and House would require the oil, cargo and cruise industry to pay for a year-round response tug to stand by at Neah Bay to prevent vessel oil spills.
Spring Street students 'connect the dots' with observance of Obama inauguration, MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:31PM
At Spring Street International School, Inauguration Day was an opportunity to connect the dots. The day began with a general assembly during first and second periods that featured a double-dose of U.S. milestones. Prior to watching the inauguration in real-time on satellite feed, students got a glimpse of just how far the nation has come in bridging its racial divide by watching historic footage of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial some 45 years ago.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:17PM
Four points in the final period weren’t enough to keep the Lions at bay. With a frenetic comeback in the waning moments of regulation, Concrete shed a five-point deficit at the half and knocked down just enough free-throws at crunch time to deal the Wolverines a stinging 32-30 defeat Friday in Turnbull Gym.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:15PM
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team controlled the boards and the scoreboard from start to finish to tally a convincing 62-45 victory at home Friday over a cold-shooting Concrete squad. The Wolverines, with senior guard Michael Sandifer contributing seven points and fellow seniors Austin Scheffer and Jordan Nash each adding six, took a 29-21 advantage into the locker room at the break. They withstood several third-quarter rallies and outscored the Lions 18-11 in the final period to seal the victory.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 3:11PM
Friday Harbor faced an uphill battle even before the first wrestler hit the mat. But the Wolverines’ Maverick Blake, Michael Davis and Jordyn Taylor gave the home crowd plenty to cheer and a lesson or two for Darrington to ponder as the two Northwest 1A/2B rivals squared off Thursday in Hall Gym.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 2:49PM
Richard Carl (Rich) Trainer passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. He was 65 and had fought a courageous 28-month battle with cancer.
- Jan 20, 2009 at 2:36PM
On Jan. 11, San Juan Island Fitness hosted a swim-a-thon as a fund raiser for the Swim Team ... San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the local PTAs, offers another “Kids Night Out.” Cost is $7.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Jan 20, 2009 at 2:33PM
Friday Harbor boaters can expect Fair Winds and Calm Seas for the year 2009. How do we know this? Well, for a number of years now, Gloria and John Bentzen, and Judy and Arne Bentzen have celebrated their Danish tradition of “Saluting the Compass” on New Year's Day by hosting this marine ritual on the waters off Brown Island. The essential element is, of course, the toast to Thor, god of thunder, lightning and wind.
Contract negotiations 'finalized' with PeaceHealth; San Juan hospital district commission discusses contract Wednesday
- Jan 20, 2009 at 2:03PM
Contract negotiations have been “finalized” between PeaceHealth, San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 and the independent San Juan Community Hospital Committee. The hospital district commission is expected to discuss the contract’s status at its meeting Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., in the Frank Wilson EMS Building. The meeting is open to the public.
- Jan 16, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Jan 20, 2009 at 11:41AM
What does the inauguration of Barack Obama mean to you? How will you observe this historic event? Share with us for a story we are doing. Write firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Here's a list of ways that islanders will be observing the inauguration of our nation's 44th president ...
- Jan 16, 2009 at 11:05AM
The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music.
- Jan 16, 2009 at 6:26PM
Have any vintage clothing? Take out those duds and dust them off: Friday Harbor is pulling out all the stops for its 100th birthday Feb. 9. The town’s centennial will be celebrated at three venues that day, with free exhibits, a time capsule, birthday cakes, daylong refreshments, live music and dancing, a speech by Mayor David Jones, and the judging of the beard-growing contest, capped by a community dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 3:54PM
Family and friends will gather Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Iverson home to remember Marta Kristin Anderson Iverson. Marta Iverson was born March 19, 1959. She died Jan. 13, in the presence of family and friends, of ovarian cancer.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 3:35PM
Islanders have two opportunities Jan. 20 to meet Dr. Gladys Mwiti and learn about the work of Oasis Africa, an indigenous African counseling and training center. Mwiti will speak at the San Juan Lions Club meeting, noon, in the American Legion hall downstairs; and at 7 p.m. at Paideia School. The presentations are open to the public.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:05PM
Do you have an electric wheelchair that is not being used? You can put it to good use and make a difference in someone else's life. Toni Shiurba of Friday Harbor is recovering from injuries incurred in a car accident. She wants to pay for use of an electric wheelchair, but can't pay the $250 per month she said she's been quoted.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 15, 2009 at 11:48AM
The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music. The series begins with the Battlefield Band's "Leaving Friday Harbor."
- Jan 15, 2009 at 9:22AM
Recent new members of Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are Carol Christensen, Bonnie Hendrickson and Deanna Rogers. They will join more than 80 other members of this local business women’s service club that has been helping our community for 12 years.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 7:07AM
President-elect Obama is NOT African-American. He is bi-racial. This error is made consistently in the press. Hopefully somebody will start describing his ethnicity correctly (or better yet, not at all).
- Jan 14, 2009 at 3:41PM
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, was sworn on Monday when the Senate convened for its 105-day regular session. “There is a lot to do, and I am more than ready to get started on solutions to the major challenges we are facing, both locally and statewide,” Ranker said in a press release.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 1:49PM
In an ongoing effort to accommodate the women of Friday Harbor, Curves has relocated to 535 Market St., suite B (next to Whidbey Island Bank). This convenient location is within walking distance of the town core and has ample parking. Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-11 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 1:47PM
Let’s not mince words. The real estate market on San Juan Island during the last half of 2007 and all of 2008 has been, activity wise, in a deep recession. Realtors and sellers of real estate have found this to be the case through personal experience. What is interesting, however, is how well the market has retained its value.
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