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- 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.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 7:08PM
A celebration of Meagan Egger Warren's life will be held at the home of her sister, Kelly Shipley, on March 28, 2 p.m., at 23581 Monument Place N.W., Poulsbo.
- Mar 25, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Mar 30, 2009 at 9:34AM
Skagit Valley has a new team and ended up on the losing end in a 9-0 contest March 24 in Friday Harbor. But the Flyers, outscored 22-6 in two games, still had something to teach the San Juan Dragons.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Mar 28, 2009 at 11:16AM
Clouds roiled in the skies above San Juan Golf & Country Club. But Jordyn Taylor shook off the chill of this Marchuary day to sink a long putt on the No. 3 and maintain his par streak. His response? "It's been a bit of a bumpy start, but we'll get this train rolling." And roll he did — to a 1-under 34 to help lead the Friday Harbor Wolverines to a 215-265 win over La Conner, March 24.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:23PM
Concepia, Friday Harbor's latest business venture, opens Saturday with the first solo show of Randy Laybourne, 2-5 p.m., in Churchill Corner, just above the ferry landing.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:16PM
Soroptimist President Debbie Staehlin introduced Joyce Sobel, who chaired the Soroptimist Club selection committee (which also comprised Nancy DeVaux and Lenore Bayuk), March 18. Sobel presented a certificate, flowers and a check for $750 to Charlotte Guard. The Friday Harbor High School senior was selected winner of the annual community service award, which is named for the president of the first Soroptimist Club in 1921, Violet Richardson.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:10PM
The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Friday Harbor for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:09PM
A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets (“Don’t let snail bait be your pet’s last meal,” page 6A, March 4), and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.
- Mar 24, 2009 at 10:00PM updated Mar 27, 2009 at 4:08PM
Amid frigid temperatures and frigid economy, a ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds. But don't break out your shades yet. There were six closed sales and seven pending sales on homes listed with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in February. The median sales price was $520,000, up from $492,500 the same month a year ago and $480,000 for all 12 months of 2008.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:07PM
My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:05PM
I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:04PM
I noticed that the lead article of the March 18 Journal confirmed what the proponents of the Beaverton Valley Road transfer station site have been saying all along — that the Department of Ecology is NOT in favor of the Sutton Road site, as the runoff from that site is toxic for sea life and the site is contaminated.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:03PM
We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:01PM
In response to the story about poor Dini, I am incensed (“Dini’s dilemma,” page 1A, March 11 Journal. This is now the second time that I am writing a letter reminding people to properly secure their animals, whether it be in your vehicle, at your home/neighborhood, or on a walk. It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 4:00PM
I have lived on San Juan Island for 14 years; this is my first “letter to the editor.” I am a respected business woman; my business is about healing. Last week’s “thank you” letter from Valerie Tibbett struck a chord with me. Her loving words of thanks are words I’ve thought many times since moving here, after 20 years of living in the city. It has been a delight to be loved and feel safe here.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:58PM
As I sit here in Anacortes writing you this letter, I can hear a Navy fighter plane roaring directly over my house. It is NOT a pleasant sound but one I hear at almost any time of day or night since moving here from Cattle Point the first of the year. I can only imagine how noisy it will be with flights more than doubled!
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:57PM
Thanks for the story regarding the Navy’s plans for increased overflights (“Learn about, and comment on, Navy plans,” page 6A, March 18 Journal). You bring up some important questions for the Navy to address.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:56PM
In its 11th year, The Family Umbrella Group has never turned down a qualified preschool scholarship application, making it possible for more than 200 local island children to attend the preschool of their choice. Our annual fund-raiser will be held on April 3 in Mullis Community Senior Center. The theme this year is “Spring at the Seashore” and will include a silent auction and social hour beginning at 11, gourmet lunch served at noon, followed by a live — and lively — auction led by Eugene Cuomo.
- Mar 27, 2009 at 3:41PM
We are born wired to learn. By age 3, our brains have one trillion synapses — more than we’ll have in adulthood. By age 6, our brains are 95 percent the size of mom’s and dad’s. We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age 5, we either have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.
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