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- Apr 24, 2009 at 1:18PM
One can’t help but like Charlie Noble, the live-aboard investigator in love with wooden boats, just learning to love a new woman after the painful death of his first wife, whom he still grieves.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 12:30PM
The Washington Employment Security Department has released the preliminary employment data for March and the data show that the unemployment rate for San Juan County rose during the month to 7.7 percent. The March rate was three-tenths of a percentage points above the revised February rate of 7.4 percent.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:52AM
Four San Juan Island Firewise residents recently attended the biennial Firewise Conference in Tampa, Fla. Attending the conference: Brent Johnson, North Forty; Jon Zerby, Hillview Terrace III; Rex Stickle, Westside Story; and Ron Garner, Alaska Place.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:40AM
Friday Harbor golfers continue to dominate the Northwest 1A/2B League. The Wolverines, 7-0, possibly set a record at Similk Beach Golf Course April 23, shooting 188 to La Conner's 243 over nine holes. Senior Jordyn Taylor led with a 3-under 33, followed by Dustin Howard, 35; Cody Price, 36; Tyler McKee, 41; William King, 43; Quinn Bune, 45; and Megan Cuomo, 50.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:25AM
Freshmen Micky Leytze and Mandy Turnbull gave the Wolverines a shot to win with a turnaround performance and 7-6 victory in the second set Friday on the road at Coupeville.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:23AM
With two on the court, the Wolverines prevailed in a big way, taking seven of nine doubles matches and earning a victory on the road April 15 at Cavalero Mid High in Lake Stevens.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:16AM
May Boyce, a lifelong resident of Friday Harbor who was born more than two years before the town was established, died Thursday in Island Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. She was 102 and possibly the oldest resident of the San Juans. Evans Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Funeral arrangements hadn't been made this morning. They will be reported as soon as received.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 10:52AM
In loving memory of Ida Pellandini Hammond. Ida passed away on April 21, 2009, in Pinegrove, Calif., due to complications of a recent stroke. Nearly 97 years of age, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Ida was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Ceres, Calif., to Louis and Marie Pellandini. She spent most of her life in Sonoma, graduating from Sonoma High School, class of 1931. It is believed that Ida was the last surviving member of that graduating class.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 10:35AM
The "Party of the Year" will be the Purple & Gold barbecue, dance and auction May 2, at 5 p.m., at the Beaverton Valley Business Park! The goal is to raise $45,000 to fund the high school sports program.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 11:51AM
In light of the dog torture case now before our court, we have formed Citizens for Protection of Animals (CPA). The purpose is to be a collective voice for animals in the event one might need it. Our purpose is to make the public aware in the event a cruelty, torture or wrongful death case is brought to our attention, either through the sheriff or the Animal Protection Society. We might need your signature on a petition or ask if you have the time to be in court.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 11:00AM
The San Juan Island School Board has voted to issue notice to employees that the district expects to eliminate six positions in the 2009-10 school year. The board made the vote Tuesday, anticipating a $1 million budget shortfall because of expected reductions in the state education budget. Though the state budget reductions will not be known until the legislative session concludes April 26, state law and teachers’ union contracts require that districts provide anticipated reduction-in-force notices to affected employees by May 1.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:25AM
Please take a moment to consider what our island has to offer the next time you are spending money. Let's support our local economy. It helps us all.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 9:01PM
Senior southpaw Richie Ochoa fanned 13, gave up one base hit and drove in four runs as the Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season with a rout on the road.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 8:23PM
Where children once played, horses tread. Crumb rubber, removed from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground on March 7-8 after a citizens committee raised money for its replacement, was sold to Roxanne Christensen of Horseshu Ranch on Douglas and San Juan Valley roads.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:15PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed to list three populations of rockfish in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia for protection under the Endangered Species Act. A final decision on the three will be made a year from now.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 1:13PM
Who will be the next mayor of Friday Harbor? Mayor David Jones told The Journal Wednesday that he will not seek a second term. Jones' four-year term ends Dec. 31. His retirement as the centennial-year mayor leaves a big question mark on who might run to succeed him. It also raises the possibility that a political ceiling will be shattered.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 12:53PM
While the San Juan Islands have been closed to fishing during the winter months for 10 years or more, it is now reopen for hatchery chinook salmon. Due to negotiations with the state, San Juan Island fishing has been expanded from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 12:01PM
The Spring Series, the beginning of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club's racing year, opened this last weekend with a two-day event better suited to power boats.
Ecology says county out of compliance at waste transfer station; ordered to get 'industrial stormwater' permit
- Apr 22, 2009 at 11:17AM
The San Juan County Public Works Department has violated state law by allowing contaminated water at the Sutton Road waste transfer station to come into contact with groundwater, according to an administrative order hand-delivered to Public Works Director Jon Shannon by the state Department of Ecology. The county is also in violation for not having an Industrial Stormwater General Permit from Ecology.
- Apr 21, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Apr 22, 2009 at 9:55AM
Alternative-bluegrass singer Aoife O’Donovan teams with Heather Masse of the Wailin’ Jennys for a night of folk in the San Juan Community Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 9:52AM
Weston D. Callender, born in Seattle, Wash., June 20, 1948 and a long-time resident of Friday Harbor, peacefully entered into rest April 15, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 60.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 9:28AM
Underage and high-risk drinking, alcohol abuse and binge drinking are complex problems. No one strategy can remedy the risks, but one effective, proven approach is the higher (age 21) Minimum Legal Driving Age, or MLDA.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 9:19AM
We wish to thank everyone for all the concern during the several weeks Alex was in the Convalescent Center and Margaret was recovering from cancer surgery. Your prayers, cards, flowers and wonderful food all raised our spirits and were indeed appreciated. Thank you all so very much.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM
The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM
The skipper and passengers of a Bayliner reported missing late Tuesday apparently tied up in West Sound for the night, but failed to let anyone know of the change of plans.
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