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- Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17PM
The 2009 Book of the San Juan Islands, the annual information and relocation almanac published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is on the streets. Copies are available at the newspapers' offices, on ferries and in ferry terminals, in B&Bs and inns, and in chambers of commerce, real estate offices and visitors bureaus on the islands and the mainland.
SWAC makes choice official; recommends Beaverton Valley Road site for San Juan Island solid waste transfer station
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Jan 13, 2009 at 7:08AM
The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee made it official Monday. The committee voted 6-3 to recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. The outcome of the meeting mirrorred the committee’s Dec. 29 meeting. A 20-acre site on Daniel Lane, next to the new San Juan Business Park, was rated second of the three potential sites. The current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:32PM
Spring Street International School invites the community to an annual fund-raiser dinner at Mullis Community Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 16, 5:15-8:30 p.m.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:27PM
A coin drive to help build a new community garden is under way. Money raised will help pay for fencing, soil preparation, and a water catchment system. The Gardens at Ackley's Corner is located one mile past the airport and is open for anyone interested in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:25PM
A day of service is planned in Friday Harbor on Jan. 19, a legal holiday and birthday of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 2:55PM
As far as winter storms go, this latest one — though not as destructive as some — proved trickier to combat than most. Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures only intensified problems created by the recurring blasts of ice and snow, and keeping local roads clear of frozen — sometimes treacherous — precipitation turned out to be a prolonged endeavor for San Juan County’s road crews. Ditto for the town of Friday Harbor.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 10:06AM
WSF is an iconic symbol of our home and charm to visitors. In fact, it could be one of the principal reasons to live here if it were improved and reliable. And a reason why the value of our homes would be secure, rather than shaky.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 9:14AM
According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:42PM
The plight of our resident killer whales has become simple to understand, as is the most likely means of saving them. After years of argument driven as much by money as by science, we have suddenly, unfortunately, reached a moment when the causes and remedial actions are relatively clear.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:09AM
Current law contains clear language that prevents the elimination of any ferry route without Legislative approval. It also states that service on a ferry route cannot be substantially reduced without public hearings. This ensures there will be considerable discussion on this subject at both the state and local levels before any decision is made.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 10:34AM
Football has come to an end, at least temporarily, at Western Washington University. University officials announced Thursday that the Vikings football program will be eliminated as a cost-cutting move meant to ensure the excellence of all the school's intercollegiate sports.
Celebrate Obama's inauguration in community potluck; several islanders will attend events in Washington, D.C.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 9:42AM
A community potluck will be held in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The event, sponsored by organizers of Democracy Corner and other local progressives will be held Jan. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Commons.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:56PM
The ferries division of the state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on its draft long-range plan options aboard the San Juan Inter-Island ferry from 11:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:38PM
St. Francis Church will celebrate Mass this month at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Roche Harbor. Mass is celebrated on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. It will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 4:18PM
Join members of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans on Jan. 12 for a panel discussion about local education budgets and the issues they pose for our community. The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 3:17PM
I don’t understand how you can get tired of trying to save the salmon. What those infected with salmon fatigue are really saying is, “Stop coming to me and talking about salmon.” I have news for them. We’re just getting started.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 2:33PM
I attended the Critical Area Committee work session on Lopez Island last Tuesday and was impressed with the efforts being extended to turn boiler-plate, cover-all-bases language into something manageable for island circumstances. I was less impressed that the county had assigned the talent assembled to work backward through pages upon pages of jargon to create something understandable and useful.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:45AM
A rescue group based in Skagit County called S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One At A Time) was there for these wonderful little dogs right from the start! S.P.O.T. dogs are placed in foster homes for a minimum of two weeks, giving the foster family time to evaluate both the personality and health of the dog. They are then available for placement in a new home.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:41AM
We should appreciate that we have a hidden gem in the form of the Beaverton Valley watershed. In a process known as "daylighting," several communities in our region have successfully restored their local streams. Salmon Creek (aka Beaverton Creek) is a critical island resource. Though long since covered and forgotten, it still flows under our streets.
- Jan 8, 2009 at 6:38AM
Friday Harbor is a community that has always been supportive of its youth, and Fred Yockers has been a great role model as well as a fantastic teacher. Thanks to Fred and to all the volunteers. We know what an effort it takes to put on a production like this in a small community.
- Jan 2, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Jan 7, 2009 at 3:32PM
She is now living at the Village at the Harbour, Friday Harbor’s elegant new assisted-living apartments. Flossie, who used to teach bridge at the old Grey Top Inn, was eagerly awaited by the other bridge players at the Village.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 3:28PM
The 2009 Friday Harbor Spelling Bee is Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. The annual contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands, and features fourth- through eighth-grade classroom champions from local schools, including Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, Paideia Classical School, Griffin Bay School, and Spring Street International School.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 2:09PM
Entries are being accepted for the Chili Cook-Off to be held at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24, 2-6 p.m. Entrants will offer their most delicious creations in vying for bragging rights to the best chili on the island, as well as a first prize of $200. The competition is open to individuals, groups, organizations and professionals. Families and chili fans will be able to sample all of the fare, and will be able to cast their votes for their favorite concoction.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:45PM
All told, the San Juan Island Community Foundation distributed more than $700,000 in donations in 2008. More than two dozen local groups, including the schools, benefitted from that largesse. That’s pretty powerful stuff for a group that just three years ago had about $125,000 at its disposal for a full year. What’s behind the surge in the balance sheets? Ask anyone on the foundation board of directors — a 13-person panel of volunteers — and the answers point in one direction: The top.
- Jan 7, 2009 at 2:30PM
Shortly after noon on New Year's Eve, John O. Linde was sworn in to his first elected term as San Juan County Superior Court judge. A crowd of about 30 friends, attorneys, and county officials and employees attended the courtroom ceremony in Friday Harbor. District Court Judge Stewart Andrew administered the oath.
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