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- Dec 16, 2008 at 10:24AM
The next Chamber Downtown Forum will meet on Thursday, 8:30 a.m., at Whidbey Island Bank. Joy Sevier and Peggy Long, members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will facilitate the meeting, continuing the topic "What can we do NOW to improve our local economy?"
- Dec 16, 2008 at 5:00AM updated at 8:32AM
San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes today, for the second consecutive day. Island roads were expected to be icy this morning, following three days of frigid temperatures – Monday’s early-morning low of 13 was the coldest since 1990.
- Dec 16, 2008 at 6:30AM
As a proud graduate of Linfield College, I was pleased to finally see a bit about Friday Harbor's own Cole Franklin and his season with the Linfield football team this past season in The Journal.
- Dec 16, 2008 at 6:19AM
How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Perhaps sledding on a hilly street in the neighborhood. Or honing your snowboarding skills at Lafarge Community Park (aka the former gravel pit). Or building the perfect snowman. Or staying in where it's warm and baking the perfect pie.
- Dec 14, 2008 at 5:35PM
San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes Monday.
- Dec 11, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Dec 14, 2008 at 1:32PM
And then there were two. Ten of Friday Harbor Middle School's best and brightest geography students took center stage Wednesday with the school's annual Geo Bee title up for grabs.
- Dec 14, 2008 at 7:05AM
Islanders awakened to a winter wonderland this morning. The first snow of the season fell overnight, and snow showers were likely this morning and this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Dec 14, 2008 at 7:28AM
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor today, 7 p.m., on the corner of Spring and Second streets. The event is open to the public. Kathleen Wilson and Pat Gislason will sing a song that Wilson wrote in memory of her late brother, Frank Wilson, the long-time San Juan EMS chief. Joyce Jones will speak. The names of local children of all ages who have passed away will be read.
NBC veteran Ted Soares develops his umpteenth big show to raise money for San Juan Community Theatre
- Dec 5, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Dec 12, 2008 at 9:11PM
The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season, is this week. If you attend on Preview Night, you’ll find it’s likely the best night of entertainment for the price: $5.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Dec 12, 2008 at 9:09PM
Former Friday Harbor football standout Danny Cumming had two tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, Saturday in Western Washington University’s 25-10 Dixie Rotary Bowl win over Colorado School of Mines. The game was played before a crowd of 2,598 at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah. It was the fifth-largest crowd of the Vikings’ season and the site of their 20-14 win over Dixie State on Nov. 1.
- Dec 12, 2008 at 3:08PM
For more than 10 years, as part of their continuing contribution to the community and to the spirit of the season, the Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor has helped local families in need with Christmas buying for their children by collecting gifts for giving.
- Dec 12, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:51PM
Spirit Tree Gifts on Argyle Avenue is closing, its owner saying the store has "run out of resources" to keep operating. Spirit Tree's owners described the store as "a multi-dimensional resource center for personal growth and spiritual enlightenment." It sold local clay art, drums, handmade pillows, jewelry, mandalas, music and musical instruments, photography, sculpture, video art and wood art. It also sold books and self-awareness tools, and was a venue for meditation and yoga.
- Dec 12, 2008 at 12:56PM
Boardwalk Bookstore will close its doors Dec. 31 after more than 35 years in business. Owner Bettye Hendrickson said the closure is not related to the economy, although the store has been for sale with no expressed interest. The closure will leave the town with three book stores: Griffin Bay Bookstore on Spring Street, Harbor Bookstore at Cannery Landing, and Serendipity on A Street.
- Dec 12, 2008 at 9:58AM
Crime writer Ann Rule, whose 30 books include “No Regrets,” about the Ruth Neslund murder case, will sign copies of her latest book at Boardwalk Bookstore Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rule's newest book, “Mortal Danger,” has been published by Pocket Books. Her updated version of “The Stranger Beside Me,” will be published by Pocket Books in January
- Dec 11, 2008 at 5:01PM
As the holidays and cold weather approaches, people spend more time indoors visiting with family, friends and in crowded places, like airports. Their exposure to germs increases. Some germs are viruses that cause a mild illness and are mildly challenging to the immune system, like the sniffles or the common cold. Other germs, like the influenza virus, can lead to severe illness — even hospitalization and death.
- Dec 11, 2008 at 3:05PM
Feb. 9, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Town of Friday Harbor’s incorporation. Festivities began at the San Juan County Fair 2008 and will conclude in August at the 2009 County Fair. As you are doing your Christmas shopping this year, consider gifting your loved ones with Centennial Friday Harbor memorabilia.
- Dec 11, 2008 at 11:29AM
A local whale watch operator photographed a Steller sea lion on Whale Rocks last week with some type of plastic embedded in its neck, according to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
- Dec 11, 2008 at 10:36AM
A new fitness center is opening on San Juan Island in January. The new gym, Xtreme Fitness San Juan Island, is located in the Beaverton Business Park, 70 Saltspring Road (3/4 of a mile past the library). It will feature a variety of fitness equipment in a 4,000-square-foot open floor plan.
- Dec 11, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:05AM
A strong Pacific storm will bring potentially gale-force winds and snow to the San Juan Islands and western Whatcom County, the National Weather Service reported today at 5:02 a.m. The National Weather Service issued the following storm warning ...
- Dec 10, 2008 at 3:21PM
Because of her name, strangers have asked if she's a nun. Others have mistaken her for the crossword puzzle editor of the local newspaper. But there's no mistaking this: Mary Frances McElfresh has a personality that's as colorful as her name. And on Dec. 9, she joined the ranks of island octogenarians. Well-wishers phoned in these birthday greetings to her.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 12:00PM
The Falcon boys basketball team remains undefeated at 3-0 after beating Friday Harbor 54-47 in a non-conference match-up Saturday, at South Whidbey. The main problem faced last week, mainly a lack in intensity in the third quarter, threatened but didn’t overwhelm.
Whitney Porter named league’s soccer MVP; F.H. collects 17 individual honors, 3 league trophies, 4 academic awards
- Dec 10, 2008 at 11:55AM
Funding woes have the fate of Friday Harbor High School’s sports program in jeopardy. But if athletics end up on the shelf, a whole lot more hardware will end up there as well, thanks to the players and teams of the 2008 fall season.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 10:24AM
The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting is scheduled today at 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,200 budget shortfall. The meeting is open to the public.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 10:34AM
Crumb rubber is messy. It smells. It’s impossible to drive a wheelchair through it to get to the playground equipment. On those points, everyone agrees. And both sides on the issue — parents who want crumb rubber replaced, and the school district which can’t afford to replace it — need to take a breath and realize the lessons here.
- Dec 10, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 10:23AM
Bonita C. Morrow passed away Dec. 8 in Pendleton, Ore. She was 79. She was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Aug. 20, 1929 to Logan and Juanita Crosby. She married John Theodore (Ted) Schuman on July 3, 1949. They had five children together: John Theodore (Jack), Daniel Robert, David Thomas (Tom), James Paul, and Marna Lynn.
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