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Fun things to do this weekend in the San Juans

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 4:19PM

The Winter Farmers Market is Jan. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday Harbor High School Commons (enter on Guard Street). "Hypnotic New Year’s Resolutions" is Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Lopez Island Library.

Visual healing, e-mailed well-wishes for Beth Hudson

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jan 2, 2009 at 3:53PM

Islanders have suggested these ways to show care to Beth Hudson, who is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision Dec. 21 on Portland Fair Road.

Think you're hot stuff? Chili cooks are needed for Chili Cook-Off

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 3:43PM

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 cast their votes for their favorite concoction.

Island Museum of Art starts the new year with a new name and a new mission

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 3:02PM

The Island Museum of Art starts the new year with a new name and a new mission. The name: Its parent organization is now the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, or IMA -- the result of the merger of Westcott Bay Institute for Art & Nature, which operated the museum and Westcott Bay Sculpture Park; and the Visual Arts Museum of San Juan County, which had proposed building an accredited art museum in the San Juans. The immediate mission: To find a new museum site. The museum moved Dec. 31 out of the former Spring Tree Restaurant building, owned by David and Cloud McCauley, who had allowed the museum free use of the space for the last couple of years.

Washington’s initiative season opens Jan. 5; Eyman plans to file Lower Property Taxes Initiative

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 3:01PM

The required number of signatures for a citizen initiative to the ballot this year is 241,153, which, under state law, is the required 8 percent of the total number of votes cast in the November 2008 gubernatorial race.

O. Christian Nelson earns national award | Newsmakers

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 2:17PM

O. Christian Nelson of Friday Harbor, a retired interpreter with East Bay Regional Parks in Oakland, Calif., is the recipient of the National Association for Interpretation’s Outstanding Senior/Retired Interpreter Award for 2008.

Joy Sevier elected president of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

  • Dec 16, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jan 2, 2009 at 12:54PM

The following local business people have been elected officers of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce for 2009 ...

Understand the financial crisis — past, present and future realities

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 12:51PM

Dr. Edwin Dolan, resident of Lopez Island and author of books and articles on banking, monetary policy and environmental issues, leads a free seminar titled, "Understanding the Financial Crisis — Past, Present and Future Realities," three days on three islands this month.

It’s still ‘the word’; Friday Harbor High School’s drama group presents ‘Grease’ at San Juan Community Theatre

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 7:56AM

Rock into the new year with the hit Broadway show, “Grease,” performed by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group, Jan. 8-11 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This smash-hit musical — the eighth longest-running Broadway show — is the second high school musical ever performed by the drama group.

Cold-shooting Wolverines fall at home to Mount Baker, 52-41

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 8:23AM

The roads had finally been cleared of snow thanks to a brief blast of warmer weather. But inside Turnbull Gym, the Wolverines were ice-cold on the offensive end and struggled to score in a 52-41 loss Tuesday at home to Mount Baker.

Friday Harbor girls toppled by Mountaineers, 56-19

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 8:24AM

Outgunned and out-of-synch, the Friday Harbor girls basketball team suffered its third loss of the season Tuesday at home in a deflating 56-19 defeat at the hands of Division 2A Mount Baker High.

Top 10 Stories of 2008

  • Jan 2, 2009 at 7:48AM

A look back at the year, by the staff of The Journal and SanJuanJournal.com

Let islanders vote on waste transfer station location | Guest Column

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:44PM

As a community member, potential neighbor to the Beaverton Valley Road site, and avid SWAC meeting attender for over three years, I am writing this in response to the latest SWAC meeting -- the last meeting before the SWAC recommendation goes out to the County Council for the proposed site of the new transfer station to be built at the Beaverton Valley property. Please educate yourselves to a seldom-printed portion of the history and background of this project by reading my response below.

Solid Waste Advisory Council prefers Beaverton Valley Road site for new solid waste transfer station

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:45PM

The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee may recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. A site on Daniel Lane was rated second; the current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.

Accounts set up for Beth Hudson at two banks; more details emerge in accident report

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Dec 30, 2008 at 7:20AM

Accounts have been established at Islanders Bank and Key Bank to help defray Beth Hudson's medical expenses. Hudson is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision Dec. 21 on Portland Fair Road.

WSF releases draft long-range plan; reduction in service levels, delays in buying new ferries expected

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:03PM

It’s a tough time to be in the ferry business. Facing an increased demand for service as ferry-served communities continue to grow — yet held back by a tight budget, limited vehicle carrying capacities and aging terminals and vessels — the state Department of Transportation Ferries Division released its draft long-range plan for services and investments through 2030.

Need a post-holiday gift idea? Consider a centennial item

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:59PM

Feb. 9, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Town of Friday Harbor’s incorporation.

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! | Ferry Home Companion

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:17PM

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.

A good time to count our blessings | Editor's Notebook

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:09PM

An arctic storm brought a big freeze to the islands. Our school district faces a $717,000 deficit. Our community and state are caught in the national recession. Businesses are struggling to hold on as islanders tighten their purse strings. It’s easy to be grumpy, what with having to navigate icy roads while worrying about the economy and that IRA and/or 401K. But a neighbor said something to me the other day that set me on a path of realizing just how fortunate we are.

Non-point pollution is our problem, and that's the point | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:07PM

Scientists call it “non-point pollution,” meaning it emanates from sources that aren’t specific or readily identifiable. Oil leaks from automobiles and chemical treatments on lawns are two good examples, swept as they are by rainwater through ditches and storm drains and into the waters of Puget Sound. Another example: the septic systems of shoreline homes, which over time send untreated waste oozing out to contaminate our waterways.

How to simulate being a sailor | Around the Waterfront

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:06PM

How to simulate being a sailor: 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.

Education must be our top priority | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:43PM

Undoubtedly, the financial situation that the 2009 state Legislature deals with when in goes into session in January will be far more difficult than when those legislators announced their candidacies for office in spring and summer 2008. With the state in a recession, Gov. Christine Gregoire is looking at cutting several billion dollars out of the state budget. The budget deficit could reach $6 billion, some reports stated last week. Education must be a priority, not just for the Legislature but for all of us.

Friday Harbor Food Bank's numbers double

  • Dec 26, 2008 at 9:30AM

Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.

Santa expected to make early visit to downtown today

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

Churches plan special events, services for holiday

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned

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