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- Jun 14, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Jun 15, 2010 at 9:58AM
According to Auditor Milene Henley, all departments that draw support from general fund, which totals $13.5 million in 2010, were asked to trim expenses by 2 percent in order to achieve the $266,000 target. Voluntary furloughs, which total $95,221 across all departments, account for more than one-third of the combined spending reduction.
- Jun 14, 2010 at 7:57PM
On Saturday, 78 young adults left an indelible mark on the collective mind of the community as they paced across the risers at Turnbull Gym, took hold of a hard-earned diploma, and then hustled off to begin a new chapter of life.
- Jun 14, 2010 at 9:22AM
In a 5-1 decision, the County Council Tuesday endorsed the recommendation of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee in splitting up $315,000 in anticipated lodging-tax revenue – expected to be generated in 2010 – and dividing it between 11 separate tourist-related facilities, such as museums, parks and performing arts centers. That's roughly $70,000 less than the $384,650 distributed from the fund this time a year ago.
- Jun 11, 2010 at 5:32PM
Washington State University was ousted from the Men's College World Series in a 7-2 loss to Arkansas June 7 in Fayetteville. But not before Friday Harbor's Richie Ochoa made his presence known in college baseball's premier post-season event.
Election 2010: Five running for sheriff, three for Lopez/Shaw County Council, two for North San Juan County Council
- Jun 11, 2010 at 5:04PM
You have 15 choices for U.S. Senate — among them, Goodspaceguy and Mike the Mover. You have five choices for U.S. Congress. Nine people want you to know what they'll do as your representative from 40th District state House position 1 — three Democrats, three Republicans, and one from the Happiness Party. You'll hear from three candidates for 40th District state House position 2. Five candidates are running for sheriff. Three are running for the County Council position from Lopez/Shaw. Two are running for the County Council position from North San Juan. So, let the issues discussion begin.
- Jun 11, 2010 at 12:52PM
Tom Pasma, Democratic candidate for the 40th District House of Representatives, position 1, makes his first campaign stop June 12 in Friday Harbor. He will visit with residents at the Farmers Market, attend the quarterly meeting of the San Juan Democrats and spend the afternoon doorbelling in town.
- Jun 11, 2010 at 12:16PM
State Sen. Don Benton has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate and endorsed former state senator Dino Rossi. Benton's departure leaves 12 candidates in the Senate race — among them Democrat Patty Murray, the three-term incumbent; Rossi, the two-time candidate for governor; and Clint Didier, the NFL tight end-turned-farmer.
'The most enjoyable vacation I've ever taken': Great-grandson of Friday Harbor's first mayor visits town
- Jun 10, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jun 11, 2010 at 11:46AM
Richard Gould, great-grandson of Friday Harbor's first mayor, Gene Gould, visited Friday Harbor this week, doing family research, visiting sites connected to his family, and getting acquainted with relatives.
- Jun 11, 2010 at 10:50AM
Rex Lee Kelly peacefully passed away on June 5, 2010. He was born in Henryetta, Okla., to Carrie D Moore and Earl B. Kelly on Jan. 28, 1931. He eventually left Henryetta to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he received his bachelor of arts and law degrees.
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- Jun 11, 2010 at 7:59AM
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer for San Juan County, has announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff. Fincher's announcement, on the final day of the candidate filing period for the Aug. 17 primary and Nov. 2 general election, brings the field of candidates for sheriff to four. The others are Lead Detective Brent Johnson, Deputy Felix Menjivar, and Deputy Rob Nou.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 4:01PM
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new K pod calf. If it survives that critical first year, the Southern resident orca population is 90, its highest since 2006. The Center for Whale Research designated the calf K43. Center researcher Erin Heydenreich said the calf is the fifth born to K12. However, only three of those orcas are still alive, Heydenreich said.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:15PM
Katie Hover, senior warden of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor, announced Thursday that The Rev. Douglas Simonsen has been elected by the vestry of the church to be its third rector. The Right Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, will join the congregation of St. David’s at 7 p.m. on June 16, for a Celebration of New Ministry. The service is open to the public and will include local and regional clergy from the Episcopal Church as well as clergy and representatives of other local churches and faiths. A reception will follow the service.
- Jun 1, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jun 10, 2010 at 3:10PM
David Schermerhorn, 80, a retired television-commercial producer from Orcas Island, was on the flotilla that was boarded by Israeli troops Monday.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 10:14AM
Hospice of San Juan would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund for awarding us a grant for our Spring 2010 Training. Without this funding, we would find it very difficult to train our volunteers.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 8:44AM
A Friday Harbor woman's son-in-law has been named Norway's Coach of the Year. Frode Lillefjell, son-in-law of Rebecca Cook, received the honor from the Norwegian Ski Federation and Norwegian Coaches Association. The award was presented at the annual coaching seminar hosted by the coaches association at the end of May in Trondheim.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 5:13PM
Local sailor Norris Palmer became an international champion in the Swiftsure Race Series on 29 May when he and his wife, Karen, sailed Fragile Habitat to a first place in the “S” division. Lynn Adkins in Tinette also raced, but had to retire when his mainsail blew out during the start. Norris sent me the following account of the race ...
- Jun 9, 2010 at 2:54PM
This story is about Bill and Bernice Mason. But it’s also a story for certain readers out there. It’s a story for anyone who needs a reason to believe in marriage again, for anyone who longs to know whether love truly endures all. Bill and Bernice have been married 75 years. That’s longer than the average lifespan, longer than 12 U.S. presidencies. The Great Depression and the Great Recession, bread lines and gas lines, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War … all have been relegated to, or are on their way to, past tense. The Masons’ marriage has outlived them all.
Prep athletes honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at Spring Sports Awards
- Jun 3, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jun 9, 2010 at 3:44PM
Friday Harbor High School Athletic Director Rod Turnbull's review of the spring sports season took a long time, mainly because there was a lot to review. Friday Harbor's prep athletes were honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at the Spring Sports Awards on June 2.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 3:12PM
The San Juan County Planning Commission will have its chance to weigh in before the County Council settles on a work plan for the pending update of the Critical Areas Ordinance. On Tuesday, the council postponed its decision on the five-part work plan to allow for modifications based on the results of Thursday's meeting with the Planning Commission. That public meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. at the headquarters of San Juan Island Fire Department on Mullis Street.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jun 9, 2010 at 10:49AM
Once again, we are all reminded why we enjoy living on this island. A small group of local citizens planned and successfully launched a first time event called Share the Road Bicycle Celebration on May 15. The event was created to strengthen the notion that while using our roadways we all have the the same rules, rights and responsibilities toward one another.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 9:34AM
Both my husband and I were successful commercial fishermen in Alaska in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred on March 26. It devastated the herring fishery, which usually opened the first part of April. It wreaked havoc on the salmon fisheries as well and caused untold harm to the environment of Prince William Sound and the south central Alaskan Coast line.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 8:34PM
The proposed Peace Island Medical Center takes another big step forward next month. A public hearing is scheduled July 15, 5:35 p.m., at Friday Harbor Town Hall on the annexation of 22 acres for the proposed medical center. The land was purchased from the Boe family by PeaceHealth in July 2009, four months after PeaceHealth and the island's hospital district commission approved a 50-year contract authorizing PeaceHealth to build and operate a new medical center here.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 8:34PM
A helicopter crashed off Bell Island, between Crane Island and Shaw Island's Broken Point. Three boats, including the Sheriff's Boat Guardian, were en route to the scene at 2:30 p.m.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 1:08PM
The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments through June 25 on its revised Resource Management Plan for about 445,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Eastern Washington and in the San Juan Archipelago.
San Juan Island's memorable weekend: Artists, celebrities, graduates, and a bit of sunshine | Multimedia
- Jun 8, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:49PM
It rained Friday. It rained a bit on Sunday. But Saturday, the island was bathed in sunshine, as if on cue for visitors to the island's art studios and gardens in this local summer kickoff.
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