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- Nov 5, 2008 at 6:46AM
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, easily won a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Tuesday. At 8:10 p.m. Larsen was leading with 65,976 votes to Rick Bart's 41,066, according to the Secretary of State's office. Votes had been reported in Island and Snohomish counties. Elections officials were still awaiting results from King, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 9:32PM
Lovel Pratt was elected to the San Juan County Council from San Juan South tonight, succeeding Kevin Ranker, who opted to run for state Senate rather than reelection.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 9:42PM
Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, won a seventh term Tuesday as the San Juan Island's representative in the state House. At 8:59 p.m., Morris received 11,630 votes to Howard Pellett's 3,206. Pellett is the Green Party's candidate and a former Bothell city councilman now living in Anacortes.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 9:22PM
Howie Rosenfeld learned early on in his political career not to take anything for granted. And with good reason. Rosenfeld won a previous run for the Friday Harbor Town Council by a mere two votes.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 9:08PM
For inspiration, Kevin Ranker turned to the rock on Election Day. Not just any rock -- a little white rock with the word "hope" etched in the surface, a good luck charm given to him during his first campaign for political office by a neighbor's son.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 8:42PM
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, was coasting Tuesday to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2. At 8:10 p.m. Larsen was leading with 65,976 votes to Rick Bart's 41,066, according to the Secretary of State's office. Votes had been reported in Island and Snohomish counties. Elections officials were still awaiting results from King, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 2:54PM
Libby Nieland of the Secretary of State's office watched as San Juan County elections workers processed ballots in the tight quarters of the elections office. She was impressed.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 1:10PM
Ballots must be postmarked by 3 p.m. today. If you miss the post office, you have until 8 p.m. to drop your ballot off at the county Elections Department at Second and Reed streets, or in a drop box in front of the County Courthouse, the Lopez Fire Station or the Orcas Senior Center.
- Nov 4, 2008 at 6:26AM
- Nov 3, 2008 at 1:15PM
Sixty-three percent of voters in San Juan County had turned in their ballots by Monday morning, and County Auditor Milene Henley expected the final turnout to be 90 percent. Tuesday is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by 3 p.m. Tuesday. If you miss the post office, you have until 8 p.m. to drop your ballot off at the county Elections Department at Second and Reed streets, or in a drop box in front of the County Courthouse, the Lopez Fire Station or the Orcas Senior Center.
- Nov 3, 2008 at 2:09PM
“Plastics in Our Oceans,” a lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, is scheduled Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ Commons.
- Nov 3, 2008 at 10:44AM
The presence of the transfer station was not a concern for me until the volume of activity there increased while the forest that buffered the noise quietly died. Now it’s a problem.
- Nov 3, 2008 at 10:28AM
Last night, I was sitting down to compose a letter about my concerns about the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground’s new underlayment, crumb rubber. My daughter asked me what I was doing, so I told her.
- Nov 3, 2008 at 10:27AM
Please allow concerned parents and citizens of San Juan Island to remove the crumb rubber from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground at no cost to the school district or the taxpayers.
- Nov 2, 2008 at 4:35PM
The superintendent of the local educational service district will present the possibilities and pitfalls of consolidating the islands' school districts Monday, noon, at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The meeting is open to the public and will constitute a special meeting of the San Juan Island School Board. Lopez and Orcas school officials are expected to participate.
- Oct 31, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Nov 2, 2008 at 4:26PM
In case of emergency, those without phone service are asked to contact their local fire station or emergency medical services (EMS) so emergency calls can be routed to the Sheriff's office in Friday Harbor and emergency personnel can be contacted
- Oct 31, 2008 at 5:16PM
On Monday, Capt. Moore, a pioneer in oceanic research and advocate for clean oceans, will be at the UW Friday Harbor Labs to talk about plastics and pollution in the world's oceans as part of a lecture entitled, "Synthetic Polymers in the Marine Environment: A Rapidly Increasing, Long Term Threat".
- Oct 31, 2008 at 4:19PM
At about 3:15 p.m., Bill Henikman of Century Tel confirmed that repair crews had fixed the damage and telephone service on Orcas, Shaw and Lopez islands had been restored and is fully operational.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:46PM
The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its King Sisters Property. Acquired from the King family in 2005, the land includes about 40 acres of farmland in addition to woodlands and wetlands. A well and perimeter fencing will be included in the lease. The Land Bank worked closely with members of the Agricultural Resources Committee, a county advisory group, in developing this opportunity.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:21PM
The San Juan Community Home Trust's seventh annual Dessert Night and membership meeting is Nov. 3, 7 p.m. in the Skagit Valley College Community Room in Friday Harbor. An update on the Home Trust’s progress on a new neighborhood on the Buck/Boreen property will be given by emeritus board member Larry Soll.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 3:19PM
The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is one of 85 nationwide recipients of a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The $10,000 grant is for the planning and design of the Ag Guild’s Permanent Farmers’ Market project, a multi-use agricultural facility on San Juan Island.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 2:35PM
The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:45PM
For local law enforcement officials, such a cut would not only be shortsighted, it would be a serious setback in the county's ability to reduce or prevent juvenile crime, keep children in school and keep troubled teens under watch but close to home.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:28PM
Tragically, as with many marine species these days, the Western stock is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and our Eastern stock’s official status is threatened. Steady decline in the populations of these amazingly powerful creatures, who have flourished in these waters for centuries, has been attributed to over fishing and the decimation of habitats that support their food supply. This just happens to parallel with an increase in the population and activities of a two-legged environmental predator who has moved into the region over the last 100 years.
- Oct 30, 2008 at 1:20PM
I’m just back from South Texas and, as is always the case when I find myself close to a disaster working on the response, I wonder how our own community will fare when it’s our turn. The islands aren’t hurricane country, but the impacts of an earthquake or severe winter storm (google “1962 Columbus Day Storm” for an example) are similar to what Texas is facing. No fuel, food, water or electricity. Limited medical care. Damage to roads and homes. The list goes on.
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