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- Jan 5, 2010 at 4:10PM
The status quo jeopardizes wild salmon recovery. That’s what NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency in charge of implementing the Endangered Species Act regarding salmon, told the Federal Emergency Management Agency in reviewing FEMA’s floodplain management plan. If status quo development, pollution and other ongoing factors damaging and destroying salmon habitat are allowed to continue, ESA-protected species such as threatened Puget Sound chinook and steelhead will not recover.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 3:34PM
San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons on Jan. 28. Prior to that date, it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community. The annual count was mandated by a state law passed in 2005 which seeks to reduce homelessness in the state by 50 percent by 2015. The first survey in San Juan County, performed in 2007, identified 28 people as homeless, but last year’s count totaled 73, and it is expected that number will be larger this year due to the difficult local and national economic situation, county Communications Director Stan Matthews said in a press release.
- Dec 31, 2009 at 3:30PM
Pirates. Pixie dust. A perpetually-young boy who refuses to grow up ... oh, and an alligator that ticks. Add ’em up and it can mean only one thing. The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group is ready to fly ... literally. You’ll see cast members soar and the fantastical world of Neverland recreated on center stage at the San Juan Community Theater as Fred Yockers and his band of young thespians bring to life all the whimsy and delight of Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Pan, or The Boy who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”
- Jan 5, 2010 at 9:20AM
There’s something about Concrete that brings out the best in the Wolverines. It may be as simple as having a chance to beat somebody else at their own game. Or it could be that the Wolverines have long played David to a Goliath-like Concrete wrestling program. Either way, expect a crowded house and an all-out struggle as the Wolverines and Lions square off Thursday in Friday Harbor’s Hall Gym. The match gets under way at 4:30 p.m.
Project completion, budget cuts mean end of jobs for San Juan Initiative coordinator, Conservation District director
- Jan 5, 2010 at 10:27AM
Two people who have helped chart the course for natural resource management in San Juan County are looking for new jobs. "The completion of the San Juan Initiative means that my time at the Puget Sound Partnership has come to an end," wrote Amy Windrope, who coordinated San Juan Initiative's contributions to the regionwide plan to improve the health of our marine waters by 2020.
- Jan 5, 2010 at 9:17AM
It doesn’t always turn out this way. But a childhood dream, when fulfilled, sometimes ends up being better than one could’ve imagined. Just ask Jason Sears. “It surpassed my expectations on every single level,” said Sears, whose boyhood dream became reality at the doorstep of the world’s tallest peaks in mid-October.
- Jan 4, 2010 at 12:04PM
Thank you to the dedicated group of WSU Master Gardeners who have spent many hours composting, weeding, planting and educating at the Demonstration Garden. In 2009, they grew and harvested more than 700 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and vegetable starts for our friends and neighbors at the Friday Harbor Food Bank. These volunteers are not only dedicated to growing fresh local food, but to enhancing the well being of our community.
- Jan 4, 2010 at 11:14AM
Roadside trash collection means there will be roadside trash. Animals and wind will see to that. It also means there will be cans, bags, and some dumpsters out along the road, some cans for days before and/or after scheduled pickup, and dumpsters all the time. So much for our “scenic byways.”
- Jan 1, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jan 3, 2010 at 12:24PM
Only one of three Town Council members on the November ballot had an opponent in the election. But five Friday Harbor residents have filed for appointment to the Town Council position vacated by Carrie Lacher, who became mayor Jan. 1. The deadline for letters of interest was Dec. 30.
- Jan 1, 2010 at 4:34PM
On Jan. 3, sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer invites the public to an open house to view his latest public commission. Entitled "All Things Within All Things," the piece is a life-sized African elephant entirely composed of delicate, plasma butterflies. This is the only chance to see the sculpture before it is shipped to the East Coast for installation at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.
- Dec 30, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 5:20PM
The top story:Hospital District approves PeaceHealth contract (March 18)
- Dec 30, 2009 at 3:38PM
The Mystical Mermaid is not swimming away. The Mystical Mermaid, now in its 21st year, moved Oct. 1 from its familiar location on Spring Street and is now located on A Street across from the ferry landing, in the old Sweet Spot.
- Dec 30, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:29PM
Cattle Point Lighthouse is one of the most photographed historic structures in the San Juans. A neighbor believes it's also one of the most threatened. Anne Haskins said she and her husband Ken take frequent walks to the lighthouse and were so shocked this week by the cumulative erosion that she was prompted to call the U.S. Coast Guard. Wind has eroded sand from beneath a portion of the 74-year-old structure. Concrete has broken away from the foundation.
- Dec 30, 2009 at 1:12PM
Logic and accuracy tests for vote-counting equipment which will be used to tally mail-in ballots for the Feb. 9 Special Election are scheduled for Jan. 5. The tests will take place at 10 a.m. in the Elections Office located at 55 Second St., Suite A, in Friday Harbor. The tests are open to the public.
- Dec 29, 2009 at 3:06PM
A public reception is scheduled Jan. 2, 5-8 p.m. in the San Juan Community Theatre lobby for a new show, “New Work New Ways,” with paintings by Annie Howell-Adams created over the past year. The show celebrates her induction into the Arts Student League of New York.
- Dec 29, 2009 at 2:50PM
This is one party where you can do your Sinatra imitation without embarrassing your kids. Celebrate 2010 with family, friends and neighbors at the Community New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center.
- Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 29, 2009 at 9:54AM
Year 2010 is just around the corner. In its Dec. 30 edition, The Journal of the San Juan Islands takes a look at some of the stories that affected and shaped the community: The Top 10 Stories of 2009.
- Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:33PM
The days of the ubiquitous polystyrene “to-go” container appear all but numbered in San Juan County. The County Council voted Dec. 15 without dissent to approve a final version of legislation which would ban nearly all forms of so-called expanded polystyrene products as food containers.
- Dec 24, 2009 at 1:00PM
The Wolverines shook off a slow start and had a talented Coupeville club on the ropes on their own home court. They just couldn’t land that knock-out punch.
They missed it by that much: Friday Harbor holds Coupeville close until final minute | Boys Basketball
- Dec 24, 2009 at 12:58PM
After conquering Whidbey Island, the Coupeville boys’ basketball team added Friday Harbor to its collection. The Wolves, coming off wins over Whidbey rivals South Whidbey and Oak Harbor, slipped by Friday Harbor High School 50-43 Dec. 22 in Coupeville.
- Dec 24, 2009 at 12:34PM
The endangered Southern Resident orca whales need our help. They need less pollution and many more salmon to eat and they need fewer boats disturbing them and making underwater noise. For more than 30 years, The Whale Museum has been observing the Southern Residents and has operated the Soundwatch “on-the-water-boater-education” program for nearly 20 years. Soundwatch has worked with the whale-watch industry and the U.S. and Canadian governments to collaboratively develop “Be Whale Wise Guidelines” (www.bewhalewise.org). Some of these guidelines have already become Washington state law. Now, the federal government is seeking to create federal vessel regulations, based in part on these industry supported guidelines. Monitoring research by Soundwatch illustrates that voluntary guidelines don’t work and that the 2008 Washington state vessel regulation also is not working, especially when applied to private boaters.
- Dec 24, 2009 at 7:44AM
As a precaution, please lock your doors and windows. Take note of any suspicious activity, vehicle or persons in your neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors and communicate with each other. Let your neighbors know if your house will be unoccupied and for how long. Request that they notify the Sheriff’s Office of any suspicious activity.
- Dec 23, 2009 at 3:50PM
San Juan Island resident Marjorie Puckett and her Haflinger horse Marico will ride in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., New Year's Day. They departed from San Juan Island earlier this month to join seven other Haflinger horses and their owners in California. “I hope Marico isn’t too nervous moving between the towering bleachers packed with a live audience of more than one million,” Puckett said. “We were asked to participate last March, after Marico earned two National Haflinger Awards, but there is no real preparation for something like this.”
- Dec 23, 2009 at 1:48PM
San Juan County health officials say local residents need not be concerned about the recall of several lots of H1N1 vaccine announced Tuesday. About 400 doses of the recalled vaccine were received and administered here in October and November.
- Dec 22, 2009 at 9:00AM updated Dec 23, 2009 at 8:31AM
A 19-year-old woman was flown off-island for treatment of unknown injuries late Monday after she reportedly fell from a moving vehicle on Cattle Point Road near Mill Street. The unidentified woman fell from a Dodge 4x4 being driven by someone else. The cause was not known late Monday.
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