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- Nov 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Nov 19, 2008 at 8:56AM
The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Patrol responded to the report of a possible threat against a state ferry scheduled to depart Bremerton today, the Coast Guard reported.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 4:10PM
San Juan County will have a little more cash at the end of the year than was expected just several weeks ago, according to Auditor Milene Henley. And though it offers a bit of wiggle room for the County Council in crafting next year's budget, Henley on Tuesday warned that the county will likely to run out of money by 2012 unless new revenue streams can be found.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 1:43PM
Patricia Plant of Sausalito, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2008 in Tiburon, Calif. She was 92 and a summer resident of Shaw Island. She is survived by her children, Richard of Inverness, David of Woodacre, and Marden of Belvedere; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Joshua Plant, Christopher Mosher and Hana Alvarez; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Carl Plant; Patricia, Carlos, Sonia, Reina and Clara Alvarez; and Maya Mosher.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 1:36PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced that several Northwest Indian tribes and the state of Washington will be eligible for up to a total of $2 million to assist tribal and non-tribal communities affected by the commercial fishery failure in Fraser River sockeye salmon. “The assistance we are announcing today will help tribal and non-tribal fishermen who have been hurt by drastic declines in sockeye salmon runs and harvests that are so important to these communities,” Acting Assistant Administrator Jim Balsiger said in a press release.
- Nov 18, 2008 at 9:58AM
The recent loss of seven Puget Sound orcas – close to 10 percent of the Sound’s orca population – has prompted the Puget Sound Partnership to convene a special meeting of salmon and orca experts today, 4-5:30 p.m., at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 4:29PM
San Juan Wireless has announced the addition of AT&T Mobility and Budget Prepay Bill Station to its mix of services. Through a business partnership with Car Toys, San Juan Wireless can now offer mainland competitive prices on AT&T Mobility GSM phones. AT&T Mobility is a wireless carrier whose service will work both domestically and internationally.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 1:00PM updated at 4:05PM
A proposed committee will develop a plan to replace the crumb rubber underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor Elementary School cafeteria. Organizers say community support will be essential, so an advisory board will be created to assist in the development of a plan to replace the crumb rubber.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 1:05PM
San Juan Island School Board Chairman Boyd Pratt discussed combining services with other districts. Collaboration of services to be considered include special education, technology and vocational programs.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 12:27PM
The San Juan School District will present long-range financial planning and implication for instructional programs Nov. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Middle School Commons. The meeting is open to the public. Planning for legislative advocacy to compel the Legislature to fully fund basic education will also be presented.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 12:23PM
Existing regulations are considered too restrictive for siting or expansion of essential public facilities, such as airports, barge landings, schools or solid-waste stations. Change might be just around the corner for San Juan County’s hotly-debated rules governing essential public facilities.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 12:08PM
Skagit Valley College presents "Women’s Cultures — Matri-Centered Societies and the Goddess" Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Orcas Senior Center. Delve into the key cultural anthropology concepts of the matri-centered culture of South India and the Native Americans in the Southwest. You will explore the diverse cultures of women in history and what is known archaeologically about women, matri-centered societies and the goddess — along with questions of matriarchy, patriarchy, empowerment and the infinite possibilities that exist for society and culture from the past to the future.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 11:42AM
About 30 enthusiasts participated in the San Juan Island Trails Committee’s Bike Trails Subcommittee bike ride Nov. 1. Riders ranged in age from 4 to over 70. Riders comprised a well-rounded group whose goals include improving local non-motorized transportation and commuting options; bike safety improvements such as education, signage and multi-use trails; increasing awareness among local motorists of sharing roadways with cyclists; creating mountain bike trails, and just having a good time.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 10:57AM
San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the local PTAs, is presenting “Kids Night Out” Nov. 15, beginning at 5 p.m., at the fitness center.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 11:28AM
The Lopez Island School Board has hired M.R. Buffum as head coach of the Lobos boys basketball team. The season begins Monday, with the first home game scheduled for Dec. 5.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 11:10AM
The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, Feb. 5-7, has reached its 100-boat entry limit and is sold out.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 11:03AM
Island Rec hosts Roller Hockey on Tuesdays at the San Juan County Fairgrounds main exhibit hall.
- Nov 14, 2008 at 11:03AM
Now is the time to register for Island Rec’s Girls Basketball League, open to girls in grades 4-8. Deadline to register is Dec. 1; the season begins in January. All games are played on San Juan Island on Sunday afternoons. Volunteer coaches are needed.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Nov 14, 2008 at 10:08AM
As residents of San Juan Island, we are e-mailing you to comment on the proposed closing of Reuben Tarte Park, Eagle Cove Day Park, and Turn Point Park, all on San Juan Island, as reflected in the 2009 preliminary County Parks budget.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 4:42PM
The San Juan County Council will act on a year’s worth of proposed changes to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code (UDC) at its meeting on Nov. 18. Among the proposed changes is a provision which could affect how often changes to the UDC itself could be considered.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 1:36PM
Carl Stoddard, first superintendent of San Juan Island National Park, died at home with his loving family around him on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 11:49AM
In June, the County Council approved a ban on safe-and-sane fireworks, to take effect 12 months later. Thanks to a referendum, voters may get a chance to challenge that ban. The county auditor's office has certified Referendum 2008-2 as qualified for the November 2009 ballot.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 10:27AM
The county Community Development & Planning Department reports year-to-date revenues of $1,179,124 — close to 97 percent of the total revenue forecast for 2008. “Given the housing market nationwide I am surprised by the amount of activity,” CDP director Ron Henrickson said in a press release. “The critical question is: What will happen over the six next months or so?”
- Nov 12, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 3:40PM
The band walks onto the stage and the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. As the music begins, groupies up on the mezzanine clap and stomp. The first song leaves the musicians and the audience with pumped-up blood pressure and a bit of sweat. This is not a rock concert at the Paramount. This is the Battlefield Band at San Juan Community Theatre — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:03PM
Danny Cumming and the Western Washington University Vikings are bowl bound. The Vikings (5-3 conference, 5-5 overall) claimed a berth in the 23rd annual Dixie Rotary Bowl, thanks to a second-place finish in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They were bested only by nationally-ranked Central Washington which, at 8-0, defeated all comers in conference play.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 9:00PM updated Nov 12, 2008 at 12:20PM
Michael Mayes and Homes for Islanders announced that Madison Glenn is selling acreage on Malcolm Street to Homes for Islanders for development of up to 44 affordable homes. Mayes is reducing the sales price from $1.8 million to $1.2 million.
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