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- Apr 30, 2009 at 9:29AM
In this era of economic uncertainty, good news regarding savings and investments is always welcome. Here’s some: You’re going to see a sizable reduction in your 2010 property tax bill. You can help save school sports and still see a sizable reduction.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 2:50PM
On April 25, 2009, Bill Taylor — a loving husband, father and grandfather — passed into the Lord’s hands, after a short illness at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wash. Bill, 90, was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Dec. 28, 1918, the only child of Jesse Taylor and Dorothy (Houlton) Taylor.
- Apr 28, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 29, 2009 at 1:48PM
Spring has finally sprung and with it comes the boating community’s acknowledgement. Yes, it’s Opening Day that marks this event when sailors shake the moths out of their sails and the power boaters change the oil in the engines. The traditional parade of boats has a dual purpose: one, the old girl has to get her propelling mechanism up and running. And two, she has to look pretty.
- Apr 29, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:48PM
Several U.S. senators and representatives are scheduled this morning to announce legislation that would invest $200 million a year from 2010-15 in public ferry systems, including Washington State Ferries.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Apr 27, 2009 at 9:18AM
Remember folks, the farmers markets are getting going again on San Juan (courthouse parking lot), Orcas (village green) and Lopez (in the village across from Vitas). Markets open around 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The San Juan Farmers Market is also going to have a Wednesday market, so stay posted on location and times. Please eat local, support your farmer neighbor and help support our local food economy.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Apr 26, 2009 at 4:19PM
For several years, grants from the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure have helped pay for transportation for island women needing to visit doctors on the mainland for cancer treatment. But this year, that grant fell victim to increased needs elsewhere as well as the economic slump.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 1:09PM
The elections for directors to OPALCO provide an opportunity for cooperative members to select individuals who bring diverse skills and experience to OPALCO’s Board of Directors. I am pleased to be a candidate for election to that board.
- Apr 26, 2009 at 11:17AM
Thanks to the 15 community members who helped clean South Beach, San Juan Island on Sunday, April 19. About 340 pounds of garbage was picked up as part of the annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup event co-sponsored by the National Park and Friends of the San Juans.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:46PM
A car crash on Highway 20 near Sedro-Woolley last night knocked out power to four north Puget Sound counties, including San Juan, leaving residents and businesses in some areas without electricity for more than four hours.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 3:09PM
Pilgrim will conduct a book and computer drive April 25, May 2 and May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the old Sam's Shoe Shop at 187 Spring St. Pilgrim is conducting the drive to help the students of Beacon of Hope Secondary School in Soroti, Uganda, build a library collection and increase their access to education.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 1:18PM
One can’t help but like Charlie Noble, the live-aboard investigator in love with wooden boats, just learning to love a new woman after the painful death of his first wife, whom he still grieves.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 12:30PM
The Washington Employment Security Department has released the preliminary employment data for March and the data show that the unemployment rate for San Juan County rose during the month to 7.7 percent. The March rate was three-tenths of a percentage points above the revised February rate of 7.4 percent.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:52AM
Four San Juan Island Firewise residents recently attended the biennial Firewise Conference in Tampa, Fla. Attending the conference: Brent Johnson, North Forty; Jon Zerby, Hillview Terrace III; Rex Stickle, Westside Story; and Ron Garner, Alaska Place.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 11:40AM
Friday Harbor golfers continue to dominate the Northwest 1A/2B League. The Wolverines, 7-0, possibly set a record at Similk Beach Golf Course April 23, shooting 188 to La Conner's 243 over nine holes. Senior Jordyn Taylor led with a 3-under 33, followed by Dustin Howard, 35; Cody Price, 36; Tyler McKee, 41; William King, 43; Quinn Bune, 45; and Megan Cuomo, 50.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:25AM
Freshmen Micky Leytze and Mandy Turnbull gave the Wolverines a shot to win with a turnaround performance and 7-6 victory in the second set Friday on the road at Coupeville.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Apr 24, 2009 at 11:23AM
With two on the court, the Wolverines prevailed in a big way, taking seven of nine doubles matches and earning a victory on the road April 15 at Cavalero Mid High in Lake Stevens.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:16AM
May Boyce, a lifelong resident of Friday Harbor who was born more than two years before the town was established, died Thursday in Island Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor. She was 102 and possibly the oldest resident of the San Juans. Evans Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. Funeral arrangements hadn't been made this morning. They will be reported as soon as received.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 10:52AM
In loving memory of Ida Pellandini Hammond. Ida passed away on April 21, 2009, in Pinegrove, Calif., due to complications of a recent stroke. Nearly 97 years of age, she passed peacefully in her sleep. Ida was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Ceres, Calif., to Louis and Marie Pellandini. She spent most of her life in Sonoma, graduating from Sonoma High School, class of 1931. It is believed that Ida was the last surviving member of that graduating class.
- Apr 24, 2009 at 10:35AM
The "Party of the Year" will be the Purple & Gold barbecue, dance and auction May 2, at 5 p.m., at the Beaverton Valley Business Park! The goal is to raise $45,000 to fund the high school sports program.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 11:51AM
In light of the dog torture case now before our court, we have formed Citizens for Protection of Animals (CPA). The purpose is to be a collective voice for animals in the event one might need it. Our purpose is to make the public aware in the event a cruelty, torture or wrongful death case is brought to our attention, either through the sheriff or the Animal Protection Society. We might need your signature on a petition or ask if you have the time to be in court.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 11:00AM
The San Juan Island School Board has voted to issue notice to employees that the district expects to eliminate six positions in the 2009-10 school year. The board made the vote Tuesday, anticipating a $1 million budget shortfall because of expected reductions in the state education budget. Though the state budget reductions will not be known until the legislative session concludes April 26, state law and teachers’ union contracts require that districts provide anticipated reduction-in-force notices to affected employees by May 1.
- Apr 23, 2009 at 10:25AM
Please take a moment to consider what our island has to offer the next time you are spending money. Let's support our local economy. It helps us all.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 9:01PM
Senior southpaw Richie Ochoa fanned 13, gave up one base hit and drove in four runs as the Wolverines avenged their only loss of the season with a rout on the road.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 8:23PM
Where children once played, horses tread. Crumb rubber, removed from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground on March 7-8 after a citizens committee raised money for its replacement, was sold to Roxanne Christensen of Horseshu Ranch on Douglas and San Juan Valley roads.
- Apr 22, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:15PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed to list three populations of rockfish in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia for protection under the Endangered Species Act. A final decision on the three will be made a year from now.
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