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- Nov 13, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:44PM
A turkey dinner to benefit the Meshaka Quilt Project is scheduled Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Learn more about the local project to help women in Meshaka, Kenya, become self-sufficient through quilting. Tickets: Adults $10, children 12 and younger $5, families $25.
- Nov 13, 2009 at 9:55AM
State Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, is one of the guest speakers scheduled at Orcas Power & Light Cooperative's annual Ambassadors Legislative Kick-Off meetings. Morris, who is speaker pro tem of the state House of Representatives, and Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association Director Kent Lopez will talk about what the coming carbon economy will mean to us in the Northwest and give a preview of energy issues that the state Legislature will be addressing in the upcoming session. There will be a question and answer session with OPALCO Manager Randy Cornelius following the presentations.
- Nov 12, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Nov 13, 2009 at 7:18AM
Three whale advocates — one of them a self-described "land-based whale geek" — sighted a newborn orca calf swimming with J pod while they were watching the whales Nov. 11. Jeanne Hyde, the whale geek, sent some of her photos to Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research. He confirmed that the orca is indeed a newborn calf in J pod; he designated the whale J46.
- Nov 12, 2009 at 3:39PM
Griffin Bay Bookstore is celebrating 30 years of book selling in Friday Harbor with an open house No. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is selling all books 20 percent off, and offering complimentary treats from Bakery San Juan, Cynthia’s of Course and the bookstore’s signature coffee, Caffe Umbria.
- Nov 12, 2009 at 1:51PM
It is often pointed out that one of the spinoffs from locating the permanent farmers market on Nichols Street will be the rescue and restoration of the last remaining industrial building in Friday Harbor. There is also another important spinoff: The creation of a Downtown Commons — part small park, and part town square.
- Nov 12, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 2:41PM
A special presentation by Lovel Pratt and Cathaleen Cavanagh on the proposed permanent farmers market site is scheduled tonight at 6 at Earthbox Hotel conference room, 410 Spring St., Building B, Friday Harbor. Call 378-5240 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Nov 12, 2009 at 7:57AM
Town employees have offered through their union to take nine unpaid days off in 2010, helping to balance the budget and eliminating the need to reduce hours for seven positions. Union employees also propose a 2.5 percent cost of living pay increase. Non-union employees expect increases of about 1 percent. Town Administrator King Fitch told the Town Council of the union's offer at a special budget workshop Nov. 4, as union representatives listened in the audience.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 2:39PM
When islanders look back on 2009, they will remember Friday Harbor's 100th birthday and all the resulting events: The community celebration on Feb. 9, a history book published by Arcadia Publishing Co., the largest Fourth of July parade in memory, the shattering of the last local glass ceiling with the election of a woman to the mayoralty for the first time.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:45PM
Every time government asserted itself into the health care system, I witnessed further reduction of patient access to quality care and an increase in a system where number of patients seen was more important than actually treating them. They were herded through so quickly there was no time for discussion with their doctors and our elderly patients were left totally confused by the system and about their own health.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:44PM
The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has greatly benefited from the financial support of United Way. Support has included funding for the Prenatal through Four Program, the Mentoring Program, Readiness To Learn Program, the Preschool to Kindergarten Transitions Program, and the Rental Assistance Program. These programs are making a difference for the children and families in our community.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:43PM
Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided to extend the comment period on its proposed regulations to close off much of the west side of San Juan Island to boat traffic in order to protect the orca. By doing so, they state that this will mean that the regulations cannot be implemented in 2010.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:42PM
One of the many reasons not to flush medicines down the drain or throw them out with the trash is to prevent the chemicals from decomposing in water and soil. Our local wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove contaminants from medicines. Also, pharmaceuticals thrown out with regular garbage can leach out of landfills and this leachate may not be adequately treated.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:39PM
As a past fire chief for Friday Harbor, I, too, was initially skeptical about the need to spend around $600,000 for a new fire engine. So I spent time talking to Chief Long and other fire personnel and became convinced this is a necessary expenditure in the best interests of the town.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:36PM
For six years of his life, my very large dog, Toby, lived in a big house on several acres of land. He spent the day running and exploring anytime he wished. Then things changed for us. I needed something smaller and easier to keep up, so Toby soon found himself in a small town home with the tiniest back yard. I walk him twice a day but that is not enough. He knows when my days off are and eagerly waits to be loaded in the car for a trip to his favorite place, the dog park, and do his favorite thing, play ball.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:35PM
An open letter to the Friday Harbor Town Council: I am writing to encourage your support of the Nichols Street farmers market proposal. We are all well aware of the social, cultural and nutritional benefits of having a vibrant farmers market in our community. We must also be made aware of what a positive economic impact this has on the town.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:33PM
This is a response to Christine Miller’s letter in regard to locating the Farmers’ Market at the fairgrounds (“Move market to fairgrounds,” page 6, Nov. 4 Journal). I agree that it would be wonderful to see the fairgrounds develop into a thriving community resource, but I do not support the idea of moving the Farmers’ Market there.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:32PM
As a student in San Juan County, I am upset and disappointed that Referendum 2008-2 was passed Nov. 3. Referendum 2008-2 will ban the possession, use and detonation of any fireworks without a permit. There are only two differences that I found between the state law that bans fireworks, and the county law: It bans the use of “safe and sane,” which include sparklers and pinwheels, and it bans the use of these fireworks on Fourth of July without a permit.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 3:24PM
I want to thank our voters for their support of San Juan County Proposition No. 1. The levy lid lift approved assures continuation of our vital, key county programs that support seniors, health services, parks, 4-H, and more for at least six years.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 2:51PM
Congratulations to Mayor-elect Carrie Lacher. As the first woman elected mayor of Friday Harbor, she completes an important chapter in the town’s history. Now the hard work begins. Major challenges loom, particularly how to meet infrastructure needs amid declining revenues. Programs, services and employee hours are proposed to be cut to make the 2010 town budget balance. If she follows through on her campaign pledges, and continues a collaborative approach to tough issues, her mayoralty could be distinguished by its successes. But she’ll have to be courageous. Here’s a course we’d like the new mayor to take.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 1:51PM
The Friday Harbor Tiger cheerleaders will visit businesses and homes upon request to cheer for donations Nov. 12 and 13, after 3 p.m., to raise money for their trip to the Senior Football Championship Game this week. The game is Nov. 14, 4 p.m., in Mount Vernon. It will be an overnight trip.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:52PM
In 2008, Sedro-Woolley beat Friday Harbor’s sixth- and seventh-grade junior team in the championship. In 2009, those same Tigers — now comprising the junior and senior teams — hoped to counter the defeat in the championships again. The Junior Tigers came up short in a valiant effort. The No. 2-ranked Juniors faced No. 3-ranked Anacortes Seahawks first at Nugent Field in Oak Harbor, Saturday. Outnumbered 2 to 1 in players, fans and cheerleaders, the Juniors were on the same field where the Seniors came from behind to win Oct. 31.
- Nov 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:43PM
Miles McCoy, the senior past commodore of the Orcas Island Yacht Club, crewed in “Martha,” probably the oldest active sailing vessel on the Salish Sea, in the Round the County Race 2009 this last weekend. I first met Miles some years back at the Orcas Island Yacht Club after a local race in which I noticed that he was the skipper of the catboat “Sharon L,” which had narrowly beat me out of a place inches from the line. Further discussion disclosed that I had chartered her in 1942 for a honeymoon!
- Nov 11, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:06PM
Today is Veterans Day, a federal holiday. Banks, local government offices, post offices and schools are closed. Connie Auge Salon (555 Spring St., 378-8540) is offering free haircuts today for veterans. American Legion Post 163 (378-5705) is hosting a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. for members and guests.
- Nov 10, 2009 at 4:22PM
A perceived one-size-fits-all approach to land use regulations in San Juan County is meeting stiff resistance from two growing groups in the islands — the Common Sense Alliance, headed by Planning Commissioner Mike Carlson, and the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, directed by Frank Penwell.
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