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Crime-writer Ann Rule visits Friday Harbor on Monday; latest book features Orcas Island woman

  • Dec 12, 2008 at 9:58AM

Crime writer Ann Rule, whose 30 books include “No Regrets,” about the Ruth Neslund murder case, will sign copies of her latest book at Boardwalk Bookstore Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rule's newest book, “Mortal Danger,” has been published by Pocket Books. Her updated version of “The Stranger Beside Me,” will be published by Pocket Books in January

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week; vaccine is available locally

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 5:01PM

As the holidays and cold weather approaches, people spend more time indoors visiting with family, friends and in crowded places, like airports. Their exposure to germs increases. Some germs are viruses that cause a mild illness and are mildly challenging to the immune system, like the sniffles or the common cold. Other germs, like the influenza virus, can lead to severe illness — even hospitalization and death.

Once in a 100-year opportunity: Need a gift idea? Consider a Friday Harbor Centennial item

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 3:05PM

Feb. 9, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Town of Friday Harbor’s incorporation. Festivities began at the San Juan County Fair 2008 and will conclude in August at the 2009 County Fair. As you are doing your Christmas shopping this year, consider gifting your loved ones with Centennial Friday Harbor memorabilia.

Sea lion slowly being strangled by plastic debris

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 11:29AM

A local whale watch operator photographed a Steller sea lion on Whale Rocks last week with some type of plastic embedded in its neck, according to the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Hollywood stuntman is opening a fitness center on San Juan Island

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 10:36AM

A new fitness center is opening on San Juan Island in January. The new gym, Xtreme Fitness San Juan Island, is located in the Beaverton Business Park, 70 Saltspring Road (3/4 of a mile past the library). It will feature a variety of fitness equipment in a 4,000-square-foot open floor plan.

San Juans: Strong Pacific storm expected Friday; 1 inch of snow possible Saturday

  • Dec 11, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:05AM

A strong Pacific storm will bring potentially gale-force winds and snow to the San Juan Islands and western Whatcom County, the National Weather Service reported today at 5:02 a.m. The National Weather Service issued the following storm warning ...

Happy birthday, Mary Frances McElfresh

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 3:21PM

Because of her name, strangers have asked if she's a nun. Others have mistaken her for the crossword puzzle editor of the local newspaper. But there's no mistaking this: Mary Frances McElfresh has a personality that's as colorful as her name. And on Dec. 9, she joined the ranks of island octogenarians. Well-wishers phoned in these birthday greetings to her.

Wolverine boys pull within five points of So. Whidbey, but fall short | Sports Roundup

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 12:00PM

The Falcon boys basketball team remains undefeated at 3-0 after beating Friday Harbor 54-47 in a non-conference match-up Saturday, at South Whidbey. The main problem faced last week, mainly a lack in intensity in the third quarter, threatened but didn’t overwhelm.

Whitney Porter named league’s soccer MVP; F.H. collects 17 individual honors, 3 league trophies, 4 academic awards

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 11:55AM

Funding woes have the fate of Friday Harbor High School’s sports program in jeopardy. But if athletics end up on the shelf, a whole lot more hardware will end up there as well, thanks to the players and teams of the 2008 fall season.

Public meeting tonight on school district's projected $717,000 deficit

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 10:24AM

The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting is scheduled today at 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,200 budget shortfall. The meeting is open to the public.

Stop being adversaries on ‘crumb’ issue | Editorial

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 10:34AM

Crumb rubber is messy. It smells. It’s impossible to drive a wheelchair through it to get to the playground equipment. On those points, everyone agrees. And both sides on the issue — parents who want crumb rubber replaced, and the school district which can’t afford to replace it — need to take a breath and realize the lessons here.

Passages: Bonita Crosby Morrow

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 10:23AM

Bonita C. Morrow passed away Dec. 8 in Pendleton, Ore. She was 79. She was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Aug. 20, 1929 to Logan and Juanita Crosby. She married John Theodore (Ted) Schuman on July 3, 1949. They had five children together: John Theodore (Jack), Daniel Robert, David Thomas (Tom), James Paul, and Marna Lynn.

Wireless Internet service now available on ferries

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 9:18AM

Wireless Internet service became available Sunday on the Washington State Ferries. The service is available through Boingo, the world’s largest network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Becoming a Boingo customer means you can access Wi-Fi on the ferries, as well as thousands of other Boingo hotspots worldwide. Popular Wi-Fi hotspots include Starbucks®, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, hotels, Sea-Tac and hundreds of other airports.

State environmental regulators using new enforcement tool

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 10:05AM

Inspectors from the state Department of Ecology are now using ticket books during site visits to facilities covered by the state's Construction Stormwater, Industrial Stormwater, and Sand & Gravel General Permits. The tickets can carry fines of $500 to $3,000 for water-quality violations.

Two events this week commemorate a watershed moment for the Mexican people

  • Dec 10, 2008 at 8:55AM

Friday Harbor will be alive with the bright, bold colors of Mexico during back-to-back celebrations this week. On Thursday, the streets of Friday Harbor will be the setting for the Dance of the Elders. Now in its fourth year, the procession will feature folk dancers from the local Mexican-American community, adorned in traditional Mexican dress, leading a procession through town.

Ranker named to four committees, elected vice chairman of two

  • Dec 9, 2008 at 12:22PM

Senator-elect Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, on Dec. 5 was elected vice-chairman of two standing committees in the State Senate, and was named to the Transportation Committee and the Environment, Water & Energy Committee for the 2009 Legislative Session.

Earthbox, Island Group Sotheby's, Islanders Bank among big winners in Island Lights Fest decorating contest

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 3:28PM

The categories and winners of the 2008 Island Lights Fest Decorating contest ...

Statue of baby Jesus returned; had been stolen from Second Act nativity scene

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 10:02AM

A statue of baby Jesus, reported stolen Nov. 30 from the nativity scene in front of Second Act, was returned Sunday. Employees found the statue at the store, wrapped in a bag, with a note that read, “Sorry, I just needed a little Jesus in my life. Merry Christmas.”

Passages: Viola 'Vi' Lorraine King

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 7:41AM

Viola “Vi” Lorraine King, age 91, went home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. She was born to Walter and Hattie (Messenger) Andrus on Oct. 6, 1917 in Blaine, Wash., where she spent her childhood years. She graduated from Blaine High School in 1935 and, shortly thereafter, moved to Friday Harbor to work as a nanny. In Friday Harbor, she met Blair King and they married Oct. 1, 1939 in Blaine. They made their home in Friday Harbor, where together they owned and operated King’s Market for 40 years. In 2001, Vi and Blair moved to Lynden to be near family.

Lost: Red iPod shuffle on Turn Point Road

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 7:55AM

Jill Peacock lost her red iPod shuffle Sunday morning on Turn Point Road, within two miles of Shipyard Cove. Her name is engraved on the back. If found, please call 298-0376.

Western Washington defeats Colorado Mines 25-10, claims 2008 Rotary Bowl crown

  • Dec 7, 2008 at 11:44AM

Western Washington University scored 25 unanswered points and used a stifling second-half defensive effort en route to a 25-10 victory over Colorado School of Mines in the 23rd annual Dixie Rotary Bowl, Saturday afternoon at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah.

Lopez Island School District reducing to part-time superintendent in 2009-10

  • Dec 5, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 3:21PM

Faced with declining enrollment and early predictions of significant statewide reductions in education funding, the Lopez School District has determined that the position of superintendent should be reduced to half-time, as a cost-saving measure, beginning with the 2009-10 school year.

Lois Harris signs copies of her book, 'Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter,' Saturday at Griffin Bay Bookstore

  • Dec 5, 2008 at 12:33PM

Children's author Lois Harris will speak about and sign copies of her book, "Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter," Saturday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m., at Griffin Bay Bookstore. Inspiring for all children, but especially appropriate for those with artistic interests, this book shows how one girl's lifelong dream to become an artist came true due to an independent spirit, determination and commitment to her craft.

Trails Committee/Bike Trails Group hosts community bicycle ride Dec. 6

  • Dec 5, 2008 at 12:09PM

The San Juan Island Trails Committee/Bike Trails Group is sponsoring a community bicycle ride Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will start at the Friday Harbor High School gym parking lot for a 10- to 12-mile bike ride to False Bay and back to town. Participants will take Blair Avenue to Market Street and then Mullis Street/Cattle Point Road to False Bay Road. The return will be Bailer Hill Road, Douglas Road, San Juan Valley Road to Blair and back to the high school.

Friday Harbor winter sports season gets under way today

  • Dec 5, 2008 at 9:32AM

Friday Harbor High School's wrestlers will be first out of the gate this winter sports season with a match on the road today at Meridian. The Wolverine grapplers tackle the Trojans beginning at 6 p.m.

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