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- Mar 30, 2010 at 8:57AM
I have been beachcombing Washington beaches since I was a kid and came across something last week that I have never seen before. I found a strange cylinder-shaped object during low tide. Some other beachcombers and myself poked at it trying to figure out what it was. They decided to take it home and contact the military or police at home. Can you imagine my shock when I looked it up online.
- Mar 30, 2010 at 9:12AM
Councilman Myhr, I deeply resent your highly partisan claim that it is only a “small, vocal group of Republicans” who oppose the influx of vehicles never designed or intended to operate safely on narrow, hilly, rural roads to endanger the safety of all islanders. That statement is not only disingenuous, but is an outright falsehood. You are certainly entitled to your opinion on this matter. But to turn this into a politically partisan issue is both dishonest and disgusting.
- Mar 30, 2010 at 9:08AM
Geez, what’s up with all these people with their panties in a bunch because they might have to pass an electric vehicle? Do they really think the islands are going to be overrun with a billion of these quiet unobtrusive things creating gridlock in their driveway? I personally would rather have a NEV in front of me instead of one of Susie’s two stroke mosquitoes. Sorry, Susie, they look like fun, help the tourists walk on the ferry. You’re the best, but they are nasty little buggers. Anyway, I digress.
- Mar 30, 2010 at 8:54AM
San Juan County has the worst derelict vessel problem in the state. Loaded with fuel, oil and other toxins, derelict vessels pose a tremendous environmental threat. The state Department of Natural Resources’ Derelict Vessel Removal Program should provide a no-interest loan to fund a local Derelict Vessel Removal Program coordinator. The loan would be repaid by in-kind services and costs recouped from owners of derelict vessels.
- Mar 29, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:30PM
Al Nash died Sunday night in his sleep, two days after eulogizing his brother, Charles, at the brother's funeral Mass. Mr. Nash was 86, his son-in-law, Robert Strasser said. The death was unexpected; Mr. Nash had gone to Sunday brunch with friends, then visited the Strassers, who had been taking care of his dog.
Deputy county administrator is Friday Harbor's new town attorney; served as deputy attorney general of Hawaii
- Mar 29, 2010 at 11:02AM
Friday Harbor's new town attorney is a former deputy attorney general of the state of Hawaii. Mayor Carrie Lacher on Friday appointed Adina Kobayashi Cunningham town attorney, succeeding Don Eaton, who was appointed to the Superior Court by Gov. Christine Gregoire.
- Mar 29, 2010 at 11:04AM
Are you interested in becoming more involved with the community and helping guide the town’s future development? The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the town Planning Commission.
- Mar 29, 2010 at 7:23AM
Senior attackman Ryan Guard had five goals and one assist to help lead the San Juan Dragons to a 9-6 win over Whatcom, Saturday at home. The win propelled the Dragons (3-1) to the top of the Skagit Conference.
- Mar 26, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:24PM
Jody Metzger, a seasoned educator who has helmed two elementary schools, directed school choirs and taught second, third and fourth grade, has been hired to become the new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School.
- Mar 26, 2010 at 12:49PM
The Friday Harbor softball team broke out the bats to overcome a subpar performance in the field and notched a narrow 9-8 victory Thursday at home over South Whidbey in six innings.
- Mar 25, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Mar 26, 2010 at 7:20AM
Golf is often a game of "what ifs" that can mean the difference between a bogey and birdie, between placing and winning. For example, if they had counted the back nine score instead of the front Thursday at San Juan, Friday Harbor senior Tyler McKee would have won the match vs. Orcas, rather than finish fourth. If Orcas' Jacob Hanson had warmed up, he might have done better on the first two holes and finished with 41, good enough for third, rather than 54.
- Mar 25, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 1:03PM
He entered the room pumping his fist, and fans cheered. Someone called out, "I'm your biggest fan." Admirers sought pre-performance autographs and photographs. When his performance — or presentation — neared its end after 90 minutes, fans called out, "No! No!," and he gave them 30 minutes more. A rock star? Yes — of the gardening world. This was Ciscoe Morris.
- Mar 25, 2010 at 9:10AM
Milene Henley has announced her intent to seek re-election as San Juan County auditor. Auditor is a countywide position with responsibilities for financial reporting, election administration, vehicle and vessel licensing, and recording land and other documents within the county. The auditor serves a four-year term. The position is non-partisan.
Colton Harris-Moore: Burglary suspect has 20,000 Facebook fans, articles in Outdoors and Maxim magazines, and now a song on YouTube
- Mar 24, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Mar 25, 2010 at 8:39AM
Colton Harris-Moore, the teen burglary suspect who has earned the nickname "The Barefoot Burglar," is growing as a pop culture figure. His suspected crimes have made national news, and he's been the subject of stories in Outdoors magazine and, now, Maxim magazine. And he's even the subject of a song, "The Ballad of Barefoot Harris," on YouTube.
- Mar 24, 2010 at 1:00PM updated at 4:11PM
The Wolverines needed just four innings to turn a cakewalk into a rout and notch win No. 1 of the season with a 17-0 victory over Darrington, Tuesday at home. Up 5-0 after three innings, Friday Harbor put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as the team batted around the order and turned two walks, three errors and seven base hits into a 12-run barrage.
- Mar 24, 2010 at 3:56PM
A San Juan Island couple who carried out one of the more prolific burglary sprees in recent memory will spend the next 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to a combined eight felonies. On March 12, Shawna Ann Mustain, 50, and Jeffrey Glenn Pinick, 48, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to two counts of residential burglary, one count of second-degree burglary and to one count of possession of a stolen firearm, all Class B felonies. They were each sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,300 in fines and fees.
50th anniversary Sidney run begins Sunday; islanders and mainlanders will make voyage for 30-minute international party
- Mar 23, 2010 at 5:21PM
Islanders and mainlanders will crowd the ferry to Sidney, B.C., on Sunday for the kick-off to the Washington State Ferries spring schedule and the annual Sidney run. The ferry — the 124-car Chelan — will leave Anacortes at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Friday Harbor at 9:30 a.m. The ferry will arrive in Sidney at 11:05 a.m. and depart for Friday Harbor at noon. The ferry will arrive in Friday Harbor at 1:35 p.m. and Anacortes at 3 p.m.
- Mar 23, 2010 at 4:40PM
Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo shot 43 and placed third at the March 22 jamboree at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. The event was a four-way match with Overlake, Bear Creek, Life Christian and Friday Harbor. Overlake won the event by 10 shots over host team Bear Creek. Reid Fredrickson, last year State contender, was medalist with a 3-over par 39.
- Mar 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Mar 23, 2010 at 4:24PM
Schools that profoundly affect student learning are being awarded for their efforts. A total of 174 schools are receiving Washington Achievement Awards for 2009 — among them, Friday Harbor High School, Lopez Middle and High School, Orcas Middle School and Orcas High School.
- Mar 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Mar 23, 2010 at 4:20PM
The Reporter contacted former Republican candidate for State Governor Dino Rossi on March 12 to find out more about a possible campaign for the US Senate seat.
Bonnie Peakes, secretary of the San Juan Historical Society and former Friday Harbor Middle School teacher, dies | Passages
- Mar 23, 2010 at 3:16PM
Bonnie Peakes, secretary of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum and a former Friday Harbor Middle School teacher, died March 20 after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. According to the historical society, no funeral is planned. Her survivors include her son, John Peakes; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Scott Leeming; and grandson, William Leeming.
- Mar 23, 2010 at 3:56PM
C. James (Jim) Coughlin died on March 16, 2010, after a long illness. He was 71. Jim was born in Veblen, S.D., to Birinus (Jankord) and Edward Coughlin on Dec. 6, 1938. He lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Seattle Prep and Seattle University, and obtaining his master of social work from the University of Washington in 1965.
Ranker's farm intern bill signed into law; future farmers not enrolled in classes can work for experience
- Mar 23, 2010 at 10:03AM
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, to help continue the legacy of Washington’s farmers for generations to come. “The average age of a farmer in Washington is 57 years old,” Ranker said. “If we’re serious about promoting agriculture in Washington, we’re going to have to encourage younger people to get onto the farms and get their hands dirty.”
- Mar 23, 2010 at 10:24AM
State Sen. Kevin Ranker's priority bills were approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor’s desk for signature. “We spent dozens of hours both prior and during the legislative session to build consensus around these bills,” Ranker said. “These bills passed with significant bipartisan support in both chambers due to the efforts of numerous individuals including dozens of citizens from our communities.”
Henning Sehmsdorf in the lead for another term on San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors
- Mar 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Mar 23, 2010 at 10:13AM
Henning Sehmsdorf appears to have won another term on the San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors. According to unofficial results, Sehmsdorf received 262 votes, Ed Kilduff 229.
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