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She's free from liberal thinking

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Mar 16, 2009 at 8:40AM

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that's just it — I wasn't. I was "feeeeling." Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, "What is the government going to do for me?" I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

She’s free from liberal thinking

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 8:24AM

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that’s just it — I wasn’t. I was “feeeeling.” Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, “What is the government going to do for me?” I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

Meet the ACLU's Washington state field director

  • Mar 16, 2009 at 8:21AM

I write to you on behalf of the Steering Committee of the San Juan Island chapter of the American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington. We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you and your guests to a potluck dinner and social gathering in the charming Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on March 31, 6-8:30 p.m. The purposes of this free community gathering are to meet each other, to visit, to share thoughts, to enjoy the dinner, and to have fun.

PeaceHealth eliminating 70 full-time positions in its Oregon region

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Mar 13, 2009 at 2:56PM

PeaceHealth Oregon Region, which provides hospital and health care services in an eight Oregon counties, announced Friday it will eliminate the equivalent of 70 full-time positions from its payroll in response to deteriorating economic conditions that have resulted in increased expenses for uncompensated care. Accounting for attrition and other factors, the actual reduction in force will involve 57 employees.

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday in Friday Harbor

  • Mar 13, 2009 at 1:39PM

Free one-on-one business counseling is available Monday, March 16 in Friday Harbor from a business adviser from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, in partnership with the San Juan County EDC and Chamber of Commerce. Appointments may be made by calling (360) 336-6114.

Four Friday Harbor Wolverines named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B All-League teams

  • Mar 13, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:09PM

Four Friday Harbor Wolverines were named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B Boys and Girls All-League basketball teams. Four others received honorable mentions. The selections were announced Thursday. Austin Scheffer, a senior guard, was named to the boys All-League first team.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, auction Saturday at Yacht Club

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM

The 13th annual Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Dinner and Auction is Saturday in the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles. The live auction of various products and services begins at 7:30 p.m.

San Juan Island goes Irish; concert, sessions this week

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:30AM

The seven-day Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp got under way Monday in Friday Harbor with classes at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. The week includes seisuns — or music sessions — at Downriggers and The Place. The week is capped by a concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

Be heard on proposed major changes | Editorial

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 10:49AM

San Juan Island is at the threshold of major changes that will be felt 50 years from now. Attend these meetings. Be sure you are heard.

Final Environmental Impact Statement on Friday Harbor waste transfer station released; presentation tonight

  • Mar 12, 2009 at 7:16AM

The Friday Harbor Town Council meets tonight at 5 for a presentation by Steve Alexander, San Juan County solid waste manager, regarding the site recommendation and decision process. The meeting, in the Town Hall Council Chambers, is open to the public and the public will be allowed time to comment.

Friday Harbor student advances to state Geography Bee for second consecutive year

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 6:08PM

Kasey Rasmussen, 12, of Friday Harbor has qualified for the state Geography Bee in Tacoma for the second consecutive year. Kasey, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, is a daughter of Kris and Scott Rasmussen. She won her first Friday Harbor geography bee as a sixth-grader and lost in a preliminary round of the state bee.

Construction slowdown prompts San Juan County layoffs

  • Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 4:59PM

County officials handed out layoff notices to a pair of employees at the Community Development and Planning Department as demand for building and land-use permits hit a four-year low. San Juan County Administrator Pete Rose on Tuesday acknowledged that permit coordinators Christopher Laws and Allen Shayo were notified that their employment at CDPD would soon end. Both were given a standard 10-day layoff notice, Rose said.

Change law regarding where ferries can be built

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Mar 11, 2009 at 10:26AM

An open letter to state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island: It is way past time to repeal the law that requires Washington ferries to be built in Washington. This is an outdated and restrictive rule which leads to building inefficiency and higher costs because of lack of competition.

Dig Back to Old Egyptian Times | By Madison Dillery

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 4:22PM

Madison Dillery, an eighth-grade student at Friday Harbor Middle School, wrote this composition about the sixth-graders' Egypt Day in the Commons Feb. 11. Ben Troutman's eighth-graders were asked to write a news story on the day of exhibits, models and informative posters on Egypt's ancient civilization. Madison's composition was determined by her teacher to be exemplary and was submitted for publication.

It's official: Michael Soltman is new superintendent of Vashon Island schools

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 3:55PM

Michael Soltman says he's coming home. Selected Monday night as Vashon Island School District's new superintendent, Soltman lived on Vashon for 12 years before moving to San Juan Island to become that district's top administrator.

Boat noise is contributing to the starvation of our orcas

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 1:00PM updated Mar 10, 2009 at 3:54PM

Experts agree our local orca population is starving. I support Mark Anderson’s recent guest column (Feb. 11) where he writes that the proximal cause of death last year of seven local orcas was starvation, and whale watching is accelerating their starvation.

Mid-March Madness 3-on-3 tournament March 21

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:36PM

Island Rec’s Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is March 21 in Turnbull Gym. Day-of registrations will be taken from 1-1:30 p.m., with games starting at 2 p.m. The tournament is open to anyone 15 and older. Cost is $10 per player. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.

Six firefighters climb tower for leukemia funds

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:35PM

Six Friday Harbor firefighters climbed Seattle’s tallest building – the Columbia Center — Sunday in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The annual climb benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighter competition. Participating from Friday Harbor: Kevin Carroll, 21; Jane Hutchinson, 46; Zaim Melic, 42; Robert Pauls, 36; Tony Smith, 32; and Andy Urbach, 41.

New trail in the works in Friday Harbor | Hiking

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:34PM

The San Juan Island Trails Committee is working with town officials on a plan to develop and maintain an unopened, forested town road as a trail. On the maps, the trail is formally labeled Beach Court, and leads from Harbor Avenue to Jensen Alley, jogging around the Rouleau Apartments. Beach Court has never been opened as a road by the town, but neighbors and proponents say it has long been used as a trail.

Orcas girls take fifth in state tournament | Basketball

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:32PM

The Orcas Island girls basketball team defied all expectations by knocking off the Pomeroy Pirates with a 3-point buzzer-beater and finishing fifth at the 2B state tournament Friday in Spokane. Trailing by two with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, junior Lanie Padbury grabbed a rebound off a missed free-throw and passed to Stephanie Shaw at mid-court, who in turn passed the ball back to Padbury with only a moment left on the game clock.

Carter Whalen holds on to derby lead; Chuck Payne trails by less than a pound | Fishing

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:29PM

Carter Whalen of San Juan Island grabbed the lead and Chuck Payne trails by less than a pound as both anglers netted 20-plus pound fish during Week 5 of the annual Frank Wilson Blackmouth Fishing Derby. Whalen earned a third $75 gift certificate for biggest blackmouth of the week by hauling in a 21.41-pounder. He also hooked the largest fish in Week 1 and Week 4, 18.75 and 14.44 pounds, respectively, and bumped Raymond Ploghoft, who reeled in a 19.87-pounder in Week 3, off the top the leader board with his most recent weekly winner.

State still deliberating on Washington State Ferries funding

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Mar 10, 2009 at 1:11PM

Terrible. That is how State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler sums up the current financial state of the state ferry system.

Beth Hudson: 'I thank the good people of San Juan Island and elsewhere for their prayers'

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:11PM

Beth Hudson is on the island and recovering from injuries sustained in a Dec. 21 crash on Portland Fair Road. She submitted this letter to the editor ...

Opposed to PeaceHealth/San Juan Community Hospital Committee proposal

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 3:30PM

PeaceHealth has now sweetened the $30 million Integrated Medical Facility kitty. Seventy grand worth of hype heretofore had not sugar-coated this pill enough to persuade the community to swallow. With its new $20 million pledge, PeaceHealth is plainly in a lather to get its foot in our door. The proposition is now almost irresistible, and if our enthralled Hospital District Board of Commissioners bites, part of the price will be the forfeiture of independent local control of our present and future healthcare universe to the agenda of a corporation.

San Juan Island School District buses will run on snow routes this afternoon

  • Mar 9, 2009 at 2:03PM

San Juan Island School District buses will run on snow routes this afternoon, Transportation Supervisor Terresa Sundstrom announced. The school schedule has not changed.

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