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- Jan 15, 2009 at 3:35PM
Islanders have two opportunities Jan. 20 to meet Dr. Gladys Mwiti and learn about the work of Oasis Africa, an indigenous African counseling and training center. Mwiti will speak at the San Juan Lions Club meeting, noon, in the American Legion hall downstairs; and at 7 p.m. at Paideia School. The presentations are open to the public.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:05PM
Do you have an electric wheelchair that is not being used? You can put it to good use and make a difference in someone else's life. Toni Shiurba of Friday Harbor is recovering from injuries incurred in a car accident. She wants to pay for use of an electric wheelchair, but can't pay the $250 per month she said she's been quoted.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 15, 2009 at 11:48AM
The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music. The series begins with the Battlefield Band's "Leaving Friday Harbor."
- Jan 15, 2009 at 9:22AM
Recent new members of Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are Carol Christensen, Bonnie Hendrickson and Deanna Rogers. They will join more than 80 other members of this local business women’s service club that has been helping our community for 12 years.
- Jan 15, 2009 at 7:07AM
President-elect Obama is NOT African-American. He is bi-racial. This error is made consistently in the press. Hopefully somebody will start describing his ethnicity correctly (or better yet, not at all).
- Jan 14, 2009 at 3:41PM
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, was sworn on Monday when the Senate convened for its 105-day regular session. “There is a lot to do, and I am more than ready to get started on solutions to the major challenges we are facing, both locally and statewide,” Ranker said in a press release.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 1:49PM
In an ongoing effort to accommodate the women of Friday Harbor, Curves has relocated to 535 Market St., suite B (next to Whidbey Island Bank). This convenient location is within walking distance of the town core and has ample parking. Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-11 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 1:47PM
Let’s not mince words. The real estate market on San Juan Island during the last half of 2007 and all of 2008 has been, activity wise, in a deep recession. Realtors and sellers of real estate have found this to be the case through personal experience. What is interesting, however, is how well the market has retained its value.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 1:40PM
The San Juan County Council and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a response to Washington State Ferries’ Long Range-Planning Options that calls the lower-cost Plan B “an unrealistic representation of state ferry service.”
Council endorses San Juan Initiative report; document will guide local involvement in restoration of Sound’s health by 2020
- Jan 14, 2009 at 10:51AM
Bold. Unique. Innovative. A model for the rest of the state. There was no shortage of superlatives as the County Council gave a hearty endorsement to the San Juan Initiative and its final report and list of recommendations.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 10:07AM
Island Rec’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., at Mullis Community Senior Center. Tickets are available at Island Rec. The dance is open for girls of all ages accompanied by their father or a significant male figure in their life.
Morris questions funding priorities: $11.7 million for Enhanced Driver License program while cancelling Sidney run to save $9.4 million
- Jan 13, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Jan 14, 2009 at 9:58AM
During today’s House Transportation Committee hearing, in which members of the committee scoured Gov. Gregoire’s proposed budget for 2009-11, state Rep. Jeff Morris, D–Mount Vernon, questioned the consistency of a policy that includes $11.7 million for the Enhanced Driver License (EDL) program, while cancelling the primary maritime route between Washington and Canada.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:56AM
The 2009 San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair is July 18 and 19 in Friday Harbor. Applications for acceptance as an artist are due by March 16.
- Jan 14, 2009 at 9:51AM
A San Juan Island woman was arrested for DUI following a bone-rattling detour off the road, up an embankment and into the brush late Saturday, near the intersection of Gladys Way and Turn Point Road.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 2:00PM
What has shaped our community into what it is today? How different are we from those who called Friday Harbor home 100 years ago? How does our past influence our future? A series of events related to the town’s centennial addresses those questions and more.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 1:48PM
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new book about Friday Harbor tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village. And, according to all sources, it’s an entertaining read.
- Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17PM
The 2009 Book of the San Juan Islands, the annual information and relocation almanac published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is on the streets. Copies are available at the newspapers' offices, on ferries and in ferry terminals, in B&Bs and inns, and in chambers of commerce, real estate offices and visitors bureaus on the islands and the mainland.
SWAC makes choice official; recommends Beaverton Valley Road site for San Juan Island solid waste transfer station
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:00PM updated Jan 13, 2009 at 7:08AM
The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee made it official Monday. The committee voted 6-3 to recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. The outcome of the meeting mirrorred the committee’s Dec. 29 meeting. A 20-acre site on Daniel Lane, next to the new San Juan Business Park, was rated second of the three potential sites. The current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:32PM
Spring Street International School invites the community to an annual fund-raiser dinner at Mullis Community Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 16, 5:15-8:30 p.m.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:27PM
A coin drive to help build a new community garden is under way. Money raised will help pay for fencing, soil preparation, and a water catchment system. The Gardens at Ackley's Corner is located one mile past the airport and is open for anyone interested in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 6:25PM
A day of service is planned in Friday Harbor on Jan. 19, a legal holiday and birthday of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Jan 12, 2009 at 2:55PM
As far as winter storms go, this latest one — though not as destructive as some — proved trickier to combat than most. Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures only intensified problems created by the recurring blasts of ice and snow, and keeping local roads clear of frozen — sometimes treacherous — precipitation turned out to be a prolonged endeavor for San Juan County’s road crews. Ditto for the town of Friday Harbor.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 10:06AM
WSF is an iconic symbol of our home and charm to visitors. In fact, it could be one of the principal reasons to live here if it were improved and reliable. And a reason why the value of our homes would be secure, rather than shaky.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jan 12, 2009 at 9:14AM
According to the numbers, the Friday Harbor business community would seem, overall, to be in good shape. But you’ll have a hard time convincing some Friday Harbor businesses of that.
- Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:42PM
The plight of our resident killer whales has become simple to understand, as is the most likely means of saving them. After years of argument driven as much by money as by science, we have suddenly, unfortunately, reached a moment when the causes and remedial actions are relatively clear.
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