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Let islanders vote on waste transfer station location | Guest Column

  • Dec 31, 2008 at 12:44PM

As a community member, potential neighbor to the Beaverton Valley Road site, and avid SWAC meeting attender for over three years, I am writing this in response to the latest SWAC meeting -- the last meeting before the SWAC recommendation goes out to the County Council for the proposed site of the new transfer station to be built at the Beaverton Valley property. Please educate yourselves to a seldom-printed portion of the history and background of this project by reading my response below.

Solid Waste Advisory Council prefers Beaverton Valley Road site for new solid waste transfer station

  • Dec 30, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:45PM

The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee may recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. A site on Daniel Lane was rated second; the current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.

Accounts set up for Beth Hudson at two banks; more details emerge in accident report

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Dec 30, 2008 at 7:20AM

Accounts have been established at Islanders Bank and Key Bank to help defray Beth Hudson's medical expenses. Hudson is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision Dec. 21 on Portland Fair Road.

WSF releases draft long-range plan; reduction in service levels, delays in buying new ferries expected

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 5:03PM

It’s a tough time to be in the ferry business. Facing an increased demand for service as ferry-served communities continue to grow — yet held back by a tight budget, limited vehicle carrying capacities and aging terminals and vessels — the state Department of Transportation Ferries Division released its draft long-range plan for services and investments through 2030.

Need a post-holiday gift idea? Consider a centennial item

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:59PM

Feb. 9, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Town of Friday Harbor’s incorporation.

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! | Ferry Home Companion

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:17PM

I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.

A good time to count our blessings | Editor's Notebook

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:09PM

An arctic storm brought a big freeze to the islands. Our school district faces a $717,000 deficit. Our community and state are caught in the national recession. Businesses are struggling to hold on as islanders tighten their purse strings. It’s easy to be grumpy, what with having to navigate icy roads while worrying about the economy and that IRA and/or 401K. But a neighbor said something to me the other day that set me on a path of realizing just how fortunate we are.

Non-point pollution is our problem, and that's the point | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:07PM

Scientists call it “non-point pollution,” meaning it emanates from sources that aren’t specific or readily identifiable. Oil leaks from automobiles and chemical treatments on lawns are two good examples, swept as they are by rainwater through ditches and storm drains and into the waters of Puget Sound. Another example: the septic systems of shoreline homes, which over time send untreated waste oozing out to contaminate our waterways.

How to simulate being a sailor | Around the Waterfront

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 4:06PM

How to simulate being a sailor: 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.

Education must be our top priority | Editorial

  • Dec 29, 2008 at 3:43PM

Undoubtedly, the financial situation that the 2009 state Legislature deals with when in goes into session in January will be far more difficult than when those legislators announced their candidacies for office in spring and summer 2008. With the state in a recession, Gov. Christine Gregoire is looking at cutting several billion dollars out of the state budget. The budget deficit could reach $6 billion, some reports stated last week. Education must be a priority, not just for the Legislature but for all of us.

Friday Harbor Food Bank's numbers double

  • Dec 26, 2008 at 9:30AM

Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.

Santa expected to make early visit to downtown today

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

Churches plan special events, services for holiday

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 12:34PM

Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned

'Marley' Christmas Eve performance cancelled due to 'unexpected health emergency'

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 12:54PM

Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.

Spring Street International School students spread holiday cheer

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:35AM

Spring Street International School students spent their last day before the holiday break baking, caroling and creating cards for the community. More than 40 handmade Christmas cards and 30 plates of cookies were given to area friends, neighbors and businesses Dec. 19. Students baked and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. Gingerbread men complete with suits and smiles were stacked onto plates ready for delivery.

Help find Mary Hammond's dog, Coco

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:14AM

Mary Hammond's dog, Coco, is missing. He is a 13-year-old Husky mix, black with gray face. He's very friendly and has tags on his collar.

San Juan Islands awarded $341,000 for salmon restoration work

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:59AM

State funds four projects, including removal of wood-chip waste from beaches at Thatcher Bay

Santa Claus is coming to town. And you can track him

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:27AM

It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

'County News' page premieres on San Juan County Web site

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:49PM

A redesigned County News page went into service this week on San Juan County's Web site, The former news page was more oriented to print news releases and offered documents in PDF file format.

County plows, sanders will be working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:46PM

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, snow, freezes and thaws through Christmas night, adding to already hazardous conditions on county roads

20 selected for Leadership San Juan Islands Class of 2009

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:24PM

Leadership San Juan Islands has selected 20 diverse individuals from the community for the 2009 class

County Public Works, Town of Friday Harbor sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:00PM

The San Juan County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program this year. Trees will be chipped for mulch and not sent to a landfill. Help reduce the volume of holiday trash by bringing your clean, undecorated natural trees (no flocked or artificial trees) to your island's solid waste facility between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11 during regular open hours.

Fincher elected chairman of San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 1:39PM

Brad Fincher was elected chairman of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Dec. 19. Fincher is probation officer at the San Juan County Courthouse. He is also a member of the San Juan County Fair Board.

Update: Island woman loses lower right leg to crash injuries; another surgery scheduled

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:47AM

Beth Hudson, 62, of San Juan Island is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. Hudson was in surgery Monday. Her right leg was amputated below the knee. Her left leg is "stabilized" and she is scheduled to have surgery on it Thursday, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. She has several broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a bruised pancreas, and broken bones in her right shoulder.

Online video helps businesses plan for, prepare and pay taxes and premiums

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01AM

Washington State has launched a multi-agency streaming video that gives new and small businesses easy-to-understand basics on how to plan for, prepare and pay state business taxes and insurance premiums.

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