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- Mar 3, 2009 at 3:43PM
San Juan Island School District Superintendent Michael Soltman is one of two finalists for the position of Vashon Island superintendent of schools. The Vashon Island School Board on Sunday chose Soltman and Arthur Himmler, superintendent of the Steilacoom Historical School District, as finalists from a field of six.
- Mar 2, 2009 at 4:09PM
The San Juan County Council had a moment of silence Monday in memory of Jeffrey Lloyd Wasnick, the county’s code enforcement officer, who reportedly died of a heart attack Sunday. Wasnick was 55 and lived on Lopez Island. Viewing and visitation is scheduled Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Evans Funeral Chapel, 1105 32nd St., Anacortes. Memorial service is at 3 p.m.
- Mar 2, 2009 at 10:36AM
Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor died Friday in Islands Convalescent Center. The former college and pro football lineman succumbed after a two-year struggle against Lou Gehrig's Disease. His age could not be immediately confirmed. He was 35 when he was the subject of a front page story in the Sept. 12, 2007 Journal.
- Feb 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 8:37PM
The article of letters to President Obama from the children of Stillpoint School was very sweet (“Dear Mr. President ...”, page B1, Feb. 25 Journal). However, in the eight years President Bush was in office, I don’t believe you ever printed “Dear President Bush.”
- Feb 27, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:22PM
"I have a gavel and I'm not afraid to use it." San Juan County Councilman Rich Peterson is known for not taking the trappings of elected office too seriously. And the above remark, which he's uttered more than once since being elected chairman for 2009 by his council colleagues, has been made with a knowing wink and tongue-in-cheek delivery. But all kidding aside, the council will face a number of difficult decisions over the next 11 months, such as whether to relocate the solid-waste transfer station on San Juan. With gavel in hand, it'll be Peterson leading the way.
- Feb 24, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Feb 27, 2009 at 9:24AM
At its peak, J. Wayne Pullman's Publishing Corporation of America, Inc. had 66 employees and published business, industrial and manufacturers directories in California. He founded the company at age 27 and guided it through the economic ups and downs of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. For seven years, he produced the San Juan County Fair Premium Book. But Pullman said his company — which paid salaries with advertising revenue generated from the directories it produced — couldn't survive the economic downturn of this decade. In 2006, he and his wife, Ann, lost their Four Seasons Farm to foreclosure. Today, Pullman is looking for work (378-3714).
- Feb 27, 2009 at 9:12AM
Dr. John Geyman has been working within and trying to improve our nation's health care system for decades. Join Geyman at the next meeting of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans for an assessment of the latest challenges and opportunities now facing doctors, patients and lawmakers.
- Feb 19, 2009 at 10:05AM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 3:30PM
Lopez resident David Fisher died while snowboarding with his two sons at the Mount Baker ski area on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the early afternoon.
- Feb 25, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 3:30PM
In celebration of Friday Harbor’s centennial, Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” will be performed on San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage Thursday to March 13. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. A total of 10 performances will be shown during the run. Tickets and times can be found at sjctheatre.org, or call the box office at 378-3211.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:19PM
As one of the actors in the Playwrights Festival that was guilty of "gratuitous amounts" of "blue" language in our production, I feel that a few comments on Howard Schonberger's column are in order. First and foremost, one of the roles of good community theater should be to spark social comment and discussion. For this reason, the Playwrights Festival was extremely successful. It got the audience out of their comfort zones and made them think and question.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:00PM
At first, I was really upset with your editorial in regards to the new Integrated Medical Center and contract with PeaceHealth. I do thank you for stating that you realize how great a need there is for a new facility. The upsetting part of the editorial is about being rushed into this. You also set the tone with encouraging the public to vote out the current commissioners if they don’t listen to the public.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:10PM
The 2009 sell-out Knowledge Bowl was proof once more that this community is enthusiastic and involved around supporting students and education on San Juan Island! There are a number of people to acknowledge and thank for the success of this evening.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:09PM
This is in response to Mr. Schonberger’s article, “Blue words: Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn,” page 7A, Feb. 18 Journal.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:07PM
In response to Jeff Webster’s guest column in The Journal on Feb. 11 where he advocates moving the solid waste transfer station from Sutton Road to the Beaverton Valley Road site: He also points out that every time a move is proposed, “NIMBY” groups vociferously oppose.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:05PM
Many people have begun thinking, and having discussions with more optimism about race relations than they have in a long time. I must assume that some of these same people have never discussed race relations. I don’t share their optimism.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:03PM
Today, if you have a concern about the quality of medical care at Inter Island Medical Center, you can take your concerns up with your elected board of commissioners. They work for you. You can talk about issues of concern at public meetings. If you are not satisfied with a commissioner’s performance, you can vote for change at the ballot box. In the future, if you have a concern about the quality of medical care at the new integrated medical center operated by PeaceHealth, you can take your concerns up with ... well, that’s not clear.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 2:01PM
The Friday Harbor Animal Shelter would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended our first annual “Spay”Ghetti Dinner, held in celebration of “Spay Day USA,” at Mullis Center on Feb 24.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 1:58PM
It is interesting to observe different philosophies used by a couple of our public entities during these times of economic challenges. During the past few weeks, we’ve seen the San Juan Island School Board struggle to make cuts to their budget while trying to preserve services to their students and families. The School Board has proposed making cuts involving ALL levels of their organization, from principals down to regular employees. Contrast this approach to the one taken by the County Council.
- Feb 26, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:33PM
Marie Cunniff could pass her son off as a younger brother and get away with it, crochet an afghan in record time, and at 100 make a TV interviewer blush. She was always punctual, preferring to be early to appointments in the event she could be seen early. "Always wanting to be early, she did, however, surpass her brother Anthony, who passed at 100," her son, Herb Cunniff, said after his mother passed away Feb. 19 at the age of 101.
- Feb 24, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 11:25AM
Homes in the Friday Avenue area were without water for about five hours Feb. 23 after an OPALCO worker broke a water main while digging to replace a light pole.
- Feb 25, 2009 at 5:09PM
- Feb 25, 2009 at 4:44PM
By 1870, there was church every Sunday, not by the itinerant missionary from Victoria but San Juan’s own resident … sandy sideburned, beloved T.J. Weekes. As it happened, probably in the late 1860s, young T.J. Weekes, who was born in Kent, England, left his home and sailed around the Horn to land in Victoria, Vancouver Island. Here he met Thomas Summerville. In 1870, Summerville sent young Weekes to the San Juan Island Church to become their regular pastor.
- Feb 24, 2009 at 5:16PM
One thing you can count on after a general election: most of the speakers at this San Juan County Republican Party gathering like to face things as they are. That certainly was the case down the line Saturday at the San Juan Island Grange,
- Feb 24, 2009 at 4:16PM
Dr. Dennis Willows, former director of the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs, is the guest at this week's Spring Street School Discovery Speaker Series presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Date and venue: Thursday, 7 p.m., Friday Harbor House San Juan Conference Room.
- Feb 24, 2009 at 1:57PM
Griffin Bay Book Club will meet Friday, 7 p.m., at the book store, 155 Spring St. Topic: "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner.
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