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- Nov 12, 2008 at 5:00AM updated Nov 14, 2008 at 10:08AM
As residents of San Juan Island, we are e-mailing you to comment on the proposed closing of Reuben Tarte Park, Eagle Cove Day Park, and Turn Point Park, all on San Juan Island, as reflected in the 2009 preliminary County Parks budget.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 4:42PM
The San Juan County Council will act on a year’s worth of proposed changes to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code (UDC) at its meeting on Nov. 18. Among the proposed changes is a provision which could affect how often changes to the UDC itself could be considered.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 1:36PM
Carl Stoddard, first superintendent of San Juan Island National Park, died at home with his loving family around him on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 11:49AM
In June, the County Council approved a ban on safe-and-sane fireworks, to take effect 12 months later. Thanks to a referendum, voters may get a chance to challenge that ban. The county auditor's office has certified Referendum 2008-2 as qualified for the November 2009 ballot.
- Nov 13, 2008 at 10:27AM
The county Community Development & Planning Department reports year-to-date revenues of $1,179,124 — close to 97 percent of the total revenue forecast for 2008. “Given the housing market nationwide I am surprised by the amount of activity,” CDP director Ron Henrickson said in a press release. “The critical question is: What will happen over the six next months or so?”
- Nov 12, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 3:40PM
The band walks onto the stage and the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. As the music begins, groupies up on the mezzanine clap and stomp. The first song leaves the musicians and the audience with pumped-up blood pressure and a bit of sweat. This is not a rock concert at the Paramount. This is the Battlefield Band at San Juan Community Theatre — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 2:03PM
Danny Cumming and the Western Washington University Vikings are bowl bound. The Vikings (5-3 conference, 5-5 overall) claimed a berth in the 23rd annual Dixie Rotary Bowl, thanks to a second-place finish in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They were bested only by nationally-ranked Central Washington which, at 8-0, defeated all comers in conference play.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 9:00PM updated Nov 12, 2008 at 12:20PM
Michael Mayes and Homes for Islanders announced that Madison Glenn is selling acreage on Malcolm Street to Homes for Islanders for development of up to 44 affordable homes. Mayes is reducing the sales price from $1.8 million to $1.2 million.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 12:20PM
If you're in the Pratt residence during a family get-together, you might find it difficult to be the one on the opposing end of a political discussion: The family has a built-in political quorum.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 10:21AM
Two former teammates meet as foes — friendly foes, perhaps — Saturday in Puyallup. Quarterback Cole Franklin and the Linfield College Wildcats meet linebacker Tim Cumming and the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes on Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 9:24AM
Mike Close, owner of San Juan Island Marine Center located under the Downriggers restaurant, called me the other day, saying, “You want to see some beautiful boats?” “Sure Mike, when and where?”, I replied. He then said that I must first see a recent restoration by Art Lohrey that was bobbing at his mooring just outside his office and showroom. Wow! Gorgeous.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 9:22AM
The Gobbler Classic Golf Tournament is Saturday at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The tournament is comprised of three-person teams. The entry fee is $50, which includes green fees.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Nov 12, 2008 at 8:59AM
Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died in Island Hospital Nov. 7, about a week after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 58. A memorial service is scheduled Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public. A reception will follow at the church.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:52AM
“San Juan County is the least affordable county in the state,” San Juan County’s affordable housing coordinator Angela Lausch told the County Council last week, and she cited housing as the leading reason.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:00AM updated at 8:52AM
Hannah Heights and High Haro neighborhood residents are invited to attend an introductory Firewise meeting discussing wildfire behavior and actions home owners can take to prevent catastrophic destruction in their neighborhoods.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:00AM
In these tough times, giving is even more important. United Way of San Juan County funds more than 30 organizations. This year, as our country experiences major financial collapse, local communities are seeing the effects.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 6:16AM
The San Juan County Council has appointed Andy Holman and Johannes Krieger to the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, a citizens’ committee that supports research, promotes stewardship of marine resources and advises the County Council on marine resource issues.
- Nov 12, 2008 at 5:48AM
San Juan County Treasurer Jan Sears reports that as of the close of business on Nov. 7, the county had collected 95 percent of the property taxes on the rolls for 2008. “We’re doing pretty well,” she said in a press release from the county communications office. In 2007, the percentage of taxes collected by the end of the year was 97.2 percent.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 5:11PM
Enrollment is on the rise at two of the island’s three private schools. Spring Street International School added 13 students this fall. Stillpoint School’s enrollment increased by five. Paideia Classical School saw a six-student drop in enrollment this school year.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 5:09PM
David Ernest Daum was born July 31, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and passed away on Nov. 1, 2008 at the age of 69. Dave was a long-time resident of San Juan Island, enjoying his retirement in the sun here and in San Jose, Cabo San Lucas.
- Nov 6, 2008 at 5:00PM updated Nov 11, 2008 at 5:07PM
Senator-elect Kevin Ranker's first post-election challenge? "I hope to be able to take a nap," he quipped Wednesday. Well, perhaps he can catch a cat nap. "I've got meetings as early as next week that I've already been called in to," Ranker said.
- Nov 11, 2008 at 4:39PM
Only three boats reached the halfway mark at Patos Island and the race was called at this point. Flash, skippered by Steve Travis, finished first overall. Braveheart, skippered by Charles Burnet, finished second. Icon, skippered by Kevin Welch, finished third.
Cleanup plan recommends salmon habitat acquisition, low-impact development, stormwater controls in the San Juans
- Nov 7, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Nov 10, 2008 at 4:37PM
A draft action plan to improve the health of Puget Sound identifies about 15 actions to be taken in the San Juan Islands, including acquiring priority habitat for salmon, maintaining local oil-spill response programs, reducing sources of water pollution, managing urban stormwater runoff, implementing low-impact development standards for new construction, and limiting alterations on sensitive shorelines.
- Nov 10, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 12:34PM
Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died Friday, 4:55 p.m. in Island Hospital after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Service was Saturday at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A memorial service is being planned on the island. Details will be published later.
- Nov 10, 2008 at 9:21AM
Kathryn Robb, known to many islanders as “Robbie,” was born in Great Britain on April 29, 1933, and died in the morning of Oct. 24, 2008. She passed away in her home on San Juan Island surrounded by a few friends and loyal old dog, Sam, by her side.
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