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- May 12, 2010 at 2:38PM
It's not the outcome the Wolverines had hoped for. But the timing and the competition couldn't have been better as the Friday Harbor softball team gears up for post-season play on the heels of a decisive 10-2 defeat by Adna in their regular-season finale May 8 at home.
- May 12, 2010 at 2:16PM
Rebecca Leff is headed back into the lions' den for the second year in a row. The Friday Harbor sophomore secured a second-straight berth in the Tri-District tournament by dispatching the Wolves' Lily Doyle 6-3, 6-1, May 8 at the District 1 playoffs in Coupeville.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:18AM
Equestrians from San Juan and Lopez islands ferried over to join Orcas riders and the San Juan County Land Bank on April 11 to celebrate the reopening of some trails in the stunning Turtleback Mountain Preserve.
- May 12, 2010 at 11:05AM
Construction of the Sewer Replacement Project is in its final phase near the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant. Local contractors hope to have all the work completed by the end of May. They began work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and are proceeding up Tucker Avenue to Guard Street in front of the high school, and finally over to Culver Avenue.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:58AM
My adrenaline surged as my back arched, restarting the back pain I have been fighting. I had just gotten out of my car as the dog I had not seen in the car next to me hit its window, fiercely barking! So surprised was I, that I wanted to cry! I felt angry and assaulted. It took me the rest of the day to calm my fractured nerves.
- May 12, 2010 at 10:54AM
Joy will reign at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on May 16, noon to 2 p.m. in the Patio Garden of the San Juan Community Theatre. This is the annual free event for all San Juan children sponsored by the theater's CATS organization. There will be face painting, crafts projects ... and teddy bears. There will also be storytelling with Melina Lagios, youth services librarian at San Juan Island Library, accompanied by puppets.
- May 11, 2010 at 2:10PM
Treaty tribal and state co-managers wrapped up their annual process of setting salmon fishing seasons recently and I was again reminded of those who say that a total ban on fishing is the only path to salmon recovery. They don't truly mean a total ban though, just one on Indian and non-Indian harvesters. They don't want to talk about all of the fish lost to dams, poisoned stormwater runoff and low stream flows. Those environmental factors "harvest" salmon just like any fishery. A dead fish is a dead fish no matter how it dies.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:36PM
Two Republican candidates for 40th District state House of Representatives will visit Friday Harbor May 14 and May 21. Dusty Gulleson is running for position 1 held by retiring legislator Dave Quall, and was endorsed May 4 by state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Tom Pasma of Bow is the 40th District Democrats' nominee. John Swapp is running for position 2 held by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon. Morris, the speaker pro tem of the House, is running for reelection. You can meet Swapp May 21, 11:30 a.m., upstairs at the China Pearl Restaurant.
Pasma receives 40th District Democrats' House nomination; Morris also nominated for another term | 40th District House
- May 11, 2010 at 1:19PM
Tom Pasma of Bow won a decisive majority (75 percent) of votes cast at 40th District Precinct Officers Nominating Convention Saturday in Anacortes. Pasma is now the official Democratic Party nominee for state House Position 1. Current state Rep. Dave Quall is retiring.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:23PM
Bellingham businessman and legislative candidate Dusty Gulleson held a meet-and-greet May 4 at the American Legion Hall in Friday Harbor to introduce himself to San Juan County voters. The event featured Attorney General Rob McKenna, who introduced Gulleson and announced his endorsement of him.
- May 11, 2010 at 1:06PM
San Juan Island emergency services personnel and a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue team conducted joint training in Friday Harbor on May 1. The exercise included practicing patient transfer procedures to and from an airborne helicopter, and simulating loading critically ill passengers and necessary equipment onto the helicopter.
- May 11, 2010 at 12:37PM
We love riding our bikes in Friday Harbor. Because we rarely have adequate shoulders or lanes to use, I teach my kids to use the road. That’s all about being seen. To get into the road, I teach my kids to look, signal, then move when there’s room to do so. That’s all about being safe and predictable.
- May 11, 2010 at 12:28PM
Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.
Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 4:37PM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.
- May 6, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 7, 2010 at 4:36PM
Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff. His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November. Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.
- May 7, 2010 at 3:38PM
After more than 118 years, the name of St. Joseph Hospital is changing. The name is now PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. PeaceHealth officials said the change "more accurately reflect(s) the range of healthcare services now provided by the hospital, as well as its clinics, centers, laboratory and medical group. As the community served by the hospital has grown over the past century, so have the community’s healthcare needs and PeaceHealth’s efforts to meet those needs."
- May 7, 2010 at 7:48AM
I lived in Alaska and worked as a commercial fisherman in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in the then-pristine Prince William Sound. I worked on the front lines during the spill. I coordinated the vessel leasing office to assist in the cleanup. I also did dead seabird counts, bags and bags and bags of them. It was a nightmare, like a war zone ... very difficult even now to watch the news about the Gulf spill without feeling emotional!
- May 6, 2010 at 4:45PM
Twelve Islands Oil Spill Association volunteers are on a list to help clean oiled wildlife, in the event help is needed, in the Gulf region. Jackie Wolf of IOSA contacted the BP Horizon Hotline; a BP representative called her back, had Wolf fill out a form, and passed the information on to BP's wildlife coordinator. "They have thousands of people who have volunteered already. But 12 local volunteers have called me and said they want to go if they are needed," Wolf said.
- May 6, 2010 at 11:20AM
Randall K. Gaylord is seeking a fifth term as San Juan County prosecuting attorney. The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The prosecuting attorney serves a four-year term and is paid $130,000 a year. The state pays 60 percent of the prosecuting attorney’s salary, the county pays 40 percent.
- Apr 16, 2010 at 8:00AM updated May 6, 2010 at 11:22AM
I was overjoyed to read that the final state budget includes funding toward the purchase of the historic Friday Harbor Brick & Tile Co. on Nichols Street for a permanent farmers' market facility and — equally important, in my opinion — the upgrading of a dreary part of downtown. In just a few years, I'm sure no one will believe we didn't always have this vibrant, busy community center.
Friday Harbor Town Council tours the San Juan Historical Museum today; first collective look at improvements being made
- May 6, 2010 at 7:21AM
A sage once said of the importance of history, “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.” The Friday Harbor Town Council takes a walk on that road Thursday, proclaiming May Historic Preservation Month, appointing a member of the Historic Preservation Review Board and touring the San Juan Historical Museum.
- May 5, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 1:09PM
The San Juan Dragons won the Skagit Conference lacrosse title Tuesday with a 12-4 win over Whatcom, at Whatcom Community College. The Dragons (10-2) host North County (1-10) on Saturday at 2 p.m. to close out the regular season; North County lost its last meeting with the Dragons 13-5. Division II playoffs had not been scheduled by Wednesday morning.
Macdonald resigns from Solid Waste Advisory Committee, citing accountability, land purchases, 'errors in judgment'
- May 5, 2010 at 1:00PM
Mike Macdonald resigned May 4 from the San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, citing a failure to "provide honest public accountability at every level," "unnecessary land purchases," and "serious errors in judgment" which have led to a worsening situation for trash collection. MacDonald submitted the following letter to County Council Chairman Richard Fralick and Solid Waste Advisory Committee Chairman Sam Jacobson.
Former Ferry Advisory Committee member says proposed summer schedule cuts service to F.H.; community meeting May 6
- May 5, 2010 at 1:07PM
Washington State Ferries will host a San Juan Islands Community Meeting May 6, 11:35 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on the interisland ferry. The ferry departs Friday Harbor at 11:35 a.m., Orcas at 12:25 p.m., Shaw at 12:40 p.m., and Lopez at 1 p.m. Topics for discussion include: recap of the legislative session, priorities for 2010, fare change process and emergency service planning. At least one islander plans on bringing up the issue of the summer schedule.
- May 4, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 5:44PM
Sheriff Bill Cumming announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year. He will not run for reelection in November. Cumming, 62, said he will continue as an elected member of the Island Rec board. Here is the statement he issued by e-mail.
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