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Getting a dozen islanders to agree on anything can prove next to impossible. Perhaps even more so if they're all politicians. But that hasn’t stopped elected officials of San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor from joining forces and creating what could be a nearly united objection to the citizenship spot checks by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Anacortes ferry terminal.
One of the greatest things about travel is running into friends of yore and seeing them happily ensconced in the glamorous areas we visit. Thus it was when we attended a family wedding in Puerto Vallarta May 8. We found Liana (formerly Lee Ann) Turner on VallartaBlog.com. Turner, who worked five-plus years on The Journal with me, had moved there in 1995.
Two candidates are interviewing this week for principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. Today, the Search Committee is interviewing Anita Roth, principal intern and elementary literacy facilitator at McCarver Elementary School in the Tacoma School District. Thursday, the committee will interview Gary Pflueger, principal of Salmon Middle School in Salmon, Idaho.
Pedal for the Planet is a bike-to-school day event that promotes the bicycle as a healthy, fun and environmentally sustainable alternative to the automobile.
No teachers will be laid off in San Juan Island schools. But hours were cut for classified staff members and district officials are still scrambling to raise another $165,000 money to qualify for all pledged matching funds and fully eradicate the district's budget shortfall. That's the top story in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands, which is available tonight at some outlets. It will be available at all carriers and newsracks and in the mail Wednesday.
Turns out the idea of using the Land Bank as leverage proved too hot to handle. So the San Juan County Council last week set its sights on the county's multi-million-dollar road fund instead. Road revenue, the council agreed at its May 13 meeting, will provide a line of credit that hopefully will convince state officials of the county’s commitment to fulfill its obligation to manage stormwater runoff in the Eastsound Urban Growth Area.
Frank Kelly, former superintendent of the San Juan Island School District, died Wednesday in Redmond. He was 68. A Celebration of Life will be held May 18, 1 p.m., at 11525 19th Ave. SE (Bothell/Everett Highway), Everett.
Since San Juan Island Community Radio’s construction permit application was held up, due to possible interference with Canadian broadcasting by some 1,500 yards, we have contracted with an FCC-approved broadcast engineer to finish our application, which is now on file with the FCC for public inspection.
Thought to have gone extinct, glass sponge reefs were rediscovered in Georgia and Hecate Straits during the 1990s. Professor Paul Johnson, an oceanographer at the University of Washington and chief scientist on 38 deep-water cruises, has spent most of his career working on hydrothermal systems on the Juan de Fuca Ridge and became involved “obliquely.”
Memorial Day traditionally means the arrival of summer crowds desiring to board a Washington state ferry en route to a long weekend of fun. Adding sunshine and blue skies to this three-day weekend can mean traffic backups on Friday afternoons and evenings westbound and again on Monday, eastbound, as travelers return home.
You can honor a loved one by sharing their story, sing in "Relay Idol," and try some standup comedy ...
Gone is half the athletic program's budget. Gone is the Primary Intervention Program for at-risk elementary school students. Gone is the food service program for every student. Gone are teachers' aides, secretarial jobs and custodians.
Some Friday Harbor residents expect to tighten their belts more — and do away with extras — to meet the costs of escalating utility rates
Impact on tourism cited as local elected officials look to Senators Cantwell and Murray, and Congressman Larsen, for help in changing inspection procedures
The San Juan Island School District is in a budget crunch. A third-grader with a penchant for doodling hoped to help.
This week's Journal features a page of photos from prom, Opening Day of boating season, and the Children's Festival.
Daniel Flemming, 48, is the new postmaster of Friday Harbor. Flemming brings 28 years of experience with him, working his way up from a variety of different jobs. “My first job with the postal service was as a letter sorting machine operator,” he said.
Houston Taylor, a Shaw Island resident who leads the Skagit Hospice team serving San Juan County, has been named a Real Hero by the Anacortes/San Juan Islands chapter of the American Red Cross.
Fay Chaffee announced May 4 her candidacy for County Council, Friday Harbor. The primary election is Aug. 19. The general election is Nov. 4.
Wayne Fitzgerald, who has lived on San Juan since 2003, is the man behind the title design for the original 1962 film of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.”
Editor’s note: This feature is published monthly in The Journal and posted on SanJuanJournal.com.
By Russell Sadler
San Juan Island EMS paramedic Weyshawn Koons is now certified as a Critical Care Paramedic.
The upcoming local election should be an exciting one.