The 2009 Book of the San Juan Islands, the annual information and relocation almanac published by The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands’ Sounder, is on the streets. Copies are available at the newspapers’ offices, on ferries and in ferry terminals, in B&Bs and inns, and in chambers of commerce, real estate offices and visitors bureaus on the islands and the mainland.
The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee made it official Monday. The committee voted 6-3 to recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. The outcome of the meeting mirrorred the committee’s Dec. 29 meeting. A 20-acre site on Daniel Lane, next to the new San Juan Business Park, was rated second of the three potential sites. The current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.
A coin drive to help build a new community garden is under way. Money raised will help pay for fencing, soil preparation, and a water catchment system. The Gardens at Ackley’s Corner is located one mile past the airport and is open for anyone interested in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs.
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As far as winter storms go, this latest one — though not as destructive as some — proved trickier to combat than most. Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures only intensified problems created by the recurring blasts of ice and snow, and keeping local roads clear of frozen — sometimes treacherous — precipitation turned out to be a prolonged endeavor for San Juan County’s road crews. Ditto for the town of Friday Harbor.
A community potluck will be held in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The event, sponsored by organizers of Democracy Corner and other local progressives will be held Jan. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Commons.
The ferries division of the state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on its draft long-range plan options aboard the San Juan Inter-Island ferry from 11:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.
St. Francis Church will celebrate Mass this month at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Roche Harbor. Mass is celebrated on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. It will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.
Join members of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans on Jan. 12 for a panel discussion about local education budgets and the
issues they pose for our community. The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library.
Shortly after noon on New Year’s Eve, John O. Linde was sworn in to his first elected term as San Juan County Superior Court judge. A crowd of about 30 friends, attorneys, and county officials and employees attended the courtroom ceremony in Friday Harbor. District Court Judge Stewart Andrew administered the oath.
Entries are being accepted for the Chili Cook-Off to be held at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24, 2-6 p.m. Entrants will offer their most delicious creations in vying for bragging rights to the best chili on the island, as well as a first prize of $200. The competition is open to individuals, groups, organizations and professionals. Families and chili fans will be able to sample all of the fare, and will be able to cast their votes for their favorite concoction.