O. Christian Nelson of Friday Harbor, a retired interpreter with East Bay Regional Parks in Oakland, Calif., is the recipient of the National Association for Interpretation’s Outstanding Senior/Retired Interpreter Award for 2008.
The Island Museum of Art starts the new year with a new name and a new mission. The name: Its parent organization is now the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, or IMA — the result of the merger of Westcott Bay Institute for Art & Nature, which operated the museum and Westcott Bay Sculpture Park; and the Visual Arts Museum of San Juan County, which had proposed building an accredited art museum in the San Juans. The immediate mission: To find a new museum site. The museum moved Dec. 31 out of the former Spring Tree Restaurant building, owned by David and Cloud McCauley, who had allowed the museum free use of the space for the last couple of years.
Islanders have suggested these ways to show care to Beth Hudson, who is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision Dec. 21 on Portland Fair Road.
The San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee may recommend to the County Council that a new solid waste transfer station be built on Beaverton Valley Road. A site on Daniel Lane was rated second; the current site on Sutton Road was voted least favorable.
It’s a tough time to be in the ferry business. Facing an increased demand for service as ferry-served communities continue to grow — yet held back by a tight budget, limited vehicle carrying capacities and aging terminals and vessels — the state Department of Transportation Ferries Division released its draft long-range plan for services and investments through 2030.
Accounts have been established at Islanders Bank and Key Bank to help defray Beth Hudson’s medical expenses. Hudson is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision Dec. 21 on Portland Fair Road.
Spring Street International School students spent their last day before the holiday break baking, caroling and creating cards for the community. More than 40 handmade Christmas cards and 30 plates of cookies were given to area friends, neighbors and businesses Dec. 19. Students baked and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. Gingerbread men complete with suits and smiles were stacked onto plates ready for delivery.
A redesigned County News page went into service this week on San Juan County’s Web site, www.sanjuanco.com/news. The former news page was more oriented to print news releases and offered documents in PDF file format.
The San Juan County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program this year. Trees will be chipped for mulch and not sent to a landfill. Help reduce the volume of holiday trash by bringing your clean, undecorated natural trees (no flocked or artificial trees) to your island’s solid waste facility between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11 during regular open hours.
Brad Fincher was elected chairman of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Dec. 19. Fincher is probation officer at the San Juan County Courthouse. He is also a member of the San Juan County Fair Board.