Words of thanks from Sheriff Ron Krebs

Posted April 25, 2022 at 9:53 am by

On April 7th, our town was changed for­ev­er by an act of arson.

There are no words to describe how it felt to arrive on scene and see the scope and mag­ni­tude of the fire. It was dev­as­tat­ing to watch our icon­ic down­town burn. The destruc­tion was exten­sive and the unan­swered ques­tions of how and why weighed heav­i­ly on all of us. An imme­di­ate inves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the fire quick­ly result­ed in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and arrest of the sus­pect, giv­ing some small clo­sure to those ques­tions, for which I am grate­ful, and we can now con­cen­trate on heal­ing and rebuilding.

To the many busi­ness­es affect­ed by this tragedy, my heart goes out to you, for the sense­less loss you have expe­ri­enced.  May you rebuild swift­ly and thrive once again.

To the peo­ple who so unfair­ly lost their jobs and liveli­hood, I hope you find new employ­ment and con­tin­ued pros­per­i­ty here. It is heart­warm­ing to see all the sup­port being offered to you by fel­low busi­ness­es and com­mu­ni­ty members.

To my com­mu­ni­ty, who I griev­ed with over the destruc­tion of our his­toric down­town, my spir­it is lift­ed by the out­pour­ing of love, gen­eros­i­ty and sup­port you have pro­vid­ed. You are the heart and soul of our islands, a shin­ing light dur­ing the dark­est time. I appre­ci­ate you so much. Con­tin­ue Reading

Notes from the Island — April 25

Posted April 25, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Con­grats to Fri­day Har­bor High School junior Cody Bal­comb-Bar­tok, who orga­nized the well-attend­ed car show show held on Sat­ur­day at the Fair­grounds for his com­mu­ni­ty project.
  • Great Islands Clean-up par­tic­i­pants col­lect­ed 1,742 pounds of trash on San Juan Island on Sat­ur­day. The after­par­ty was the first event of the year in the beer gar­den at San Juan Brew­ing Co.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School fast­pitch lost 16–3 on the road in a non-con­fer­ence game at Fer­n­dale on Sat­ur­day. They trav­el to Coupeville tomorrow.
  • The injury recov­ery fundrais­er for Chad Set­tles is almost halfway to its goal.
  • Prop­er­ty tax­es are due on May 2, a week from today. After the dead­line, out­stand­ing bal­ances are auto­mat­i­cal­ly charged one per­cent inter­est. You can search for your prop­er­ty’s tax bal­ances on the Coun­ty Asses­sor’s web­site.
  • Due to a staff short­age, Her­mosa is tem­porar­i­ly sus­pend­ing Fri­day and Sat­ur­day evening din­ner service.

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At the car show

Posted April 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm by

Operator of passenger ferry service to Friday Harbor files to suspend operations for 2022 season

Posted April 23, 2022 at 9:35 am by

Cit­ing finan­cial loss­es that would stem from recent­ly changed Coast Guard capac­i­ty rules, the oper­a­tor of MV San Juan Clip­per has filed a peti­tion with the State of Wash­ing­ton to tem­porar­i­ly sus­pend oper­a­tions in 2022.

San Juan Express, Inc., filed the peti­tion with the Wash­ing­ton Util­i­ties and Trans­port Com­mis­sion last week. It would elim­i­nate the company’s four day per week ser­vice between May 12 and Sept. 5, as well as its three day per week ser­vice between Sept. 9 and Oct. 9 in the fall.

The com­pa­ny has also report­ed­ly begun can­celling reser­va­tions for its three day per week spring ser­vice, although it does not men­tion that approach in its peti­tion. Spring ser­vice is sched­uled to start next Friday.

“SJE had hoped, bol­stered by a prospec­tive fuel sur­charge, to con­tin­ue oper­a­tions at an increased capac­i­ty of approx­i­mate­ly a 200 pas­sen­ger lim­it, to resume ser­vice and attain mod­est prof­itabil­i­ty in the 2022 sail­ing sea­son,” accord­ing to the peti­tion. “How­ev­er, in late March 2022 and iron­i­cal­ly on the same day of SJE’s pend­ing fuel sur­charge sub­mis­sion, the Company’s out­side naval archi­tect, There­sa Field­ing of the Elliott Bay Design Group, was informed by the Unit­ed States Coast Guard that appar­ent­ly due to con­trol­ling fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions which were revised fol­low­ing a major ves­sel fire off the coast of Cal­i­for­nia, SJE’s ves­sel capac­i­ty would be lim­it­ed to 150 pas­sen­gers for the indef­i­nite future until and unless sig­nif­i­cant design changes in the ves­sel were imple­ment­ed.” Con­tin­ue Reading

Notes from the Island — April 23

Posted April 23, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Fri­day Har­bor High School fast­pitch beat Dar­ring­ton 14–6 at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields to win their fifth straight game. The Wolver­ines improved to 7–4 over­all and 6–1 in league play.
  • Here’s anoth­er pro­mo­tion­al video for San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre’s upcom­ing per­for­mance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cin­derel­la. It opens May 13.
  • The library is hold­ing a pub­lic hear­ing relat­ed to its 2022 bud­get on Tues­day at 10 a.m. over Zoom.
  • Island Rec is putting on a 75-mile get-ready-for-sum­mer fit­ness mileage chal­lenge. You can reg­is­ter here.
  • Reg­is­tra­tion for Island Rec’s sum­mer pro­grams opens on Mon­day, May 2 at 7 a.m. Learn more about the avail­able pro­grams on the Island Rec web­site.
  • Medio Cafe — locat­ed inside Fri­day Har­bor Suites — is now serv­ing break­fast bur­ri­tos. Locals gets a dis­count. They’re open Fri­days and Sat­ur­days from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for now, but they hope to expand their hours start­ing in May.
  • There’s a pet parade hap­pen­ing at the Fair­grounds at 10 a.m. this morn­ing. It’s free to watch.
  • The Fri­day Har­bor Car Show runs from 1 to 4 p.m. today, also at the Fair­grounds. It’s free as well.

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Won’t be stopped

Posted April 22, 2022 at 10:32 pm by

Wolverines baseball shakes off slow start, beats Darrington to win tenth straight

Posted April 22, 2022 at 9:56 pm by

A two-run dou­ble by Cam­den Losey in the bot­tom of the fourth inning broke open an unex­pect­ed­ly close game and helped give the Fri­day Har­bor High School Wolver­ines the insur­ance runs they need­ed to put away the vis­it­ing Dar­ring­ton High School Log­gers by an 11–2 count on a sun­ny but cool Fri­day evening at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields.

Dar­ring­ton entered the game win­less, had been outscored 75–19 on the sea­son, and field­ed only one senior. But they man­aged to keep the Wolver­ines off the board until the bot­tom of the third, when Fri­day Har­bor scored two runs with­out the ben­e­fit of a hit – one on a bases-loaded balk, the oth­er on an error.

The Log­gers respond­ed with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth, includ­ing one on a dou­ble to left field that end­ed the day of start­ing pitch­er Gra­ham Lear­ing, who struck out five and walked three. Dar­ring­ton near­ly took the lead after reliev­er Levi Buchanon sur­ren­dered a sin­gle to right field lat­er in the inning, but an accu­rate throw from AJ Rude cut down a baserun­ner at home plate attempt­ing to score from second.

Buchanon brought the game home for the Wolver­ines after Losey’s dou­ble put Fri­day Har­bor up 5–2, shut­ting out Dar­ring­ton in the final three innings with four strike­outs and no walks. He also had a strong day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a pair of sin­gles and reach­ing base on both a walk and an error.

Nathan Posen­jak, Lear­ing and Losey – Fri­day Harbor’s three-four-five hit­ters – led the way for the Wolver­ines on offense, com­bin­ing to go 7 for 11 with two doubles.

The win is Fri­day Harbor’s tenth straight and moves the team to 11–1 on the sea­son and 8–0 in North­west 2B/1B League play. It keeps them a game ahead of the Coupeville Wolves, who knocked off Mount Ver­non Chris­t­ian in a 4–3 road win on Friday.

Fri­day Har­bor takes on the Wolves on Tues­day at 4 p.m. in Coupeville.

Islay Ross appointed as youth arts commissioner

Posted April 22, 2022 at 2:53 pm by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor shares an update about the newest mem­ber of its Arts Commission.

The Town is pleased to announce the appoint­ment of Islay Ross to the Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion. She will serve as the youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the eight-per­son com­mis­sion through June 2023, advis­ing the Town Coun­cil on the cul­ti­va­tion, selec­tion, acqui­si­tion, and place­ment of pub­lic art with­in Fri­day Harbor. 

Ross is a life­long islander, artist, and stu­dent body pres­i­dent in her junior year at Fri­day Har­bor High School.

“We are for­tu­nate to have this tal­ent­ed and enthu­si­as­tic stu­dent on our Arts Com­mis­sion,” said May­or Ray Jack­son, not­ing appre­ci­a­tion for her inter­est in the emer­gence of new art with­in the com­mu­ni­ty as well as in learn­ing the process­es involved in town gov­ern­ment. Ross will be the fifth youth mem­ber to serve on the com­mis­sion since its estab­lish­ment in 2015.