Update: SONAR Recorded off of San Juan Island

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm, by

Jenny Atkinson is the director of the Whale Museum, and she files this update to Jeanne’s report from yesterday: Beginning at 7 p.m. on April 7, hydrophones operated by The Whale Museum and Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School started picking up unusual sounds.  Hydrophones off the coastline of Lime Kiln State Park and  Continue Reading

How long?

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 6:34 am, by

On Steve Brandli’s website, he has a jokes section…. I think my favorite was this one: Q: Have you lived here all your life? A: Not yet. -ooo-

Quote

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm, by

Our abstract thinking is no more reasonable or discriminating, logical and consistent than are our feelings. Carl Jung

Having trouble juggling the different parts of your day?

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm, by

You’ll love this video of Chris Bliss, master juggler….watch it all the way through, and then let me know if you don’t say, “Wow!”

Wendy's got the tuna….

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm, by

I ran into Wendy at the Farmers’ Market last weekend where she was selling her tuna…it is troll caught, dolphin-safe, high in omega-3 oil, and you’d love it. She says she’ll have crab later in the season…. You can find out more at her website (click here) for www.highseastuna.com or call her at 360-378-4810. You’ll  Continue Reading

Wendy’s got the tuna….

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm, by

I ran into Wendy at the Farmers’ Market last weekend where she was selling her tuna…it is troll caught, dolphin-safe, high in omega-3 oil, and you’d love it. She says she’ll have crab later in the season…. You can find out more at her website (click here) for www.highseastuna.com or call her at 360-378-4810. You’ll  Continue Reading

The Elwha's back!

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm, by

Just got a note from the Washington State Ferry folks: The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division has now completed necessary repairs to the 144-auto ferry Elwha. It will return to service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Thursday, April 9. The  Sealth will return to the  inter-island route by relieving the 34-auto  Continue Reading

The Elwha’s back!

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm, by

Just got a note from the Washington State Ferry folks: The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division has now completed necessary repairs to the 144-auto ferry Elwha. It will return to service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route on Thursday, April 9. The  Sealth will return to the  inter-island route by relieving the 34-auto  Continue Reading

Sorting out the island's flowers….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm, by

You’ve always wondered what those flowers on the trail were (I know I have) – now you can find out! Here’s more from Louisa and Ann: Spring is coming!  Catch the bloom! Wondering what that flower is that you saw on the trail?  We have a new way to find out! The San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Sorting out the island’s flowers….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm, by

You’ve always wondered what those flowers on the trail were (I know I have) – now you can find out! Here’s more from Louisa and Ann: Spring is coming!  Catch the bloom! Wondering what that flower is that you saw on the trail?  We have a new way to find out! The San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Navy tests sonar in the waters to the west….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm, by

When the Navy uses sonar in the waters inhabited by whale, you can be sure of one thing: It’s rough on marine mammals who get around using echolocation to “see” with. At the least… A number of us have petitioned the Navy to stop the exercises, and it’s gone to the Courts & back…presently the  Continue Reading

Playing with his food…

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm, by

Monika Weiland shoots great photos of killer whales, and the ones she shot on Monday of transient orcas came out great, including this one of a transient launching a harbor porpoise high into the air. Click here for more of her pictures from a great day out on the water.

Tim says 747 buzzes the airport….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 9:42 pm, by

My friend Tim is shooting a picture a day for the year, and he’s full of surprises (you can see his blog in the “Online News” box of the column to the right, under “A Picture A Day”)… his entry last Wednesday & Thursday included this 747 flying low over the Friday Harbor Airport. Whoa!  Continue Reading

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Posted on April 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm, by

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. Doug Larson

Children's Festival – the poster winners….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm, by

Here are Ally (second place) and Jessica (first place) with their winning posters – way to go, girls! ooo

Children’s Festival – the poster winners….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm, by

Here are Ally (second place) and Jessica (first place) with their winning posters – way to go, girls! ooo

Elegant Edibles…it's this weekend, celebrating Friday Harbor's 100th

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm, by

Marta Specht says you’re gonna have fun at this: Friday Harbor’s Centennial Honored at Elegant Edibles: Island pioneer recipes, “The Baker Boys” and a “Peep Hunt” for the little ones are just a few of the new additions to CATS’ annual Elegant Edibles on Saturday, April 11. The gourmet bake sale and fundraiser takes place  Continue Reading

Elegant Edibles…it’s this weekend, celebrating Friday Harbor’s 100th

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm, by

Marta Specht says you’re gonna have fun at this: Friday Harbor’s Centennial Honored at Elegant Edibles: Island pioneer recipes, “The Baker Boys” and a “Peep Hunt” for the little ones are just a few of the new additions to CATS’ annual Elegant Edibles on Saturday, April 11. The gourmet bake sale and fundraiser takes place  Continue Reading

San Juan Yacht Club honors new Commodore at annual Ball…

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:35 am, by

It was a great evening – with music and dancing provided by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame dj Pay O’Day, food provided by Roche Harbor’s executive chef Bill Shaw and his staff, and good cheer provided by the members of the Yacht Club. The evening honored Commodore Fred Bowen and his wife Carolyn Bowen  Continue Reading

Catherine Bevens places third nationally in essay contest

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:22 am, by

The other day, proud mom Barbara told me Catherine had placed high in an essay contest, winning a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., along with ace FHHS social studies teacher Greg Sawyer – wow! Way to go Catherine! Here’s the rest of the story, from Sonia Blumstein at the essay contest: ARLINGTON,  Continue Reading

School updates: Supe search & what's up at Skagit….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:15 am, by

School District: The search for a superintendent continues… school board chair Boyd Pratt told me last night that the board voted to shelve the search for a permanent person and look instead for an interim superintendent for this next year, saying the present search didn’t yield a wide enough field of candidates. Skagit Valley College  Continue Reading

School updates: Supe search & what’s up at Skagit….

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 7:15 am, by

School District: The search for a superintendent continues… school board chair Boyd Pratt told me last night that the board voted to shelve the search for a permanent person and look instead for an interim superintendent for this next year, saying the present search didn’t yield a wide enough field of candidates. Skagit Valley College  Continue Reading