Zylstra Lake trail project removed from county plans

December 1, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

County council removes controversial trail from San Juan County transportation plan; options are pending.

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Multimodal trail in San Juan Valley opposed by farmers

November 9, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

San Juan County’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan hearing to be continued, with proposed Zylstra Lake trail in the balance.

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School districts confront mental health crisis

November 2, 2023
Aria Nguyen
Funding, additional mental health counselors and the potential for telehealth services are elements of the county-district partnership in ensuring youth are living safe and healthy lives.
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Change lives, expand minds, boost careers — with science — say teachers and the Science Guy

June 30, 2023
Matt Benoit

Bill Nye the Science Guy and local educators and students agree: studying science can be life-changing and career-enhancing.

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Moving in: new affordable neighborhood celebrates in Friday Harbor

June 9, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

A fourth neighborhood of permanently affordable homes in Friday Harbor has celebrated completion, as a 40-unit rental project is in the planning stages.

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Bond system, wealth inequity are targets of school-funding suit

March 2, 2023
Kai Uyehara

If a lawsuit brought against the state by one of Washington’s small, rural school districts prevails, it could level the playing field for rich and poor districts when it comes to funding school construction.

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Schools assess safety protocols after shootings, threats

June 17, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Recent school shootings and threats have renewed concern over safety — and impact on students’ mental health.

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Fire damages historic downtown Friday Harbor buildings

April 7, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

No one was injured in an early-morning blaze on lower Spring Street in Friday Harbor that was reported when it drew the attention of a passing driver at 3:43 am. At least four businesses sustained damage.

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Eldercare crisis inspires ‘life-changing’ innovation on San Juan Island

December 10, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Faced with a looming crisis in long-term eldercare, voters approved a tax increase levy for San Juan Island Hospital District 1 to buy the Village at the Harbor, a privately owned assisted-living center in Friday Harbor. The hospital district’s innovative solution — one of few similar programs in the country — could provide a new model for assisted living.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

San Juan school districts face big budget shortfalls due to levy cap

January 7, 2021
Hayley Day

A law to make state education funding more equitable has had the opposite effect in the San Juan Islands. While San Juan property owners are paying more in state education taxes, less funding is going towards local schools.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Back to learning, back to school to happen in the shadow of COVID-19

August 20, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

Coronavirus has this fall replaced the excitement of starting a new school year — new books and pens, new lesson plans, and, most of all, classes and classmates — with an air of uncertainty.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Local schools seek parent, student feedback before announcing fall plans

August 2, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

As fall school start dates approach, many local districts are waiting to release detailed back-to-school plans amid uncertain COVID-19 health concerns.

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