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The rain falls and the wind blows – it is winter in San Juan County. But don't let the bluster of colder weather stop you from putting on your gardening gloves and digging in the soil. Due to our temperate weather and low elevation, frost rarely occurs in our garden beds and a light mulch on the surface can easily solve that problem. So as long as you are willing, fall and winter gardens are a must for the island.
The sharks were seen often twenty years go, but becoming entangled in fishing nets and their long gestation periods has resulted in their populations plummeted
We are the community paper of record and it is our responsibility to inform the public of all news, good and bad.
The new, larger facility, located at 100 First Street, will allow officers to more efficiently process the more than 37,000 individuals that come into the U.S.
This October states across the nation will be participating in the Great Shake Out earthquake drill.
Unfortunately, this lifesaver functions more like water wings rather than a durable life raft. The funds are for emergency short-term housing, leaving us to wonder: how helpful will such money be in our community? The answer is: not very.
Federal funding for homeless veterans may be a step in the right direction for the state when it comes to supporting those who have served our country. In the islands, the funds may be more like a band-aid on a wound that continues to bleed.
The Wolverines faced the Vikings on Sept. 23 on Orcas Island and came out on top with of a 3-0 score.
With electricity comes power. Not only the power to connect computers to the Internet, but the power to learn and communicate. In the spirit of that power, last December the Rotary Club of San Juan Island awarded the Orcas nonprofit Helping Hands Noramise $8,300 for a solar project in Haiti.
Award-winning Bellingham-based folk, bluegrass band lights up Rumor Mill, Friday, May 23 at 8:30 p.m. Formed in March 2010, the group is based out of Bellingham, Wash. and has been making a name for itself throughout the Northwest for its expressive roots tracks and explosive live shows.
Founders of the wildlife rehab center reflect on the past, prepare for the next 30 years.
Many of the veterans who Veterans Advisory Board Chairman Michael Baker works with come in once and he never sees them again. Others have longer-term issues. “They [veterans] exist,” Baker said. “There are frustrations of not being able to offer a program that helps them more than just piecemeal.”
According to court documents, Mobley and the two men, both of whom are from off-island, “smoked drugs” on the night of Feb. 14 and he then accused each of them throughout the night of having separate affairs with two women that he was dating. When one of the women got into a car with the two men, Mobley then pursued them in his vehicle and slammed into their car several times.
Somehow a group of performers have brought the elements of the big screen to the stage. While most theatre productions try to avoid replicating the cinema, Nanda has embraced special effects to enhance their performances.
The Wildfire Prevention Plan has projects ranging from better house fire protection to helping the Garry Oaks on Turtleback
Since the end of April, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has taken 20 calls reporting sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night by a man, from a restricted or private number, who speaks to his female victims by their name.
A petition seeking to make San Juan County free of genetically modified organisms has hit the streets. Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 needs 1,560 signatures of registered voters in the county, validated by June, in order to be on the November ballot. The county council could also choose to enact it as a law. The measure would make it unlawful to propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms that have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and destruction of such organisms.
A Friday Harbor resident travels to Tanzania and meets a man, who opens his eyes to another world
Charles Dalton shares a four-acre property with another islander on Orcas Island, and said his troubles started because he made a mistake when he built a barn and a shed without a permit. The issue, according to the Friends of the San Juans, is not about farming, as the video suggests, but about following the rules and getting construction permits before developing.
While many cities have banned plastic grocery bags, Washington may become the first state in the nation to outlaw these consumables. House Bill 1877 and Senate Bill 5780, both bills to ban plastic bags and promote reusable bags, were introduced last year and both failed to pass. Similar bills House Bill 2404 and Senate Bill 5780 were reintroduced again this year by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Rep. Marko Liias. The legislation is aimed at protecting Puget Sound wildlife and the environment from plastic bag debris. Both bills would allow plastic bags for fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts or other bulk items, dairy products, ice and cooked foods.
Six plays were selected out of 13 entries for the upcoming 2012 Islands Playwrights Festival running at various times from Feb. 3 - 18 at the Gubleman Theatre.
For Christmas, state parks handed out pink slips instead of presents — cutting 16 full-time permanent construction and maintenance staff and 66 full-time rangers from the payroll. The rangers will be given options for seasonal employment, with the aim of keeping staffing in parks from May through September similar to current year-round levels.
The book “Stone Boat Odyssey,” chronicles the Nansens’ 14-year journey of not only having, but fulfilling a dream to take to the seas in a sailboat. Meet the Nansens and listen to their adventures on Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. at the library.
Nationally, retail sales for the week before Christmas rose 14.8 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the research firm ShopperTrak. Holiday shopping in San Juan is matching nation wide trends, said Victoria Compton, executive director of San Juan County Economic Development Council.
Two snowy owls have been confirmed on the San Juan Islands by local bird experts. And one was caught by a camera lens.
The majority of San Juan county residents have never seen a snowy owl in their neighborhood, but as more of these birds are spotted in the region, it may be possible to see white wings gliding through the air.
Matt Bachmann is a practical composer — writing songs with the intent that they will be heard by an audience. That’s why over the last year he has been creating music for his own group — the JEM Jazz Trio.
Because of her motivation, dedication and optimism — Lilo Rustmann has made a difference in the community
Each island tends to have a signature, when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism typically involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the incline is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.
Borrero visited the Occupy Wall Street movement in September and returned to his home in Friday Harbor inspired to write the song “Rise Up.” Within a few weeks of its inception, the song was recorded with local musicians Teddy Deane, Jonathan Piff, Benj Ross, and Borrero’s mom Gretchen Gubelman.
SJ Prevention Coalition and Island Rec host a healthy, happy party
Poor economy puts people and their cats and dogs out of homes
It was six nights before Christmas, at 6:30 p.m., on the corner of Front and Spring Street when two islanders danced in the glow of holiday lights to songs played on saxophone and upright bass.
“It all happened really fast,” said Quinn, who celebrated the salon's first year anniversary this month. “It’s all very breath-taking, it has been a fast first year it has been a lot busier than I expected.”
Shocked by the sudden passing of two members in his small island community, Stanley Greenthal started writing down wishes he imagined one might experience before dying — and words just started to tumble from his pen. It was like trying to catch someone else’s words running around in his head.
Police say beware of anything involving cash transfers
Over 50 vendors from all four islands gathered at the Artisans Holiday Market on San Juan Island to offer an array of items including jewelry, sweets, bodycare products, art and more.
What do train sets, apple cider, strings of colored lights, music, an auction and fishing all have in common? They are just a few things to look for in the wide array of events starting Thursday to kick off the month of December.
Barbara Cable - this year’s winner of King’s Market annual four-minute shopping spree sponsored by the San Juan Island Lions Club - collected a total of $736.33. And all of the merchandise will go to the Friday Harbor Food Bank.
Islander, arrested at American Camp, found guilty of ‘inteference’