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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.
Two snowy owls have been confirmed on the San Juan Islands by local bird experts. And one was caught by a camera lens.
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.
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.
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.
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
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’
More than 50 island kids hit the stage with lots of singing, dancing and giggling
Here is a look at a few scenes from this week's rehearsals.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., “Pelleas et Melisande” is presented by the Puget Sound Concert Opera at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church
Little research has been done on coastal cutthroat, and experts want to know more in order to move forward with conservation efforts.
Roy Matsumoto, 98, a San Juan Island resident and highly decorated war hero, became the recipient of the nation’s highest civilian award — the Congressional Gold Medal, on Nov. 2, in Washington D.C.
Experts say that further research on cutthroats in the San Juan Islands is needed to determine the fish’s future
A look back at Friday Harbor Elementary School's Halloween Parade — just a click away.
Mike Vouri, chief of interpretation at the San Juan Island National Historical Park, as the playwright and star, joins Folksinger Michael Cohen and Director Chris DeStaffany in “The Life and Times of General George Pickett,”which is returning to Friday Harbor as a special benefit performance, Oct. 26, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. Proceeds will offset Wahl’s medical costs.
The 7th Annual AP Report by CollegeBoard tracked the number of seniors who have earned a score of three, four or five on at least one of their Washington state Advanced Placement exams. In addition to high scores, over 30 percent of the Friday Harbor’s 2011 graduating class, who took the AP exams earned elective college credit.
When it comes to this Spanish tradition, keep your eyes and ears open for singing, dancing and guitar
According to John Manning, director of the county public health department, children are most susceptible to whooping cough, but the disease is spread by teenagers and adults who need to renew their vaccination.
Found out why Olsen is back under the theater’s bright lights
SJI’s Oktoberfest rolls out that big German-Austrian sound with the same lederhosen, but different owners
Lederhosen helps the San Juan Island’s Blaskapelle Oktoberfest Band get into character for the upcoming 17th annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 8, 5:30 - 10 p.m. San Juan Island Fairgrounds Pavillion.
How twirling on the dance floor leads to romance, friendship and happiness
Back to school transitions can be hard, so follow these tips from local experts for success
Brickworks Plaza breathes new life into the Farmer's Market
San Juan Islands Scenic Byways Partnership has been awarded two totaling roughly $204,00, which together will help tell the stories of the natural and cultural history of the islands and surrounding waters, and provide seed money for a possible "Byway" shuttle service.
Watch the ‘Stoned Ranger’ and ‘As the Harbor Churns’ at the Gubelman Theater this August and September
See this year's contestants at the most popular fashion show at the fair