Editor's note: House Bill 1129 passed in the state Senate, Friday, on a 41-8 vote. The bill has already passed the House on a 62-36 vote. "What this means is that the oldest boats in the fleet, the Evergreen State class, can finally be retired and replaced by newer and more reliable vessels," San Juan Ferry Advisory Committee Chairman Jim Corenman said. "While beloved, the three E-State class boats are approaching 60 years of age and increasingly costly to maintain."
Removal of the line of trees inside the fence along Mullis Street is part of phase-one of a broader effort of tree topping or removal for sake of airport safety and to satisfy FAA regulations, the Port of Friday Harbor said.
Among soloists awarded "Noteworthy Recognition" by the festival judges are Friday Harbor's Guthrie Burnett-Tison (flute), Grace Willows (clarinet) and Nelson Wynn (guitar).
Hired in 1980 by former prosecuting attorney Gene Knapp, deputy prosecutor Charlie Silverman spent 26 of his 36-year legal career working for the San Juan County prosecuting attorney's office.
Much of the damage was done by spray paint, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Department, and the list of targets include Friday Harbor Elementary School, the Head Start building near the elementary school, the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church pre-school building, Kingdom Hall, and the Homes for Islanders project on Grover Street. In addition, 11 tires were slashed on vehicles in the area where the vandalism occurred.
Noise from Whidbey Island and its new fleet of Navy jets will be under the microscope when Citizens of the Ebey Reserve present an informational town hall, Saturday, March 15, at the Friday Harbor Grange.
According to prosecutors, the Kirkland man forced himself upon two 15-year-old girls in the haze of an alcohol-fueled party in Eastsound a year ago in late September. Both girls, in addition to being under the age of consent, reportedly had indulged in alcohol and marijuana, and were incapacitated at the time the then-20-year-old sexually assaulted the two, at separate times, hours apart, on the same night.
The San Juan County Republican Party's "Reagan Weekend" kicks off Friday, with dinner in Friday Harbor at the Blue Water Grill. Dinner includes a trivia contest, two auctions and Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, the weekend's featured guest speaker.
John Kulseth, an attorney by training, has worked in the assessor's office for 10 years. He's worked for that office as an appraiser, manager and database administrator.
The most far-reaching amendment abandons the complex, site-specific 13-category wetland and water quality rating system devised by the county in 2012 and substitutes a four-category rating system developed by the Washington state Department of Ecology.
Aaron D'Errico says town Administrator Duncan Wilson and Mayor Carrie Lacher needed little convincing to help make town streets safer and navigating across the street easier for those with mobility challenges. "it took somebody like Aaron to make us aware of the situation," Wilson said. "He's been gracious thanking us, but we should thank him."
San Juan County was back in court this week to defend its unequal-sized residency districts and handling of the three Charter Review Commission-backed ballot propositions that, among other items, reshaped the county council and the manner by which council candidates are elected.
In a San Juan Ferry Advisory Committee press release, Chairman Jim Corenman contends that until the legislature is willing to establish sustainable operational and capital funding for ferries, service disruptions, such as the many that have occurred in the San Juans this winter, are likely to become more frequent.
WDFW's Ryan Lothrop said the new catch limit will ensure compliance with conservation objectives and state-tribal management plans in Puget Sound. Fish & Wildlife will continue to monitor the fishery in Marine Area 7 through April 30, when it is scheduled to close.
At the Feb. 6 public meeting to review new preliminary designs for the SSL building, architect Peter Brachvogel of BC&J Architects unveiled a two-building package having roughly 1,000 square feet more than the previous structure. The main building would have an upper level restaurant of about 4,000 square feet, plus a considerably larger deck to offer customers more outdoor dining space.
Anderson, Banry, Davies, DeLazerda, Harmon earn top honors for 2013 at San Juan Island EMS annual awards banquet.
Registration is required, but everyone is invited on Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 26 or 27, to brainstorm ideas with Tom Beckwith, a La Conner-based urban design consultant hired by the Town of Friday Harbor to mastermind the redevelopment of Sunshine Alley.
John Jackson bested the derby field for the second-straight week by snagging a 11.66 pounder, eclipsing his 10.78-pound Week 1 winning fish by nearly a pound. Kevin Klein netted Week 2's second-biggest fish and 2012 derby champ Geno James landed in third place.
A fifth-generation islander, Denny Martel was found dead at the scene and lying near his pickup when a family member discovered his body Sunday evening, according to Charlie Silverman of the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which doubles as county coroner. Martel was 72.
House Bill 2306 would expand a tax classification on land actively used for agriculture, timber production or undeveloped open space.