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Tops in trash; Lopez disposal district earns state association 'recycler' award

  • May 3, 2015 at 6:00PM updated May 4, 2015 at 10:03AM

Only three after opening its gates, the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District has been selected the 2015 "Non-profit Recycler of the Year" by the Washington State Recycling Association.

Whose got talent? These islanders most definitely do

  • May 3, 2015 at 5:42PM

Regional winners ElseDora Arendt, Chiara Power and Jim Moe of San Juan Island will showcase their respective, award-winning talent as part of a statewide competition when the Washington State Grange convenes in Ellensburg, in June.

Solar power; savings from the sun | Letters

  • May 1, 2015 at 11:24AM

More "MORE" is a win-win for residents and the Co-op. Solar’s peak production season, for example, coincides with peak demands during summer’s influx of visitors when reducing OPALCO's peak loads reduces BPA's peak pricing.

Of refreshments, raffles, rates, broadband and ballots: OPALCO Annual Meeting

  • May 1, 2015 at 10:29AM

It'll be an 'electrifying' start to the weekend, as Orcas Power & Light Cooperative hosts its 78th annual meeting, Saturday, May 2, onboard the inter-island ferry (San Juan Island residents will need to get an early start).

Russell M. Thorson: 1923—2015 | Passages

  • May 1, 2015 at 9:55AM

After working in Chicago in social work and becoming involved in the pacifist movement during WWII, Russell and Mildred moved to Waldron Island in 1948 with their two young sons. Here they lived a rugged, simple, self-sufficient lifestyle and added four more boys to the growing family.

Citizens of Ebey's Reserve action seeks to halt OLF practices

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 6:00AM updated May 1, 2015 at 9:40AM

A citizens’ group that filed a lawsuit in 2013 has filed an additional action to force the Navy to stop flying the EA-18G Growlers over Coupeville.

Giddy up... and heave-ho to all those hazards | Editorial

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 5:54PM

Over the past 25 years, almost 400 tons—yes, tons—of pollutants have been disposed of safely, efficiently and economically: up to 25 gallons of your hazardous stuff can be jettisoned for free. So, get ready for hazardous waste round-up No. 26.

Larsen: raising the minimum wage helps make sure our economy helps works for everyone

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 6:15PM

The Raise the Wage Act would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 and tie future increases to the median wage. The Wage Act also would gradually eliminate the minimum wage for tipped workers, currently frozen at $2.13 per hour.

SJ Island Historical Park contributes 15M to local economy, report says

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 7:00PM

A new National Park Service report shows 268,946 people visited San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2014 and that together they spent $15,083,000 in communities near the park.

Steps for success in battle against 'The Broom' | Guest Column

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 5:42PM

As a nitrogen fixer, broom successfully out-competes most native shrubs that have evolved in our nitrogen-poor soils. The broom invasion has become so severe that the Washington State Department of Agriculture has banned the sale and importation of the species (including all of the many cultivars), and the state Noxious Weed Control Board has designated it as a Class B noxious weed.

In praise of support for 'Greeting Ceremony' | Letters

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 12:47PM

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 9th annual “Greeting Ceremony” fundraiser. Because of you, we raised just over $18,000 to further The Whale Museum’s mission of promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

Renowned Hawaiian dance, music troupe featured at Children's Festival

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 12:41PM

The Children’s Festival gets under way at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor, and will feature back-to-back performances by the Rainbow of Hawaii dance and musical group.

Mt Finlayson gets a face-lift to make way for new roadway

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 12:35PM

Starting at the north side of the bluff, at Pickett’s Lane, the stretch of road that now winds along the base of Mount Finlayson will be moved 300 feet uphill from its current location. The right-of-way will pass about 150 feet below the 1.5-mile ridge trail that traverses its summit.

What's up at the Port? Ribbon-cutting for newly installed bulkhead

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 5:43PM

The Port of Friday Harbor will celebrate the completion of its new bulkhead project Friday, May 1, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Spring Street Landing, beginning at 3 p.m.

All hands on deck: Opening Day Boat Parade to set sail... Sunday!

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Apr 29, 2015 at 3:31PM

The theme of this year’s event is “Boating in the San Juans… A Whale of a Good Time,” and it gets under way at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at the Port of Friday Harbor.

In Olympia: State lawmakers in line for double-digit pay hike

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 2:49PM

On May 13, the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is set to vote to give lawmakers an 11 percent raise. That would be more than double the percentage increase that those same legislators are considering for state workers and teachers.

Race is on: candidate filing period opens May 11

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 2:16PM

No fewer than 41 positions that help guide an assortment of public agencies—make it 48 if you count the five quasi-public sewer and water districts—will be up for election in 2015. Here's how to get on the ballot...

It's a landslide; voters endorse new Island Rec levy in a big way

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 12:38PM

"We couldn't be happier," Island Rec Commission Chairman Bill Cumming said. "We're very appreciative with what happened with the voters and with their support for our activities, and delighted and very happy that all our hard work and the hard work of the campaign committee paid off."

OPALCO on the right course; incumbents deserve support | Letters

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 3:16PM

With their investment in the fiber backbone and their support of the new Rock Island Communications subsidiary, OPALCO board of directors have charted a course of action that is good for the county and good for the economy.

Steele turns 96; celebration in store

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 3:08PM

A come-and-go event, entitled "To the Moon and Beyond," the celebration features a historical journey that begins with photos and personal memorabilia from the 1920s through Steele's founding of the internationally renowned of Luxel Corporation in Friday Harbor.

Apples get mixed with oranges in argument against Island Rec levy | Letters

  • Apr 28, 2015 at 2:32PM

It is not the high school but our state legislature that is not doing it's job in this instance, and that is the ruling of the state Supreme Court, not just my opinion.

OPALCO's new rates? It's like Robin Hood in reverse | Guest Column

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 7:16PM

By 2019, the base rate will rise to nearly $78 per month before any electricity is used.To some, that’s not a lot of money. For others, it means difficult choices between winter heat, putting food on the table, or dipping into life savings.

Friday Harbor student earns association of cities scholarship

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 7:04PM

Isabel Gabriel was nominated for the award by the Town of Friday Harbor, one of 281 cities and towns represented by the Association of Washington Cities.

Wolverines sweep singles; Coupeville wins doubles, and the match | Girls Tennis

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 12:15PM

The Friday Harbor girls tennis team will host three consecutive matches, April 29, May 1 and May 6, beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the high school tennis courts, before finishing their regular-season schedule on the road, May 8, at Forest Ridge.

Stewart, Bates tally personal best; Lobos take the match | Golf

  • Apr 27, 2015 at 10:52AM

Newcomer Joe Stewart shot 52 to tally Friday Harbor's lowest individual score and freshman Adam Bates nearly broke the 60-stroke mark for the first time, finishing right on 60, as each player notched a personal best in the April 21 inter-island match

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