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Ferry travel to spike over holiday weekend

  • Today at 1:56PM

Ferry travel to spike over upcoming holiday weekend

Local diver dies near Johns Island

  • Today at 12:00AM updated at 12:55PM

A local diver died after experiencing medical complications near Johns Island on Tuesday afternoon.

Remembering 911

  • Today at 12:29PM

This year our nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication, and patriotism we witnessed and experienced on that day and in its aftermath.

San Juan Community Foundation receives $28,000 for local projects

  • Today at 12:00AM updated at 12:04PM

Submitted by The San Juan Island Community Foundation

Two Minnesota men found in apparent murder-suicide on Lopez were part of sexual assault investigation

  • Today at 12:00AM updated at 11:17AM

Two Minnesota men found in an apparent murder-suicide on Lopez were part of a criminal investigation involving a 16-year-old boy.

Mayor Lacher receives award

  • Today at 12:00AM updated at 9:10AM

Mayor Carrie Lacher was recently awarded the Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership (CML) by the Association of Washington Cities.

My beloved Gabe | Passages

  • Today at 1:31AM

My beloved "Gabe" went over the rainbow bridge to Aslan. Gratitude to all who let "Gabe" enjoy many adventures in the San Juan Islands.

The sports report

  • Today at 1:31AM

by Michael Bunnell

The first ones, a vital part of history - Editorial

  • Today at 1:31AM

The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.

Leave No Trace training

  • Today at 1:31AM

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, kayaking and star gazing. Join us as we raise awareness about minimizing our impact on wild places.

County unemployment numbers for July released today

  • Today at 1:31AM

Washington state's employment security department released unemployment data for July 2016 on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Should we worry about drought?

  • Today at 1:31AM

Under the sweltering heat of one of the hottest days in San Juan County this year, a crowd gathered to learn what they can do to diminish global warming and its impacts on water systems.

Town of Friday Harbor waterline update

  • Today at 1:30AM

Construction in the waterline replacement project for the week of Aug. 29, is as follows:

Congrats on centennial- Letter

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 2:16PM

The San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its Aug. 25 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961, which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding.

Housing, it’s a problem right now- Letter

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 2:15PM

The issue of affordable housing has finally made the front page of the newspaper, but in the headline only.

Kids pets and hot weather- Letters

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 2:14PM

Summer is really here now and its hot. PLEASE don't lock children or pets inside your car. Temperatures can soar to over a hundred in a few minutes, even with the windows cracked.

Jack R Raub - Obituary March 1936 – June 2016

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 1:46PM

Jack Goodwin Raub passed away in his sleep of natural causes on June 26, 2016, in Friday Harbor, Washington. Jack was born on March 25, 1936 in Santa Ana, California, the first child of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Saunders Raub. He grew up in Newport Beach at a time when a kid could explore what was then a wild coastline. He was always drawn to the water and built his first sailboat at the age of 10; by 14 he was sailing solo on his next hand-built sloop to Catalina Island for the weekend, keeping his promise to his mother to be home in time for Sunday dinner. He met the love of his life, Sondra L. Harbert of Laguna Beach, at Orange Coast College in March 1955. They were married the following January and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Jack first worked as a draftsman and civil designer for the Orange County Harbor Department. He then went to work for his father at Jack S. Raub Company, a leading surveying firm that mapped the majority of Orange County, from newly incorporated cities to notable sites such as Disneyland. When the company had fully expanded to include engineering by the early 1960s, it became Raub, Bein, Frost & Associates (RBF). Jack was influential as a key collaborator and Company Partner on numerous projects including Dana Point Harbor, South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, Linda Isle, Promontory Point and an ambitious 30-year project, Mission Viejo. In 1976, Jack left RBF and formed the Jack G. Raub Company, a civil engineering firm for private and government entities. His company was involved in all phases of land development including surveying, design, construction engineering, zoning and environmental compliance. In 1979 the parent company of Mission Viejo, Philip Morris Inc., bought out Jack's firm of more than 350; Jack remained president of his namesake subsidiary and also became Executive Vice President of the Mission Viejo Company. He and his team focused entirely on creating several of the largest planned communities in the USA: Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo in California, and Highlands Ranch in Colorado. In 1986, Jack also became involved in commercial development and was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mission Viejo Business Properties Division. In addition to his business career, Jack was forever a dedicated sailor, having competed in local, regional and national races; one highlight was winning a place on the 1972 US Olympic team for the two man, 24' keelboat, Tempest class. He was the Commodore of South Shore Sailing Club in Newport Beach in 1962, and he served as West Coast Fleet Captain for the Tempest class in the early to the mid-70s. His love of the water extended to cruising and fishing, from southern Mexico to northern Alaska. In 1985 he held a world record for landing a 77-pound Pacific Halibut on a 12-pound line, one never recorded before and one not surpassed for several years. When not on the water, Jack was always involved in design and building – he could make anything to precision. When he retired in 1990, Jack and Sondra settled on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest, allowing new waters to explore and the opportunity to create his dream workshop. He again served as Commodore in 1996, this time for the San Juan Island Yacht Club. In the 26 years he lived on the island, he and Sondra were active participants in many philanthropic endeavors, from founding contributors to the San Juan Community Theater to supporters of many local charitable institutions and art installations. Jack is survived by his beloved wife: Sondra; sister: Kathleen Bell; two children: Michael and Kathleen Raub; daughter-in-law Carrie and grandson Andrew Raub. A private memorial will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.

First rate peanut butter cookies

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 1:41PM

Kyra Wilson was excited to learn she won a blue ribbon for her peanut butter cookies at the San Juan County Fair last week. Congratulations Kyra!

International Overdose Awareness Day

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 1:22PM

Submitted by the San Juan Prevention Coalition

Governor Inslee to visit the San Juans

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 10:15AM

Members of the San Juan County Council will be attending a meeting with Governor Jay Inslee on Saturday, Sept. 3 beginning at approximately 9 a.m. at the Mt. Grant Land Bank property, San Juan Island. Governor Inslee will be touring Mt. Grant, followed by a visit to the Friday Harbor Athletic Field.

Shark washes ashore on Jones Island

  • Aug 30, 2016 at 9:19AM

Submitted by the SeaDoc Society

WSF announces special Labor Day schedule

  • Aug 29, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 12:49PM

Washington State Ferries is busy on all holiday weekends, and Labor Day weekend is no exception. So far this summer in June and July, ridership has increased almost 2% from last year on the Anacortes/San Juan Island routes. We have had over 558,800 customers travel with us in the San Juan Islands in June and July and expect a spike in the number of travelers over Labor Day weekend.

Author Dave Anderson comes to San Juan Island library

  • Aug 29, 2016 at 9:40AM

In Spill, author Dave Anderson imagines what might happen if a container ship grounds off Stuart Island, and a spill of bunker fuel rapidly spreads in the Salish Sea. If you've ever worried about such a disaster, then join Dave Anderson for a reading and discussion at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday evening, Aug. 31,at 7 pm.

Sheriff’s Log Aug. 17–24

  • Aug 29, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:36AM

The sheriff's office responded to the following calls:

Matthew Laslo magic comes to the islands

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 27, 2016 at 9:30AM

Matthew Laslo, who makes his television debut this summer on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," brings his award-winning magic and illusions to San Juan Community Theatre on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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