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- May 13, 2016 at 10:14AM
The May 4 outage in the Eastsound area was caused when an arc occurred during a system maintenance project in the Eastsound Village area. Journeyman Lineman Roger Sandwith was working on energized equipment with a hot stick and received minor burns to three knuckles of his hand. Sandwith was checked out at the medical center and given the all clear.
- May 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 13, 2016 at 10:15AM
Have you seen the 10,000 year old Bison antiquus skull on Orcas? Did you ever stand in the old jail on San Juan whose inhabitants included the murderer, Richard Straub, the only person to be hanged in San Juan County? Have you viewed the restored gillnetter, the Sally J, on Lopez? Make 2016 the year you visit all of the historical museums in the San Juan Islands. Not only will you have fun and learn more about our history, but you can also qualify for a chance to win one of three island getaway packages.
- May 13, 2016 at 10:15AM
The Opening Day Boat Parade, "A Community Afloat" on May 1 was a wonderful, fun community event! Forty boats were involved in the Opening Day festivities. Orca Star with the American Legion Post 163 Color Guard led the parade, saluted by 3 volleys from the American Legion Rifle Salute Squad, and followed by the classic wooden boat Baten with Grand Marshall, Sheriff Ron Krebs. The Port of Friday Harbor and American Legion cannons added to the festivities, getting everyone's attention. Representatives of the community in the parade included the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, Community Theater, Children's Theater Workshop, Peace Island Medical Center, University of Washington Labs, Friday Harbor Power Squadron, the Library, Pintail, the Port's Pumpty Dumpty, four vessel assist boats, three Sheriff's boats, a USCG patrol boat, and a host of other community boats. The Sheriff – Fire boat Sentinel closed the parade with her water monitors spraying the harbor.
- May 13, 2016 at 10:16AM
San Juan County Public Works was awarded a $760,000 grant by the state Department of Transportation to provide parking for Orcas ferry users. The funds will go todesigning and constructing a park-and-ride facility; the first of its kind for the county. An overwhelming need exists to eliminate the unsafe parking along Orcas Road that has historically occurred. As a remedy for the problem, a plan for a park-and-ride at this Washington State Ferries owned location, has been in the works for several years.
- May 13, 2016 at 10:17AM
Fellow San Juan Islander, you and I are bad people. Irresponsible. Uncaring about the environment, wicked even. We make bad decisions that hurt the world. We shouldn't have the right of free choice if we refuse to make the approved choice.
- May 13, 2016 at 10:19AM
Submitted by the San Juan Island Land Bank
- May 13, 2016 at 10:20AM
- May 13, 2016 at 10:20AM
San Juan Community Theatre's Theatre Arts for Kids program is holding auditions Saturdays, May 14 and June 4 for this August's Musical Theatre Camp: Disney's Aladdin Jr. For experienced students ages 7-16, the three-week camp features workshops with island theater professionals and culminates in two nights of performances in the Whittier Theatre.
- May 13, 2016 at 5:47PM
The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors will hold a regular school board meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Friday Harbor High School Library.
- May 14, 2016 at 1:30AM
Kendra Clifton-Pew from Friday Harbor High School has been selected as a 2016 Honors Research Program Student and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2016 expedition. Kendra will join the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus in August as they explore the California Margin, a broad area that fits entirely within the US Exclusive Economic Zone but that still remains largely unexplored.The margin region is criss-crossed by seismically active faults, although how often these may be rupturing is subject to much debate. Much of our understanding of the California margin is based on shipboard surveys, remote sensing, and circumstantial evidence, with very little deep submergence exploration.
- May 15, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 16, 2016 at 10:04AM
The term mental illness can conjure up images of disease, a broken brain and unstable and nonfunctional people. In western culture a psychological diagnosis can lead to a lifetime of medications and isolation by family members and society as a whole.
- May 17, 2016 at 1:30AM
By Rep. Rick Larsen
- May 17, 2016 at 9:23AM
NOTICE OF SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 9:00am in the Spring Street Landing Pier meeting room, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to conduct a Executive Session, Personnel – To evaluate the qualifications of applicants for public employment, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (g).
- May 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 17, 2016 at 10:06AM
Submitted by Citizens of Ebey's Reserve
- May 17, 2016 at 10:10AM
The May Building Advisory Council meeting will be held on Orcas due to the cancellation of last month's meeting, which was scheduled there. The meeting will be held at the Orcas Landing Conference Room at 1:00 p.m. on May 19, 2016.
- May 17, 2016 at 10:19AM
A "Humpback Comeback" is upon us here in the San Juan Islands. "Big Mama" the Humpback whale was one of the first of the many humpbacks that have been making their way back to the Salish Sea in recent years and she has brought her sixth calf with her.
- May 17, 2016 at 11:52AM
Submitted by the Port of Friday Harbor
- May 17, 2016 at 1:53PM
Possession of a firearm
- May 12, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 17, 2016 at 1:59PM
by Richard Low
- May 17, 2016 at 2:08PM
The 'RoundTowner serves Friday Harbor with a non-profit shuttle service for our disabled, elderly and general rural public. Since its inception in August of 2013, the 'RoundTowner has provided over 4,800 rides for island friends and neighbors.
- May 17, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 3:05PM
On May 11 at approximately 7 p.m. Salvador Gallegos of Lopez Island was in a canoe on Hummel Lake without a life preserver when he capsized and went into the water.
- May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM
On May 10, the San Juan County Council approved a budget amendment of $60,000 to purchase two electric vehicles and $20,000 for new electric charging stations throughout the islands.
- May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM
Chipseal will begin on May 18, 2016 and will continue until anticipated project completion of June 10, 2016. The schedule of roads to be sealed is below. Be advised that this schedule is subject to change due to weather and equipment needs. You can check back here for updates. The 2016 Chipseal Map can be found under the Public Works Quick Links.
- May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM
3-10-1952 – 5-3-2016
- May 18, 2016 at 1:30AM
Jack Russell Yelverton passed away on May 5, 2016 at Friday Harbor, Washington, at the age of 86. Jack was known for his bonhomie, to his many friends and associates as a dependable confidante, advisor, mensche, and facilitator, and to his family as a caring and supportive role model. Jack was born in Douglas, Arizona, a small town on the Mexican border, on January 8, 1930. His grandparents were early pioneering settlers. Jack's paternal grandfather, William Gappa Yelverton, led a Confederate Army Calvary troop in the Civil War. His father, William Yelverton, was a veteran of WWI and worked as a locomotive engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad. His mother was Velma Edington Yelverton. Jack had a public school education in Douglas, graduating from high school in 1947. He matriculated to Arizona State College (now University) and graduated in 1950 with a degree in industrial engineering management, and became among the first to be drafted to serve in the Army in the Korean War. He served in a combat role with the Thirty Fifth Infantry, rising quickly through Platoon Sergeant to Platoon Leader, earning a Bronze Star. With several months of combat duty, he was selected to serve as a combat correspondent, reporting and writing news and a column for the Army's Stars and Stripes newspaper. Jack was discharged in mid-1952 and chose to go East to enroll at Columbia University in New York City as a candidate for a doctoral degree in economics, but found his focus at New York University where he completed an M.B.A. degree in 1955. Moving back West, he accepted a position with Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco. In 1958 he accepted a challenging position in a new industry that was to rewrite economic history. Jack took the job of manufacturing engineer with the pioneering Palo Alto company, Fairchild Semiconductor. Fairchild put the silicon in Silicon Valley, with a line of technically superior transistors. Jack was soon given Human Resource responsibility for the rapidly expanding workforce at Fairchild, ultimately becoming Director of Administration. In 1961 he left Fairchild and joined a group of scientists to found another pioneer in the burgeoning industry, Signetics Corporation. Signetics was the first firm formed specifically to manufacture semiconductor integrated circuits. Jack was its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In 1966 Jack left Signetics and partnered with William Wilkinson and Robert Sedwick, forming Wilkinson, Sedwick & Yelverton, a consulting organization specializing in organization development, use of behavioral sciences in management, and executive recruitment. The firm prospered and within a decade had grown to some sixty employees with offices across the United States and affiliates in several foreign nations. Jack was President and CEO of the company. Jack lived with his wife Marilyn McKelvy Yelverton for many years in Marin County, California before semi-retiring to the Monterey and Carmel area of California. Following Marilyn's death in 2004, Jack retired to Friday Harbor, Washington in 2006. In Friday Harbor he launched himself into several community activities, serving with great effect as a Director of the San Juan Community Theatre, the San Juan Island Yacht Club and the island's Museum of Art, where he also served as its President. Reflecting his diverse interests and talents, he also effectively served as a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, a member of the Economic Development Council, and Chairman of the Civil Service Board. Upon moving to Friday Harbor, he married Ann Walbert, a noted artist with widely admired skills as a painter and art teacher. He had met Ann while they both lived in Monterey/Carmel. She predeceased Jack in 2011. Jack's first daughter, Claire of Belmont, Massachusetts, predeceased him but he leaves two daughters, Carol of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Jerilyn of Tumon Bay, Guam, as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jack is survived by two sisters, Martha Vavra and Norma DeHay. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Jack, sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.