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San Juan Island EMS contract approved

  • May 31, 2016 at 9:30AM

The negotiations between San Juan Island EMS and the paramedic's union is close to an end after a new contract was approved by the Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners during an executive session on Wednesday, May 25.

County bans drone use in parks

  • May 30, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 31, 2016 at 9:34AM

Submitted by San Juan County

Island Sinfonia to perform at Orcas Center

  • May 31, 2016 at 10:28AM

Island Sinfonia will conclude their concert season with a spring concert at Orcas Center on Sunday, June 5. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and tickets are available at the Orcas Center box office for $10. There is no charge for students.

Local shelter supporters brave the weather for this year’s annual Dodie Gann dog walk

  • May 31, 2016 at 10:44AM

Submitted by the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor

FHHS students put on mock trial | Slideshow

  • May 31, 2016 at 1:58PM

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Bonanza Returns to San Juan County Community Theatre June 5

  • May 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 31, 2016 at 4:01PM

Barbershop Bonanza showcases its 18th year of sweet harmonies on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. at San Juan Community Theatre.

Retired OPALCO director Bob Myhr wins public power award

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 1:30AM

At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting of the Northwest Public Power Association, Bob Myhr was presented with the Northwest Public Power AssociationLife Member Award. Myhr retired from the OPALCO Board of Directors in 2015 after nearly 30 years of service.

The 2016 4th of July Parade applications are now available

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 1:30AM

The 2016 4th of July Parade applications are now available! Parade organizers are expecting a full field and participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited parade space and time considerations. Forms are available at the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce office, 135 Spring Street, or may be downloaded at www.sanjuanisland.org - 4th of July Parade Page.

Artist Tour - Circle of Friendship

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 1:30AM

Twenty five years ago, a group of artists realized that the best shows occurred in their own studios. They toiled for months creating new work and cleaning up their studios and gardens. Thus the San Juan Island Artist Tour was born.

Tucker Street construction, update

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone's patience while we work through this project. A project manager is on-site at all times to address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact Town Hall at (360) 378-2810 with questions or comments.

Climate change events scheduled on San Juan

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 1:30AM

There is a large movement afoot in the county, and on San Juan in particular regarding climate change awareness and adaptation. Multiple community groups are involved individually and in collaboration with one another on such various activities as lectures by top climate scientists, renewable energy fairs, organizing direct actions to combat the huge push by the oil industry to industrialize the Salish Sea for oil distribution, studies on sea level rise and resiliency strategies for all of us, as we deal with the climactic changes that are in our immediate future, and are already evident. There are professors at the labs who are directly involved with research on ocean acidification, the water resources committee is looking at future estimates of water supply and salinization of wells, fire danger during drier hotter summers is being looked at, ecosystems and land management are being studied by the national parks, the land bank and the preservation trust. The Ag Guild is looking at adaptive crops and water management, the citizens group Islands Climate Resilience is working on a comprehensive plan to help the community understand what is likely to unfold in the years to come, take climate disruption into planning and work toward remaining nimble. There are many more groups involved in these efforts than I mentioned here.

Man charged with sexual assault against a 20-month-old

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:51AM

(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)

Updates made to county housing codes

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 11:30AM

Building permit applications submitted on or after July 1, 2016, will need to meet the requirements of the 2015 International Codes and Washington State Amendments. Please see the attached list of some of the significant changes. Chief Building Official, Fred Schaller, has added several specifications in red. The County will continue working on adding more specifications and links to other resources. If you would like to continue receiving information such as this, please sign up for our permitting and inspections news flashes and notifications. http://www.sanjuanco.com/list.aspx Select "News Flash" from the available lists, click on the envelope next to "Permitting & Inspections," and follow the instructions to activate.

Sports Report

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:33AM

By Michael Bunnell

Domestic violence charges on Lopez |Update

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 2:18PM

Albert Noel Miller, Jr., 45, of Lopez Island, has been charged with assault in the second degree domestic violence for strangulation and assault in the fourth degree. Bail has been reduced to $10,000. A omnibus hearing is scheduled for June 17 and the trial is set for July 18.

Sheriff’s log

  • Jun 2, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:36AM

The San Juan County Sheriff's office responded to the following calls.

Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Romantic guitar and flute

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 2:37PM

In Romantic Guitar & Flute, with guitarist Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan performing on authentic early 19th-century instruments on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Brickworks.

Ferry riders fume about 30-minute rule

  • May 26, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 3, 2016 at 4:14PM

Islanders racing to get through the ferry terminal 30 minutes ahead of departure has sparked complaints.

Upcoming Event: Christianity & Climate Change - Pope Francis and the Call forClimate Action

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islands Climate Resilience hosts Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power and Light to speak on the topic of creation care and climate change, Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Grange, Friday Harbor. Her talk will include reflections on the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si" as well as the "Green Rule" of many faith traditions.

Security Industry Association Names Larsen ‘Legislator of the Year’ for Leadership in School Safety

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, was today named "Legislator of the Year" by the Security Industries Association for his leadership in advancing legislation to encourage school safety.

Stillpoint student recognized at State Capitol

  • Jun 5, 2016 at 1:30AM

On May 20, 2016, Stillpoint student Celine Kuru received a certificate at the State Capitol in recognition of her selection as an Honorable Mention letter writer in the Letters About Literature contest. Celine had previously been chosen as a State Semifinalist for the letter she wrote to author Kate Klimo. In the final round of judging in Washington state, Celine's letter was selected by the L.A.L. judges as one of eight Honorable Mention letter writers. As a 4th grader, Celine's letter was judged against 1,575 letters submitted by 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students throughout Washington State. The awards ceremony was held in the Columbia Room in the State Capitol. Congratulations, Celine!

First wildfire of the year

  • Jun 6, 2016 at 9:06AM

At approximately 1:43 PM the afternoon of May 27, 2016 the first wildland fire of the year on San Juan Island was reported burning near #2 School House Road. Responding units included a Type 3 brush truck, three command units, two water tenders, a back hoe and 13 firefighters. Personnel extinguished the approximate 1/2 acre fire which was located in heavy brush and sparse timber at 4 PM.

Barge seen listing off Lime Kiln Point was Canadian

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 9:09AM

A barge laden with a black substance was seen listing dramatically off the coast of Lime Kiln Point this week. Local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, the owner of Deer Harbor Charters, took a photo and reported the event to the Journal querying whether the cargo might be coal. We investigated the incident with local law enforcement and the Coast Guard.

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