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- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM— updated Nov 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM
Rob Nou was elected the first new sheriff of San Juan County in 24 years Tuesday. Nou, a sheriff's deputy and former Oregon police chief and administrative sergeant, received 4,113 votes to Lead Detective Brent Johnson's 2,183. County Auditor F. Milene Henley said Nou had 64 percent of the vote and didn't expect that to change.
- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 8:39 PM— updated Nov 2, 2010 at 10:36 PM
San Juan County Councilman Bob Myhr held a slight lead -- 628 votes to 610 -- over Port Commissioner Jamie Stephens in the race for the District 6 County Council position, which represents Lopez and Shaw. County Auditor F. Milene Henley said the race was too close to call, and the next ballot count would be on Friday.
- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 8:43 PM
Anacortes School Board President Kristine Lytton was leading late Tuesday in the race for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1.
Election: Morris leading in county, district for reelection to state House, 40th District, Position 2
- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM
Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, was leading Tuesday in his bid for reelection to the state House of Representatives, 40th District, Position 2. Districtwide as of 8:17 p.m., Morris -- who is also House speaker pro tem -- had 19,012 votes to 15,426 for Decatur Island businessman John Swapp, Republican.
- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM— updated Nov 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM
Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, R-Arlington, held a slight lead early Tuesday in his bid to replace Rick Larsen as the representative of the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Koster was ahead of the five-term congressman in Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
- posted Nov 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM
Lead Detective Brent Johnson, who received 2,183 votes in the election for San Juan County sheriff Nov. 2, submitted this letter today congratulating Rob Nou, sheriff-elect, and thanking voters for their support.
- posted Nov 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM
Nov. 3, the day after the election, was Sheriff-elect Rob Nou's day off, and he was looking forward to heaving "a really big sigh of relief the whole campaign is over with and done, then gearing up to start working toward a smooth transition." His work will begin soon. Nou, a Lopez Island sheriff's deputy and former Oregon police chief and administrative sheriff's sergeant, received 4,113 votes to Lead Detective Brent Johnson's 2,183. County Auditor F. Milene Henley said Tuesday that Nou had 64 percent of the vote and didn't expect that to change.
- posted Nov 3, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Four people were injured — but not serious enough to require hospitalization — in the crash at Lopez Village Market, Nov. 2. Sheriff Bill Cumming said injuries included cuts caused by glass, and muscle strain. One person needed stitches on a knee. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Lopez Island Medical Clinic to be checked out and was released.
- posted Nov 4, 2010 at 9:07 AM
Lopez and Shaw island residents won't know who their representative on the San Juan County Council will be until after Thanksgiving. Updated election results Wednesday put Lopez Port Commissioner Jamie Stephens two votes ahead of County Councilman Bob Myhr, triggering a mandatory recount. Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller said the recount will take place after all ballots are certified Nov. 23.
- posted Nov 4, 2010 at 9:45 AM
Late returns show Rep. Rick Larsen with a slight lead over Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, R-Arlington, in his bid for a sixth term representing the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Koster held a 1,500-vote lead election night. But by Wednesday night, with two-thirds of ballots counted, updated returns showed Larsen with a 500-vote lead.
- posted Nov 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM— updated Nov 12, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Camano Island teen Colton Harris-Moore was indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 10 on five criminal counts. Only one of the charges relates to crimes committed in San Juan County. Harris-Moore is scheduled to face the charges before the U.S. District Court on Nov. 18.
- posted Nov 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM— updated Nov 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM
A slim margin between candidates for the County Council District 6 has prompted Bob Myhr to request a hand recount of ballots cast in that race.
- posted Nov 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM— updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM
It’s official. Jamie Stephens prevailed in a recount Monday, winning election to the San Juan County Council from District 6 (Blakely, Decatur, Lopez and Shaw islands). In final election results posted Nov. 22, Stephens led with 877 votes to Bob Myhr’s 866. That vote was unchanged after the recount.
- posted Dec 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM— updated Dec 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM
A jumper cable malfunctioned at a BPA substation on Lopez Island on Monday, knocking out power for more than three hours on Decatur, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw islands. A jumper cable is a length of cable used to complete a circuit or to bypass a break in a circuit.
- posted Dec 14, 2010 at 10:52 AM— updated Dec 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM
San Juan Interiors is rolling out the carpet on Orcas Island. The Friday Harbor-based business opened a new showroom in Eastsound on Dec. 20, offering a range of coverings for the home and office, including flooring, natural stone, tile, countertops, and window shades.
Orca advocates, researchers oppose dart tagging of Southern Residents; support expanded use of hydrophones and observation
- posted Dec 22, 2010 at 5:55 AM— updated Dec 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM
The Whale Museum has asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to abandon a plan to attach dart tags onto the dorsal fins of Southern Resident killer whales, and instead adopt non-invasive measures to track the orcas’ movements outside the Salish Sea. The darts create wounds that can result in infection, Whale Museum officials state. They said photos showing the result of earlier satellite tagging support their conclusion. In addition, the satellite tags give detailed information for a month or so that they remain operational, the museum contends.
- posted Dec 22, 2010 at 3:57 PM— updated Dec 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Washington State Ferries officials released the following memo today, on the heels of an informal opinion from the Attorney General's office that appeared to indicate that WSF could not proceed with its scheduled Jan. 2 rate increases.
- posted Dec 23, 2010 at 5:23 PM
Former county information services manager George Johnson filed a claim Dec. 16 against San Juan County, alleging he was fired Aug. 23 in retaliation for reporting perceived irregularities in how equipment had been purchased by the Public Works Department. The county claims the decision to fire Johnson was made two weeks before he questioned the purchases, and that the decision was based on performance, reorganization and lack of funds.
- posted Jan 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM— updated Jan 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM
Islands' Sounder Publisher Elyse Van den Bosch and her husband, Fred Munder, were airlifted to St. Joseph Hospital early Tuesday after their car was clipped by an 18-wheeler that crossed into the oncoming lane.
- posted Jan 4, 2011 at 5:45 PM— updated Jan 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Brigham William Jones, the island's soon-to-be newest arrival, was born Jan. 3 at Island Hospital in Anacortes and is expected to be home on Decatur sometime in the next couple of days.
- posted Jan 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM— updated Jan 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Gov. Christine Gregoire announced her plan to change the Washington state ferry system by creating a Puget Sound Regional Ferry District and eliminating the existing Washington State Ferries portion of the state Department of Transportation. "Our current system lacks two critical things," Gregoire said. "A dedicated source of funding and local leadership ... to oversee a well-defined mission."
- posted Jan 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM— updated Jan 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM
The San Juan County Sheriff's office has released the sketch of a man suspected of rape on Orcas Island.
- posted Jan 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM
- posted Feb 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM— updated Feb 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM
- posted Feb 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM