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- posted Dec 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM— updated Dec 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM
People who are curious about the Barefoot Bandit should stay away from Coupeville Friday and instead go online to catch live action from the courtroom, law enforcement officials are begging. Colton Harris-Moore, the world-famous burglar and airplane thief, will be in Island County Superior Court Friday to enter 30 guilty pleas for crimes he allegedly committed in three counties. A media circus is coming to town. Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the expected onslaught of TV cameras and reporters. He said the major TV networks will all be at the hearing, including NBC’s Dateline and possibly CBS’s 48 Hours.
- posted Dec 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM
The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $30 million in grants to organizations around the state to help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. “These grants do two things: They provide needed money for local organizations to help repair damaged rivers and streams and protect the most pristine areas,” said Don “Bud” Hover, chair of the state funding board. “They also create jobs. They will put people to work improving the environment and restoring something that is important to Washington’s economy: salmon.”
- posted Dec 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM— updated Dec 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Island County officials are warning that the county's website might crash if a mass of curious folks log on to watch the Barefoot Bandit's sentencing hearing in Coupeville Friday. As a result, the company that runs the county's video streaming service is encouraging people to go directly to the firm's website, www.avcaptureall.com. It has a link to the live stream of the Colton Harris-Moore hearing, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
- posted Dec 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Washington State Ferries will make several sailing schedule adjustments around Christmas and Hanukkah, and all routes switch over to the winter sailing schedule on Jan. 1.
- posted Dec 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM— updated Dec 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM
San Juan Island Fire Department Steve Marler said the blaze was under control about 45 minutes after the Confidence arrived at the scene, but too much damage had been done for the Caliph V, owned by San Juan Island's Scott Forbes, to stay afloat. It sank in about 40 feet of water.
- posted Dec 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM
NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research have confirmed that 39-year-old J16 (Slick) gave birth to a new baby calf in Puget Sound on Dec. 17, probably only a few hours judging from the fresh fetal folds, before being seen and photographed by veteran field researcher Candice Emmons of NWSFC.
- posted Dec 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM— updated Dec 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM
In a prepared statement released Dec. 20, Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord says his office will be forced to substantially reduce the number of misdemeanor cases it pursues because of a pending $30,600 budget cut in 2012.
- posted Dec 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM— updated Dec 23, 2011 at 9:06 PM
On Nov. 18, Timothy Wayne Stephens, 46, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance — heroin, a Class C felony.
- posted Dec 27, 2011 at 10:05 AM— updated Dec 28, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Last week, federal authorities arrested former Orcas Island High School student Denali Wood, 23, and her boyfriend, and charged them with conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties.
- posted Dec 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Each island tends to have a signature, when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism typically involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the incline is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.
- posted Jan 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM— updated Jan 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Kari Koski has played many a role in 18 years as director of the Whale Museum's Soundwatch program. And her ability to juggle all those hats for the betterment of the Southern resident killer whales did not go by unnoticed.
- posted Jan 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM
The 18-year-old man, accused of dealing heroin and cocaine, was taken into custody at the high school shortly before 11 a.m. He faces multiple felony counts involving the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine, according to the Sheriff's department.
- posted Jan 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM
Washington State Ferries has released the following update on the status of the Yakima ferry, which is currently out of service. Repairs continue on the Yakima, and we expect the vessel to return to service mid to late next week. Until then, the Elwha, Sealth and Evergreen State will continue to provide mainland service (with the Chetzemoka operating inter-island on weekdays).
- posted Jan 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM— updated Jan 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM
Authorities believe, based on a preliminary investigation, that an equipment failure likely led to the 77-year-old's fatal fall.
- posted Jan 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM— updated Jan 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM
With a panel of six elected officials, members of the county council are able to talk with one another and conduct business outside of "regular" meetings. But a proliferation of council subcommittees and meeting the demands of those subcommittees have created a drain on county resources, according to Administrator Pete Rose.
- posted Jan 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM
In the mid-1600s Pignon Descoteaux and Philibert Rebille, made the three-piece baroque form of the horizontally held or “transverse” flute fashionable in the court of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV. Around 1667, they were joined by a viola player and baroque guitarist. The foursome was called “Musique de la Chambre.”
- posted Jan 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM— updated Jan 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM
San Juan Island Library is open Wednesday in spite of the snow, but classes at Friday Harbor schools are among a list of events that have been canceled. Check below.
- posted Jan 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM
The reservation system is scheduled to expand in two more phases to the general San Juan Islands routes in 2014 and the Central Puget Sound routes in 2016, pending successful implementation and funding approval.
- posted Jan 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM
Let’s make 2012 the year we join together and shatter the silence
- posted Jan 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM
If you are thinking of starting a business or would like to recreate an existing one to be more successful, James Dunn will return to teach a lively interactive business class on the last Friday and Saturday in January at the library meeting room.
- posted Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM
When temperatures drop, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative’s demand for power goes up as islanders use more electric heat, while staying indoors for longer periods. This increased demand was the cause of a brief outage on Orcas Island on Wednesday; the load caused a breaker to fail in the Eastsound substation. Crews responded immediately to replace the breaker and power was restored in less than two hours. Remarkably, this has been the only outage since the snow arrived on Saturday.
- posted Jan 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Business is usually thought of as business and art is, well, not business. But now, consider the following quotes with introductions from Linda Naiman author of “CreativityatWork.com”: “The business of the artist is to create, navigate opportunity, explore possibility, and master creative breakthrough. We need to restore art, the creation of opportunity, to business.” -Brandweek
- posted Jan 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced a wide-ranging series of bills this week to create jobs and reform government. The proposals include legislation to clean up environmentally hazardous toxic sites across the state, reform and reaffirm our state’s commitment to working waterfronts and new reforms in teacher and principle evaluations.
- posted Jan 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency allowing the activation of the Washington National Guard, and free up state agencies to take extraordinary steps to help local jurisdictions.
- posted Jan 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM— updated Jan 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM
Jersie Angel sits in her own "snow chair." Do you have a good snow day story? Send us a photo or your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.