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- Sep 24, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:54PM
The first of three public meetings is scheduled today on the National Marine Fisheries Service's proposal to put more distance between vessels and the Southern Resident killer whales. The meeting is tonight, 7-9 p.m., in the Pier One Main Warehouse, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Other meetings are scheduled Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m., at the Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle; Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange Hall, Friday Harbor.
- Oct 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 13, 2013 at 2:42PM
"Lost" gill nets are never really lost. Fishing boat operators cut loose snagged nets and get their boats free and head for port. The derelict nets remain where they were snagged — often for decades — catching and killing marine life.
- Oct 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:38PM
Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch has a daughter and grandchildren in Nashville, where the H1N1 flu virus re-emerged this fall. His 8-year-old granddaughter, Eleanor, was one of the first to become ill — and she became very ill. At Fitch's request, his daughter Stephanie Shippen, described the experience in an email to share with people who have not yet seen the effect swine flu can have on young children. Here is her description of how the disease progressed.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:45PM
The Evergreen State pulled up to the ferry landing as Dave Jorgensen and Sonia Mattoon exchanged wedding vows on the Orcas Hotel lawn Aug. 15. It was an extra special moment for the bride, who might have considered the ferry more wedding guest than seagoing vessel. She was born on the ferry 30 years ago.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 5:09PM
Since Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" premiered in 1875, the comic opera and its music ("Les Toreadors," "Habanera") have become immortalized on stage and in film. Hard to infuse something unique into such a classic, particularly after so many film adaptations (the 1983 film directed by Carlos Saura was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and Beyonce Knowles starred in an MTV “hip hopera” version in 2001). And yet, Opera Pacifica's "Carmen" — Oct. 24 and 25 at the San Juan Community Theatre — will have its own unique flair.
- Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 5:06PM
A calf has been born to L pod, bumping the Southern Resident killer whale population to 86. Center for Whale Research director Ken Balcomb said today that the calf was born sometime between Sept. 20, when the pod was last seen without a new calf, and Oct. 10, when the calf was sighted off Port Townsend.
- Oct 16, 2009 at 2:58PM
- Oct 28, 2009 at 12:11PM
Leslie Byron says was been a quiet summer for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. With a marmalade cat at her ankles and Halloween pumpkins at the door, the place does exude a certain peace.
Voters approve Proposition 1, will raise money for county programs and services; Orcas voters create recreation district
- Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:11PM
An 11th-hour reprieve stood between some of the more popular publicly-funded programs in San Juan County and the chopping block. Today, voters granted that reprieve.
- Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53AM
Put away the fireworks, the party is over. Voters on Tuesday ratified a local ordinance approved by the County Council more than a year ago that bans the use of all types of so-called consumer fireworks, including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers.
Write-in candidate wins on Lopez Island; three votes separate two candidates for Orcas Island recreation commission
- Nov 6, 2009 at 3:42PM
Tuesday's election was historic: Election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor. Funding of school sports through a recreation district. Creation of a recreation district on Orcas Island. There were surprises as well.
- Nov 19, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:23PM
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is the need for islanders to take care of one another. Check in on your neighbor’s house when things get cold, call that older couple who you see at the Post Office to see how they’re doing, and offer to split some fire wood for the fellow recovering from knee surgery. Islanders helping islanders is an old and essential part of life here.
- Nov 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:20PM
The sister-in-law and infant niece of a San Juan Island couple were killed Sunday when a floatplane in which they were passengers crashed after takeoff in Saturna Island's Lyall Harbour, east of Pender Island. Witnesses at the scene say the Richmond-based deHavilland Beaver floatplane took off from Saturna after picking up two of the craft's eight occupants, but soon took a nose dive into the harbor. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m.
- Dec 2, 2009 at 9:47AM
As you illuminate your house for the holidays, keep this in mind: America has maxed out its electricity generating capacity. There will be electricity shortages as soon as 2011 in some parts of America. And it could get worse as we struggle to find new, cleaner ways to generate electricity: America lacks the technology to meet its climate change goal deadlines.
- Dec 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:29PM
In San Juan County Superior Court, where John Linde presided over such controversial matters as civil complaints, felonies, and land use disputes, Nov. 20 was undoubtedly a joyful day for the career lawyer and judge. On that day, Linde finalized an adoption, uniting a child with his new parents. It was the first county participation in National Adoption Day, a collective national effort to raise awareness of children in foster care waiting to find permanent families.
- Dec 4, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:53PM
For a moment this morning, San Juan County Superior Court was still. No gavel, no opening statements, no questions, no testimony. Judge John Linde's courtroom opened at 9 a.m. today with a moment of silence in his honor, the county communications office reported. Linde, 62, died Dec. 3 while vacationing in Hawaii. He had been snorkeling with a friend; an autopsy was scheduled.
- Dec 8, 2009 at 2:37PM
The state Supreme Court has appointed Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to perform judicial duties in San Juan Superior Court, succeeding John Linde, who died Dec. 3. Linde, 62, died of apparent cardiac arrest while vacationing in Hawaii. Memorial service is Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m., at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Dec 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 12:15PM
Seven organizations will share more than $1.4 million in funding for projects to improve salmon habitat in San Juan County. All told, the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington state.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 9:56AM
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM
It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.
- Jan 28, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51PM
San Juan County Clerk Joan P. White has announced she plans to seek re-election this year. The primary is Aug. 17; the general election is Nov. 2. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of San Juan County as clerk since 2007," White said in an e-mailed announcement.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:10PM
Washington state Department of Health officials have determined there is a need for a critical access hospital on San Juan Island. They have issued a certificate of need, a critical step in efforts to build a hospital here. Next: Proponents will complete their fund-raising, the purchase of the property will be completed and design of the new hospital, proposed near the airport, will begin.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 1, 2013 at 9:47AM
Bill Wolfram was enjoying a walk on Jones Island when he spotted something unusual. The Lopez resident, who sails throughout the islands, discovered what he thinks may be a cedar totem wing, measuring 32 inches long.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 12:41PM
One resignation, a lot of shoes to fill. Bob Low's resignation as San Juan County fire marshal to become fire chief in Quilcene has left a void in more than one area on San Juan Island. Low's last day as San Juan County fire marshal was Jan. 28. His first day on the job in Quilcene was Feb. 1. Besides serving as fire marshal, he was also a San Juan EMT, and had just completed a term as a hospital district commissioner. Low ran for mayor in November and had sought appointment to the Town Council. He was actively seeking street improvements for his neighborhood, the Greenway subdivision, which has poor drainage and potholed streets. His wife, Barbara, was active in the local American Red Cross chapter and was also an EMT.
- Feb 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Feb 5, 2013 at 11:22AM
In what plaintiffs in a landmark school funding lawsuit called “a huge victory for Washington school children,” a Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 4 the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to amply provide for the education of all children.