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- Mar 23, 2010 at 10:24AM
State Sen. Kevin Ranker's priority bills were approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor’s desk for signature. “We spent dozens of hours both prior and during the legislative session to build consensus around these bills,” Ranker said. “These bills passed with significant bipartisan support in both chambers due to the efforts of numerous individuals including dozens of citizens from our communities.”
50th anniversary Sidney run begins Sunday; islanders and mainlanders will make voyage for 30-minute international party
- Mar 23, 2010 at 5:21PM
Islanders and mainlanders will crowd the ferry to Sidney, B.C., on Sunday for the kick-off to the Washington State Ferries spring schedule and the annual Sidney run. The ferry — the 124-car Chelan — will leave Anacortes at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Friday Harbor at 9:30 a.m. The ferry will arrive in Sidney at 11:05 a.m. and depart for Friday Harbor at noon. The ferry will arrive in Friday Harbor at 1:35 p.m. and Anacortes at 3 p.m.
Colton Harris-Moore: Burglary suspect has 20,000 Facebook fans, articles in Outdoors and Maxim magazines, and now a song on YouTube
- Mar 24, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Mar 25, 2013 at 8:39AM
Colton Harris-Moore, the teen burglary suspect who has earned the nickname "The Barefoot Burglar," is growing as a pop culture figure. His suspected crimes have made national news, and he's been the subject of stories in Outdoors magazine and, now, Maxim magazine. And he's even the subject of a song, "The Ballad of Barefoot Harris," on YouTube.
- Mar 26, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:24PM
Jody Metzger, a seasoned educator who has helmed two elementary schools, directed school choirs and taught second, third and fourth grade, has been hired to become the new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School.
- Apr 12, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Apr 13, 2013 at 11:15AM
Sheriff Bill Cumming wouldn’t elaborate on the details, but the recent late-night helicopter activity on Orcas Island is part of the ongoing investigation to find serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore.
- Apr 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Apr 14, 2013 at 8:47AM
20th Century Fox has announced plans to make a movie about Colton Harris-Moore, based on Orcas writer Bob Friel's book proposal.
- May 6, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 7, 2013 at 4:36PM
Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff. His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November. Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.
Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 4:37PM
Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.
- May 11, 2010 at 12:28PM
Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.
- May 12, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:24PM
Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to counter lagging ridership with a $1 million marketing campaign to attract tourists to destinations throughout Puget Sound, including Vashon.
- May 14, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:43PM
Chelan Taylor, a junior at Friday Harbor High School, is raising $13,000 to replace the fence around the horse arena at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. It’s a sacred mission of sorts. No mere arena, this is a field of dreams, where ambition and courage have been tested for generations, a place where memories have been made, where events have become part of the fabric of our history.
- May 15, 2010 at 1:06PM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his exploits. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late May 13/early May 14 and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner's private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff's Department reported in a press release May 14 that the boat was "beached."
- May 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 18, 2013 at 11:20AM
The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his alleged crimes. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late Thursday/early Friday — and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner’s private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff’s Department reported in a press release Friday that the boat was “beached.”
- May 20, 2010 at 3:56PM
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.
- May 26, 2010 at 2:32PM
The San Juan County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday released stills from a surveillance video they believe shows suspected "Barefoot Burglar" Colton Harris-Moore about to steal a boat from a Lopez Island marina earlier this month.
- Jun 1, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 3:10PM
David Schermerhorn, 80, a retired television-commercial producer from Orcas Island, was on the flotilla that was boarded by Israeli troops Monday.
- Jun 8, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 8:34PM
A helicopter crashed off Bell Island, between Crane Island and Shaw Island's Broken Point. Three boats, including the Sheriff's Boat Guardian, were en route to the scene at 2:30 p.m.
- Jun 10, 2010 at 4:01PM
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new K pod calf. If it survives that critical first year, the Southern resident orca population is 90, its highest since 2006. The Center for Whale Research designated the calf K43. Center researcher Erin Heydenreich said the calf is the fifth born to K12. However, only three of those orcas are still alive, Heydenreich said.
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010
- Jun 11, 2010 at 7:59AM
Brad Fincher, adult probation officer for San Juan County, has announced his candidacy for San Juan County sheriff. Fincher's announcement, on the final day of the candidate filing period for the Aug. 17 primary and Nov. 2 general election, brings the field of candidates for sheriff to four. The others are Lead Detective Brent Johnson, Deputy Felix Menjivar, and Deputy Rob Nou.
Election 2010: Five running for sheriff, three for Lopez/Shaw County Council, two for North San Juan County Council
- Jun 11, 2010 at 5:04PM
You have 15 choices for U.S. Senate — among them, Goodspaceguy and Mike the Mover. You have five choices for U.S. Congress. Nine people want you to know what they'll do as your representative from 40th District state House position 1 — three Democrats, three Republicans, and one from the Happiness Party. You'll hear from three candidates for 40th District state House position 2. Five candidates are running for sheriff. Three are running for the County Council position from Lopez/Shaw. Two are running for the County Council position from North San Juan. So, let the issues discussion begin.
- Jun 22, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Jun 23, 2013 at 1:56PM
Three Islands Oil Spill Association workers are in the Gulf of Mexico region, helping to capture and clean oiled birds. And a bird rescue research center is asking all qualified responders to be available through the end of August. IOSA director Julie Knight and volunteer Sam Pottenger, both of Lopez Island, went to the Gulf June 12. Volunteer Amy Lum of Orcas Island joined them on June 19.
Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island warned about communications with WSF employees
- Jun 24, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:12PM
State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler of Orcas Island has been advised by Washington State Ferries that he could be denied ferry access if he again "engages in disruptive behavior" with ferry workers. Steven V. Rodgers, director of marine operations for WSF, wrote a letter to Distler, dated June 18, as a followup to a discussion the two had regarding a complaint from a WSF employee in Anacortes. The letter states that Distler had apologized to the terminal supervisor and the traffic attendant, "assuring them this type of behavior would not happen again."
- Jun 24, 2010 at 1:21PM
The San Juan County Fire Marshal's office reminds islanders and visitors that open burning closes June 30, 11:59 p.m. For more information, call Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner, 376-2331.
- Jun 29, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Jul 1, 2013 at 11:14AM
Anacortes Terminal Supervisor Mark Tibbles called State Transportation Commissioner Bob Distler at home late May 14 and warned him he would have him "hauled off" by the State Patrol if he "treated one of my employees like that again."
U.S. Embassy in Bahamas: FBI offers $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest of Harris-Moore
- Jul 7, 2010 at 9:43AM
The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued this press release Tuesday regarding the FBI's offer of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of serial burglary suspect Colton Harris-Moore. Authorities believe Harris-Moore, suspected of burglaries and thefts in several states and British Columbia, landed a stolen plane off Abaco Island and is in the Bahamas.