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- Dec 14, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Dec 22, 2013 at 4:51PM
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
- Dec 22, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 1:33PM
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.
- Dec 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Dec 23, 2013 at 11:06AM
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.
- Dec 23, 2010 at 5:23PM
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.
- Jan 4, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 6, 2013 at 9:42AM
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.
- Jan 4, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Jan 11, 2013 at 11:10AM
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.
- Jan 6, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Jan 8, 2013 at 10:05AM
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."
- Jan 21, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28AM
The San Juan County Sheriff's office has released the sketch of a man suspected of rape on Orcas Island.
- Feb 1, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:51PM
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A minor earthquake this morning near Friday Harbor was felt by some on Whidbey Island.
- Feb 8, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 1:44PM
The 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit at 8:36 a.m. Feb. 8, and occurred five miles northwest of Friday Harbor, according to seismic experts at the University of Washington's Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
- Feb 9, 2011 at 6:00PM updated Feb 10, 2013 at 2:48PM
The February Orcas Recreation District levy appears to have passed with a supermajority as of today, Feb. 9, with 2,270 ballots cast and only 20 left to count by official tally.
- Feb 16, 2011 at 10:15AM
- Feb 16, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Feb 17, 2013 at 1:35PM
Property tax rates are on the rise in 2011. According to the San Juan County assessor's office, tax rates on property will increase this year by 9.1 percent, on average, in large part because of a boost in the state levy rate and in local school levies as well.
- Feb 23, 2011 at 11:54AM
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- Mar 4, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Mar 7, 2013 at 9:29AM
Level 3 sex offender moving to San Juan Island; Sheriff's Dept. holds two informational meetings, March 15
- Mar 6, 2011 at 7:00PM updated Mar 7, 2013 at 11:06AM
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