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- Jul 26, 2012 at 3:33PM
A free workshop at the San Juan County Fairgrounds teaches you how to learn how to build a three-bin composting system, Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The workshop is sponsored by Public Works, WSU Extension and Ag Program, San Juan Islands Conservation District, and the Department of Ecology.
- Aug 1, 2012 at 9:39AM
A free activist workshop with Glen Morgan, Saturday, Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m., at the American Legion, 155 First Street in Friday Harbor.
- Aug 2, 2012 at 10:46AM
Everyone wants to go home with Dungeness crabs, and their crab pots, after the time and effort spent in crabbing. In recent years, record numbers of Dungeness crabs have been harvested, with more than 10 million pounds of crab being taken in 2011 alone. Each year, over 12,000 crab pots are lost.
- Aug 7, 2012 at 9:00PM updated Aug 8, 2013 at 10:07AM
With as many as 2,000 ballots still to be counted, votes in favor of Proposition 1, which would raise the local sales tax by 3/10 of 1 percent, outnumbered opposition by just 195 votes. Meanwhile, local voters backed state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, in a big way in his reelection bid.
- Aug 8, 2012 at 7:02PM
Backed by a 312-vote advantage and with only 600 ballots or so left to count, Auditor Milene Henley said that Proposition 1, which will increase the sales tax paid in San Juan County by three-tenths of 1 percent, is headed to victory.
- Aug 9, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Aug 14, 2013 at 9:11AM
No matter what the statistics say, if you are unemployed, your rate is 100 percent. If you are looking for a job in our county but have been unsuccessful, check out the free services offered by the Career Center, along with a list of job openings.
- Aug 10, 2012 at 7:08PM
Mother and newborn were traveling side-by-side in the waters of Haro Strait when the two were first spotted together, on Aug. 6. Given the size of the calf — particularly small — and its appearance — a floppy dorsal fin and fetal folds (creases) still visible — Erin Heydenreich of the Center for Whale Research said that J-49 was definitely "very, very new" at that time.
- Aug 13, 2012 at 10:58AM
On any given day, visitors can be see milling around shops in Eastsound, eating ice cream, walking on the beach and camping in Moran State Park. But islanders are skeptical as to whether or not this summer’s tourism is actually boosting the economy. Here’s a snapshot of how things are going when it comes to ferry riders, tourism, real estate and unemployment.
- Aug 16, 2012 at 12:16PM
Transient orcas known as the T-36's are somewhat regular visitors to the islands any time of the year, said Tom Averna, of Deer Harbor Charters.
- Aug 23, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Aug 27, 2013 at 10:57AM
Well-known Pacific Northwest historian Lorraine McConaghy will present a program based on her new book, “New Land, North of the Columbia.”
- Aug 22, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Aug 23, 2013 at 9:06AM
Decatur friends and relatives are grieving for the loss of a vibrant and neighborly young man, friendly, kind and jovial. He liked to laugh, play tricks and enriched our lives with his wit and caring.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 7:00PM updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:07AM
The plane was found upside down in a field in the San Juan Valley area. The man suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter.
- Sep 6, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Sep 7, 2013 at 9:52AM
OPALCO is on the home stretch in its year-long effort to explore the feasibility of expanding our existing fiber-optic network to create a telecommunications infrastructure that would serve San Juan County.
- Oct 4, 2012 at 11:00AM updated Oct 8, 2013 at 8:43AM
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Look for articles and opinion pieces that bring new perspectives about domestic violence within our community and that offer solutions for breaking the cycle violence in the home on SanJuanJournal.com, and in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, during the month of October.
- Oct 29, 2012 at 8:00PM updated Oct 30, 2013 at 2:31PM
According to Seattle attorney John Rosen Council Clerk Maureen See was placed on paid administrative leave while the county investigates allegations “that she had sent and received emails concerning Propositions 1-3,” which placed on the November ballot by the CRC. See is vice-chairwoman of the Charter Review Commission.
- Nov 7, 2012 at 12:37PM
Life affirming. It's the two words Robert Herrmann used to describe how he felt when Referendum 74 was passed by voters.
- Nov 7, 2012 at 1:05PM
On Lopez, the island's two voting precincts approved Prop. 1 by a combined total of 909 votes, or 84 percent, just three votes fewer than the measure's margin of victory — 912 — countywide.
- Nov 10, 2012 at 2:03PM
Called together in the wake of Tuesday's election, the Citizens Salary Commission set the pay of the full-time County Council positions created by voter-approved Proposition 1 at $74, 930 a year.
- Nov 21, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Nov 28, 2013 at 8:58AM
A completed autopsy showed she did not sustain injuries from the car accident that would have led to her death, according to County Coroner Randy Gaylord. A pending toxicology report could reveal more information.
- Nov 28, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Nov 30, 2013 at 4:29PM
Tom Averna, of Deer Harbor Charters, had the rare treat of catching a glimpse of 200 Pacific white-sided dolphins that cruised into waters near Eastsound today.
- Dec 6, 2012 at 2:00PM updated at 5:10PM
This morning, they made their relationship official by being one of four same-sex couples to receive a marriage license at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office in Friday Harbor. A couple that wishes to remain anonymous received the first license and were followed by Anne Hietbrink and Beth Shirk of Lopez, Karen Kuster and Susan Moon of San Juan and Herrmann and Hall. Today marks voter-approved Referendum 74 formally taking effect around the state.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 3:57PM
The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that an earthquake with a 3.9 magnitude hit 13 miles northwest of Friday Harbor on Dec. 26 at 10:30 p.m.
- Feb 1, 2013 at 7:02PM
According to prosecutors, Henry Jackson, Jr. was traveling between 30-35 knots when he and the six men onboard his 22-foot boat entered Wasp Passage from the west at about 11:30 p.m. and then plowed into a cluster of rocks surrounding Low Island at full force.
- Feb 6, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Feb 7, 2013 at 1:01PM
An attorney with Orcas-based Blanchard Manning, he has been an active voice before both the planning commission and the council on local planning-related issues. He is vice-president of the Common Sense Alliance, and a member of the group's board of directors, which on Feb. 4 filed a Petition for Review with the state Growth Management Hearings Board contesting the revised and recently council-approved critical areas ordinance.
- Feb 9, 2013 at 6:00PM updated Feb 11, 2013 at 4:13PM
The Exchange, located at the Orcas Transfer station, burned to the ground in the early evening of Feb. 9.