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- Jun 14, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jun 15, 2013 at 2:23PM
Washingto State Ferries has made “significant progress” in shoring up its bottom line through an assortment of cost-cutting moves. He prefaced a sort of State of the State Agency address by highlighting a handful of those spending reductions, according to Assistant Secretary David Moseley
- Jun 16, 2011 at 8:51AM
The San Juan County Fairgrounds now has a beautiful, new arena fence, thanks to the efforts of a Friday Harbor High School student.
- Jun 19, 2011 at 3:00PM updated at 6:21PM
While Friday's guilty plea marks the beginning of the end of Harris-Moore's case in federal court — sentencing is slated for Oct. 28 — he faces more than 30 criminal charges filed in four different counties in Washington state, including 16 felonies allegedly committed in San Juan County.
- Jun 20, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Feb 17, 2013 at 5:56PM
The City Cantabile Choir celebrated the life of Ruffles the killer whale, who has been missing since the fall, during the 12th annual "Orca Sing"
Parking fees take effect at Washington state parks beginning July 1; yearly 'Discover Pass' available online
- Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Jun 23, 2013 at 9:57AM
Beginning July 1, the pass is required to park in recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
- Jun 22, 2011 at 3:45PM
The San Juan County Parks and Fair Department is seeking input from residents as it begins development of a “Master Plan” for the fairgrounds. Planners want to know what county residents think the future of the fairgrounds should be and hear their ideas about how to make that future a reality.
- Jun 29, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Jul 1, 2013 at 3:06PM
Orcas Island resident Victor Boede, 53, was killed in a single-car rollover accident the night of Tuesday, June 28. Emergency responders found Boede deceased beside the Olga Road, just south of the Lambiel Museum the next morning, after a county road crew happened on the scene and called for help.
- Jul 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated at 4:45PM
After 13 years at the helm of one of the school’s most successful athletic programs, Carlton announced last week to his players and school officials that he would be stepping down as head coach.
- Jul 5, 2011 at 4:41PM
Kevin Klein, Friday Harbor, PSA San Juan Islands, CCA Northsound There is "Good", there is "Very Good", and then there is "Crazy Good". The San Juans since the July 1st. salmon opener have been "Crazy Good". I had a funny feeling that there would be Kings around, but couldn't imagine this. Fish are everywhere, North, South, East, and West. They are biting on everything, but feeding mostly on Candlefish. I have been using the "Tailwagger" and "4 lite" spoons by Silver Horde behind a Q-cove flasher with much success. However, these are hungry salmon, and hootchies and bait are also working. Troll close to the bottom, elevated a bit more than blackmouth, but not much.I have caught a lot of clipped fish, and have actually just been releasing unclipped salmon, and keeping hatchery. That's good to see. So are the multiple reports of big Chinook over 30lb.s. The upcoming Bellingham Derby could take a real monster to win it. I had 5 fish to the boat on the morning of the 4th by 7 a.m., and this has been common. The San Juans are now "Ground Zero" for some of the best salmon fishing on the planet. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
- Jul 8, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 5:45PM
Six members of the crew suffered injuries, two of whom were airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital with broken bones and hypothermia.
- Jul 18, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 11:36AM
An aircraft downed on Lopez Island, no one was injured
- Jul 25, 2011 at 8:00AM updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:15AM
At least four people were airlifted from Shaw Island with injuries and 40 people were treated with less severe injuries on island after an accident on a hayride went “terribly wrong.”
- Jul 29, 2011 at 9:09AM
One of civilization’s oldest art forms is storytelling. It preserves traditions, honors ancestors and ignites peoples’ imaginations. An Orcas couple is presenting four days of traditional, live storytelling with professionals from across the country.
- Aug 1, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Aug 2, 2013 at 9:28AM
A significant policy shift written into the proposed “Code Enforcement” ordinance for San Juan County would give Community Development and Planning the right to levy civil financial penalties for code violations. Citizens of the Common Sense Alliance are concerned that as presently worded, the ordinance could also significantly expand the CDPD director’s powers beyond the limits of enforcing county code.
- Aug 6, 2011 at 8:00AM
The Shoreline Visioning Meetings will focus on gathering and understanding public preferences regarding future shoreline development.
- Aug 11, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:44AM
When Colton Harris-Moore signed on the dotted line with 20th Century Fox, it was with one objective: make enough money to pay back his burglary victims.
- Aug 17, 2011 at 10:18AM
Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced she has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to determine whether to designate the entire state of Washington a farm disaster area due to weather-related productions delays and crop losses.
- Aug 18, 2011 at 11:00AM updated Aug 24, 2013 at 3:42PM
See this year's contestants at the most popular fashion show at the fair
- Aug 23, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 2:37PM
While it appears that most people are still recycling, there’s one rumor that appears to be true: the amount of garbage dropped at county transfer stations is still in decline. County Solid Waste Manager Steve Alexander said transfer station operators in Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties occasionally tell him they’re seeing loads from San Juan County.
- Aug 23, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 5:15PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division will use the funding to build a barrier and gate to keep walk-on customers separated from vehicle traffic during ferry loading and off-loading. The project will also include signs to direct foot passengers to the terminal exit, town landmarks, and pick-up/drop-off areas.
- Aug 24, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Aug 26, 2013 at 2:31PM
Sergeant David DeVere of the Washington State Patrol said Legate came to a complete stop on the two-lane highway where it intersects with Lee Road. He said the driver of the bread truck had little time to react, slammed into the driver's side of Legate's pickup and "T-boned" the vehicle at about 50 mph, on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 60 mph.
- Aug 29, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 11:10AM
Most areas of Puget Sound will close to recreational crab fishing at sunset on Labor Day, with summer catch reports due by Oct. 1.
- Aug 30, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 11:23AM
The TW Legacy, which ran aground early Saturday morning while traveling through Thatcher Pass, may have been carrying between 50 to 400 gallons of diesel at the time it struck the rocks and then sank near Decatur Island.
- Sep 1, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:56PM
Western Bluebirds are returning to San Juan after a 40 year absence.