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- 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.
- Feb 10, 2013 at 6:00PM updated Feb 12, 2013 at 12:08PM
Mr. Blanchard is not just any appointee, as he is a board member of the Common Sense Alliance, a special-interest property rights group, and its internal legal advisor. He is now, together with Mike Carlson and John Lackey, the third CSA board member on the PC.
- Feb 12, 2013 at 9:00PM updated Feb 13, 2013 at 11:49AM
County council incumbent Rick Hughes held a narrow lead over political newcomer Greg Ayers as of Tuesday's tally, with 114 votes separating the two council hopefuls. Hughes had 1,312 votes, or 27 percent of Tuesday's tally, versus Ayers' 1,198 votes, or 25 percent. Roughly 1,000 ballots have yet to be counted.
- Mar 15, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 5:55PM
Although all six county council candidates continue to raise funds as they crisscross the county in search of votes, it appears for now that none either will raise or spend the $40,000 to $50,000 that some observers thought might be necessary to be competitive.
- May 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated May 17, 2013 at 11:21AM
Although Judge Alan Hancock discussed and dismissed a number of factual and legal issues associated with the case, the crux of his decision, based upon Washington appellate precedents, stated that, “for the purposes of OPMA, a meeting occurs only if a majority or quorum of the governing body is present.”
- May 21, 2013 at 4:00PM updated May 22, 2013 at 5:15PM
Thomas has been city administrator of the city of Enumclaw, population 10,669, Wash., since 2010. Before that, he was director of the city's Department of Community and Economic Development for five years.
- May 30, 2013 at 12:00PM updated at 5:14PM
Crews from Atkinson Construction and several Atkinson subcontractors are already working around the clock to assemble the two bridges. Both Acrow and Atkinson confirmed that the target for completion of the temporary project is mid-June - a timetable several weeks sooner than first estimated by state officials.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2013 at 5:03PM
The temporary replacement bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon will open for traffic in both directions Wednesday, June 19, at a time to be announced Wednesday morning, according to the governor's office
- Jun 27, 2013 at 2:00PM updated at 5:17PM
The Labs biological preserve at San Juan Island's Argyle Lagoon became a makeshift laboratory Wednesday afternoon, June 26, after a call came in that a 12-foot-long sixgill shark had washed up on the beach.
- Jul 3, 2013 at 5:23PM
The Transportation Commission will be seeking input on its proposed fare increase at a series of public meetings, beginning Monday, July 8, in the San Juan Islands and in Anacortes.
- Jul 10, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Jul 11, 2013 at 9:08AM
A billowing cloud of black smoke could be seen rising over the resort and above the north end of San Juan Island as firefighters on shore and onboard San Juan Island Fire Department's fireboat Confidence continued to battled the blaze several hours after the fire was first reported.
- Jul 11, 2013 at 3:56PM
A crane is expected to be at Roche Harbor Resort marina sometime Thursday, as part of a plan developed by the Coast Guard, Global Salvage and the insurer of the sunken yacht, where the wreckage of the 85-foot yacht destroyed by fire will be lifted from the water sometime Friday morning.
- Jul 16, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27PM
Right place, right time. San Juan Island photographer Chris Teren seems to have the knack. Here's his photo of the Northern Lights, taken July 15. The photo was taken from the south end of San Juan Island and with Orcas Island in the viewfinder (note the red glow of the communication towers on Mount Constitution).
- Jul 16, 2013 at 7:00PM updated Jul 17, 2013 at 2:47PM
Under state fishing rules, no fishing is allowed for rockfish in marine area 7, which includes all of San Juan County, or in most other Puget Sound marine areas.
- Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Jul 22, 2013 at 4:58PM
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue was dispatched to two working structure fires in Olga on July 19. Both scenes are under investigation by the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and are labeled "suspicious in nature."
- Jul 16, 2013 at 4:18PM
Shawn O’Day has visited Lopez Island every summer of his life, at first with his mother and grandfather on a 36-foot English cutter.
- Jul 31, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36PM
In a joint press release issued Wednesday, July 31, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington state Department of Ecology and Whatcom County said that the scope of the GPT environmental impact state will include "direct effects at the site and evaluate a broad range of indirect and cumulative impacts likely to occur within and beyond Washington."
- Aug 1, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Aug 2, 2013 at 2:20PM
The unappetizing red foam seen floating on the surface of inshore marine waters in San Juan County (and in the photo that accompanies this story) is not related to the organism that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. But all recreational shellfish harvesting in the county is nonetheless closed because elevated levels of the paralytic shellfish poisoning organism have been detected throughout local waters.