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Elusive slug-eating snake found on San Juan Island

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00PM

The sharp-tailed snake, which specialize in eating slugs, spends almost all of their time undercover, in rotting logs, and possibly underground.

‘Queen of the Northern Fleet’ bids adieu, legacy lingers

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 3:00PM

Sunday, July 29, marked the final sailing of the oldest boat in Washington State Ferries’ fleet, and state and local officials memorialized the event with photos, gifts and speeches onboard her deck.

Fan favorites featured in Music on the Lawn is back for 2014

  • Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Jul 2, 2014 at 8:43AM

The celebration of 30 years of uniting people with parks, programs, trails and music continues, as San Juan Island Parks and Recreation District will feature the most popular musical acts.

Independence Day Celebration…Island style

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 10:00AM

The 4th of July is San Juan Island’s, and America’s, outdoor holiday, packed with events for kids and adults at both ends of San Juan Island.

Apparent case of animal abuse under investigation; dog euthanized

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 11:14AM

Two islanders, who stumbled upon the dog on San Juan Island and took photos, called the Sheriff’s Department, and a deputy arrived on the scene around the time the dog’s owner appeared. The owner then took the dog to the vet, where it was euthanized, according to authorities.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Poulsen: 1918-2014 | Passages

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 11:34AM

Upon retiring, Toni and her husband, Edward, moved to Friday Harbor in 1976, where she was an active member of the community, participating in a French language club, the AAUW and the Unitarian fellowship, volunteering at the library and reading weekly to a lady with failing sight.

Steenkolk scores TD, East prevails in annual gridiron all-star game

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 12:39PM

Steenkolk earned the starting nod at the fullback position for the West and, along with a TD, carried the ball four times in the first half.

Update: Can you hear me now? San Juans hit by phone outage

  • Jul 2, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Jul 3, 2014 at 8:05AM

A severed cable on San Juan is to blame for a widespread telephone outage, including emergency 911 calls, in the San Juan Islands, according to CenturyLink.

Update: Communications restored after widespread nine-hour outage in SJs

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 5:22PM

Wednesday's outage, reminiscent of—but much abbreviated in duration compared to—the 10-day loss of communications in November, lasted roughly nine hours. It began when a contractor working on behalf of OPALCO in Friday Harbor dug into an underground transmission line.

Outraged over latest communications outage | Letters

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 1:38PM

Wednesday was a wake-up-call for islanders—with three phone companies serving us and still to be completely cut off from communication with the outside world. If we don't demand change and get it, shame on us.

Wade Paul Hill: 1920—2014 | Passages

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 2:00PM

Wade’s great passion in life was yacht racing and in this he was very successful. He was on the winning Trans-Pac boat, a Cal 40, Psyche in 1968. He has sailed many boats, winning many races in many places.

Puerto Vallarta's best club band headlines Home Trust 'Fiesta'

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 2:19PM

The fundraiser features dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle drawing... the prize? A week's stay in a condo in Puerto Vallarta with dinner out, and concert with, Los Bambinos in their hometown.

Meet your local volunteer firefighter | Guest Column

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 7:00AM

Although he has been trained in all aspects of beginning and advanced firefighting, Michael Hartzell's favorite roll is fighting structural fires, as a hose man. “Its more fun!”

San Juan men face felony charges for alleged break-in, weapons theft

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00AM

Authorities claim the two men broke into a home in the Lampard Road area on the night of May 22 and, after searching from room to room, made off with a jar full of coins, a $20 bill and a 9-mm Glock handgun from a bedroom cabinet.

Encore, encore… It's The Met: Live in HD summer series

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Since launching its Live in HD series in December 2006, the Metropolitan Opera has become a leading producer of alternative cinema content, hitting 15 million tickets sold in April, with Puccini’s La Bohème.

A little humility; good place to start | Guest Column

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 5:00PM

Magnificent resident orcas mesmerize us while steadily sliding down the slope of extinction. Yet, we seem only willing to rearrange the deck furniture some, rather than fix the root problems.

Barbara Jean Schonefeld: 1931—2014 | Passages

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 12:00PM

Barbara Jean Schonfeld of Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Sunday, June 22, at Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands. She was 83.

All about you, food, and climate change

  • Jul 6, 2014 at 8:00AM

Chad Kruger, director of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, will cover topics ranging from agricultural production practices to cutting-edge research, to critical issues facing agriculture worldwide and closer to home, including climate change; discussion to follow.

Bring on the 'Night'... summer concert series, that is

  • Jul 6, 2014 at 10:00AM

Season No. 3 of San Juan Community Theatre’s Night Music Summer Concert Series kicks off July 10, with pianist David Bayley’s “Boogie, Blues and Beyond,” and Laura Lee Chorba’s “Acoustic Heart & Soul Chic-Rock.”

B & B owner pays $100K for shoreline clearcut; Preservation Trust drops lawsuit

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 10:47AM

Accused in a Skagit County court of "timber trespass" and of illegally clear-cutting a portion of a waterfront nature preserve, a Anacortes B & B owner agreed to pay $100K to the Preservation Trust to settle the matter before it went to trial.

Chaos reigns with 'eagle feed' on Roche Harbor Road

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 11:02AM

I am flummoxed that this practice has been going on for so many years. This area is not designated as a tourist stop, and there is no signage to indicate for drivers to slow down.

What's up on the beach? More than you might think

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 1:12PM

As of today, forage fish spawning activity has been documented along 10 miles of local beaches; that's just four percent of the total length of shoreline in San Juan County and 10 percent of non-bedrock shores. Friends of the San Juans is searching for more as part of a state-funded survey.

Cutthroat Pirates capture 'Judges' Choice' award

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:08PM

Decisions must've been rough, but here's what the judges came up for the best of the 2014 Friday Harbor Independence Day Parade—drum roll, please...

Through the lens: Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade | Slideshow

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 7:00PM

In mid-morning of a sun-splashed July 4, Storybook Heroes (theme of the 2014 procession) and plenty of other characters strutted their stuff on the streets of Friday Harbor in the annual Independence Day Parade... here's a look back at the event in pictures.

Pizza, pie, patio and a whole lot more at Van Go's

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 8:00PM

The pizza is delicious, and salads equally delightful, and having a patio out back makes an evening at Van Go Pizza all that much more scrumptious. You just may have to look around a bit to find it.

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