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One of Linde's final acts: Finalizing adoption, raising awareness of children in foster care

  • Dec 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:29PM

In San Juan County Superior Court, where John Linde presided over such controversial matters as civil complaints, felonies, and land use disputes, Nov. 20 was undoubtedly a joyful day for the career lawyer and judge. On that day, Linde finalized an adoption, uniting a child with his new parents. It was the first county participation in National Adoption Day, a collective national effort to raise awareness of children in foster care waiting to find permanent families.

Gregoire offers condolences to Linde's family; autopsy Monday or Tuesday

  • Dec 4, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:53PM

For a moment this morning, San Juan County Superior Court was still. No gavel, no opening statements, no questions, no testimony. Judge John Linde's courtroom opened at 9 a.m. today with a moment of silence in his honor, the county communications office reported. Linde, 62, died Dec. 3 while vacationing in Hawaii. He had been snorkeling with a friend; an autopsy was scheduled.

Hancock will serve on interim basis as San Juan County Superior Court judge

  • Dec 8, 2009 at 2:37PM

The state Supreme Court has appointed Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to perform judicial duties in San Juan Superior Court, succeeding John Linde, who died Dec. 3. Linde, 62, died of apparent cardiac arrest while vacationing in Hawaii. Memorial service is Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m., at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.

$1.4 million in funding to improve salmon habitat in San Juan County

  • Dec 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 16, 2009 at 12:15PM

Seven organizations will share more than $1.4 million in funding for projects to improve salmon habitat in San Juan County. All told, the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington state.

Western bluebirds are back in the San Juans

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM

It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.

White announces campaign for second term as county clerk; 17 positions on 2010 ballot

  • Jan 28, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 29, 2010 at 12:51PM

San Juan County Clerk Joan P. White has announced she plans to seek re-election this year. The primary is Aug. 17; the general election is Nov. 2. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of San Juan County as clerk since 2007," White said in an e-mailed announcement.

State says hospital is needed on San Juan Island; property purchase, site annexation are next

  • Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:10PM

Washington state Department of Health officials have determined there is a need for a critical access hospital on San Juan Island. They have issued a certificate of need, a critical step in efforts to build a hospital here. Next: Proponents will complete their fund-raising, the purchase of the property will be completed and design of the new hospital, proposed near the airport, will begin.

(Possible) cedar totem wing found washed up on Jones Island

  • Jan 29, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 1, 2010 at 9:47AM

Bill Wolfram was enjoying a walk on Jones Island when he spotted something unusual. The Lopez resident, who sails throughout the islands, discovered what he thinks may be a cedar totem wing, measuring 32 inches long.

Fire Marshal Low's departure for Quilcene: One resignation, a lot of shoes to fill

  • Feb 2, 2010 at 12:41PM

One resignation, a lot of shoes to fill. Bob Low's resignation as San Juan County fire marshal to become fire chief in Quilcene has left a void in more than one area on San Juan Island. Low's last day as San Juan County fire marshal was Jan. 28. His first day on the job in Quilcene was Feb. 1. Besides serving as fire marshal, he was also a San Juan EMT, and had just completed a term as a hospital district commissioner. Low ran for mayor in November and had sought appointment to the Town Council. He was actively seeking street improvements for his neighborhood, the Greenway subdivision, which has poor drainage and potholed streets. His wife, Barbara, was active in the local American Red Cross chapter and was also an EMT.

Judge says state's failure to fund basic education is 'unconstitutional'

  • Feb 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Feb 5, 2010 at 11:22AM

In what plaintiffs in a landmark school funding lawsuit called “a huge victory for Washington school children,” a Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 4 the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to amply provide for the education of all children.

Dr. Frederick Ellis, conservationist, dies in his Shaw Island home at 93

  • Feb 8, 2010 at 4:42PM

Dr. Frederick Ellis, a founding member of the San Juan Preservation Trust, died in his Shaw Island home Feb. 5. He was 93. No funeral arrangements had been set by press time Monday. Visit SanJuanJournal.com this week for updated information.

Kickoff for this year's Relay for Life is Feb. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Library

  • Feb 9, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 19, 2010 at 9:25AM

The kickoff for this year's Relay for Life is Feb. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Library. The kickoff is open to the public, particularly those interested in knowing more about Relay for Life. Last year's local Relay for Life raised $72,000 for the American Cancer Society. The kickoff party includes door prizes and refreshments.

Voters on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan islands renew M&O, EMS levies

  • Feb 9, 2010 at 7:38PM

San Juan County voters overwhelmingly renewed property tax levies supporting schools and emergency medical services Tuesday. With results posted at 8:24 p.m., San Juan Island School District's maintenance and operations levy was approved 1,869 votes to 841, or 68.97 percent to 31.03 percent. The San Juan Island EMS levy was approved 2,057 votes to 658, or 75.76 percent to 24.24 percent.

Street legal: Ranker bill would expand use of electric vehicles in the San Juans; increased registration fee could follow

  • Feb 11, 2010 at 10:26AM

Legislation proposed by Sen. Kevin Ranker and unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday evening would expand the use of neighborhood electronic vehicles (NEVs) for residents of San Juan County. Senate Bill 6346 would allow residents of San Juan County to operate NEVs and medium-speed electronic vehicles on town streets and county roads that are not state routes, provided the road has a speed limit of 45 mph or less. The bill is specific to the San Juan Islands.

Break-in, airplane theft could be linked to 'Barefoot Burglar' Colton Harris-Moore

  • Feb 11, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Feb 16, 2010 at 10:12AM

An airplane theft and a break-in at an Eastsound business could be linked to alleged serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore, authorities say. On the morning of Feb. 11, an airplane taken from Skagit County was found abandoned at the Eastsound airport, and employees at Homegrown Market and Deli walked into a nightmare: the store was broken into, vandalized, and sustained damage to internal security systems.

News of Colton Harris-Moore's capture is false, says Coast Guard

  • Feb 12, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 16, 2010 at 10:11AM

Association of Professional Landscape Designers-Washington Chapter 10th anniversary gala March 20

  • Feb 12, 2010 at 11:34AM

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers-Washington Chapter, or APLDWA, is hosting a gala to celebrate the state chapter's 10th anniversary. The celebration will take place March 20, 6-11 p.m., at the Hotel Deca in Seattle’s University District. The catered fare will include hors d’oeuvres and libations in the hotel’s lobby, followed by a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom.

Colton Harris-Moore, the 'Barefoot Burglar,' is still at large

  • Feb 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2010 at 2:08PM

Colton Harris-Moore has not yet been officially named the suspect in an airplane theft and burglary on Orcas, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

San Juans reportedly on list of proposed national monuments

  • Feb 19, 2010 at 4:40PM

The San Juan Islands have been designated a national wildlife refuge and a scenic byway. Next, they could become a national monument. Fox News reported today that the Obama administration is considering 14 sites, including the San Juan Islands, for national monument designation. The report was based on Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained exclusively by Fox News. The mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado — totaling more than 13 million acres.

Orca born to L pod makes 89 in Southern resident population

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 4:37PM

The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new L pod calf. L114 was photographed with its mother, L77, on Feb. 21 in Cordova Bay. The new calf brings the Southern resident orca population up to 89.

Four in early running for Quall's 40th District state House seat | Election 2010

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 9:35AM

State Rep. Dave Quall is retiring after 18 years of service in the Legislature. Quall is a retired teacher, counselor and coach. He is chairman of the House Education Committee, and has also been devoted to clean air and water, economic development, farmland preservation, and transportation. Four district residents are already out of the chutes with their campaigns to succeed him.

Congressman Larsen gets two challenges from within party | Election 2010

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:37PM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Bellingham, will have a challenge in the primary from within his own party. Larry Kalb, 55, announced his candidacy Jan. 15 for the 2nd Congressional District seat, to which Larsen was elected in 2000. Kalb lives in Bellingham, works for the Whatcom Transportation Authority finance department, and is president of Health Care for All, a statewide organization advocating single-payer health care. And Diana McGinness of Bellingham, a retired insurance fraud investigator, announced her candidacy Jan. 20.

Looking for a job? The U.S. Census is hiring

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 11:22AM

Census tests are being scheduled throughout the Northern Puget Sound Region. Call 1-866-861-2010. With communities across the country reeling from job loss, the U.S. Census Bureau has its own way of providing a stimulus to local economies — hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to ensure the 2010 Census is a success.

Without a local coordinator, derelict boats are often not removed from the water until it's too late

  • Feb 23, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Feb 24, 2010 at 11:13AM

Fast forward to August 2009. A 35- to 40-foot pontoon houseboat is photographed off Shipyard Cove taking on water Aug. 2, then partially submerged Sept. 2. And no one would take responsibility, to give the OK to take the vessel out of the water. The registered owner said she had sold it. The U.S. Coast Guard waited to see if it became a hazard to navigation. State DNR waited to see if it became an environmental hazard. Meanwhile, currents carried the houseboat around Turn Island, through Cattle Pass, to Eagle Point, and then across Haro Strait to Canadian waters. Without a local coordinator, the San Juans' participation in the Derelict Vessel Removal Program was rudderless.

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