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Skipper escapes, boat sinks in predawn blaze near Shipyard Cove

  • Dec 20, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Dec 23, 2011 at 9:07PM

San Juan Island Fire Department Steve Marler said the blaze was under control about 45 minutes after the Confidence arrived at the scene, but too much damage had been done for the Caliph V, owned by San Juan Island's Scott Forbes, to stay afloat. It sank in about 40 feet of water.

Orca J-16 gives birth to fifth calf

  • Dec 21, 2011 at 9:50AM

NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research have confirmed that 39-year-old J16 (Slick) gave birth to a new baby calf in Puget Sound on Dec. 17, probably only a few hours judging from the fresh fetal folds, before being seen and photographed by veteran field researcher Candice Emmons of NWSFC.

Prosecutor says pending budget cut will 'disrupt justice' | Opinion

  • Dec 23, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 9:09PM

In a prepared statement released Dec. 20, Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord says his office will be forced to substantially reduce the number of misdemeanor cases it pursues because of a pending $30,600 budget cut in 2012.

San Juan Island man receives six months for heroin possession

  • Dec 24, 2011 at 8:00PM

On Nov. 18, Timothy Wayne Stephens, 46, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance — heroin, a Class C felony.

Feds arrest former Orcas Island student, break up Bellingham meth ring supplying San Juans

  • Dec 27, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Dec 28, 2011 at 10:52AM

Last week, federal authorities arrested former Orcas Island High School student Denali Wood, 23, and her boyfriend, and charged them with conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties.

Open season on traffic signs?

  • Dec 30, 2011 at 1:11PM

Each island tends to have a signature, when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism typically involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the incline is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.

'Dedication and integrity unmatched'; Soundwatch's Koski honored by MRC

  • Jan 5, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Jan 6, 2012 at 12:58PM

Kari Koski has played many a role in 18 years as director of the Whale Museum's Soundwatch program. And her ability to juggle all those hats for the betterment of the Southern resident killer whales did not go by unnoticed.

Friday Harbor student busted for allegedly dealing cocaine, heroin

  • Jan 6, 2012 at 5:33PM

The 18-year-old man, accused of dealing heroin and cocaine, was taken into custody at the high school shortly before 11 a.m. He faces multiple felony counts involving the sale and distribution of heroin and cocaine, according to the Sheriff's department.

Yakima ferry still under repair; should be back in service next week

  • Jan 12, 2012 at 2:26PM

Washington State Ferries has released the following update on the status of the Yakima ferry, which is currently out of service. Repairs continue on the Yakima, and we expect the vessel to return to service mid to late next week. Until then, the Elwha, Sealth and Evergreen State will continue to provide mainland service (with the Chetzemoka operating inter-island on weekdays).

Orcas Island arborist dies in 50-foot fall

  • Jan 13, 2012 at 11:00AM updated at 4:39PM

Authorities believe, based on a preliminary investigation, that an equipment failure likely led to the 77-year-old's fatal fall.

Charter Review: Too many chiefs?

  • Jan 17, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 5:22PM

With a panel of six elected officials, members of the county council are able to talk with one another and conduct business outside of "regular" meetings. But a proliferation of council subcommittees and meeting the demands of those subcommittees have created a drain on county resources, according to Administrator Pete Rose.

‘The Sun King’s Music’

  • Jan 19, 2012 at 11:00AM

In the mid-1600s Pignon Descoteaux and Philibert Rebille, made the three-piece baroque form of the horizontally held or “transverse” flute fashionable in the court of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV. Around 1667, they were joined by a viola player and baroque guitarist. The foursome was called “Musique de la Chambre.”

List of Wednesday events canceled because of snow

  • Jan 18, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 1:12PM

San Juan Island Library is open Wednesday in spite of the snow, but classes at Friday Harbor schools are among a list of events that have been canceled. Check below.

Ferry system to upgrade, expand reservations starting this summer

  • Jan 18, 2012 at 3:16PM

The reservation system is scheduled to expand in two more phases to the general San Juan Islands routes in 2014 and the Central Puget Sound routes in 2016, pending successful implementation and funding approval.

Silence? Never golden in helping to prevent abuse | Guest column

  • Jan 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

Let’s make 2012 the year we join together and shatter the silence

LIFRC business workshops

  • Jan 18, 2012 at 5:36PM

If you are thinking of starting a business or would like to recreate an existing one to be more successful, James Dunn will return to teach a lively interactive business class on the last Friday and Saturday in January at the library meeting room.

Beware of power outages and be prepared

  • Jan 19, 2012 at 10:30AM

When temperatures drop, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative’s demand for power goes up as islanders use more electric heat, while staying indoors for longer periods. This increased demand was the cause of a brief outage on Orcas Island on Wednesday; the load caused a breaker to fail in the Eastsound substation. Crews responded immediately to replace the breaker and power was restored in less than two hours. Remarkably, this has been the only outage since the snow arrived on Saturday.

The 'art' of business

  • Jan 25, 2012 at 11:00AM

Business is usually thought of as business and art is, well, not business. But now, consider the following quotes with introductions from Linda Naiman author of “”: “The business of the artist is to create, navigate opportunity, explore possibility, and master creative breakthrough. We need to restore art, the creation of opportunity, to business.” -Brandweek

Ranker introduces series of jobs, government reform legislation

  • Jan 19, 2012 at 2:15PM

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced a wide-ranging series of bills this week to create jobs and reform government. The proposals include legislation to clean up environmentally hazardous toxic sites across the state, reform and reaffirm our state’s commitment to working waterfronts and new reforms in teacher and principle evaluations.

Gov. Gregoire declares a state of emergency

  • Jan 19, 2012 at 5:10PM

Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency allowing the activation of the Washington National Guard, and free up state agencies to take extraordinary steps to help local jurisdictions.

'Snow chair'

  • Jan 20, 2012 at 2:49PM

Jersie Angel sits in her own "snow chair." Do you have a good snow day story? Send us a photo or your story at

Inspect your own sewage systems

  • Jan 20, 2012 at 3:21PM

San Juan County Health and Community Services has announced the schedule for its on-site sewage system operation and maintenance workshops for homeowners.

Wildland fire risk assessment

  • Jan 21, 2012 at 8:00AM

The Bureau of Land Management and San Juan County are developing a county-level wildland fire risk assessment.

Health dept. advises vaccines

  • Jan 22, 2012 at 3:00PM

Flu activity has been low in Washington in the early part of this season, according to the Department of Health, which is why they are urging people to get vaccinated before illnesses start to mount in January through March. Be aware that it takes two weeks for vaccine to be effective.

January wakes up gardening gene | Master Gardeners' Column

  • Jan 25, 2012 at 6:00AM updated at 3:32PM

January: a new year, new resolutions — or maybe old resolutions promised again. Even some colder temperatures to remind us that the calendar says winter. For died in the wool gardeners, January wakes up the gardening gene. Seed catalogues are in the mail.

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