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New DUI law stiffens penalties, opens records

  • Mar 14, 2012 at 10:57AM

After a Friday night of happy hour and late-night drinking, many fail to consider the repercussions of driving while impaired, but legislators have. Various changes to the driving-under-the-influence law have unanimously passed the Legislature and become effective upon the governor’s signature. The reform puts more stringent penalties on those convicted of drunk driving including increased fees and facial recognition systems on ignition-interlock devices.

Visual storyteller exhibit at San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Friday Harbor

  • Mar 14, 2012 at 11:00AM updated at 3:01PM

The exhibition, "Anna, Anna Skibska", March 31-June 1, opens at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art with an evening reception March 31. Skibska, who describes herself as a visual storyteller, is creating site specific work for the Museum on "A" Street in Friday Harbor. She is separated from traditional glass blowers and flameworkers by her unorthodox method of heating, stretching and fusing glass to create forms which are largely comprised of space. The luminous qualities of glass threads, twisted and bent, define rhythmic, organic and architectural forms which appear to move with shifting light and shadow.

Moeller’s two goals lead Falcons over Wolverines in shutout

  • Mar 17, 2012 at 8:00AM

Despite pouring rain and howling wind, the skies cleared and a rainbow appeared by the second half of the boys soccer game between South Whidbey and Friday Harbor.

Farmers question tax audits

  • Mar 26, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 3:20PM

The farmers were noticeable not by their denim and muddy boots, but their expressions both somber and frustrated. They, and several other concerned citizens, took their turns sitting before the council at a special Lopez meeting on Tuesday and voiced their concerns relating to the Agriculture Current Use Taxation Program.

In the public eye: former SPD chief Norm Stamper stumps for change

  • Mar 27, 2012 at 10:56AM

Former Seattle Police chief Norm Stamper admits to an error in judgement in authorizing the use tear gas and truncheons at the 1999 WTO riots. He resigned in the aftermath of the WTO, and has been stumpin' for change in law enforcement policies and tactics ever since.

County goes virtual with food worker education and testing

  • Mar 27, 2012 at 3:09PM

Food worker education and testing is now online, according to San Juan County’s Health and Community Services Department.

Sheriff applies for grant to buy a new boat

  • Apr 16, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Apr 20, 2012 at 9:05AM

Sheriff Rob Nou is applying for a Department of Homeland Security grant to purchase a $750,000 multi-mission, public safety boat to be utilized by county-wide agencies.

Marrett picked to replace Jacobson at Visitors Bureau

  • Apr 25, 2012 at 10:00AM updated May 8, 2012 at 8:53AM

Friday Harbor's Barbara Marrett has worn many hats in three decades on San Juan Island. Add communications manager to the list.

Prosecutor reverses decision on council subcommittees

  • May 1, 2012 at 10:20AM

Three members of the County Council, if aligned, can sway the outcome of any legislation that comes before the 6-person council. For that reason, San Juan County's prosecuting attorney says meetings of the council's three-person subcommittees must be open to the public.

Fralick not seeking re-election

  • May 3, 2012 at 11:26AM

Now that an eminently qualified candidate, Rick Hughes, has declared his intent to run for the District 4, Orcas West Council position, I am happy to announce that I will not seek a second term as a member of the San Juan County Council. On Orcas Island we are very fortunate to have people of the caliber of Patty Miller and Rick Hughes willing to represent us.

Drug overdose blamed in death of Friday Harbor man

  • May 4, 2012 at 2:00PM updated May 8, 2012 at 8:53AM

Authorities recovered the body of Ryan Ochoa, 20, from inside a storage unit in which he is believed to have been living, early Friday morning. He is believed to have died several days before his body was found.

County Council to interview administrator candidate, Friday, on Orcas

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:31PM

The special meeting begins at 3 p.m., at the Public Works building at Orcas Landing, with the council meeting in executive session (behind closed doors). The council is scheduled to reconvene in open session at 3:45 p.m.

Eelgrass – a zoo of strange and small animals

  • May 15, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 3:42PM

By Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy Like true grasses on land, eelgrass responds to longer, warmer days by growing new leaves and sometimes forming small, inconspicuous flowers. Eelgrass competes for light with the mat of algae and diatoms [a single-celled algae] that floats above like green clouds.

Executive exchange: San Juan County, Lake Forest Park swap administrators

  • May 15, 2012 at 6:00PM updated May 16, 2012 at 9:20AM

If the name Lake Forest Park sounds familiar, it should. That's where county Administrator Pete Rose is headed, and it's also the city from where it appears his replacement will come.

State calls pertussis cases an 'epidemic'

  • May 21, 2012 at 12:00PM updated May 22, 2012 at 10:48AM

The reported cases of pertussis this year jumped by 200 in a single week in early May, to a total of 1484, according to the Washington Department of Health. That is more than ten times the number of cases reported in the state during the same period last year.

Illegal fires ignite concern

  • May 22, 2012 at 11:25AM

Although he has yet to write a citation this year for illegal burnings, San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner is growing concerned that it’s still occurring, but that islanders may not report the fires. He has two theories – either they are not aware that they can contact Turner on the weekend or they fear repercussion from the people starting the fires.

Be aware of crowded ferries and long wait times on Memorial Weekend | Update

  • May 22, 2012 at 1:00PM updated May 24, 2012 at 12:14PM

On Friday, May 25, Washington State Ferries will provide an extra sailing from Anacortes to Orcas at 2:05 p.m., and on Monday, May 28, there will be an extra sailing from Orcas to Anacortes at 3:15 p.m.

Decatur Island resident to run for state senate

  • May 22, 2012 at 2:30PM

Small business owner and Decatur Island resident John Swapp has announced his campaign for the state senate in the 40th Legislative District.

San Juan man faces trio of felony sex crimes

  • May 22, 2012 at 4:21PM

A San Juan Island man accused of having sex with a teenage girl several times in the past two years will stand trial on multiple felony sex charges in July.

Help islander win superhero design contest

  • May 23, 2012 at 12:00PM updated May 24, 2012 at 12:18PM

Aaron D’Errico, of Friday Harbor, has submitted a design in a Talenthouse contest to design an original superhero outfit, judged by comic book icon Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, The Avengers, Ironman, and the Hulk.

Bob Jean named temporary replacement for county administrator position

  • May 23, 2012 at 2:00PM

This week, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved a consultant agreement retaining Jean to serve as county administrator until a permanent replacement is found for departing administrator Pete Rose.

A draft of possibilities | OPALCO Guest column

  • May 26, 2012 at 4:00PM

We want to thank everyone who attended the five community forums we recently held in partnership with the San Juan County Economic Development Council on Orcas, Shaw, Lopez, and San Juan Island to discuss the countywide broadband initiative. As we said at the forums, this broadband initiative is still a work in progress and no final decisions have been made but, we were excited to share with you a draft of a possible system design and we’re grateful for the comments and suggestions we heard.

Washington State Ferries to host meetings

  • May 29, 2012 at 8:57AM

Washington State Ferries will host a series of community meetings to discuss a variety of issues, including the recent legislative session, new ferries, system performance targets, vehicle reservations system, and liquefied natural gas as a potential fuel for the fleet.

'Reviewing the charter' meeting, June 2

  • May 29, 2012 at 1:44PM

The San Juan County Charter Review Commission will meet Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. (public moment 8:30 a.m.) at the Eastsound Fire Hall.

Lopez solid waste plan submitted

  • May 31, 2012 at 8:00AM

On May 25, the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Advisory Board submitted a draft operations plan to the San Juan County Council for a locally operated solid waste and recycling operation.

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