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Lessons from Chile: What the Pacific Northwest can learn from the Chilean earthquake | Guest Column

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:20PM

First Haiti, now Chile. Widespread destruction on a scale most of us have seen only in a Hollywood movie has many in the Pacific Northwest wondering what it would look like here after a similar quake. And the reality is, of course, that it will happen here.

What’s best for Tillikum now, and what have we learned? | Guest Column

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00PM updated at 7:21PM

The terrible tragic death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau at Sea World Florida has suddenly generated a nationwide public examination of our feelings about captive orca shows. We’ve now seen the harm they can do even to compassionate humans, and the mental distress captivity can cause in the orcas. Google shows at least 6,892 articles on the trainer’s death. No other single news event has brought out such a groundswell of emotions doubting the ethical wisdom of using captive orcas for entertainment.

United Way of San Juan County raises $152,600; 2010 goal is $250,000

  • Mar 15, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 6:40PM

United Way of San Juan County announces that more than $152,600 was raised during its 2009 campaign. The money will help support 31 local programs providing essential services for individuals and families.

Ban on safe and sane fireworks overturned because of a technicality

  • Mar 18, 2010 at 3:00PM updated at 5:08PM

A San Juan County Superior Court judge has overturned a ban on the use of so-called safe and sane fireworks because of a technicality. Islanders will vote on the measure again in November. The decision was made March 15 by Friday Harbor attorney Don Eaton, filling in for Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.

Eaton takes oath of office as San Juan Superior Court judge

  • Mar 19, 2010 at 12:51PM

Donald E. Eaton was scheduled to be sworn in Friday at 1 p.m. as San Juan County Superior Court judge. Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock, who has been filling in here since Judge John Linde died in December, was scheduled to administer the oath of office in a private ceremony in the county courthouse. Eaton's appointment, by Gov. Christine Gregoire, takes effect Monday.

Bob Myhr seeking re-election to the San Juan County Council, District 6 | Election 2010

  • Mar 19, 2010 at 1:44PM

Bob Myhr announced Friday he will seek re-election to the San Juan County Council representing District 6 – Lopez, Blakely, Center, Decatur and Shaw islands. Myhr was elected to the three-member San Juan County Commission in 2005, succeeding Rhea Miller, who resigned. Re-elected in 2006, he served as the first chairman of the new six-member County Council. "I hope I have earned the trust and confidence of the voters and their support for another term," Myhr said in his announcement.

Henning Sehmsdorf in the lead for another term on San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors

  • Mar 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Mar 23, 2010 at 10:13AM

Henning Sehmsdorf appears to have won another term on the San Juan Islands Conservation District Board of Supervisors. According to unofficial results, Sehmsdorf received 262 votes, Ed Kilduff 229.

Ranker's farm intern bill signed into law; future farmers not enrolled in classes can work for experience

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 10:03AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, to help continue the legacy of Washington’s farmers for generations to come. “The average age of a farmer in Washington is 57 years old,” Ranker said. “If we’re serious about promoting agriculture in Washington, we’re going to have to encourage younger people to get onto the farms and get their hands dirty.”

Ranker’s priority bills approved by Legislature, head to governor for signature

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 10:24AM

State Sen. Kevin Ranker's priority bills were approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor’s desk for signature. “We spent dozens of hours both prior and during the legislative session to build consensus around these bills,” Ranker said. “These bills passed with significant bipartisan support in both chambers due to the efforts of numerous individuals including dozens of citizens from our communities.”

50th anniversary Sidney run begins Sunday; islanders and mainlanders will make voyage for 30-minute international party

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 5:21PM

Islanders and mainlanders will crowd the ferry to Sidney, B.C., on Sunday for the kick-off to the Washington State Ferries spring schedule and the annual Sidney run. The ferry — the 124-car Chelan — will leave Anacortes at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Friday Harbor at 9:30 a.m. The ferry will arrive in Sidney at 11:05 a.m. and depart for Friday Harbor at noon. The ferry will arrive in Friday Harbor at 1:35 p.m. and Anacortes at 3 p.m.

Colton Harris-Moore: Burglary suspect has 20,000 Facebook fans, articles in Outdoors and Maxim magazines, and now a song on YouTube

  • Mar 24, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Mar 25, 2010 at 8:39AM

Colton Harris-Moore, the teen burglary suspect who has earned the nickname "The Barefoot Burglar," is growing as a pop culture figure. His suspected crimes have made national news, and he's been the subject of stories in Outdoors magazine and, now, Maxim magazine. And he's even the subject of a song, "The Ballad of Barefoot Harris," on YouTube.

Vashon school district selects a new principal for Chautauqua Elementary

  • Mar 26, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:24PM

Jody Metzger, a seasoned educator who has helmed two elementary schools, directed school choirs and taught second, third and fourth grade, has been hired to become the new principal at Chautauqua Elementary School.

Late-night helicopter activity on Orcas is part of Colton Harris-Moore hunt

  • Apr 12, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Apr 13, 2010 at 11:15AM

Sheriff Bill Cumming wouldn’t elaborate on the details, but the recent late-night helicopter activity on Orcas Island is part of the ongoing investigation to find serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore.

20th Century Fox buys rights to Colton Harris-Moore story

  • Apr 13, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Apr 14, 2010 at 8:47AM

20th Century Fox has announced plans to make a movie about Colton Harris-Moore, based on Orcas writer Bob Friel's book proposal.

Brent Johnson, lead detective, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010

  • May 6, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 7, 2010 at 4:36PM

Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff. His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November. Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.

Felix Menjivar, deputy and town councilman, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010

  • May 7, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 4:37PM

Friday Harbor Town Councilman Felix Menjivar was on duty as a sheriff's deputy Thursday and missed the noon council meeting. Then, in the council's evening session, he was on his way from a regular session to a closed session to talk about possible property acquisition. He had time only to give a one-word answer to a question: Yes. And with that, Menjivar entered the race for San Juan County sheriff.

10 promoted at Islanders Bank administration and branches

  • May 11, 2010 at 12:28PM

Bob Coleman, president and CEO of Islanders Bank, announced Tuesday the following officer promotions approved by the Islanders Bank Board of Directors at the April 29 board meeting.

Washington State Ferries launches $1 million marketing campaign

  • May 12, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 5:24PM

Washington State Ferries (WSF) plans to counter lagging ridership with a $1 million marketing campaign to attract tourists to destinations throughout Puget Sound, including Vashon.

Local high school junior raising $13,000 to replace fairgrounds horse arena fence

  • May 14, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 12:43PM

Chelan Taylor, a junior at Friday Harbor High School, is raising $13,000 to replace the fence around the horse arena at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. It’s a sacred mission of sorts. No mere arena, this is a field of dreams, where ambition and courage have been tested for generations, a place where memories have been made, where events have become part of the fabric of our history.

Sheriff, State Patrol investigating burglary and boat theft on south San Juan Island

  • May 15, 2010 at 1:06PM

The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his exploits. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late May 13/early May 14 and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner's private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff's Department reported in a press release May 14 that the boat was "beached."

Colton Harris-Moore suspected of two boat thefts

  • May 16, 2010 at 11:00AM updated May 18, 2010 at 11:20AM

The word of the boat theft spread quickly, and so did the speculation. You-Know-Who was quickly a prime suspect in the minds of several islanders familiar with his alleged crimes. A Cape San Juan home was reportedly burglarized — neighbors said it occurred late Thursday/early Friday — and a 24-foot boat on the homeowner’s private dock was stolen. Neighbors said the boat was later found grounded on Shark Reef. The Sheriff’s Department reported in a press release Friday that the boat was “beached.”

Hildegard Goss engaged a community of friends with her art, activism, love of learning | Passages

  • May 20, 2010 at 3:56PM

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Hildegard Goss, 93, died of natural causes at Hamlet House on Lopez Island. She is survived by her nieces, Christine Dahl-Sesby of Friday Harbor, Patricia Topper of Emmitsburg, Md., and her nephew, Derek Valley of Olympia. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, William Goss; her sister, Lillie Ericsson; and her brother, Bertil Valley.

Sheriff releases new images believed to be Colton Harris-Moore

  • May 26, 2010 at 2:32PM

The San Juan County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday released stills from a surveillance video they believe shows suspected "Barefoot Burglar" Colton Harris-Moore about to steal a boat from a Lopez Island marina earlier this month.

Orcas Island activist on flotilla boarded by Israeli troops is reported safe

  • Jun 1, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jun 10, 2010 at 3:10PM

David Schermerhorn, 80, a retired television-commercial producer from Orcas Island, was on the flotilla that was boarded by Israeli troops Monday.

Helicopter crashes off Bell Island; couple picked up by fishing boat

  • Jun 8, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 8:34PM

A helicopter crashed off Bell Island, between Crane Island and Shaw Island's Broken Point. Three boats, including the Sheriff's Boat Guardian, were en route to the scene at 2:30 p.m.

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