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Orca advocates, researchers oppose dart tagging of Southern Residents; support expanded use of hydrophones and observation

  • Dec 22, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 1:33PM

The Whale Museum has asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to abandon a plan to attach dart tags onto the dorsal fins of Southern Resident killer whales, and instead adopt non-invasive measures to track the orcas’ movements outside the Salish Sea. The darts create wounds that can result in infection, Whale Museum officials state. They said photos showing the result of earlier satellite tagging support their conclusion. In addition, the satellite tags give detailed information for a month or so that they remain operational, the museum contends.

WSF says it will still raise rates, has OK from attorney general's office

  • Dec 22, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Dec 23, 2010 at 11:06AM

Washington State Ferries officials released the following memo today, on the heels of an informal opinion from the Attorney General's office that appeared to indicate that WSF could not proceed with its scheduled Jan. 2 rate increases.

Former county information services manager files claim, alleging 'whistleblower' retaliation

  • Dec 23, 2010 at 5:23PM

Former county information services manager George Johnson filed a claim Dec. 16 against San Juan County, alleging he was fired Aug. 23 in retaliation for reporting perceived irregularities in how equipment had been purchased by the Public Works Department. The county claims the decision to fire Johnson was made two weeks before he questioned the purchases, and that the decision was based on performance, reorganization and lack of funds.

Sounder publisher, husband airflifted after rollover crash near Orcas Island ferry landing

  • Jan 4, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 6, 2011 at 9:42AM

Islands' Sounder Publisher Elyse Van den Bosch and her husband, Fred Munder, were airlifted to St. Joseph Hospital early Tuesday after their car was clipped by an 18-wheeler that crossed into the oncoming lane.

First baby of 2011: Brigham William Jones of Decatur Island

  • Jan 4, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Jan 11, 2011 at 11:10AM

Brigham William Jones, the island's soon-to-be newest arrival, was born Jan. 3 at Island Hospital in Anacortes and is expected to be home on Decatur sometime in the next couple of days.

Gregoire proposes creation of a regional ferry district | Olympia News Bureau

  • Jan 6, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Jan 8, 2011 at 10:05AM

Gov. Christine Gregoire announced her plan to change the Washington state ferry system by creating a Puget Sound Regional Ferry District and eliminating the existing Washington State Ferries portion of the state Department of Transportation. "Our current system lacks two critical things," Gregoire said. "A dedicated source of funding and local leadership ... to oversee a well-defined mission."

San Juan County Sheriff's office releases image of Orcas Island rape suspect

  • Jan 21, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 24, 2011 at 9:28AM

The San Juan County Sheriff's office has released the sketch of a man suspected of rape on Orcas Island.

Orcas man crashes plane into hangar

  • Feb 1, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:51PM

Small earthquake reported in North Sound

  • Feb 8, 2011 at 9:27AM

A minor earthquake this morning near Friday Harbor was felt by some on Whidbey Island.

Small earthquake tickles the North Sound, Friday Harbor too

  • Feb 8, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 1:44PM

The 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit at 8:36 a.m. Feb. 8, and occurred five miles northwest of Friday Harbor, according to seismic experts at the University of Washington's Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Rec levy measure is at 62 percent approval

  • Feb 9, 2011 at 6:00PM updated Feb 10, 2011 at 2:48PM

The February Orcas Recreation District levy appears to have passed with a supermajority as of today, Feb. 9, with 2,270 ballots cast and only 20 left to count by official tally.

San Juan County property tax rates increase by 9 percent — on average — in 2011

  • Feb 16, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Feb 17, 2011 at 1:35PM

Property tax rates are on the rise in 2011. According to the San Juan County assessor's office, tax rates on property will increase this year by 9.1 percent, on average, in large part because of a boost in the state levy rate and in local school levies as well.

Former San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming honored in Olympia

  • Mar 4, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Mar 7, 2011 at 9:29AM

Former Lopez School superintendent fired after employee dies at his home

  • Mar 7, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Mar 9, 2011 at 12:29PM

Sheriff Nou on sex offender moving to San Juan: 'It's not a done deal'

  • Mar 8, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Mar 9, 2011 at 6:45PM

Lopez doctor Bob Wilson on probation for unprofessional conduct

  • Mar 25, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Mar 28, 2011 at 2:16PM

Lopez physician Robert Wilson has been placed on probation after being charged with unprofessional conduct and sexual misconduct in his medical practice by the Washington State Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

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