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'Friends' join lawsuit seeking limits on Navy's use of sonar

  • Jan 26, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 8:16PM

The litigation is not intended to halt the Navy’s exercises, but asks the court to require NMFS to reassess the permits using the latest science and to order the Navy to stay out of biologically critical areas at least at certain times of the year.

Annual property tax assessments begin this year

  • Jan 26, 2012 at 7:05PM

For properties outside the 2012 appraisal area, the county assessor's office will begin adjusting property values annually to reflect market value, beginning with 2012 assessments for the 2013 tax year.

Body of missing Waldron Island woman found

  • Jan 31, 2012 at 2:00PM updated at 5:01PM

The body of Dorothy Shayler, 38, was found on Waldron Island Jan. 28. Officials believe Shayler committed suicide, but are awaiting autopsy results. Shayler had been missing since Oct.17.

Dump truck topples under lopsided load

  • Feb 3, 2012 at 2:38PM

An uneven load of "beauty bark" caused a dump truck to topple over and land in a ditch in the 1000 block of Orcas Road early Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and fire fighters and employees from two island towing companies teamed up to get the truck righted and back on the road.

Coal cargo terminal at Cherry Point raises concern

  • Feb 3, 2012 at 4:00PM updated at 6:12PM

The San Juan Islands could face a significant increase in large cargo ship traffic under a proposal to build the largest coal terminal in North America at Cherry Point, near Ferndale. Ships measuring up to three football fields in length would make over 950 passages (nearly three per day) each year, transporting tens of millions of tons of Wyoming coal to China.

Same-sex marriage bill advances to House Floor

  • Feb 6, 2012 at 5:47PM

A House committee approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.

Council reinstates portion of sheriff and prosecutor budget

  • Feb 7, 2012 at 12:00PM updated Feb 8, 2012 at 9:29AM

During its meeting on Orcas today, the county council voted 6-0 to reinstate $60,000 to the sheriff's department and $21,000 to the prosecuting attorney's office after a preliminary budget reduced funding to those departments.

Coal Hard Truth forum panelists and their bios

  • Feb 7, 2012 at 1:47PM

Panelists to answer you questions include North Sound Baykeeper Matt Krogh, Fred Felleman with Friends of the Earth, and Dr. Frank James.

Disaster assistance for small businesses

  • Feb 7, 2012 at 2:32PM

San Juan County is one of 35 Washington counties and eight neighboring Oregon counties, now eligible for small, nonfarm businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Gay marriage bill passed by the House

  • Feb 11, 2012 at 8:00AM

A House committee on Monday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.

Wetland dispute prompts viral video

  • Feb 10, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Feb 14, 2012 at 6:28PM

Charles Dalton shares a four-acre property with another islander on Orcas Island, and said his troubles started because he made a mistake when he built a barn and a shed without a permit. The issue, according to the Friends of the San Juans, is not about farming, as the video suggests, but about following the rules and getting construction permits before developing.

Governor signs same same-sex marriage bill making Washington the seventh state with such a law

  • Feb 14, 2012 at 12:06PM

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law the bill authorizing civil marriage for same-sex couples, SB6239, Valentine’s Day making Washington the seventh state with such a law. It may not take effect on June 7, as scheduled, however, as a referendum challenge is in the wind.

Traumatic injury cited as probable cause in death of 3-year-old orca

  • Feb 14, 2012 at 12:56PM

Known as Victoria, L112 was a member of the southern Resident killer whales that make their seasonal home in waterways of the San Juan Islands. While the cause of L112 death has yet to be determined, its body reportedly shows signs of traumatic injuries.

Elephant seals moving to Lopez Island, again?

  • Feb 15, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 4:32PM

Elephant seals almost completely change their hair coat and the outer layers of skin once a year, usually in the spring or summer. Lopez Elephant Seal Again or LESA was way out of season, she looked disgusting and she smelled about the way she looked. Elephant seals occasionally use San Juan County beaches during molt, but most prefer the warmer climates of Mexico or California. Lolling around in the snow, I suspect she regretted her choice; those southern beaches are much more appealing.

San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas 2011 Bird Count tallies 25,742 birds

  • Feb 17, 2012 at 10:00AM

The San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas 2011 Bird Count tallied a total of 25,742 birds of 123 species with the help of 74 observers in the field.

Public meetings to discuss impact of Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy

  • Feb 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 12:30PM

A series of public meetings will be held the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to discuss the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy.

Attorneys agree port lacks authority to operate transfer station

  • Feb 21, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Feb 22, 2012 at 9:55AM

At a recent public meeting of the Port of Lopez, I answered many questions about the limits on the powers of a port district to operate a solid waste handling facility. Last fall I asked the County Administrator Pete Rose that same question. On Nov. 1, I said it would be good to ask the port’s attorneys to provide an answer.

'The Bach Family' music from the baroque master and his sons

  • Feb 21, 2012 at 4:19PM

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents “The Bach Family” with Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck, Germany and Baroque Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. at Grace Church on Lopez, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Madrona Room in Eastsound, Orcas Island and Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m. at St. David's Church on San Juan Island.

Benjamin George Marcin: 1920 — 2012 | Passages

  • Feb 21, 2012 at 5:49PM

Ben’s talents were not only professional; he was an avid wood turner, made his own furniture and loved new gadgets of all kinds. However, his primary love was as the exclusive chauffeur for Anne, driving her wherever she wished to go — choral practices, painting classes, church.

How to prepare for a major earthquake or other disasters

  • Mar 7, 2012 at 3:05PM

San Juan Island Grange and the Department of Emergency Management present the Community Preparedness Forum, Thursday, March 29, 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Friday Harbor Grange, 152 N. 1st St.

Mr. Mojo risin'

  • Mar 7, 2012 at 6:00PM updated Mar 9, 2012 at 5:27PM

Emaciated and suffering from dehydration when it arrived Feb. 17, a young Stellar sea lion, nicknamed Mojo, appears to have been nursed back to health thanks to the staff at Wolf Hollow Wildlife and, ultimately, a whole lot of herring.

Orcas author publishes in-depth book on Barefoot Bandit

  • Mar 8, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Mar 12, 2012 at 5:10PM

Bob Friel’s interest in teen burglar Colton Harris-Moore began as personal curiosity. The saga later became the focus of a meticulously researched book, “The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw,” published by Hyperion this month.

Death at sea: speculation swirls over sonar

  • Mar 13, 2012 at 12:00PM updated Mar 14, 2012 at 3:55PM

While biologists say it's too early to tell, others speculate that the death of a 3-year-old killer whale is linked to a series of military exercises in early February.

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.

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