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- Nov 19, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:23PM
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is the need for islanders to take care of one another. Check in on your neighbor’s house when things get cold, call that older couple who you see at the Post Office to see how they’re doing, and offer to split some fire wood for the fellow recovering from knee surgery. Islanders helping islanders is an old and essential part of life here.
- Nov 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:20PM
The sister-in-law and infant niece of a San Juan Island couple were killed Sunday when a floatplane in which they were passengers crashed after takeoff in Saturna Island's Lyall Harbour, east of Pender Island. Witnesses at the scene say the Richmond-based deHavilland Beaver floatplane took off from Saturna after picking up two of the craft's eight occupants, but soon took a nose dive into the harbor. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m.
- Dec 2, 2009 at 9:47AM
As you illuminate your house for the holidays, keep this in mind: America has maxed out its electricity generating capacity. There will be electricity shortages as soon as 2011 in some parts of America. And it could get worse as we struggle to find new, cleaner ways to generate electricity: America lacks the technology to meet its climate change goal deadlines.
- Dec 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:29PM
In San Juan County Superior Court, where John Linde presided over such controversial matters as civil complaints, felonies, and land use disputes, Nov. 20 was undoubtedly a joyful day for the career lawyer and judge. On that day, Linde finalized an adoption, uniting a child with his new parents. It was the first county participation in National Adoption Day, a collective national effort to raise awareness of children in foster care waiting to find permanent families.
- Dec 4, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:53PM
For a moment this morning, San Juan County Superior Court was still. No gavel, no opening statements, no questions, no testimony. Judge John Linde's courtroom opened at 9 a.m. today with a moment of silence in his honor, the county communications office reported. Linde, 62, died Dec. 3 while vacationing in Hawaii. He had been snorkeling with a friend; an autopsy was scheduled.
- Dec 8, 2009 at 2:37PM
The state Supreme Court has appointed Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock to perform judicial duties in San Juan Superior Court, succeeding John Linde, who died Dec. 3. Linde, 62, died of apparent cardiac arrest while vacationing in Hawaii. Memorial service is Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m., at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church.
- Dec 15, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Dec 16, 2009 at 12:15PM
Seven organizations will share more than $1.4 million in funding for projects to improve salmon habitat in San Juan County. All told, the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington state.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 9:56AM
- Jan 27, 2010 at 3:32PM
It's a familiar story: You're born and raised on the island, you spend some time on the mainland, you meet your life partner, you return to the islands to raise a family. A familiar story, even among birds. Western bluebirds have returned to the San Juan Islands, the San Juan Preservation Trust reports.
- Jan 28, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jan 29, 2010 at 12:51PM
San Juan County Clerk Joan P. White has announced she plans to seek re-election this year. The primary is Aug. 17; the general election is Nov. 2. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of San Juan County as clerk since 2007," White said in an e-mailed announcement.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:10PM
Washington state Department of Health officials have determined there is a need for a critical access hospital on San Juan Island. They have issued a certificate of need, a critical step in efforts to build a hospital here. Next: Proponents will complete their fund-raising, the purchase of the property will be completed and design of the new hospital, proposed near the airport, will begin.
- Jan 29, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 1, 2010 at 9:47AM
Bill Wolfram was enjoying a walk on Jones Island when he spotted something unusual. The Lopez resident, who sails throughout the islands, discovered what he thinks may be a cedar totem wing, measuring 32 inches long.
- Feb 2, 2010 at 12:41PM
One resignation, a lot of shoes to fill. Bob Low's resignation as San Juan County fire marshal to become fire chief in Quilcene has left a void in more than one area on San Juan Island. Low's last day as San Juan County fire marshal was Jan. 28. His first day on the job in Quilcene was Feb. 1. Besides serving as fire marshal, he was also a San Juan EMT, and had just completed a term as a hospital district commissioner. Low ran for mayor in November and had sought appointment to the Town Council. He was actively seeking street improvements for his neighborhood, the Greenway subdivision, which has poor drainage and potholed streets. His wife, Barbara, was active in the local American Red Cross chapter and was also an EMT.
- Feb 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Feb 5, 2010 at 11:22AM
In what plaintiffs in a landmark school funding lawsuit called “a huge victory for Washington school children,” a Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 4 the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to amply provide for the education of all children.
- Feb 8, 2010 at 4:42PM
Dr. Frederick Ellis, a founding member of the San Juan Preservation Trust, died in his Shaw Island home Feb. 5. He was 93. No funeral arrangements had been set by press time Monday. Visit SanJuanJournal.com this week for updated information.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Feb 19, 2010 at 9:25AM
The kickoff for this year's Relay for Life is Feb. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Library. The kickoff is open to the public, particularly those interested in knowing more about Relay for Life. Last year's local Relay for Life raised $72,000 for the American Cancer Society. The kickoff party includes door prizes and refreshments.
- Feb 9, 2010 at 7:38PM
San Juan County voters overwhelmingly renewed property tax levies supporting schools and emergency medical services Tuesday. With results posted at 8:24 p.m., San Juan Island School District's maintenance and operations levy was approved 1,869 votes to 841, or 68.97 percent to 31.03 percent. The San Juan Island EMS levy was approved 2,057 votes to 658, or 75.76 percent to 24.24 percent.
Street legal: Ranker bill would expand use of electric vehicles in the San Juans; increased registration fee could follow
- Feb 11, 2010 at 10:26AM
Legislation proposed by Sen. Kevin Ranker and unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday evening would expand the use of neighborhood electronic vehicles (NEVs) for residents of San Juan County. Senate Bill 6346 would allow residents of San Juan County to operate NEVs and medium-speed electronic vehicles on town streets and county roads that are not state routes, provided the road has a speed limit of 45 mph or less. The bill is specific to the San Juan Islands.
- Feb 11, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Feb 16, 2010 at 10:12AM
An airplane theft and a break-in at an Eastsound business could be linked to alleged serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore, authorities say. On the morning of Feb. 11, an airplane taken from Skagit County was found abandoned at the Eastsound airport, and employees at Homegrown Market and Deli walked into a nightmare: the store was broken into, vandalized, and sustained damage to internal security systems.
- Feb 12, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 16, 2010 at 10:11AM
- Feb 12, 2010 at 11:34AM
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers-Washington Chapter, or APLDWA, is hosting a gala to celebrate the state chapter's 10th anniversary. The celebration will take place March 20, 6-11 p.m., at the Hotel Deca in Seattle’s University District. The catered fare will include hors d’oeuvres and libations in the hotel’s lobby, followed by a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2010 at 2:08PM
Colton Harris-Moore has not yet been officially named the suspect in an airplane theft and burglary on Orcas, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.
- Feb 19, 2010 at 4:40PM
The San Juan Islands have been designated a national wildlife refuge and a scenic byway. Next, they could become a national monument. Fox News reported today that the Obama administration is considering 14 sites, including the San Juan Islands, for national monument designation. The report was based on Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained exclusively by Fox News. The mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado — totaling more than 13 million acres.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 6:00AM updated at 4:37PM
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed the birth of a new L pod calf. L114 was photographed with its mother, L77, on Feb. 21 in Cordova Bay. The new calf brings the Southern resident orca population up to 89.
- Feb 23, 2010 at 9:35AM
State Rep. Dave Quall is retiring after 18 years of service in the Legislature. Quall is a retired teacher, counselor and coach. He is chairman of the House Education Committee, and has also been devoted to clean air and water, economic development, farmland preservation, and transportation. Four district residents are already out of the chutes with their campaigns to succeed him.