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12th Annual Orca Sing | Slide show

  • Jun 20, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Feb 17, 2012 at 5:56PM

The City Cantabile Choir celebrated the life of Ruffles the killer whale, who has been missing since the fall, during the 12th annual "Orca Sing"

Parking fees take effect at Washington state parks beginning July 1; yearly 'Discover Pass' available online

  • Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Jun 23, 2011 at 9:57AM

Beginning July 1, the pass is required to park in recreation lands and water-access sites managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

County fair department seeks input for master plan

  • Jun 22, 2011 at 3:45PM

The San Juan County Parks and Fair Department is seeking input from residents as it begins development of a “Master Plan” for the fairgrounds. Planners want to know what county residents think the future of the fairgrounds should be and hear their ideas about how to make that future a reality.

Victor Boede killed in single-car rollover on Olga Road

  • Jun 29, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Jul 1, 2011 at 3:06PM

Orcas Island resident Victor Boede, 53, was killed in a single-car rollover accident the night of Tuesday, June 28. Emergency responders found Boede deceased beside the Olga Road, just south of the Lambiel Museum the next morning, after a county road crew happened on the scene and called for help.

End of an era: Kevin Carlton steps aside after 13 years at the helm | Prep softball

  • Jul 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated at 4:45PM

After 13 years at the helm of one of the school’s most successful athletic programs, Carlton announced last week to his players and school officials that he would be stepping down as head coach.

Dispatches from marine area 7: 'crazy good' | By Kevin Klein

  • Jul 5, 2011 at 4:41PM

Kevin Klein, Friday Harbor, PSA San Juan Islands, CCA Northsound There is "Good", there is "Very Good", and then there is "Crazy Good". The San Juans since the July 1st. salmon opener have been "Crazy Good". I had a funny feeling that there would be Kings around, but couldn't imagine this. Fish are everywhere, North, South, East, and West. They are biting on everything, but feeding mostly on Candlefish. I have been using the "Tailwagger" and "4 lite" spoons by Silver Horde behind a Q-cove flasher with much success. However, these are hungry salmon, and hootchies and bait are also working. Troll close to the bottom, elevated a bit more than blackmouth, but not much.I have caught a lot of clipped fish, and have actually just been releasing unclipped salmon, and keeping hatchery. That's good to see. So are the multiple reports of big Chinook over 30lb.s. The upcoming Bellingham Derby could take a real monster to win it. I had 5 fish to the boat on the morning of the 4th by 7 a.m., and this has been common. The San Juans are now "Ground Zero" for some of the best salmon fishing on the planet. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Seven pulled from the waters of Wasp Passage after crabbing boat runs aground near Shaw Island

  • Jul 8, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 5:45PM

Six members of the crew suffered injuries, two of whom were airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital with broken bones and hypothermia.

Lake Stevens man 'shaken, but otherwise uninjured' after rough landing on Lopez Island

  • Jul 18, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 11:36AM

An aircraft downed on Lopez Island, no one was injured

More than 40 injured on a hayride 'gone terribly wrong'

  • Jul 25, 2011 at 8:00AM updated Jul 26, 2011 at 10:15AM

At least four people were airlifted from Shaw Island with injuries and 40 people were treated with less severe injuries on island after an accident on a hayride went “terribly wrong.”

Tall tales: Fourth annual Orcas Storyfest brings professional tellers

  • Jul 29, 2011 at 9:09AM

One of civilization’s oldest art forms is storytelling. It preserves traditions, honors ancestors and ignites peoples’ imaginations. An Orcas couple is presenting four days of traditional, live storytelling with professionals from across the country.

Proposal would give Community Development and Planning power to levy fines

  • Aug 1, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Aug 2, 2011 at 9:28AM

A significant policy shift written into the proposed “Code Enforcement” ordinance for San Juan County would give Community Development and Planning the right to levy civil financial penalties for code violations. Citizens of the Common Sense Alliance are concerned that as presently worded, the ordinance could also significantly expand the CDPD director’s powers beyond the limits of enforcing county code.

Shoreline Visioning Meeting

  • Aug 6, 2011 at 8:00AM

The Shoreline Visioning Meetings will focus on gathering and understanding public preferences regarding future shoreline development.

Barefoot Bandit signs movie deal; proceeds to go to victims

  • Aug 11, 2011 at 9:00AM updated Aug 12, 2011 at 10:44AM

When Colton Harris-Moore signed on the dotted line with 20th Century Fox, it was with one objective: make enough money to pay back his burglary victims.

Gov. Gregoire requests farm disaster assistance for all 39 Washington counties

  • Aug 17, 2011 at 10:18AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced she has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to determine whether to designate the entire state of Washington a farm disaster area due to weather-related productions delays and crop losses.

The fair's 5th Annual Trashion Fashion Show | Multimedia dispatch

  • Aug 18, 2011 at 11:00AM updated Aug 24, 2011 at 3:42PM

See this year's contestants at the most popular fashion show at the fair

San Juan County's recycling numbers dip; trash continues to tumble

  • Aug 23, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 2:37PM

While it appears that most people are still recycling, there’s one rumor that appears to be true: the amount of garbage dropped at county transfer stations is still in decline. County Solid Waste Manager Steve Alexander said transfer station operators in Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties occasionally tell him they’re seeing loads from San Juan County.

Friday Harbor slated for $240K in ferry terminal improvements, thanks to federal funds

  • Aug 23, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 5:15PM

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division will use the funding to build a barrier and gate to keep walk-on customers separated from vehicle traffic during ferry loading and off-loading. The project will also include signs to direct foot passengers to the terminal exit, town landmarks, and pick-up/drop-off areas.

Friday Harbor's Gary LeGate dies in collision near Othello

  • Aug 24, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Aug 26, 2011 at 2:31PM

Sergeant David DeVere of the Washington State Patrol said Legate came to a complete stop on the two-lane highway where it intersects with Lee Road. He said the driver of the bread truck had little time to react, slammed into the driver's side of Legate's pickup and "T-boned" the vehicle at about 50 mph, on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 60 mph.

Most of Puget Sound closing to crabbing; San Juans to stay open

  • Aug 29, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Aug 31, 2011 at 11:10AM

Most areas of Puget Sound will close to recreational crab fishing at sunset on Labor Day, with summer catch reports due by Oct. 1.

Grounded fishing boat sinks, officials evaluating environmental threat

  • Aug 30, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2011 at 11:23AM

The TW Legacy, which ran aground early Saturday morning while traveling through Thatcher Pass, may have been carrying between 50 to 400 gallons of diesel at the time it struck the rocks and then sank near Decatur Island.

Initial phases of the bluebird project is a success, but population is not secure

  • Sep 1, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 2:56PM

Western Bluebirds are returning to San Juan after a 40 year absence.

County expects new boat will boost efficiency, lower costs

  • Sep 8, 2011 at 11:00AM updated Sep 13, 2011 at 10:30AM

“The three boats Public Works had before this acquisition are all 20-footers, designed as pleasure craft, not work boats,” county Administrator Pete Rose said. “And the old boats had become unreliable and expensive to maintain.”

Reminder: overnight power outage begins Thursday, 11 p.m.

  • Sep 13, 2011 at 11:07AM

Engage those surge protectors. All of San Juan County will experience a planned power outage Thursday, Sept. 15, beginning at 11 p.m. The power outage will end by 6 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16.

A 'ferry tale' wedding for Hyak's chief mate and crew

  • Sep 13, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 1:14PM

“It just grew and grew until we had around 800 guest,” Washington State Ferries' Bart Chrisite said of the Hyak's Sept. 11 wedding ceremony. “They were standing all around us and filled up both sides of the walls.”

All hands on deck: former Navy officer takes over helm at county Public Works

  • Sep 14, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:07AM

A resident of Groton, Conn., Frank Mulcahy's most recent assignment was as public works director of at the Navy's submarine base in New London, Conn. He was recommended to lead San Juan County's Department of Public Works by Administrator Pete Rose, who said he was "impressed" by the breadth of experience Mulcahy amassed during his 20-year Navy career.

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