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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.

Two women share one stage and many songs

  • Sep 15, 2011 at 12:37PM

Alison Post and Carolyn Cruso perform in San Juan with Lopez accompanist Mark Minkler on Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. at Isle Be Jammin’, 310 B, Spring St.

National Conservation Area for the San Juans in congressional hands

  • Sep 20, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 3:52PM

“The San Juan Islands are home to unique cultural and natural resources and a great example of the types of land we want to conserve for the benefit of all Americans,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.

Why Faster Broadband? Well... consider the case of Cedar Falls

  • Sep 20, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Sep 21, 2011 at 10:16AM

Workers, students, businesses, specialists — better Internet access raises all ships

Fred R. Hoeppner: 1918 — 2011 | Passages

  • Sep 20, 2011 at 4:00PM

Fred attended Seattle schools, graduating from Franklin High School in 1936. He also attended the University of Washington (1936 - 1940), where he was the captain of the swim team.

King's reign nears its end; longtime Friday Harbor administrator announces retirement plans

  • Sep 23, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 4:33PM

After 24 years at the helm of Friday Harbor, retirement beckons for town Administrator King Fitch, and those plans are now in motion.

Making a home for spawning sand lance at Barlow Bay

  • Sep 30, 2011 at 9:59AM

The Friends of the San Juans last week helped to enhance habitat for spawning forage fish along the beach at Barlow Bay, at the south end of Lopez Island.

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is named 2011 Realtor Legislative Champion

  • Sep 30, 2011 at 12:00PM updated Oct 3, 2011 at 9:34AM

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is named 2011 Realtor Legislative Champion by the Washington Association of Realtors board of directors.

Election 2011 – Solid waste: parcel fee or self haul?

  • Oct 4, 2011 at 11:08AM

If Plan A passes, solid waste service will remain at current levels. But if voters boo the measure out of the ballot box, county council members say their only recourse is to cease county operations of county transfer stations.

All in the family: Rich and Brock Warin finish 1st and 2nd in Neilsen/Barr fishing classic

  • Oct 4, 2011 at 4:50PM

Friday Harbor father and son land a one-two punch in finishing on top of the annual fishing classic's leader board.

Barge carrying Navy ammunition runs aground on Belle Rock

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 3:32PM

The 322 ft. barge was being towed by the tug "Henry Brusco" when it ran aground early Monday morning on Belle Rock, between Anacortes and Center Island. The barge was carrying a mixed cargo that includes an estimated 9,000 pounds of Navy munitions.

Tues. evening, Wed. a.m. sailing schedules adjusted with inter-island boat out for repairs

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 5:53PM

The Evergreen State will depart Friday Harbor at 6:25 p.m. and stop at Orcas, Shaw and Lopez, before arriving at Anacortes at 8:50 p.m.

Have you seen her? Sheriff's department could use your help

  • Oct 19, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Oct 26, 2011 at 11:29AM

The San Juan County Sheriff's Department is seeking help in locating Dorothy A. Shayler, who reportedly suffers from depression and went missing without prescription medication. Her whereabouts are unknown. She was last seen Oct. 16 on Waldron Island.

Takin' it to the streets — Friday Harbor 'Occupied'

  • Oct 24, 2011 at 7:00AM updated Oct 26, 2011 at 11:31AM

On Saturday, Oct. 15 about a dozen islanders gathered in front of the San Juan County Courthouse, fewer numbers, but with the same slogan of “We are the 99 percent” and island-centric phrases such as “Occupy Reality.”

County wrestles with 2012 budget blues

  • Oct 25, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Oct 27, 2011 at 1:55PM

Six positions were eliminated in July to offset a fall in projected revenue, and three more jobs could be cut as county officials prepare for a 22 percent increase in healthcare costs beginning next year.

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