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Annual avian tally: for the benefit of birds, and fun for you, too

  • Nov 30, 2014 at 1:21PM

Christmas Bird Count 2014: Don't take the title too literally, because the Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Audubon Society, won't take place on Christmas Day.

Motorcycle, golf, warm weather await: undersheriff says 'so long'

  • Nov 30, 2014 at 2:45PM

Bruce Distler leaves the sheriff's department at a pivotal time. In January, Ron Krebs will replace Rob Nou as the sheriff and will appoint a new undersheriff. Distler's advice to the new team? Find balance in the leadership roles.

Fond farewell to exemplary officer | Letters

  • Dec 1, 2014 at 11:22AM

As Undersheriff, Bruce was usually my initial contact when issues arose involving the Sheriff’s Department.

Acclaimed female poets to perform at Griffin Bay Bookstore

  • Dec 1, 2014 at 12:06PM

Washington state Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, and poet Susan Rich are renown for brining the magic of poetry alive in their readings.

Big gifts come in small packages; in donations to Home Trust every bit counts

  • Dec 1, 2014 at 1:44PM

The Lutheran Church in the San Juans has donated $1,050 to the Home Trust, choosing the organization as this years recipient of charitable funds.

Next stop for lawsuit over long-gone council subcommittees? State supreme court

  • Dec 2, 2014 at 10:36AM

Twice rejected in earlier legal rulings, a lawsuit alleging San Juan County violated the state open public meetings act as part of its critical areas ordinance update will be argued before the state Supreme Court.

Unique holiday shopping at the Fairground's Flea Market; Gingerbread House Competition

  • Dec 2, 2014 at 11:20AM

The market will feature vintage items and hand-made creations.

Community comes together in contra dance

  • Dec 2, 2014 at 2:32PM

Thirty people filter in from the cold, shedding layers and lining up to tap their toes and dosey doe.

Divide surfaces over pot farms

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 10:29AM

The County Council will host two workshops on the topic of local marijuana cultivation, regulations on its impact, and a possible moratorium on future marijuana-related development permits, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26

Local singers, local musicians; good time guaranteed | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 9:44AM

While I appreciate your promotion of the two SJCT events, the Holiday Festival on December 6 and the HD streaming Nutcracker on December 22, I do wonder why you don't mention the San Juan Singers concert on December 13 and 14... local singers, local orchestral musicians, good fun.

November to remember: FH soccer makes its mark at State

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 9:00AM

In an unprecedented post-season performance, the Friday Harbor soccer program set a new milestone, as the boys squad claimed the third-place trophy and the girls team finished in fourth place in its first-ever appearance at State.

Celebration of Life: Greg Taylor

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 10:36AM

The family invites those attending to wear purple, as it was Greg's favorite color. A benevolence fund has been established in his name at Islanders Bank.

Many to thank for help with Fan-tastic carnival | Letters

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00AM

The outpouring of volunteerism was phenomenal: from the dozens of high school students from the San Juan Island Service Scholarship, the Leos and the S-Club; to members of Soroptimist International and their free face-painting booth; to parents and grandparents...

Hughes earns association of counties 'Leadership Award'

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 12:00PM

The Orcas Island elected official was recognized for an "extraordinary effort" in forming new, collaborative partnerships with other counties during his 2014 tenure as County Council chairman.

CenturyLink faces $2.9 million penalty for statewide 911 outage

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 10:38AM

Staff of the state UTC determined a six-hour statewide 911 system outage in April was caused by errors originating in a data center owned and managed by CenturyLink’s 911 vendor. Commission staff also determined that 5,840 attempted 911 calls from Washington state failed to properly reach emergency services during the outage.

Rash of auto break-ins on Orcas prompt reminder about precaution

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 11:26AM

Backpacks and purses left in plain sight appear to be the common denominator for a rash of automobile break-ins over the Thanksgiving holiday on Orcas Island, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Hoop season? It's here; FH to host 'Tip-off Classic'

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 5:04PM

Competition in the two-day tournament gets under way Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., in Turnbull Gym. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday; the boys are scheduled to tip-off at 7:15 p.m.

Here's the game plan in wake of property tax debacle | Guest column

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 1:06PM

Island Rec and the San Juan Island School District are understandably disappointed that our county assessor and state auditor did not properly apply a unique levy law that pertains to park and recreation districts and property assessments...The question is now, how are we going to proceed?

Meet your local firefighter: Brien Sesby, station No. 31 | Guest column

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 1:04PM

Wildland fires are slower going as a rule, while structure fires are faster burning, but Brien Sesby loves each challenge equally. He likes that firefighters go into dangerous areas when everyone else are going in the opposite direction.

Winging it across valley; 'wedges' of Skagit's winter wonderland | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:01PM

Normal people like me refer to ‘flocks’ of swans, but if you are better educated, it would be a "wedge," named so because they fly in a V-pattern, like geese. That isn’t too hard to remember and may impress your girlfriend, guys (if you have one).

Of the proposed moratorium on marijuana growing facilities | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:37PM

I proposed a limited moratorium on issuing greenhouse permits in order to give the county and planning commission an opportunity to review the issues and develop a balanced policy regarding growing facilities. The same approach would have been applied to any new unregulated, large-scale business (agricultural or otherwise) that may have a significant impact on neighborhoods.

FH boys fall to Overlake in Classic title bout; girls rebound to claim third

  • Dec 7, 2014 at 7:31PM

Friday Harbor picked off enough passes and parlayed those into a steady diet of break-away lay-ins to remain within striking distance, trailing 38-27, at the start of the second half. But even after draining four 3-pointers in the opening half, Overlake's Katon Minhas had more in store from beyond the third-point arc and for the Wolverines.

Museum within a museum; a bold new exhibition

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 11:21AM

Bold, intricate and creative--the Museum of History and Industry will function as a permanent exhibit, and could put the Historical Museum on the map for top things to do on San Juan.

San Juan Singers go straight to the 'heart' of Christmas

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 9:36AM

San Juan Island's Community chorus's upcoming performance, "The Heart of Christmas," is sure to warm your soul.

My grumbles with the WSF reservation system | Reporter's notebook

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:11AM

Although the new ferry reservation system doesn't affect me really at all, I decided to register for an account just for the fun of it, and to determine whether the new system will be as easy as WSF claims.

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