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County sued over alleged over-billing, misuse of building fees

  • Mar 13, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 2:18PM

Initiated March 9 in San Juan County Superior Court, the lawsuit contends the Community Development and Planning Department collected fees in excess of what is allowed under state law and that applicants that paid those fees are entitled to a collective refund of no less than $1.2 million.

Gates? Hmm... nope, name dosen't ring a bell | Letters

  • Mar 13, 2015 at 12:29PM

Who in the world is Mimi Gates, and why should I care if she is amused?

Turn of the 'page'; FH middle schooler on call in Olympia

  • Mar 13, 2015 at 12:14PM

During the week, pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to "page school," where they create legislation of their own in a mock committee setting.

Status of salmon recovery? ‘Heartening…but long way to go’

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 10:59AM

The newly released state of salmon in watersheds executive summary reveals an uptick in nearly 50 percent of state’s 15 ESA-listed salmon runs.

United they stand: FH Soroptmists celebrate 2015 award winners

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 10:52AM

The achievements and aspirations of four local women were celebrated as Friday Harbor Soroptimist honored the recipients of its 2015 award-winners at the group's annual Notable Women's Luncheon, March 6, at the Mullis Center.

Roadblocks removed; Homeland Security marks mid-summer for opening of new FH headquarters

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 10:28AM

“We hope to be completely moved out of the existing office in the next 3-5 months,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Milne said of the agency's pending move of its Friday Harbor headquarters into the heart of town.

Impressive in every way; hats off to IMA | Letters

  • Mar 12, 2015 at 9:53AM

Charlie (Bodenstab) and the IMA Board have done a fabulous job of putting these beautiful and most professionally presented exhibits together of William Morris and his pupils. Clearly, this gorgeously built IMA will attract major contributions to Friday Harbor and the San Juans in the future.

Growlers go 'gear-up' to reduce noise

  • Mar 11, 2015 at 4:25PM

The gear-up planes measured about 20 decibels less than those with gear-down, which, like the way in which the Richter scale measures the force of an earthquake, equates to an exponential reduction in noise by a factor of four, Larsen said.

Support students at annual Rotary spelling bee

  • Mar 11, 2015 at 12:11PM

The tenth annual Rotary Club Spelling Bee will be held March 12, 3:30 p.m., at San Juan Community Theatre.

This land is your land | Editorial

  • Mar 11, 2015 at 12:06PM

The Land Bank is the only one of its kind in Washington state and you can bask in its uniqueness on all the ferry-served islands.

Little garden, big bounty; Master Gardeners donate harvest

  • Mar 11, 2015 at 11:13AM

Compared to some of the larger demonstration gardens maintained by Master Gardeners across Washington state, the small plot on Mullis Street may not seem like much. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to the amount of crops it yields.

Co-op held hostage by broadband extremists |Letters

  • Mar 10, 2015 at 12:33PM

It’s not a question of whether broadband is useful or good. It is both... The question is whether the broadband customer, generally those with more money, should be subsidized by the electric ratepayer

Pluck of the Irish; musical festival reborn

  • Mar 10, 2015 at 12:27PM

Billed nowadays as a retreat, the weeklong annual Irish music extravaganza hosted by Roche Harbor Resort, the first week of March, might just as easily be called a revival. In either case, it remains a most hearty celebration and one that not so long ago seemed to be headed into the abyss.

Talkin' 'bout my generation: FHHS senior joins town arts commission

  • Mar 10, 2015 at 10:55AM

High school senior Audrey Sable is the latest and final appointee of the recently established Friday Harbor Arts Commission. She will be a member of the advisory panel until leaving for college in the fall, and will assist in developing recommendations to the town council on the cultivation, acquisition, and placement of public art.

Francis Daniel ‘Frank’ Mulcahy: 1939—2015 | Passages

  • Mar 10, 2015 at 10:36AM

Frank Mulcahy was an avid hockey enthusiast and was a lifelong fan of the New York Rangers. He enjoyed travel and loved animals. He was proud of his Irish heritage and was an entertaining storyteller.

Sheriff to add extra DUI patrols on St. Paddy's Day

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 6:30PM

Following a few simple steps will ensure you get home safely. Always have a designated driver or utilize the local taxi services. Give the keys to a responsible party at the beginning of the night. Phone a friend or family member.

It’s an art ‘museum’ in name only | As I See It

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 3:59PM

My concerns involve: transparency and appropriate levels of responsibility to donors and the general public in fundraising, tax status, mission statement, strategic planning, capital campaigning, architecture that cannot support the stated mission and equality of representation for local artists.

Winter film series continues with 'Running From Crazy'

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 4:04PM

The film will screen March 17, at the Grange Hall, 7 p.m.

IMA hosts 'Art as a Voice' lecture series

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 3:54PM

Called the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass” Fritz Dreisbach is one of America’s glass royalty. Join Dreisbach as he spin stories of the studio glass movement in the U.S., March 13, 7 p.m., at San Juan Community Theatre.

Once-elusive convict gets six-year prison term; additional penalties may follow

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 10:11AM

Convicted by a jury of two assault-related felonies in late October, an Orcas Island man failed to show up at a subsequent sentencing hearing.

Oversight makes for lively laugh | Letters

  • Mar 9, 2015 at 10:30AM

Certainly this department needs more "unprofessionalism" rather than more professionalism, so it is good to know that there have been complaints. Thanks for the laugh.

Award-winning SJI Library preps for software switchover

  • Mar 6, 2015 at 6:43PM

The San Juan Island Library is this year's recipient of the EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award from the Public Library Association, an affiliate of the American Library Association, which recognizes a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community.

History Corner: through the eyes of San Juans' first naturalist

  • Mar 6, 2015 at 4:22PM

C.B.R. Kennerly’s notes provide a window to island ecology before it was transformed by a century of Euro-American farming, logging, sheep and roads. He saw elk on Orcas, wolves on Lopez and San Juan, and visited an “oak prairie” on central San Juan Island where relic trees can be seen today.

McGilvery earns U.S. Navy achievement award

  • Mar 6, 2015 at 3:16PM

McGilvery, 25, was presented with the award Oct. 1 for professional achievement as assistant work center supervisor in the reactor electrical division and reactor department of the U.S.S. Nimitz in September.

'Monumental' opportunity | Editorial

  • Mar 6, 2015 at 10:42AM

The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a 30-day scoping period on the monument’s resource management plan, and not only are you invited, but the BLM encourages you to offer up your thoughts at the public scoping meetings.

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