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Weekend best bet: trash bustin' in the Great Island Cleanup

  • Apr 17, 2015 at 10:50AM

The weekend weather forecast is better than promising, it's downright sizzling. So, join in the heartiest spring cleaning event around, Saturday, April 18, and get a jump on Earth Day, too.

Sailor navigates unchartered waters in pursuit of self-sufficiency

  • Apr 17, 2015 at 10:26AM

Chris Troutner graduated from college with a degree in electrical engineering and went straight to work, but never lost touch with his original intent: to spend as much time as possible in the San Juans. In fact, it intensified.

Real estate: Dollar volume jumps 48 percent in first quarter | Guest column

  • Apr 17, 2015 at 7:00AM

Another encouraging sign is the number of transactions for land sales on San Juan increased 50 percent as compared to first quarter of 2014. Land sales will be the last property type in our market to recover.

Missing San Juan man located on mainland

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 3:50PM

Undersheriff Brent Johnson said in a press release that John Roberson was located Thursday in Anacortes and is now under the care of family.

What do farmers and power utilities have in common? More than you might think | Letters

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:57PM

OPALCO can negotiate for materials and salaries, and seek to negotiate with BPA on rates at long intervals, but neither BPA nor OPALCO can control the cost of power when OPALCO’s members’ power needs exceed the fixed-price contracted amount under the OPALCO-BPA power purchase contract. BPA’s reliance on hydropower makes it a farmer too.

When it comes to U.S. elections, Einstein may have said it best | Guest column

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:45PM

If we choose to continue to believe that doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results, then the 2016 election results are predictable.

Luverne Dawn Sorensen (Weeks): 1931—2015 | Passages

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:29PM

The Weeks family was one of the first settlers on Lopez Island. They homesteaded on land around Fisherman’s Bay, some of the property was later Luverne’s childhood home and home to the family business (Lopez Garage) which her father Lloyd opened in 1929.

Save the date: Poetry & nature combine in 'KYI Walk' series

  • Apr 16, 2015 at 1:07PM

Here's your chance to double-down in the celebration department. Join the Land Bank's Lincoln Bormann and poets Sam and Sally Green on a nature-inspired poetry walk at Lime Kiln State Park Saturday, April 25, 1-4 p.m.

Summer reservations paralyzed by bug in WSF machine

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Apr 16, 2015 at 10:54AM

The glitch affects only reservations for the summer schedule, which goes into effect June 14. Sailings that appear on the spring schedule (ending June 13) remain available. Troubleshooting and repairs are expected to take at least one week, according Lynne Griffith, WSF assistant secretary.

FH Grange to sponsor OPALCO candidate forum

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 6:07PM

Mark your calendar, jot down time. At least three of the four candidates vying for two spots on the OPALCO board of directors will attend an open forum at the American Legion in Friday Harbor, Saturday, April 11.

OPALCO incumbents draw endorsement; Island Rec, too | Letters

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 4:25PM

Without funding from Island Rec, our schools would not be able to provide the well-rounded education so essential for today’s students.

Hidden Treasure? High-prized pursuit parlayed for pets

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 4:03PM

When it came time to dream up a community service project, Mark Morang combined his two favorite pastimes and came up with one grand fundraiser. Join in the "Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt," Saturday, at Friday Harbor animal shelter.

Crippled boat rescued, fuel spill averted by rapid response

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 3:37PM

The boat's dock lines, tied to the cleats of finger-dock beside the vessel, kept the 36-foot "Sea Wolf" from dropping to floor of the cove, 40 feet below, until a crew from Vessel Assist was able to re-float it by mid-afternoon.

Suspect of hit-and-run faces arraignment Friday | Update

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Apr 15, 2015 at 11:16AM

A woman was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and North Beach Road at around 10 a.m. this morning.

Confusion has its costs; co-op can do better | Editorial

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 7:00AM

The powers that be at OPALCO say they are listening to your concerns. While there's nothing wrong that, we’ll suggest a bit more dialogue would prove beneficial for all.

Frustration looms large at power co-op candidate forum

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 3:06PM

"OPALCO bought a market competitor and is subsidizing it with the co-op," Orcas Island's Dennis King said. "You say it's a community co-op but you are driving other local internet service providers out of business."

Micro-homesteading: one woman's journey into sustainable living | Home & Garden

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 1:47PM

These days her house is parked on the northeast end of the island, amidst sprawling acres of evergreens and a waterfront view. She has several permaculture gardens planted throughout the property and even keeps chickens.

And the beat goes on: Pre, post or current heart-related patients invited to new support group

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 1:56PM

Nation wide organization Mended Hearts, a support group for people pre or post surgical heart procedures, will have it's first San Juan Islands chapter meeting April 23, 10 a.m., at the Peace Island Medical Center conference room.

Longevity comes easy when family is everything

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 12:21PM

On April 16 Doris Gilbreath will turn 97 but could be mistaken for decades younger.

Inmate in Island County jail may have died from dehydration

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Apr 14, 2015 at 8:41AM

The cause of death for a 25-year-old inmate at the Island County jail may be dehydration, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop. Corrections deputies reported finding Keaton Farris deceased in his jail cell at 12:20 a.m., April 8. "At this time, there is nothing to indicate that this could be a homicide or suicide," Bishop said today.

Jean Van Leuven: 1944—2015 | Passages

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 7:20PM

Jean and husband Bob were the founders of Western Prince Cruises, Friday Harbor's first whale-watching company. She is survived by Bob, her husband of 42 years, her brother Jack Martin, and many nieces and nephews.

Former Friday Harbor mayor LaPorte dead, at 77

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 7:15PM

The former Friday Harbor mayor (1994-97) and San Juan County Councilman (2000-03), an avid motorcycle enthusiast and champion of the once heralded San Juan Island jazz festival, died of natural causes at home, onboard his boat, the Miss East Tawas, Monday, April 6. He was 77.

Former director calls for ouster of OPALCO incumbents | Letters

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 6:46PM

Improved internet connectivity is something we all desire. My issue with the Board's pursuit of this goal is misinformation and the allocation of costs. Why should the entire electric membership (many of whom are currently economically challenged) be saddled with costs that have little or nothing to do with the function and reliability of our electric grid?

Update: Possibly 'explosive' item brought to sheriff's office identified by bomb squad

  • Apr 12, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Apr 13, 2015 at 1:21PM

A local resident seeking help in disposing of several items found in their garage, which authorities believed could be some type of explosives, prompted the closure of a four-block section of town streets by the county courthouse Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE: Clean up is complete for Island Petroleum tanker truck fuel leak

  • Apr 10, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Apr 13, 2015 at 10:29AM

Washington State Department of Ecology response personnel report the scene is stable and there is no additional pollution risk. All contaminated soil has been removed and will be transported to a treatment facility on the mainland. Clean soil will replace the contaminated soil. Soil samples have been collected to verify the findings of the clean-up.

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