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Where have all the salmon gone?

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:24AM

Once tipping the scales at over 120 pounds, Chinook salmon have always been the staple of Southern resident orca whales, according to Deborah Giles, research director and projects manager for the Center of Whale Research.

Wild nature and braving it

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 27, 2016 at 9:12AM

Submitted by Steve Ulvie

We need 60 percent approval

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

I am writing to urge the 60 percent-plus approval of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy.

Frustrated by misinformation - letters

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

I'm so frustrated by the ill-informed, misinformed and wishful thinking letter writers who have been writing either: to urge us to vote no on our primary ballots in the hope we'll get a lower levy request in November; or to express the opinion that even a 50-cent levy won't be enough to save EMS; or to argue that EMS won't go away because some unknown someone will step in to keep the ambulances coming when you call 911.

San Juan County advisory board vacancies

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County's website at:

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Tucker Ave. is closed to traffic for extended periods on Thursday July 21. Local access will be interrupted.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]”

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Sports Report

  • Jun 14, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 26, 2016 at 4:18PM

As we ease into summer, attention shifts from school sports to community sports and recreation; and immediately the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club comes to mind.

EMS levy proposition

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 4:11PM

I support the San Juan EMS taxing district and its importance for emergency medical assistance in conjunction with swift hospitalization if necessary. Yes, the six-year tax revenue for the district is terminating at the end of the year unless the voting public approves a tax levy renewal. We voters have received ballot information from the proponents of the proposition that illustrates the necessity of passing a $.50 per $1,000 of assessed value tax rate. The tax rate helps the tax payer to determine what the tax burden will be for the property owner. However, what is missing in promoting the passage of the proposition is the approximate tax revenue that initially will or could be collected beginning 2017 tax year.

Celebrate farming - Editorial

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 4:11PM

The San Juan County Fair, Aug. 17 – 20, is not only a fun event, but a celebration of agriculture and islanders who are maintaining practices of the past. Why is that important? The short answer is farming makes for better communities. But a life of toiling in the soil is not always easy.

Amanda Richardson; Textile Wall Hanging​s

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

​The textile works of Amanda Richardson have earned accolades from clients worldwide. This show's subject matter is inspired by the beautiful flowers and rocky cliffs from her home in Cornwall, UK. Additionally, it is infused with remembrances of the flowers from the San Juan Islands and her recent travels to Crete and Kazakhstan

County Fair needs photo volunteers

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dear Publishers, Editors and Reporters,

Most stranded harbor seal pups cannot be rescued

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

When harbor seal pups get separated from their moms in Puget Sound waters, life can be brief. The official NOAA policy obeyed by the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network is not to interfere.

Bloodworks Northwest needs blood

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

Bloodworks Northwest issued a "code-red" appeal for donors after inventories for some blood types fell alarmingly — to just a one-day supply. Normal operating inventory is a four day supply. Blood donations this summer are down by about 25 percent. Summer is always a challenging time for blood collection. Donations are expected to fall by about 15 percent during summer — with schools and colleges on break, and donors on vacation. This year the drop-off has been much higher. The situation in the Northwest is part of a nationwide blood shortage. Help our community out this summer by giving at one of these blood drives if you are able to. Each donation makes a difference when levels are this low.

Proposed Oil Spill Response Rules are Part of an ‘All-of-the-Above Strategy’ for Community Safety

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed new rules to improve oil spill response and mitigate impacts of derailments of crude oil traveling by rail.

Farm and Habitat Improvements on False Bay Creek Preserve

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:30AM

Summer on San Juan Island isn't just beach barbecues and whale sightings; it's also the best time of year for outdoor improvement projects. From July 18 – 29, drivers on Bailer Hill Road may notice crews and machinery at work in the valley on the Land Bank's False Bay Creek Preserve, located across from the junction with False Bay Drive. This is the second and final phase of a project designed to improve water quality and stream habitat on False Bay Creek Preserve. The preserve is managed both for farming (it is currently leased for seasonal cattle grazing), and for wildlife and riparian habitat. In the first phase of the project, fencing was installed to exclude livestock from the stream zone, and hundreds of native shrubs and trees were planted along waterways with the help of volunteers from the Washington Conservation Corps and Spring Street International School students.

Republican candidate for Washington State Governor visits Friday Harbor

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 5:12PM

Washington Gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant brought his campaign to Friday Harbor on July 12. The Republican candidate spent time with four groups of islanders, including a public meet and greet and an invitation only major donor event. Bryant even hit the streets of Friday Harbor to talk to local business owners.

Notice of special port commission meeting

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:59AM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 4:00pm at 271 Front Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to conduct a Executive Session, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (c) to discuss Real Estate and (i) potential litigation.

Girls on ice, update

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:14AM

by Christelle Inema

Fall Thriller Auditions July 24

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 9:02AM

Auditions are being held Sunday, July 24 for San Juan Community Theatre's fall play that promises to ask Friday Harbor audiences: "Do you believe in ghosts?"

The Sports Report

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 1:30AM

Salmon Fishing

OPALCO lays out islands’ energy future

  • Jul 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Orcas Power and Light Cooperative board members spoke with citizens at the Grange to discuss the future of the co-op on July 12. Topics included how they are updating and maintaining the islands' electrical infrastructure to prepare for planned changes made to the northwest power grid that are meant to help reduce wasted electricity, and how homeowners can maximize personal energy resources, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 – Construction Update

  • Jul 12, 2016 at 12:07PM

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

  • Jul 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be Saturday, Aug. 6. Eligible boats and crews can participate. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates Shaw in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for dinner and an awards presentation. The race is a navigational challenge as currents, wind and projected boat speed must be considered to determine which way to 'round the island. The race is open to registered PHRF boats and cruising sailboats of all sizes and rigs, as well as multihulls and unballasted centerboards. Trophies will be awarded for the first three finishers in each class based on corrected time, adjusted for PHRF or committee-assigned ratings. More info at

Small Spills, Big Problems, Sound Solutions

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:30AM

The the biggest source of spills so far in the Sound has not been tankers and freighters, but small recreational and commercial vessels. Small spills, such as oily bilge discharge, account for 75 percent of the oil dumped into local waters over the last 10 years.

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