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Kathleen 'Kate' Kimmons: 1948—2014 | Passages

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 10:00AM

Kate had a love of the outdoors, travel, adventures and a good laugh. She had a close relationship with God, and always put others before herself. Her kindness and generosity will be missed.

New art museum 'unveiled' in Friday Harbor

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:56PM

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art opened its doors for the first time Fri., Dec. 5, with “Unveiling: the Best of the IMA’s Artist Registry” as its inaugural show.

Memorial Service: James Meredith | Passages

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:38PM

A graveside service for James Lawrence Meredith will take place at Valley Cemetery on Madden Lane, Tuesday, Dec. 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Born in 1924, Meredith died Sunday, Dec. 7, at the age of 90.

Holiday luncheon, fundraiser draws a crowd

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:20PM

In addition to the Christmas tree silent auction, and bidding on the handmade quilt, donated by Rainshadow Quilt Guild, which raised $1,000 for the volunteers' projects benefitting the medical center, attendees were treated to a performance of holiday season songs by the Island Carolers.

Contract offer rejected by county labor union

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 11:48AM

According to a county issued press release, the county will cease providing cost-of-living adjustments and benefit contributions called for in the current labor contract unless a new contract is signed. The current labor contract expires Dec. 31.

Navy visits Lopez, reopens scoping process

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 5:11PM

Inside the community center, 25 representatives for the Navy have answered those request and speak with islanders at different booths labeled public involvement, Growler operations and aircraft noise.

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.

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.

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.

Corpse of killer whale recovered; failed pregnancy likely cause of death

  • Dec 7, 2014 at 5:00PM updated at 7:32PM

The death of J-32, also known as Rhapsody, stands as the second loss for the "endangered" population in about a month, and the fourth in 2014. Equally alarming for many killer whale advocates is that the Southern residents have not had a newborn in more than two years that has survived for more than two months.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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