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No cause for complaint over 'legitimate' lease | Letters

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 11:09AM

It is unconscionable that those who have made no investment somehow believe that they have the right to dictate a perfectly legitimate use of private property simply because they don't like it.

Appalled by Christmas Eve excess | Guest Column

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 10:34AM

The other officer held the lunging officer back with two arms on him and his head down like a blocker for the Seahawks, I repeat, held him back as if in a barroom brawl, but this officer has a weapon. I have never seen such wanton lack of training or professionalism from an armed officer.

Top Ten of 2013: No. 1; Islands felled by fiber-optic failure

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00AM

For nearly 10 days, telephone and internet services, including most cellphones, were unavailable to all - except county offices and some businesses utilizing OPALCO Island Network broadband facilities.

Top Ten of 2013: Honorable Mention; Yacht destroyed in record-setting blaze

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 6:00PM

At $5.4 million, the loss exceeds the price tag of the island’s now second-most destructive fire, the 2002 blaze that destroyed five Friday Harbor businesses and which left a quarter-block of the town smoldering in a heap of debris.

Top Ten of 2013: No. 3; Unrest rises over US Customs lease

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 5:00PM

The announcement that a lease had been signed ignited protests, meetings and petitions, a Facebook website, and letters to political leaders in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. Supporters of building's owner defended him, and people on both sides of the issue expressed support for CBP.

Top Ten of 2013: Honorable Mention; Where are the whales?

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 4:08PM

As a record-low number of sightings of Southern Resident killer whales off the west side of San Juan Island, in the waters of Haro Strait, stretched into its fourth month, even those who watch them most couldn’t help but ask: “Where are the whales?”

Top Ten of 2013: No. 4; Tug-of-war over health care

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 5:00PM

Controversy over the annual $l million in property-tax payments received by PeaceIsland from the public hospital district, when combined with the Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare, continued to ignite passion from supporters and critics in 2013, and, in part, prompted an opinion by the state attorney general regarding legal obligations of health care institutions supported by tax dollars.

State cites shoreline 'violations' at Mar Vista clearcut; Ecology issues demands

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 3:18PM

Although local code enforcement personnel are maintaining a discreet silence concerning the ongoing investigation, San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord responded to questions about the next steps in the enforcement process. “The primary objective is to obtain compliance," he said.

Personal fitness in form at ‘The Studio’

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 6:00AM updated at 2:39PM

Co-owners share more than 20 years in the wellness, fitness industry

Donald Edward Kauffman: 1920—2013 | Passages

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 7:00AM

Don and Kathy moved to the family home on San Juan Island in 1988, where they enjoyed the serenity of Mitchell Bay and the company of many special friends and neighbors. Don enjoyed woodworking and was an avid sports fisherman, hunter and gardener. He was a member of the San Juan Power Squadron for many years.

NPS draws biggest crowd ever in 2013

  • Dec 28, 2013 at 3:00PM

More than 60K satisfied visitors crossed the thresholds of the visitors centers at the San Juan National Historical Parks in 2013

Parks completes Westcott Bay acquisition

  • Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00AM

The newly protected land, primarily woodlands located along a half-mile of pristine Westcott Bay shoreline

Marion 'Marty' Percich: 1926—2013 | Passages

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 7:59PM

After raising five children and seeing to it that they all attended college, Marty and Jerrie retired in 1981, spending the majority of their time on San Juan Island, and wintering in Lake Havasu, Ariz. Marty had a real passion for dancing, as he and Jerrie often danced the night away.

Evaluators needed for FHHS student community projects

  • Dec 28, 2013 at 1:00PM

Friday Harbor High School is seeking volunteers to help evaluate projects and presentations of students in the Community Service-Learning Projects class.

Majority? Critics of US Customs move don't speak for us | Letters

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 7:52PM

As past leaders of the largest island boating organizations, one of which whose mission is boating education and safety, we have seen firsthand the important nature of the US CBP Office to our island community. The more visibility, the better!

Sale price plummets; Allen sells Allan Island for $8 million

  • Dec 28, 2013 at 10:00AM

Led by space travel entrepreneur, island purchased by investors for one-third original list price, $25M

Meredith named NPS 'Volunteer of the Century'

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 1:06PM

As a civil-war era re-enactor, there's little that Meredith doesn't know about he British Royal Marines. In fact, the Royal Marines named him an honorary member of their corps back in 1998, along with longtime re-enactor colleague Fred Henley.

Rifle-wielding Orcas Island man faces felonies for alleged, failed home invasion

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 10:06AM

Authorities say that a 25-year-old masked man armed with an assault rifle broke into an Orcas Island home late Sunday, demanding money and threatening those living there, but then fled when he was recognized.

Jim Garrett: 1948—2013 | Passages

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 5:17PM

In 1999, Jim met the love of his life, Jeanie Rouleau Burns, and they were married in 2000. In his life, he enjoyed sailing, playing pool and driving his sports car.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: Honorable mention; Leviathan rises from the deep

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 8:00AM

Measuring nearly 12 feet in length, the carcass of the female, estimated at 25-50 years of age, was nearly intact.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: No. 6; A ‘Monumental’ designation

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 6:00AM

More than 1,000 acres on dozens of the San Juan islands were designated as National Conservation Lands by President Barack Obama on March 25.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: No. 5; Level III sex offender moves to Friday Harbor

  • Dec 26, 2013 at 12:00PM

The state Department of Corrections no longer had authority to tell David Franklin Stewart where he could or could not live.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: No. 7; I-5 Skagit bridge collapse

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 5:00PM

Three people were rescued from two vehicles that plunged into the water along with the bridge.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: No. 8; OPALCO retreats, then revives broadband plan

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 12:00PM

The need for better county-wide communications became even more apparent after a week-long CenturyLink outage this fall.

Top Ten Stories of 2013: No. 9; Film Festival draws enthusiastic crowd

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 2:36PM

An ambitious undertaking, to say the least, and scheduled for mid-October as well, sometimes an iffy month, weather-wise, in the San Juans. But in the end, the first-ever Friday Harbor Film Festival: Stories from the Pacific Rim, proved a smashing success, defying skeptics and demonstrating that both visitors and islanders would turn out in big numbers to take part in a shoulder-season event that captivated their interest and imagination.

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