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Top 10 Stories of 2014, No. 4: Pot farms entangled in regulatory ‘No-man’s land’

  • Dec 29, 2014 at 10:27AM

Absence of an “industry” didn’t dissuade the County Council, prompted by complaints of pot-farm neighbors, from determining local rules on agricultural activities and greenhouse may be inadequate to guard against impacts of large-scale marijuana grow operations and that a 6-month moratorium on issuing land-use or building permits for such an enterprise might be warranted.

FH Film Festival's 'Winter Film Series' returns

  • Dec 26, 2014 at 8:35PM

First up in film series? "Following the Ninth," a story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the message in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Connected).”

New fees in effect on vehicle licensing, transactions, title transfers

  • Dec 26, 2014 at 8:29PM

Revenue generated by a $5 fee on transactions and registration renewals, and $12 fee for title transfers will be used to replace the state's fleet of 1950-era Evergreen State Class ferries.

Artistic? It's an eyesore. What were they thinking at IMA? | Letters

  • Dec 26, 2014 at 8:19PM

What was the architect thinking when he designed this jagged-edged building which looks more like a modern greenhouse than an art museum—and to build it in between a dental office and an empty medical building—good building sense!

Top 10 stories of 2015: New look at water’s edge

  • Dec 25, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Dec 26, 2014 at 8:15PM

At the height of summer 2014, the town council gave a collective thumbs up to the Port of Friday Harbor’s much-debated design of the building which one day will rise at the site that was once home to Downriggers Restaurant.

Top 10 Stories of 2014: No. 5; Would-be EMS tax hike rebuffed by voters—twice

  • Dec 26, 2014 at 8:15PM

The fall campaign proved contentious, with critics pointing to burgeoning income, expenses and salaries as evidence of an agency weighted down by discretionary spending and accusing the district of trying to create a compelling case by cherry picking numbers that had little bearing on the agency’s bottom line. In contrast, district officials maintained that rising costs, lowered insurance reimbursements and a persistent and unforeseen reduction in tax revenue, the result of a substantial drop in property values, combined to put an award-winning agency and its operations on shaky financial footing.

Top 10 stories of 2014: Grumbles grow over Growlers

  • Dec 25, 2014 at 7:00AM

A website created by San Juan County to track noise complaints drew 871 entries in the span of several months.

Top 10 stories 2014: Two teams, one stellar season

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 4:00PM

After an uneven start by both squads, the chemistry began to click for the boys and girls soccer teams as the regular season wore on

Top 10 Stories of 2014: Penalties for clearcut compound

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

The $2,000 penalty levied against Allen Engle marks the first time the county enforced a newly established “double fine” rule against a contractor for professional negligence.

Top 10 stories 2014: Clash over art strikes in the heart of town

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 7:00AM

An uphill battle is precisely what the Legion found it had on its hands when it sought permission from the Town of Friday Harbor to paint a mural on the scruffy retaining wall below the back deck of its First Street building.

Push for 'Whale Protection Zone' seeks to limit stress on endangered orcas

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 6:23PM

In addition to lack of prey and pollution, disturbance by vessels is one of the three primary threats the beleaguered population faces in its struggle to survive, according to the Fisheries Service.

Town contributes $10K to ballfields project

  • Dec 25, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Town Council in mid-December authorized a $10,000 donation to the Friday Harbor Athletic Association to cover the cost of a portion of the construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Carter Avenue.

Top 10 stories of 2014 bonus story: Long wait, much improved road

  • Dec 25, 2014 at 5:00PM

The avenue reopened in late November, with brand new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street signs, lamp posts and guard rails, and, best of all, a real smooth surface.

Back alley to center stage, blueprint for Sunshine Alley takes shape

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

The preliminary plan and list of possible improvements follow months of research and collaboration by the town, alley stakeholders, the public and the Beckwith Consulting Group.

Community figures reflect on 2014, look toward the future

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 7:00AM

The new year is a symbolic testament to the always changing, ebb and flow of life. It’s a time to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.

OPALCO: 'capital credit' checks are in the mail

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 6:00AM

A total of $727,061 in "capital credits" will be distributed in December to OPALCO members of 25 years or more. What are capital credit checks...?

Two books by island authors on the eve of Christmas

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 8:00AM

Two island authors recently have released books that focus on the islands, in two very different ways.

Let the sunshine: solar for our schools | Letters

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 10:00AM

In addition to generating solar power for the schools, the Community Solar for Our Schools project will also immerse our students in renewable energy education. The educational value of this project is perhaps even greater than the panels themselves.

Permits for pot farm rejected

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Dec 22, 2014 at 10:22AM

The ruling stands as yet another legal hurdle faced by Sweet Water Farm's Jenny Rice and brother David, owner and operator of San Juan Sun Grown.

How are we doing? Much better & still falling behind | Guest Column

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 10:11AM

The good news is that the local economy has continued to perform well this year, and as a result, county revenues have outperformed projections... The bad news is that revenues to the county’s general fund are still not keeping up with needs. In such a good year, one has to ask why.

FH wrestlers tally seven 'take downs' at home | Wrestling

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 9:47AM

Pitted against an opponent nine pounds above his normal weight, Ben Ware joined in the pin-fest, with a take-down of Burlington-Edison’s Hunter Thompson with less than one minute elapsed in the bout.

Journal political cartoon, Dec. 24 edition | Opinion

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com.

Memory lapse? True history of art museum ignored | Letters

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

I wish the board the best of luck in their new building, but only hope that they can acknowledge the “True History of their Founders“ on their website and in future press releases.

San Juans net $307K in salmon recovery funding

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 9:08AM

Friends of the San Juans was awarded $43,654 to restore a pocket beach along Orcas Island’s West Sound and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group was granted $263,616 to replace an under-sized culvert along Orcas Island's West Beach Creek, once a fresh water gateway for sea-run cutthroat trout.

James Howell: 1935—2014 | Passages

  • Dec 19, 2014 at 4:01PM

While cruising MV Topaz from his Bainbridge Island studio, Howell frequently passed San Juan Island land facing southeast that he fell in love with. On the East Coast, he owned land next to the Pollock/Krasner studios in Springs, Long Island, N.Y.

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