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An Afternoon Snack | Featured Photo

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 10:50AM

This featured photo by Cindy Hansen shows a barred owl on the west side of San Juan Island snacking on a snake.

San Juan's county coroner: what happens when someone dies on the islands?

  • Aug 4, 2015 at 9:37AM

Like all counties with a population less than 40,000, Gaylord is the coroner as well as the county prosecuting attorney. Since he was elected prosecuting attorney in 1994, dealing with death has become a part of his life on a weekly basis, revealing a part of the island that is not visible to the general population.

Lopez man convicted of residential burglary and assault

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Aug 3, 2015 at 2:16PM

A 46-year-old Lopez man has been found guilty of residential burglary and assault in the fourth degree.

Orcas man charged with assault with a deadly weapon

  • Jul 16, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Jul 31, 2015 at 4:47PM

Orcas Island resident Peter William Sherman, 27, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree for an incident on July 4 in Eastsound, Orcas Island. Bail was set at $10,000. Sherman is awaiting a trial set for Sept. 21.

First arthroscopy performed at PeaceHealth

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00AM

Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Krusniak performed arthroscopic surgery on July 20 to repair a patient’s rotator cuff, the first surgery of its kind performed at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor.

They may be cute, but they're still wild

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00AM

Why is it a problem to directly feed young wild animals? It is all to do with what they are learning when they are youngsters. At this juvenile stage their parents are teaching them skills that will enable them to survive on their own in the wild for the rest of their lives, and they only have a few months to do it in.

Storm drain mural highlights art and environmental issues

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 9:23AM

The sea creature glides over the pavement, its red and pink tentacles splayed out and reaching, one of its eight arms curling over the curb. An octopus on the run in Friday Harbor? Close, but not quite.

Friday Harbor Grange receives state civic award

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 10:00AM

Reorganized in 2012 after a span of 91 years, Friday Harbor Grange #225 with 15 members was selected as the overall first place winners in the 2015 Washington State Grange Community Service Contest.

Call for art to reside in Sunken Park

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 9:00AM

The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for what will become the first public art project for the Friday Harbor Arts Commission.

William (Bill) MacKinnon 1926 — 2015 | Passages

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 10:00AM

Saturday; July 18, at the San Juan Island cemetery was the scene of a commitment ceremony for William (Bill) MacKinnon, born Oct. 1, 1926, a former longtime resident of Friday Harbor who passed away on January 8th of this year in Mesa, Arizona.

Weather on Mount Grant | Letters

  • Aug 2, 2015 at 4:00PM

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to see the light show made by clouds above Mount Grant.

24-hour care needed for pets | Letters

  • Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00AM

Several months ago, a local resident submitted a letter criticizing local vets for keeping “bankers’ hours.” At the time, I thought, “That’s certainly not my experience here,” but didn’t take it any further. Now, I feel I must respond.

Say “Thank You,” at the Fair | Letters

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 10:00AM

I would like to personally thank the many people who work tirelessly, behind the scenes, to make the County Fair the huge success it is.

Climate workshop issue | Letters

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 10:00AM

There’s something creepy – and offensive – about the upcoming workshop hosted by the National Park Service called Connecting to Climate.

Lee Taylor named new deputy superintendent of Olympic National Park

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00AM

Lee Taylor, a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, has been selected to serve as Olympic National Park’s next Deputy Superintendent.

Special filing MacKaye Harbor

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 6:00PM

The San Juan County Elections Office announced a special three-day filing period July 29 at 8 a.m. through July 31 at 4:30 p.m. for three MacKaye Harbor Water District commissioner positions. The special filing period is needed because no one filed during the initial filing period last week.

Seafloor talk at the Whale Museum

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 4:05PM

Professor Gary Greene will present a talk on "the Sea Floor Around Us," about his working creating 3D images of the Salish Sea floor

Orcas man charged with identity theft and trafficking stolen property

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 4:00PM

An Orcas man has been charged with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, identity theft in the first degree and identity theft in the second degree.

Hospital commissioner hopefuls debate the issues

  • Jul 13, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Jul 28, 2015 at 3:59PM

The three candidates running for Public Hospital District Commissioner Position No. 2 answered questions from the public at a forum hosted by the San Juan Public Library on July 7.

The Byline

  • Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00AM

In our small community we may not have a brigade of fact checkers and researchers but we have something just as valuable: accountability. When we publish stories we have to answer to our editorial choices at the grocery store, at theater shows and at the farmers’ market.

Revenue forecasting and debt the real reasons for OPALCO increase | Guest Column

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00AM

A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10 percent increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase was needed because “Members have not been paying their full share” of OPALCO’s costs.

The scoop on the short ballot | Guest Column

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00AM

Voters hate white space on a ballot. Every time a short ballot goes out, we receive calls complaining about our spending money on an election for one race. Sadly, sometimes that’s just the way it is.

Feast and Famine: a tourist economy

  • Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00AM

June’s unemployment rate in San Juan County was at 4.3 percent, compared with Washington state’s 5.3 percent, according to a preliminary report by Washington State Employment Security Department’s Labor Market and Performance Branch.

Rental scarcity impacts islanders | Part II

  • Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00AM

The unemployment charts look like a heartbeat monitor keeping a pulse on the seasonal tourism economy in San Juan Islands year after year. In January, it skyrockets, and in August it plunges.

Mural ordinance passed by Town of Friday Harbor

  • Jul 28, 2015 at 9:34AM

The Town of Friday Harbor repealed an ordinance that previously placed a moratorium on murals, and instated an ordinance detailing rules and regulations for permitted murals on July 16.

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