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Purple Power: Pelindaba to host 13th annual Lavender Festival

  • Jul 18, 2014 at 12:56PM

Find out why lavender has a seemingly endless number of uses and applications at San Juan Island's 13th annual Lavender Festival, hosted by Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.

$300K 'challenge' grant fuels fundraising drive for more homes at Sun Rise

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 4:36PM

San Juan Community Home Trust is ready to begin to raise money to build 12 to 14 new homes. To help this effort along, a long-time local supporter of the Home Trust has offered a $300,000 Challenge Grant—the challenge being to match that amount through other donations.

SJI Community Foundation awards $152K in academic scholarships

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 5:37PM

The total amount awarded by the Community Foundation for the 2014/15 academic years includes scholarships for 2014 graduates, as well as for prior graduates of San Juan Island schools, and others qualified recipients.

Why I like Mike…Lapointe, that is, for Congress | As I See It

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jul 17, 2014 at 4:58PM

We wonder why no one in a position in authority is addressing issues that make us angry, like the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point and Navy jet noise. Now is our chance to install someone who will do something: Mike Lapointe, independent candidate for Congress.

Classic Bard 'rom-com' featured in Stage Left's 'Shakespeare Under the Stars'

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 3:55PM

Island Stage Left returns home to San Juan Island to present "Shakespeare Under the Stars," featuring the Bard's time-tested (400-plus years!) rib-tickling romantic comedy, "Twelfth Night" beginning tonight, July 17, at the Roche Harbor Resort Outdoor Stage. The curtain goes up at 8:15 p.m.

Dept. of Ecology: 'monster' within our midst | Letters

  • Jul 17, 2014 at 11:30AM

If DOE focuses on making an example of the Honeywells by making them into villains and excessively fining them, DOE will soon be emboldened to reach further down the food chain for anyone else who might gain them a buck or two, whether they are guilty or not, and regardless of intent.

County council ponders renewal of '09 levy 'lid-lift'; $1M in yearly revenue at stake

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 6:01PM

The 2009 ballot measure, known at that time as Proposition 1, guaranteed funding for programs such as public health, parks, senior services, and 4-H programs, passing by a wide margin. It included a "sunset clause" and is slated to expire in 2016 unless renewed by voters.

Wayne Allyn Thoms: Sept. 29, 1928—June 21, 2014 | Passages

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 5:41PM

He was the West Coast editor of Mechanix Illustrated, and as a pilot received all the plum aviation assignments. He flew second seat in the Marine Corps Harrier Jet, had many airplanes but his favorite was his Pressurized P-210.

Friday Harbor's only commercial laundry shutdown by fire

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 11:20AM

The blaze either destroyed or significantly damaged numerous items of equipment, parts of the Web Street building, left a large stockpile of laundry with smoke damage and, according to business owner Robert Kolowitz, could not have come at a worse time of the year.

Art, food, music, and more at Summer Arts Fair

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 11:27AM

The Summer Arts Fair is the largest and longest-running art show in the islands. Court Street will be chalk-a-block with rows of white tents, where talented artists show and sell their wares, food vendors offer a variety of delectable options; picnic on the lawn and explore fine art, pottery, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, and more.

Update: Vehicle plunges into backyard pond; man trapped inside dies

  • Jul 14, 2014 at 8:00PM updated Jul 15, 2014 at 1:09PM

Emergency responders tried without success to resuscitate an 88-year-old San Juan Island man after the vehicle that he and two others were traveling in plunged into a backyard pond Monday afternoon on the westside of San Juan Island, trapping him inside.

Dungeness larvae: key to better understanding of population?

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 11:21AM

Researchers from SeaDoc and the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in California are looking for local Dungeness crab larvae, called megalopae, to better understand population dynamics and crab fishery cycles.

Salute to the vets of our island pets | Letters

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 11:00AM

Thank you for your wonderful care of our loved pet companions. I’m sure we are joined by many in this extension of gratefulness.

Milestones on the path of island art | Letters

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 5:00PM

IMA takes a lot of satisfaction in having kept the arts program alive at the elementary school, and was gratified to receive the Community Leadership Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators for these efforts.

County Fair seeks superintendents; fine arts & photography

  • Jul 14, 2014 at 7:43PM

“This is getting to the critical point as the Fair is just four weeks away," Fair Manager Jennifer Allen said. “This would be a great opportunity for an organization or group to take over these popular exhibits.”

'Our Stories': Helping to heal wounds through art

  • Jul 14, 2014 at 10:53AM

San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services is looking for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault who would like to tell their story through art, and to feature those stories in "Survivor's Art Gallery" at this year's county fair.

San Juan hospital commission taps Taylor

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Jul 14, 2014 at 10:06AM

The commission voted without dissent June 25 to appoint Mike Taylor of Islanders Bank, vice president and senior loan officer, to fill part of the unexpired term of former commissioner Keri Talbott. That position will be up for election in November 2015.

Bulletin: Risk of wildland fire on the rise

  • Jul 14, 2014 at 8:41AM

While visitors and residents enjoy a prolonged stretch of warm, dry weather, fire officials are casting a wary eye upon an increasing risk of wildland fires.

San Juans shorelines at risk from floods? FEMA at work to let you know

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 11:58AM

As of today, San Juan County lacks specified flood elevations in FEMA flood insurance rate maps. Information collected in the upcoming shoreline field work is intended to ensure that the agency's map modeling will more accurately reflect conditions on the ground.

Cats far from kind to their neighbors... they're killers | As I See It

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 6:00AM

Feral cats and house cats together are one of the top threats to U.S. wildlife, responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds, and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals annually. That's right, billion, with a capital "B".

DeGraff granddaughter wins gold at national gymnastics competition

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 2:03PM

Twelve-year-old Ariana Deacon, granddaughter of Norm and Teresa DeGraff, finished first in the double-mini trampoline event to claim a gold medal at the USA Level 5-7 Tumbling & Trampoline National Gymnastics Competition, June 11-15, in Spokane.

Changes in store, but I’m still here | Letters

  • Jul 13, 2014 at 1:00PM

I have no plans now or in the immediate future to retire or leave the island. I remain committed to this community and to providing the best health care possible to island residents.

San Juan Island Conservation Corps... making an impact

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 10:32AM

For youth to actively engage in hands-on projects, as well as participate in community stewardship decisions that have a lasting impact on generations to come, helps build their confidence as thoughtful visionaries and participating activists, whether they're working with public lands or any position that emphasizes service learning and social and ecological improvement.

Best Bets: summer time entertainment

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 3:08PM

Here is a list of things that shouldn't be missed this summer. From Island Rec's first annual photo contest to Whale Museum’s fun-filled over-nighter.

George ‘Buster’ Flaherty: 1919—2014 | Passages

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 5:00PM

Buster graduated from Orcas High School in 1937 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served four years aboard the USS Arizona, which was later sunk at Pearl Harbor.

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