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Members deserve explanations, beginning perhaps with reasons for OPALCO's pending rate hike | As I See It

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 12:03PM

Among other things, perhaps the OPALCO Board of Directors could explain why it's proposing to increase the base charge for residential service by more than $10 a month, or about 35 percent...?

James L. Meredith: 1924—2014 | Passages

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 12:00PM

James Meredith could be found most summer weekends at English Camp, explaining what it would have been like to be a British soldier on San Juan Island during the Pig War, proudly wearing his red-and-blue woolen British uniform. He was very gratified last year to be honored as "Volunteer of the Century" by his fellow, equally dedicated, re-enactors and park employees.

Wolverines strike early, often in back-to-back league wins | Boys basketball

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 2:33PM

Six-foot, 6-inch junior Kyle Jangard contributed 13 points in a 63-22 win at Concrete, following up on a career-high 27 points in Friday Harbor’s 82-29 rout at home Dec. 9 over an under-sized and overmatched Shoreline Christian squad.

Many to thank for theatre’s support | Letters

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 1:48PM

Not only did it raise more than $130,000 for the Theatre in just one evening, but brought our island community together for holiday cheer, great food, entertainment, dancing and so much more!

Step one in Spring Street Landing revamp: build new seawall

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 7:00AM

Because much of the work needs to be done at seafloor level, Carlson and crew need to take advantage of low tides. This time of year the work window is most often at night.

Grange to host solstice & fair fun

  • Dec 16, 2014 at 11:34AM

Brighten the inevitably dark December evening at the Grange’s winter solstice party Sat., Dec. 20. A holiday potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dish, its recipe, and a story to share.

A win-win; how you can help a student succeed | Letters

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 7:11PM

This past calendar year students enrolled in our program have logged over 1,500 hours of volunteer service to our community. By making a donation to the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Fund, you directly support and encourage these young people to become the next generation of volunteers and leaders.

In-home altercation prompts 90-day jail term for San Juan Island man

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 6:59PM

Initially arraigned on charges of third-degree assault, a Class C felony, a 25-year-old San Juan Island man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to pay $850 in fines and fees, and to abide by restrictions of a court-imposed protection order, after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors.

Former Lopez postal employee gets four months for jewelry theft

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 6:56PM

The U.S. Postal Service terminated a 30-year-old Lopez Island woman's employment in February 2012; the keys issued to her were never returned, according to court documents.

SJCT holiday events highlighted

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 3:40PM

Get your cultural dose of cheer at the San Juan Community Theatre this month with three upcoming events sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

On the outside: looking into a culture | Reporter's notebook

  • Dec 15, 2014 at 9:38AM

Customary Mexican music rings through the streets. Wooden clogs and canes stomp and tap the blacktop. Girls twirl their skirts, ribbons blow in the wind, a spell is cast on the spectators.

Town to celebrate Blair Avenue project with ribbon-cutting ceremony

  • Dec 14, 2014 at 6:05PM

In addition to replacement of the deteriorated street surface, the project included the addition of new sidewalks, street trees and artistic tree grates, and the installation of new LED light poles with a historic appearance.

Martin wins $10K derby prize; Nelson takes 2nd place | Guest Column

  • Dec 14, 2014 at 5:38PM

The Resurrection Derby, since its inception, has been widely acknowledged as the “Best of the Best” hardcore salmon tournament in the region, attracting saltwater anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada.

Boater vanishes, hijinx at oyster farm, Thanksgiving fisticuffs lead to arrest; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 12:00PM

Nov. 27: A 44-year-old San Juan Island woman was arrested on domestic violence charges after a Thanksgiving altercation in her home.

An enchanted evening in Friday Harbor | Letters

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 7:00PM

It began with gathering for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Warm apple cider was served by the many generous volunteers. So many people joined to celebrate the holiday.

Gun rights advocates rally at state capitol; civil disobedience expected

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 7:31PM

A Camano Island carpenter is among many that plan to be at the state Capitol alongside other gun owners angered by passage of the universal-background-check measure they view as an unlawful encroachment on their Second Amendment rights.

Friday Harbor nets $500K grant in energy efficiency sweepstakes

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Town of Friday Harbor is the beneficiary of a $500,000 grant from the Washington state Department of Commerce, earmarked for "energy efficiency projects" on town-owned property.

Toxic creosote pilings removed near Blakely Island

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 1:00PM updated at 6:21PM

Since creosote pilings can continue to leach chemicals throughout their lifetimes, efforts are underway to remove unnecessary and unwanted creosote structures, including pilings and derelict docks.

Island Rec seeks volunteer coaches & refs for basketball league

  • Dec 13, 2014 at 9:00AM

This recreational league focuses on building skills and having fun.

Legion awards traditional Blue Star Banner

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 1:28PM

The custom of the Blue Star Banner began in WWI as a symbol that a family has a loved one in military service during time of wa

San Juan tops in state demolition 'turn-in' program; five dismantled in two days time

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Dec 12, 2014 at 10:29AM

Four made of fiberglass, measuring 21 to 27 feet in length, respectively, proved rather routine and crumbled quickly, but even the old-hands at Deer Harbor winced a bit when it came time to gut and disassemble a 38-foot wooden Owens cabin cruiser, its former glory only faintly eclipsed by the passing of time.

No patience with poachers at San Juan's south end | Letters

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 8:00AM

We intercepted the guys at their vehicle parked at the gated south entrance on Cattle Point Road. They fled the scene, but we were able to give the Sheriff's Department an accurate vehicle description and part of the license plate number.

Of water, wells and San Juan real estate | Guest Column

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 1:07PM

When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone.

Where are they now? Itsy-bitsy to tuxedo, Oliver at Thanksgiving

  • Dec 11, 2014 at 12:41PM

Six-month-old Oliver Thomas Greenwood is the son of Lynnwood’s Donald and Samantha Greenwood, the couple’s first child, and a descendent of Lopez Island’s Greenwood family. He is the great great-grandson of John Henry Greenwood, who homesteaded on Lopez during the frontier era.

Winter sport preview: Built for battle in the paint, speed on the wings | Boys basketball

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 11:00AM

Sure, every team likes its chances at the start of a new season. Friday Harbor is no different in that regard. But having a bounty of proven assets to wield would appear to make a healthy dose of optimism for the prospects ahead something more than a simple inclination for pre-season wishful thinking.

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