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OPALCO incumbents draw endorsement; Island Rec, too | Letters

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 4:25PM

Without funding from Island Rec, our schools would not be able to provide the well-rounded education so essential for today’s students.

Hidden Treasure? High-prized pursuit parlayed for pets

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 4:03PM

When it came time to dream up a community service project, Mark Morang combined his two favorite pastimes and came up with one grand fundraiser. Join in the "Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt," Saturday, at Friday Harbor animal shelter.

Crippled boat rescued, fuel spill averted by rapid response

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 3:37PM

The boat's dock lines, tied to the cleats of finger-dock beside the vessel, kept the 36-foot "Sea Wolf" from dropping to floor of the cove, 40 feet below, until a crew from Vessel Assist was able to re-float it by mid-afternoon.

Suspect of hit-and-run faces arraignment Friday | Update

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Apr 15, 2015 at 11:16AM

A woman was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and North Beach Road at around 10 a.m. this morning.

Confusion has its costs; co-op can do better | Editorial

  • Apr 15, 2015 at 7:00AM

The powers that be at OPALCO say they are listening to your concerns. While there's nothing wrong that, we’ll suggest a bit more dialogue would prove beneficial for all.

Frustration looms large at power co-op candidate forum

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 3:06PM

"OPALCO bought a market competitor and is subsidizing it with the co-op," Orcas Island's Dennis King said. "You say it's a community co-op but you are driving other local internet service providers out of business."

Micro-homesteading: one woman's journey into sustainable living | Home & Garden

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 1:47PM

These days her house is parked on the northeast end of the island, amidst sprawling acres of evergreens and a waterfront view. She has several permaculture gardens planted throughout the property and even keeps chickens.

And the beat goes on: Pre, post or current heart-related patients invited to new support group

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 1:56PM

Nation wide organization Mended Hearts, a support group for people pre or post surgical heart procedures, will have it's first San Juan Islands chapter meeting April 23, 10 a.m., at the Peace Island Medical Center conference room.

Longevity comes easy when family is everything

  • Apr 14, 2015 at 12:21PM

On April 16 Doris Gilbreath will turn 97 but could be mistaken for decades younger.

Inmate in Island County jail may have died from dehydration

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 9:00AM updated Apr 14, 2015 at 8:41AM

The cause of death for a 25-year-old inmate at the Island County jail may be dehydration, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop. Corrections deputies reported finding Keaton Farris deceased in his jail cell at 12:20 a.m., April 8. "At this time, there is nothing to indicate that this could be a homicide or suicide," Bishop said today.

Jean Van Leuven: 1944—2015 | Passages

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 7:20PM

Jean and husband Bob were the founders of Western Prince Cruises, Friday Harbor's first whale-watching company. She is survived by Bob, her husband of 42 years, her brother Jack Martin, and many nieces and nephews.

Former Friday Harbor mayor LaPorte dead, at 77

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 7:15PM

The former Friday Harbor mayor (1994-97) and San Juan County Councilman (2000-03), an avid motorcycle enthusiast and champion of the once heralded San Juan Island jazz festival, died of natural causes at home, onboard his boat, the Miss East Tawas, Monday, April 6. He was 77.

Former director calls for ouster of OPALCO incumbents | Letters

  • Apr 13, 2015 at 6:46PM

Improved internet connectivity is something we all desire. My issue with the Board's pursuit of this goal is misinformation and the allocation of costs. Why should the entire electric membership (many of whom are currently economically challenged) be saddled with costs that have little or nothing to do with the function and reliability of our electric grid?

Update: Possibly 'explosive' item brought to sheriff's office identified by bomb squad

  • Apr 12, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Apr 13, 2015 at 1:21PM

A local resident seeking help in disposing of several items found in their garage, which authorities believed could be some type of explosives, prompted the closure of a four-block section of town streets by the county courthouse Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE: Clean up is complete for Island Petroleum tanker truck fuel leak

  • Apr 10, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Apr 13, 2015 at 10:29AM

Washington State Department of Ecology response personnel report the scene is stable and there is no additional pollution risk. All contaminated soil has been removed and will be transported to a treatment facility on the mainland. Clean soil will replace the contaminated soil. Soil samples have been collected to verify the findings of the clean-up.

Ruckus over reservations; islanders unleash litany of complaints

  • Apr 11, 2015 at 9:00PM updated Apr 12, 2015 at 5:23PM

Few seemed swayed by results of a recent "reservation-holder" survey, in which more than 75 percent of 4,248 respondents said WSF's reservation website is "easy to use" and more than 80 percent described the terminal "check-in" system as either "good" or "excellent."

Suspect in local identity theft case dies in Island County jail

  • Apr 12, 2015 at 2:43PM

The 25-year-old man was by himself in a so-called "safety room" at the jail when he died, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. An autopsy was expected to be performed late last week, Brown said.

Startled by the number of 'butts' on the beach | Letters

  • Apr 10, 2015 at 12:02PM

Last Saturday, Soroptimists cleaned Jackson Beach, a project that we’ve done every other month for some time now...

Sunshine Alley's rejuvenation design earns award

  • Apr 10, 2015 at 11:21AM

Commissioned by the Town of Friday Harbor, the Sunshine Alley Revitalization Plan earned a 2015 Merit Award from the Northwest Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter's design awards honor the best architectural work by architects in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

‘Dammed’ if we don’t: award-winning documentary to air, Saturday

  • Apr 10, 2015 at 9:49AM

Following the screening of "Damnation," retired Army Corps engineer Jim Waddell, an advocate of breeching the four lower Snake River dams, will give a presentation and answer questions, Saturday, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.

Key to salmon recovery? Demolition | Guest Column

  • Apr 9, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Apr 10, 2015 at 9:05AM

Breaching dams shows much promise for salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in the Olympic National Park were the largest in U.S. history. This shows that Washington state can lead the country in habitat restoration.

Get in gear for spring: learn to fix your bicycle like a pro

  • Apr 6, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Apr 9, 2015 at 3:54PM

Experienced cyclist and Island Bicycle shop owner Paul Ahart will instruct attendees how to tune-up, repair gears, and properly clean their pedal-powered fun machines. By the end of the class, your bike will be tuned, cleaned and ready to hit the island roads.

Got an invention? Then this workshop's for you

  • Apr 9, 2015 at 1:29PM

The course will cover a wide range of topics that will help inventors bring their products to market, such as: idea evaluation, intellectual property, designing and prototyping, marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and crowd-funding.

Rwanda to Spring Street: 8,000 miles from home

  • Apr 9, 2015 at 1:17PM

Since arriving in Friday Harbor, Zula and Michaella have had an array of first-time experiences, like flying on an airplane, learning to swim and riding a bicycle. In her spare time, Zula takes hip-hop classes and Michaella recently joined the San Juan Singers.

Tune in: Vouri talks about Pig War on KPLU

  • Apr 9, 2015 at 11:34AM

The Pig War crisis of 1859 will get an airing out with San Juan Island National Historical Park's historian, Mike Vouri, on KPLU Public Radio's "Sound Effect" program, scheduled 10 a.m., Saturday April 11.

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