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- Jul 22, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:37PM
Assessor Charles Zalmanek said that a 12-month extension should provide enough time for the department to appraise all of the county's new construction, re-value one-third of the county's property and to get back on its 3-year cycle of on-site appraisals by 2011.
- Jul 22, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 5:35PM
If approved, revenue generated by a second quarter-percent real-estate excise tax would be dedicated exclusively for parks, roads, sewer and stormwater projects
- Jul 22, 2009 at 5:26PM
Hot Box clinched the Island Rec B League softball title with a 12-8 victory over the Sea Sluggers July 15. Hot Box (6-1), formerly known as Rocky Bay, grabbed a two-game lead at the top of the league with the victory and one game remaining in the season.
- Jul 22, 2009 at 5:21PM
It all came together last week for San Juan Island’s Darren Black. The 29-year-old pro at San Juan Golf & Country Club shot an even 200 at the Rosauers Open Invitational to claim a share of a three-way tie for sixth place at the three-day tournament at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.
- Jul 21, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:25PM
Common Sense Alliance is hosting a public meeting on the Critical Areas Ordinance July 28, 5 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gymnasium. Common Sense Alliance includes business owners, property rights organizations, real estate agents, members of the building industry, and other local residents concerned about how proposed changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance will impact their property. The forum is entitled, "The San Juan County Critical Areas Ordinance and The Future Use of Our Land."
- Jul 21, 2009 at 2:25PM
Logically and relative to the daily deluge of toxins that are dumped into our waters, what percentage is being contributed from the newer homes built to current codes? Is a new house the problem?
- Jul 21, 2009 at 1:18PM
State Sen. Kevin Ranker is resting at home this week after being hospitalized for a transient ischemic attack. Ranker, 39, was flown off-island to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham Saturday morning. He was released Sunday.
- Jul 21, 2009 at 9:31AM
As I travel around the island this summer, I have time to think of jobs to be had or maybe some work that I could get.
- Jul 21, 2009 at 9:24AM
Imagine a pack of Harleys chasing after a pack of endangered wolves 12 or more hours a day, every day. That, in essence, is what the whale-watching boats are doing to the Southern residents. As someone who once served as a National Park Service ranger, it is deeply disturbing to see so many people who claim to want to protect the orcas do something that specifically causes them harm.
- Jul 20, 2009 at 1:44PM
Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009. She was surrounded by her loving family.
- Jul 20, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:00PM
Born in Friday Harbor, Wash., Feb. 29 to Gladys (nee Guard) and Raymond Madden. Kathryn's birth was followed by sister Florence Prentiss (now deceased), brother James Madden (now deceased) and sister Molly Madden of Friday Harbor.
- Jul 20, 2009 at 1:45PM
A memorial service will be held for David Werling on Wednesday, July 22 at 4 p.m. at the Roche Harbor Pavilion.
- Jul 20, 2009 at 1:46PM
Ronald Wayne Workman passed away in his home July 12, 2009. He was 75. He was born and raised in Friday Harbor, Wash., and served his life as an islander building fences and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
- Jul 17, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 20, 2009 at 12:43PM
The San Juan Island Community Foundation presented about $50,200 in grants to address what more than 300 volunteers have identified as critical needs in the community. The event was held at the San Juan Community Theatre's Steele Garden.
- Jul 16, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Jul 20, 2009 at 11:25AM
Dr. Denise King, for four years the director of Skagit Valley College San Juan Center, is leaving in August to become dean of arts and humanities at St. Charles Community College in Missouri. King made her resignation public last week in an e-mail sent to more than 113 people.
- Jul 14, 2009 at 2:00PM updated Jul 19, 2009 at 8:09PM
Jonathan Trigueiro of Friday Harbor married Kelsey Mead of Mukliteo on July 12, 2009 at the home of the bride's parents, Timothy and Allison Mead in Mukilteo. Jonathan graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1996 where he was ASB president. He is the nephew of Sandra Hawley and Bob Tauscher, “Uncle Bob.”
- Jul 17, 2009 at 5:10PM
Orca Relief Citizens Alliance says more protests are to come, after initial July 11 on-the-water protest of commercial whale-watching vessels. The protest began a few miles off San Juan Island’s west side. The group included Isla Cropper, Suzanne Franklin, Adrian Kilpatrick, Peter Kilpatrick, Rowan North, and boat skipper Henry Wendt, past CEO of SmithKlineBeacham.
- Jul 17, 2009 at 2:00PM updated at 4:46PM
It’s a “Hard Days Night” of classic rock at the San Juan Community Theatre, tonight at 8, when Abbey Road Live! performs on the Whittier stage.
- Jul 17, 2009 at 2:26PM
State law and the state Supreme Court indicate meetings and records of PeaceHealth’s governing board, to be appointed to oversee operations of the proposed hospital on San Juan Island, must be open to the public. Openness is a good thing. And we are encouraged by Jim Barnhart’s comments; he is CEO of PeaceHealth’s Suislaw Region in Oregon and has been appointed by PeaceHealth to lead the planning and development of the proposed hospital here. He said of open public meetings and public records requirements: “We, of course, would abide by any requirements that exist.”
- Jul 17, 2009 at 2:19PM
There’s a little something for everyone at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Splash of Summer Color Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend features two popular events: the San Juan Island Lavender Festival and the Summer Arts Fair.
- Jul 16, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Jul 17, 2009 at 8:45AM
Steve Duzan of Friday Harbor made a hole-in-one at Pacific Dunes Course, in Bandon, Ore., today. It's Duzan's fourth hole-in-one. He made the ace with a 9-iron on the 141-yard No. 14.
- Jul 16, 2009 at 4:40PM
The San Juan County Council has scheduled a special council session July 22 to consider putting a proposal on the November ballot that would increase the county’s property tax. State law limits annual property tax increases to 1 percent; an increase of more than 1 percent requires voter approval.
- Jul 16, 2009 at 3:39PM
The Guard family loves a picnic. And one is scheduled on Aug. 1 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the Paul Guard family on San Juan Island.
- Jul 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 16, 2009 at 11:40AM
I invite anyone who questions the current importance of the ACLU to visit the ACLU Web site at aclu.org. The ACLU has worked since 1920 in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Summarized below are but a few examples of the recent diverse activities of the ACLU.
- Jul 16, 2009 at 11:34AM
Our property is our nest, and we care about it more than government planners or people who do not own property. I model my interest in the environment by volunteering in numerous recycling efforts. The issue facing all of us is not whether to protect the environment, but how.
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