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Recycling fees coming for all self-haulers; money generated will help stengthen Solid Waste's bottom line

  • Dec 3, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:55PM

The days of free recycling are over. On Nov. 30, the San Juan County Council gave preliminary approval to recycling fees that would primarily target self-haul customers. If approved, those fees would go into effect beginning Jan. 1. Though prices have yet to be finalized, the council opted for fees that would function on a sliding scale, meaning the amount one pays depends on the volume of recycled materials, rather than a flat $5 fee that applies to each and every load regardless of size.

'It will continue to live': Mid-1800s officers quarters returns to American Camp

  • Dec 3, 2010 at 10:32AM

The truck eased forward, and the Adam Brown House was removed from the corner of West and First streets at about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, leaving soil there bare for the first time in 126 years. Like a person retracing her steps, after a long absence, at the place of her youth, the old house paraded down the route it likely took when it was moved to Friday Harbor: Spring Street to Argyle Avenue to Cattle Point Road to American Camp. And the building had stories to tell. Turns out, it weighs 60,000 pounds, according to Nickel Bros. House Moving. A shed addition that was demolished was relatively old, dating to the 1890s. On the First Street side, the building had been enlarged 3 feet to accommodate a smithy. Whitewash dating to the 1800s was visible under siding that covers the original board and batten.

Move of historic officers quarters draws a crowd, thrills onlookers

  • Dec 3, 2010 at 11:06AM

The move of the former Adam Brown House — now San Juan Island National Park's Historic Structure 10 — drew a crowd and thrilled onlookers Dec. 2. Here's what onlookers said.

Harris-Moore's mom: 'I told him I would send him to flight school ... but I guess he couldn't wait'

  • Dec 1, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Dec 2, 2010 at 10:11AM

An Islands' Sounder exclusive interview with Pam Kohler, Colton Harris-Moore's mother.

Brown House begins journey from Friday Harbor to American Camp Dec. 2

  • Dec 1, 2010 at 4:36PM

The Brown House, believed to be the oldest building on San Juan Island and one of the oldest in Washington state, will be moved Dec. 2, 3-7 p.m., from West and First streets to American Camp. The route, according to Nickel Bros. House Moving and the National Park Service: First Street, Court Street, Spring Street, Argyle Avenue, Cattle Point Road, Pickett's Lane, and then Redoubt Road to the American Camp parade ground. Nickel Bros. asks that islanders not park their vehicles along any of these streets during the move; your vehicle may be towed. If you have any questions, call Nickel Bros. at 378-3328.

Friday Harbor Town Council discusses tourism program funding, possible franchise rules

  • Dec 1, 2010 at 4:39PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council will vote Dec. 2, noon, on lodging tax funding for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, The Whale Museum, San Juan Historical Museum, Art Studio Tour, and Artstock. The council meets at noon and 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

'People want to get back to life': Black Friday not so bleak this year

  • Dec 1, 2010 at 3:41PM

Thanksgiving may have brought an unseasonable amount of snow, but shoppers still came out for Black Friday. Several Friday Harbor businesses said sales on the day after Thanksgiving — the kickoff to the holiday shopping season — went as well if not better than last year. “It was really great,” said Laura Norris of Griffin Bay Book Store. Norris said she has read that the nation’s financial status is starting to improve, and took the good Friday turnout as a sign that “maybe things have plateaued ... people want to get back to life.”

Shopping locally makes a difference | Editorial

  • Dec 1, 2010 at 11:57AM

Life on our islands was once described by a local writer as similar to living on a ship at sea. We are largely on our own out here in the northwesternmost county in the continental United States. With that in mind, “shop local” takes on new meaning. Money we spend here stays here. It helps pay local wages, support local public services, pay local wages, put food on local tables, pay local rents and mortgages. And it funnels through to the many non-profits by the generous donations of local businesses.

Sea Shepherd unleashes Godzilla in battle against Japanese whalers

  • Nov 30, 2010 at 4:57PM

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the San Juan Island-based organization that has long been on the front lines in the campaign against Japanese whaling, has unveiled a new weapon in its battle: A swift and ominous-looking interceptor vessel named Gojira, or Godzilla.

Man raised in Friday Harbor has one year to avoid deportation

  • Jun 16, 2008 at 10:32PM

A Friday Harbor man has been given one year to get an attorney, build his case and get a green card so he can stay in the United States. Israel Aguayo, 19, was born in Mexico but moved with his family to the U.S. when he was 6. He attended Friday Harbor High School and Griffin Bay High School and received his GED. He is married to the former Tara Melbourne of Friday Harbor and is now attending a community college in Tacoma. On May 21, 2007, Aguayo was one of 11 islanders taken into custody by the U.S. Coast Guard for possible immigration violations while returning from a construction job site on Stuart Island.

K-7, oldest of Southern resident orcas, believed dead

  • Aug 4, 2008 at 12:54PM

K-7, the oldest orca in the Southern resident pods, is believed dead. She is believed to have been 98 years old and was the matriarch of a line that extended five generations.

Killer whale calf found on Henry Island

  • Aug 4, 2008 at 1:40PM

A dead orca calf was recovered from a beach on Henry Island's Open Bay, Saturday, by the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Election: Larsen wins sixth term in U.S. House, 2nd District

  • Nov 8, 2010 at 4:30PM

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, has won a sixth term representing the 2nd Congressional District. Updated results Monday show Larsen ahead with 143,494, or 50.81 percent, to 138,010 or 49.19 percent for John Koster.

Lummi, Chippewa artists in Friday Harbor this weekend

  • Jul 15, 2008 at 12:39AM

The Lummi Arts Festival is Friday through Sunday, with events planned in three locations: The gallery on the corner of West and First streets, Dance Workshop II on Second Street, and the San Juan Historical Museum.

Thanks, La Nina ... This winter may be a whopper: Here's what you need to know to be ready

  • Nov 22, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:23AM

The National Weather Service says that during a La Niña period, which can last from one to three years, strong Pacific trade winds blow warm surface water westward, allowing cold water to rise to the surface. Cooler air disrupts jet streams; a northern jet stream loops into Alaska and Canada.

Lions Club pays tribute to Dorothy Lawson; Food Bank takes top prize in club's annual shopping spree

  • Nov 24, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:16AM

With both hands firmly clasped on the handle of a shopping cart, Rusty Argall knew exactly what she wanted. She had only four minutes, however, to execute her plan. “I know what I want. I just have to remember where everything is,” Argall said moments before making a frantic dash down the aisles at King’s Market on behalf of the Friday Harbor Food Bank, the winner of this year’s annual four-minute shopping spree sponsored by the San Juan Island Lions Club.

San Juan schools open at regularly-scheduled time Nov. 24, buses on snow routes

  • Nov 23, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:16AM

Classes will begin at regularly-scheduled times at Friday Harbor elementary, middle and high schools on Nov. 24. School buses will be on snow routes in the morning and following the end of the school day as well.

Making desserts and Thanksgiving dinner just got easier ... thanks to Friday Harbor Girl Scouts

  • Nov 23, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:13AM

Local Girl Scouts will be offering homemade pecan and pumpkin pies for sale Nov. 24 at the MarketPlace, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's official: Stephens prevails in recount in Lopez/Shaw County Council race

  • Nov 29, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 11:03AM

It’s official. Jamie Stephens prevailed in a recount Monday, winning election to the San Juan County Council from District 6 (Blakely, Decatur, Lopez and Shaw islands). In final election results posted Nov. 22, Stephens led with 877 votes to Bob Myhr’s 866. That vote was unchanged after the recount.

San Juan County to rely on inter-fund loans to help balance 2011 budget

  • Nov 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 10:41AM

At roughly $1 million, the single-largest loan, one of four approved Nov. 16 by the County Council, would erase a lingering deficit accumulated by the Solid Waste projects and utility funds over the past two years. Those two funds ended 2008 in the hole by a combined $346,000, and were $826,000 in the red by the end of 2009.

OPALCO crews brave bone-chilling conditions to restore power

  • Nov 23, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 10:35AM

With bone-chilling winds gusting up to 40 mph and temperatures plunging into the teens, Orcas Power and Light linemen worked through the night and into the pre-dawn hours Nov. 23 to track down and restore multiple power outages across the county.

Fire destroys San Juan Island home Nov. 18

  • Nov 22, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Nov 30, 2010 at 10:31AM

A San Juan Island man was left to pick up the pieces in unforgiving weather after a fast-moving fire destroyed his Miller Road home early Nov. 18. Within 24 hours after the home burned, snow began to fall and temperatures plunged. The home was one of three of similar size on Whitman Dunham’s lot in the 400 block of Miller Road.

Brickworks gets a boost on Saturday as work party draws a crowd

  • Nov 15, 2010 at 6:00PM updated Nov 29, 2010 at 6:27PM

A small army of volunteers showed up Saturday as the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild hosted a work party to prepare the former site of the Friday Harbor Brick and Tile Co., located at 150 Nichols St., for remodel and new life as the future home of a year-round farmers market and events center.

Islanders can help with wetland restoration Nov. 20 at Beaverton Valley Marsh

  • Nov 11, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Nov 29, 2010 at 6:24PM

What are those white things in Beaverton Valley Marsh? Mysterious groves of white tubes sprouted seemingly overnight at the San Juan County Land Bank’s Beaverton Marsh Preserve along Roche Harbor Road, causing neighbors and others to scratch their heads as they drove past. Was this some kind of modern art installation? Were alien beings responsible? No – this was just one step in a major wetland protection and restoration effort that the Land Bank is leading.

From the heart of the tree and the artist: Danny Stough’s artwork ‘could be healing for someone’

  • Nov 29, 2010 at 6:23PM

An artist would be hard pressed to find a creative place that is closer to nature than Danny Stough’s: At the end of an island road named for an edible mushroom, in a place with an ancient feel, amid standing cedars and cedars that have fallen and become nurse logs, a place where the soil yields surprises (like the spring that was revealed when a neighbor dug a foundation for a house).

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