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- Jul 13, 2010 at 2:10PM
Recently, in response to my candidacy for sheriff of San Juan County, several deputies have written and published a letter of “no confidence” in me as a potential leader for law enforcement in our community. Of course, this is disappointing to me personally, but not unexpected. Since I ran against Sheriff Cumming several years ago, it has been clear that I believe we can do better than we are currently doing. With the recently demonstrated inability of our department to deal effectively with a single teen-age serial burglar, it is no longer enough to say that we can do better. We must do better.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 12:11PM
U.S. Senate candidate Paul Akers wants to meet you. The candidate and his wife, Leanne, are hosting an open house at their home in Bellingham — July 16 at 6 p.m. — and are inviting the public to attend. "There will be food, fun and an opportunity to meet Paul and ask him questions," the e-mailed invitation states.
- Jul 13, 2010 at 11:12AM
I first met Bob Myhr when donating a preservation easement on our Lopez property to the San Juan Preservation Trust. We have been friends and fellow birders since, but it is his commitment to the conservation of these islands that has motivated me to get off my duff and help him get re-elected to the County Council.
- Jul 11, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Jul 12, 2010 at 2:52PM
The Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting that Colton Harris-Moore, the serial burglary suspect, was arrested Sunday in the Bahamas and is in custody in the capital city of Nassau.
'A full solar eclipse had not occurred on Easter Island in over 1,500 years' | Lynn Danaher's Easter Island blog
- Jul 12, 2010 at 9:04AM
The day started with a drenching rain, the kind one only experiences in the tropics. The heavy rain was accompanied by very high winds, so the morning did not bode well for the eclipse. As the morning wore on, gradually the sun came out and the sky cleared except for some white puffy clouds scudding across the sky, pushed by the remaining high winds.
- Jul 12, 2010 at 8:39AM
There are more creative ways to get involved in charitable works without demeaning animals and forcing them to participate in an activity that objectifies them and finds humor in our negative and inaccurate view of pigs.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 4:28PM
The candidate with the most votes gets to kiss a pig. Say again? Yes, a real cute, pink, shy, 4-H pig. The Soroptimists' "Sweet Sixteens" Relay for Life team will sell "vote tickets" at Soroptimist tables in the coming days. See them at MarketPlace at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 10, July 16 and July 17. They will also be at King's Market at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 4:05PM
The Washington state Health Department has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in all of San Juan County’s waters due to high levels of a biotoxin which can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The Department of Health has issued a bulletin warning, “Eating shellfish contaminated by marine biotoxin can kill you.” The poison is not destroyed by cooking or freezing.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 2:12PM
This month, San Juan County residents will have the opportunity to participate in a survey that will help guide the development of the county’s updated solid waste management plan. That plan will define the type and quality of services the county’s solid waste program develops and offers in the future.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:00AM updated at 2:38PM
I was a friend of Dana's growing up, though I haven't talked to him in a long time. I met John briefly, and knew of him as Sabien. I sympathize greatly with every one affected by this tragedy (including Dana Kempton). Sabien was a really nice guy. I only met him several times but you could tell he was very kind and meant well. Dana is the same way. Unfortunately, from growing up in Friday Harbor (in the same class as Dana), I understand the reasons behind this tragedy more than most people. The drug and alcohol problem is out of control on San Juan Island. Until now, I've never been mature enough to say that myself.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 2:16PM
The San Juan Island Trails Committee is seeking volunteers and nominations for its steering committee for a one-year period starting Oct. 1. The positions to be filled are chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary, and an at-large position.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 2:14PM
The Port of Friday Harbor has contracted with Joe Buckler and Karen Lundin to provide goats to eat noxious weeds on airport property near Skagit Valley College for about one month. The goats will be kept in place with a woven electric fence, which will be moved as necessary. Outside the electric fence will be an orange guard fence to keep people and dogs away from the electric fence. Buckler will be on site most of the time to supervise the goats and answer questions.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 12:37PM
On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) presented their recommendations to the County Council for the 2011 Lodging Tax fund allocations. It was recommended by the LTAC that the San Juan County Fair Department receive $25,000. This sum is a reduction from past years’ allocation by $20,000 or 44 percent.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 6:00PM updated Jul 9, 2010 at 12:06PM
Two children and a California woman escaped a violent single-car collision Thursday on West Valley Road with only minor injuries.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 11:21AM
Soon we will have the chance once again to flex our "voting muscles" and elect those who will be guiding us in the future of our government. I don't normally get on my political soapbox, but I feel the upcoming election is important so I wanted to share my viewpoints.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 10:55AM
National Park historian Mike Vouri and folk musician Michael Cohen will take a closer look at the Irish in the antebellum U.S. Army in words and song in a program scheduled at 7 p.m., July 10, at the San Juan Island Library. The program is free. Call the library at 378-2798.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 11:03AM
National Park Service fire crews plan to conduct a prescribed fire on six acres of the American Camp prairie between July 8 and 14, weather permitting. This year’s treatment will encompass a three-acre parcel adjacent to Pickett’s Lane and another three-acre section near the Redoubt. The fire is designed to reduce the amount of organic material and eliminate non-native seeds, which enables native plants to hold their own with non-native species.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 10:12AM
I write to express my extreme dissatisfaction with the inefficient operation of our dump. We pay the highest dump rates in the state for a Public Works Department that provides the worst service in the state. There are long lines the three days the dump is open to the public, yet no lines the days the dump is open to commercial vendors.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 9:56AM
The Community Band’s participation in this year’s Fourth of July Parade could not have happened without a lot of help.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:33AM
To those speaking out against a downtown farmers market location, I’d like them to consider the following: As residents of an island, we have few buttons to push to encourage economic start-ups here. The existing farmers’ market has been just such a small business engine. Several successful town businesses began at our Saturday Markets - e.g.: Market Chef, Café Demeter, Bakery San Juan and now Pablito’s Taqueria.
- Jul 9, 2010 at 8:31AM
The sun shone for most of the time, the bands played, the dancers danced, faces were painted, eggs were tossed, sandwiches, hot dogs and pies were eaten, and by the end of the day nearly 2,000 attendees had strolled the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum for this year's Fourth of July Pig War Picnic.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:22PM
The five candidates for San Juan County Sheriff participated in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. Deputies Jeff Asher and Felix Menjivar rode in classic convertibles. Adult Probation Officer Brad Fincher and Detective Brent Johnson walked the parade route; Johnson handed out candy to children. Deputy Rob Nou waved from the back of a pickup truck.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:22PM
Candidates for San Juan County Council and state House of Representatives participated in the Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. Rich Peterson, candidate for reelection to the San Juan County Council from North San Juan, walked the parade route with his family. Laura Jo Severson, candidate for San Juan County Council from North San Juan, waved from a convertible. Donna Miller, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1, waved from a convertible driven by her son, Dan Miller Jr., a former legislative and county commission candidate.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 3:21PM
Kristine Lytton, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 1, has been endorsed by the Public School Employees of Washington (SIEU 1948) and the Washington Education Association.
- Jul 8, 2010 at 2:42PM
John Swapp, candidate for state House of Representatives, 40th District, position 2, has been endorsed by state Attorney General Rob McKenna, former state Rep. Cheryl Hymes, the San Juan County Republican Party, the Skagit County Republican Party, and the Whatcom County Republican Party.
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