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Help find Mary Hammond's dog, Coco

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 9:14AM

Mary Hammond's dog, Coco, is missing. He is a 13-year-old Husky mix, black with gray face. He's very friendly and has tags on his collar.

San Juan Islands awarded $341,000 for salmon restoration work

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:59AM

State funds four projects, including removal of wood-chip waste from beaches at Thatcher Bay

Santa Claus is coming to town. And you can track him

  • Dec 24, 2008 at 8:27AM

It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

'County News' page premieres on San Juan County Web site

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:49PM

A redesigned County News page went into service this week on San Juan County's Web site, www.sanjuanco.com/news. The former news page was more oriented to print news releases and offered documents in PDF file format.

County plows, sanders will be working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:46PM

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, snow, freezes and thaws through Christmas night, adding to already hazardous conditions on county roads

20 selected for Leadership San Juan Islands Class of 2009

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:24PM

Leadership San Juan Islands has selected 20 diverse individuals from the community for the 2009 class

County Public Works, Town of Friday Harbor sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 3:00PM

The San Juan County Public Works Department and Town of Friday Harbor are sponsoring a free Christmas Tree collection program this year. Trees will be chipped for mulch and not sent to a landfill. Help reduce the volume of holiday trash by bringing your clean, undecorated natural trees (no flocked or artificial trees) to your island's solid waste facility between Dec. 26 and Jan. 11 during regular open hours.

Fincher elected chairman of San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 1:39PM

Brad Fincher was elected chairman of the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition Dec. 19. Fincher is probation officer at the San Juan County Courthouse. He is also a member of the San Juan County Fair Board.

Update: Island woman loses lower right leg to crash injuries; another surgery scheduled

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:47AM

Beth Hudson, 62, of San Juan Island is recovering at Harborview Medical Center from injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. Hudson was in surgery Monday. Her right leg was amputated below the knee. Her left leg is "stabilized" and she is scheduled to have surgery on it Thursday, Sheriff Bill Cumming said. She has several broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a bruised pancreas, and broken bones in her right shoulder.

Online video helps businesses plan for, prepare and pay taxes and premiums

  • Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01AM

Washington State has launched a multi-agency streaming video that gives new and small businesses easy-to-understand basics on how to plan for, prepare and pay state business taxes and insurance premiums.

Weather Update: Friday Harbor Taxi offering free rides within town; games cancelled, hospital district commission meeting cancelled

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 10:00AM updated at 4:43PM

Friday Harbor Taxi, 298-4434, is offering free taxi service within the town limits

Latest arctic storm packs a punch on San Juan

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 4:39PM

Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”

Public Works ops manager warns of treacherous road conditions as temperature warms

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 4:16PM

San Juan County Public Works Operations Manager Russ Harvey said shortly after 2 p.m. today that the roads are getting more treacherous as the temperature is warming. “People shouldn’t think that it is a good time to get out on the road and run errands just because the sun has come out,” he said in a press release issued by the county communications office.

Revised: Woman injured in four-car collision on Portland Fair Road

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 3:57PM

A Friday Harbor woman was in surgery this morning at Harborview Medical Center for injuries she received in a four-car collision on Portland Fair Road late Sunday. The Sheriff’s Department only identified the woman as a 62-year-old San Juan Island resident.

Obituaries | Marilyn Patterson Koral

  • Aug 13, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Dec 22, 2008 at 1:46PM

Marilyn Koral was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of C.V. and Dorothy W. Patterson, and was a former resident of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Senior Center Friends & Neighbors looking for volunteers who can drive seniors

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 11:27AM

Pam Fry of the Senior Center Friends & Neighbors program e-mailed this request for help: The Senior Center Friends & Neighbors program is looking for volunteers who are able to drive in this winter weather to help some seniors

Orcas Island teen's neck broken in snowboarding accident

  • Dec 22, 2008 at 9:56AM

An Orcas High School junior broke his neck in a snowboarding accident at the Orcas Island Golf Course, Dec. 17.

More snow expected tonight, Monday on San Juan Island

  • Dec 21, 2008 at 7:36PM

Snow kept many islanders hunkered down in warm homes over the weekend, as a storm blanketed the region. The storm caused Alaska Airlines and Horizon Airlines to cancel all flights Sunday afternoon. The state Transportation Department closed I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and SR 14 through the Columbia River Gorge due to high winds, snow drifts and zero visibility.

Snow, ice keep mail from being delivered to some neighborhoods; postmaster expects all routes to be completed today

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Dec 19, 2008 at 3:29PM

You know the motto associated with U.S. postal carriers: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." But freezing temperatures and icy roads apparently can slow them.

Late start for San Juan Island schools for fifth consecutive day; weather expected to get warmer Monday

  • Dec 19, 2008 at 6:29AM

San Juan Island public school students will get to sleep in a little late today; schools will start 90 minutes later and buses will use snow routes for the fifth consecutive day. Freezing temperatures that arrived last weekend continue here today and will continue through this weekend.

County government offices stay 'on' during the storm

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 7:00AM updated at 4:28PM

A seat check on Monday and Tuesday morning found that most county employees were at their desk and offices were open for business and functioning normally despite the snow and ice, the county communications office reported Wednesday.

Town Council accepting public comment on possible Spring-Mullis street crosswalk and controlled stop

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 7:00AM updated at 4:28PM

Dec. 4, the Town Council discussed the installation of a crosswalk and controlled stop at the intersection of Spring and Mullis streets. No action was taken. The discussion took place in an effort to respond to requests made to the town to address pedestrian crossing concerns associated with the Village at the Harbour assisted-living apartments, Inter Island Medical Center, Islands Convalescent Center and Friday Harbor MarketPlace.

Tonight's Town Council meeting canceled; evening agenda items moved to noon meeting

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:28PM

The Friday Harbor Town Council's 5:30 p.m. meeting today has been canceled because of inclement weather. The council will meet at noon in the Town Hall Council Chambers; the evening's agenda items have been moved to the noon meeting.

Weather forces more cancellations: Christmas Bird Count, Mark Gardner book-signing, Island Rec meeting, indoor sports programs

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 12:00PM updated at 4:28PM

The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count has been rescheduled for Jan. 3 because of weather. "Thank you to those that e-mailed me to support this change and thank you to the brave souls (only a couple) that were willing to brave the conditions," coordinator Barbara Jensen e-mailed.

Gregoire proposes elimination of Sidney run

  • Dec 18, 2008 at 3:37PM

Gov. Christine Gregoire has proposed cutting the level of service in Washington State Ferries, including eliminating the Sidney run, in an effort to close a projected $5.7 billion shortfall. The 2009-11 state budget, proposed Dec. 18, closes the shortfall through a combination of program reductions; suspension of state employee, teacher and care worker salary increases; changes in pensions; and using the state’s rainy day fund.

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