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San Juan Island man pleads no contest, faces at least five years in prison for shooting his girlfriend
- Jul 24, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 4:45PM
A San Juan Island man will face a minimum of five years in prison after pleading no contest two weeks ago to allegations that he acted recklessly when he shot his live-in girlfriend in the chest with a .40-caliber handgun. On July 13, Douglas Curnow, 36, pleaded no contest in San Juan County Superior Court to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, a Class A felony; and to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class C felony.
- Jul 22, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jul 24, 2009 at 4:42PM
History was made on San Juan Island 150 years ago. While the event is a mere footnote in world history books, it was an event of national and international importance. In 1859, American and British troops occupied San Juan Island to defend their claims to the archipelago. What ensued over the next 12 years was a peaceful occupation that proved that nations, even superpowers, can resolve conflicts without bullets or blows.
- Jul 24, 2009 at 4:41PM
Numerous islanders are descendants of American soldiers and British marines who served here during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island.
- Jul 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 4:20PM
Joan Komen passed away July 23 at her home in Roche Harbor after a courageous two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 71. A celebration of her life will be held at Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion on July 29, 2 p.m.; and at Seattle Golf Club on Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.
- Jul 24, 2009 at 4:10PM
The release parties celebrate the CD "We Rocked and Rolled / The First 25 Years With Jim Basnight: The Moberlys and Beyond." "This is a huge step," said Basnight, 52, a former stockbroker. "I moved to New York City when I was 19 to pursue music, and I've been pursuing music and supporting myself as a musician for the last 17 years."
- Jul 24, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:51PM
The San Juan County Council will hold a special budget workshop July 27, 1 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room of the Legislative Building at 55 Second St., Friday Harbor. According to the county communications office, the council will discuss the second phase of cuts to the 2009 county current fund budget, and measures necessary to create a 2010 budget that maintains an adequate working cash balance.
- Jul 14, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Jul 24, 2009 at 5:44AM
Two San Juan County residents, two Grays Harbor County residents and the San Juan County Green Party today sued Secretary of State Sam Reed and County Auditor Milene Henley, seeking to prohibit placement of unique bar code identifiers on ballots. The plaintiffs are Allan Rosato and Tim White of Orcas Island, Arthur Grunbaum and Linda Orgel of Grays Harbor County, and the San Juan County Green Party.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 3:55PM
By all accounts, Storm Bridgmon was one cool character. He was named after a brand of bowling ball, enjoyed rock climbing and exploring caves, and fished for crab on Stuart Island. He lived on a boat in Friday Harbor and, when he tired of life as a liveaboard, his grandmother bought a condo that became known as the Dog House.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:27PM
Times are tough right now. But for just a few dollars, and a little bit of your time, you can bolster cancer research and help provide services for local cancer patients. This year, Relay for Life is July 25-26, 2:30 p.m. to 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 2:27PM
Fiddlers will compete for division prizes, including $100 gift certificates from sponsor Hugo Helmer Music, in the San Juan County Fair’s first annual Old-Time Fiddle Contest.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 2:27PM
Maggie enjoyed her time working at San Juan County Bank and at various retail stores in town. She was active in her community, which she cherished. She volunteered at the Blood Bank and with the Booster Club, and was instrumental in the formation of the Purple and Gold Club in 1978. She was always an avid supporter of her children's and grandchildren's school activities.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 11:37AM
Friday Harbor House has appointed Michael O’Dell as general manager. In his new position, O’Dell will manage all employees, hotel operations and overall guest experience at the 23-room waterfront inn.
- Jul 15, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Jul 23, 2009 at 11:41AM
Bigger might not necessarily be better when it comes to the size of a home. But it won't cost any extra when you pay for a permit to build one in San Juan County. The County Council on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision and eliminated a so-called surcharge on building permits for homes of more than 3,500 square feet. That surcharge would also have applied to an addition of an existing home that bumped its size beyond that 3,500-square-foot mark.
- Jul 14, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Jul 23, 2009 at 11:40AM
News that San Juan County has the lowest jobless rate in the state may come as small comfort to the 500 or so islanders who are collecting unemployment checks. San Juan County's jobless rate was 5.4 percent in June, far better than the U.S. rate of 9.5 percent — the nation's highest in 26 years — and the state rate of 9 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department. It was also far better than in neighboring counties: Island County, 8.7 percent; Whatcom, 8.4; Skagit, 9.9; Snohomish, 10.1, King, 8.8. The worst unemployment rate was in Lewis County, where almost 13 of every 100 working-age residents is out of a job.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 10:40AM
Friday Harbor Postmaster Dan Fleming turned out to be the big winner in the "kiss-a-pig" Relay for Life fund-raiser. More than $1,700 was raised as islanders cast votes — donations of $1 — for one of five brave volunteers who volunteered to kiss a pig as part of a unique and apparently popular fund-raising event.
- Jul 23, 2009 at 10:46AM
The proposed Critical Areas Ordinance, although perhaps needing strengthening, moves us in the right direction. Property rights are relative rights and are related to the health and welfare of the broader community in all of its dimensions and with that comes responsibility.
- Jul 22, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:42PM
County Auditor Milene Henley is "reasonably optimistic" the general fund, which pays for the bulk of the county's day-to-day expenses, including payroll, will be short about $1 million in revenue from the amount the 2009 budget had been based on late last year.
- 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.
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