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Two San Juan County residents, local Green Party take ballot bar codes to state Supreme Court

  • 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.

Storm Bridgmon, Friday Harbor Sailing Club mascot, was one cool character

  • 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.

Support Relay for Life this weekend and make a difference in the battle against cancer | Editorial

  • 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.

Old-Time Fiddle Contest at the fair; fiddlers invited to compete

  • 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.

Margaret Joan Brown | Passages

  • 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.

Friday Harbor House appoints Michael O'Dell general manager

  • 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.

Council strikes down surcharge on permits for beefy homes

  • 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.

Updated: About 500 San Juan County residents are collecting unemployment checks

  • 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.

Friday Harbor postmaster kisses a pig to raise money for Relay for Life

  • 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.

If you love the San Juans, please support the Critical Areas Ordinance

  • 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.

This year's county budget nearly balanced, but more cuts are looming for 2010

  • 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.

San Juan County assessor gets a reprieve on appraisals of new construction

  • 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.

County Council lays foundation for second one-fourth of 1 percent Real Estate Excise Tax

  • 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

Hot Box clinches Island Rec B League softball title

  • 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.

San Juan's Darren Black takes sixth at Rosauers Open | Golf

  • 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.

Public meeting on Critical Areas Ordinance July 28, 5 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gym

  • 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."

Regarding the proposed changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance

  • 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?

State Sen. Ranker resting at home after transient ischemic attack

  • 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.

Entrepreneurial ideas for jobs in this tough economy

  • 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.

Wholeheartedly supports efforts of Orca Relief

  • 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.

Nancy Adkins | Passages

  • 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.

Kathryn Madden Anderson | Passages

  • 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.

David Werling | Passages

  • 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.

Ronald Wayne Workman | Passages

  • 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.

Foundation presents $50K to local programs to alleviate impacts of economic downturn

  • 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.

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