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Can tiny houses help in housing crisis?

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 1:30AM

With a burgeoning housing crisis in San Juan County the Building Advisory Council has created a tiny house subcommittee whose aim is to legalize the use of these spaces as longer term rentals. At under 400 square feet, these mini dwellings are cheaper, easier and faster to build and could help provide much needed housing to islanders and seasonal workers.

Local brother and sister win regional sailing regatta on Orcas Island

  • Apr 8, 2016 at 6:00AM

San Juan Island Youth Sailing Team members Perham and Leah Black won the Orcas Regional sailing regatta at West Sound on Saturday, March 26.

Friday Harbor to replace asbestos cement water pipes

  • Apr 9, 2016 at 1:30AM

The six miles of asbestos concrete water transmission lines carrying potable water from Trout Lake to the Town of Friday Harbor are 60 years old. The standard useful life of this technology is considered to be about 50 years.

We are done with coal | Guest column

  • Apr 9, 2016 at 1:30AM

By Bonnie Hendrickson

Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission sponsors poetry contest

  • Apr 9, 2016 at 6:00AM

Local writers are invited to submit poems inspired by the natural beauty of San Juan Island for the Sunken Park Poetry Contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The winner will read the selected poem at the unveiling of a Town of Friday Harbor mural in Sunken Park on Sunday, May 22, and the poem will be submitted to local news media for publication. The title of the mural and theme for the contest is "Witness the Beauty." This work by Kirkland, Wash. mural artist Jake Wagoner was selected by the Town of Friday Harbor Council at the recommendation of the arts commission from several proposals submitted by professional northwest mural artists.

“Litter-Free by the Sea” island cleanup

  • Apr 9, 2016 at 6:00AM

"Mark your calendars!" organizers say. "It's time for the 2016 Great Islands' Clean-Up … our annual spring-cleaning!"

Driving access at Mount Grant Preserve

  • Apr 10, 2016 at 1:30AM

Submitted by San Juan Preservation Trust

Barefoot Bandit’s mother faces cancer

  • Apr 11, 2016 at 1:42PM

Colton Harris-Moore, known as The Barefoot Bandit, is set to be released from prison into a work-release program at the end of July of this year. His mother, though, is fighting end stage lung cancer and Harris-Moore fears that he will not be released in time to see her.

12-month finding on a petition to list the island marble butterfly

  • Apr 12, 2016 at 1:30AM

Submitted by National Park Service

Ferries has made the wrong choice on food | Reporter’s notebook

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

A quiet, early morning ferry ride with a fresh blueberry muffin and a hot cup of coffee turns the trip from a necessary commute into an enjoyable, peaceful boat ride. So the ferry's attempt to make food service on the boats more consistent is a welcome plan. But their choice to go with Connecticut-based food vendor Centerplate, Inc. is a bad one.

Ferries’ food choice fuels concern

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Washington State Ferries' choice to replace all of their current, locally owned food service providers with a large, Connecticut-based company has business owner Margie Iapopo questioning the motives. Iapopo has run the Cheesecake Cafe, espresso stand and gift shop at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal for the past 12 years but will be replaced by Centerplate Corporation this June.

IMA director resigns

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The board of SJIMA has accepted the resignation of its Executive Director Ian Boyden, who plans to pursue his career as an artist and freelance curator. Boyden and his family plan to remain on San Juan Island. He will continue on as an advisor and guest curator to the museum. According to Board President Charlie Bodenstab, "Ian brought great vision and powerful programming to the museum and we wish him the best in his future endeavors." A search committee will be formed to fill the position. Until that time. For further information contact Charlie Bodenstab by email at

Don Quixote in HD Monday

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Bolshoi Ballet's panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev's critically acclaimed staging of Don Quixote, presented in HD at San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

OPALCO needs new blood | Guest column

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

by Alex MacLeod

Fragile Waters: Fine art photography exhibition

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Fragile Waters, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23, Earth Day weekend, and will run through Sept. 5, Labor Day, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Opening events on Earth Day include:

Animal Farm at SJCT April 15-17

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Spring Street International School students take us into a George Orwell classic inside San Juan Community Theatre's Gubelman Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Directed by Krista Strutz and adapted by the Shake & Stir Theatre Co., Animal Farm dramatically illustrates how greed and absolute power corrupts absolutely and, with devastating consequences, can change the course of history. Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and under the principles of 'Animalism' a better life free from human service is promised to all. Guided by a simple set of rules and an unrelenting respect for authority, it is not long until the rules that promised freedom become the chains that bind the animals once again. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Q&A with OPALCO board candidates

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:10PM

With the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative's board of commissioners election on April 30, The Sounder wanted to find out some basic information about the candidates prior to election. We asked the six candidates running for a position in either District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) or District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands) three questions. There are two positions available for District 3 and one for District 4. The candidates running for District 3 are incumbent Jim Lett, Dwight Lewis, Brian Silverstein and Lauren Stephens. Candidates for District 4 are incumbent Dr. Jerry Whitfield and Gabriel Jacobs.

The Sports Report

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 1:30AM


Don’t drive distracted

  • Apr 14, 2016 at 11:00AM

by Debbi Fincher

William Michael Thomas Zersen | Birth

  • Apr 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

William Michael Thomas Zersen was born March 30 in Anacortes. He is the second child of Todd and Jael Zersen. He was born at 11:16 a.m. at their home. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.1 inches long. The birth was attended by Midwife Cynthia Jaffee of Green Bank Birth Center and her assistant Diana Miller, also attending was the sister of Todd, Bridgetta Malquist and cousin KellyAnn Atterberry of Bloom Apothecary.

Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 1:33PM

"A Community Afloat" is the theme of this year's Opening Day Boat Parade sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Visualize a 4th of July parade, but on the water. The parade will be held Sunday, May 1 at 2:15 p.m., with boats passing by Spring Street Landing and the Port of Friday Harbor Marina.

Lovin’ the Celtic tunes | Letters

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 9:52PM

Dear San Juan Singers: Last night I really enjoyed your presentation of music from the Celtic Isles. So much talent and energy! You lifted my spirit, warmed my heart, and touched my soul. You all are a special gift to our community…Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Waiting for you next program.

Great editorial | Letters

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 9:52PM

Thanks for your editorial about the "superdelagates" needing to listen to the voters of Washington, who have voted 70 percent for Bernie Statewide, and almost 80 percent in San Juan County. I think the problem is that Hillary is primarily about "me, me, me", and getting an inauguration party for herself, like her husband had. Her self-righteous behavior is a turnoff for many people, let alone her support for wars, the ridiculously expensive Republican/compromise Insurance-based medical care system, and other policies that make her the best Republican candidate out there. I feel she should start by coming clean about the death of her law firm buddy and white house "aide," Vince Foster, whose death from multiple gunshots to the head was called a suicide, after the body was apparently dragged out of the White house to a park. (Editor's note: According to the Washington Post, "Special counsel Robert B. Fiske Jr. concluded that Foster's death in Fort Marcy Park last July was a suicide. The Fiske investigation involved four lawyers, five physicians, seven FBI agents, approximately 125 witnesses; and multiple tests." Alternative news sources and blogs have made his death a subject of conspiracy theories.)

Partisan practices? | Letters

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 9:52PM

It's unfortunate that the Sounder has plunged into partisan politics by publishing Cali Bagby's San Juan Journal article regarding Congressman Rick Larsen as an editorial. It should instead have appeared as a guest opinion.

More support for Silverstein | Letters

  • Apr 18, 2016 at 9:53PM

I was raised on Orcas; my mother (Carol Clark) and my sister and brother-in-law (Susan and John Fleischer), all of whom still live on our farm near West Sound, are OPALCO members.

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