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- Jan 21, 2012 at 8:00AM
The Bureau of Land Management and San Juan County are developing a county-level wildland fire risk assessment.
- Jan 22, 2012 at 3:00PM
Flu activity has been low in Washington in the early part of this season, according to the Department of Health, which is why they are urging people to get vaccinated before illnesses start to mount in January through March. Be aware that it takes two weeks for vaccine to be effective.
- Jan 25, 2012 at 6:00AM updated at 3:32PM
January: a new year, new resolutions — or maybe old resolutions promised again. Even some colder temperatures to remind us that the calendar says winter. For died in the wool gardeners, January wakes up the gardening gene. Seed catalogues are in the mail.
- Jan 24, 2012 at 4:46PM
According to the Seattle Times, "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore ridiculed police and prosecutors in emails and phone calls from prison recently, undercutting his claims that he's sorry for his two-year crime spree, the U.S. attorney's office said in court documents filed Tuesday.
- Jan 25, 2012 at 1:21PM
Journal cartoonist Rob Pudim weighs in on the county's CAO.
- Jan 25, 2012 at 5:31PM
On Jan. 23, Jason Charles Bell, 32, pleaded not guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony. Bail was set at $10,000 pending trial, which is slated to begin March 19.
- Jan 26, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 8:16PM
The litigation is not intended to halt the Navy’s exercises, but asks the court to require NMFS to reassess the permits using the latest science and to order the Navy to stay out of biologically critical areas at least at certain times of the year.
- Jan 26, 2012 at 7:05PM
For properties outside the 2012 appraisal area, the county assessor's office will begin adjusting property values annually to reflect market value, beginning with 2012 assessments for the 2013 tax year.
- Jan 31, 2012 at 2:00PM updated at 5:01PM
The body of Dorothy Shayler, 38, was found on Waldron Island Jan. 28. Officials believe Shayler committed suicide, but are awaiting autopsy results. Shayler had been missing since Oct.17.
- Feb 3, 2012 at 2:38PM
An uneven load of "beauty bark" caused a dump truck to topple over and land in a ditch in the 1000 block of Orcas Road early Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and fire fighters and employees from two island towing companies teamed up to get the truck righted and back on the road.
- Feb 3, 2012 at 4:00PM updated at 6:12PM
The San Juan Islands could face a significant increase in large cargo ship traffic under a proposal to build the largest coal terminal in North America at Cherry Point, near Ferndale. Ships measuring up to three football fields in length would make over 950 passages (nearly three per day) each year, transporting tens of millions of tons of Wyoming coal to China.
- Feb 6, 2012 at 5:47PM
A House committee approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.
- Feb 7, 2012 at 12:00PM updated Feb 8, 2013 at 9:29AM
During its meeting on Orcas today, the county council voted 6-0 to reinstate $60,000 to the sheriff's department and $21,000 to the prosecuting attorney's office after a preliminary budget reduced funding to those departments.
- Feb 7, 2012 at 1:47PM
Panelists to answer you questions include North Sound Baykeeper Matt Krogh, Fred Felleman with Friends of the Earth, and Dr. Frank James.
- Feb 7, 2012 at 2:32PM
San Juan County is one of 35 Washington counties and eight neighboring Oregon counties, now eligible for small, nonfarm businesses to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Feb 11, 2012 at 8:00AM
A House committee on Monday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.
- Feb 10, 2012 at 5:00PM updated Feb 14, 2013 at 6:28PM
Charles Dalton shares a four-acre property with another islander on Orcas Island, and said his troubles started because he made a mistake when he built a barn and a shed without a permit. The issue, according to the Friends of the San Juans, is not about farming, as the video suggests, but about following the rules and getting construction permits before developing.
- Feb 14, 2012 at 12:06PM
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law the bill authorizing civil marriage for same-sex couples, SB6239, Valentine’s Day making Washington the seventh state with such a law. It may not take effect on June 7, as scheduled, however, as a referendum challenge is in the wind.
- Feb 14, 2012 at 12:56PM
Known as Victoria, L112 was a member of the southern Resident killer whales that make their seasonal home in waterways of the San Juan Islands. While the cause of L112 death has yet to be determined, its body reportedly shows signs of traumatic injuries.
- Feb 15, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 4:32PM
Elephant seals almost completely change their hair coat and the outer layers of skin once a year, usually in the spring or summer. Lopez Elephant Seal Again or LESA was way out of season, she looked disgusting and she smelled about the way she looked. Elephant seals occasionally use San Juan County beaches during molt, but most prefer the warmer climates of Mexico or California. Lolling around in the snow, I suspect she regretted her choice; those southern beaches are much more appealing.
- Feb 17, 2012 at 10:00AM
The San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas 2011 Bird Count tallied a total of 25,742 birds of 123 species with the help of 74 observers in the field.
Public meetings to discuss impact of Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy
- Feb 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 12:30PM
A series of public meetings will be held the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to discuss the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on our representative democracy.
- Feb 21, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Feb 22, 2013 at 9:55AM
At a recent public meeting of the Port of Lopez, I answered many questions about the limits on the powers of a port district to operate a solid waste handling facility. Last fall I asked the County Administrator Pete Rose that same question. On Nov. 1, I said it would be good to ask the port’s attorneys to provide an answer.
- Feb 21, 2012 at 4:19PM
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents “The Bach Family” with Harpsichordist Jan Weinhold of Lübeck, Germany and Baroque Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. at Grace Church on Lopez, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Madrona Room in Eastsound, Orcas Island and Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m. at St. David's Church on San Juan Island.
- Feb 21, 2012 at 5:49PM
Ben’s talents were not only professional; he was an avid wood turner, made his own furniture and loved new gadgets of all kinds. However, his primary love was as the exclusive chauffeur for Anne, driving her wherever she wished to go — choral practices, painting classes, church.
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