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Presentation by property rights group probes excesses of 'sustainability'

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 4:37PM

Author, journalist and former European bureau chief for Life Magazine, Elizabeth Nickson will be the featured guest speaker of a presentation entitled "Surviving Sustainability in the San Juans," sponsored by Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, Saturday, Oct. 12.

Blame game over shutdown prompts partisan calls for campaign cash

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 6:16PM

Nothing feeds a politician’s campaign coffers quite like a good partisan fight. So it’s no surprise Democratic and Republican members of Congress across the country and here in Washington seized on Monday’s showdown then shutdown (Oct. 7) to raise campaign cash.

Whose interest does this panel serve? | Guest Column

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 6:00PM

As planning commissioners, litigants have another chance to rewrite the CAO

IOSA offers free training to help birds in event of an oil spill

  • Oct 13, 2013 at 12:19PM

Participants of the class, entitled "Search, Capture & Rescue of Oiled Birds," will learn different strategies in locating and capturing oil-laden birds, as well as stabilization techniques in the field and initial care.

OPALCO seeks to fill vacancy on board of directors

  • Oct 13, 2013 at 1:34PM

The OPALCO board is seeking to fill a vacancy for the co-op District 4 area, Shaw, Crane, Canoe and Bell islands, following the resignation of John Bogert. The term of the vacant position expired at the co-op's annual meeting in 2016.

Islanders will rally for ferry funding Feb. 18; signatures sought for online petition

  • Jan 29, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Feb 5, 2009 at 8:51AM

Residents of the San Juans and Anacortes will rally Feb. 18 in Olympia to persuade legislators to preserve ferry funding. They hope to go armed with vox populi, in the form of a petition. The petition is online at www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?plancfcp&101. To sign, CLICK HERE

Lopez man dies while snowboarding with sons at Mount Baker

  • Feb 19, 2009 at 10:05AM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 3:30PM

Lopez resident David Fisher died while snowboarding with his two sons at the Mount Baker ski area on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the early afternoon.

'Where is Tomorrow's Farmer?' filmed on San Juan Island; explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming

  • Sep 2, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Sep 10, 2009 at 11:08AM

Filmmaker Mike Hurwicz of Orcas Island has filmed a 10-minute video, "Where Is Tomorrow's Farmer?", on San Juan Island. The film includes footage of the Community Garden at Ackley's Corner, Heritage Farm, the Farmers Market, and Thirsty Goose Farm. It explores the issue of bringing younger people into sustainable farming, and features commentary from island farmers and other community members who talk of how important it is that we look at the value of this kind of work, and how important it is that the age-old knowledge of how to feed ourselves is retained and passed on.

Lopez farmer sues San Juan County over ordinance requiring vendor permits; says law is discriminatory, unconstitutional

  • Sep 16, 2009 at 3:00PM updated at 5:20PM

Lopez Island grower Gary Franco has sued San Juan County over its ordinance requiring some vendors to obtain a permit to sell in public places. Franco teamed up with the Institute for Justice — an advocate for the rights of entrepreneurs — in the suit, announced today in a press conference on the courthouse steps.

Gaylord finishes 11th in his age group in France-to-Italy mountain trail run

  • Sep 16, 2009 at 5:00PM updated Sep 18, 2009 at 9:21AM

Minutes before the 5 a.m. start, instructions are given in French. Local ultra-marathoner and county prosecutor Randy Gaylord listened intensely, but couldn't understand a word that was spoken. A few seconds before the hour, the countdown begins, in French, from 10 to one, and at the shout of "Allez!" all 800 runners, wearing headlamps, begin running in the dark and cold, as the temperatures were in the 30s and cloud deck low, similar to the Pacific Northwest. This would be a long day for all of them.

Ferry Advisory Committee chairman explains fall schedule

  • Sep 17, 2009 at 2:03PM

Ferry Advisory Committee members asked that I provide you with a letter for publication that explains the changes in the new fall schedule that is effective Sept. 27. Summer is nearly over, and the new WSF fall schedule will take effect on Sunday, Sept. 27. There are several changes that everyone needs to understand.

First of three meetings tonight on National Marine Fisheries Service's proposed no-go zone

  • Sep 24, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 2:54PM

The first of three public meetings is scheduled today on the National Marine Fisheries Service's proposal to put more distance between vessels and the Southern Resident killer whales. The meeting is tonight, 7-9 p.m., in the Pier One Main Warehouse, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Other meetings are scheduled Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m., at the Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle; Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange Hall, Friday Harbor.

Derelict fishing nets' toll: 30,000 marine birds, 110,000 fish and 2 million invertebrates a year

  • Oct 6, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 13, 2009 at 2:42PM

"Lost" gill nets are never really lost. Fishing boat operators cut loose snagged nets and get their boats free and head for port. The derelict nets remain where they were snagged — often for decades — catching and killing marine life.

Town administrator's daughter shares swine flu experience: 'This flu was tough after all'

  • Oct 13, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:38PM

Friday Harbor Town Administrator King Fitch has a daughter and grandchildren in Nashville, where the H1N1 flu virus re-emerged this fall. His 8-year-old granddaughter, Eleanor, was one of the first to become ill — and she became very ill. At Fitch's request, his daughter Stephanie Shippen, described the experience in an email to share with people who have not yet seen the effect swine flu can have on young children. Here is her description of how the disease progressed.

Woman born on ferry 30 years ago has a special guest at wedding

  • Oct 14, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:45PM

The Evergreen State pulled up to the ferry landing as Dave Jorgensen and Sonia Mattoon exchanged wedding vows on the Orcas Hotel lawn Aug. 15. It was an extra special moment for the bride, who might have considered the ferry more wedding guest than seagoing vessel. She was born on the ferry 30 years ago.

'Carmen': Opera Pacifica brings a rare opportunity, and a beautiful story, to SJCT

  • Oct 14, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Oct 15, 2009 at 5:09PM

Since Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" premiered in 1875, the comic opera and its music ("Les Toreadors," "Habanera") have become immortalized on stage and in film. Hard to infuse something unique into such a classic, particularly after so many film adaptations (the 1983 film directed by Carlos Saura was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and Beyonce Knowles starred in an MTV “hip hopera” version in 2001). And yet, Opera Pacifica's "Carmen" — Oct. 24 and 25 at the San Juan Community Theatre — will have its own unique flair.

Meet L113, the newest Southern Resident killer whale calf

  • Oct 14, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 15, 2009 at 5:06PM

A calf has been born to L pod, bumping the Southern Resident killer whale population to 86. Center for Whale Research director Ken Balcomb said today that the calf was born sometime between Sept. 20, when the pod was last seen without a new calf, and Oct. 10, when the calf was sighted off Port Townsend.

For the second time this year, Friday Harbor Animal Shelter helps animals from outside area

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 12:11PM

Leslie Byron says was been a quiet summer for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. With a marmalade cat at her ankles and Halloween pumpkins at the door, the place does exude a certain peace.

Voters approve Proposition 1, will raise money for county programs and services; Orcas voters create recreation district

  • Nov 3, 2009 at 7:00PM updated at 9:11PM

An 11th-hour reprieve stood between some of the more popular publicly-funded programs in San Juan County and the chopping block. Today, voters granted that reprieve.

Goodbye, safe and sane: San Juan County voters uphold fireworks ban

  • Nov 3, 2009 at 8:00PM updated Nov 4, 2009 at 11:53AM

Put away the fireworks, the party is over. Voters on Tuesday ratified a local ordinance approved by the County Council more than a year ago that bans the use of all types of so-called consumer fireworks, including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers.

Write-in candidate wins on Lopez Island; three votes separate two candidates for Orcas Island recreation commission

  • Nov 6, 2009 at 3:42PM

Tuesday's election was historic: Election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor. Funding of school sports through a recreation district. Creation of a recreation district on Orcas Island. There were surprises as well.

Surviving winter storms is a team effort: Weather wisdom from Department of Emergency Management

  • Nov 19, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 12:23PM

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is the need for islanders to take care of one another. Check in on your neighbor’s house when things get cold, call that older couple who you see at the Post Office to see how they’re doing, and offer to split some fire wood for the fellow recovering from knee surgery. Islanders helping islanders is an old and essential part of life here.

Mom, daughter killed in Saturna Island plane crash have San Juan ties

  • Nov 30, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 4:20PM

The sister-in-law and infant niece of a San Juan Island couple were killed Sunday when a floatplane in which they were passengers crashed after takeoff in Saturna Island's Lyall Harbour, east of Pender Island. Witnesses at the scene say the Richmond-based deHavilland Beaver floatplane took off from Saturna after picking up two of the craft's eight occupants, but soon took a nose dive into the harbor. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m.

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