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Divide surfaces over pot farms

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 10:29AM

The County Council will host two workshops on the topic of local marijuana cultivation, regulations on its impact, and a possible moratorium on future marijuana-related development permits, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26

Celebration of Life: Greg Taylor

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 10:36AM

The family invites those attending to wear purple, as it was Greg's favorite color. A benevolence fund has been established in his name at Islanders Bank.

Hughes earns association of counties 'Leadership Award'

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 12:00PM

The Orcas Island elected official was recognized for an "extraordinary effort" in forming new, collaborative partnerships with other counties during his 2014 tenure as County Council chairman.

Here's how EMS moves forward in the wake of election defeat | Letters

  • Nov 10, 2014 at 7:33PM

First, we will try to maintain essential services despite our current financial constraints. We will further scrutinize every dollar we spend. Second, in an effort to maintain essential services...

Error by assessor creates budget blues for Island Rec; high school sports at risk

  • Nov 10, 2014 at 7:24PM

Island Rec received a total of $377,192 in excess revenue because the assessor adjusted its levy rate to a mark above the maximum amount approved by voters, which escalated over three year’s time to 24 cents per $1,000 of assessed value instead of staying fixed at its 17-cent ceiling.

CenturyLink faces $2.9 million penalty for statewide 911 outage

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 10:38AM

Staff of the state UTC determined a six-hour statewide 911 system outage in April was caused by errors originating in a data center owned and managed by CenturyLink’s 911 vendor. Commission staff also determined that 5,840 attempted 911 calls from Washington state failed to properly reach emergency services during the outage.

Polly Patricia White: 1928—2014 | Passages

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 10:43AM

Polly, a fifth-generation islander, was an avid reader, often devouring a book in a day with her cat, Chloe, on her lap. She also enjoyed politics and a lively debate about current issues.

Second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival deemed 'dam-tastic'

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 11:42AM

The Audience Choice Award went to “Return of the River,” a documentary about the many forces behind the dismantling of the Elwha Dam, taken down with the hope of restoring the river’s once prolific salmon runs. The film also received the “People’s Choice” award.

Folk songstress hits the stage at SJCT

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 11:49AM

Ruth Moody returns with The Ruth Moody Band to SJCT’s Whittier stage Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Moody is also hosting a free, one-hour harmony singing and musician workshop in the Whittier at 5 p.m.

Rash of auto break-ins on Orcas prompt reminder about precaution

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 11:26AM

Backpacks and purses left in plain sight appear to be the common denominator for a rash of automobile break-ins over the Thanksgiving holiday on Orcas Island, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Hoop season? It's here; FH to host 'Tip-off Classic'

  • Dec 4, 2014 at 5:04PM

Competition in the two-day tournament gets under way Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., in Turnbull Gym. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday; the boys are scheduled to tip-off at 7:15 p.m.

Medical center to host free health fair

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 9:46AM

The health fair features free flu shots, a nutrition station, healthy drinks and snacks, “Talk with a Doctor” information sessions, with Q&A forum, cancer center station, activities for children, giveaways and more, Saturday, Nov. 15.

School policies in need of change for kids' sake | As I See It

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 9:19AM

Drug use in and during school hours must be addressed if we are ever to meet our most fundamental ethical obligation to keep our children safe. For starters, the open campus policy for freshman must be repealed.

Journal political cartoon; Nov. 12 edition | Opinion

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 9:55AM

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and on

Through a combined effort, Western Bluebirds on the rise | Special to the Journal

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 11:19AM

A partnership of the American Bird Conservancy, Ecostudies Institute, and The San Juan Preservation Trust, the goal of the project is to reestablish and monitor a viable breeding population of Western Bluebirds through a combined program of reintroduction, population monitoring and outreach.

Meet your local firefighter: Brien Sesby, station No. 31 | Guest column

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 1:04PM

Wildland fires are slower going as a rule, while structure fires are faster burning, but Brien Sesby loves each challenge equally. He likes that firefighters go into dangerous areas when everyone else are going in the opposite direction.

Here's the game plan in wake of property tax debacle | Guest column

  • Dec 5, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 1:06PM

Island Rec and the San Juan Island School District are understandably disappointed that our county assessor and state auditor did not properly apply a unique levy law that pertains to park and recreation districts and property assessments...The question is now, how are we going to proceed?

Error by assessor? Another link in lack of accountability chain | Letters

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 7:43PM

The oops should be paid out of his retirement and not by the families of this island. Oh, but wait, there’s never any accountability for error here anyway.

Nov. 4 election results: final count—almost

  • Nov 13, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Nov 14, 2014 at 3:58PM

Final results are nearly in. Here are the numbers from the Nov. 4 election, as of Nov. 7, for contested races, San Juan Island property tax measures and local results on statewide initiatives.

Where eagles dare: to soar beyond the chains of 'ERDs' | Special to the Journal

  • Nov 13, 2014 at 11:03AM

Whether in a fog of illness or moral conflict consider: Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) mean religious belief governs care, not science.

Gone, but not forgotten

  • Nov 13, 2014 at 10:25AM

Almost 'Standing Room Only' at the Whittier Theatre, those attending had to park as far away as Spring Street on a rainy day to attend the ceremony for the late Andrew McLaglen.

Friday Harbor forms advisory board for purview over public art

  • Nov 13, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Nov 14, 2014 at 1:19PM

The commission will include at least one member of the town council, two representatives of the visual arts and one representative of the performing arts. Applications are being accepted—right away.

Winging it across valley; 'wedges' of Skagit's winter wonderland | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:01PM

Normal people like me refer to ‘flocks’ of swans, but if you are better educated, it would be a "wedge," named so because they fly in a V-pattern, like geese. That isn’t too hard to remember and may impress your girlfriend, guys (if you have one).

Of the proposed moratorium on marijuana growing facilities | Guest Column

  • Dec 6, 2014 at 7:37PM

I proposed a limited moratorium on issuing greenhouse permits in order to give the county and planning commission an opportunity to review the issues and develop a balanced policy regarding growing facilities. The same approach would have been applied to any new unregulated, large-scale business (agricultural or otherwise) that may have a significant impact on neighborhoods.

San Juan Island man struck by patrol car; outside agency to investigate

  • Nov 14, 2014 at 11:30AM

A 72-year-old San Juan Island man was reportedly knocked to the ground by a patrol car while crossing Spring Street Sunday evening, Nov. 9, at about 6:10 p.m. He was treated for minor injuries, scrapes and bruises, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesman, and released by the medical center later that evening.

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