State's first-ever dinosaur fossil unearthed on Sucia Island

Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur. - Contributed photo/courtesy of Burke Museum
  • May 22, 2015 at 10:45AM

Believed to be 80 million years old, the fossil was first sighted in mid-May 2012 near the shore of one of a number of Sucia Island marine state parks by a Burke Museum research team. And not just any park, but near one of the campsites by—get this—Sucia Island's Fossil Bay.


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Mount Grant on display in fundraiser campaign kick off

  • Today at 7:00AM

Plans for the Mount Grant nature preserve include hiking trails weaving through densely wooded forests en route to the summit, where 360-degree views span the horizon eastward to Mount Baker, north to the Canadian Gulf Islands and across the archipelago of islands as well.

Can 'PR' campaign help turn the tide for San Juans' endangered killer whales?

  • May 21, 2015 at 9:45AM

The Southern residents killer whales were listed endangered under the ESA in 2005. At that time, the population, made up of three closely related pods, J, K and L, consisted of 88 animals. Today, after a two-plus year drought of newborns more recently followed by three births, the population now numbers 80.

San Juan man gets two years probation for attempted assault

  • May 19, 2015 at 3:17PM

A 35-year-old San Juan Island man who initially faced a felony charge of second-degree assault and allegations of wielding a knife was ordered to serve two years probation after pleading guilty to a lesser offense. Should he fail to comply with a series of court orders, including undergoing a mental health evaluation, he would face 364 days in jail.

Seven to compete for three spots on hospital district board

  • May 18, 2015 at 6:58PM

With three incumbents opting to not seek reelection, the field is wide open for seven candidates in pursuit of a position on the San Juan Island public hospital district commission.

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