Lynn Peterson, chief of Washington State Ferries and the secretary of the state Department of Transportation, came to San Juan Island to find out the state of the ferries reservation system.
We would like to remind everyone that personal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in our beautiful county. The use of any type of personal fireworks presents a real danger of injury and fire.
Presented to the president as gifts for his daughters, the orca adoptions are intended to help raise the profile of the plight of the Southern resident killer whales and underscore how breaching four dams on the Lower Snake River is the swiftest course of action to provide the endangered population with a greater abundance of food, Chinook salmon.
Flanked by Trout Lake to the south and Lawson’s Pond to the north, Mount Grant sits in between Cady Mountain and Mount Dallas. It’s craggily summit offers expansive views in all directions, for as far as the eye can see, and it’s been a hidden favorite for hikers on clandestine excursions over the years; a series of hiking tails through the woodlands below is part of the plan.
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.
Beginning Saturday, May 23, San Juan Islands Art Museum will showcase the work of wildlife photographer extraordinaire Susan Middleton in an exhibit entitled, “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life.” The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 21, features many of the mesmerizing, provocative, almost other-worldly images contained in Middleton’s latest book by the same name.
In a decision handed down March 11, San Juan County Hearings Examiner Phil Olbrechts ruled the county lacked sufficient evidence to tie 34-year-old Richard Morgan Foley to the pile of tires discarded on the waterfront of Deadman Bay a year ago in mid-March and dismissed one of two notices of violation leveled against him.
Caitlyn Domenech swatted a solo home run to lead off the opening inning, a first-ever for the four-year veteran, and Lauren Ayers crossed home plate in the first frame as well, giving the Wolverines an early 2-0 advantage and all the offense they would need to seal both the victory at home and no less than a share of the 2015 Northwest 2B/1B League title.
While the title tune is no doubt familiar, if you think you know “9 to 5,” well, think again, because the musical, with 16 different songs, adds a new, hilarious dimension to the story as told on film.
Starting at the north side of the bluff, at Pickett’s Lane, the stretch of road that now winds along the base of Mount Finlayson will be moved 300 feet uphill from its current location. The right-of-way will pass about 150 feet below the 1.5-mile ridge trail that traverses its summit.
“We couldn’t be happier,” Island Rec Commission Chairman Bill Cumming said. “We’re very appreciative with what happened with the voters and with their support for our activities, and delighted and very happy that all our hard work and the hard work of the campaign committee paid off.”
It may well be the “make-it-up-as-you-go” nature of the annual bicycle tour hosted by Lopez Island, the Tour de Lopez, that makes this springtime event the true kick-off to the tourist season in the San Juans. It’s Saturday, April 25; get a head start on the festivities at the 2nd Annual Bite of Lopez, Friday, the day before the ride.
Three positions on the 5-person San Juan Island hospital district commission will be up for grabs in the Nov. 3 general election. Monica Harrington, a self-described former technology executive turned patient-rights advocate, has her sights set on one of those posts.
When it came time to dream up a community service project, Mark Morang combined his two favorite pastimes and came up with one grand fundraiser. Join in the “Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt,” Saturday, at Friday Harbor animal shelter.
Few seemed swayed by results of a recent “reservation-holder” survey, in which more than 75 percent of 4,248 respondents said WSF’s reservation website is “easy to use” and more than 80 percent described the terminal “check-in” system as either “good” or “excellent.”
Billed nowadays as a retreat, the weeklong annual Irish music extravaganza hosted by Roche Harbor Resort, the first week of March, might just as easily be called a revival. In either case, it remains a most hearty celebration and one that not so long ago seemed to be headed into the abyss.
Escorted out of his office two weeks ago, San Juan County’s building official remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. He contends in a “whistleblower” report filed one week prior to the dismissal that revenue from permit fees has been improperly shuffled around in the department in which he works.
With its property tax levy slated to expire at the end of the year, San Juan Island Park & Recreation District is doubling down, seeking a 21-cent levy increase for continued funding of its recreational programs and parks, and high school sports, and to offset the cost of operating the 30-acre community park on Carter Avenue.
With only four seconds remaining in regulation Falcons senior Charlie Fletcher buried a three-point shot from the corner to tie the score at 47 points apiece and send the game into overtime.
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team tumbled into a first-place tie in the league standings following a three-point loss on the road Feb. 6 at La Conner. The Wolverines will likely face a formidable and now-familiar foe, Auburn Adventist, in its post-season opener as a result.
While the height of the dome, roughly 40-feet from floor to ceiling, may be an eye-opener in itself, it’s all just part of the plan and foundation for unfettered use of the tipping floor at Sutton Road.
A year ago, the band of bustling barbershoppers fulfilled no fewer than 30 Valentine’s Day requests, singing from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, as Dan Drath of Island Chordsmen Plus recalls, all the while entertaining an audience that totaled 400 or more, if you count the legion of unwitting spectators who just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
In a unanimous decision, the town Council Feb. 5 overturned an earlier denial of a conditional-use permit as part of a negotiated settlement that will allow American Legion Post 163 to proceed with painting its weather-worn retention wall in the colors of red, white and blue, and to be executed as first conceived.
Carson Rasmussen of Fairview Investment Fund said the firm’s intent for the apartments is to “rent them” and that he and his partners have no immediate plan to alter the rent restrictions on the 26 units that have historically made them affordable for low to moderate income households.
Although change often proceeds at a glacial pace within the halls of government, islanders may expect nothing less from newly elected Sheriff Ron Krebs after handing him the election with a 64-percent margin of victory.
On the heels of five games in six days, the Mornington Breakers saved their legs for the second half and turned a 10-point deficit into a 39-34 come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of an international clash Jan. 3 in Friday Harbor.
“This ballet is all about what makes ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ so wonderful, with a good prince versus a dark lord theme. If you like Tolkien’s ‘Ring,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ or even Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ you’ll love this fantastical production.”
Four made of fiberglass, measuring 21 to 27 feet in length, respectively, proved rather routine and crumbled quickly, but even the old-hands at Deer Harbor winced a bit when it came time to gut and disassemble a 38-foot wooden Owens cabin cruiser, its former glory only faintly eclipsed by the passing of time.
Early on, Friday Harbor rode the hot hand of junior Madi Kincaid, who scored 16 of the Wolverines first 20 points, before Wood tallied eight straight in a pivotal run to end the third period, and that carried over into the fourth.
Friday Harbor picked off enough passes and parlayed those into a steady diet of break-away lay-ins to remain within striking distance, trailing 38-27, at the start of the second half. But even after draining four 3-pointers in the opening half, Overlake’s Katon Minhas had more in store from beyond the third-point arc and for the Wolverines.
The death of J-32, also known as Rhapsody, stands as the second loss for the “endangered” population in about a month, and the fourth in 2014. Equally alarming for many killer whale advocates is that the Southern residents have not had a newborn in more than two years that has survived for more than two months.
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
Twice rejected in earlier legal rulings, a lawsuit alleging San Juan County violated the state open public meetings act as part of its critical areas ordinance update will be argued before the state Supreme Court.