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The word is out. And thanks to MSNBC, the Fourth of July celebrations in the San Juans are no longer flying under the radar. The cable news station recently pegged the archipelago’s festivities as being among the nation’s top 10, rivaling those of Boston, Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore.
The local lodging industry will have some ground to make up in order to tally another 12-month period of steady growth.
The San Juan County Council last week joined the Town of Friday Harbor in an agreement over how development of the town’s urban growth area will be managed.
A San Juan Island man who pummeled a couple’s cars with eggs, tossed a block of concrete through the rear window of one and repeatedly vandalized their vehicles has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.
A San Juan Island man remains in serious condition following a collision June 25 in which his motorcycle struck a deer. Gary Bowman, 46, suffered severe head injuries in the crash. He was breathing on his own but still unconscious as of early this week, according to a source close to the family.
On June 10, the County Council allocated $315,000, which the 2 percent tax is expected to generate in 2008, between eight local non-profits and two government agencies. Those allocations are based in large part on the recommendations of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which divvied up the projected total following a review of 25 funding requests.
It's taken more than two years to get here. But the process of deciding whether San Juan Island's solid-waste transfer station will stay on Sutton Road or move to a new location appears to be headed down the home stretch.
The San Juan County Land Bank is pursuing $4 million in state grants, $1.5 million of which would be a reimbursement for money spent to buy Turtleback Mountain.
To some, it signals the end of an era.
They’re probably still dousing down the hot spots over at the San Juan Golf and Country Club. Former Husky and NFL tight end Cam Cleeland and company set the course on fire for a sizzling first-place finish at the 22nd annual Wells Fargo San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. Cleeland, a familiar face at the annual charitable event, was teamed with local golfers Travis Mager, Kevin McCullough, Scott Williams and Jake Phillips in the event. They smoked the rest of the field by shooting a blistering 56 in 18 holes of golf.
Ron Zee had his hands full navigating unchartered territory for the San Juan Islands Conservation District the past two years. But with the district now on a steady course, he decided the time has come to chase down a dream. Following a two-year tenure as district manager, Zee recently handed in his resignation and on May 30 left behind the agency and the many hats he wore.
The best of intentions couldn't spare a newly-created ferries task force from an untimely demise. Citing absence of a game plan, as well as its own lack of leadership and support, the San Juan County Council last week dissolved the task force which it intended to be its eyes and ears, and its advocate, in Olympia and at the headquarters of the state ferry system in Seattle, and beyond.
It's hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are, let's say, amusing. In less than 24 hours, it gave chase to several boats — hoisting itself out of the water and onto the back of one boat — and then chased off a mother, son and family dog during the sea lion's temporary takeover of Jackson's Beach. But local biologists say there's nothing funny about the affliction that the animal is probably suffering from. If they're on target, its days could be numbered.
San Juan County could become a year-round fireworks free-zone, depending on the outcome of a public hearing and decision of the County Council June 3.
If she swings a golf club like she handles a hydroplane, the rest of the field better just get out of the way.
Back-to-back losses at the tri-district tournament brought an abrupt end to the season for the Friday Harbor softball team, May 14 at Sprinkler Fields in Tacoma.
A former Oregon man who three years ago moved to San Juan Island to help a couple remodel their home — and took off instead with thousands of dollars of their belongings — was ordered to serve a year in prison for theft and for failing to register as a sex offender.
A former Okanogan man — a familiar face in local courts — was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors, including attempted possession of an explosive device.
The Friday Harbor baseball team claimed an eighth-place finish at State and a shot at advancing into the semifinal round by dealing Connell a 4-1 defeat in the opening round of the state 1A tournament.
Mark your calendar and spin a globe.
Getting a dozen islanders to agree on anything can prove next to impossible. Perhaps even more so if they're all politicians. But that hasn’t stopped elected officials of San Juan County and the Town of Friday Harbor from joining forces and creating what could be a nearly united objection to the citizenship spot checks by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Anacortes ferry terminal.
Turns out the idea of using the Land Bank as leverage proved too hot to handle. So the San Juan County Council last week set its sights on the county's multi-million-dollar road fund instead. Road revenue, the council agreed at its May 13 meeting, will provide a line of credit that hopefully will convince state officials of the county’s commitment to fulfill its obligation to manage stormwater runoff in the Eastsound Urban Growth Area.
Impact on tourism cited as local elected officials look to Senators Cantwell and Murray, and Congressman Larsen, for help in changing inspection procedures
The Friday Harbor softball team kept its quest for a state tournament berth alive by dismantling Meridian 6-2 Saturday in the sub-district playoffs at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley.
The Friday Harbor baseball team punched its ticket to the State 1A Baseball Tournament with a 4-2 victory over Orting in the final round of the Northwest District playoffs, Saturday at Stanwood.