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Seven years in the making, "War of the Whales," a 420-page expose of the U.S. military's often secretive use of sonar and account of those, like marine biologist Ken Balcomb, who, through keen supposition and painstaking science, first connected the dots and then launched a courtroom campaign against the U.S. Navy and its perilous program, is due out July 1.
A 33-year-old San Juan Island man, accused of dumping a mass of auto tires on the shoreline of a westside preserve, faces a $1,000 fine and a $4,700 cleanup bill, and possible prosecution on criminal charges. And, that's just the start.
Road less traveled leads to degree for five Skagit Valley College graduates. Though small in number the graduating class, five in all, are “rich in background and in diversity.”
By all accounts, a new twist to a long-standing state pollution prevention program got off to a smashing success on the waterfront of Friday Harbor. Still, for Ken Norris, the launch signaled a most bittersweet goodbye.
San Juan County Sheriff’s Department ended its long-standing policy of honoring a request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that anyone taken into custody, and who is suspected of being in the country illegally, be detained for up to 48 hours, long enough for immigration enforcement agents to presumably pick them up.
For the hard-core athletic enthusiast, this year's solstice marks a turning point, as the annual San Juan Island Marathon, with a brand new course lying in wait (for the half-marathon and 10K events as well), and the Three Lakes Triathlon all come together on the weekend that's also home to the longest day of the year.
Peppered with smiles and applause, the soon-to-be graduates were greeted by a warm welcome from family, friends and well-wishers as they passed by the church pews and stepped up onto the stage. They were swarmed by an even more enthusiastic embrace on stage after tassels had been turned and caps lofted ceremoniously into the air.
From the opening “Welcome” address by ASB President Erin McCauley, to concluding speeches by class co-valedictorians Emily Guard and Libby Snow, representatives of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 2014 made it clear that high school graduation is a collective cause, and that Saturday’s commencement ceremony was as much about family, friends, supporters, mentors, employers and well-wishers, as it was about those donned that evening in the customary cap-and-gown.
Funded by a $600,000-plus federal grant and built by Burlington-based Munson Boats, the Sentinel and its arrival in Friday Harbor signal an end to a two-year bureaucratic odyssey for the Sheriff’s Department and the beginning of a new era of public safety out on the water.
A spike in strandings of harbor porpoise has biologists unsettled. A total of eight harbor porpoise carcasses were recovered from beaches on the westside of San Juan Island between May 19 and May 29.
As proposed, the dock would measure 271-feet (10 yards shy of the length of football field) accommodate up to six boats, 20-30 feet in length, and be located a stone's throw from San Juan Island's False Bay.
It would seem the sheriff's log is now a relic of a bygone era, like the Pony Express, a casualty of progress, rendered obsolete, or, in this case, dislodged and displaced by the much sought-after efficiencies of the digital age. That's a shame.
William Wallace is not among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. military men, and women, that we pay tribute to on Memorial Day, those who died in the line of duty. But just barely.
The heart-warming story of the little girl who wins over the worldly and streetwise of New York City with her sunny disposition takes center stage, as San Juan Community Theatre revives its first-ever musical production, “Annie,” as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. Admission, $20 adults, $10 students.
Hitting ninth in the batting order, senior Elliott Garl snapped a scoreless tie and sparked a third inning, 5-run score-fest with a well-placed base hit into shallow centerfield that scored freshman Kai Herko form third. The Wolverines were just getting started.
Roy Matsumoto bested the Great Depression and discrimination of his day only to find himself branded an "enemy alien" by the country of his birth, and then banished to an internment camp alongside so many other Americans of Japanese ancestry after the attack on Pearl Harbor. But at age 29, time was on his side, and Matsumoto would make the most of it.
Brenda Schmidt's 21.33-pound salmon isn't the largest Wilson Derby winner, but it proved big enough to earn her first place at the conclusion of the 10-week long fishing competition, and to land her a place in the record books as the derby's first-ever female champ.
“Silver Screen Serenades—Hollywood’s Hits” will showcase a celebrated collection of songs written specifically for movies and others popularized thanks to the silver screen.
The public health department circulated an “exposure alert” March 31 after confirming that a San Juan Island man had the measles.
Friday Harbor snapped a scoreless tie and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Cooper-West and junior Peter Holt swatted back-to-back singles, and Gabe Lawson and Amer Melic each drew a walk to send Cooper-West across home plate with the Wolverines first run of the contest. But that narrow lead wouldn't last...
Superintendent Rick Thompson was one of two finalist chosen from 36 applicants vying for an upcoming vacancy in nearby Port Angeles school district, which boasts an enrollment of roughly 3,700 students. His rival? The superintendent of a school district east of Barstow, Calif.
The presence of Pacific white-sides in local waters, even if sporadic, may account for the body of the one discovered on the rocks of Lime Kiln State Park, Wednesday, March 26, near the lighthouse. About six feet long, the dolphin had a large gash near its dorsal fin but the cause of death has yet to be determined. "It's a pretty big wound," Olson said. "But we don't know yet if it happened before or after it died."
Ramona Hayes, who pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to one count of wire fraud, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison and ordered to pay a total of $58,350 in restitution. The case against Hayes' fellow coffee-shop co-owner, Cory Eglash, has yet to be resolved.
In a statement about his pending departure, Ferries' chief David Moseley, who inherited an agency awash in financial struggles and facing uncertainty of how to maintain or replace a fleet of aging boats, said Washington State Ferries is positioned better than it was when his tenure began in 2008.
That’s because a total of 22 girls turned out to participate on the 2014 team; only a dozen turned out a year ago.
With only four seniors on the squad, the Friday Harbor baseball team will start the 2014 season with a lot less experience than it has in the past.
With only two seniors returning to the roster, first-year Head Coach Brian Lambright knows there are challenges to be met.
The amount of acreage in the newly created San Juan Islands national monument totals just about 1,000.
The best way to attract birds to your yard is by the decisions you make about plants.
Opening Friday, Feb. 27, Lilies on the Land, part memoir, part musical, part period piece, features WWII-era costumes and special effects, and, with nine different songs, including Silent Night, in German, Italian and English, showcases the vocal talents of its veteran cast.
San Juan County was back in court this week to defend its unequal-sized residency districts and handling of the three Charter Review Commission-backed ballot propositions that, among other items, reshaped the county council and the manner by which council candidates are elected.
Along with the top spot on the derby leader-board, Brenda Schmidt pocketed $75 for landing the biggest of the week. She hooked the burly behemoth Sunday morning, somewhere (she won’t say where) off the north side of San Juan Island. “The big boy fought me for about 20 minutes,” she said. “He was all about trying to get away.”
The Wolverines, winners of six of their last seven games, will open post-season play at home, Monday, Feb. 10, in a rematch against Northwest Conference 1A rival Blaine
After its successful premiere in 2013 an evening of live dance performances returns with a mesmerizing mix of island and professional talents.
Believing that the U.S. military was conducting "war games" off the west side of Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, with members of the Southern residents killer whales in the area, a commercial whale-watch operator sounded the alarm.
In addition to Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, the Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the boundaries of the killer whales' critical habitat to extend from Cape Flattery to Point Reyes, Calif.
Tabatha Keane scored 22 points, her second 20-plus point game in a row, to lead all scorers. Sophomore Maddie Kincaid tossed in 18 points, 10 in the first half, and Allie Galt had six.
Prepare to be bedazzled and entertained, as the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group pulls out all the stops and puts its own whimsical, almost cartoon-like twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale
After a dozen years together, James and Nicole Coddington decided about a year ago that having children of their own really wasn't in the cards. End of story? Not by a long shot. Evidently, the universe had something else in mind.
Recently featured in a video by the Freedom Foundation, "Tales of Tyranny", Errol Speed is seeking to overturn a pair of convictions for use of a building without proper permits.