Steve Wehrly

Steve posted 123 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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County fees going… down?

Cost to contest a building code decision will drop 400 percent

  • Sep 10th, 2013 9:14pm

More guardrails for county roads

Guardrails are scheduled to be installed during the week of Sept. 23 on San Juan Island.

  • Sep 10th, 2013 1:54am

Business owners press port for action—Round 2

Update: The Port of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Fire Rescue announced Friday, Aug. 30, that the Aug. 17 fire that destroyed Downriggers Restaurant was caused by an electrical problem within a wall near the restaurant's kitchen.

  • Sep 1st, 2013 4:00pm

Hospital board takes heat over medical services, AG opinion

A standing-room-only crowd urged the commission to advocate for the islanders who elect the commissioners and pay the taxes. Charles Richardson told the commission, “I need you to represent me with PeaceHealth.” Meanwhile, Island Hospital passed on a potential partnership with PeaceHealth

  • Sep 1st, 2013 3:13am

Greenhouse Cafe: going ‘green’ in all the right spaces

“I make everything from scratch,” chef Ricarda Burnett says. “I love cooking and I love changing the menu to take advantage of whatever growing season we’re in.”

  • Sep 1st, 2013 4:02am

Nichols St. goes upscale with ‘Big Cheese’

New eatery offers 60 varieties of cheese, 40 Pacific Northwest wines

  • Aug 31st, 2013 4:00pm

Business owners seek assurances Port will rebuild, leases will be renewed

Four businesses were displaced after fire swept through Downriggers restaurant in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, leaving a summertime crew of roughly 50 restaurant workers without a job, and three businesses based on the ground floor of the port-owned building, Friday Harbor Marine, San Juan Excursions and San Juan Safaris, without a home.

  • Aug 24th, 2013 12:34am

Will term limits lead to MRC overhaul?

Under new appointment procedures for advisory committees, instituted in early spring by the former 6-person council, the tenure of veteran MRC members Tina Whitman, Jim Slocumb and Mike Durland — each having served more than two terms on the MRC — may be at an end unless no other qualified prospective appointees apply. The three had reapplied to serve an additional term.

  • Aug 21st, 2013 9:58pm

Mike’s Cafe — it’s about the wine

A swimming and water polo player and coach for some 25 years, Mike Sheradin has been vacationing in the San Juan Islands for 30 years, finally deciding to open his showcase cafe in a totally remodeled building and former home of the Garden Path Cafe.

  • Aug 20th, 2013 3:35am

Conservation district parcel fees ‘adjusted’ down, and up

By the end of the Aug. 6 council meeting, and after an hour of public testimony lauding the "great work" of the conservation district, the council voted without dissent to decrease the district's existing "parcel fee" to $4.95, and to impose an "acreage assessment" of seven cents an acre.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 11:38pm

Record low primary turnout Snoozer puts Ghatan, Shildneck in playoff

With perhaps 60 votes to be counted at 5 p.m. on Aug. 8, the turnout percentage may rise to 33 percent, but the "top two" is pretty well set.

  • Aug 7th, 2013 6:45pm

Lack of permits prompts $1.6M settlement

Backers of proposed coal facility sued over un-permitted drill, fill, excavation

  • Aug 6th, 2013 10:15pm

New owner, new plans for Jeri’s mall

Constructed in 1973, Jeri's mall was originally intended to be a two-story structure

  • Aug 7th, 2013 12:00am

Elections dumps controversial ballot-tracker system

County Auditor Milene Henley said that after Superior Court Judge Don Eaton decided that the tracking system violated a state law that requires any voting system to obtain federal certification, she decided not to appeal that decision, but instead to abandon the MIBT system, even though Henley insists that the MIBT system did not in any way compromise ballot secrecy.

  • Jul 30th, 2013 11:08pm

Three compete in town council race | Elections

Correction: town council members do not receive town-paid healthcare benefits, as was reported incorrectly in the original version of this article. Council members are paid $400 a month and $50 per council meeting.

  • Jul 26th, 2013 3:46pm

Relay for Life: local teams join worldwide cause

Annual benefit switches format; former two-day event is now a single-day fundraiser

  • Jul 23rd, 2013 7:19pm

Drive-in movies at the fairgrounds? Bygone era is back with inflatable screen, thanks to county tourism fund

The fair expects to offer movies on 23 nights between April and November, with room for about 100 cars and 50 spectators at each after-dusk movie. The drive-in, including expected concession stand sales, is projected to generate about $24,000 in annual revenue. It will not operate during the county fair.

  • Jul 20th, 2013 12:51am

CAPR contests lawsuit decision

Property rights group fights on in Open Meetings case

  • Jul 16th, 2013 5:49pm

‘Good Karma’: destiny takes a tasty turn

Familiar space is home to a new face; Roop at the helm of Good Karma Cafe

  • Jul 14th, 2013 8:00pm

New markets bolster island ‘Ag’

Processing and marketing of island grown products on a commercial scale is becoming a prevalent topic of conversation among farmers and small-business food companies on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands.

  • Jul 12th, 2013 1:00am

Youth work crew builds on success

New recruits bolster the ranks of San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps

  • Jul 9th, 2013 7:07pm

More than $20K raised at annual Wags to Riches benefit

For a week prior to the fundraiser through July 1, an online auction of 114 items raised about $8,500. More than 100 businesses and animal lovers donated everything from 300 pounds of gravel to four tickets to Jay Leno's television show. Almost every restaurant on San Juan Island donated gift certificates.

  • Jul 4th, 2013 12:42am

Pitfalls persist in path to privatization of Orcas dump

County officials maintain Orcas Recycling Services will overcome a recent spate of obstacles and will eventually take over management of the Orcas Island transfer station. Meanwhile, Mount Vernon-based Lautenbach Industries is expected to sign a contract within 30 days and begin operating the San Juan Island dump by Sept. 1.

  • Jun 30th, 2013 10:08pm

2260 fund provides big payday for SJC Parks

A stair access project for Agate Beach on Lopez was awarded $75,400 and renovation of the Otis Perkins Day Park, also on Lopez, was awarded $58,900. The rest of the $264,000 in available funds was allocated to the Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan County Fairground.

  • Jun 25th, 2013 2:08am

Spring Street ‘12’: new journey begins

At the June 16 commencement ceremony, Academic Dean and English teacher Heather June described each graduate with a single word.

  • Jun 18th, 2013 6:00pm

Sutton Road dump expected to be in private hands by Sept. 1

A draft contract for County Council approval is expected later this month, with a target date of September 1 for Mount Vernon-based Lautenbach to take over operations at the Sutton Road transfer station. The picture for the Orcas Island transfer station operations is not so clear, Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy acknowledged.

  • Jun 17th, 2013 2:56pm

The new face of island manufacturing; stories of success

Hard work and unique products are the foundations of success for four island manufacturing companies, but owners of each credit their employees and think San Juan Island is a great place to be headquartered.

  • Jun 13th, 2013 4:04pm

Bridge fix pushed back one week; state trooper killed in collision near Conway detour route

"Unexpected modifications that need to be made to supporting structures set us back a week," said state DOT's Jay Drye, adding that crews are working around the clock" and that additional steelworkers and laborers were being "added daily."

  • Jun 8th, 2013 2:24am

Sheriff gets green light to acquire new boat built by federal funds

Sheriff Rob Nou may have helped his cause even more by telling the council that Emergency Management Coordinator Brendan Cowan had obtained a waiver from Homeland Security of a "local match" requirement originally part of the grant terms. The $200,000 or so in local matching funds might have made the deal impossible for a county budget still stretched tight by the recession.

  • Jun 6th, 2013 9:51pm

In review: Holiday weekend proves profitable despite bridge collapse

Hotels and restaurants noted few or no cancellations, and local retailers and realtors expressed satisfaction with sales and traffic as the summer season began in earnest on San Juan Island.

  • Jun 6th, 2013 12:01am

Fast track: temporary replacement of Skagit River I-5 bridge expected in 14 days

Crews from Atkinson Construction and several Atkinson subcontractors are already working around the clock to assemble the two bridges. Both Acrow and Atkinson confirmed that the target for completion of the temporary project is mid-June - a timetable several weeks sooner than first estimated by state officials.

  • May 31st, 2013 12:14am

No ‘quick fix’ for broken bridge

Vistiors bound for the San Juan Islands can take various alternate routes to reach the Anacortes ferry terminal, the jump-off point to the islands, but state officials say the I-5 bridge in Mount Vernon could take, "months, not weeks" to repair.

  • May 27th, 2013 2:00pm

PeaceHealth, UW Medicine pursue potential healthcare ‘alliance’

The letter of intent outlines opportunities the organizations could pursue together, including performance improvement initiatives to reduce costs and clinical programming to increase access to specialized services such as cardiovascular care, high-risk obstetrics and neonatology, cancer care, behavioral health and neurosciences.

  • May 27th, 2013 3:48am

Council selects Enumclaw administrator for county manager post | Update

Thomas has been city administrator of the city of Enumclaw, population 10,669, Wash., since 2010. Before that, he was director of the city's Department of Community and Economic Development for five years.

  • May 23rd, 2013 12:15am

San Juan Island’s Mulligan resigns from OPALCO board

Although no final decision has been made, the board previously backed the broadband initiative as a means to enhance its electricity delivery through “Smart Grid” technology, better conserve energy use, and boost communication capability of emergency service.

  • May 21st, 2013 10:47pm

Interest proves uneven in race for public office

Incumbent Felix Menjivar will face a pair of opponents in the race for Position 3 on the town council. Meanwhile, Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher and 21 other candidates are unopposed for election.

  • May 21st, 2013 2:23am

County manager candidates: and then there were two

The county manager, who is expected to be paid about $150,000 a year, will assist the new 3-person county council in overseeing the functions of local government and those departments not managed by another elected county official, such as the sheriff, auditor or prosecuting attorney.

  • May 19th, 2013 7:16pm

Labs’ Open House: Reelin’ in the deep

What’s up at the Labs? it’s marine research on display; free popcorn too

  • May 16th, 2013 6:00pm

Town digs in, ‘shovel ready’

That dispute, though, only concerns a small part of a “town stimulus program” that Wilson and the town council have implemented to improve the “infrastructure” and the flow of traffic around town - and at the same time, get people working.

  • May 8th, 2013 12:00am

Over the river and…’Into the Woods’

Stephen Sondheim’s two-act, 30-song take on making wishes come true features the somewhat dark, Grimm, side of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

  • Apr 23rd, 2013 7:00pm