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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.
Real Estate in the San Juans, a monthly magazine published by The Islands' Sounder and The Journal of the San Juan Islands, is now online.
The San Juan Island Fire Department was joined by firefighters from Friday Harbor in two recent live fire training exercises.
San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker told a U.S. Senate Subcommittee today that Washington state is especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and quoted a University of Washington study which estimates sea levels in the Puget Sound may rise by half a foot over the next 40 years.
The May Dining for Scholars host will be Steps Wine Bar & Cafe on Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m.
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.
May is National Law Month. To celebrate it, local high school government classes are holding mock trials through Thursday, 6-9 p.m., in the Superior Court courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse.
An 18-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by another 18-year-old man on Spring and Second streets May 17 about 8 p.m.
Superintendent Michael Soltman announced today that Gary Pflueger will be recommended to the school board as the new principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School. The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School Library. The meeting is open to the public.
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor held its first Committee Fair at its regular meeting on May 21.
Gas prices dampening your travel plans?
San Juan Island EMTs will now be able to more effectively monitor the vital signs of patients who are being flown to the mainland.
Dave Hylton was reelected to the OPALCO board of directors May 17. George Mulligan was elected to the position vacated by Nourdine Jensen, who retired from the board.
40th District Senate candidate Ken Henderson has raised more than $36,000 in campaign contributions as of May 20, according to his campaign.
No day should be complete without a thank you to the veterans who have made our country safe. Never mind the reason, the fact is that these men and women serving since 1775 have been the bulwark against the failure of the freedoms that we hold so dear. This is the most free country in the world. Sometimes we lose sight of how freedom was won.
Decoration Day. That's what it was called until after World War II. It was the day graves of fallen servicemen were decorated, speeched were made and heads were bowed.
Friday Harbor Elementary School Cultural Fair is Wednesday at 3 p.m. And it's open to the public.
Soundwatch Boater Education Program is hosting a reception Friday at 6 p.m. to celebrate its new boat. The champagne-and-appetizer reception will be held at Snug Harbor Resort, Soundwatch's home port for 16 years.
How financially viable is a community hospital on San Juan Island? Islanders will find out May 28, 5:30 p.m., at the San Juan Hospital District Commission meeting in Mullis Community Senior Center.
Gone is half the athletic program’s budget. Gone is the Primary Intervention Program for at-risk elementary school students. Gone is the food service program for every student. Gone are teachers’ aides, secretarial jobs and custodians.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the alleged assault was racially motivated; the alleged victim is African American.
Wednesday: Orcas Spring Lecture Series: “Hydrology of Cascade Creek Watershed,” 7 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, off North Beach Road on Henry Lane, Eastsound. Jeff Bash, watershed lead for the state Department of Ecology, gives this lecture. Sponsored by the San Juan Nature Institute. Free. Call 378-3646 or visit www.sjnature.org.
Today: Orcas Spring Lecture Series: "Geology of Turtleback and Orcas Island," 7 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, off North Beach Road on Henry Lane, Eastsound. Dr. Ned Brown, professor emeritus of Western Washington University, gives this lecture. Sponsored by the San Juan Nature Institute. Free. Call 378-3646 or visit www.sjnature.org.
The following Friday Harbor students made the Dean's List at the University of Washington for winter quarter:
A record-breaking 435 people attended the 71st annual meeting of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative on the ferry. Hylton and Mulligan were elected directors for District I (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands).
Diesel prices have passed the $5 mark. The price of regular gas, as of Friday, neared the mid-$4 mark. But you won’t hear a gripe from Brad Pillow of Friday Harbor, especially since it only costs him 31.71 to fill ’er up.
When raising or lowering the flag, or when the flag is passing…
Leadership San Juan Islands newest class will graduate May 30, 3-5 p.m. at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.
The third class of San Juan County/WSU Beach Watchers has graduated after attending nearly 100 hours of classroom training and field experience about the San Juans’ marine and watershed environment.
Order a Relay for Life luminaria and you can honor a loved one and raise money for the fight against cancer.
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.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported responding to these calls.
When a batch of cookies sparks a bidding war and sells for…
The San Juan Island Community Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2008 grant cycle.
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.
Thursday — County Councilman Bob Myhr, 4-5:30 p.m., Lopez Island Library. Discussion of local and county issues, including County Charter implementation status, Lopez Village UGA and parking, Odlin Park South, Fisherman Bay Road Plan, ferries, and other current issues.
Trial is expected to begin Sept. 15 in Superior Court for Robert Benedict, who is charged with vehicular manslaughter in a fatal crash March 5, 2007 near Cattle Point Estates.
Friday Harbor High School graduating senior Wynn Barnard has received a Sullivan Leadership Award to attend Seattle University.
The Tulalip Tribes Foundation has donated $5,000 to the United Way of San Juan County.
The San Juan County Fair Board has asked the county to consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would reclassify the fairgrounds property, allowing additional new activities to occur.