News

Myhr named to Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council

The County Council has affirmed the designation of Councilman Bob Myhr, Lopez/Shaw, as San Juan County’s representative on the Puget Sound Partnership Salmon Recovery Council.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan public meetings scheduled this week

A list of meetings happening on San Juan, starting July 17.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Around San Juan Island | Briefs

The annual Pancake Breakfast put on by the Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Fire Department Firefighters Associations is Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon in the Friday Harbor Fire Station.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan County’s 113-year-old jail yields surprises

It was like something out of an “Antiques RoadShow” episode. While reroofing the old county jail on the grounds of the San Juan County Historical Museum, June 24 through July 3, Al Gonzales and two other men made an unexpected find in the rafters of the 113-year-old building.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan’s early-year tourism stats show slight decline; lodging tax dips

The local lodging industry will have some ground to make up in order to tally another 12-month period of steady growth.

Splash of Summer Color July 19-20 in Friday Harbor

July 19 and 20 is the Splash of Summer Color Weekend, a time for everyone to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, the fine art and crafts at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair and special guests, Lummi and Turtle Mountain Chippewa artists.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Special conservation section included in San Juans’ newspapers

Many say that the San Juans are paradise — so how do we keep them that way? An eight page full color insert coming out July 15 and 16 in all three local papers gives actions we can all take to help. Make sure you get a copy of “Caring for our natural resources … a way of life in the San Juans.”

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Written Word deadline July 20

The Written Word is San Juan County Fair's opportunity for all local writers to show their stuff.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Whale Museum lecture topic: Impact of noise on orcas

The Whale Museum’s 2008 lecture series begins with a talk by Dr. Marla Holt at the museum tonight at 7.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Want to vote in Aug. 19 primary? Better get registered by Saturday

If you want to vote in the Aug. 19 primary election, here’s a wake-up call for you: You have until Friday to register in person at the Elections Office on Second and Reed streets. If you mail your registration in, it’s got to be postmarked no later than Saturday.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan Island to Portland via Boeing Field | News Briefs

Portland-based SeaPort Airlines has begun flight service to Boeing Field.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

What’s Happening! San Juan Island | July 16

Summer Reading Program with Wolf Hollow, 1:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Elementary School field. Learn all about birds of prey and become more aware of the birds living around us. Learn how your activities can cause problems for these animals, and consider what you can do to help. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Library. 378-2798.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Eight San Juan students named to UW Dean’s List

Eight students from San Juan Island and two from Lopez were named to the University of Washington Dean’s List for the spring quarter.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan County Sheriff’s Log | July 16

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

INS agents detain San Juan DUI suspect before trial

An apparent miscommunication between San Juan County Sheriff’s Department and federal immigration officials resulted in the apprehension and probable deportation of a DUI suspect before his trial.

Door opens for Friday Harbor 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.

Sharing Samish’s legacy at marine educators conference

Cultural director Rosie Cayou James of the Samish Indian Nation tells a conference of marine educators in Mullis Community Senior Center Thursday about the traditional marine stewardship practices of the islands’ First Peoples.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Around Town

John Harlin III successfully climbed the Eiger in the Alps 40 years after the mountain claimed the life of his famous father.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

First-time felony offender gets 15 days for vandalism spree

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.

San Juan Public Meetings | July 9

Meetings happening on San Juan.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

Naked bicyclists stopped on Lopez | San Juan Sheriff’s Log

Three men among a group of a dozen bicyclists agreed to put their pants back on after a deputy confronted them about riding naked on Lopez Island.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

San Juan County changes owner-builder fees

The San Juan County Council voted Tuesday to change the permitting fees for the county’s owner-builder program, lowering fees for the majority of permits, raising them for the top 10 percent and levying a small graduated increase for the middle third of permit applicants.

What’s Happening! Events for San Juan Island | July 9

See what's going on, on San Juan Island.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

San Juan man gets 31 months for statutory rape and theft

A San Juan Island man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl over a four-month period and in spite of court orders which were intended to keep the two apart.

  • Jul 8th, 2008

Edge of Wonder spells awe at SJCT

Mouths may just be hanging open, heads might be shaking in confusion [how do they do that?] and eyes will definitely be wide open when Thomas Arthur and Christian Swenson bring Edge of Wonder to the San Juan Community Theatre on Thursday, July 10.

  • Jul 8th, 2008

Rough landings at Roche

No one was hurt in two separate incidents at Roche Harbor Airport — a wheels-up landing Friday afternoon and an aborted takeoff by a San Juan Airlines flight Saturday afternoon.

Profile: Jane Hutchison, F.H. Fire Department

Name: Jane Hutchison

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Graveside service Thursday, 1 p.m., at Valley Cemetery for Jim Desermeaux

James Leon Desermeaux, former San Juan County assessor and 42-year resident of Friday Harbor, has died. Mr. Desermeaux died at home on June 18. He was 75. Graveside service is Thursday, 1 p.m., at Valley Cemetery.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Adventuress hits rock in Wasp Passage

The 133-foot schooner Adventuress ran aground in Wasp Passage Monday, forcing the evacuation of 27 passengers and crewmembers.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

‘Island Animals on Parade’

Each year, island animals are a favorite of parade watchers, whether they’re of the dachshunds-on-parade variety or the pirates-on-the-plunder kind.

Public Meetings

The following public agencies meet this week

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Keep entire hospital process open | Editorial

The San Juan Hospital District Commission approved on June 18 a letter of intent that clears the way for the district and PeaceHealth to explore in more depth the feasibility of a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. In our June 25 editorial, we recommended the commission approve the letter of intent and explore with more depth the unanswered questions regarding the medical center. But we also urged the commission to keep the process open. That’s why we’re disturbed by the fact that the commission adopted the letter of intent without public discussion.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Review shows lack of follow-up on San Juan County dock permits

When Tom Cowan served on the San Juan County Commission from 1982-94, the county had two code enforcement officers to make sure projects were developed as approved in the permits. But of the Community Development and Planning Department’s 25 employees today, only one is devoted to code enforcement. The Policy Group reviewed 19 dock permits in Mitchell Bay, Garrison Bay, the east side of West Sound, east side of Stuart Island and the northeast corner of Lopez Island. The group found that half of the docks did not match conditions of their permits. Eight dock floats were, on average, 52 feet larger than allowed.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

No tools … No ties … just time for Dad

Sure, you can opt for the tried — some might say “tired” — and true standbys, and you can be sure that the hardware stores will have specials for Father’s Day in the tool department.

What’s Happening!

Thursday, July 3— Dance Classes: Beginning Salsa, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dance Workshop II. This is a one-time two-hour session. For more information, call Bill or Rita Ament at 378-9628.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

When ‘faking it’ wears out its welcome

Have you learned to “fake it?” (And no, I’m not referring to the scene from “When Harry Met Sally.”) Most adults have.

Airlift Northwest stations crews on San Juan Island for summer

Airlift Northwest regional manager Jeff Richey is working with local EMS officials to post an air ambulance on San Juan Island for the summer.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Puget Sound ‘recovery’ meetings come to Friday Harbor July 21

The Puget Sound Partnership is hosting another round of public workshops, this time to solicit input on local priorities for an action agenda to restore and protect Puget Sound. One of the meetings is scheduled in Friday Harbor: July 21, 1-4 p.m., Friday Harbor High School, 45 Blair Ave.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Do you know the men in this World War II-era photograph?

Peggy Cantrell of Friday Harbor saw the man take something out of the wallet he had just purchased at the Thrift Store, and toss it into the trash.

  • Jul 1st, 2008