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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
‘Human Jazz’ Christian Swenson performs Friday night as part of the ‘Edge of Wonder’ show at San Juan Community Theater.

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
‘Human Jazz’ Christian Swenson performs Friday night as part of the ‘Edge of Wonder’ show at San Juan Community Theater.
Duck Soup Inn chef and owner Gretchen Allison blows huge bubbles from the back of the Duck Soup Inn float at Friday's Parade.
Duck Soup Inn chef and owner Gretchen Allison blows huge bubbles from the back of the Duck Soup Inn float at Friday's Parade.
No one was injured when this 1980 Beech Bonanza landed with its landing gear up Friday afternoon at Roche Harbor Airfield. The next day

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.

No one was injured when this 1980 Beech Bonanza landed with its landing gear up Friday afternoon at Roche Harbor Airfield. The next day
Jane Hutchison

Profile: Jane Hutchison, F.H. Fire Department

Name: Jane Hutchison

  • Jul 2nd, 2008
Jane Hutchison
Jim Desermeaux walks his dogs on his False Bay farm. In his life

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
Jim Desermeaux walks his dogs on his False Bay farm. In his life
The Adventuress

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
The Adventuress
Dodie Gann has been a lot of things in her life: ski racer

‘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.

Dodie Gann has been a lot of things in her life: ski racer

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
Ron Whalen with his youngest

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.

Ron Whalen with his youngest

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
Peggy Cantrell found this photo

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
Peggy Cantrell found this photo

Motorcyclist still in serious condition after collision with deer

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.

San Juan waits on PeaceHealth to proceed with hospital study

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. The letter of intent must be approved by PeaceHealth’s Whatcom region Board of Directors as well as the system’s Board of Directors prior to taking effect. That approval is not scheduled until late July.

The Burts of Lopez Island recently posed for this five-generation picture. The Burts have been on Lopez Island since 1885 and Betty is the seventh generation of Burts. In the photo

Newsmakers

Four San Juan County residents graduated from University of Washington in June.

  • Jul 1st, 2008
The Burts of Lopez Island recently posed for this five-generation picture. The Burts have been on Lopez Island since 1885 and Betty is the seventh generation of Burts. In the photo

Disasters can come in big and small packages

We now have a disaster center right here in island city at Mullis!

San Juan Lions host speakers

The following are scheduled speakers at the San Juan Lions Club luncheons.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Award-winning choir performs here July 10-13

Seattle’s Imani Fellowship Choir, winners of the 2008 McDonalds Gospelfest, headlines at this year’s annual Gospel Tent Meeting, July 10-13, 7 p.m. nightly, at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Around Town

Several local veterans went to Inter Island Medical Center on Saturday for treatment and medication evaluations by Veterans Administration personnel.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Old Browne Lumber site to become a parking lot

The former Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street will become a lot for paid parking, operated by Dan Ward of San Juan Transit.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Around Town

It’s not a barn-raising, but a playground raising that will bring together members of the island community July 14 and 15.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

District Court

District Court

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Additional charges for alleged airborne driver

Pretrial hearing is July 23, 10 a.m. in District Court for the driver of a car that got airborne and crashed on Cattle Point and Golf Course roads, injuring the driver and killing his dog.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Two local firefighters head to Grant County to help contain wildfire

The San Juan Island Fire Department dispatched two firefighters and a wildland fire engine to Grant County on Monday, to help firefighters contain a more than 3,000-acre wildland fire near Warden.

  • Jul 1st, 2008
Dana Owens reroofs the cupola on the original county jail

1895 county jail gets a new roof

Restoration began today on one of Washington's oldest county jails. Dana Owens restored the cupola of the 1895 San Juan County Jail, located on the grounds of the San Juan Historical Museum. Bailer Hill Construction and Local Islands Roofing are doing the main roof. The entire roof of the old jail, which houses public exhibits related its history, is expected to be completed in time for the Fourth of July Pig War Picnic on the museum grounds.

  • Jun 30th, 2008
Dana Owens reroofs the cupola on the original county jail
An unidentified pilot of a 1980 Beech Bonanza talks with FAA officials late Friday afternoon after a 'wheels-up' landing at Roche Harbor.

Hard landing for plane at Roche Harbor

Two men walked away Friday afternoon after a unintentional "wheels-up" landing at…

An unidentified pilot of a 1980 Beech Bonanza talks with FAA officials late Friday afternoon after a 'wheels-up' landing at Roche Harbor.

Old Browne Lumber site will become a parking lot July 15

The former Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street will become a lot for paid parking, operated by Dan Ward of San Juan Transit. The lot will have about 40 spaces. The Town of Friday Harbor will resurface the parking area with gravel; in exchange, Ward will conduct a parking needs survey for the town.

  • Jun 27th, 2008

Hospital Commission votes to further explore construction of new medical center

The San Juan Hospital District Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept and sign a non-binding letter of intent with PeaceHealth to further explore building a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island.

San Juan EMTs work to revive an apparent heart attack victim on First Street

UPDATED: Bystanders, EMTs on San Juan try to revive apparent heart attack victim

Laura Bauer and her sister, Erin Flynn, were reading a menu in the window of Golden Triangle when they heard a "clunk." It was the sound of a man falling to the ground — first against a sign on the wall, onto which he rested his hand, and then onto the concrete sidewalk.

  • Jun 27th, 2008
San Juan EMTs work to revive an apparent heart attack victim on First Street

UPDATED: Smaller ferry to serve San Juans till July 7

Maintenance on one of the Washington State Ferries' largest vessels is not scheduled to be finished until July 7, causing a ripple effect that began when a smaller vessel was sent here Sunday, when the summer schedule began.

  • Jun 26th, 2008