Critical habitat for orcas could expand, but not soon

Newborn J-51 swims alongside its presumed mother, J-19, Feb. 12 off the west side of San Juan Island.  - Contributed photo/David Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research
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The critical habitat afforded to the endangered Southern Resident killer whales could expand to include 700 miles of coastline, but it won’t happen anytime soon.

Hughes’ goal for 2015: a vision for Eastsound

  • Feb 27, 2015 at 4:00PM updated Mar 2, 2015 at 11:29AM

Hughes has a list of what he’d like to see the county facilitate: mooring muoys, a long-term stormwater plan, curb gutters, low level streetlights and more sidewalks and parking.

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Bad egg? Retaliation against whistleblower? Building official sidelined in 'conduct' dispute

  • Feb 27, 2015 at 3:00PM updated Mar 1, 2015 at 12:34PM

Escorted out of his office two weeks ago, San Juan County's building official remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. He contends in a "whistleblower" report filed one week prior to the dismissal that revenue from permit fees has been improperly shuffled around in the department in which he works.

San Juan County Land Bank celebrates 25 years

  • Mar 1, 2015 at 7:00AM

Every county in Washington state has the ability to elect in a land bank – but San Juan is the only county to do it.

100 musicians: One cause

  • Feb 28, 2015 at 5:00PM

The Music Advocacy Group’s 18th annual benefit concert will bring adult and student Orcas Island musicians together in support of school music on Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m.

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