Gary Weiss has witnessed first-hand how having friends in high places can help further an important cause.
An Orcas Island man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl three years ago, and of threatening the then 15-year-old with a handgun on one occasion, is slated to stand trial on a pair of felonies in mid-August.
The Center believes J-19 is the mother of new calf sighted off the west side of San Juan Island in mid-morning of Feb. 12. Center biologist and photographer David Ellifrit said the calf appeared to about a week old and seemingly healthy as it traveled north, snugly tucked between J-19, AKA Shuchi, the name of a Hindu goddess of wrath and jealousy, and its first-born, J-41, a female also known as Eclipse.
While the looming specter of a moratorium may have vanished, the tug-of-war over marijuana production and whether impacts of the newly created industry warrant a new regimen of local land-use rules remains anything but resolved.
While the County Council wrestles over whether – or what – rules should apply to marijuana cultivation, the county hearing examiner drew a line in the regulatory sand Dec. 10, sending a determination of non-significance back for another round of review and revoking a building permit for a marijuana grow operation on San Juan Island’s west side.
A Lopez Island woman that kept a set of keys after losing a job at the post office, and later used them in the theft of several pieces of jewelry – including a diamond ring – will spend four months in jail or on work crew for felony theft.
The big payoff isn’t expected until the summer sailing season, when demand is at its peak, lines are long and it’s pretty much anyone’s guess how early one should show up to catch a ferry headed to or leaving the San Juan Islands.