Notes from the Island — April 18

Posted April 18, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • The San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil has raised near­ly $20,000 for busi­ness work­ers and own­ers affect­ed by the April 7 fire. They’re try­ing to get to $30,000, so con­sid­er donat­ing if you’re able. A gen­er­ous donor has offered to cov­er all trans­ac­tion fees, so every dol­lar goes toward help­ing those in need.
  • The OPALCO Board of Direc­tors elec­tion dead­line is next Wednes­day, April 27. At least 10 per­cent of co-op mem­bers must cast a vote in the elec­tion in order to achieve a quo­rum and have the elec­tion count.
  • Plas­tic Free Sal­ish Sea is hold­ing a vir­tu­al lec­ture on chang­ing our cul­ture of sin­gle-use plas­tics. It takes place on Wednes­day from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom.
  • The Fri­day Har­bor Sail­ing Club is host­ing their Flot­sam Flea & Sea Yard Sale next Sat­ur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fair­grounds. If you’re inter­est­ed in sell­ing any­thing, ven­dor appli­ca­tions are due a week from today.
  • Spring Street the­atre stu­dents are per­form­ing orig­i­nal plays and mono­logues at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre this Fri­day and Sat­ur­day at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door on the day of the show — sug­gest­ed dona­tions are $10 for adults and $5 for stu­dents, but the event is pay-what-you-can.

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Friday Harbor arson suspect had seven previous criminal convictions in Washington, including one for DUI in San Juan County in January

Posted April 17, 2022 at 12:19 am by

The Fri­day Har­bor man arrest­ed on sus­pi­cion of set­ting the fire that destroyed four build­ings on April 7 had sev­en crim­i­nal con­vic­tions in the state of Wash­ing­ton between April 2007 and Jan. 2022. The most recent con­vic­tion, a gross mis­de­meanor for dri­ving under the influ­ence, was hand­ed down in San Juan Coun­ty Dis­trict Court.

Dwight Hen­line, age 33, was arrest­ed for dri­ving under the influ­ence with a blood-alco­hol con­tent of 0.234 by the San Juan Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office on July 8, 2021 after crash­ing his vehi­cle into the side of a San Juan Island home. The own­ers of the home were inside and asleep at the time of the crash. He pled guilty to the DUI charge in front of Dis­trict Court Judge Car­olyn Jew­ett on Jan. 12, 2022.

Fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of the San Juan Coun­ty Pros­e­cut­ing Attorney’s office, Jew­ett ordered Hen­line to serve two days in jail, with the remain­ing 362 days of the sen­tence sus­pend­ed. Hen­line was giv­en five years of pro­ba­tion – the max­i­mum allow­able amount for the offense – and ordered to pay resti­tu­tion of $1,598. Con­tin­ue Reading

At the water’s edge

Posted April 16, 2022 at 10:45 pm by

Sheriff’s Office names suspect in April 7 arson

Posted April 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office has iden­ti­fied the per­son sus­pect­ed of start­ing the fire that destroyed mul­ti­ple build­ings in Fri­day Har­bor. Accord­ing to their press release:

On Sat­ur­day, April 16, the San Juan Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office obtained a war­rant for the arrest of Dwight C. Hen­line in con­nec­tion with the arson fires from Thurs­day, April 7 in down­town Fri­day Harbor.

On Fri­day, April 15, Sheriff’s detec­tives received infor­ma­tion that Hen­line was at a res­i­dence in Lan­g­ley and attempt­ed to con­tact him unsuc­cess­ful­ly. A search war­rant was served on the res­i­dence for evi­dence of the arson with numer­ous arti­cles being removed.

The where­abouts of Hen­line are cur­rent­ly unknown. He was last seen in the Lan­g­ley area and may poten­tial­ly be armed and dan­ger­ous. If you see him or know of his where­abouts, please call 911 and do not attempt to con­tact him.

Update: Island Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s deputies took Hen­line into cus­tody at around 4:30 p.m. today. He will lat­er be trans­ferred to San Juan Coun­ty for an appear­ance in court.

Notes from the Island — April 16

Posted April 16, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue shares words of thanks and reflec­tion in the after­math of last week’s fire.
  • The Farm­ers Mar­ket runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Here’s the list of who will be there.
  • Medio Cafe will be open today from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and they’ll have free donuts and cof­fee. Medio is locat­ed inside Fri­day Har­bor Suites, where Mi Casita used to be, at 680 Spring Street.
  • Speak­ing of donuts — Coho is run­ning a bak­ery pop-up tomor­row morning.
  • East­er eggs with treats inside are hid­den all around the Gar­den Cen­ter at Browne’s. They’re open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The gar­den at Island Stu­dios, at 270 Spring Street, is open for the sea­son. Check it out Sat­ur­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • San Juan Trans­fer Sta­tion will be open reg­u­lar hours on Sun­day — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Afternoon clouds

Posted April 15, 2022 at 7:23 pm by

County to hold three public meetings related to sustainable tourism plan

Posted April 15, 2022 at 12:31 pm by

San Juan Coun­ty’s Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship will hold three pub­lic meet­ings in the next four weeks as they work to devel­op their Sus­tain­able Tourism Man­age­ment Plan. When com­plete, that plan will out­line a shared com­mu­ni­ty vision, goals, and imple­men­ta­tion mea­sures to sup­port a sus­tain­able approach to tourism in the San Juan Islands.

All three meet­ings will be held over Zoom from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first takes place on Thurs­day, April 28, and includes res­i­dents from all islands. The meet­ings on Tues­day, May 10 and Tues­day, May 17 relate to San Juan Island specif­i­cal­ly. Advanced reg­is­tra­tion is required.

Accord­ing to the Coun­ty, pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion will help address con­cerns relat­ed to pre­serv­ing nat­ur­al resources and the rur­al lifestyle, main­tain­ing and reimag­in­ing infra­struc­ture, and sup­port­ing a year-round com­mu­ni­ty and economy.

Notes from the Island — April 15

Posted April 15, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Fire & Res­cue, the Sher­if­f’s Office, and the Town of Fri­day Har­bor announced yes­ter­day after­noon that the cause of last Thurs­day’s fire was arson. They also dis­closed that the fire start­ed on the deck behind the build­ing that housed Crys­tal Seas Kayaking.
  • Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries has post­poned next week’s sched­uled release of sum­mer sea­son vehi­cle reser­va­tions by at least a week. They’re fin­ish­ing upgrades to the online reser­va­tion sys­tem and dis­cussing minor adjust­ments to the San Juan Islands sched­ule with mem­bers of the Fer­ry Advi­so­ry Committee.
  • The CDC’s mask order for pub­lic trans­porta­tion, which includes the fer­ries, has been extend­ed by 15 days. It will remain in effect until Tues­day, May 3.
  • The Ele­gant Edi­bles bake sale, held in sup­port of the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre, takes place at the The­atre on Sat­ur­day from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Ever thought of start­ing your own sushi restau­rant? Top­s’l Seafood & Sushi has closed their doors, but the busi­ness is for sale. The assets include the kitchen equip­ment, fur­nish­ings, and point-of-sale sys­tem. Call 949–289-4144 to learn more.
  • Her­mosa is serv­ing posole today and tomor­row — it has red chile pork topped with cab­bage, chopped onions, cilantro, and coti­ja cheese.

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