TRO expires; Request for an injunction denied

The Town of Friday Harbor can proceed with the removal of fencing and vegetation, including a large fir, at the corner of Perry Place and Tucker Avenue. A temporary restraining order expired after a two-hour hearing  June 22 which included references to butterflies and pot-bellied pigs.  Visiting Superior Court Judge Cindy Larsen denied a request by Carla Higginson for an injunction at the hearing in San Juan County Superior Court. 

Judge Stewart Andrew had issued the TRO June 11, temporarily shutting down work at the corner until a hearing regarding an injunction could be held. 

The tree on Perry Place, wrapped in orange tape,  will be cut down for installation of a partial sidewalk that will wrap around from Tucker Avenue. The fence encroaches 8 feet into the right-of-way.  Photo by Sharon Kivisto


No Sale: Buyer withdraws offer to purchase IIMC building

MCS Association, a non-profit formed in 1970,  has withdrawn its offer to buy the former Inter Island Medical Center Building.  According to Realtor Bill Giesy, the decision was made the day after the meeting with the San Juan County Hospital District Board where the purchase price of $925,000 was agreed to. At the end of the June 13 meeting, it was agreed that the sale was contingent upon one more market valuation. That turned out not to be necessary. 


Nick Power's reaction to Judge Andrew's rejection of petition to prosecute Det. Parker

Why exactly is the San Juan County prosecutor’s office celebrating? That should be the question on the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Here we have a San Juan County Detective, Stephen Parker, who had “non-consensual sex” with an alleged crime victim and then lied about it. Shouldn’t that person be brought to justice?


State upholds San Juan County's Shoreline Master Program

San Juan County adopted a new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) in November 2017. Friends of the San Juans appealed the SMP to the Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) alleging seven issues Friends claimed did not meet the requirements of state law. Friends asked the Board to invalidate the SMP.

The Board held a hearing in Friday Harbor on May 4, 2018. San Juan County was represented by Deputy Prosecutor Amy Vira, Department of Ecology was represented by Assistant Attorney General Emily Nelson and Friends of the San Juans was represented by its former staff attorney Kyle Loring.

The Board issued its decision on June 13, 2018 declining to declare the SMP invalid and finding in favor of the County on four of the seven issues.

Three minor issues were sent back to County for correction. These include a requirement that mitigation measures occur in the same watershed as the project requiring the mitigation, a requirement that property owners demonstrate “conclusive evidence” that a primary structure is in danger before shoreline stabilization measures are approved and a requirement that the County formalize a process for tracking and evaluating cumulative impacts resulting from project actions.

“Council and staff did a great job of balancing the many requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and the substantial amount of public input received to craft regulations that fit San Juan County best,” said County Manager Mike Thomas.

“Overall, we are pleased with the decision as it upholds the bigger issues of shoreline environmental designations and the process used including the science and the County’s Inventory and Characterization Report,” said Council Chair Bill Watson. The Council will review the decision and formulate a plan for addressing the three issues identified by the Board in the coming weeks.

Either party may appeal the Board’s decision within 30 days.


Teacher’s petition for criminal charge against Detective Parker rejected

PRESS RELEASE: Former Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner’s petition for a citizen complaint for a misdemeanor charge against former Detective Stephen Parker was rejected Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by San Juan County District Court Judge Stewart Andrew.

Judge Stewart Andrew wrote that the “Prosecutor’s office has shown no bad faith or inappropriate reasons for not filing charges against Mr. Parker. In short, the court finds there is no abuse of prosecutorial discretion. After considering the seven factors described in CrRLJ 2.1(c), the court concludes the prosecutor’s decision to not file charges is justified. The Petition to file a Citizen’s Complaint against Mr. Parker is denied.”

Grellet-Tinner was seeking the charges based upon a written statement delivered to Deputy Lori Sigman of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office at her office in Mount Vernon regarding the lack of a relationship between Mr. Parker and the victim/student being investigated in a case regarding the teacher on charges of sexual misconduct in the first degree.

Judge Andrew’s decision is consistent with the decision made by the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office. That office was asked to make charging decisions by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord. The Skagit Prosecutors declined to file charges in January 2017.

At a hearing on May 30, 2018, San Juan County Prosecutors expressed concern for the student/victim with going through another trial. “She has been victimized enough. There is so little to be gained and so much to lose. It really would be remarkable if this were allowed to happen at the request of the teacher,” said Gaylord.

Prosecutors also said that Grellet-Tinner and his attorney, Nick Power, had a financial motive that tainted the entire process. Judge Andrew said, “Presumably the pending tort claim against the county skews the Petitioner’s judgment. Mr. Parker’s conviction would benefit the Petitioner as Plaintiff in the tort lawsuit. This motive is improper.”

Other complexities were also considered by the court including the long delay since the incident and the fact that Mr. Parker now lives in Florida. “San Juan County has never extradited from another state on a misdemeanor charge, not even from Oregon or Idaho,” Mr. Gaylord explained.


Recent Real Estate Transactions in the San Juan Islands June 1-20, 2018: Colorado Co. buys up several properties in Eastsound

Seed Money LLC based in Telluride has teamed up with Yellow Brick Road LLC and purchased three properties on North Beach Road and one on Main Street in Eastsound for $4,464,000. Other real estate transactions filed in the county in June include:


Danna Diaz of Friday Harbor sold 640 Nash Street #D on San Juan Island to Alvin and Linda Marie DeMeerleer of Woodinville, Washington for $435,000.

Trustee Lesley Melville MacFarlane of Los Gatos, California sold 200 Scenic Lane on Orcas Island to Pat Muffett of Eastsound for $450,000.

Adele Revella sole trustee of the Montgomery Family Bypass Trust of Friday Harbor sold NHN Finnegan Ridge on San Juan Island to David and Joanne Wilson of Seattle for $120,000.

Timothy and Nadine Hendry of Albuquerque, New Mexico sold property on Rosario Road on San Juan Island to Jason Birchler and Sarah Edwards of Seattle for $189,000.

Edward and Barbara Benshoof of Eastsound sold 451 Langdon Road on Orcas Island to John Gates and Julia Wrapp of Aspen, Colorado for $4,500,000.

David and Michelle Simpson of Helena, Montana sold 1052 Lopez Sound Road on Lopez Island to Michael Hobi of Lopez Island for $255,000.

Jan Sanders of Seattle sold 414 Shoreland Drive on Lopez Island to Shi Kai Wang and Laurel Garcia of Seattle for $580,000.


US Bank Trust as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust of Irving, California sold 32 Memory Lane on Orcas Island to Sandra Fry and James Mueller of Port Lucklow, Washington for $380,000.

Islanders Bank sold 219 Snowberry Lane on San Juan Island to Daniels Properties LLC of Friday Harbor for $280,000.

JM and Mary Jane Dwight of Chelalis, Washington sold 43 Brown Island on Brown Island to William Sanders Trustee of William Sanders Trust of Cayucos, California for $1,200,000.

Todd Paglia and Shannon Wright of Bellingham sold 171 Overlook Lane on Lopez Island to John Arnesen and Alison Greene of Seattle for $779,000.


WIlliam Atherholt and Angela Burn of West Vancouver, B.C. sold 371 Makah on Center Island to Todd Stokes of Bothell, Washington for $339,000.

Nook and Cranny Enterprises Inc. of Eastsound sold 11 Tomihi Drive on Orcas Island to Peter and Holly Zucker of Duvall, Washington for $200,000.

David Moorhouse of Friday Harbor sold 222 Trumpeter Way on San Juan Island to Michael and Desirae Ramsey of Friday Harbor for $855,000.

Peter and Janiece Whiting of Anacortes sold 457 Cessna Avenue on San Juan Island to William and Diane Giesy of Friday Harbor for $460,000.

Limestone Skyway of Friday Harbor sold 501 Cessna Avenue on San Juan Island to H2H2H LLC of Seattle, Washington for $870,000.

Paul Losleben and Merry Bush of Olga sold 173 Peapod Lane on Orcas Island to McIlvaine Properties LLC of Bellingham for $400,000.

Sarah Shorett of Friday Harbor sold 2023 Yacht Haven Road on San Juan Island to Daniel and Helena Shorett of Bellevue for $480,972.


Howard and Holly Davis of Friday Harbor sold 184 Armadale Unit 2 on San Juan Island to Larry and Clara Kylio of Rockaway Beach, Oregon for $810,000.

Fishing Bay LLC of Eastsound sold 65 North Beach Road on Orcas Island to Seed Money LLC a Colorado limited liability company and Yellow Brick Road WA, LLC - care of the Gudgell Group Windermere for $590,000.

DGO LLC of Eastsound sold 29 North Beach Road onOrcas Island to Seed Money LLC a Colorado limited liability company and Yellow Brick Road WA, LLC each as to an undivided 50 percent interest as tenants in common - care of the Gudgell Group Windermere for $792,000.

Eastsound Associates LLC of Eastsound sold 310 Main Street on Orcas Island to Seed Money LLC a Colorado limited liability company and Yellow Brick Road WA, LLC each as to an undivided 50 percent interest as tenants in common - care of the Gudgell Group Windermere for $1,500,000.

Michael and Kim Wareham of Eastsound sold 109 North Beach Road on Orcas Island to Seed Money LLC a Colorado limited liability company and Yellow Brick Road WA, LLC each as to an undivided 50 percent interest as tenants in common - care of the Gudgell Group Windermere for $1,582,000.


Patricia Bender of Deer Harbor sold 71 Juniper Lane on Orcas Island to Matt and Julie Larson of Farmington Hills, Michigan for $448,881.

Carolyn Hudson of Friday Harbor sold 574 Kelsando Circle on San Juan Island to Stephanie Warren of Bainbridge Island for $471,784.

Kris Timmons of Friday Harbor sold 86 Briarwood Lane on San Juan Island to Erin and Robert Shackelford of Friday Harbor for $800,000.


Brian Erga of Friday Harbor sold 98 Armadale Road Unit 211 on San Juan Island to Laura Rutherford of Berkeley, California for $450,000.

James Mckeon of Mountlake Terrace, Washington sold 59 Rosehip Road on Orcas Island to Alferd Bentley and Emily Birky of Eastsound for $225,365.


Kenneth Goodwin of Anacortes sold 235 Reed Bay Road on Decatur Island to Stephen and Virginia Roehl of Newcastle Washington for $455,000.

John and Annette Mazzarella of Orcas Island sold 40 A Madrona Street on Orcas Island to Marsha Wiener of Eastsound for $710,000.

Tamara Joyner, Trustee of the 1995 Sharlyn Cameron Trust of Eastsound sold 37 Henry Road on Orcas Island to Gordon Shriver of Bellingham for $435,000.

Arthur Smith and Jennifer Sereda of Friday Harbor sold 685 Argyle Avenue on San Juan Island to For the Lord LLC of Friday Harbor for $705,000.

The Edward Hartz Trust of Bellingham sold 347 Cessna Avenue on San Juan Island to Cindy Todd of Victoria, B.C. for $200,000.

Brock Warin of Friday Harbor sold 500 Hemlock Court on San Juan Island d to Steven Cartagena of Friday Harbor for $325,000.

Scott Grover of Carmel Valley, California sold property on Bay Head Road on Orcas Island to Dean Porter of Cathedral City, California for $40,000.

Kathryn Koch-Thurman, successor Trustee of the Koch Family Trust of 1982 of Deer Harbor sold 398 Olson Lane on Orcas Island to Antony Dashevsky and Quincy Rhodes of Eastsound for $490,000.


David and Ioulia Yerly of Eastsound sold 172 Lovers Lane on Orcas Island to Charlles and Barbara Pesola of Orcas Island for $150,000.

Deborah Wilson of West Haven, Utah sold 62 Still Road on Lopez Island to Walton Creekmore and Sharon Gill of Seattle for $707,000.

Frank and JoAnne Buchanan of Friday Harbor sold property on Wilson Road on San Juan Island to Vail McClure and Jonathan Hu of Friday Harbor for $90,000.


Paul and Nina LeBaron of Anacortes sold 778 Blazing Tree Road on San Juan Island to Gilbert and Helen Mar of Mercer Island for $1,537,000.


John Dunnin of Eastsound sold property on Deer Haven Lane on Orcas Island to Alexander and Karen Dawes of Portland, Oregon for $227,000.

Pear Point Road Holdings LLC of Friday Harbor sold 3439 Pear Point Road on San Juan Island to Mark and Frances Lyle of Fort Worth, Texas for $3,538,863.

Howard and Michael Carlson as co-personal representatives of the estate of William Carlson sold property on Taxi Way on Waldron Island to Charles and Jennifer Nichols of Eastsound for $70,000.

Emily Wheeler Haves of Ennis, Montana sold property on Frost Island to Nathan Hayes of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for $85,000.

Estate of Robert Walter of Seattle sold 13 Brown Island on Brown Island to Sandra and John Harvey of Mercer Island for $300,000.


Island Pine LLC of Olga sold 237 Lindsay Way on Orcas Island to Roert and Debra Tonachel of Deer Harbor for $435,000.


Christing Rosenbaum as personal representative of the estate of William Garlock sold 26 Raptor Road on Orcas Island to Monty Coffey of Eastsound for $85,000.

Judy White Myra Rockwell and Cheryl Kilpatrick of Bremerton, Washington sold 11 Gillnetter Lane on Lopez Island to Kimberly Vora of Seattle for $336,000.

GLEPCO LLC of Bellingham sold 1973 Yacht Haven Road on San Juan Island to Peter and Julie Larson of Bellevue for $1,825,000.


Rep. Rick Larsen: Fact check on Administration's immigration policy

Fact Check: Claiming Asylum

The administration’s decision to separate families coming to the U.S. border to seek asylum has prompted some questionable justification about the policy.

From claims stating there is a “right way” to seek asylum to claims parents broke the law by seeking asylum, many of the statements the administration has made are simply false.

U.S. asylum laws are in place to give the opportunity of asylum to people who are qualified for protection. The U.S. is required under international law to allow folks to claim asylum if they have legitimate humanitarian claims and would be in danger if they were to return to their homes.

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