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Although he has yet to write a citation this year for illegal burnings, San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner is growing concerned that it’s still occurring, but that islanders may not report the fires. He has two theories – either they are not aware that they can contact Turner on the weekend or they fear repercussion from the people starting the fires.
The series of broadband – high-speed Internet and other communication services – meetings across the islands were held to discuss what services would be provided and when, the costs and the provider.
Bill and Jenny Myers have created the first goat dairy on Orcas.
Since the end of April, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has taken 20 calls reporting sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night by a man, from a restricted or private number, who speaks to his female victims by their name.
When the Sounder heard Matthew Laslo-White, Cierra Lutz and Mackie Blackburn play, we launched our own online contest for locals to pick their favorite musicians. More than 160 people turned out to place their votes.
Mead, known as the libation of the gods by the Greeks, is often referred to as the first alcohol made by men. Also called honey wine, it was the choice of beverage for the mighty Vikings and their gods.
Since starting their journey in Olympia, Wash., Matthew White and Skye Marchesi have witnessed breathtaking sunsets, porpoise sightings and even a few raccoons acting like “miniature bears” on James Island.
Despite various fundraisers like the tournament, the booster club has a way to go in its quest to fund spring sports. It is $2,400 short of the $17,500 needed for transportation, officials’ fees, the athletic director’s salary and equipment fees.
If you don’t already love the Orcas Farmer’s Market, Jennifer Pietsch’s genuine excitement for the vendors and their products will win you over.
It’s time to tee off, score a birdie or even a double-eagle, all for free this May – that is if you happen to be an employee or volunteer of the schools or fire and sheriff’s department.
Every Tuesday for the last few months, five women gather with Windex and marker pens in hand. They laugh and chat as they clean used items that will be put on display and later sold.
The Good Lovelies, based out of Toronto, Canada, are coming to Orcas Center, April 29, 7:30 p.m., with a special event: “Burgers and Brew” from the Lower Tavern in the Madrona Room, 5:30 p.m., $15 at the door.
Passing the buck has new meaning as Orcas Island School Board continues to work on the transfer of Buck Park to the Orcas Island Parks and Recreation District.
When Joanne Rand describes why she likes performing on Orcas Island, it sounds like she is writing a song. “Climbing Mount Constitution. The vibe of the place. The green forest. Looking into Canada. Doe Bay. The ferry boat ride. The remoteness and sense of timelessness,” she said, listing off her favorite island things. “Orcas is like a jewel.”
The five baby goats at Pi Valley Llama farm spend their days frolicking and playing in the green grass.
When Tom Averna looked down into the water next to his boat, he saw an object that looked out of place. He fished it out, and was surprised to find what appeared to be a survey stake with Asian characters on it – a possible remnant from the tsunami that ravaged Japan last year.
Point Blank, the Orcas Island High School prevention leadership group, agreed to do their best to replicate that experience for other parents. Their panel will be held Thursday, April 12, in the back of the school library at 5:30 p.m.
SJPT recently purchased the 217-acre island, seven miles north of Anacortes from Seattle's Fluke family. Its patriarch, the late high-tech pioneer John Fluke, bought Vendovi in 1966.
In the continuing wake of a poor economy, high school students face a potentially rough road on their journey to a profitable and fulfilling career. Washington Business Week aims to help students prepare for the challenges and opportunities of life after high school, like how to manage money, networking, and business ethics. Organizers describe the event as a crash course that offers a simulated “corporate” environment.
This season, nine students will be swinging their clubs on the green and Coach Bobby Olmsted couldn’t be happier. Olmsted has been coaching for 11 years, but this is the first time that he has held tryouts. His requirements for ideal players? Ability is not as important as commitment, he said.
The Vikings are known as tough competition, and with this season’s slow start the Vikings may surprise other teams later in the season when they make their come back.
The farmers were noticeable not by their denim and muddy boots, but their expressions both somber and frustrated. They, and several other concerned citizens, took their turns sitting before the council at a special Lopez meeting on Tuesday and voiced their concerns relating to the Agriculture Current Use Taxation Program.
When Jeffery Broussard plays the accordion, he plays it with his whole body. And his toe tapping, hip shaking and exuberant shoulder shrugging is contagious. His numerous YouTube videos all have one thing in common – a room full of folks swaying and clapping their hands as zydeco and Creole melodies fill the air.
A wide range of topics was covered by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) during two recent meetings on Orcas Island. He started off the discussion with his stance on women’s health care and reproductive rights. “I am shocked that we are having this debate, women are shocked and afraid because of this debate,” he said. “I am going to fight and advocate for the progress women have made for reproductive and health care rights.”
As the rain stopped and the sunlight broke out from the clouds, seven islanders stood in Waterfront Park with cardboard signs calling for peace, change, support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and also the removal of Ed DeMarco. This gathering is one of 200 “Save Our Home” rallies for MoveOn.org’s campaign asking President Obama to remove DeMarco as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-controlled mortgage lenders, change their policy to provide relief to the ten million Americans struggling with mortgage debt.
Ginni Keith always loved music, she even majored in the oboe in college, but for 25 years music just evaporated from her life - she even sold all her instruments. But when she moved to Lopez everything changed. She joined the choir - and for the last 12 years she has immersed herself in sound, even adding a few instruments to her repertoire.
Thousands died and riots broke out across Haiti as cholera raced through the population. In one area, burning barricades littered the streets and blocked the road to the hospital. Rosedanie Cadet watched as the chaos unfolded. She asked people to help move the mattresses and other objects set aflame, but only one person helped her to clear the way.
Junior Lana Bronn received “Honorable Mention,” and sophomore Bella Nigretto was awarded All-League first team honors, which is given to the top five players in the entire league, as voted by league coaches.
Screening for documentary exposing how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women
The award-winning documentary “Miss Representation,” which will be screened on Orcas on March 18, 2 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and the consequences to our youth, our culture, and our politics.
Local experts spoke about the update of the county’s critical areas ordinance, Feb. 29 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The forum was sponsored by Friends of the San Juans.
Gregory Books wants teenagers to get excited about astronomical science. For one project his class dug debris out of their house gutters and using magnets determined that there were microscopic pieces of meteorites. He also had students brainstorm ways humans could live on Mars. Last fall he asked his class to build a sundial — not just a stick in the ground sundial, but one that would be adjustable for each season and daylight savings.
Judy Beemer receives numerous phone calls a day from telemarketers or automated surveys, but last week when she picked up the phone she was answered by a young man in his twenties, who said “Hi, Grandma.”
On Friday nights, parents sit on the bleachers of the Orcas Middle School Gym watching their children laugh as they glide across the floor. Some parents, like islander Marlace Hughes, remember putting skates on at the same gym years ago.
A petition seeking to make San Juan County free of genetically modified organisms has hit the streets.
The Orcas Island Mt. Baker Road and Trail Improvement project has its wheels on the ground and is preparing for lift-off. The design is almost complete and Public Works is waiting for environmental permitting from various organizations including Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Ecology and San Juan County. The last item on Public Works’ list is finalizing the right-of-way purchase.
To deal with the dangers of falling trees, Rob Fimbel with the Washington State Parks’ Stewardship Program has proposed a plan to patch cut and thin three areas of the park, which include the surrounding areas of the Environmental Learning Center, the primitive campground and the upper part of the north end campground. The areas are high priority because of the year-round and seasonal living quarters by the ELC and the overnight guests at the campgrounds.
During the council meeting on Feb. 7, council chairwoman Patty Miller, Orcas East, said there is no update to the solid waste after Tuesday's meeting, but that there is a “concept” for dividing the property into areas, which includes setting aside a portion of the site for continuing the Exchange and possibly accommodating expansion, but there is significant due diligence that needs to be completed before any more specifics can be determined.
Each island tends to have a signature when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the inclination is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.
The majority of San Juan county residents have never seen a snowy owl in their neighborhood, but as more of these birds are spotted in the region, it may be possible to see white wings gliding through the air. Snowy owls have been spotted throughout Washington and other states this fall, said Barb Jensen, president of the San Juan Islands Audubon Society.
Beau Borrero observed the feeding and sheltering of hungry strangers amidst the cold and rain. He stood witness to police pepper spraying and striking faces with clubs, and the twisting and contorting of limbs that he can only describe as torture. Borrero also watched ordinary people from all walks of life with signs held high above their heads, their slogans reverberating throughout the country.