Four property tax breaks for agricultural, timber and “open space” have recently become an issue for voters, the County Council, San Juan County Assessor Charles Zalmanek and the Washington state legislature.
The Senate passed HB-1129 to fund construction of a third new 144-car “Olympic” class ferry with a 41-8 vote on March 7.
Campaigns for dueling gun initiatives on this year’s ballot could bring national attention to Washington state, and contribute to an ongoing debate about gun laws across the United States.
The 90-vehicle, 1,200-passenger Sealth was lifted out of the water and onto dry-dock at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes on March 3 to investigate issues found during sea trials and diver inspection. The Sealth was removed from service on Feb. 12 due to mechanical issues.
There are several road projects happening on Orcas this spring and summer. Two locations of interest are Prune Aly and Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound. Here is a rundown of what will be occurring.
Lynn Carter worked for 19 years as an administrator. Little did she know that those skills would transfer to 13 years of service for the Orcas Island Public Library and would also take her far across the sea and deep into the jungle.
Another chapter in the seemingly unending Critical Areas Ordinance update process is reaching a conclusion. The San Juan County Council is scheduled to complete the current installment at a March 5 special meeting. But this chapter is far from the end of the story.
A spree of senseless vandalism occurred sometime late Saturday night-early Sunday morning in Friday Harbor. Targets of the vandalism include Friday Harbor Elementary School, Head Start, the pre-school at the Presbyterian Church, Kingdom Hall, and Homes For Islanders.
There are a series of events in San Juan County to recognize the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
The melodic sounds of two intertwined trumpets can be heard every day around 5 p.m. in the Olga area – much to the neighborhood’s delight.
According to prosecutors, the Kirkland man forced himself upon two 15-year-old girls in the haze of an alcohol-fueled party in Eastsound a year ago in late September. Both girls, in addition to being under the age of consent, reportedly had indulged in alcohol and marijuana, and were incapacitated at the time the then-20-year-old sexually assaulted the two, at separate times, hours apart, on the same night.
Students who arrived in the United States illegally as children will soon be eligible to apply for college financial aid.
Sen. Kevin Ranker, at left, delivered a speech on Feb. 17, urging the Senate to reject a pair of Republican measures which he said will erode the rights of working families and employees throughout the state.
Orcas Island has changed a lot since 1889 with new residents, paved streets and much bigger ferries coming into the landing. On one plot of land out in Olga there is a singular relic of the past that stands steadfast and useful as the seasons change. As people pass on and babies are born, it remains constant – it is a rain gauge.
Do you have a stormwater problem? If so, Public Works would like to know.
In Olga, John Willis reported an inch and a half of snow. Islanders at Point Lawrence, just four miles from the Willis property, had 17 inches.
Last night, Orcas Library hosted Guy McPherson, who spoke about "climate chaos." He will be available at the Orcas Island Library today from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to discuss anything of interest to attendees.
Due to continuing deterioration of road conditions, all Orcas Island public schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 24. "Please stay safe, stay warm and stay off of the roads unless you need to travel," said Orcas School representatives.
The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions.
A memorial service for Rick Anda is being held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Spokane. For those of you who are unable to travel over the mountains, the service will be broadcast at the Community Church. All are welcome and the doors will open at 2:45 p.m.