The critical habitat afforded to the endangered Southern Resident killer whales could expand to include 700 miles of coastline, but it won’t happen anytime soon.
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below following the passage of a statewide transportation plan Monday from the State Senate:
Hughes has a list of what he’d like to see the county facilitate: mooring muoys, a long-term stormwater plan, curb gutters, low level streetlights and more sidewalks and parking.
Every county in Washington state has the ability to elect in a land bank – but San Juan is the only county to do it.
When Clark McAbee was a boy, his father took him to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, where he marveled at the dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The collections he saw left an impression that inspire him to this day.
A total of 80 neighborhoods in the county are currently in the design process. The areas that are most advanced in the process and under construction are Cape San Juan and Mineral Point on San Juan Island and Eagle Lake on Orcas.
Escorted out of his office two weeks ago, San Juan County's building official remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. He contends in a "whistleblower" report filed one week prior to the dismissal that revenue from permit fees has been improperly shuffled around in the department in which he works.
A newborn orca calf was sighted Feb. 25 about 15 miles off Westport, Greys Harbor.
All three bills requested by State Superintendent Randy Dorn have passed out of the House Education Committee and continue to make their way through the Legislature.
San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said he was not surprised to find that 59 percent of 240 participants in a recent poll said drug activity was their main worry when it comes to crime in island communities.
There has been a leak overnight in our system. Crews have been contacted and are on the way to repair the leak. Residents that are on the system will be without water for much of the day.
Big tsunamis come every 300 to 600 years, and the last one for the west coast was 315 years ago, which means a disaster could be headed our way.
The Viking boys lost in the first round of the 2B Bi-District playoffs on Feb. 14 against Auburn Adventist 84-63, but the 7-7 season overall was really a win.
In support of the Olga Strawberry Council’s “Grand Push to Complete” the Olga Artworks Building, I offer some notes on the history of this iconic structure, and its importance to our community.
Four well-known island chefs are offering a peek into their kitchens during a series of cooking classes this spring.
“Of course we are disappointed, but not terribly surprised,” said Executive director Pete Moe. “While we still believe it would have made a great home for The Exchange, the obstacles to getting it done were simply too numerous.”
Critical estuarine habitat in the Pacific Northwest and across the country would receive better protection as a result of a bill introduced Feb. 12 by Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, and Rep. Frank LoBiondo, NJ-02.
Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations with OPALCO to deliver modern, scalable and reliable broadband services for homes and businesses in San Juan County.
In early February, tools from a job site on Haven Road were stolen. A few days later, tools from a locked shed at Orcas Athletics were also taken.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue honored its newest members of the department on Feb. 11.