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Nearly 30 years ago Louise Carnachan first came to Orcas Island to attend a University of Washington staff retreat at Deer Harbor. Now, with years of experience in business consultation and retreat planning, Carnachan is an island resident and businesswoman whose mission is to attract organizations such as the UW and large businesses to Orcas Island for retreats and seminars.
Joe Giuilano, the Border Patrol representative who has been the spokesperson for the recent Border Patrol operations at the Anacortes ferry terminal, will be speaking before the County Council at their meeting on Orcas Island on May 6. The meeting will be held at the Senior Center. Giuliano is expected to address the public at 1:45 p.m. before the council, and to answer questions after the council adjourns, if need be.
A Candidates Forum will be held on May 5 at the West Sound Community Club, timed to accommodate ferry travelers, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Democratic Party candidates for the 40th LD State Senate seat, from which Senator Harriet Spanel is resigning, will be presented.
(L to R) Barb Buman, Chris Guidotti, Gordon Buman.
With their annual visit to Waldron Island school for a regular board meeting beginning at 10 a.m., and the reconvening of the public session at 4:35 p.m., followed by a special board meeting at 7 p.m., the Orcas Island School District administration and board had a marathon day of school business to take care of on April 24.
On April 14, a group of community members, Friends of the Library board members and Library Trustees recommended to the Orcas Island Public Library Board that “the Board seriously examine expanding the current Library building.”
Through arrangements with Councilman Alan Lichter, a documentary film crew from Paris will spend the first week in May in the San Juans, shooting a film on climate change.
An Orcas Island man who snatched a bag containing $523 in donations while working for food in the kitchen of the American Legion in September was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft.
Earlier this month, the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) received $100,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for its fourth affordable housing project, “Sustainable Community Homes,” currently under construction outside of Lopez Village. It will have 11 homes, two rental units, and an office/resource center.
The Funhouse has received a significant grant from the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) to improve its services to children ages 1-5 in our community.
Say what you want about certain local sports fishermen, they are sincere… boy... they’re sincere!
"Language" contains fast-paced lyrics to instrumental classics.
Tickets are still available for all performances of “Beauty and the Beast” on its last weekend at Orcas Center.
Thanks to the support of Bilbo’s Mexican Restaurant, Chasanoff’s first and second grade families are working to send their children to the Seattle Aquarium and actually spend the night there. Two of the aquarium’s teachers will be on hand to educate students about the wonders they will experience.
Bogie’s Café and Pub has opened for breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the Orcas Island Country Golf Club. Clubhouse manager Nikki Freeman is in charge of this new venture, which is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
The fact is, the Orcas Island School District has pulled itself out of the budget hole it was in last year – it finished the 2006-’07 school year with a zero balance, and is projected to keep its $150,000 or three percent fund reserve at the end of this school year. However, the fact also is, a juggernaut composed of underfunded cost-of-living increases and district increases to state teacher salaries and health benefits coupled with declining enrollment is headed straight for the District, in the amount of $667,000.
San Juan Nature Institute’s Orcas Spring Lecture Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Orcas Senior Center. The schedule is as follows:
Farm management practices that have produced positive environmental and financial results at Sweet Grass Beef Farm on Lopez Island will be spotlighted on Monday, April 28, as owners Scott Meyers and Brigit Waring give a tour of their farm.
The Land Bank is sponsoring a Writing Contest for 10th- through 12th-grade students in San Juan County. The topics are: Preserving what’s important in a changing world, and; Imagine the Islands without land conservation. “We are looking for the best essays about the idea of conservation and its significance to the writer.” It is not necessary for the essay to feature a Land Bank Preserve. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry.
Moran state Park is working with KWIAHT ecologist Russel Barsh and botanist Madrona Murphy to offer a series of workshops and lectures about rare native plants in Moran State Park. The overall goal for this partnership is to find and map out rare native plants in Moran State Park so that the Park can knowledgably manage the land in the future, said Linda Sheridan, Moran’s Interpretive Specialist.
Spring is in the the air and new growth is all around at the Lopez Island Public Library.
“The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Visitor Guide and Business Directory has arrived on-island and the reviews are glowing!” said Lance Evans, Chamber Executive Director.
Currently in San Juan County the immunization rates are well below the state average of 71 percent and National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 19 to 26, is a reminder to parents, health professionals, and the public that children deserve a healthy start to life by immunizing them against 14 vaccine preventable diseases. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is so important to discuss with your health care provider the risks and benefits of vaccinating so each individual can make an informed decision.
Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) will elect two directors at its annual meeting on Saturday, May 17, on the ferry. The opportunity to elect the board of directors is a unique feature of the cooperative member-owned electric utilities.
Beginning Sunday, April 20, WSDOT Ferries Division downsized the San Juan Islands route for a week to complete an annual U.S. Coast Guard required inspection on the 144-car Elwha. The 90-car Sealth will operate on the route while the Elwha goes to WSDOT’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for its annual inspection.
On April 15, the San Juan County Council voted four-to-one to direct the Marine Resource Committee (MRC) to discontinue its effort to have the County designated an Aquatic Reserve.
Forget about the spread sheets. The true value of any public administrator may be an ability to read between the lines.
April 26 meeting connects global warming and 2008 elections.
The lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will continue on Saturday, April 19 with a presentation by part-time Orcas Islanders John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, co-founders of the Gottman Institute, who will discuss “Building and Restoring Intimate Relationships: A Research-Based Approach.”
Friends of Moran State Park will celebrate Earth Day 2008 with the Moran State Park Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 19.
Early last December, eighteen women and men began a journey to earn Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificates from the State of Washington. Seven dropped out. Eleven stayed the course. The Orcas Island Fire Department now has ten new EMTs, and Shaw has one.
As part of its third annual “Get Off The Rock” College Counseling event, The Funhouse will bring Sarah Callendar, a Seattle-based college essay consultant, to the island to conduct a two-day college essay workshop for high school juniors. On Saturday, April 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sarah will provide instruction and inspiration to help students write essays that allow their voice, personality and unique attributes to shine. On Sunday, April 20, between 10 a.m.and 1 p.m., students are encouraged to bring an outline or rough draft of an essay and review the draft with Sarah in small group sessions.
The 2008 Tour de Lopez sold out a month before its event date.
Council to consider ban on ‘consumer’ fireworks tSparklers and snakes – like Roman candles – would be outlawed
What would the Fourth of July be without a few sparklers or a firecracker or two to celebrate with?
Orcas’ Favorite (Bi)Son opens researchers’ eyes tArcheologists line up early to hear latest theories
The discovery of ancient bison bones in an Orcas Island peat bog a few years ago is changing researchers’ ideas about the arrival of humans in the New World, and the extent of the ice-age glaciers. The bones lend credence to the idea that the Pacific Coast offered a food-rich ecosystem for ice age hunters some 14,000 years ago – much earlier than the prevailing scientific theory pegs the arrival of humans to the New World.