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San Juan shorelines get greater protection under state Supreme Court decision

Hands off the shoreline. That’s the approach that the critical areas ordinance review committee will follow in light of a recent decision handed down by the state Supreme Court.

Orcas Library Fair abuzz with books and music

Library Director Phil Heikkinen said of Saturday’s 52nd annual Library Fair, “Overall we were really happy with the results of this year’s fair. The main thing that I rediscovered is how resilient and resistant to rain both islanders and visitors alike are. When it was raining they stood looking at books under the plastic and when it stopped they immediately started buying.”

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Sluggish real estate market has San Juan County officials seeing red

A slowdown in the local real estate market has county officials seeing red. That’s red, as in a looming blow to the bottom line of San Juan County’s financial plans for this year and presumably the next.

Ranker endorsed by Bellingham mayor

Last week Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike endorsed Kevin Ranker for the State Senate seat in the 40th legislative district. Ranker is a San Juan County Council member who has won the nomination and the sole endorsement of the local Democratic Party, the conservation community, unions and teachers. In the last week, Kevin Ranker has also been endorsed by Pike’s mayoral opponent, Dan McShane, Equal Rights Washington, and Bellingham City Councilwoman Barbara Ryan.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Fuse lit on fireworks ban referendum

The effort to put the county’s fireworks ban ordinance up for a vote has cleared the county’s required legal review, and enters into the signature-gathering phase as Referendum 2008-2.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Orcas Village to vote on annexation

Orcas Village will have an election of its own come November.

Elwha towed to Anacortes, replaced by Sealth

On Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 6, the 90-car Sealth replaced the 144-car Elwha on the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route, so the Elwha could undergo necessary repairs for an apparent propulsion cooling system failure.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

New dog park opens by airport

The Eastsound Off-Leash Dog Park has moved. Jeff Hanson, Chair of the Park Committee, says that, thanks to the generosity of the Port of Orcas, a multitude of donors and Ezra Richardson construction, the new Off-Leash Area is now open next to the Port of Orcas Day Park at the corner of North Beach and Mt. Baker Roads.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

County sets up free recycling for public events

San Juan County’s Solid Waste Division is offering to lend portable recycling set-ups to organizations that want to increase recycling at public events.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Dead killer whale calf found on Henry Island

A dead orca calf was recovered from a beach on Henry Island’s Open Bay, Saturday, Aug. 2, by the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Rosario Resort to be auctioned

Laurie Cameron, Managing Director of Olympus Real Estate Partners, has announced that Rosario Resort and Marina, which it owns, will be offered at auction on or about Sept. 30, 2008.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Orcas West Council candidates respond to questions

Due to a technical error, the following questions and responses were not added to the Islands Sounder website as announced in last week’s paper.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Orcas School Board offers solutions at meeting with governor’s representatives

When the OISD Board met with experts Amy Skei, Governor Chris Gregoire’s executive policy advisor on Budget K-12 and Jim Kowalkowski, appointed Basic Education Advisor to the Governor and Director of the Rural Education Center, the board had a number of suggestions and recommendations, and a few questions for the state experts.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

“Rachel’s Vacation” films on Orcas

The Food Network show “Rachel’s Vacation” visited several Orcas Island locations during Aug 1 through 5 for a show to air during the upcoming 2008-2009 television season.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Kline appointed as Orcas Sup’t., Gobeske to be K-8 Principal

At the Orcas Island School District (OISD) Board meeting on Aug. 5, the board, after discussion, voted unanimously in two separate motions that High School/Middle School and Waldron Principal Barbara Kline’s job be changed to a .5 Superintendent and .5 School Principal position and that Elementary School Principal Tom Gobeske be appointed as full-time Kindergarten through 8th grade principal.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Shaw Island oft-told tales are now in “Henry’s Stories”

Add “author” to Shaw Islander Henry Hoffman’s list of professions.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Library Fair 2008

  • Aug 12th, 2008

We love the Library Fair!

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Whether rain or shine…

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Pet of the week

How about having a Tuxedo cat named Sadie in your home? Wise beyond her seven years, she’s telling you with her green-eyed steady gaze that all’s well with the world. She also wants to remind everyone that it’s Open House every day 2-5 p.m. at the Animal Shelter on Hope Lane (376-6777) to come visit her and the other residents. Or check the web: www.orcaspets.org. Oh yes, there are cat litter buckets with lids and handles (drive around back) for anyone to help themselves to.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Mishras return to Orcas Island

The Mishras return to the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound, in a benefit tour for The Academy of Indian Classical Music. The concert will be Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Events calendar

Coaches clinic from 5 - 6 p.m. in Buck Park. Youth soccer coaches and assistant coaches planning to help with the fall soccer program are encouraged to attend. Gather tips, drills, and learn coaching techniques from certified coaches. Free. Call 376-5449 to join the clinic.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Fun, food and 4-H highlight centennial San Juan County Fair

The 100th anniversary San Juan County Fair - Wednesday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 16- offers a mix of entertainment, educational displays and fun for fairgoers of all ages and interests. In addition to rides, fair food, and entertainment there will be numerous fair displays and contests.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

EPRC to tackle affordable housing

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Aug. 7 to hold an initial discussion on the committee’s role in the affordable housing debate and at what level that involvement should be.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

McKinney – Soto wedding

Dennis and Rita McKinney announce the wedding of their daughter, Nicole Marie to Mr. Peter Joseph Soto on Aug. 8, 2008 at Bluebell Springs on Orcas Island. Pastor Grant Miles-Era of Orcas Island Community Church officiated. Peter is the son of Robert and Marcia Soto of Tucson, Arizona.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Orcas Rec offers food preserving, day camp, pottery class and field games

Come learn how to process and preserve food for the winter. Join participants of FEAST on Thursday, Aug. 14 in various types of preservation methods with the food they have grown from their garden. Bring excess food from your garden, or come help eat and store ours. The class is from 10 to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center kitchen, for ages 10 to 100. $20 materials cost. Call 376-5339 to register.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Kayakers to research in the San Juans

People For Puget Sound is recruiting and training local volunteer kayakers to help locate infestations of invasive Spartina grass along San Juan County shorelines.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Lukewarm reception for Eastsound drainage plan

Its multi-million dollar price tag and reliance on conventional remedies may have undercut the enthusiasm for the long-awaited drainage plan for the Eastsound urban growth area.

Forum marked by humor, agreement on many issues

There were a few surprises and even more laughs at the League of Women Voters primary candidate forum Aug. 2, in Mullis Community Senior Center in Friday Harbor.

  • Aug 10th, 2008

EPA’S OCEAN SURVEY VESSEL “BOLD” STUDIES PUGET SOUND

Surveys to assess toxic chemicals and oxygen depletion in Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca

  • Aug 8th, 2008

Building construction begins at OPAL’s Wild Rose Meadow

Building construction is under way at Wild Rose Meadow (formally called the Mt. Baker Road Project), Of People and Land (OPAL) Community Land Trust’s next neighborhood.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Council candidate info online, not in voters’ guide

The voters’ guide for the Aug. 19 primary election recently began arriving in local mailboxes.

Council O.K.’s 6-year, $14M transportation improvement plan

San Juan County will spend roughly $14 million over the next six years on road improvements, marine access and walking trails under the latest revision of its six-year transportation improvement plan.

San Juan superior court candidates kick off series of forums

Islanders had the opportunity to hear Superior Court candidates Randy Gaylord and John Linde talk about the issues last Wednesday in the first in a series of candidate forums planned on the islands.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Pet of the week

ONCE UPON A TIME there were seven little kittens: Cloud, Johnny, Cypress, T’Basco, Nugget, Cleo and Whisper. Actually, they’re here right now at the Orcas Animal Protection Society. They play every day with each other, and get great attention from the young shelter volunteers. But you can see they’re all looking at the door waiting for new families to come and take them home. It’s Open House every day at the Shelter, 2 to 5 p.m., so come pick your favorite. Or choose one of the older occupants ... they’re great. They’re all on the web, too: www.orcaspets.org. Or call 376-6777.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Turn Point Lighthouse open house

Turn Point Lighthouse open house

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Events calendar

Brown Bag concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Eastsound, featuring Organist Marianne Lewis from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Information available at 376-6579.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Orcas Island Library Fair!

Every summer since 1954, one of the major events on the Orcas Island event calendar is the Library Fair. This coming Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 to 4 p.m. at the Eastsound Village Square will be the 52nd annual fair. Though the first Library Fairs consisted of craft booths and books, additional elements have become fair traditions over time. This year’s event promises everything that annual attendees have come to expect. There will be booths offering a plethora of food, art, crafts and information; children’s activities, musical entertainment, the art and silent auctions, the quilt raffle and of course thousands of books.

  • Aug 5th, 2008