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From seed to plate at the Doe Bay Cafe

Early last spring the gardener at the Doe Bay Resort and Retreat came to café Executive Chef Janay Destello with seed catalogs and asked her what she would like to have on the menu this year as part of their “Seed to Plate” program. “I love the fact that so much of the food we serve comes from right up the hill in the garden. Together we looked through the catalogs and I decided what I wanted to cook this year,” Destello says.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

BLM plans improvements at Turn Point Light Station

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing site improvements, including the addition of a new restroom facility, on public lands it manages at Turn Point Light Station located on the San Juan Island’s Stuart Island. The proposed action would replace the current composting toilet with a vault toilet, re-route a portion of the existing trail from the outhouse to the historic water tank, remove selected and hazardous trees and create a volunteer host camp site.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

VA begins once-a-month primary care on San Juan Island

The Veterans Administration has started once-a-month clinics at the Inter Island Medical Center on San Juan Island on the last Saturday of each month. The clinics are the result of longstanding efforts by San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker, working with “first gentleman” Mike Gregoire, State Washington Veterans Affairs Director, John Lee, and the Veterans Administration.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Lopez School Board approves 2008-09 school budget

At their regularly scheduled meeting of July 30, the Lopez School Board approved an annual budget for school year 2008-09, with a General Fund amount of approximately $4.1 million. The overall budget also includes $1.6 million in Capital Projects funds, reflecting voter approval of last February’s Capital Projects Bond for eight different projects at the school.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Sports physicals and well child screening available

Sports Physicals and Well Child Health Screening clinics conducted by County Health Officer, Frank James, M. D. and the public health staff of the San Juan County Health Department are scheduled for Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 at the Public Health Office in Friday Harbor.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Leadership San Juan Islands Class V begins January 2009

Leadership San Juan Islands announces that preparation for Class V has started. Leadership San Juan Islands is a county-wide program which fosters leadership skills such as facilitation, collaborative problem solving, and public speaking as well as the analysis of local systems related to governance, economics, social services, history and culture, education and the environment. Participants are selected in the fall and spend five months together, January through May, with a staff of four and many regional leaders.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Emergency medical care: Orcas Island Fire Department

The five core interrelated aspects to emergency medical care on Orcas Island are the paramedics, the EMTs, the medical director, the ambulances, and communication.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

San Juan County Land Bank Commission to meet

The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Friday, Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Hearing Room at the San Juan County Legislative Building in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. A Public Hearing on the Proposed Second 2008 Amended Expenditure and Acquisition Plan is scheduled for 9 a.m. with projects reviewed to include the San Juan Historical Museum and Sundstrom/Ackley Farm properties on San Juan Island and the Steinbrueck property on Lopez.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Primary election ballots ready to mail

On Wednesday July 3, San Juan County Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller and her staff loaded trays of 11,005 envelopes containing ballots for the Aug. 19 primary election to be metered and sent out by the United States Postal Service.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Decatur man pleads guilty to lesser offense

A Decatur man arrested on a felony drug charge in October’s high-profile raid by state and federal officers will likely serve five days in jail, or on work crew, for trying to buy 40 grams or more of marijuana.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Orcas School Board looks for consensus on budget cuts

At the Orcas Island School District (OISD) Board meeting on Aug. 1, the board voted to accept a donation of $44,000 from the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) and looked to reach consensus on several cuts to the budget with the goal of reinstating as many teachers as possible.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Men shed shirts for breast cancer

They did not keep their wet t-shirts on long this past Saturday at the Lower Tavern before shedding them for the warmer au natural look. The Wet T-Shirt Contest hosted by the Orcas Gals raised just over $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen 60-mile 3-day walk in Seattle.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Projects in Friday Harbor, Eastsound benefit from 2260 fund

They may not have gotten everything they asked for.

State Representatives endorse Alan Lichter

County Councilman Alan Lichter’s re-election campaign received the endorsement of State Representative Jeff Morris (Democrat—40th District) this week.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Annual Orcas Fly-in

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Moriah Armstrong retiring from OIPP Program

After eight years at the helm of the Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP), Executive Director Moriah Armstrong will be resigning from her position on Sept. 30 2008 to enjoy a semi-retirement.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Decatur Island man in October pot bust pleads guilty to lesser offense

A Decatur man arrested on a felony drug charge in October's high-profile raid by state and federal officers will likely serve five days in jail, or on work crew, for trying to buy 40 grams or more of marijuana.

County transportation solutions call for exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers

The San Juan County public is invited to join in a dialogue among citizens, policy makers and transportation providers to explore economically and environmentally sustainable multimodal transportation solutions for the county. The event is planned for Sept. 17, 2008 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Longtime island volunteer could use a little help

Since moving here nearly 20 years ago, Patricia Frances has volunteered on Orcas Island at the library, the elementary school, and cultural events; for homeschoolers, senior citizens and those needing editing and website services.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Sun, wind and water sprinklers can’t stop the Orcas Island Relay for Life

24-hour benefit for the American Cancer Society still receiving contributions at Islanders Bank

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Orcas Rec makes summer science and chess fun for all

There will be a science camp for children ages 7-14 at the public school cafeteria on July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

40th Rep. Dave Quall endorses Ken Henderson

Mount Vernon-Dave Quall, 40th District representative has announced his official endorsement of 40th District Senate candidate Ken Henderson. Dave Quall has been representing the 40th District for some 14 years and is now the chair the House Education Committee, which considers kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) educational policy and finance issues. Previously, Representative Quall served 38 years teaching, coaching and counseling both at Mount Vernon High School and at Skagit Valley College.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Can a ‘patch’ put an end to the flap over ballot barcodes?

Local Greens insists the remedy fails to protect voter identification

Canoe Journey adds to congestion

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division asks that customers traveling to the San Juan Islands between Wednesday, July 23 and Saturday, July 26 plan ahead for extra congestion. (See Story B2).

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Cameras banned from Elections office

New rules approved last week by the San Juan County Canvassing Board prohibit the use of cameras, cell phones and video recorders in the Elections office while ballots are being processed or tabulated.

County transportation solutions call for exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers

The San Juan County public is invited to join in a dialogue among citizens, policy makers and transportation providers to explore economically and environmentally sustainable multimodal transportation solutions for the county. The event is planned for Sept. 17, 2008 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Community Foundation grants Orcas Schools $10,000

The Orcas Island Community Foundation trustees have voted to grant the Orcas Island School District $10,000 to support the high quality education provided to our community youth. These funds are in addition to the over $100,000 that has been dedicated to the Education Initiative by generous community members. The monies will be released to the district once the final budget work has been completed and the board approves of the expenditures.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Blakely group takes aim at fireworks ban

Local voters pulled the plug on a set of stormwater fees in the first-ever referendum under San Juan County’s home-rule charter.

Orcas School board tasks: balance budget, retain teachers

At the Orcas Island School District (OISD) Board’s special budget meeting on July 15, they were faced with two sets of numbers, those recommended by the Educational Service District’s (ESD) and those proposed by the public Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). OISD Chair Janet Brownell said, “We’re closer on some numbers and respectfully disagree on others. We can look at the two numbers as options, or come to another number, but [Business Manager] Ben Thomas needs to draft a budget for the July 24 meeting.”

  • Jul 24th, 2008

County to pursue purchase of Orcas Village dock

For the second time in three years San Juan County has set its sights on purchasing a waterfront parcel just west of the Orcas Island ferry landing that includes a dock, a float and 400 feet of moorage space.

Orcas Island School Board Meeting, special meeting at 2:30 p.m. to discuss District Administration, (open to the public) followed by the regular meeting to begin at 4:30

Thursday public meeting to discuss superintendent position, followed by executive session at 4:30, re-opened to the public for a budget meeting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Jul 24th, 2008

Gaylord – Linde face off in Superior Court Judge race

As stated by the Office of the Secretary of State, “The Superior Courts are the courts of general jurisdiction in the state judicial system. Pursuant to the Constitution, the Legislature has divided the state into thirty-one judicial districts, each district having one or more judges as authorized by statute. Superior Court Judges are elected to a four-year term by the electorate of the county or counties served.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Orcas County Council Candidates’ forum July 30

A “Meet the Candidates” event will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Sun, wind and water sprinklers can’t stop the Relay for Life

They came with canopies and sleeping bags, balloons and sneakers, snacks and bead strings – the eleven teams signed up for first-ever Orcas Island Relay for Life, spearheaded by Orcas Fire Dept. volunteer Valerie Moriarity. The American Cancer Society event took place continuously from Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. to Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at a track created at the Orcas Island high school baseball field.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Chris MacDonald, who lived on Orcas from 1977 to 1987, dies in a motorcycle accident.

Services will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 6 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher picnic site at Riverside State Park, Spokane WA.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Attorney General posts Internet safety tips on website

In partnership with national Internet safety expert, Linda Criddle, author of the Internet safety manual "Look Both Ways," McKenna’s office has added fresh information to its Web site for youth, adults, seniors and educators.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

San Juan and British Columbia Coroners Will Compare DNA To Find Possible Link Between Body and Feet

Officials in British Columbia have asked for information which could determine if there is a connection between human remains found in San Juan County in 2007 and a human foot recovered with a shoe on Valdes Island more than a year later.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Talk focus on gender violence Aug. 5

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, educator, author and filmaker Jackson Katz will present two lectures.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Cameras banned from Elections office

New rules approved last week by the San Juan County Canvassing Board prohibit the use of cameras, cell phones and video recorders in the Elections office while ballots are being processed or tabulated.

WSDOT Ferries Division continues biodiesel testing with fueling of Klahowya

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division will begin operating its third vessel – Klahowya – with a biodiesel fuel blend on Saturday, July 19. The Klahowya will operate on a five percent blend (B5) of tallow-based biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel (95 percent).

  • Jul 22nd, 2008