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. and 400 feet of moorage space.

SJI Transfer Station Environmental Impact Statement Draft to be Released July 28

Current plans are to present copies of the document to the County Council at its Monday Session during Administrator Updates at 11 a.m. More details about the logistics of the release itself next week.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

WSDOT Ferries Division continues biodiesel testing with fueling of Klahowya

Hybrid fuel based on ultra-low sulfur diesel and leftover fat from beef rendering

  • Jul 19th, 2008

San Juan County Councilman Myhr appointed to Salmon Recovery Council

The County Council has affirmed the designation of Bob Myhr, Council Member, District 6, as the San Juan County watershed representative on the Puget Sound Partnership Salmon Recovery Council. The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) had requested the Council’s support for the appointment which, under state law, the MRC, as the local Salmon Recovery Citizens Advisory Group, is responsible for making.

  • Jul 19th, 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

Dave Quall-40th District Representative endorses Ken Henderson

“It is a great honor to have the support of Representative Quall. Education is one of the most important issues that the legislature must address and I look forward to working with Dave for the future of our children, ” said Henderson.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

Orcas Island School Board tasks: balance budget, retain teachers

The July 15 meeting leaves $90,000 to be cut for a balanced budget, more if RIFd teachers are to be called back

  • Jul 18th, 2008

Restore salmon in your backyard

Have you ever wondered about salmon restoration in your backyard, your watershed? What’s going on, who’s doing the work, where the projects are located, and how you can get involved or coordinate with these efforts? Thanks to a joint effort by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and locally based Lead Entity watershed groups, such as the San Juan Lead Entity coordinated by Barbara Rosenkotter, searching for restoration projects in our watersheds is now just as easy as looking for a new home on the Internet or locating an address on MapQuest.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Representative Jeff Morris endorses Kevin Ranker for Senate

The campaign of 40th District Democratic Party Nominee for State Senate, Kevin Ranker, received the endorsement of longtime 40th LD State Representative Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes.)

  • Jul 16th, 2008

WSF to conduct another ferry riders survey starting in mid-July

Reema Griffith, Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission, said in a press release on July 8, “Washington State Ferries (WSF) is facing serious challenges. With the increased costs of operations due to rising fuel prices and the need for investment in infrastructure and new ferries, the challenges are growing each day. Over the past several months, the State Transportation Commission has been involved in a comprehensive effort to gather data on ferry customers to help the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division (WSF) and our state’s decision makers identify comprehensive solutions that will meet the needs of its customers in the future.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Intense heat threatens Orcas firefighters in cabin ‘bonfire’

Captain Max Jones of the Orcas Island Fire Department says that the fire at Burke Thomas’ cabin on July 4 was “by far the hottest fire I’ve ever been to in 26 years of firefighting.”

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas Island Historical Society wins parade award

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that this year’s best Community Parade Entry is awarded to the Orcas Island Historical Society and Museum for their “Born Here, Still Here” entry.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas school superintendent Glenn Harris resigns

On Friday, July 11, Superintendent Glenn Harris submitted a formal resignation from his position as Superintendent of the Orcas Island School District.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas firefighters battle Eastern Washington fires

Orcas Island Fire Department has joined with San Juan and several local fire districts to respond to fires now burning out of control in eastern Washington. Firefighters from all over the state are sending what help they can to help in the effort. One fire, east of Wenatchee, is now considered a threat to the Bonneville Power lines. Firefighters Tad Lean and David Howitt from San Juan Island plus Chad Kimple and Perry Pruett are manning brush engines from both islands. Noel Monin from San Juan Fire District 3 is the Strike Team Leader.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Washington voter registration deadline is Saturday

Secretary of State Sam Reed is reminding Washington citizens that Saturday, July 19, is the last day for them to do mail-in or online voter registration in order to vote in the August 19 Primary election.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas school board trims $210,000 off proposed budget deficit

As the July 24 deadline for budget completion for the 2008-2009 school year looms, the Orcas Island School District (OISD) Board sharpened their pencils and exchanged proposals for budget cuts at their meeting on July 7, and by the end of the evening, they’d whittled $210,000 from the proposed budget deficit.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas Island Fire Medics Union asks for Division Chief contract on Aug. 1

In his report to the Board of Fire Commissioners on July 8, Orcas Island Fire Department Chief Mike Harris announced that the Fire/Medic local union members Valerie Harris, Mik Presz and Patrick Shelpler have formally presented the proposal to divide the Assistant Fire Chief duties into three positions, with a start time of Jan. 1, 2009. They also proposed an interim start date of August 1, 2008. Their current contract expires on Dec. 31, 2008.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas Island School District Superintendent’s resignation on July 15 School meeting agenda

Superintendent Glenn Harris has submitted his resignation, after two years at the helm of the Orcas Island School District

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas Library to host pajama party, story time for kids

Children ages three to six are invited to wear their pajamas and come hear stories at the Orcas Library before bedtime on Thursday, July 31.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Washington State Board of Education seeks new member

In a press release issued June 27 from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), it was announced that Superintendent Dr. Terry Bergeson will conduct an election in November 2008 for one elected position to the State Board of Education.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Orcas to host Ladies Golf Scramble Tournament

In years past there was a friendly rivalry between women golfers on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands, played out at frequent tournaments held on each of the islands. This year the tradition returns to Orcas Island on July 22. The inter-island Ladies Golf Scramble Tournament has a shot-gun start at 10:15 a.m (golfers start simultaneously at every tee on the course). Lopez hosted their own scramble earlier this summer and several golfers from Lopez and San Juan Island are expected for the Orcas tournament. All women golfers of any ability are encouraged to join in the fun.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Malcom and Downing of Orcas renew vows in California

River Malcolm and Christine Downing of Orcas Island were legally married on July 7 in Berkeley, California. The couple renewed their vows in the presence of 25 friends and family members, and for the first time received the legal sanction of the state of California for their marriage. River’s sister, Judy Malcolm, performed the ceremony in the garden of the home of Chris’ sister, Hanna Alger.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

NOAA Fisheries Service seeks members for advisory panel

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking applicants for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, the only federal advisory panel charged with advising the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource issues that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Sign-up now for kids’ craft booths at the Orcas Library Fair

Once again this year, kids can sign up for a craft booth at the Library Fair to sell crafts or other items they have made.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Doors open for Friday Harbor’s U.G.A.

On July 8, the San Juan County Council joined the town of Friday Harbor in an agreement over how development of the unincorporated urban growth area (UGA) on San Juan Island will be managed.

San Juan Nature insert full of practical tips

Many say that the San Juans are paradise – so how do we keep them that way? An eight page full color insert coming out July 15 and 16 in all three local papers gives actions we can all take to help. Make sure you get a copy of “Caring for our natural resources … a way of life in the San Juans.”

  • Jul 15th, 2008

San Juan County Fair’s Written Word contest extends deadline

Register online at

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Councilman Myhr Appointed to Salmon Recovery Council

Bob Myhr to take Kevin Ranker's slot..

  • Jul 14th, 2008

What is Relay For Life? Orcas Island joins the American Cancer Society in community fund-raising event

Luminaria celebration at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Relay for Life starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Representative Jeff Morris endorses Kevin Ranker for 40th Legislative District

Ranker has served as San Juan County Council member

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Orcas Island firefighters fighting fires in Eastern Washington

Kimple and Pruett at fire sites threatening Bonneville Power lines

  • Jul 11th, 2008

“Relay for Life” comes to Orcas

The American Cancer Society’s annual community fundraiser, “Relay for Life®” comes to Orcas Island July 19-20, thanks to local organizers who persisted in getting Orcas Island’s own event.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

EPRC drills down on Eastsound stormwater questions

Committee has roundtable discussion with key players in Eastsound stormwater issues

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Animal Protection Society offers discounted spay/neuter to Orcas Islanders

The Orcas Animal Protection Society will offer low cost spaying/neutering for dogs and cats of Orcas Island residents. The minimal fee of $1 for cats and $5 for dogs is made possible by a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation through its Partners in Philanthropy program.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Gray whales’ feeding patterns could help marine birds

Recently published research funded by the UC Davis SeaDoc Society suggests that growth in gray whale populations may have unexpected benefits for other marine animals in trouble, such as diving sea ducks.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Dem. nominee for 40th Dist. state senate picks up endorsements

Democratic Party Nominee for the 40th District Senate, Kevin Ranker, has gained endorsements from NARAL, SEIU 925 and 775. 40th LD party chair Tom Pasma, and 40th LD Vice Chairs Roni Beall, also endorsed Ranker.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

144-car Kaleetan returns to the San Juan Islands July 4

Vehicle capacity was added to the San Juan Islands route when the 144-car Kaleetan replaced the 90-car Sealth beginning Friday, July 4, a few days earlier than previously announced. The vessel switch helped accommodate heavy traffic on this popular recreational route for the Fourth of July weekend, and the route is scheduled to keep a 144-car vessel and remain above normal capacity for the rest of the summer. The 188-car Walla Walla will replace the Kaleetan on the Seattle/Bremerton route.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Neah Bay group seeks long-term funding for rescue tug

State oil spill prevention will mark a historic first as the tug Hunter begins stand-by rescue tug duty at Neah Bay July 1 on a year’s contract.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Fog Seal spraying on Orcas may cause delays

Public Works road crews began spraying sealant on 22 miles of the most-traveled roads on Orcas over a four-day period beginning July 7. It is part of a program to “fog seal” all roads that handle more than 1000 autos per day.

  • Jul 10th, 2008

Event planned to benefit Orcas Historical Museum, Nordstrom Barn

A BarnFest celebration will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 6 p.m., at the 100-year-old Nordstrom Barn in Crow Valley, 285 Nordstrom Lane. The event will benefit restoration of the Nordstrom Barn and preservation of the Orcas Island Historical Museum log cabins.

  • Jul 10th, 2008