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Medical student completes study at Orcas Medical Center

“As in any rural community, the family practice here at Orcas Medical Center has to be ready to address a wide range of medical issues,” said Cortney Boulton, a second-year University of Washington medical student who is nearing the end of a month-long study program on Orcas Island. “I’ve really learned a lot by just observing Dr. Giefer’s way of listening to patients carefully and understanding their needs.”

  • Jun 24th, 2008

The White Lotus Cafe blooms in Eastsound

An old cafe took on a new owner in May when Pauline Shuman opened the White Lotus Cafe in Eastsound Square.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Join the FEAST as students learn permaculture design from local experts

Sam Bullock, with the help of friends and interns Jocelyn Burkhart, Paul Kearsley and Charly Robinson, welcomed 12 Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) students to the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Nursery last week for a three-day private permaculture design course. FEAST is a summer-long program for high school students who receive credit while attending classes taught by local experts.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Council votes to continue subsidies on owner-builder permit fees

On Tuesday, June 17, the San Juan County Council amended permit fees for Owner/Builder building permits designed to give a financial break to people who want to build modest-sized homes, but charging the full rate to owner-builders who build larger homes.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Plainclothes Border Patrol agents used at Anacortes

The Border Patrol checks at Anacortes include “plainclothesmen” who ask ferry workers to share “intelligence,” it was learned last week when a ferry worker came forward with his objections to being asked to divulge information.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Waldron Candidates Forum

On Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Waldron Community Meeting (WCM) will host a candidates’ forum for the Orcas West District of the County Council and Judicial Candidates. Those wishing to attend may arrange transportation by calling Waldron Freight at 360-317 8041 or provide their own. The WCM will provide transportation to and from the Waldron dock. Please confirm at 360-317-8380. Each candidate will have five to ten minutes to present their position, followed by a question and answer session. Candidates are asked to bring their latest donor list and any literature to distribute.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

County prevails in Lopez shoreline case

On June 12, 2008, the Shoreline Hearing Board denied a variance for a vacation home on a narrow irregular shaped parcel along Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. If allowed, it would be the only house on 1.2 miles of stretch of Fisherman Bay. The owners purchased the property knowing that it was unbuildable, and then applied for a variance to allow a setback from the top of the bank at 25 feet, according to Pete Rose, County Administrator.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Permits for rainwater

The Department of Ecology is clarifying regulations governing the collection and use of rainwater in Washington state. Currently, homeowners aren’t required to obtain water right permits to collect and store small amounts of rainwater. The new rule for the first time would define how much rainwater can be collected and used before a permit is required.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

County proposes weed eradication assessment

The Chair of the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Board told the San Juan County Council on June 17 that demands on the program - requests from property owners and site visits – have increased an average of more than 15 percent each year since 2002 and the number of information letters and noxious weed notifications sent to property owners so far this year is 20 times higher than at any time in the past.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Whale cranium recovered off San Juans

The cranium of a whale skeleton that has been on the ocean bottom near the San Juan Islands since November 2006 finally resurfaced on Sunday, June 1, after a long, exhausting weekend for a team of University of Washington Friday Harbor Lab divers and vessel operators.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Adventuress grounded

An historic sailboat that many locals have seen navigating island waters for years encountered a mishap earlier this week. Around noon on Monday, June 23, the 133’ schooner Adventuress ran aground on a rock near Wasp Pass.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Wildfire education to be theme of day camp for middle schoolers

Two week course at Camp Orkila, July 14 to 25.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Zee steps down at Conservation District

Departure creates vacancies within district, ARC, SJ Initiative

  • Jun 20th, 2008

Ranker wins sole endorsement of 40th Legislative District Democrats

Stephanie Kountouros declares that she will no longer seek the Senate seat.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

Council Votes to Continue Subsidies on Owner-Builder Permit Fees

By STAN MATTHEWSCounty Communications Program ManagerOn Tuesday, June 17, the San Juan…

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Orcas High School says goodbye to Class of 2008

At Commencement ceremonies on June 14, the 22 Orcas High School graduates wore blue caps and gowns, with a purple stole if they’d maintained a 3.25 grade point average, a blue collar if they were members of the National Honor Society – recognized for their scholarship, leadership, character and service – and candy leis if they were members of Key Club, the high school service organization. They wore high heels and flip-flops, skirts, leggings and shorts under their gowns, and gleefully threw their mortarboards in the air before leaving commencement.

  • Jun 19th, 2008

Eastsound Fire Dept. to host Relay for Life fund-raiser June 28

Clean furniture and other household items that are in good condition are now being accepted as donations to the Relay for Life Fund-raiser Yard Sale on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Department.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Public invited to study botany on Mt. Constitution June 21

A San Juan Nature Institute adult field workshop with Dr. Thor Hanson will explore the botany of Mt. Constitution June 21. The public will be able to study site ecology and plant identification at various elevations, with explorations to an old-growth forest and a spring-fed fen, among other locations. The workshop will take place Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Wash. ferries ends 30-min. lockout rule for multi-ride cards

On Thursday, June 5, WSDOT Ferries Division removed the 30-minute lock-out restriction on the frequent user discounted multi-ride car and driver card so that families traveling together on a ferry in separate vehicles can share their multi-ride card, in the same way that they currently share their walk-on tickets. The 30-minute lock-out (also known as a “velocity lock”) meant that a multi-ride vehicle ticket can only be used once in a 30-minute time period.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Several Orcas residents graduating from Univ. of Washington

Orcas Island students who will be graduating from the University of Washington this June include John Rollin Wulff, with a Bachelor of Science in informatics; Rachel Louise Collister, receiving a Bachelor or Arts in anthropology; and Barry Meyer Cousteau Jones, earning a Bachelor of Science in informatics.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Gamblers Anonymous comes to Orcas Island

Gamblers Anonymous is starting a chapter on Orcas Island. The group meets Saturdays at 4 p.m. in the new Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Eastsound.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Orcas High grad receives BA from Whitman College

Andrew I. Zoeller received his bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Whitman College at their Commencement Ceremony on May 18. Indy is the son of Melinda Milligan and Dave Zoeller of Eastsound and is a 2004 graduate of Orcas High School. He would like to thank the Kiwanis, Orcas Center, the Islands’ Sounder, the Lions Club, the Firefighter’s Association and a number of Orcas Whitman Alumni who helped make it possible for him to attend Whitman.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Orcas School Dist. awards ’07 grad with $6.7K grant

Gregory Griffith, a 2007 graduate of Orcas Island High School and a student at Eastern Washington Univeristy, has been awarded a Carper Foundation Scholarship for $6,700 for the 2008-2009 academic year. This scholarship is awarded to a student with a 2.80 or higher GPA from the Orcas Island Public School system.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Orcas High grad makes president’s list at Western Wash. Univ.

Orcas Island's Daniella Armstrong made the President’s list at Western Washington University for the Winter quarter. She continues studying Arabic and Spanish as well as geology and modern dance while working toward a degree in linguistics.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Wash. ferries’ north regional ops manager resigns

Jayne Davis, Regional Operations Manager/North for the Ferries Division of the State Department of Transportation (Washington State Ferries, or WSF) announced on June 13 that she will resign from her position effective July 3.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Anacortes ferry parking free on July 4 weekend

Washington State Ferries will offer free parking at the Anacortes terminal July 3-7. The Sealth will be in service which accommodates 50 less cars per sailing than usual, according to Deborah Hopkins, Executive Director of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. She noted, “This came about thanks to our Ferry Advisory Committee.”

  • Jun 18th, 2008

SalmonYoga Party member running for state senate | San Juan ’08 Elections

This election season, there’s been a lot of talk about change. As the campaign season gets under way locally, there will also undoubtedly be a lot of talk about choices.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

San Juan Land Bank seeks $4 million in grants

The San Juan County Land Bank is pursuing $4 million in state grants, $1.5 million of which would be a reimbursement for money spent to buy Turtleback Mountain.

New K pod orca calf may signify increase in whale population

A baby orca was seen swimming with K pod earlier this month, possibly bumping the endangered Southern resident killer whale population to 88.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

San Juan County granted Sept. deadline for Eastsound UGA compliance

On June 10, the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board issued a decision regarding two recent motions filed with them regarding the Eastsound Urban Growth Area (UGA) compliance matter – San Juan County’s motion for an extension of time filed with the Board on May 19, 2008 and a motion for a determination of invalidity filed with the Board on May 23, 2008.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Lopez Island High School graduates raise the bar

The Lopez Island School District has a lot to be proud of. In this year’s senior class, 10 of the 26 graduates (about 40 percent) rank among the top 10 percent of 2008 graduates from Washington high schools.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Wash. DOT schedules San Juan ferry meetings for June 19 & 26

Once again, The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division is hosting public meetings in ferry communities around Puget Sound. These meetings will give the public an opportunity to exchange ideas and information regarding operational and pricing strategies and will give the Ferries Division an opportunity to understand the priorities of their customers at the individual and community level. The information gathered at these meetings will help inform the development of the long-range plan for the ferry system, said Joy Goldenberg, Ferries Division Communications Manager on June 13.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

Orcas fire commissioners vote despite questions to spend over $200K

Decisions relating to expenditure of $209,600 and a presentation by Local 3911 on filling the vacant Assistant Chief position took up most of the Fire Commissioners regular meeting on June 10. Plans to reconvene the Strategic Review Committee for the June 24 meeting in Deer Harbor were also made. Commissioner Jim Coffin squelched public comment as “argumentative” and insisted that “decorum” be maintained. Much public comment was related to the way the Commissioners conduct Board business.

  • Jun 18th, 2008

$315K in San Juan County lodging-tax cash doled out for ‘09

A few new wrinkles and a foot in the door signal that change could be in store in the way the annual proceeds from San Juan County’s so-called “original” two-percent lodging tax are distributed.

Glasser, Smith resign from Ferry Advisory Committee

Chairman` of San Juans' FAC dismissed; council members cite unnamed officials' complaints of "hostile and beligerent" dealings.

New San Juan County website is online

www.sanjuanco.com

  • Jun 17th, 2008

National plan for recovery for orca pods

San Juan Journal staff report

  • Jun 17th, 2008

State to pay for toxic trash specialist

Advice, technical assistance to be offered as part of annual inspections of local businesses

  • Jun 17th, 2008