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On June 24, the Orcas Island Fire Department Commissioners met with six members of the Strategic Plan Review committee to review plans for building wildland attack and structural engines (WAASP), for the permit process for the new Deer Harbor Fire Station, for a five-member Board, and to hear a proposal from the Fire/Medics for filling the Assistant Chief position left vacant when Buddy Wright resigned in March.
To make it easier to get to and from the Lopez Village activities, the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce will offer free shuttle bus service from the ferry to Lopez Village and the South end from July 3-7. The bus will do extra duty on July 4th and late-night transportation to the ferry from the Village after the fireworks display is planned. For more information, call the Lopez Chamber at 468-4664 or visit www.lopezisland.com.
Ferry diverted to help goat
June 25 outage causes minor grass fire on Blakely
November's elections will add member to State School board; deadline to apply is Aug. 1
For the first time this decade, AAA estimates a decline in the…
County forms taxing district to provide passenger-only ferry service
Peter Fisher, retiring Chair of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee, presents the second "Annual Report" to the County Council on June 24. Reprinted in its entirety.
“Celebrate the Classics” is the theme for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual community parade scheduled for Saturday, July 5 in Eastsound. “We live in a fast-paced world, one that is constantly looking for the latest and greatest trend. But there are many things we all value that have withstood the test of time, and the chamber thought the community Parade would be the perfect moment for people to celebrate their own classics,” said Lance Evans, Chamber Executive Director.
The San Juan County Land Bank’s recent purchase of Vern and Sidney Coffelt’s Farm on Orcas Island has helped ensure a future for local agriculture. The 185-acre working farm spans Crow Valley, connecting Fowler’s Pond and Turtleback Mountain Preserve, and encompassing an expanse of scenic open-space, habitat resources, and productive agricultural land.
The Orcas Island School District’s Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) has taken last year’s budget and this year’s history to propose that $365,991 can be cut from the projected 2008-2009 general fund budget.
We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life – those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age 5, we have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.
On Monday, June 23, the Orcas Island Fire Department announced that its meeting would be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall instead of at the Deer Harbor Community Club, as previously announced. For information, contact 376-2331.
San Juan County will receive over $206,000 as part of a state-wide grant program from the Department of Ecology. Local governments are getting $17.5 million in help from the State Department of Ecology to help keep communities cleaner and safer. The grants cover 176 projects to better manage solid and household hazardous wastes, prevent illegal dumping and promote waste-reduction, recycling, and composting. The State Department of Ecology issues the funds – called Coordinated Prevention Grants – every two years from a tax paid by wholesale distributors of petroleum and other hazardous materials.
“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.”
An old cafe took on a new owner in May when Pauline Shuman opened the White Lotus Cafe in Eastsound Square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two week course at Camp Orkila, July 14 to 25.
Departure creates vacancies within district, ARC, SJ Initiative
Stephanie Kountouros declares that she will no longer seek the Senate seat.
By STAN MATTHEWSCounty Communications Program ManagerOn Tuesday, June 17, the San Juan…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.