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“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
A baby orca was seen swimming with K pod earlier this month, possibly bumping the endangered Southern resident killer whale population to 88.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman` of San Juans' FAC dismissed; council members cite unnamed officials' complaints of "hostile and beligerent" dealings.
San Juan Journal staff report
Advice, technical assistance to be offered as part of annual inspections of local businesses