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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

Gudgell Properties to join Windermere

Gudgell's offices to serve as a Windermere branch office until new Windermere offices are completed in 2009.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Reduction in Lopez UGA approved

Lopez Village Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundary changed by removing 8.43 acres from the UGA.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Locket Goodrich: Orcas Idol 2008

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorOrcas Idol spotlights local talent, but last Saturday night, the…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Democrats select all delegates at caucus Feb. 9

The Washington State Secretary of State's office issued a notice on Jan.…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County’s new Ferry and Transportation Task Force begins work

Lichter speaks out on MacLeod's dismissal; WSF releases maintenance and operations schedules

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Rosenfeld: Apology could lead to MacLeod’s FAC reinstatement

Ferry Advisory Committee Chair insists upon knowing source of complaints.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Locals’ cars damaged by weather on Washington State Ferry

Noon and 1:40 p.m. sailings canceled after wave takes out windshield and knock cars around.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

CDPD to charge 40 percent up front for permits

Plan Review building and land-use permits affected.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Weather wreaks havoc with ferries

Customers are advised to check WSF’s website, http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/, or call 1-888-808-7977 for the latest schedule information.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

New county law increases impound times

Council votes to approve new law on Feb. 5

  • Jun 17th, 2008

ADU Permit Applications begin March 6

The San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department (CDPD) will begin…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Caucus results: Obama and McCain dominate county votes

Record turnouts reported throughout county

  • Jun 17th, 2008

OIEF and OICF work together for school’s long-term benefit

The Education Initiative will makeup gap created by state funding formula

  • Jun 17th, 2008

BLM makes plans for Watmough Bay trailhead

The BLM is preparing to make improvements to the facilities and parking…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County residents get help for cancer treatment transportation

Transportation assistance available

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fisherman Bay Road trees to come down?

By CLAUDIA BRADLEYStaff reporterThe San Juan County Public Works Department will hold…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Garden club to meet Feb. 20 “Resources for Gardening on Orcas”

Garden resourcesThe February meeting of the Orcas Island Garden Club will be…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Halpenny gift of 36 Orcas acres

By James KrallSan Juan JournalOver 36 acres near the top of Orcas…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Gov. Gregoire signs bill funding for up to three new car ferries

In a press release issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire's office, it was…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council Clerk Laura Tuttle resigns

Tuttle agrees to stay on 60 days.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Scuba diver discovers invasive jellyfish in San Juan Islands

By Joe GaydosSpecial to the SounderWhile diving at one of his favorite…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Complaints over stockpiling boulders on Lopez beach

By SCOTT RASMUSSENCounty ReporterTurns out it wasn't jetty after all. But whether…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Island, Presidential primary election results

By RICHARD WALKEREditor, San Juan JournalUnofficial results as of 8 p.m. on…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Public petition protests Fire Department use of funds

Wright's position, salary questioned. Chief Harris defends it as part of Fire Department's strategic plan.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lichter spurns ferry tasks over MacLeod dismissal

By SCOTT RASMUSSENCounty reporterThe fallout over Alex MacLeod's dismissal from the San…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County will pursue acquisition of Fisherman Bay Road properties

The San Juan County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to acquire by eminent domain privately owned property along the route of the Fisherman Bay Road Improvement Project. Five of the six property owners shared their concerns and objections at a special session of the council, Feb. 26 in the Lopez Community Center.

  • Jun 17th, 2008