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Weather buffs needed

The National Weather Service is actively recruiting islanders to join its “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.”

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Transform the night

Transform the night

The 18th annual Candlelight Spiral Walk will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Transform the night

What’s happening

Holiday wreaths Orcas Montessori holiday wreaths are still available! 24” wreaths are available for $25. Wreaths can be purchased at Orcas Village Store, Deer Harbor Marina and Orcas Montessori School 1147 North Beach Rd. Online ordering is also available at www.orcasmontessori.org. For more information or to place an order, call Cathy Faulkner at 376-2434 or email wreaths@orcasmontessori.org.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
L-R: Orcas Island Lions Club members Toby Hiller

Orcas Lions provide wheelchairs and walkers to senior center

The Orcas Island Lions Club recently delivered several refurbished wheelchairs and walkers to the Orcas Senior Center to support the center’s loan program. The Senior Center makes this equipment (and other mobility assistance devices) available for no-charge loan to any islander who has mobility issues.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
L-R: Orcas Island Lions Club members Toby Hiller

Ranker rocks Olympia with committee posts

Senator-elect Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, was elected last week as Vice-Chairman of two standing committees in the Washington State Senate, and as a member of the Transportation Committee and Environment, Water and Energy Committee for the 2009 Legislative Session.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Orcas kicked off the season with Shop the Rock
Orcas kicked off the season with Shop the Rock

Toys for tots and tweens

Orcas Island Lions Club members are preparing for the annual Toys for Tots and Tweens toy dispersal.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Happy ping pong players at a recent table tennis game night.

Ping-Pong!

Every Saturday night, a group of ping pong enthusiasts gears up for an evening of laughter, competition, and a big dose of fun.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Happy ping pong players at a recent table tennis game night.

Recount conducted in County Council race

On Monday morning, December 1, the San Juan County Elections Office accepted an application for a manual recount in the San Juan County District 4 County Council race. The request was submitted by Mindy Kayl, who lost to Richard Fralick in that race. In the final count of the 1,921 ballots cast, Fralick received 947 votes, Kayl received 827 votes, and there were 12 write-in votes and 136 undervotes.

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Finn Rubottom enjoys the evening.

Eastsound Tree Lighting,

  • Dec 9th, 2008
Finn Rubottom enjoys the evening.

County Council reconsiders earlier budget cuts

But it’s a risk that the San Juan County Council appears willing to take.

Council approves mental health sales tax

The number of people willing to stop in their tracks and pick up a penny may be getting fewer by the day.

Sale of Rosario official

Rosario has been purchased by an Anacortes-based, family-owned investment and development group with deep roots in the San Juans. The group took over the resort on November 17th from Olympus Real Estate Partners of Dallas, TX, who bought the resort in 1998 and closed the resort on October 20th.

  • Dec 3rd, 2008

Public meetings calendar

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3Cell Phone Task Force Meeting from 9:30 AM until 2:30…

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Pet of the week

Pet of the week

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Pet of the week

The garden club is fifty!

The Orcas Garden Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. with a gala program and tea in the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center. In addition to the regular program, the Club will take this opportunity to honor garden club members of long standing. All current members and their guests are urged to attend.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Nonprofit tax form seminar

There have been significant changes in the tax form 990 this year. The IRS has adopted a wide rage of new regulations that will have an impact on most nonprofit organizations.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Donatons to the Orcas Island Food Bank.

Community resources to assist islanders

Many are feeling the strain of the economic downturn. Some are being laid off. Some are still working, but earning less. The Orcas community has many opportunities to give to those feeling the pinch, as well as an extensive network of services and aid for everyone from newborns to seniors. The following is part one of a two part list.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Donatons to the Orcas Island Food Bank.

What’s happening

The Annual Tree Lighting ceremony and Shop the Rock The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, brings seasonal music by the Orcas Island Community Band, cider and cookies provided by chamber member businesses and a visit by Santa with toys for the kids to the Eastsound Village Green. Festivities start at 4:45 p.m. and culminate with tree lighting at approximately 5:15 p.m. Many Eastsound business will remain open until 7 p.m. on this evening.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
PVC pipe unearths buried treasure hidden by a former occupant of home.

Treasure Island: south end find on Lopez

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, contractor Steve Orcutt was at a client’s home performing clean up at the work site, and he and a co-worker were getting ready to toss a few odds and ends into the back of their vehicle when, on a whim, one of the men unscrewed the caps on the end of a PVC pipe.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
PVC pipe unearths buried treasure hidden by a former occupant of home.

Lopez Village turns on and out with holiday flare

At 4:30 pm, as dusk enveloped the island, Lopez families and friends gathered around enclosed bonfires, sipping coffee and beverages as they waited for the official village lighting to take place. Finally the signal was given by the fire engine and lights in a colorful burst everywhere illuminated trees and buildings and beat back the winter night.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Moriah Armstrong of Readiness to Learn

Readiness to Learn needs your support

When a family needs help and cannot find their way back to stability easily, the Readiness to Learn program is there to assist. Recently, a single parent needed to make a fresh start on Orcas. The Readiness to Learn program (RTL) was able to provide support by referring the parent to consumer credit counseling in order to manage debt and for help with rental assistance for housing. The parent also received help with an unpaid childcare bill and received gas vouchers through the RTL Family Fund so that her children could receive childcare and the parent could continue to work. The family was referred to counseling, and the parent found the parental coaching very helpful. In this way, RTL was able to greatly reduce the family’s stress levels which, in turn, allowed the parent’s children to attend school with a hopeful rather than an anxious mindset. The parent was encouraged with the progress she has seen for her children and herself, and recently expressed her gratitude for RTL’s concern for the success of her family.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Moriah Armstrong of Readiness to Learn
Council Members-Elect take two-day tour of county facilities.

New council members learn the ropes

Council Members-Elect Lovel Pratt and Richard Fralick have both spent time watching and participating in San Juan County Council meetings as private citizens.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Council Members-Elect take two-day tour of county facilities.

Orcas man gets 13 months in prison for forgery

An Orcas Island man who’s romance unraveled when his live-in girlfriend discovered that her checking account had been raided was ordered to serve 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of forgery and a pair of misdemeanors.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Top: The volunteers in the kitchen an hour before the guests arrive. Inset: A turkey is prepared for the community.  Bottom: Elmo Paige

Thanksgiving, Orcas style

Most said they came for the sense of community. A few also admitted it was a lot easier to bring one dish then create the whole meal. Regardless of the whys, they came in record numbers to the 6th Annual Community Thanksgiving at the Odd Fellows Hall.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Top: The volunteers in the kitchen an hour before the guests arrive. Inset: A turkey is prepared for the community.  Bottom: Elmo Paige
Principal Roland MacNichol with students at Lopez School.

MacNichol retires

When you enter Principal Roland MacNichol’s office, black and white photos of such greats as Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes and Ghandi hang on his walls. Inspirational words from the Dalai Lama are tacked up next to photos of the MacNichols’ family ranch in Idaho.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Principal Roland MacNichol with students at Lopez School.

Stolen plane investigation continues

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the theft of a Cessna S-182 from the Port of Orcas two weeks ago.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Top: The remains of a buck with gunshot wounds found by homeowners on their property. Bottom: A doe shot in the leg by hunters on private property without permission.

Neighborhoods in the crossfire

Whether you like hunting or not, there are laws that protect the public safety and among most hunters, a code of conduct to honor the sport and respect the animal. Residents in at least two Orcas Island neighborhoods say they have witnessed violations of both during this hunting season.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Top: The remains of a buck with gunshot wounds found by homeowners on their property. Bottom: A doe shot in the leg by hunters on private property without permission.
Valerie Harris shows off the new ambulance.

OIFD new division chiefs bring wealth of experience to new position

After months of discussion with the Fire District commissioners, the public, and volunteer and paid fire department staff, fire paramedics Valerie Harris, Mik Preysz and Patrick Shepler will become Orcas Island Fire Department Division Chiefs effective Jan. 1. The three paramedics presented the proposal to divide the Assistant Fire Chief duties into three positions in July of this year after the OIFD battalion chief William Wright resigned. The fire department commissioners formally approved the division chief proposal in November. In a separate proposal the commissioners approved the hiring of a fourth paramedic to eliminate current overtime shifts.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Valerie Harris shows off the new ambulance.

Auditor says county coffers full – for now

San Juan County will have a little more cash at the end of the year than was expected just several weeks ago, according to Auditor Milene Henley.

Loss of orcas raises alarm over Sound’s health

More money for enforcement, education, research, oil-spill prevention and – more specifically – the Soundwatch program.

What’s happening

Orcas Montessori Holiday Wreath Pickup, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1147 North Beach Road. 376-2434, www.orcasmontessori.org.

  • Nov 25th, 2008

Holidays

American Legion Auxiliary

  • Nov 25th, 2008
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Environmental chemistry in the San Juans

Six local high school and college students spent their summer taking water quality samples at 32 sites on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
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A raise? No thanks, commission says

At the conclusion of its discussion of the proposed 2009 budget, the San Juan County Council voted to send a letter to the Salary Commission asking that it not give County Council members a cost of living adjustment for 2009.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
Pat Goodfellow

Wreaths brightening Lopez cemetery

T hree years ago, the Lopez Union Cemetery Association took stock of its grounds and burial plots.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
Pat Goodfellow
Proceeds from Christmas Trees on sale at Ace Hardware will be donated to the school athletic programs including soccer

Holiday happenings Santa will be sailing into Deer Harbor

The Deer Harbor Women’s Auxiliary is planning to host Santa Ship for all island children again this year.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
Proceeds from Christmas Trees on sale at Ace Hardware will be donated to the school athletic programs including soccer
Rip and Julie Van Camp are the 2008 recipients of the Lopez Spirit Award.

The Lopez spirit

Throughout the 50 years that Rip and Julie Van Camp have been married, their core values have always encompassed three things: family, travel, and helping others.

  • Nov 25th, 2008
Rip and Julie Van Camp are the 2008 recipients of the Lopez Spirit Award.

Postmaster named

Mary Therkelsen will be the new postmaster at the Eastsound main post office, effective Dec. 6, the post office announced this week.

  • Nov 25th, 2008

Holiday ferry schedule

The Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry route will operate on a regular weekday schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 26; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28.

  • Nov 25th, 2008