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County hits ’07 budget marks

Auditor unsure about a repeat in '08

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Special Ed teachers need all the time the budget can give them

Large increase in preschoolers with special needs noted

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fralick announces candidacy for County Council

Richard Fralick, former elected County Office holder and long time Orcas West…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Trespass results in severe burns, driver in truck crash dies on Orcas

Environmental protester airlifted to Harborview; single vehicle occupant pronounced dead at North Shore scene.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Wright’s resignation as Fire Battalion Chief announced at Fire Commission Meeting on March 11

Commissioners hear public input – lots of it

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ferry terminal checks concern and frighten islanders

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorOn March 12, the Orcas Island man who'd been apprehended…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Feds to explain recent border checks

Border agent to meet with Council on March 18

Islanders weigh in on checkpoints at County Council meeting

Border Protection Agency representative hears citizens, answers questions

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez School Board discusses possible budget reductions

At a public workshop session of the Lopez Island School District (LISD)…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Eastsound water plan meeting

Eastsound Water Supply Committee is hosting a public meeting from 4 to…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ferries’ new director vows to restore pubic confidence

Moseley speaks to County Council March 11

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Sidney, B.C. sailings return on March 30

Spring ferry schedule announced

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Give online vote to Orcas Village Land Use tables

San Juan County Community Development & Planning announced that online input will be considered fo rhte Land Use tables fo rthe Orcas Village plan.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Spanel to retire at year’s end

State Senator Harriet Spanel recently announced that she plans to retire her…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Eastsound UGA compliance countdown

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorTick tick tick....March 31 looms as the deadline for the…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

FAC and WSDOT Ferries invite public to participate in long-range plans Apr. 2

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorThe Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division has announced…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Panel at “critical” stage of critical areas review

By SCOTT RASMUSSENCounty reporterUnanimous doesn't always mean that everyone agrees. Take for…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Open House Public Meetings April 4, April 5 on Proposed San Juan Aquatic Reserve

Meetings on Lopez and Orcas on April 5

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lone ferry bid bites – Bids opened for contract to build new 50-car ferry

Todd Shipyard submits bid for $9 million over Dept. of Transportation's estimate for 50-car ferry

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Fire Department looking for volunteers

By MARTY CLARKSpecial to the SounderThe Lopez Fire and EMS Department, which…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

School board addresses needs and budget

Additional staffing needed in several areas

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fire Department forges ahead

Follow-through from March 11 meeting discussed

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Human side of immigration on Orcas Island

"All we want is a quiet and safe place to raise our children, and to work for you" Undocumented Orcas Island immigrant.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council Honors Dave Zeretzke

The “Whereas” clauses of the proclamation were lengthy, as befits the jobs…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Data loggers to record water levels in Eastsound

The Eastsound Water Supply Coordinating Committee presented the final draft of their report at a public meeting held at the Orcas Senior Center on Thursday March 25.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Prepare for a hazardous waste collection

The County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a hazardous waste “round-up” at the Solid Waste Facility on Orcas Island, on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

New V.P. of Sound Publishing area papers named

Sound Publishing President Manfred Tempelmayr has announced that Lori Maxim has been promoted to the position of vice president of West Sound Newspaper Operations.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas School explores alternative education plans

Although alternative learning education programs have been regulated by the state since 1985, incorporating “home-based education” into the Orcas Island School District (OISD) is still in the formative stages. OASIS High School, the alternative high school on Orcas, was formally established just last year. Internet learning has been part of the official school credit program since 2004.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Conservation Summit celebrates Earth Day in the San Juans Islands County support of island ecosystem coordinated

County government and agencies are working together to ensure that the environment of the county’s islands and waters is protected. On April 19, on Lopez Island, a “Conservation Summit” will show all islanders what is happening to their environment, what has been done to protect it, and what they can do to be a part of local efforts to preserve the environment.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

RideShare comes to Orcas Island

RideShare has come to Orcas Island. Owen Cheevers and Andrew Youngren of Orcas Island have taken the lead from Liza Michaelson, of San Juan Island, who created San Juan RideShare. Orcas RideShare is creating and supporting alternatives to driving around the islands for simple errands.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Accident at the market

According to witnesses, a Honda Accord driven by an older Orcas Island woman, accelerated out of the Key Bank drive-up lane into the Island Market parking lot Monday, April 7 at about 12:20 p.m. crashing head-on into a Subaru Legacy driven by a 67 year-old woman who was pulling out of a parking space. After hitting the Subaru, the Honda Accord bounced off of a Honda Odyssey parked on the opposite side of the lot.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Climate change in the San Juans

The issue of “Climate Change in the San Juans” was the subject of a lecture on April 5 at Benson Hall presented by Doug Myers, the chief scientist of People For Puget Sound. Climate change is hot news right now.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Testing shows Kindergarten progress

Classroom teachers at the primary level assess students using a measurement called DIBLES, or Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. In recent K -2 testing of Orcas Island School District primary grade students, the kindergarten scored the highest.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Planning Commission accepts Eastsound Land Supply Analysis tAdequacy of commercial land use debated

Issues of commercial growth and affordable housing dominated public testimony at the April 4 hearing of the Eastsound land supply analysis, presented by Colin Maycock, Senior Planner for the County’s Development and Planning Department (CDPD) to the county Planning Commission.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

WSDOT to re-bid contract for 50-car ferries

In a press release sent by the Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on April 3, it was announced that WSDOT is rejecting a $26 million bid from Todd Pacific Shipyards to build a 50-car ferry. At the March 27 bid opening, Todd was the sole project bidder. Its bid was higher than the WSDOT engineer’s estimate of $16.8 million.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Dog Park to move

It looks like frisky but well mannered dogs will soon have a new location where they can run, romp, and play.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Superintendent contract renewed

At the regularly scheduled public Board meeting of March 26, the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors conducted an annual performance evaluation of Superintendent Bill Evans and renewed his contract for school year 2008-09. The Board declared Evans to be performing satisfactorily and then renewed his contract unanimously with no changes. The no-frills contract presented by Evans includes vacation days, a cell-phone allowance, medical benefits, and no pay increase.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Wildfire in West Sound

Orcas Fire responded to a reported wild land fire near the Westsound Fire Station on Saturday, March 22. Despite winter weather conditions and the fact the fire was burning on a wet marsh, over three-quarters of an acre was scorched before firefighters were able to knock it down. The fire moved quickly through dead grass and brush, briefly threatening a boat barn and debris next to the structure. There were no injuries or structural damage.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Oil Spill workshop on Orcas April 11

Workshop to be held on Friday on Orcas Island

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Library expansion to be considered April 14

Website comments encouraged www.orcaslibraryfuture.org.

  • Jun 17th, 2008