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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like frisky but well mannered dogs will soon have a new location where they can run, romp, and play.
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.
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.
Workshop to be held on Friday on Orcas Island
Website comments encouraged www.orcaslibraryfuture.org.
Democrats in the 40th Legislative District caucused in separate locations on April…
San Juan Island Council member to seek Harriet Spanel seat in the State Senate.
Strategic Review, employment agreement, Deer Harbor station, Community Report all in the works
The San Juan County Council’s three person stormwater subcommittee has effectively withdrawn its proposed Stormwater Utility funding ordinance and taken a different approach to addressing the problem in light of an immediate legal deadline to comply with a Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) Order.
Hospice care in the San Juans is getting a boost from an established Mt. Vernon program.
A house being moved from Bakerview Road to Port Stanley Road on Lopez Island clipped trees and spread fiberglass insulation along the six-mile route late Thursday night and early Friday morning, April 11.
San Juan County Democrats caucused in Friday Harbor on Saturday to elect eight delegates and four alternates to represent San Juan County at the Democratic State Convention and the 2nd Congressional District Caucuses. Over 150 delegates and alternates, elected at the precinct caucuses, showed almost the same preferences as they did in February. Seven delegates were apportioned to Barack Obama and one delegate to Hillary Clinton. After spirited short speeches by the nominees the following people were elected:
Community station goes live on April 12
"An oil spill is something this population could not recover from," Ken Balcomb.
144-car Elwha to be pulled out of service for inspection
Fears of ceding local authority prompt withdrawal
By MARGIE DOYLEEditorAt their April 10 meeting, Eastsound Sewer and Water District…
April 2008 draft of plan to be addressed in public testimony at Planning Commission meeting on Friday, April 18 at Eastsound Fire Hall.
Bringing 15 different local conservation organizations together in a summit in celebration of Earth Day proved to be beneficial to all. “We all have similar goals,” said Lincoln Bormann, Director of the San Juan County Land Bank. “It is helpful to meet like this to avoid working at cross purposes.”
Last summer when San Juan County Code Compliance Officer Jeff Wasnick began enforcing the County’s Ordinance which prohibits most off-site advertising signs, he tagged 40 signs on Orcas one day and 20 on Lopez the next.
Orcas Island School District Board to focus on the 2008-2009 budget and program recommendations on April 24 and 30.
The Orcas Island Fire District Commissioners wil hold a special meeting for Strategic Plan review on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eastsound Fire Hall.
The one definite thing that resulted from a two-hour Fire Commissioners’ meeting on April 22 came at its conclusion, when Fire Chief Mike Harris announced that he would be asking the Fire Commissioners for a one-year extension of his contract. Harris’ current contract expires on Dec. 31, 2009.
Islanders can expect a new set of stormwater fees to be unveiled by the San Juan County Council sometime in July.
Julian Glasser, Orcas High School junior, was the organizing force behind the largest-ever Orcas Island Earth Day parade on April 22.
On Thursday, May 1, the peak season officially begins at WSDOT Ferries Division with an additional 25 percent surcharge applied generally to full fare vehicle/driver tickets. On most routes, the peak season surcharge does not affect passenger fares or frequent user multi-ride fares except on the Anacortes/San Juan routes. Summer parking rates at Anacortes will also go into effect on May 1.
By Scott RasmussenCounty reporterIt could be three years or more before steel…
An edited version of this story appeared in the April 30 edition of the Sounder on page A5
May 5 Candidates Forum time moved up to address school funding issues at 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Head of U.S. Border Patrol asked about its operations at the Anacortes ferry terminal
Land Bank plans meetings May 5 at San Juan Island Grange and May 6 at Orcas Hotel
Harris report begins Strategic Plan Review tCross-training, insurance billing and increased number of commissioners considered
The special meeting of the Fire Department Board of Commissioners and the Strategic Plan committee members took place on April 29. In an extensive report, Chief Mike Harris reviewed the goals of the plan adopted in 2005.
Orcas School Board approves 7.7 FTE cuts tUp against a May 15 deadline, the Board hopes to reinstate positions
The Orcas Island School District Board, at a special School Board meeting, reduced certificated teaching and administrative personnel by the equivalent of 7.77 full-time positions on Wednesday, April 30. Their action was deemed necessary in an effort to deal with reduced revenue projections for the 08-09 school year, and with legal obligations.