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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

County Dems select delegates to state convention and congressional district caucuses

Democrats in the 40th Legislative District caucused in separate locations on April…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ranker runs for Senate

San Juan Island Council member to seek Harriet Spanel seat in the State Senate.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fire Department Commissioners review expenses and plans

Strategic Review, employment agreement, Deer Harbor station, Community Report all in the works

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Stormwater Subcommittee calls for immediate action

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Skagit Hospice comes to San Juan County

Hospice care in the San Juans is getting a boost from an established Mt. Vernon program.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Moving house damages roadside on Lopez

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

San Juan County Democratic Caucus results

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:

  • Jun 17th, 2008

KLOI community radio: Live from Lopez Island

Community station goes live on April 12

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Dr. Ken Balcomb to receive Puget Sound Legacy Award for killer whale research

"An oil spill is something this population could not recover from," Ken Balcomb.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

90-car Sealth to serve San Juans

144-car Elwha to be pulled out of service for inspection

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council votes to end Aquatic Reserve application

Fears of ceding local authority prompt withdrawal

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Sewer District ready to annex Orcas, report on capital financing plan

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorAt their April 10 meeting, Eastsound Sewer and Water District…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Plan recommendations go before Planning Commission

April 2008 draft of plan to be addressed in public testimony at Planning Commission meeting on Friday, April 18 at Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

SJ Conservation Summit a success

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.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County Code Enforcer gives reminder about off-site signs

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Message from the President of the Parent-Teacher-Students Association re: school budget

Orcas Island School District Board to focus on the 2008-2009 budget and program recommendations on April 24 and 30.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fire commissioners work to set policies at April 22 meeting

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fire commissioners to review Strategic Plan

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council to ask Land Bank for $2 million loan

Islanders can expect a new set of stormwater fees to be unveiled by the San Juan County Council sometime in July.

Earth Day parade on Orcas

Julian Glasser, Orcas High School junior, was the organizing force behind the largest-ever Orcas Island Earth Day parade on April 22.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ferries peak season begins May 1

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council stays the course on recycling ban

By Scott RasmussenCounty reporterIt could be three years or more before steel…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

School budget dominates two-island all-day meeting

An edited version of this story appeared in the April 30 edition of the Sounder on page A5

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County Democrats arrange for additional meeting time to address school funding

May 5 Candidates Forum time moved up to address school funding issues at 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Border Patrol activity at Anacortes terminal questioned by Rep. Larson

Head of U.S. Border Patrol asked about its operations at the Anacortes ferry terminal

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Land Bank Habitat Conservation Plan draft on web for review

Land Bank plans meetings May 5 at San Juan Island Grange and May 6 at Orcas Hotel

  • Jun 17th, 2008

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2008