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Richard Fralick

Fralick wins, Lichter re-gears, Kayl continues

Richard Fralick, who won the Orcas West County Council seat by a vote of 925 to opponent Mindy Kayl’s 801 votes, says he is ready to leave behind the campaign process and solve the problems facing county government.

  • Nov 11th, 2008
Richard Fralick

Cleanup plan recommends 15 actions in the San Juans

A draft action plan to improve the health of Puget Sound identifies about 15 actions to be taken in the San Juan Islands, including acquiring priority habitat for salmon, maintaining local oil-spill response programs, reducing sources of water pollution, managing urban stormwater runoff, implementing low-impact development standards for new construction, and limiting alterations on sensitive shorelines.

  • Nov 11th, 2008

San Juan County Council tips its hand on mental health tax

Approval of 1/10th of one percent increase could come at Dec. 2 public hearing

San Juan County will ‘get by’ with smaller stormwater fees

Council slashes 'project' fees by 90 percent, retains base fee of $23

San Juan County turnout approaches 90 percent

San Juan County Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller expects that, by the time…

  • Nov 8th, 2008

Cleanup plan recommends salmon habitat acquisition, low-impact development, stormwater controls in the San Juans

By RICHARD WALKERJournal of the San Juans EditorA draft action plan to…

  • Nov 8th, 2008

Lopez School honors veterans Nov. 12

All county vets invited to traditional ceremony

  • Nov 8th, 2008

Nature Conservancy seeks public comment for its agenda to state legislators

The Nature Conservancy is urging support of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action…

  • Nov 6th, 2008
Richard Fralick

Fralick wins Orcas West County Council, Ranker ahead in state senate race

Richard Fralick received 771 votes, Mindy Kayl received 654 Tuesday. Fralick will succeed Alan Lichter, who lost in the primary. Pratt and Rosenfeld were elected to San Juan Island Council seats.

  • Nov 6th, 2008
Richard Fralick

Council appoints two new members to MRC

The San Juan County Council has appointed Johannes Krieger and Andy Holman to the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, a citizens’ committee that supports research, promotes stewardship of marine resources and advises the County Council on Marine Resource issues.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

Public Meetings

The public Cemetery District Meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Library Meeting Room.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

Break-ins continue in Eastsound

San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming confirmed this week that break-ins continue to occur in Eastsound businesses, including one at the Sheriff’s Office off Mt. Baker Road.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

Spending cuts in juvenile probation protested

To some, the pending elimination of a juvenile probation job may sound like a reasonable move in these tight budgetary times.

2009 Fire budget takes some heat

On Oct. 28, at the third of four Orcas Island Fire District (OIFD) meetings to determine the proposed 2009 budget, fire commissioners, Chief Mike Harris and Captain Rick Anda spent more than an hour listening and responding to public questions and ideas.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

Does San Juan County need a Housing Authority?

“San Juan County is the least affordable county in the state,” San Juan County’s affordable housing coordinator Angela Lausch told the County Council this week, and she cited housing as the leading reason.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

American Legion observes Veterans Day Nov. 6 and 11

The Orcas Island Post of the American Legion invites the public to attend ceremonies in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Post Hall on Crescent Beach Road.

  • Nov 5th, 2008
Hazel Moe and Mikayla Griffin work with teacher  Pam Jenkins on the Food for Thought decorations.

“Food for Thought” benefit showcases fish artwork

Many stores and offices around the Island will soon display unique, beautiful, fanciful, whimsical fish created by island artists. These wonderful fish will be the “main event” at the annual Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) Food for Thought Benefit Auction.

  • Nov 5th, 2008
Hazel Moe and Mikayla Griffin work with teacher  Pam Jenkins on the Food for Thought decorations.

“Rural” sewer lines continue to frustrate UGA compliance

Oct. 30 was the “final” extension date for the County to make its case to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) that it had met the requirements for Eastsound’s Urban Growth Area (UGA).

  • Nov 5th, 2008
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Skaters, school officials and the public brainstorm to keep Orcas skate park open

Last Thursday, a large number of the public attended a special “brainstorming” meeting to resolve outstanding maintenance, financial, legal and safety issues at the Orcas Island Skate Park.

  • Nov 5th, 2008
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Children’s House staff

Natural play space

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Children’s House staff

Info session for nursing students at Friday Harbor

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is hosting an Information Session for Prospective Nursing Students with faculty and advisors from the SVC Nursing Program on Wednesday, Nov.12 at the San Juan Center in Friday Harbor. The two-hour session is in Room D and begins promptly at 11:45 a.m., concluding by 1:45 p.m. (this time frame is to accommodate ferry travelers from throughout the islands).

  • Nov 4th, 2008

Leadership Class deadline Nov. 7

Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) announces that the deadline for applications for its 2009 program is Nov. 7.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Pet of the week

Pet of the week

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Pet of the week

County Fair hosts fall Flea Market and Craft Fair

The San Juan County Fair will host two giant Flea Market and Craft Fairs, Saturday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.

  • Nov 4th, 2008

Olga Potluck already here

The Olga Community club potluck is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8. Social hour will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Juliet Stumpf

Crossroads talk on immigration history & law

The lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will continue on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center. Juliet Stumpf, professor of immigration and citizenship law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., will speak on “Crossing New Borders: Making Sense of the U.S. Immigration Debate through Law, History, and Politics.”

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Juliet Stumpf

What’s happening

Marine Science Lecture Series: Dr. Scott Pearson will give a presentation on two fascinating seabirds, rhinoceros auklets and tufted puffins. The public is asked to park in the upper parking lot at Camp Orkila. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the talk is available before and after the lecture. 7 p.m. Free. Info at 376-3910.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Jeremiah Bernhardt

Resident comes to Orcas Family Health Center for rural practice experience

Jeremiah Bernhardt, M.D. is a third-year family medicine resident from Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center who arrived at Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC) in the middle of October to complete a month-long rotation under the supervision of David C. Shinstrom, M.D. Over the past few years, several third-year residents have done a similar rotation, noting the time spent at OFHC served as a valuable learning experience for rural medical practitioners.”

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Jeremiah Bernhardt

San Juan County Council appoints two new members to Marine Resources Committee

The San Juan County Council has appointed Johannes Krieger and Andy Holman…

  • Oct 31st, 2008

County budget cuts in juvenile probation contested

Sheriff, deputy prosecutor go to bat for probation officer

Pet of the week

Pet of the week

  • Oct 29th, 2008
Pet of the week
At the request of fourth grade teacher
At the request of fourth grade teacher
Dawson Meerdink
Dawson Meerdink

Islanders Bank promotions

Bob Coleman, President and CEO of Islanders Bank is pleased to announce the following Officer promotions approved by The Board of Directors of Islanders Bank at the September 2008 Board Meeting:

  • Oct 29th, 2008

Camera club changes date

For November only, the Orcas Island Camera Club will meet on the second Tuesday of the month, Nov. 11, so that members can track the Presidential election.

  • Oct 29th, 2008

Lopez concert mixes music styles

When the Saint Helens String Quartet with Jovino Santos Neto come to Lopez Center on Nov. 2, expect the barriers between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music to come down.

  • Oct 29th, 2008
Sofia and Sachiko Kobayashi at OCS Chinese dinner.

OCS students enjoy Chinese meal

Students in grades K-8 at Orcas Christian School held a celebratory Chinese meal and program to culminate their study of China on Thursday, Oct. 17

  • Oct 29th, 2008
Sofia and Sachiko Kobayashi at OCS Chinese dinner.

Become a WSU Master Gardener volunteer

WSU Extension is gearing up once again for its popular biennial WSU Master Gardener training to be held in Friday Harbor.

  • Oct 29th, 2008