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Annual county-wide meeting on board ferry Saturday morning

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Special events now require permits

In 2006 San Juan County adopted an ordinance that requires certain activities to obtain a Special Event Permit. This action requires all persons/organizations wishing to engage in these types of activities to obtain a Special Event Permit.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas power station trespasser pleads not guilty

As reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Gabriel Mondragon, the 29-year old Orcas Island man who allegedly cut a high-voltage power line with a pole saw and lost his left arm in the process, faces 20 years in federal prison if found guilty of attempting to destroy an energy facility, which is a felony.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Rain Forces Schedule Revision for Orcas Chipsealing

The San Juan Public Works department reports that chipsealing work on Orcas…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Five Council Members Sign Border Patrol Letter:

County teams up with Friday Harbor against citizenship spot checks.Final Action Scheduled for May 20. Impact on tourism cited as local elected officials look to Sens. Murray and Cantwell, and Rep. Larsen, for help in changing inspection procedures.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

May 13 Council Letter

Five members of the County Council sign a letter to national legislators regarding Border Patrol checks in Anacortes

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fire Dept. Paramedics proposed for Assistant Chief duties

The Fire Chief and his Commissioners have a full plate, as evidenced at the May 13 regular meeting: the Community Report, formalization of an employment policy, Deer Harbor station planning, the Assistant Chief position, additional paramedic/firefighter hiring, revision of the cross-training requirement, Strategic Plan review, vote for increase in commissioners, and front-desk duties, aside from their “regular” work of firefighting, emergency medical services, district operations and financial oversight.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

County teams up with Friday Harbor against citizenship spot checks

County Administrator Pete Rose contacted the Sounder with the following information: I would like to communicate some corrections to the guest opinion the Islands Sounder published in the May 14 edition regarding the letter to our federal delegation. The letter has not yet been formally approved and sent. When the two councils met on April 22 and discussed the issue, it was agreed that the Mayor and Council Chair would draft a letter. The letter published by your newspaper was the draft that was to be put in front of each council for adoption.

Orcas Schools begin fund-raising with Open House and Thing-a-Thon

On May 12, the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board met to vote on options for reducing the hours for the principals, as part of the Reduced Educational Program for 2008-2009. This program must be approved in order to begin the process of hiring staff – and reducing in force (RIF) – contracted teachers for the coming school year.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Memorial Day ferry schedule

Congestion and heavy traffic is expected at all WSDOT Ferries Division terminals over Memorial Day weekend, particularly on the afternoon and evening of Friday, May 23 and on Monday, May 26.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

40th Legislative District Democrats nominate Kevin Ranker – Register to attend State Senator endorsement meetings on Orcas and Lopez Islands

The candidate meetings are scheduled for Lopez Island on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in the Lopez Library and on Orcas Island, Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. in the Eastsound Fire Hall.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Hospital District Board will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, June 11 with Assessment Team

Hospital Board Schedules Two Meetings about the New Integrated Medical Center Feasibility Report - regular meeting on May 28

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Public School Montessori Class Now Enrolling

"Hybrid" first-through-third grade classroom in Orcas Island public school

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Special school meet with state legislators Tuesday, May 27

Afternoon meeting open to the public

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Care packages: items to send to troops in Iraq

See Sounder Opinion for list of collection sites on the islands

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Island Community Foundation Grants

A list of the grants funded fully or in part by OICF to community non-profits

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Miller draws attention to CAO review impacts

“I want people to be aware that the Critical Areas Ordinance review is happening and make an educated decision on how to be involved if they want to be,” says Orcas Island business and property owner Patty Miller.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Community Foundation awards annual grants

While the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) has awarded substantial assostamce to island non-profits this year, there are many grant applications they were not able to fund, in part or in full, and they want the community to know that worthy organizations are out there and could use a little help, or a lot of help, from the island community at large.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Local ferry task force dissolved

The best of intentions couldn’t spare a newly-created ferries task force from an untimely demise.

Fire Dept. hydrant and water main damaged in refilling mishap

On Saturday, May 17, an Orcas Island fire truck was drawing water from the hydrant at the station, when an aid call came in.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Viking Boys Golf legacy

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Alan Lichter to run for re-election

San Juan County Council member Alan Lichter announced on May 26 that he will run for re-election for his Orcas West district. Lichter was elected as a Democrat in 2004 to the three-member Board of County Commissioners that preceded the present Council, defeating the three-term Republican incumbent by more than 1,300 votes.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council endorses Eastsound land supply study

County planners are confident that this time around they got it right, and that an in-depth, parcel-by-parcel study of land supply in the Eastsound urban growth area will back their conclusions.

40th Legislative District Democrats nominate Kevin Ranker

The 40th Legislative District Democrats kicked off their campaign season with a nominating convention Sunday, May 18 at the Anacortes library. The precinct committee officers met to nominate a candidate to fill the senate seat vacated by Harriet Spanel.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Councilman Ranker speaks to U.S. Senate Panel

Kevin Ranker addresses subcommittee on climate change effects in Puget Sound

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ranker testimony before U.S. Senate subcommittee

Testimony of San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard (of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation)

  • Jun 17th, 2008

School district presented with budget cut scenarios

May 22 meeting airs different budget cut suggestions

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Island Community Foundation Grants

List of 2008 Community Foundation Grants

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Island School Board contends with state legislators over school funding

On May 27, members of the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, OISD Superintendent Glenn Harris and Lopez Island School District Superintendent Bill Evans sat down with State Representatives Dave Quall, chair of the Education Committee, and Jeff Morris, to discuss the current, state-wide school funding crisis, and the political climate to find solutions to the crisis.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

San Juan County councilman testifies before U.S Senate panel on global warming

San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker told a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on May 27 that Washington is especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change and quoted a University of Washington study which estimates sea levels in the Puget Sound may rise by half a foot over the next 40 years.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Memorial Day traffic clogs Orcas Island ferry

What may be most memorable about the past Memorial Day weekend is the difficulty getting on and off Orcas Island. Statistics for Monday, May 26 show that 976 vehicles had to wait for at least one ferry. In the afternoon, some 308 vehicles were lined up a mile down the County road, according to Ed Sutton, Ferry Advisory Committee Chair. The maximum capacity of the holding area is 175-200 vehicles, said Sutton.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas Island Key Club, Master Gardeners, Moran Park and Firewise team up to prep for summer wildfires

The WSU Master Gardeners and Firewise Communities have teamed with Moran State Park and the Orcas High School Key Club to make the park safer against wildfires this summer.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

San Juan prosecutor aims to be first superior court judge elected for San Juan County

Prosecutor Randall K. Gaylord announced that he would seek the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

San Juan Initiative creates solutions with local community and state and federal partners

Policy group of 15 islanders contact others to study shoreline development and habitat. More meetings in June

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ferry Advisory Committee to hold special meeting June 10 in Friday Harbor

The Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC), will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 10, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Large Conference Room, Legislative Bldg., 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, WA.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council snuffs out consumer fireworks

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