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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

EPRC meets on UGA compliance issues

The May Eastsound Planning Review Committee meeting featured reports from Ed Sutton, Eastsound Sewer and Water District (ESWD) commissioner, and County Council member Gene Knapp, as well as its regular reports.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Sixth Annual Thing-A-Thon coming soon

Calling all kids and community! It’s time to get ready for the sixth annual O.I.E.F. Thing-A-Thon 10K Run/Bike, 5K Run/Bike, Fun Run/Bike or WHATEVER!

  • Jun 17th, 2008

State legislators have no answers for schools

State representatives Jeff Morris and Dave Quall had no easy answers about the looming school budget shortfall other than “wait until next year,” when they met with San Juan Islanders on April 30.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas freshman to return to UN sustainability conference

Makala Forster, Orcas high-school freshman, is once again leading a sizable (for Orcas) student delegation to the center of world governnment, the United Nations.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Public questions Border Patrol at County Council meeting on Orcas

Council members vow to take Border Patrol operations at Anacortes to higher-ups

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Chip Seal Work to Begin on Orcas May 12

Weather permitting. the San Juan County Public Works department will begin resurfacing…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Council Salutes Opportunity Council / Community Action Month

The San Juan County Council has proclaimed May to be “Community Action…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Border Patrol Ferry Terminal Operations explained at County Council meet

Frequently Asked Questions handout at May 6 Orcas Island meeting

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ken Balcomb honored at People for Puget Sound event

Orca scientist Ken Balcomb asked, “How does our government really work? We need to get the government to make major changes in dealing with human population growth and resource management.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Power station trespasser pleads not guilty to felony charge

Orcas Island "Eco-terrorist" released from hospital April 29 to appear in court

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Petition filed to find County GMA invalid

Lopezian Steven Ludwig and Orcasite Dorothy Austin file petition

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Meet OPALCO candidates

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