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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Council members vow to take Border Patrol operations at Anacortes to higher-ups
Weather permitting. the San Juan County Public Works department will begin resurfacing…
The San Juan County Council has proclaimed May to be “Community Action…
Frequently Asked Questions handout at May 6 Orcas Island meeting
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.”
Orcas Island "Eco-terrorist" released from hospital April 29 to appear in court
Lopezian Steven Ludwig and Orcasite Dorothy Austin file petition
Annual county-wide meeting on board ferry Saturday morning
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.
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.
The San Juan Public Works department reports that chipsealing work on Orcas…
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.
Five members of the County Council sign a letter to national legislators regarding Border Patrol checks in Anacortes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospital Board Schedules Two Meetings about the New Integrated Medical Center Feasibility Report - regular meeting on May 28
"Hybrid" first-through-third grade classroom in Orcas Island public school
Afternoon meeting open to the public
See Sounder Opinion for list of collection sites on the islands
A list of the grants funded fully or in part by OICF to community non-profits