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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
The Orcas High School boys golf team: (left to right) Coach Bobby Olmsted

Viking Boys Golf legacy

  • Jun 17th, 2008
The Orcas High School boys golf team: (left to right) Coach Bobby Olmsted
The Orcas Lady Vikings’ fastpitch softball team
The Orcas Lady Vikings’ fastpitch softball team

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
Key Club members Erik Hansen

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
Key Club members Erik Hansen

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

County Reporter

L-R: Rachel Taylor
L-R: Rachel Taylor
Fireworks preparations on Indian Island
Fireworks preparations on Indian Island
At the OICF awards ceremony. Back row: Tony Ghazel for the Orcas Island School District
At the OICF awards ceremony. Back row: Tony Ghazel for the Orcas Island School District

Budget committee helps school board

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  • Jun 17th, 2008

New County Admin. Deputy comes home

When Adina Cunningham, San Juan County’s new Deputy Director of County Administration, moved from Hawaii to Eastsound and set up a legal practice in 2007, it was a homecoming. She attended school on Orcas from 1975 until 1983.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Funhouse receives $9,000 from County lodging tax proceeds

$315K in county lodging-tax cash doled out for 2009

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Land Bank seeks $4 million in grants

Part of funds would go to reimburse Turtleback purchase

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Hazardous waste and illegal dump help from the state

San Juan County gets $206, 978 of $17.5 million in state grants

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Permits for rainwater rights coming

SJ residents who use rainwater for water supply will be issued water rights permits

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Newborn orca observed in San Juan waters

By RICHARD WALKEREditor, San Juan JournalA baby orca was seen swimming with…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Whale cranium recovered

Whale skeleton recovered after nearly two years on ocean bottom

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Jayne Davis resigns as WSF Regional Operations Manager/North

By MARGIE DOYLEEditorJayne Davis, Regional Operations Manager/North for the Ferries Division of…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

May Orcas Island School Districtl board meeting discusses budget cuts

Various scenarios laid out, state increase in graduation credits studied

  • Jun 17th, 2008

New orca calf spotted this month in K pod

A baby orca was seen swimming with K pod earlier this month,…

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Mariah Buck directs traffic at the 2007 Lions’ Barbecue.

Orcas Lions Wild Salmon BBQ returns July 5

The annual Orcas Lions Club salmon barbeque will be on Saturday July 5 at the American Legion hall. “The Fourth of July celebration wouldn’t be complete without attending our wild salmon BBQ. We’ve been sponsoring it for 33 years,” says Toby Hiller, a long time Orcas Lion.

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Mariah Buck directs traffic at the 2007 Lions’ Barbecue.

Lopez Library welcomes author Deb Caletti

National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti will visit the Lopez Library on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. to talk about her latest book, “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

KWIAHT lecture and field study series returns to Moran State Park

Moran state Park is working with KWIAHT ecologist Russel Barsh and botanist Madrona Murphy on the second in a series of workshops and lectures about rare native plants in Moran State Park. The overall goal for this partnership is to find and map out rare native plants in Moran State Park so that the park can knowledgeably manage the land in the future, said Linda Sheridan, Moran’s Interpretive Specialist.

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Mary Callahan

Two long-time Orcas teachers to retire

They are both called teachers, but their daily routines have been very different. Now, Mary Callahan and Linda Gillespie are both retiring from many years of service to the Orcas Island School District.

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Mary Callahan

Children’s Festival on Village Green

Once each year the organizations that serve the island’s children come together on the Eastsound Village Green to celebrate with the children and parents of the island.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Farmers’ Market hosts fundraising dinner June 15

The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market is celebrating the start of summer, and the summer Farmers’ Market season with its first fundraising dinner on Sunday, June 15.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

Memoirs in prose and poetry at Writers’ Roundtable

Writers’ Roundtable for June 14 will continue the theme of memoir writing, in prose and poetry. The group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library.

  • Jun 11th, 2008