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On Saturday, May 17, an Orcas Island fire truck was drawing water from the hydrant at the station, when an aid call came in.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Ranker addresses subcommittee on climate change effects in Puget Sound
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)
May 22 meeting airs different budget cut suggestions
List of 2008 Community Foundation Grants
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prosecutor Randall K. Gaylord announced that he would seek the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge.
Policy group of 15 islanders contact others to study shoreline development and habitat. More meetings in June
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.
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.
$315K in county lodging-tax cash doled out for 2009
Part of funds would go to reimburse Turtleback purchase
San Juan County gets $206, 978 of $17.5 million in state grants
SJ residents who use rainwater for water supply will be issued water rights permits
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.