On Thursday June 12, Democratic Party Nominee for the 40th District Senate, Kevin Ranker, won 74 percent of popular vote across all three counties ensuring that he gained the endorsement of the 40th LD Democrats.
On June 24, the Orcas Island Fire Department Commissioners met with six members of the Strategic Plan Review committee to review plans for building wildland attack and structural engines (WAASP), for the permit process for the new Deer Harbor Fire Station, for a five-member Board, and to hear a proposal from the Fire/Medics for filling the Assistant Chief position left vacant when Buddy Wright resigned in March.
To make it easier to get to and from the Lopez Village activities, the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce will offer free shuttle bus service from the ferry to Lopez Village and the South end from July 3-7. The bus will do extra duty on July 4th and late-night transportation to the ferry from the Village after the fireworks display is planned. For more information, call the Lopez Chamber at 468-4664 or visit www.lopezisland.com.
Four years and 8,000-plus hours on the job later, three of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) apprentice linemen – Kai Burleson from Lopez, Roger Sandwith from San Juan Island and Dan Watters on Orcas (all native islanders) – are “topping out,” which is lineman lingo for completing the apprentice program and reaching the 100 percent mark on the union wage scale as journeymen linemen.