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The roads in San Juan County can be dangerous. Some are narrow, winding and parallel to sharp drop-offs with cold, deep water below.
The week of June 23 started off with a council and Department Head (both elected and appointed) workshop on Tuesday, June 25.
The Islands’ Sounder is proud to be your newspaper. We’ve been the voice of our community since 1964.
The Honorary Mayor of Eastsound race – an annual fundraiser sponsored by and benefiting Children’s House – concludes on Saturday, July 6.
We spend so much time thinking about the future – what could happen, what we’d like to have happen – that it’s easy to overlook the rich history of those who came before us.
Taking a bus out to the westside of San Juan may sound a little counter intuitive to a local, but then again, it is the greener way.
OPALCO has made a major shift in its approach to bringing high speed broadband to most island locations.
Happiness eluded me for many years. I knew where it was hiding, but it felt like a treasure lying beneath a rock I could not lift.
I know it may come as a surprise to some, but our legislature was unable to complete its work within the 105 day limit of the “long session.”
Anyone who says our youth is apathetic should sit through Orcas High School’s senior project presentations.
The image of a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block by the Detroit River that appeared in a May 17, 2013 New York Times story was a wake-up call for me.
Year to date responses have increased 21 percent. As of this report, the total call volume is 344 for EMS and fire combined. Last year, the number was 284.
Summer is coming fast and so are some fun activities for children and teens on Orcas Island. Your Park and Recreation District, Orcas Island Library, and the school district are collaborating to host a diverse set of children’s and teens’ summer activities. Some are already set and some are in the process of being finalized.
The first quarter of 2013 was a disappointment, at least on the revenue side. In particular, sales tax revenue to San Juan County did not meet expectations. Whether the county can meet revenue projections for the year will depend on activity picking up in this and other key sectors in the following quarters.
Every year a new batch of eager young adults stand on the threshold of adulthood. With a diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they are prepared to take on the world.
The scope of the Orcas Island Community Foundation is far-reaching – and it’s all because of the generosity of islanders.
When you call 911 or knock on our door, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is at your service. As the provider of emergency medical services for Orcas Island, we have a primary mission of helping people stay safe and alive.
Thank you to all of the co-op members who participated in our 76th annual meeting. We are now looking forward to the next chapter of OPALCO’s long story – which we will write together.
Orcas Library is sponsoring a Health and Wellness week from June 10 to 15.
Is OPALCO ready for broadband? We don’t think so. No doubt that better and faster internet would bring economic, educational and communication benefits. But we have grave concerns about OPALCO’s current business plan to venture into broadband business.
Fun in the sun. Backyard barbecues. An extra day off work.
Orcas Center’s newest production is community theatre at its finest. Director Deborah Sparks has brought together a dynamic cast that has chemistry throughout the two hours they are singing, acting, fighting and crying on center stage.
San Juan County’s new legislative body is made up entirely of men.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is pleased to report to our community that we have completed the construction of Deer Harbor Station 24.
Ten minutes can go by in a flash, unremarkable and mostly unremembered much of the time.
The first quarter report by the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District highlights some clear successes, a few disappointments, and much work in progress.
It’s the first week of May, which means the summer tourist season is just around the corner.
Many people who are expressing concerns about the recent fire at the Exchange are now realizing that for the past 30 years, the organization has been a significant public service on Orcas Island.
The Orcas Fire commissioners had to make a tough decision, but we think it was the right one.
We have celebrated our 75th Anniversary and our success in building a member-owned cooperative to meet our electrical needs in San Juan County. OPALCO consistently rates at the top of the co-op world for our safety record, system reliability, financial strength, and innovative approach to solving problems.
We applaud the Exchange for its thoughtful approach to reconstructing its operation after a devastating fire in February.
The San Juan County Community Conversations continue and conclude April 16-18. Averaging 40 to 60 participants per meeting, with some attracting more than 90 participants, the conversations have been a huge success thanks to you. If you haven’t participated so far, you still have a chance.
Good news, folks: the permit for cleaning up the fire site at the Orcas Transfer Station was obtained during the last week of March and the work was carried out on April 1 and 2.
San Juan County has not had an April election for at least 20 years (that’s how far back we looked). But last week, you received your ballot for our upcoming April election. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about this election: Why are we having it? Why are we having it now? What races do I get to vote in, and why?
The effort by Council Members Marc Forlenza and Rich Peterson to promote an ordinance from the county council to place two measures on the November 2013 ballot, has generated several questions, primary among them, “Why are we making this effort and why now?”
Expanding on last week’s editorial about keeping our community protected from registered sex offenders, we’d like to encourage you to be proactive about your safety.
Our county economy: part of the fabric of our lives. How the economy performs affects our own lifestyle and the funding for public services. Availability of the public services we want affects our quality of life.
They have “paid” their debt to society and now they are free.
Looks like the politics of divisiveness and disparagement have come to roost in San Juan County.
It’s one of society’s oldest traditions: joining two lives as one.