Orcas Fur and Feathers 4-H Club Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Senior Center from 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner Menu: Cauliflower soup, Local green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies and Apple Rhubarb crisp for dessert served with coffee & tea. Cost: $5 kids and seniors, $10 adults. … Continue reading

Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading

State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

— from the Office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction — [On] September 11, the Supreme Court released its most recent order pertaining to McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 decision which held that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn … Continue reading

State Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt

— from Governor Jay Inslee’s Communications Office — Statement from Gov. Inslee on today’s Supreme Court order regarding McCleary “Today, the state of Washington has been held in contempt for failing to provide the Supreme Court with the education funding plan it has ordered. This unprecedented action by the Supreme … Continue reading

Council Hears Updates at Afternoon Session

– by Margie Doyle – Updates on recent Orcas Island developments highlighted the Sept. 9 afternoon session of the San Juan County Council at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Before hearing from Orcas Recycling Services (ORS), the Library, and plans about parking at Orcas Landing, re-location of the Dog Park, and … Continue reading

New Ferries’ Head Announced by WSDOT

— from Lars Erickson, for WSDOT communications — Today [Sept. 10] Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the … Continue reading

Busy, Productive County Council Tuesday Morning Session

– by Lin McNulty – Following a quick approval of minutes, and a few routine housekeeping items, the County Council on Tuesday opened their meeting on Orcas for Citizen’s Access Time. Pierette Guimond announced that island cemeteries now have a website which contains much historical information. Dan Wilk of Ecliipse … Continue reading

Supreme Court Considers Radical Measures to Ensure Education

By John Stang for Crosscut.com There are the “going nuclear” options. And there’s the “trust us” scenario. Washington’s Supreme Court quizzed attorneys Wednesday about the best ways for the court to make sure state legislators will comply with its 2012 ruling that the state meet its constitutional duty to provide … Continue reading

County Boards and Commissions Need You

– from San Juan County Communications – The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/Council/AdvisoryCommittees.aspx Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory … Continue reading

New Funding Gives Increased Preschool Accessibility and Quality

“It’s our torch to carry now.” — By Margie Doyle – “We can’t wait around,” Joe Cohen says, “We can do something now for our community and we will.” Cohen is speaking of the Early Childhood Education Initiative that is now underway, beginning a three-year “demonstration project” that will make … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Shape Stormwater Projects We’ll Be Paying For

— by Gulliver Rankin — If you have concerns about the quality of our drinking water and streams, property damage from flooding events or development regulations dealing with stormwater, I want to encourage you to attend the September 16th Public Works Open House at the Eastsound Fire Hall. From 11-1 … Continue reading

Ferries Operations Chief On Leave Since July after “Disrespect”

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson says Rodgers disrespected her in a June conversation. – By Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times  transportation reporter — State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson formally reprimanded the operations director of state ferries, saying he disrespected her during a phone conversation in June. Steve Rodgers, a 42-year employee, … Continue reading

Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program Hearing Scheduled

Friday, September 19, 8:45 a.m., Council Hearing Room Comments due by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 17 – from Lynda Guernsey – Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt the County’s Six Year Transportation Improvement Program, Pursuant to RCW 36.81.121 and RCW 36.81.130; & Notice of SEPA Determination Notice is hereby given that … Continue reading

County Council to Meet in Eastsound

Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m at the Eastsound Fire Hall The San Juan County Council will hold its regular meeting on Orcas Island next week. The agenda for the meeting calls for: Citizens’ Access Time Discussions scheduled from 10:15 a.m. until 12 noon: Eastsound Subarea Plan Update– Colin Maycock, … Continue reading