Big stories of 2008

2008 – for just one little year, it was a doozie! Maintaining the level of service of San Juans’ route ferries was an ongoing challenge, with the “Steel electrics” pulled from service, and the FAC chastised for failing to announce their meeting. Chair Alex MacLeod was fired by the Council … Continue reading

More ferry conversation and grassroots solutions

Many Orcasians, with holiday horror stories of airport strandings and freeway logjams, are returning home on our reliable Washington State Ferries.For all its budget problems, WSF runs safe, clean boats on a reliable schedule. Think how often we hear of Phillipine ferries sinking, and of European ferries running on a … Continue reading

Susan Osborn concert changes to benefit Jordan Griffin

Orcas Island singer/composer Susan Osborn (pictured right as Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2006 production of “A Christmas Carol”) sent out the following announcement today regarding the cancellation of her Christmas Concerts, an Orcas Island tradition for 22 years. Those fortunate to subscribe to SnoozeNews, Osborn’s email newsletter, … Continue reading

Keep posted on ferry information

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) reminds travelers to allow extra time for ferry travel throughout the holiday season.In addition, route disruptions due to the extreme weather conditions may affect sailings, as happened before Christmas Day. Holiday schedulesSome routes will operate on special holiday schedules on Christmas … Continue reading

Islands' ferry service – weigh in on new plans, including local control (and costs) for ferries

WSDOT Ferries Division seeks comments on its draft long-range planOn Dec. 19, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division (WSF) released its draft long-range plan for services and investments through 2030 for Washington’s marine transportation system.“The draft plan comes at a historic point in marine transportation,” said David Moseley, … Continue reading

Outlook Inn's Christmas dinner and show Friday night only

The Outlook Inn in Eastound is doing its best to help islanders “keep cheerful” during this winter, with Chef Sean Paul preparing special dinners for the Victorian Room Readers Theatre Dinner performances. Last month, Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels delighted a sold-out audience ($30 for dinner and show, $8 for show … Continue reading

Governor's proposed budget: many cuts, no new taxes

The following is a statement issued by Governor Chris Gregoire’s communications office on Dec. 18, 2008: Gov. Chris Gregoire today proposed her 2009–11 state budget, closing a projected $5.7 billion shortfall through a combination of program reductions, suspension of state employee, teacher and care worker salary increases, pension changes, increased … Continue reading