Ranker Met with School Administrators to Improve, Enhance Education

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — This week, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D- Orcas Island, met with administrators from Anacortes, Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Lopez, Mount Vernon, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, and Shaw Island school districts to discuss the impacts of HB 2422, the state’s next step in committing more state … Continue reading

Comp Plan Land Capacity Analysis Methodology Draft/2nd Housing Needs Assessment Draft Available

— from San Juan County Communications — The draft Land Capacity Analysis Methodology and the 2nd Draft Housing Needs Assessment are available for public review. Presentations on these documents [were] live-streamed at the following briefings: County Council: October 16, 2017 Planning Commission: October 20, 2017 For more information click here … Continue reading

Park and Ride Nears Completion

— from San Juan County Communications — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion control are … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Join Us In Supporting Bond, Levy

— from Dr. Camille Fleming & John Fleming — While my husband would like to talk about the bond addressing aging building infrastructure and bone-jarring rip-the-bumper-off-our-van trips through the high school parking lot, I would rather write about student and community health and well-being. The school athletic fields have been home … Continue reading

A Community Conversation: Transgender Identities 101

Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The Rev. Berto Gándara-Perea, Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church — Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Safe San Juans are co-hosting a conversation about transgender identities. Join to learn everything you want to know about being transgender but are afraid to ask. We will have … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Gimme Shelter

— from Joe Symons — Someone seeking refuge is a refugee. My dictionary defines refuge as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. A refuge is also something providing shelter: the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world. Prior to 1970, one might imagine that those … Continue reading

Senior Center Offering Advanced Directive/Living Will Workshop

Wednesday, October 25, 1 – 3 p.m., Senior Center — from Sara Boyle for Orcas Senior Center — Join us for a hands-on tutorial Wednesday, October 25, from 1-3 p.m. for step-by-step instructions in filling out an Advanced Directive/Living Will. The workshop is led by RN Libby Garcia who has … Continue reading

New Shoreline Regulations Effective Monday, October 30

— from San Juan County Communications — On Monday October 16, 2017, Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) announced official approval for San Juan County’s updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The updated shoreline regulations go into effect on Monday October 30, 2017. After this date, a pre-application meeting is required prior to … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Eat Island Grown This Sunday Expanded to include an auction

Sunday, October 22, 12 – 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Brickworks — from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — This Sunday, October 22, don’t miss “Eat Island Grown.” This mouthwatering event celebrating the islands’ unique cuisine will feature the best tastes of the San Juan Islands, showcasing local chefs and … Continue reading