Friday Harbor Attorney Katie Loring Seeks Appointment as Next San Juan County Superior Court Judge

— from Katie Long — Attorney Katie Loring has submitted her application for appointment as the next San Juan County Superior Court Judge. In April, San Juan County Superior Court Judge, Donald E. Eaton, announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. Because Judge Eaton is retiring mid-term, the next San … Continue reading

Orcas School Board Ups Lunch Prices, Hears from Juvenile Court Rep. District receives nearly $63,000 in grant funding

— by Ayn Gailey — [Note: This article has been updated to clarify the school lunch price increase.]* Classes and graduation ceremonies may have wrapped, but the OISD School Board, none of whom take compensation for their services, keeps on working. At the June 22 regular board meeting, Principal Kyle … Continue reading

Local Attorney Jon Cain Applies for Superior Court Judge Position

— from Jon Cain — Jon Cain, of Friday Harbor, announced [on Thursday, June 29] that he has submitted his application for the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee will appoint someone later this year to fill the opening that will result from Judge Donald … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | June 21 – 27, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — June 21, 2017 17-003595 Court Order Violation 11:51:41 06/21/17 A deputy responded to a report of a protection order violation that occurred in Eastsound. An investigation is currently being conducted and a report was written. 17-003607 Welfare Check 17:55:15 06/21/17 A Deputy … Continue reading

State Legislature Passes Budget Just Hours Before Deadline Governor Inslee's Office needs to quickly review in order to sign before midnight

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement following passage of the 2017-19 state operating budget by the Washington state Senate: “The final budget and education plan passed today reflects our core Democratic values but unfortunately is funded with a Republican property … Continue reading

County Health Dept. to Present at Community Meeting What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m., Senior Center — from Mark Mayer — What is the future of healthcare in the San Juan Islands? Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts … Continue reading

County Council Schedules Special Meeting, Unless… Unless State Legislature passes a budget

Friday, June 30, 9 a.m., Legislative Hearing Room — from Sue Kollet for San Juan County Council — NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Juan County Council will conduct a Special Meeting on Friday June 30, 2017 in the Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor beginning at … Continue reading

Library Opens Henigson Wing Expansion to All of Orcas Henigsons among many acknowledged for successful completion of project

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 25 at 10 a.m. — Historic crowds attended the dedication of the Henigson Family Wing, the “Next Chapter” expansion of the Orcas Island Public Library on June 23, 2017. Director Phil Heikkinen proudly and happily greeted the hordes of islanders on a sun-soaked afternoon, … Continue reading

Summer Sailing Schedule Starts Sunday

— from Washington State Ferries — Please be advised that WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule goes into effect on Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Know before you go—check out … Continue reading

Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs and Brews

— by Susan Anderson for Children’s House — Eastsound Mayoral hopefuls (four dogs and a plain cat) are pulling out all the stops, using chicanery to gain traction in the election. Campaign promises are passé; these animals are offering buttons, beads and bags to voters who slip money into envelopes … Continue reading

The Life, the Library, the Legend How Orcas Island Public Library came to be

— by Emma Heikkinen — REPRINTED FROM JULY 19, 2016 Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a … Continue reading

County Health Dept. to Present at Community Meeting What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m., Senior Center — from Mark Mayer — What is the future of healthcare in the San Juan Islands? Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-Up This Weekend Saturday on Orcas, Sunday on Lopez

— from San Juan County Public Works/Environmental Resources — Many household items may be harmful to you, your family, animals, and the environment. San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual Hazardous Waste Round-Ups to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Graduation Tradition Continues Islanders welcome graduating seniors with full hearts, scholarships and laughter

— by Kathi Ciskowski — Cheering crowds, 28 elated graduates, music, officials, awards (both monetary and academic), caps and gowns, adoring teachers, and a surprise visit from the recently departed Orcas Island renegade bear, all were present at the Graduation Ceremony for the Orcas Island High School class of 2017 … Continue reading