School District Holds Public Hearing on State Education Budget How new formulae will affect local school still to be determined

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District Business Manager Keith Whitaker presented his initial analysis of the recent State Budget and its provisions for funding “Basic Education” in compliance with the McLeary Decision, in a written report at the Board’s Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 11. He responded … Continue reading

Public Hearing Scheduled on Vacation Rental Code Amendments

Friday, July 21, 8:45 a.m., County Council Chambers — from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the vacation rental and code enforcement provisions of the San Juan County Code. The hearing will begin on or after … Continue reading

Washington State Ferries Proposes Fare Increase Details outlined in public meeting

— by Sam Gailey — The Washington State Transportation Commission and Washington State Ferries met Monday, July 11, in Friday Harbor for its second of four public comments meetings regarding the ferry fare increase proposal. The Washington State Transportation Commission’s proposal is largely based upon input from Washington State Ferries … Continue reading

Special Three-Day Filing Period for Orcas Port Commissioner Special three-day filing period to be held July 26, 27 and 28, 2017

— from Milene Henley, County Auditor — The San Juan County Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing period for the Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #1 office. Candidate filings can be made in person from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28. … Continue reading

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading

Seaview Residents Share Concerns About Propane Storage Deadline for county decision is Thursday, July 13

— by Matt Willis — On Thursday, July 13 a San Juan Hearing Examiner is set to make a decision that local residents feel could put their safety at risk. Community members facing that possibility met at the Eastsound Fire Station to publicly express their concerns last Wednesday, July 5. Orcas … Continue reading

OPAL Picnic, Rally to Include State Officials Lt. Governor Habib, Sen. Ranker to speak at July 12 housing rally

Wednesday, July 12, 5 p.m., Village Green — from Judy Whiting for OPAL — Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and Sen. Kevin Ranker will join local leaders on the stage at the Village Green on Wednesday, July 12 in support of affordable housing, which remains Orcas Island’s most critical need. “Let’s … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | June 28 – July 5, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — June 28,2017 17-003816 Suspicious Person/Circumstance 09:24:05 06/28/17 A Lopez Island man reported a suspicious telephone call, suspecting potential misrepresentation and fraud. Upon examination, the telephone call in question was completely legitimate. No further action is necessary. 17-003820 Litter/Pollution/Public Health 12:02:07 06/28/17 An … Continue reading