Believed to be 80 million years old, the fossil was first sighted in mid-May 2012 near the shore of one of a number of Sucia Island marine state parks by a Burke Museum research team. And not just any park, but near one of the campsites by—get this—Sucia Island's Fossil Bay.
Plans for the Mount Grant nature preserve include hiking trails weaving through densely wooded forests en route to the summit, where 360-degree views span the horizon eastward to Mount Baker, north to the Canadian Gulf Islands and across the archipelago of islands as well.
The Southern residents killer whales were listed endangered under the ESA in 2005. At that time, the population, made up of three closely related pods, J, K and L, consisted of 88 animals. Today, after a two-plus year drought of newborns more recently followed by three births, the population now numbers 80.
A 35-year-old San Juan Island man who initially faced a felony charge of second-degree assault and allegations of wielding a knife was ordered to serve two years probation after pleading guilty to a lesser offense. Should he fail to comply with a series of court orders, including undergoing a mental health evaluation, he would face 364 days in jail.
With three incumbents opting to not seek reelection, the field is wide open for seven candidates in pursuit of a position on the San Juan Island public hospital district commission.
In a decision handed down March 11, San Juan County Hearings Examiner Phil Olbrechts ruled the county lacked sufficient evidence to tie 34-year-old Richard Morgan Foley to the pile of tires discarded on the waterfront of Deadman Bay a year ago in mid-March and dismissed one of two notices of violation leveled against him.
Answers to a series of questions and comments offered up at the recent OPALCO annual meeting are available online at the Co-op website, listed under "Recently Asked Questions."
The Washington State Transportation Commission will conclude the first of a two-day session with discussion of a potential 2.5 percent ferry fare increase in 2015 and in 2016, as well as state ferry system policies and operational strategies. The two-year staggered price hike is built into the proposed two-year transportation budgets of both houses of the state legislature.
Following two months of sea trials and crew training, the Samish, WSF's newest Olympic Class ferry, will begin service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route Sunday, June 14, on the eve of the summer sailing season. It will be christened as part of an open house and unveiling at the Anacortes ferry terminal Wednesday, May 20.
To date, Williams is one of three people who have announced a bid for one of three commission seats up for election. He joins patient-rights advocate Monica Harrington and retired attorney Barbara Sharp in the race. The candidate filing period for the November election begins May 11.
Most recently county engineer of Oregon's most populated county, Multnomah, home to the city of Portland, Brian Vincent has held several positions with Washington state's Clark County as well, including manager of operations and of construction, as part of a 25-year career in local government.
In a May 5 press release, Barbara Sharp said she is seeking a seat on the commission to ensure the community has access to the best possible health care, and that it is delivered in an efficient manner and in compliance with state law.
Vital resources, such as food, water, medical aid and fuel to run the hospital generators, remain in short supply; however, Shyam Rupakheti and retired physician and friend Stephen Miller of Anacortes were doing what they could to raise as much money as possible to purchase supplies before Rupakheti, a hospital administrator, could get a flight back home.
The election generated the highest voter turnout to date for OPALCO, with a total of 2,758 co-op members casting ballots, a 24 percent rate of return. Election results were announced at the Co-op annual meeting, Saturday, May 2, onboard the inter-island ferry.
Only three after opening its gates, the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District has been selected the 2015 "Non-profit Recycler of the Year" by the Washington State Recycling Association.
It'll be an 'electrifying' start to the weekend, as Orcas Power & Light Cooperative hosts its 78th annual meeting, Saturday, May 2, onboard the inter-island ferry (San Juan Island residents will need to get an early start).