The new compensation package totals $134,820 and will become effective June 24, the first anniversary of Mike Thomas' first day on the job. Thomas, a former Enumclaw city administrator, was hired a year ago at a salary of $120,000, plus 5 percent in deferred compensation.
OPALCO is moving ahead with expanding its Island Network services from its base of fiber optic cable servicing its electric grid. It is already an internet service provider and a network provider, mostly in populated areas like Friday Harbor and Eastsound, and it resells "backhaul" fiber connections to ISPs such as Rock Island, The Computer Place, CenturyLink, NoaNet and Zito Media.
The Friday Harbor softball team shook off the rust, fired up the offense and left Concrete in the dust to seal a 14-11 win, notching its highest-scoring output of the season along with the victory.
Canada's National Energy Board selected 1,650 individuals and entities, including San Juan County and four local groups, to participate in the review of the Kinder Morgan tar sands shipping project; 468 applications were denied.
‘It was a better reception than we expected,’ — Mike Monson, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve
First-half of the year property tax payments are due April 30. Payment can be made by check or cash, or online by credit card: www.pointandpay.net (online payment includes a fee).
The latest state audit of the San Juan hospital district’s books noted that financial controls “are inadequate to ensure accurate reporting,” but found no wrongdoing, misappropriation of funds or noncompliance which would require reporting to other government agencies or the legislature. District commission Chairman Dr. Michael Edwards said, “The auditors accepted our commitment to address the issues identified and said they will follow up during..."
Brenda Schmidt's 21.33-pound salmon isn't the largest Wilson Derby winner, but it proved big enough to earn her first place at the conclusion of the 10-week long fishing competition, and to land her a place in the record books as the derby's first-ever female champ.
The San Juan County Health Department will be providing additional immunizations in Friday Harbor, Friday, April 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you do not have a regular health care provider call the Health Department (378-4474) and make an appointment to get immunized now.
A freshly revised design for the Spring Street Landing Building is just the start of the Port of Friday Harbor's proposed 10-year, $10-plus million dollar revamp of the waterfront.
Although marijuana stores in Washington will not open until July or later, marijuana sales to individuals started in Colorado last year at medical marijuana dispensaries. Reports from from the Weed Blog indicate that January sales in Colorado were $14.02 million, which raised about $2 million in tax revenue for the state. (This article has been updated since its initial post to clarify applicants listing 775 Mullis Street as a potential retail location).
The public health department circulated an “exposure alert” March 31 after confirming that a San Juan Island man had the measles.
The San Juan County Health Department will conduct immunization clinics in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, April 8 and on Orcas Wednesday, April 9. If you do not have a regular health care provider, call the Health Department and make an appointment to get immunized now.
Larsen, D-Bellingham, Wash-2nd District, is among a dozen West Coast congressional leaders seeking renewal of $65 million for improving salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest in 2015. Congress appropriated a similar amount for 2014.
The county department of health bulletin said exposure to the disease may have occurred in the afternoon and evening hours of March 21 to March 24 in downtown Friday Harbor. The incubation period for the disease is seven to eighteen days. Questions about exposure, symptoms and immunization can be directed to the county health department, 378-4474.
The upcoming election promises to highlight contrasting views on what direction Orcas Power & Light Cooperative should take.
What was achieved in the legislative session in Olympia? What remains to be done? And, how will it affect the San Juans? Find out when the 40th District legislative trio, Sen. Kevin Ranker, and state representatives Kristine Lytton and Jeff Morris, host a town hall meeting, Thursday, in Friday Harbor.
Superintendent Rick Thompson was one of two finalist chosen from 36 applicants vying for an upcoming vacancy in nearby Port Angeles school district, which boasts an enrollment of roughly 3,700 students. His rival? The superintendent of a school district east of Barstow, Calif.
An international coalition of environmental groups dropped more than 600 drift cards in the Salish Sea to trace tidal flows and how a potential oil spill might spread across regional waterways. More than 45 cards have been recovered at various locations as of Friday, March 28. Click on the headline above to read more...