The unemployment charts look like a heartbeat monitor keeping a pulse on the seasonal tourism economy in San Juan Islands year after year. In January, it skyrockets, and in August it plunges.
The Town of Friday Harbor repealed an ordinance that previously placed a moratorium on murals, and instated an ordinance detailing rules and regulations for permitted murals on July 16.
Fernando is assigned to Station 36 in the Eagle Crest neighborhood and is a self-employed tile setter and stone mason classified as Firefighter I.
A judge has made a decision in the case of Community Treasures versus San Juan County, granting a motion for partial judgement in favor of the defendants, meaning that the ball is in the plaintiff's court as how to proceed.
Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 17th Annual Encampment scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26 on the English Camp parade ground.
A free workshop hosted by the San Juan Island National Park Service will look into the psychology of climate change, and how educators can engage in useful, positive dialogue about climate change.
Gil Dobbe watched as a boat ran aground near his home today at around 2 p.m. The boat was stuck on the rocks in the Fish Creek area between False Bay and Eagle Cove.
“Despite these rate increases,” says OPALCO public relations administrator Suzanne Olson, “member bills have been lower on average than the past couple of years. This is because we’re not using as much energy – our revenues are down and so are our bills.”
The County Council requested the Housing Bank Commission look into county statistics to gather a working plan addressing the critical needs of affordable long-term rentals, affordable home ownership opportunities and affordable seasonal worker housing.
The San Juan County Council issued a statement that Manager Mike Thomas was not in the wrong in reference to a wetlands evaluation on a San Juan property.
An Orcas Island man is charged with burglary in the second degree after allegedly stealing $150-200 dollars and merchandise from Orcas Island Golf Course.
The Sheriff's Office reported responded to these calls.
Road striping is scheduled to begin in the county this coming week
While we had passed a final operating budget last week, as many of you heard, we did not have the bipartisan votes needed to address Initiative 1351 – the noble but extremely costly $2 billion class-size reduction measure that the voters passed last November.
According to a WSDOT Ferry alert, "We realize having one of our mid-sized vessels out for an extended period of time puts a strain on travelers, especially during the height of our busiest season. Until further notice, the 124-car Kitsap will continue to serve the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route in place of the Elwha."
According to Hertel, there was some concern amongst the commissioners about choosing Wellman and Zuck, a construction company from Bellingham, because of delays in other construction they’ve done on the island such as San Juan Island Museum of Art and Island Inn at 123 West.
WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services has launched a search for a plane due to Orcas Island Saturday which never arrived. The search area is in Whatcom County at this point.
Cali Bagby will be taking over as interim editor of the Journal. She will continue to publish the Islands’ Weekly on Lopez in addition to her new position.
The use of gas, charcoal and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues will continue to be allowed under the ban but visitors are urged to use caution with any open flame.
Participants can expect to learn about regional challenges caused by these changes, and how to help the public bring about solutions on a local level. The workshop will be an open dialogue between participants and presenters, so active participation will be encouraged.