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Cost to contest a building code decision will drop 400 percent
Guardrails are scheduled to be installed during the week of Sept. 23 on San Juan Island.
Update: The Port of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Fire Rescue announced Friday, Aug. 30, that the Aug. 17 fire that destroyed Downriggers Restaurant was caused by an electrical problem within a wall near the restaurant's kitchen.
A standing-room-only crowd urged the commission to advocate for the islanders who elect the commissioners and pay the taxes. Charles Richardson told the commission, “I need you to represent me with PeaceHealth.” Meanwhile, Island Hospital passed on a potential partnership with PeaceHealth
“I make everything from scratch,” chef Ricarda Burnett says. “I love cooking and I love changing the menu to take advantage of whatever growing season we’re in.”
New eatery offers 60 varieties of cheese, 40 Pacific Northwest wines
Four businesses were displaced after fire swept through Downriggers restaurant in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, leaving a summertime crew of roughly 50 restaurant workers without a job, and three businesses based on the ground floor of the port-owned building, Friday Harbor Marine, San Juan Excursions and San Juan Safaris, without a home.
Under new appointment procedures for advisory committees, instituted in early spring by the former 6-person council, the tenure of veteran MRC members Tina Whitman, Jim Slocumb and Mike Durland — each having served more than two terms on the MRC — may be at an end unless no other qualified prospective appointees apply. The three had reapplied to serve an additional term.
A swimming and water polo player and coach for some 25 years, Mike Sheradin has been vacationing in the San Juan Islands for 30 years, finally deciding to open his showcase cafe in a totally remodeled building and former home of the Garden Path Cafe.
By the end of the Aug. 6 council meeting, and after an hour of public testimony lauding the "great work" of the conservation district, the council voted without dissent to decrease the district's existing "parcel fee" to $4.95, and to impose an "acreage assessment" of seven cents an acre.
With perhaps 60 votes to be counted at 5 p.m. on Aug. 8, the turnout percentage may rise to 33 percent, but the "top two" is pretty well set.
Backers of proposed coal facility sued over un-permitted drill, fill, excavation
Constructed in 1973, Jeri's mall was originally intended to be a two-story structure
County Auditor Milene Henley said that after Superior Court Judge Don Eaton decided that the tracking system violated a state law that requires any voting system to obtain federal certification, she decided not to appeal that decision, but instead to abandon the MIBT system, even though Henley insists that the MIBT system did not in any way compromise ballot secrecy.
Correction: town council members do not receive town-paid healthcare benefits, as was reported incorrectly in the original version of this article. Council members are paid $400 a month and $50 per council meeting.
Annual benefit switches format; former two-day event is now a single-day fundraiser
Drive-in movies at the fairgrounds? Bygone era is back with inflatable screen, thanks to county tourism fund
The fair expects to offer movies on 23 nights between April and November, with room for about 100 cars and 50 spectators at each after-dusk movie. The drive-in, including expected concession stand sales, is projected to generate about $24,000 in annual revenue. It will not operate during the county fair.
Property rights group fights on in Open Meetings case
Familiar space is home to a new face; Roop at the helm of Good Karma Cafe
Processing and marketing of island grown products on a commercial scale is becoming a prevalent topic of conversation among farmers and small-business food companies on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands.
New recruits bolster the ranks of San Juan Island Youth Conservation Corps
For a week prior to the fundraiser through July 1, an online auction of 114 items raised about $8,500. More than 100 businesses and animal lovers donated everything from 300 pounds of gravel to four tickets to Jay Leno's television show. Almost every restaurant on San Juan Island donated gift certificates.
County officials maintain Orcas Recycling Services will overcome a recent spate of obstacles and will eventually take over management of the Orcas Island transfer station. Meanwhile, Mount Vernon-based Lautenbach Industries is expected to sign a contract within 30 days and begin operating the San Juan Island dump by Sept. 1.
A stair access project for Agate Beach on Lopez was awarded $75,400 and renovation of the Otis Perkins Day Park, also on Lopez, was awarded $58,900. The rest of the $264,000 in available funds was allocated to the Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan County Fairground.
At the June 16 commencement ceremony, Academic Dean and English teacher Heather June described each graduate with a single word.
A draft contract for County Council approval is expected later this month, with a target date of September 1 for Mount Vernon-based Lautenbach to take over operations at the Sutton Road transfer station. The picture for the Orcas Island transfer station operations is not so clear, Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy acknowledged.
Hard work and unique products are the foundations of success for four island manufacturing companies, but owners of each credit their employees and think San Juan Island is a great place to be headquartered.
"Unexpected modifications that need to be made to supporting structures set us back a week," said state DOT's Jay Drye, adding that crews are working around the clock" and that additional steelworkers and laborers were being "added daily."
Sheriff Rob Nou may have helped his cause even more by telling the council that Emergency Management Coordinator Brendan Cowan had obtained a waiver from Homeland Security of a "local match" requirement originally part of the grant terms. The $200,000 or so in local matching funds might have made the deal impossible for a county budget still stretched tight by the recession.
Hotels and restaurants noted few or no cancellations, and local retailers and realtors expressed satisfaction with sales and traffic as the summer season began in earnest on San Juan Island.
Crews from Atkinson Construction and several Atkinson subcontractors are already working around the clock to assemble the two bridges. Both Acrow and Atkinson confirmed that the target for completion of the temporary project is mid-June - a timetable several weeks sooner than first estimated by state officials.
Vistiors bound for the San Juan Islands can take various alternate routes to reach the Anacortes ferry terminal, the jump-off point to the islands, but state officials say the I-5 bridge in Mount Vernon could take, "months, not weeks" to repair.
The letter of intent outlines opportunities the organizations could pursue together, including performance improvement initiatives to reduce costs and clinical programming to increase access to specialized services such as cardiovascular care, high-risk obstetrics and neonatology, cancer care, behavioral health and neurosciences.
Thomas has been city administrator of the city of Enumclaw, population 10,669, Wash., since 2010. Before that, he was director of the city's Department of Community and Economic Development for five years.
Although no final decision has been made, the board previously backed the broadband initiative as a means to enhance its electricity delivery through “Smart Grid” technology, better conserve energy use, and boost communication capability of emergency service.
Incumbent Felix Menjivar will face a pair of opponents in the race for Position 3 on the town council. Meanwhile, Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher and 21 other candidates are unopposed for election.
The county manager, who is expected to be paid about $150,000 a year, will assist the new 3-person county council in overseeing the functions of local government and those departments not managed by another elected county official, such as the sheriff, auditor or prosecuting attorney.
What’s up at the Labs? it’s marine research on display; free popcorn too
That dispute, though, only concerns a small part of a “town stimulus program” that Wilson and the town council have implemented to improve the “infrastructure” and the flow of traffic around town - and at the same time, get people working.
Stephen Sondheim’s two-act, 30-song take on making wishes come true features the somewhat dark, Grimm, side of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.