By Mike Macdonald The county’s failure to comply with the Comprehensive Plan threatens to needlessly increase costs of the decade-long…
Congratulations to the winners of the Aug. 19 primary. Voters chose well — they are sending to the Nov. 4 general election candidates who are diverse in their experience and who have disparate views on how to meet the challenges of the day.
The issue was minor, but how it was handled was telling. The two candidates for Superior Court judge, Randy Gaylord and John Linde, each failed to include on a judicial candidate questionnaire a case in which they were disciplined. A spokesman for the governor’s office said the candidates should have listed those actions.
It seems like the San Juan County Fair always comes just when we need it most. With elections behind us and before us, with summer racing by and a school year racing toward us, with school district budget woes following us and a county budget crisis lurking in the shadows, we need the fair.
“Where are the whales?” and “When will they be here?” seem to be the questions I find myself answering every few minutes. I am an intern at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse for the summer conducting research on the killer whales or, as 90 percent of those surveyed prefer, orcas.
The Aug. 19 primary election is an important one in many ways.
For the first time, San Juan County voters will elect the county’s own Superior Court judge; we no longer share a judge with Island County. The judge’s race will be decided in the Aug. 19 primary election. The winner will be responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice in cases involving family law, felonies and land use matters, among others. He will manage a infant court system through all of its growing pains. He will serve a four-year term and be paid $146,832 a year.
What happened at the 10th annual OrcaSing held at the park’s lighthouse only confirmed just how little we know about the three families of orcas who have been vacationing in the Salish Sea for eons, long before there was a summer ferry schedule.