Orcas Island Archives - Salish Current

First element of Rosario Resort sale closes this week

April 12, 2024
Toby Cooper

Rosario sale: Orcas resident and Empower Investing founder “sensitive to the culture of the islands.”

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Additional acreage next to Madrona Point to be returned to Lummi Nation 

April 2, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

Additional land at Madrona Point at Eastsound will be returned to Lummi Nation as a result of a recent land purchase by a nonprofit founded by a Lummi elder.

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Update:  Orcas fire levy vote clouded by fire chief contract questions

March 11, 2024
Minor Lile

Contract consultant report questions legality of previous commission’s contract agreement.

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Despite turmoil, Orcas fire commission adopts levy resolution for April ballot

February 23, 2024
Minor Lile

Chief’s contract, volunteer dissatisfaction, commission tensions discussions continue.

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Orcas Island’s Rosario Resort sale to close Feb. 29

February 13, 2024
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Rosario Resort and Spa’s Moran Mansion facilities will have a new steward, and will be closed during an upgrade.

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Amid controversy and turmoil, Orcas fire commissioners plan for a new levy proposal

February 1, 2024
Minor Lile

Staff resignations, no-confidence volunteer letter, levy vote deadline confront island emergency service.

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Orcas fire district levy defeat forces ‘austerity’ budget

November 16, 2023
Toby Cooper

Two-time “no” vote on levy proposal and turnover fire district board elections conclude campaign characterized by “turmoil.”

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Where’s the ferry?

February 24, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Islanders will see more crew, upgraded terminal … before new ferries.

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Talking turkey in the San Juans: strutting the line between welcome wildlife and pest

December 10, 2021
Gretchen K. Wing

The American wild turkey, introduced for hunting in the San Juan Islands around 1980, seems to have learned well how to live near humans — to the extent of unwelcome encroachment, in the minds of some. Given mixed responses in human-dominated environs, what makes a wild creature a charming neighbor to some and a pest to others?

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No new reservations, for now: Living and working around ferry delays, cancellations in the San Juans

September 2, 2021
Heather Spaulding

This year’s peak-season summer Washington State Ferries sailing schedule has been plagued by delayed and canceled sailings, some due to a shortage of crew and some to mechanical problems. For the long Labor Day weekend, things are not looking much brighter for the San Juan Islands runs.

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Have enough water? San Juan prepares to find out, with USGS study

July 21, 2021
Heather Spaulding

A study funded by the state legislature and the U.S. Geological Survey will address a major barrier in both predicting San Juan County’s future water needs and managing current systems: the capacity of wells in the county is unknown.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

San Juan school districts face big budget shortfalls due to levy cap

January 7, 2021
Hayley Day

A law to make state education funding more equitable has had the opposite effect in the San Juan Islands. While San Juan property owners are paying more in state education taxes, less funding is going towards local schools.

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photo: © 2020

At age 83, Orcas Islander votes for first time in Presidential election

October 23, 2020
Lin McNulty / The Orcasonian

Born in New York City, Tony Ayer moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, at age eight. After going to school in the States, he returned to St. Croix where he spent 75 years. Nnow 83 years old, this weekend, for the first time in his life, he cast his ballot in the U.S. Presidential election.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Local schools seek parent, student feedback before announcing fall plans

August 2, 2020
Genevieve Iverson

As fall school start dates approach, many local districts are waiting to release detailed back-to-school plans amid uncertain COVID-19 health concerns.

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