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Education articles

The state has re-confirmed that the Lopez Island School District has been awarded the full $727,804 energy grant for which it applied. It was announced previously that the District had been awarded the full amount, but then the state determined that there were possible scoring anomalies in the process of reviewing the 54 applications and it was determined that the whole process would be placed under review.

Applicant districts were placed on notice of the unfortunate need for review and Lopez School immediately shared that information with the community.

The review has been completed and the Lopez School District learned on April 3 that it was once again successful in its grant application. The District received the following notice on that date from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI):

"A new team, independent of the original scoring team, gathered and did a program review and an extensive review of all 54 applications and the original scoring. The additional review found no change to the score awarded to the Lopez Island School District application. Your district has successfully been awarded a preliminary energy grant award in the amount of $727,804."

The District will be incorporating this energy grant work into, and applying required matching funds from the bond upon which the community is currently voting. If the bond fails the energy grant will go away, along with significant portions of other grant monies that have, together with the energy grant, totaled over $1 million dollars in funding assistance the District has sought and received to help offset costs of its proposed bond-funded school remodel and renovation projects.

"We knew all along that we had a solid energy grant application, and we are very pleased that the state has re-confirmed our award, " stated Superintendent Bill Evans. "If the proposed bond proceeds become available by voter approval, we will be able to move forward toward greater cost-saving energy efficiences and reduced environmental impact upon our island."

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Art & Entertainment

Island Stage Left 's "Twelfth Night" Thursday-Sunday at Roche twelfth-nightIt's time for Island Stage Left's summer tradition "Shakespeare Under the Stars". This year's production is the romantic comedy "Twelfth Night" Written just after "Hamlet", "Twelfth Night" reveals a more mature Shakespeare, writing about miracles of reconciliation, of second chances and of redemption. It is paired with his trademark laugh-out-loud comedy plus a…

Obituaries

Lester Capell Gunther December 3, 1925 -July 14, 2014 Friday, 18 July 2014 les-guntherBeloved patriarch, dear friend, irascible coot, Lester Gunther perished Monday at his home on False Bay.   Born Dec. 3rd, 1925 in Paris, France, Les moved at the age of six to Montclair, New Jersey. Dressed by his mother in Little-Lord-Fauntleroy attire, he quickly learned his first English sentence, “Me ‘Merican boy!” in a vain…

Community Events

July 26 Know Your Island Walk: Briggs Trail Thursday, 24 July 2014 At the next Know Your Island Walk, join Mike Buettell, Roche Harbor resident, world class hiker and volunteer trail builder, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday July 26 to hike the Briggs Lake Trail in the Roche Harbor Highlands. The trail is open again after work on the lake and the dam, and we will learn about this. Meet and park at the intersection of West Valley and Roche…

Help needed

Service breaks down when phone line cut A contractor accidentally cut a phone line on San Juan Island Wednesday afternoon and knocked out 911 service for Orcas and Lopez Islands. Internet and some regular phone service was also affected. Local CenturyLink crews began working on repairing the damage while awaiting the arrival of mainland crews. The Orcas Fire Department used its Meet Your Neighbor…

Letters to the Editor

Doesn't want burned building replaced Wednesday, 18 June 2014 Editor, A mock up representing new building lines has been built recently. The port owned waterfront location used to be occupied by a restaurant and some small businesses until it burned. I saw it burning. It was a sad day. It was of great loss. The mess has been cleaned up and disposed of. The financial matters seem to be mostly settled. The space is open. The…

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Opinion

WHY MARINE RESERVES? What are marine reserves, and why do we care about them on San Juan Island? The terminology for various forms of ‘protected’ areas in the ocean is vastly confusing: Marine Stewardship Area, Preserve, Protected Area, Sanctuary, Conservation Area, Voluntary Reserve… all these are set up to protect some resources by limiting allowed human activities – but the…

Horoscopes

Astrologer Triana Elan is Back, New Look! triana After a hiatus, our astrologer Triana Elan has come back with both barrels, launching a new website that will give her readers much more information both astrologically and astronomically. Since Triana is both an astrologer and astronomer, she felt it was time to bridge the gap between the two disciplines in a manner that is both entertaining and informative. The…

Health

Talks break down between PeaceHealth and two hospitals PeaceHealth's potential partnership with Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics and Skagit Regional Health has apparently ended after the two organizations asked for release from the exclusivity agreement with Peace Health. In a July 21, 2014 memo PeaceHealth Chief Executive Officer and Chief Mission Officer Northwest Network Nancy Steiger wrote: "Skagit and Cascade…
Kitchen/Schwarzenbart Engagement kitchenAfter meeting at church, working together on the music team over the past year and climbing to the top of several major Cascade peaks, Aaron popped the question on July 19, 2013 after climbing to the top of 7,600 foot Crater Mountain in the North Cascades. Dave and Elaine Kitchen proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Abigail Beth Kitchen to Aaron John…

Recent Columns

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