Whale Museum Talk on Garbage Archaeology

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: ProjectSAM Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Candace Gossen as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series to discuss “ProjectSAM” on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Candace Gossen, PhD, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: World-Class Response from Orcas Fire and Rescue

 — by Paul Sheridan, Director, Four Winds Camp — To the Editor: I want to take a moment out of the craziness of summer to publically thank Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. We had an injured camper here at Four Winds last week, and our team decided that we needed … Continue reading

Libby Has Something to Crow About!

Libby Garcia is Number One!

 — by Madie Murray — It was unanimous! We have a new First Place Orcas Home Brewer who is now the proud owner of a coveted #1 Crow Valley Pottery trophy plate made specifically every year by Crow Valley for the competition! Libby Garcia toppled the Litch/Bishop two-year first-place reign … Continue reading

Comment on Ferry Fare Changes for County Residents

Transportation Commission adds ways to participate — from the Washington State Transportation Commission — Those who want to weigh in on a new ferry fare proposal released by the Washington State Transportation Commission can do so 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the County Administrative Office Building in Friday Harbor. … Continue reading

Rental Housing Site Plan Alternatives at OPAL Open House

— from OPAL Community Land Trust — An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., so the community can view alternative preliminary site plan concepts for OPAL Community Land Trust’s proposed rental housing in Eastsound. The meeting will take place in the modular building behind … Continue reading

Appraisal Fair Featured at Museum’s Historical Days Celebration

 — from Maggie Vinson for the Historical Museum — Orcas Island Historical Museum will again be holding its annual Historical Days Fair this July 3rd on the Eastsound Village Green. This year’s Historical Days Fair will include an Antiques Roadshow-inspired Appraisal Fair. We are proud to be welcoming four certified … Continue reading

Ferry Good Advice for Fourth of July Weekend Travel

 — from Washington State Ferries — With additional sailings and travel tips, Washington State Ferries is all about helping customers make their Fourth of July weekend sparkle. Last year, the country’s largest ferry system carried nearly 350,000 passengers during Fourth of July weekend. That number is expected to be similar … Continue reading

Reps. Lytton and Morris on Transportation Proposal

— from the State House Democrats — State Reps. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, and Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, praised the state transportation package released today [June 29], which will bring more than $42,000,000 to the district, with a heavy focus on ferry terminal and fleet operations. “I want to thank House … Continue reading

Let There Be Light — or Not

 — by Fred Klein — The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, EPRC, in conjunction with the Orcas Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a public meeting to consider the issue of lighting in the public realm of Eastsound. Where: The Eastsound Fire Hall When: Tuesday, June 30th, 6 pm until 8 … Continue reading

Indoor Labyrinth this Thursday

The indoor labyrinth at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall

Thursday July 2 from 7-8 p.m. Indoors at the Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — “The Labyrinth as a Path of Prayer and Meditation,” will be facilitated by Lisa Steckley and Nancy Ayer this Thursday evening at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound. Following a short presentation … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Wireless Installations Critical for Public Safety

— by Jim Ghiglione, Lopez Fire Chief, San Juan County Fire District #4 — When I first began my work as your Lopez Island Fire Chief July 1, 2008 I was challenged to improve communications for our first responders and thereby improve public safety for all. This has been a … Continue reading

A Letter to OPALCO Members to Clear-Up Some Lingering Confusion

(Editor’s note: A version of this letter appeared in the Comments section under the Orcas Issues post last Friday:  ((orcasissues.com/opalco-board-sets-temporary-revenue-recovery-add-on )). Since there has been a response to the letter, we are keeping the original version in the Comments as well as publishing it here.) — from Suzanne Olson (solson@opalco.com)– … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee Applauds “Obamacare” Decision

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following comment regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]: “I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding this landmark law that is helping so many people here in Washington state … Continue reading

Adults: Row Your Boat – Learn to Scull

July 6 through July 9 — Reserve Your Spot Now! — by Martin Taylor for Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) — Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) is offering a beginning sculling (rowing) class for adults. Rowing is a great sport. It is a low impact fun outdoor exercise. Once you become involved … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for a Lady Mayor

 — from Carol Owens — Re:http://orcasissues.com/analysts-review-tightly-contested-mayors-race The mayoral race is hotly contested this year!  Have you done your duty? Voted often , bought as many votes as you can? Personally, my favorite mayor was April; who, though of the bovine persuasion, wasted no time chewing her cud when it came … Continue reading