Coffin Resigns from Fire Commission; DiCaprio Appointed Reports also on Chief Search, Cost Recovery, and SAFER Grants

— by Margie Doyle, Updated Aug. 23 at 9 p.m.– Fire Commissioner Jim Coffin resigned at the Special Meeting of Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 22. His replacement, TJ DiCaprio, was announced following an Executive Session of the Commissioners. (Update: Commission Chair Barbara Bedell wrote in to this article on Aug.23: … Continue reading

Entering Phase III: School District Starts Community Discussions Meetings on Aug. 15 and 16: presentation, discussion, tour, discussion. More meetings planned

— by Margie Doyle, updated Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. — Should the Orcas Island School District (OISD) ask the community to support a bond for improvements? But before deciding, what improvements are we talking about? The public was presented with a beginning draft of eight projects that might be … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan Update Set for Public Review, Comments

Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 6 p.m., Deer Harbor Community Club — from Colin Maycock, SJC Community Development — On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Deer Harbor Community Club, 4319 Deer Harbor Road, Orcas Island, San Juan County Department of Community Development is hosting a … Continue reading

Friends Plus Synergy = Frienergy Art Show At Orcas Center in September: "The Joy of Friends Making Art Together: Frienergy" Opening Reception Sept. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — BJ Arnold, JoEllen Moldoff, and Michelle Reed are artists whose creative, joyful friendship will be spotlighted in the September exhibit at the Orcas Center, organized by the Visual Arts Committee of the Orcas Center. For them, creating art is the ultimate in play. They embrace … Continue reading

Eastsound Visioning Statement Now Has a Survey Information Booth at Farmers Market on Labor Day Weekend

— from Jim Jonassen — The EPRC Task group  “to help enrich a community dialogue on the future to inform the [County Comprehensive] plan update,’ will again have an information booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend). That task group has created a report and … Continue reading

OPALCO Awarded Grant for $1 Million for Grid Modernization

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO’s spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the Co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund (CEF). OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle City Light, Snohomish … Continue reading

Inslee Declares Wildfire Emergency in 20 Counties Active Burn Ban Remains in San Juan County

— from Tara Lee — Gov. Jay Inslee today proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires this morning. The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, … Continue reading

Public Library Board to Hold Special Meeting Expansion project and levy measure on the agenda

— from Phil Heikkinen for the Orcas Island Library Board– The Orcas Island Library Board will hold a Special Meeting in the Library Community Room at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The agenda includes the November 8 levy lid lift ballot measure, building project update, and public campaign. … Continue reading

Treasure Hunt, Silent Auction to Benefit Orcas Animal Shelter


Around Eastsound Businesses August 29 – September 15 — from Rosie Miller — Look for Painted Pet sculptures around Eastsound from August 29 through September 15. An amazing group of local artists have poured their hearts and talents into creating stunning renditions of cats and dogs, all to benefit the … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Bridge Construction This Week


— from John Lund — Razz Construction will be installing additional bracing, decking, and railing on the temporary bridge, which will accommodate vehicle traffic during the demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the permanent concrete bridge. Construction of the new alignment of Channel Road also continues on the … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Ocean Forecast Predicts Seasonal Outlook for PNW

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Samantha Siedlecki of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. … Continue reading

Children’s Songwriter Tim Noah Will Perform Labor Day Weekend Children's House Benefit

Saturday, September 3, 2 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal — from Susan Anderson — Tim Noah will perform Saturday, September 3 in a benefit concert for Children’s House. Noah is an Emmy award-winning children’s songwriter and producer, nationally acclaimed recording artist and star of stage and screen. He has appeared on HBO, … Continue reading

Brigid Ehrmantraut Interns for the Chamber Music Festival

— by Emma Heikkinen, Orcas Issues Summer Intern — A concert is more than musicians performing — a great deal of organizational work is required, with a multitude of artists collaborating in order to create the final product. At Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Brigid Ehrmantraut is a particularly special … Continue reading