Letter to the Editor: Concern for Eastsound’s Future Take a closer look at Klein/Trogdon Plan

— by Michael Budnick — To the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC), sent on Oct. 10 by email to Rick Hughes/ EPRC County Liaison Dear Members of the EPRC, I am writing this letter to you out of concern for Eastsound’s future. In the late 80’s or early 90’s, … Continue reading

Vision for Eastsound: The Conversation Begins

Eastsound Sub-area map withing bold borders

— by Margie Doyle — Gretchen Krampf,Thrive Orcas Island community organizer and co-founder of Leadership San Juan Islands, said at the opening of the 50-50 Vision for Eastsound gathering last night (Wednesday, Oct. 26), “It’s the beginning of a conversation, not a plan.” Krampf referred to the initiative “Vision for … Continue reading

First-ever Washington State Ferries Halloween Costume Competition Winners get a behind-the-scenes ferry tour on Monday

— from Washington State Ferries — It is the ferry captain’s job to get dressed in uniform every morning and take the wheel of one of the state’s 22 ferries. This Halloween is a day like any other for Washington State Ferries (WSF) captains, except they’re expecting a few witches, … Continue reading

Art from Around the World at Orcas Center this November Bring your exhibits to Orcas Center on Nov. 2

— from Pat Littlewood — Opening on Friday, November 4th, in the lobby gallery at Orcas Center is a very unique show collated by the Visual Arts Committee which features works of art assembled from around the world by local resident collectors. The extraordinary display will feature original pieces of … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs


— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading

County Adopts Ordinance Regulating Carryout Bags

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County took a big step forward in reducing litter and unnecessary waste and protecting water quality and wildlife by reducing the use of plastic bags in our community. San Juan County Council approved the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (commonly known as … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Durland Has Skills to Serve


— from Sheryl Albritton — Michael’s experience and knowledge with building, land use and environmental regulations is extensive and personal. He is one of many who have stood up to inequities, a necessary skill for successfully serving citizens. Too often those in management or elected positions go with the flow, not … Continue reading

Is This Rainbow a Sign?


— by Lin McNulty — In case you missed the double rainbow that graced the skies over Orcas Island yesterday, Margot Shaw sent this image captured above Crow Valley. Spiritual Moment: A double rainbow is considered by some as a symbol of transformation and is a sign of good fortune in eastern … Continue reading

Notice of Fire Commission Special Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Pat Ayers — Notice of Special Meeting With Agenda Board of Fire Commissioners San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 Meeting Called by: Wesley Heinmiller, Chair, Board of Fire Commissioners Date: October 27, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Public Meeting Room … Continue reading

Rich Childers To Speak on Dungeness Crab Fishery Update


Tuesday, November 1, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos — Inhabiting eel grass beds and various other seafloor habitats from the Aleutian Islands to Santa Cruz, California, Dungeness crab are a popular delicacy and are the most commercially important crab in the Salish Sea. In the Puget Sound … Continue reading